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Interclub Competition

The annual Interclub Competition is a competition among individual photographers in the four Ottawa-area photo clubs. The 2019 competition is approaching quickly so please note the following dates:

Web Site Opens for Submission:  Now Open
Submission Deadline: March 19, 2019

Presentation Date (at the RA Centre): April 2, 2019

The 2019 ON TOPIC subject is EDGE – defined as “the edge of something that is physical (eg. a cliff, a knife’s edge etc) or mental ( eg. anxious, nervous etc)”.

There is also a GENERAL category.  This is an open category.

Submission of Entries

All Media

All entries, regardless of format, must be received by midnight March 19th, 2019.

Each member can enter a maximum of three (3) images. At least one of these must be on the topic, “Edge”.

If you are submitting three entries, one entry must be tagged as ‘optional’. This will be used to reduce the number of entries, if necessary. The maximum number of entries acceptable in competition from all source clubs has been tentatively set at 200 for this year. This limit is at the entire discretion of the Interclub Competition administrators.

An image that has been entered and accepted by the judges in a previous Interclub Competition cannot be re-entered in another year (in any medium) unless it is drastically altered and becomes, in fact, a totally different photograph. Most alterations by cropping do not qualify.

Individual “on topic” images that do not apply to the definition of “EDGE” will be disqualified. This will be left to the discretion of the judges. Disqualified images will not be reallocated to the General category. However, they may be entered in future Interclub competitions provided they comply with the Guidelines associated with those future competitions.

How to submit images on the website

To make a submission on the website you must first register at interclub.raphotoclub.ca.

Registration requires the person’s name, club affiliation, email address, and choice of password. Login ids and passwords from previous interclub competitions are valid.

Once you are registered you will go to the submissions upload page. Select your images for upload using the “Click to select files” tab. In the open dialogue showing your selected images, enter the Title, Category, Media, and choose which of your three images is optional. Then you should click on the right side arrow button to upload your images one at a time. You can if you wish re-enter the website using your login name and password and change any selection of images you have submitted up to the submission deadline time. By submitting images for the Competition you attest that:

  • You are a member in good standing of one of the participating clubs.
  • You have taken the submitted images yourself and own the copyright.
  • You grant the organizing committee a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free license to display your photographs in connection with the competition.

You will retain copyright of your submissions at all times and will always be credited with your name alongside your pictures.

Digital Image Entries

Each digital image file shall be submitted in the following format:

  1. High quality JPEG in PC file format; use sRGB colour space.
  2. Digital images should be in the proper orientation for viewing (upright on monitor and not requiring any rotation).
  3. Resolution shall be no larger than 1920 pixels in the horizontal dimension and 1080 pixels in the vertical dimension. We recommend not showing anything smaller than 500 pixels on any dimension.
  4. There may not be any identification or watermark of any kind on the portion of the digital images to be shown to the judges. Non-compliant images will be automatically disqualified.
  5. Digital images must be submitted to the following website; (interclub.raphotoclub.ca) before the submission deadline.
  6. Each competitor shall indicate on the submission page by checking the appropriate button, which of their three images are optional.

Print Entries

Each print entry shall be submitted in the following format:

  1. Print entries must be a maximum of 24” x 36” including the mounting board or mat. There is a minimum size for print entries of 8” x 12” (including the mount). Print entries must be flat mounted and may be matted.
  2. Framed prints are not accepted. Velcro fasteners are not allowed.
  3. Multiple images in a single mount or mat are considered as one entry and must be relevant to each other.
  4. There may not be any identification or watermark of any kind on the portion of the prints to be shown to the judges. Non-compliant images will be automatically disqualified.
  5. Digital copies of prints must also be submitted to the website (interclub.raphotoclub.ca) before the submission deadline.
  6. After you have finished uploading your images to the website, please print 1 copy of the entry form for your print(s) by clicking on the button. The completed entry form must be affixed to the back of each print

The following must appear on the back of the print entry:

  • Whether on topic “EDGE” or “GENERAL”
  • The name of the photographer
  • Brief descriptive title
  • An arrow pointing to the top of the image.
  • The abbreviation indicating club affiliation just above the competitor’s name.
    Camera Club of Ottawa – CCO
    Club de photographie Polarisé de l’Outaouais – CPPO
    RA Photo Club – RAPC
    Club Photo Orléans Photo Club – CPOPC 


On topic images “EDGE” shall be judged separately from “GENERAL” images. General images will be judged before on topic images.

Prints shall be judged separately from digital images. Both prints and digital images in each category will be judged as one group of images.

Judging will take place before the competition presentation night. Only the judges and officially designated volunteers will be permitted entry on the judging night. Officially designated volunteers are those people selected by their respective clubs to assist with the judging activities.

On presentation night, judges will be asked to make comments on as many images as time permits.

Scores will only be announced for images that have obtained 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Best in Show.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded for each of the following four categories:

  • Digital images: “EDGE” and “GENERAL”
  • Prints: “EDGE” and “GENERAL”

In addition, one entry will be selected as Best-in-Show.

The Best-in-Show image will be determined based on individual entry scores. The Best-in-Show image will constitute a separate category and the selected entry will not be considered for individual category honors. In the category from which the Best-in-Show image is selected, the second place image will become first, the third will become second and the highest scoring honorable mention will become third.