There are two categories of photo essay:

Print and Digital.

  • Print Essays are a collection of prints displayed in some fashion, including a book (such as available from vendors including Shutterfly, Snapfish, Blurb and others), a poster, storyboard, or any method of presenting a collection of prints that can be physically managed by the entrant.  (Print Essays are temporarily suspended due to Covid. Once we are able to meet in person again this portion of the competition will be reinstated.)
  • Digital Essays are a collection of images that will be projected in some fashion, typically, but not necessarily, accompanied by a soundtrack. The presentation should be in a format that is compatible with the projection equipment available on the night of the competition (i.e., Quicktime movie .mov or .mp4). To ensure compatibility with the club’s hardware and software, Digital Essays must be submitted prior to the competition date. Members will be notified in advance of the required deadline. 

The rules for entry are as follows:

  1. One entry per person per category [print and digital].
  2. Maximum length of a digital projected essay is 8 minutes.  Maximum dimensions of projected essay is 1400×1050.  Suggested and preferred length is 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Participants are encouraged to use only their own images. Other images may be used only if they are vital to the narrative quality of the essay. Any images not made by the participant must be credited. No more than 10% of the total images may be non-participant images.
  4. It is the participant’s responsibility to know the rules. A submission outside of these guidelines will not be accepted. Digital essays must be submitted by the previously announced entry deadline, which will be no later than midnight the Saturday before the competition date. (The earlier the better). This is to ensure compatibility with the club’s hardware and software.