Print Submissions

Print submissions are limited to PSCC members, but visitors are invited to participate in the commentating process as described below. Visitors are also invited to vote for their favorite color and monochrome images at the end of the meeting. 

Prints should be submitted no later than 7:00 PM to allow time for sorting. The Print Director reserves the right to refuse submissions after the start of the meeting. Absentee members may have another member submit prints for them. 

Each member may submit a total of three (3) prints. They may be in any of the categories listed below. Any digital image previously entered into a monthly competition may be made into a print and become eligible for the yearly print competition.

Members are encouraged to submit their print information, along with a jpg of the image through the competition process. Including the jpg makes it easier for the maker to remember what they entered at the end of the PSCC competition year as well as allowing us to include them in the monthly InFocus newsletter. 

Prints must be neatly and securely mounted and/or matted (but not framed). The actual image area of each print must be at least 64 square inches. The overall size of the mounted print (including the mount) should not exceed 16x20 inches (except for panorama prints, see note below).

Prints should be labeled on the back with the following:

  • Maker's name
  • Print title
  • Category
  • An arrow indicating the top of the print

Click here for the PSCC Print Night Form. Please separate the two parts before attaching them to your print. The Print Comment Form goes home with you, the Print Judging Form is collected by the Print Director.

Commentating Process

All attendees to Print Night are invited to participate in the commentating process. Everyone is organized around tables and asked to make comments about each print as it is displayed on an easel. A designated scribe records the comments on the comment form that the maker has attached to the back of the print. At the end of the evening each print will have been judged and scored and the maker is given the sheet of comments for each of their prints.

Most Popular Prints (People's Choice)

At the end of the evening, all of the prints will be laid out in the back of the room. All attendees, including visitors, are invited to vote for their favorite color print and their favorite monochrome print. The winners will be reported in the next InFocus. 

Print Categories

  • Assignment - An original photograph that has specific content as defined by the topic of the month. It is acceptable to submit an altered reality image provided, according to the judges, that the image is clearly consistent with the current assignment. The competition director reserves to right to determine if an image is appropriate for the assignment. If they determine that it is not, the image can be put in Open.
  • Creative/Altered can include any of the following:
    • Abstracts: photographs that emphasize something other than the literal subject, such as line, form, shape, light, shadow, or other abstract elements.
    • Digital Manipulations: photographs that have been obviously modified through software, filters, and other techniques.
    • Composites: images created from elements from two or more photographs. The composite may not incorporate elements produced by anyone other than the maker. Artwork, text or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer.
  • Creatures - The subject of the image is one or more creatures of the sea, earth or sky. Man-made objects may be part of the image but any human presence in the image should be either incidental or non-existent.
    So an image of a crow in a birdbath would be acceptable (man-made object, no human presence) while an image of a woman walking four dogs would not. An acceptable example of human presence would be an image of a breaching orca whale with a person in a kayak in the background. If the person in the kayak was in the foreground of the scene about to be drenched with water, then the image would not meet the incidental requirement of human presence.
  • Monochrome - “An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e., contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. For example, by Sepia, red, gold, etc. A grayscale or multicolored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a color work.”
    Taken from the Northwest International Exhibition of Photography competition prospectus. 
  • Open - Maker’s choice. Any subject or photographic technique is acceptable as long as the resulting image is original to the member submitting it.
  • Unjudged - An original image from any category. This gives members an opportunity to have their work commented on without receiving a score. This is an excellent option for new photographers to ease into the competition process.

Rule Concerning Panorama Prints:

Panorama prints can be up to 24” wide, but no higher than 12”. Vertical panoramas can be up to 24” high, but no wider than 12”. You must provide your own backing which can be up to 14″ x 26″. 
Note: if you intend to participate in the Northwest Council of Camera Club’s annual Traveling Print Salon or the annual Open Print Salon, you are limited to 20 inches on the long edge as the print has to fit in our print case (16″ x 20″ maximum). 



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