Boston, Gateway, Newton and Stony Brook Camera Clubs

Multi-Club Competition 2022 - 2023



Each club member may choose to submit digital photographic images in any or all of the eight categories listed above. All images must be created within the period beginning April 9, 2022 and ending April 8, 2023. Members may submit up to 2 images for each category.  All images must be submitted by April 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm.  Image resolution to be a maximum of 1920 wide by 1200 high

For the purposes of the Multi-Club Competition, members will be assigned to either Class A or Class B to give photographers of varying levels a chance to compete fairly with others at a similar level of experience and skill.

See below for voting details. Note: Due to the limit of 1 image per member in the competition, we may need to modify members' voting

Next April, each club will select a single final image in each category and class to compete in the competition. The methods for selecting final images and for assigning members to competition classes will be at the sole discretion of each club. Only one image per member may be submitted to the finals, allowing 16 members from each club (8 categories x 2 classes) to compete.

The Multi-Club Competition will be judged by a distinguished panel of three judges independent of the clubs. The judges will offer their comments on all of the finalist images. There is no numerical scoring of photos

Awards will be given to the best image in each class/category. Club awards will be given for best total placement across all categories in Class A, Class B and Overall. At the end of the competition, the judges will also each choose a Judge’s Favorite for each class, across all categories, for a total of up to 22 individual awards (16 category winners and up to 3 across all categories in both Class A and Class B).

We hope everybody will take part in the friendly competition. Categories have been chosen both to ensure members do not need any special skills to compete, and to provide a group of categories that provide a means to express some individualism.


Architecture – Can you tell a powerful story about architecture and the people that inhabit it in a single photo? Photos should powerfully communicate an architectural form or space, capturing the essence of the place as well as the experience of those that inhabit it. Your photo can include all or part of a building or group of buildings, inside, or outside. You can include people in your image as long as the story is about the architecture or space. Think about perspective, wide angle, close up, etc. Try to encapsulate the atmosphere and emotion of a particular place.

Dreams … we all have them, whether we remember them or not!  But, what is dreamy photography?  Dreamy is in the eye of the beholder, and dreamy photographs may have a soft, hazy or out-of-focus effect to replicate the feeling of being in a dream.  They may have an ethereal or surreal look to them.  They should suggest a dream or dreamlike state.

Food Photography is a creative medium that allows us to use whatever elements we like or have available to create compositions of food or drink that make us hungry, look beautiful, and may inspire us to create the drink, appetizer, entree or dessert for ourselves or our family and guests. Using techniques such as composition, props, lighting, color, combinations of ingredients, background, angle of photography, motion and many others, we can create images that capture our love of food and convey that emotion to others. Other elements, such as people, can be in the photo as well, but food should be the main subject.

From Below photography gives us the opportunity and challenge to view an object, plant, person, animal or landscape, from a position where we have to be below the subject with our camera. Lighting, angle, and perspective allow/force us to think about our subject in a different way. 

Patterns - They surround us. We come across them every day. We have them on our clothes, we have them in our homes, we see them in nature, we walk across them, we walk past them, we probably even consume them at meal times. And yet we very rarely take that much notice of them. However, there is often a hidden beauty in the details that make up our world. Noticing these details can help us to get a better understanding of the world around us as well as provide us with unlimited inspiration. Open your eyes to the hidden geometry that surrounds us. Look beyond the mundane forms that we see every day to find the hidden beauty in the underlying patterns that normally pass us by. Think wide, narrow, close up, simple, complex, subtle or obvious.

Red - The color red is assertive. It is a highly visible color that is able to focus attention quickly.  It is powerful, exciting, and aggressive. It symbolizes action. The color red is packed with emotions ranging from passionate, intense love, to anger and violence. Something red should be the subject.

Water … we drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, and our planet has 70% of its surface covered with it.  Your photo can be of water in any state: liquid, frozen, still, or in motion.  Just ensure your photo is about water and has water as a main element.

Weather is the atmosphere.  That includes heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness.  It includes rainbows, flashes of lightning, and sunsets.  At its worst, weather can destroy homes and cause deaths. The weather should be the subject.

Updated 1/6/2023

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