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Photo Competitions

In order to provide members an opportunity to both show their work and obtain feedback to assist them in becoming better photographers, CPS holds regular photo competitions throughout the year. CPS Members and students in CPS Classes are invited to participate in competitions, which are juried by independent judges to ensure objectivity. To upload your images for digital competitions to Shutter Score, click here

Competitions are held in five categories. Each competition evening features one category but all competitions also provide the opportunity to submit Pictorial images. Each competition category offers three opportunities to compete each year. Six competitions each year are Print and six are Projection. The categories are:

Black & White - Monochrome images, including single tone and sepia. Any image with spot color is considered a Color image and is not eligible for this category.

Creative - Photos taken using special lenses, filters, lighting conditions or other creative means and photos creatively edited using digital imaging software.

Nature - Photos of animals, flowers, plants and scenics where the 'hand of man' is not evident.

People - Candids or portraits where people are the primary subject

Pictorial - An open category encompassing photos of any subject.

Helpful Links and Competition Results:

Schedule - Here is the complete 2022 - 2023 Competition Schedule for your use. 'B' Competition and Photojournalism dates are also included. Before entering the B competition, new members are urged to consult the B Competition Rules

Rules - Before entering competition, members are urged to consult the Competition Rules and Photojournalism Rules and Guidelines.

’How To’ - New as well as seasoned members may be able to better understand the ins and outs of preparing for competition by downloading this tutorial. ALSO: If you have questions regarding how to size and prepare your images for competition, check out these new tutorials: How to Size and How to Mat.

Labels - Members are encouraged to pre-print competition labels, using this document and printing on Avery label blank #5164 (or generic equivalent), available at most office supply retailers.

Year-End - At the end of each competition year, members have the opportunity to re-submit previously-entered images in Year-End Competition. Winners of this Competition hang on the wall of the Club’s Gathering Room for the entire following competition year! A slideshow of the past year's winning images can be viewed here. To learn more about Year-End Competition, three links have been provided: End of Year Demystified - a complete explanation of the End-of-Year process, End of Year Q & A - a quick recap of frequently asked questions and CPS Special Awards - a complete list of the seven Special Awards that also hang on the Gathering Room wall.

March 25
4:30 PM
Great Blue Heron Rookery - Informal Field Trip
March 27
7:30 PM
Lightroom Classic - Library Module
March 31
Deadline for End of Year Digital Submissions
March 31
7:30 PM
Critique Night
April 3
7:30 PM
Lightroom Classic - Develop - Global Edits

The mission of the Cleveland Photographic Society is to promote and advance the understanding, passion and joy of photography by providing opportunities for education, skill development, picture-taking, competition, critique and fellowship.

CPS is a founding member of the
Photographic Society of America

Photographic Society of America


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