Contest - FotoClave 2017

Juried Digital Photography Contest

FotoClave has decided to offer a different photo contest from past years to those registering for the conference. This will be entirely digital and will entail some monetary prizes. The topic will be OPEN. There will be no entrance fees. Accepted images will be available in a photo book, which the maker can purchase, and will be shown by projection at the conference on Sunday. Winning images will be chosen by our three keynote speakers - George Lepp, Seth Resnick, and Brenda Tharp.


This contest is open to all photographers who register to attend FotoClave 2017. Submissions may be made in advance of your FotoClave registration. Your registration will be verified by FotoClave staff to ensure your submission is eligible, i.e. that you have ultimately registered.


Subject Matter is OPEN. Anything legal goes in this category. These should be individual images. No sequences or series allowed.

Standard post processing such as cropping, sharpening, color correction and exposure manipulation are acceptable. Other editing such as cloning, removal of distractions and composites are ALSO allowed in an OPEN category.

There is NO time limit within which the photographs should have been taken

The following submissions are ineligible:

  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law in your jurisdiction.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, or damage to the environment by the photographer.
  • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.
  • The FotoClave 2017 shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. 


You, the photographer, will retain all rights to any photograph you submit -including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant FotoClave a royalty-free, nonexclusive right to:

  • Display the photograph on N4C/FotoClave sites
  • Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
  • Use the photograph in FotoClave’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services.
  • Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications
  • Retain a digital copy of your photograph.

FotoClave will endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption "Person's Name" when the full name is available.


Digital image specifications to enter online (No printed images accepted)

  • Image Size should have a long dimension of at least 3000 pixels.
  • Save file as (JPG) with maximum quality.
  • File Name must not be the original file name. The file should be renamed with the Photo Title and nothing else.
  • So the judges can evaluate images fairly, NO Watermarks, signatures, stamps, or other identifying marks are allowed anywhere on the image or in the file name.
Note: To make sure we have a blind judging, no maker’s name is allowed in the photo title. Your name will be picked up from your registration with SlickPic during the submittal process. Any images accepted in the juried judging will be shown in the accepted images gallery.

Image limit: There is a maximum submittal limit of 5 images per maker.


  • ENTRY SUBMISSIONS: start July 15, 2017
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: October 15, 2017
  • Makers will be notified of Acceptances by email on October 20th, 2017
  • Winners will be notified by email on October 25, 2017




There will be two sets of judges. The first set of judges will be FotoClave judges and they will select the acceptances. NOTE: All acceptances will be presented in a slide show at the FotoClave event, and published in a book for purchase.

The winners will be selected by the FotoClave key speakers Seth Resnick, George Lepp, and Brenda Tharp. Awards will be given at the FotoClave event.

The keynote speaker Judges will choose the first three places from among 15 images. The rest will be credited with HM status.


  • First Place prize: US$200
  • 2nd Place prize: US$100
  • 3rd Place prize: US$50.
  • 12 Honorable Mentions (no cash prizes)
  • 1 people’s choice award
  • All photographer's accepted images will be included in the FotoClave Gallery on the website
  • All accepted images will be presented in a slideshow at the FotoClave 2017 event.
  • All accepted images will be published in a FotoClave 2017 competition book available for purchase.

What photos should I choose for the FotoClave competition?

If you are a camera club or PSA member, you would just choose the type of photos you would enter for the pictorial, monochrome or color divisions. For this contest you can upload photos that have won at the club or N4C level, or were accepted for a PSA salon, if you choose.

For photographers who are not members of these groups, please take a look at for examples of the type of photo that will be entered. However, OPEN means OPEN and you can enter anything you want.

Additionally, all accepted photos will be reproduced in an attractive hard cover book, which will be available to purchase. How nice to see some of your photos in print.


Online Image Submission Instructions:

Our image submission service is being provided by the photo-sharing site To avoid spam and orphaned images, participants will have to create a free account before uploading, or you can use your existing account, if you have one. If you have an account and forgot your password click "Forgot Password".

Click here to create a free account.
Click here to see the video: How to Submit Photos.

By uploading your photos for the FotoClave competition you agree to all the Rules and Conditions.

Please note that during the competition, the uploaded images will not be visible to anyone but the panel of judges. They will become available for public view after the competition ends. 

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