Competition schedule

There will be four competitions in 2021-2022.

All evaluations will be conducted online.

Competition 1

  • Assigned topic: Floral
    • Flowers, flowers, flowers!
  • Images due by midnight Tuesday Oct. 19
  • Results presentation Tuesday Nov. 2

Competition 2

  • Assigned topic: Canadiana
    • Anything distinctly Canadian
  • Images due by midnight Tuesday Nov. 16
  • Results presentation Tuesday Dec. 7

Competition 3

  • Assigned topic: Natural world
    • “Nature” without the strict rules
    • Hand-of-man is permitted
  • Images due by midnight Sunday Jan. 16
  • Results presentation Tuesday Feb. 1

Competition 4

  • Assigned topic: It’s a wide world!
    • Wide angle and fisheye
    • Great chance to submit those phone pictures!
  • Images due by midnight Sunday March 20
  • Result presentation Tuesday Apr. 5

PACN competition rules 2021-2022


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. The uploader will accept images of less than the maximum size but judges will usually penalize smaller images.

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, 2016. This limit applies regardless of the category. For the remainder of the 2021-22 season this rule has been waived. You may dig as deep into your photo archive as you wish.

Each image must be the work of the entrant.

Images submitted in one club competition may not be submitted in subsequent club competitions. 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 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.

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

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.

Judges comments (online judging)

The scoring software will randomly assign one of the three judges to comment on each image. Entrants may choose whether they want judges to comment on their images. Judges are free to comment on any image.

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