Organization Membership

Annual membership is from September through August.

Annual dues are $40.00 per person, $75.00 per couple and must be paid in full prior to members' entering competitions.

Applications and dues will be accepted at any regularly scheduled meeting.


 Visitors are always welcome at no charge


For more information on STCC membership please contact Carol Pustulka at 716-510-4979 or via email at

 *** SouthTowns Camera Club Competition Rules and Procedures ***

Revised September 2010

    1. All submissions must start as a photographic image taken by the maker.

    2. Classification: The club members are divided into five groups: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum dependent on their ability. New members who are members of another club must join at the rank held in the other club.

    3. Judging: Images are judged and commented on by people noted for their ability in the medium under consideration.

    4. Eligibility of Work:

        a. Images taken at any photographic training sessions or model nights are not considered basically the work of the maker.

        b. There are no restrictions as to the subject for the Color Print Category, Monochrome Print Category, and the Regular Projected Image Category as they are of an open nature.


        * There may be a special assignment competition for which rules will be given out to members.

        * At the request of the Community Center images of nudes are not allowed.

        c. To re-enter an image in competition:

        * If it did not receive an honor ribbon, it may be re-entered as is.

        * If it did receive an honor ribbon, it must be significantly altered.

        d. Any image that closely resembles a winning entry by the same maker may not be submitted.

        e. The same image may be entered in more than one category.

        f. If a member officially questions the eligibility of an image, the question must be raised on the night of the competition and the Executive Board will rule on it that evening.

        g. Executive Board will have the final decision on matters of eligibility and penalties.

    5. Responsibilities:

        a.  Dues must be paid before a member is eligible to compete.

        b. Lost or damaged images are not the responsibility of the club or its’ officers.

        c. Identification of images is the responsibility of the exhibitor.

        d. Prints should be picked up from the Chairperson the same day as exhibited.

        e. The club PSA chairperson or inter-club competition chairperson shall have the privilege to select and hold images for inter-club or PSA competitions. These members are experienced in their jobs and will exercise the utmost caution in the treatment of the images. Please cooperate and help your club participate in these competitions.

    6. Competition Categories: As of this year, and until further revisions, the competition categories will be Monochrome Print, Color Print, Regular Projected Image and a new category called Creative Projected Image.

** General Competition Rules:

        a. A regular monthly competition shall consist of a maximum of two color prints, two monochrome prints, two regular projected images, and one creative projected image.

        b. If a club member is judging, he/she may enter double in the next competitions (ie: four of each plus two in Creative in the next competition).

        c. In the Color Print Category, the Monochrome Print Category, and the Regular Projected Image Category a minimum of ten images each must be entered to achieve an average.

        d. In the Creative Projected Image Category a minimum of six images must be entered to achieve an average.

        e. After the requirement is met, the maker may drop the lowest scored images over the minimum.

        f. Prints must be turned in no later than 7:15 p.m. the night of the competition. Projected Images must be entered no later than Monday of the competition week.

        g. Ribbons will be awarded as follows. You must score ten or higher in Bronze, 11 or higher in Silver, 12 or higher in Gold, 13 or higher in Diamond and 14 or higher in Platinum.

        h. Rules to advance to the next classification:

If you average 10 or higher, you move from Bronze to Silver

If you average 11 or higher, you move from Silver to Gold

If you average 12 or higher, you move from Gold to Diamond

If you average 13 or higher, you move from Diamond to Platinum

        j. Advancement by any other means will be determined by the Executive Board. An individual has the right to decline an advancement.

        j. All entries must have a title (“Untitled” is not an acceptable title).

        k. The maker may not remove an image from competition once competition has commenced.

    7. Projected Image Rules:

        a. The Regular Projected Image Category - is an open competition and may include all genres, such as nature, pictorial, monochrome, infrared, etc.

** The Creative Projected Image Category – is for the promotion of unusually creative images.

** Both projected image categories may include digital mats and borders.

** Image format should be JPEG file.

** Maximum pixel dimensions should be no wider than 1024 horizontal and no longer than 768 vertical.

** Color space should be sRGB.

** Resolution should be constant when the image is resized

** Image quality should be the highest quality JPEG to fit maximum files size.

** File size – Based on re-sampling when images are resized, the file should average approximately 400kb.

    8. Creative Projected Image Category:

        a. The Creative category will be one projected image per competition for a total of seven.

        b. You must have submitted a minimum of six images for the year to achieve an average.

        c. For the purpose of determining what is creative we will use the following definition:

Creative photography is producing an image through the use of imaginative skill, or originality of thought, including the altering of reality. Creative images may include modifications in the darkroom, on the computer, or in the camera, as well as unusual points of view, imaginative use of subject matter or lighting, or any other presentation and must begin with the maker’s photograph or a collection of the maker’s photographs. Images are judged for their technical/pictorial merit and originality of concept. The content is unrestricted except where standard club rules apply.

        d. The grade you compete in, in your first Creative Competition, will be the same grade you hold in the Regular Projected Image category.

    9. Print Rules:

        a. All prints must be mounted on mounting board to be exhibited.

        b. The maximum size for competition prints shall be 320 square inches, including mat, not to exceed 30 inches in width or 24 inches in height (ex: 16 x 20, 10 x 30, etc). The minimum size shall be 80 square inches (ex: 8 x 10, etc).

        c. Name, Title and Class should be permanently affixed to the upper left-corner on the back of the print.

        d. Indicate on back of print with an arrow which side is up.

        e. Monochrome is tints/shades of one color.

        f. Identifying marks on the front of the print will be covered for competition (ie: signature of maker).

    10. End of the Year Competition:

        a. Images must have been entered in previous competitions for that season and must not have been one of the top three (1st, 2nd or 3rd place) winners in any previous End of the Year Competition.

        b. Up to four images may be entered in each category except Creative, where you may enter up to two.


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