NJFCC Competitions’ Rules

Rules Common for all NJFCC Competitions

  1. All contests are only open to members of NJFCC member club.
  2. Images must have been made by the declared individual photographer. Submitting someone else’s work is not permitted.
  3. Individuals having multiple club memberships are permitted to enter only under one club name for any given competition.
  4. A club member can submit a maximum of two (2) entries per individual in each NJFCC competition for a given date. That is two (2) per competition, not per category.  A club can have unlimited entries in each competition.
  5. Image sizing
    1. Image files must have a JPEG file format.
    2. Images must be saved in sRGB color space.
    3. Images must be sized for 1050 pixels along the longest edge.
    4. The photographer’s name, trademarks and/or copyright notices may not appear in an image.
  6. Submission of virtually the same image in more than one division or category is not permitted. *An example*: an image is submitted in a nature projection competition. It may not also be submitted in a pictorial competition or a other competition of any kind.
  7. Entries that did not receive an award in any competition are permitted to be re-submitted in a subsequent competition only one time.
  8. There is no maximum number of entries per club. The only limit is two (2) images per member per competition.

Pictorial Competition Rules

  1. Pictorial competitions are divided into three (3) separate categories.  The three categories are, with their definitions:
    1. Creative: Images presented in a manner that post-processing or in-camera manipulation is obvious to the average viewer
    2. Open: All other images not eligible for entry elsewhere*.

      * Regardless of the category, if an image is eligible for entry into NJFCC Nature, it is NOT eligible in Pictorial

  2. Images may not be created from scratch by drawing or any other non-photographic means.

Nature Competition Rules

  1. All Nature competitions are divided into 4 individual categories: General Nature, Botany, Zoology (includes insects), and Ornithology.
    1. General Nature: This category includes landscapes, seascapes, rock formations and anything else that does not fall into Botanical, Ornithological or Zoological.
    2. Botanical: This category includes plants and fungi.
    3. Ornithological: this category includes birds.
    4. Zoological: This category includes all animals except for birds. Basically, if it walks, crawls, flies or swims, it is an animal and must be entered in the Zoological category.
  2. Images shall be judged on the story-telling aspect first. If all elements are judged to be the same, then pictorial quality shall take precedence.
  3. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable.
  4. Human elements shall not be present except on the rare occasion where those elements enhance the nature story.
  5. Photographs of domesticated animals, mounted specimens and obviously set arrangements are not acceptable. Farm animals are considered to be domesticated. If an animal is an exotic pet, it must be taken in a natural setting – no bars, fences or man-made objects. Examples of exotic pets are chimpanzees, alligators, alpacas, etc.
  6. Any form of image manipulation that misrepresents the true situation or that alters the content of the image is not permitted. Minor cloning to remove small incidental distractions in the image are permitted if the cloning operation is undetectable by the judge. A judge may disqualify any image in which he or she detects evidence of cloning or pasting.
  7. The member must designate which of the 4 categories apply for each image.


For complete rules go: njfcc.org