Competition Rules

Competition Rules, Divisions & Awards

Print Divisions

  • Monochrome - Any subject (No accent color)
  • Color - Any subject
  • Nature - See Nature Rules
  • Photojournalism (PJ) - See PJ Rules
  • Print must not exceed 16"x20" for advanced classes or 8"x12" for beginning classes
  • Assigned Competitions are chosen by the board and announced July 1st with the competition held in March. All photos, and all portions of composited photos, must have been taken on or after July 1st.

Projected Image (Digital) Divisions

  • Monochrome - Any subject (No accent color)
  • Color - Any subject, any technique
  • Nature - See Nature Rules
  • Photojournalism (PJ) - See PJ Rules
  • Altered Reality - Images of any subject that have been obviously manipulated
  • Images must not exceed 1400px wide X 1050px high
  • Assigned Competitions are chosen by the board and announced July 1st with the competition held in March. All photos, and all portions of composited photos, must have been taken on or after July 1st.

Classes

Class A -- Advanced, professional photographers, and PSA Star Exhibitors compete in this class.

Class B -- Is for beginners, new members, and those who compete less often.

Competition Classes -- A member, by notifying the Board, may move up to a higher Competition Class. A member may also request reclassification by the Board to move to a lower Class. Members will be notified at the beginning of the Club year if the Board feels they should move to a higher Class for the next year's competition. The Executive Board will resolve any disputes regarding classifications.

Competition

Prints: Any member may submit a maximum of two prints in any competition Division. A member cannot enter Class A and Class B in the same Division

Projected Images: Any member may submit a maximum of two digital images in any competition Division. A member cannot enter Class A and Class B in the same Division.

Competition Nights

Print Competition and Digital Competition is usually the first meeting of each month - Check Calendar here.

All entries must be submitted before midnight the previous Sunday to the Competition.


In all Divisions there are a total number of ten (10) competition nights. The maximum competition nights allowed a member can enter, and not loose points, is eight (8). If eight (8) nights are exceeded, the penalty is the loss of the highest point score for a previous entered competition. The Minimum nights reqiored to enter to be eligible for year end awards is three (3).

General Rules

  • No member shall be eligible to enter any competition judged by a member of his or her immediate family.
  • If a member judges twice in a specific competition in the current club year, that member will be permitted to enter a double entry in the same division judged on another competition night. The member will let the Competition Chairman know they are entering a double entry.
  • Any Print or Projected Image entered in club competition may be re-entered one time, if the entry placed lower than 3rd place. The member will let the Competition Chairman know they are entering a previously entered entry.
  • Projected Images previously entered and placed in previous competition divisions: Color and Monochrome Projected. may not be entered in the new competition divisions: Open Color and/or Open Monochrome.
  • Monochrome images shall not contain an accent color. An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example, by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale or multi-colored 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.
  • Image Titles Each different image you enter in the club competition must have a unique title. A projected image and a print of the same image must have the same title. A color version of a data capture and a monochrome version of the same data capture club are considered to be the same image and both versions must be given the same title. (Note: Titles such as “Utah landscape” and “Utah landscape BW” are NOT the same – both versions of that image should be called “Utah landscape”.
  • Nature and Photojournalism are considered separate divisions. Any print or digital image that has been entered in Nature or Photojournalism competition may also be entered in Pictorial competition and vice versa. NOTE the naming convention above.
  • All Images entered during the club year are eligible for entry in the End of the Year Competition in the same division as entered, regardless of how the images placed.

Points:

The following points apply to all competitions in Prints and Projected Images. Competitors with the highest points for the year in each class of competition, will receive an appropriate award. Same scores given by the judges will be considered ties and each will receive the same number of points.Points earned in one class may not be transferred to another class.

Prints or Digital Images given the same score by the judges will be considered ties and each will receive the same number of points. Points earned in one class may not be transferred to another class.

Judges:

Judges will be selected by the Second Vice President. Each member is expected to judge two or more times during the year and is encouraged to find a replacement if unable to judge. If a member judges twice in a club year in the same Division (Print or Digital), the judge is eligible to enter a double entry in competition in the same Division.

Resolution of Disputes:

All questions about the interpretation and application of these rules may be deferred to the Executive Board by the Competition Committees or by an individual member.

Annual Awards

  • Club Competition: All entries receive points which count toward the Year End Awards. Awards are presented for the most points accumulated during the year in each Class of Every Division. If possible, awards are made for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
  • Progress Awards: Awards may be given for the most progress in each Division. The recipients are selected by the Executive Board. Awards in all Divisions may not be awarded each year.

  • Print and Projected Image End of Year Awards: At the end of the Competition Year, members may submit four prints and four projected images that were previously entered in competition during the Club year in each Division. Awards are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, and HM's as determined by the Board. In Divisions where there are Advanced and Beginning Classes, i.e. Open Projected Advanced and Open Projected Beginning, will be combined into one Division "Open" for End of Year Judging only.

A Print will be chosen for the Print of the Year and a Projected Image will be chosen for Projected Image of the Year from the first place winners in the End of Year Competition. Judging will be conducted by non-members of the Club.

Special Awards

  • Merit Awards: Given by the Club President in recognition of service to the Club during the year.
  • Hogan Award: Given to the PSA International Exhibition exhibitor with the most acceptances during the year.
  • MacArthur Memorial Awards: The highest service award given to a member. The MacArthur Memorial Award was instituted in 1963. It is awarded to the outgoing president of the Club and may also be given, by vote of the Executive Board, to two other members of the Club who have demonstrated outstanding service.
  • Charlotte Mansfield Award

The award will be given annually to a Club member in good standing, for black and white PRINT making, in any of the approved Club competition levels. The award is sponsored by Lorraine Caddy and she alone, with recommendations of the Club board, will make the selection, using the following criteria:

  • Total number of points earned during competition will be considered.
  • Improvement in print quality throughout the year.
  • Varied subject matter – i.e. Photojournalism, sports, portrait, nature, still life, animals etc.
  • Involvement in Club or PSA activities or other photographic endeavors.

HISTORY OF CHARLOTTE D. MANSFIELD – 1915-2007.

Charlotte was a photographer for most of her adult life – school paper, local newspaper and then after enlisting in the United States Army, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC) she was a military photographer for her entire thirty years – moving from the WAAC to the Women’s Army Corp (WAC) and then the United States Air Force, Women of the Air Force (WAF) as the groups changed. She retired after thirty years service in 1973 holding the rank of E-8, Senior Master Sergeant. She was the photographer they called on to attend Presidential Inaugurations as the military representative for Hoover & Truman; board a plane to take photos of Pres. Kennedy; photos of groups of General officers or entertainers at shows for the troops during WWII. She worked in photo facilities under the command of General Doolittle & the son of President Eisenhower.

Charlotte joined the Oklahoma Camera Club in 1963 and PSA shortly after that and was an active member in both organizations until her death in December 2007. She won many awards; had three stars in Monochrome Prints and one in slides in PSA; competed in international salons all of her active life, even while stationed in Europe where she attended Photokina to enhance her knowledge; Quartz Mt. Lodge photo seminars with published photographers. She taught photography at a local Junior College (Rose State College) and at the University of Central Oklahoma. She completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1942, a Bachelor of Education in 1981 and a Master Degree in Education in 1983.

Her photographic interest was varied with some emphasis on Photo Journalism & sports. Charlotte never believed in Digital photography and the use of a computer to enhance a photograph – she was a traditionalist and all her work was done in a photo lab and with film. She loved the Oklahoma Camera Club and especially their support of youth photography. She always felt young people were the future of the Oklahoma Camera Club.