Guest Contest

So you have heard about the Des Moines Camera Club ( but haven’t had the chance to come to a meeting yet. Our club year started on September 6th and we are inviting you to join us as our guest for the first month.

Even better, we are sponsoring a photo contest for those who have never been a member prior to September 2016. Details follow:

Prizes: 1st place: $50 gift certificate to Christian Photo

2nd place: $30 gift certificate to Christian Photo

3rd place: $20 gift certificate to Christian Photo

The rules: Show us your best shots from the summer of 2016. All photographers who have never been a member of the Des Moines Camera Club prior to Sept 1, 2016 are eligible to participate. Submit any two photos taken between May 2016 and our submission deadline (Sept 13, 2016). The subject can be anything you wish, but any NSFW (Not Safe for Work) content, nudity, or images which imply trespassing on Railroad property will be rejected. Participants may enter digital images in either color or B&W images.

How to enter: Email your files to with “DMCC Guest Contest” in the subject line. You will receive a reply within 7 days, or by Sept 15th noting that we received your entry. Files must be submitted as jpegs with a file size of 500kb or less. Name the files with your name and photo 1 or 2 (i.e. last_first_1.jpg). In your email, include your full name, and titles for your images. Failure to follow these rules may result in the rejection of your entries.

Judging: Three club members will judge the entries using the same criteria that we use in our internal contests. Those criteria are:

1. Interest/Impact: This is uniqueness, something special, a reason to spend some time dwelling on the image, the “wow” factor. Something the judges have not seen before.

2. Composition: For this criteria, the judges will look at the crop, shooting angle, distracting elements, and other compositional elements (i.e. S-curves, converging lines, …)

3. Technique: Exposure, color, depth of field, white balance, focus, lighting, shutter speed.

Each image is scored on a 1-5 scale for each of the three criteria with a maximum score of 45. Ties will be broken by the judges. You may use Photoshop, HDR, or any other software/filters to process your images. All entries will be judged with the winners announced at our regular club meeting on Sept 20, 2016.

Reproduction rights: Photographers will retain all rights to their images. All entries will be retained by the Des Moines Camera Club for judging in our digital library. By submitting your file to the contest, you are granting the club the right to publish your image in an announcement of the contest results on our website (, and on our Facebook pages with credits to the winning photographers.