MPC has In-club competitions and also participates in competitions sponsored by the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs (NJFCC) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA). See Competition Schedule. You must be a paid-up member of the MPC club to enter competitions.
In-club digital competitions are held once a month on a Wednesday night. On competition nights we usually hold two contests: an assigned subject and an open pictorial competition. Members compete according to their experience in one of three classes: Entry, Advanced and Salon. New members start in the Entry class and advance based on performance in competitions. Images are critiqued by an outside judge to help the photographers improve their technique behind the camera and in post-production.
To advance from the Entry class to the Advanced class requires getting an accumulation of 25 points in club competitions and to go from Advanced to Salon 100 points. Points are awarded in the following way: Merit Award (judge’s score of 9 or more) gets 3 points, Honorable Mention (score of 8) gets 1 point and Salon Best in Show gets 4 points.
Assigned subjects are suggested and chosen by the members at the end of May. See the 2016-17 season subjects here. They are intended to broaden the experience of club members and encourage them to think out of the box. For example, some assigned subjects in the past have been: “Night Photography”, “Black and White”, “Patterns” and “Street Photography”. In addition there are standard assigned subjects, which are “Nature”, “Travel” and “Creative”.
In the final competition, the Annual Salon, members of all three classes (Entry, Advanced, and Salon) compete together. Digital images are judged out of state by three judges in two categories: “Nature” and “Open Pictorial”. After judging, the entries are assembled and shown to the club at the last meeting of the season.