Competitions are an integral part of the Sarnia Photographic Club each month. Competitions not only give incentive for members to shoot new pictures, but also allow members to learn from one another's photos by discussing the strengths and opportunities for improvement of each entry.

Monthly Competitions

Members are encouraged to enter photographs monthly, one for each of the two categories. (Open and Nature categories will alternate each month and there will be a Monthly Theme category). The images are reviewed by a judging committee and shown at the next meeting, with the judges' critiques. The photographer is not identified, except for the top entries. Entries are due the 15th following the monthly meeting.

Open: Any topic
Nature: No visible hand of man (fence, telephone pole, cultivated plants, domesticated animals, etc.) For more clarity on this, please see the CAPA defintion found in the CAPA Members Handbook.

2014-2015 Monthly Topics:

Submission deadline
Date presented
Sept. 15, 2014 Open & “Car Cruising” Oct. 7, 2014
Oct. 15, 2014 Nature & “Doors and Windows” Nov. 4, 2014
Nov. 15, 2014 Open & “Altered Reality” (CAPA theme) Dec. 2, 2014
Dec. 15, 2014 Nature & “Light” (CAPA theme) Jan, 6, 2015
Jan.15, 2015 Open & “Starry Nights” Feb. 3, 2015
Feb. 15, 2015 Nature & “Red” & "Portraits" (CAPA theme) Mar. 3, 2015
Mar .15, 2015 Open & “Black & White” Apr. 1, 2015
April 15, 2015 Nature & “Geometric Shapes” May 5, 2015
May 15, 2015 "Awards submissions" June 2, 2015
June 15, 2015 Open & “Pet Portraits” Sept. 1, 2015

Annual Competitions

Each month the winning images are assigned points: 1st Place-4 points, 2nd Place-3 points, 3rd Place-2 points and Honorable Mention-1 point. The points are tallied throughout the year and the following awards presented for the photographer with the highest points in each category.

Sorensen Best “Open”
Pasquan Best “Nature”
Photographic Club Best “Monthly Theme”

In addition, Club Members may submit two images to be judged for eligibility for the trophies below:

Carryer Subject “Marine”
Carman's Foto Source Subject “Travel”
Paisley Subject “Open”
Lyall Smith Subject “People”

Submission instructions

The following formats are accepted for both monthly and annual competitions:

Digital submissions
- must be in the form of jpg's formatted with a maximum of 1400 horizontal pixels or 1050 vertical pixels. Files to be named as follows: Category _Full Name of Artist_Title.jpg
For example: Nature_John Smith_Fishing.jpg

Slides and Prints - must be scanned and submitted in digital format as described above. Scanning services are offered by local photo stores for a reasonable cost.

Images for Competitions to be e-mailed to: