Photo Essay Competition Rules

The Photo Essay competition comprises three categories: print essay, projected essay and book essay.


  • Print essays are a collection of prints displayed in some fashion. Most typically they will be mounted on a board, but any method of presenting a collection of prints that can be physically managed by the entrant is allowable. 
  • Digital Projected 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 which is compatible with the projection equipment available on the night of the competition. In either case coordination with the group chairs well in advance of the competition is essential. 
  • Book essays are a collection of images assembled into a bound book such as are available from vendors such as Shutterfly, Snapfish, Blurb and others.

The rules for entry are as follows:

  1. One entry per person per category [print, digital projected, book].
  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 projected essays must be submitted by the previously announced entry deadline which will be no later than one meeting prior to the final competition night. This is in order to ensure compatibility with the club’s software.