Competition Forms and Rules
Use these forms to enter into print competitions.
Print Competition Entry Form: This form may be printed on hard stock and filled in using pen, pencil or crayon.
Entry forms will also be available at SBCC meetings.
Labels for use on the back of your prints
Print Competition Rules
Print Categories: There are four categories of prints:
Black & White (no class designations)
Color Class B
Color Class A
Color Class AA
Black & white prints may be toned in one shade of color other than black (like sepia or cyan), but prints that have elements that are selectively colored should be entered in the color print categories.
Print Competitions have no subject matter restrictions. Prints may be produced and mounted by the maker or they may be printed and/or mounted commercially, as long as the photographic image was entirely produced by the maker.
Print Sizes: Prints may be in the portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) format. Prints shall be at least 8x10 inches excluding any mat. The maximum outer dimensions are 16x20 inches including any mat. An exception to this rule is made for panel prints which may be up to 16x36 inches, horizontal orientation only, including any mat.
Preparing Prints for Competition: The backing of each print must be a flat, single sheet of cardboard, mat board, or foam-core. Prints on sheet metal are allowed and require no backing. Prints may be matted or unmatted. All mats should be attached to the backing on all four sides. Whether matted or unmated, the overall quality of image presentation may affect a print’s score. No hanging materials or frames are allowed. Please write your name and print title clearly on the upper center back of each print in the orientation that you expect the print to be displayed.
Two forms must be prepared, an official SBCC print label and an entry card. These can both be found on our club website. The print labels should be printed on adhesive backed full sheet print labels (Avery or Staples 8165), which will allow for 10 print labels to a page. The print labels may be cut and attached to the back of the print in the upper left-hand corner. Write the competition date on the print label, but leave the score and award lines blank.
The entry cards should be printed on card stock and print 8 cards to a page. Place a check mark to designate the appropriate print category and class for color prints. Fill out the competition date, print title and maker lines. The entry card should accompany the print but not adhered to the print. The best way to do this is to slip a corner of the card into the space between the print and the mat.
A limited supply of forms may be available on competition night, but it is best to do these yourself at home prior to the competition night.
Submitting Prints: Prints are submitted on the night of the competition meeting, between 10-30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. The print chairpersons will be available to assist with any questions you may have.
Frequency and Make-ups: Print competitions are held four times per year. Members may submit up to two prints for competition in each of the black & white and color print categories. If you are unable to submit prints on a given competition night, you may submit one or two make-up prints on a subsequent competition night in each category that you are eligible to compete in.
NECCC Interclub Competitions: The print chairpersons may select award-winning prints to compete in the interclub competitions. Panel size prints and metal prints are not eligible to compete at this level.
Print Competition Rules (Print Version)