How to Submit your Photos to our Bi-Monthly Competitions
Competitions vs Salon
While the bi-monthly competitions described here are open only to club members, our annual Salon is open to everyone. For Salon information, see our Salon webpage.
Open to club members
CCOR features bi-monthly competitions open to club members. The photos must use or demonstrate the topic or "theme" for that month. The themes are different for each competition and are listed below.
Click the blue arrows to reveal more details about each theme.
October 12, 2021
Hands, much like eyes, make a photo relatable to the viewers. Often times, they can be used to draw in the eye, or hands can even be used to lead the eye. Weathered hands with wrinkles or the softness of a baby's hands add different textures to a photograph, all while evoking emotion. In this challenge, you can photograph hands in many different ways. It can be a close, intimate portrait of hands, a wider view of someone waving or directing a viewer, or even an abstract using the shapes and lines of hands. Adding action - clapping, pointing, etc - can bring life to your photos, as well.
Dec: To be determined
December 14, 2021
Feb: To be determined
Feb 8, 2022
Apr: To be determined
April 12, 2022
Jun: To be determined
June 14, 2022
Submit up to three photos
Club members can submit 1, 2, or 3 digital images for each bi-monthly club
Use the JPEG format
Save your photos in a .jpg format.
Files should be larger than 2000 pixels on the long side
For the judge to see your photo with enough detail, it should be at least 2000 pixels on the long side. (Either horizontal or vertical) That's not a hard and fast number, but a guideline.
Name your files "Fn_Ln_#.jpg"
Name your photos correctly!
Name your files using your First and last name followed by
underscores and where # is 1, 2, or 3.
Use a metadata Title if desired
IPTC metadata Titles are not required, but if you wish to display your photo with a Title, here are two ways to do so:
If you use Lightroom
There is a plug-in for Lightroom that will enable you to upload files directly to SmugMug.
Without the plug-in, you can still rename your photo and add an IPTC Title. To rename your file in Lightroom, view your selected image in "Library Mode" and select "Metadata" on the right hand panel. The second box under metadata asks for Filename. Change it to First_Lastname_# This does NOT change the filename in your Lightroom catalog - only the exported image. When you Export the photo the extension will be changed to .jpg.
An inch or so below the Filename box you will see a box for a Title. Type in the Title for your image and Export the file to your desktop or preferred folder.
If you use Photoshop
While in Photoshop click
File > Save As -- and change the filename to First_Lastname_# and save it as a .jpg file to your desktop or folder.
File > File Info -- and be sure to select the "IPTC Extension" tab. Scroll down to the "IPTC Status" heading. Add your Title in the box labeled "Title:" and save your file once more.
Use the upload link we email
Use the link emailed to you in each monthly newsletter to upload your photos for the competition.
Click and drag your photos
Once the SmugMug upload web page shows in your browser, click and drag your photos into the window from your desktop or folder.
Your images are usually hidden from view until they have been judged.
Submit before Noon Sunday
Please submit your photos no later than Noon on the Sunday before the Tuesday meeting at which the photos will be judged.
Thank you for entering!
Please share your photographs even if you only enter one (1) image.
It is more fun when we have lots of entries.
Thank you for your participation and your
contributions to the discussions.
And remember: In any competition, only one person is likely to think the judge was right!