Competition Overview

The Flatirons Photo Club holds competitions open to dues-paying members at most of its monthly meetings (see this link for more information about meetings; some meetings feature sharing and discussion of images rather than competition). Club dues are $20/year for individuals or $25/year for families. Dues can be paid via PayPal:

There are four competition categories: Special Topic, Nature, Realism, and Special Effects. See these links on competition Submission Guidelines, Special Topics and Year End Competition for more information.

Members may enter up to two (2) images in monthly club competitions, spread across all categories. To encourage printed images, a third entry is allowed if at least one is a print. Note: for Zoom meetings, no prints may be submitted. (Only two (2) entries per person in the Special Topic of the Month.) Digital and Print are judged separately. Awards are given to ~20% of entries in each category. There must be at least three entries in a category for an Award to be given in that category. However, any image receiving a score of 4.5 or higher — no matter how many or how few entries there are — is given an award.

Images receiving an award or honorable mention in a monthly competition cannot be re-entered in monthly competitions unless significantly reworked. But such images can be entered in the year-end competition. Images that have won awards in year-end competitions cannot be re-entered in monthly competitions or year-end competitions. In order to promote new creative work from members, we would prefer to see images created in the last two years, but substantially reworked older images are fine, too.

Competition Categories

The distinction between the categories is one of style, not the technique used. Some images captured in the camera can be in the Special Effects category, and some images that have been extensively post processed can be in the Realism category.

Special Topic

A topic of the month is assigned. Images may use either traditional style or special effects.

– Digital Special Topic of the Month (A) (projected)
– Print Special Topic of the Month


Traditional style images of the natural landscape and wildlife. The images in this category may include people or buildings, but the subject matter would be the larger landscape rather than human activity.

– Digital Nature (B) (projected)
– Print Nature


Traditional style images on any topic excluding landscape or wildlife. For example: architecture, food, people, street, and action subject matter would be submitted in this category.

– Digital Realism (C) (projected)
– Print Realism

Special Effects

Images will be created initially using photographic techniques, then further manipulated by adding digital filters or by using other techniques in post process. The effects used will be readily apparent and the image will be clearly altered.

– Digital Special Effects (D) (projected)
– Print Special Effects