Competition schedule

There will be four competitions in 2019-2020: two live and two online.

Competition 1: Live

  • Assigned topic: People
    • Candids, streeters, big crowds, or intimate portraits. Anything goes, but one or more people must be the focal point of the image
  • Images due (online) by midnight Friday November 1
  • Live judging Tuesday Nov. 5

Competition 2: Online

  • Assigned topic: Small Things
    • Teeny-tiny, eensy-weensy, itty-bitty, or minuscule. Break out those macro lenses!
  • Image due (online) by midnight Tuesday Nov. 12
  • Results presentation Tuesday Dec. 3

Competition 3: Online

  • Assigned topic: Architecture
    • Buildings, towers, houses or shacks. Be creative!
  • Images due (online) by midnight Tuesday Jan. 14
  • Results presentation Tuesday Feb. 4

Competition 4: Live

  • Assigned topic: Decay
    • Rusty, rotten, broken, or discarded. You may not want these on your wall. Or maybe you would!
  • Images due (online) by midnight Friday Apr. 3
  • Live judging Tuesday Apr. 7

PACN competition rules 2019-2020

The competition rules are largely unchanged from the 2018-2019 season.

Each competition will have two categories. One of them will always be “Photographer’s Choice”.

Entrants may submit up to four images per competition. Each category must contain no more than three images.

Image format
Images are to be submitted as JPEG files (e.g., *.jpg or *.jpeg). The colour space should be SRGB for best colour representation.

Images must be no larger than 1080×1920, the OCCC competition standard. Specifically, each image must have a maximum vertical size of 1080 pixels, and a maximum horizontal size of 1920 pixels.

Borders of all kinds are permitted but the overall size must fit within the maximum size

Skill categories
There are no skill categories (e.g., novice, intermediate, advance) for this season. Skill categories may be reintroduced when there are consistently more than 25 makers entered per competition.

Image eligibility
Images must have been taken on or after January 1, 2014. This age limit applies regardless of the category.

Each image must be the work of the entrant.

Images submitted in one club competition may not be submitted in subsequent club competitions from year to year. Please avoid submission of near identical images.

Images that directly, or indirectly, identify the maker will be disqualified.

Image submission
Images for all competitions will be submitted online.

Image display
Images for live competitions will be displayed to the judges on a colour-calibrated 1200×1920 monitor. The audience will view a projected display that may or may not be properly calibrated. Images will be displayed to the judges at 1:1 magnification on a black or grey background.

For online competitions, the judges will view images on their personal colour-calibrated monitors as per OCCC guidelines.

Judging procedure
There will be three judges. Two will be qualified judges from the PACN. The third will be a guest certified by the OCCC.

Scoring is based on the OCCC guidelines wherein judges score each image from 4.5 to 10. The total image score will range from 13.5 to 30.

Images will be awarded first to fifth place according to their score. There may be multiple winners at each level. I.e., ties will not be broken.

Judges comments (live judging)
For each image, one judge will make a comment. Comments will not be recorded. Judges will be requested to keep their comments brief – less than a minute.

If there is a difference of more than two points, the judges concerned will be asked to explain their decisions.

Photographer Of The Year points
The maker earns point towards the coveted Photographer Of The Year (POTY) prize according to the image placement.

One point will be awarded for each image submitted.

For images scoring in the top five, additional points will be awarded:
• First place – 5 points
• Second place – 4 points
• Third place – 3 points
• Fourth place – 2 points
• Fifth place – 1 point