NJFCC Print Competition Guidelines

Print Competition Requirements

The subject matter of these competitions is open, so submit your very best work. This is an opportunity to stack your work up against that of other camera club members in the state. Entries are scored independently by three judges. The reported score is the accumulated total of the three judges. No critique is provided.

There are two categories of print competition - Color and Monochrome. Up to three entries per maker each in Color and Monochrome categories (6 total) are permitted. See note below for Tops competition.

Entries must be submitted at the designated CdCC club meeting. All submitted prints that meet the competition guidelines will be accepted, i.e. there is no club limit on entries.


  1. Size: Prints and backing shall be no less than 8" x 10" and no more than 16" x 20". Flush mounting is permitted but not required.
  2. Backing: Print must be mounted on a single weight mat board or on a foam core. Single weight mat board is about 1/16" thick.
  3. Overmat: Window over-mats are not permitted.
  4. Text: No text or symbols shall appear on the print or on the front of the backing board.
  5. Label: Attach a label to the top, left corner of the back of each submission, in legible printing, indicating the Title, Maker, Maker's email address and Category (Color or Monochrome).

    Print Label

    Official NJFCC competition entry labels will be generated and placed in the upper, right corner by the competition committee.
  6. Foreign Matter: No foreign matter is permitted on a print (front or back) that may cause damage to other prints. No frames, glass, wire, staples, masking tape, adhesive, etc.
  7. Resubmissions: Makers may not resubmit a print that has already won an award or HM in an NJFCC print competition except in the "Tops In New Jersey" competition. Also, images previously entered into an NJFCC projected image competition may not be submitted to a print competition. For the purpose of this rule, nearly the same images, and Color or Monochrome versions of the same image are treated as the same image.
  8. Monochrome: The NJFCC defines Monochrome as follows: A single-toned image such as Black and White or Sepia, with no additional accent color.

Note: All images that won an award (medal, merit or HM) in either the Fall or Winter competitions are eligible for re-entry in the Tops competition. Tops entries must be the same matted print, and bear the original NJFCC label on the back of the mat as proof of eligibility.


Please check the calendar on this web site for NJFCC competitions.

Competition Results

Results are published in the NJFCC newsletter, Cable Release.

Other Information

The official NJFCC rules are available here. There are a few other rules that should be noted. Be aware that there are only two regular print competitions plus a Tops in New Jersey print competition.


If you have any questions regarding NJFCC print competitions, please contact Tam Stuart tamstuart@cranburydigitalcameraclub.org