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Jan 28, 2021


7:15 pm - 9:30 pm



Competition with “Defying Gravity” Assigned Subject

Visitors welcome! Come join us! Free event!


  • 7:15 – Drop off competition print photos
  • 7:30 – Meeting starts
  • ~8:15 – Break, snacks and discuss prints
  • 8:30 – Digital competition

Competition Categories

  • Assigned Subject – enter either Digital Assigned Subject or Print Assigned Subject, but not both, entries may be color or monochrome
  • Digital Open – enter either Class A or Class B, but not both – entries may be color or monochrome
  • Print Open Color
  • Print Open Monochrome

Uploading Digital photos

Use the Upload page for all digital categories. Click for uploading tips and tricks.

The upload deadline is Tuesday, at midnight, the week of the competition.

Print Labels

Use the label template for the information that must be on the back of your photo. Attach the label in the upper left corner on the back to ensure your photo will be orientated correctly for the judges. You can enter your information into the label template before you print, or by hand after you print. Leave the “Picture #” and “Score” fields blank.

Location Details

Newtown Community Center & Senior Center at 8 Simpson Street, Newtown, CT

Enter using the Community Center’s main entrance. Turn right after the lobby. Then, turn left down the Senior Center hallway. The Senior Center Multi-purpose meeting room is at the end of this long hallway. 
The Newtown Community Center & Senior Center is 1.3 miles from I84 Exit 11. This location is across the street from the Newtown Municipal Center. If your GPS is having problems, use the Newtown Municipal Center address of at 3 Primrose St, Newtown, CT 06470. Then circle it until you find Simpson Street and the new large Community Center.

Learning Through Competition

Competitions encourage everyone to improve their skills and to learn new ways to look at things. Constructive critiques from judges can be a very useful learning tool. However, judging art is very subjective. Judges can’t see inside your thought processes.

  • If you like what a judge says, whether it is your photo or not, that is great. Use that insight to improve your photos going forward.
  • If you disagree with what a judge says, that is ok too. If you like your art the way it is, that is more important than what anyone else says or how well it scores.
  • You choose whether to use or ignore the judging comments.

Announcements Agenda

  • Darrell – Welcome
  • Linda – Programs
  • Rhonda – Exhibits
  • Mark/Sandy – New England Camera Club Council
  • Ken – Introduce the judges

Information for Judges


1. Assigned Subject
2. Open Color
3. Open Monochrome

4. Assigned Subject
5. Open – Class A
6. Open – Class B

Commenting on each photo

We ask that a judge provide a positive comment on each photo. Then, suggest how the photo might be strengthened.

Help the photographer think about a different perspective, crop, lighting, background, etc. the next time a similar situation presents itself.

Focus on suggestions for before the shutter was clicked. Try to avoid complex post-processing suggestions.


Run-through at start of each category

Ties resolved at end of each category

Short break after Print categories


Range: 6 to 10 by half points

Practice using the keypad. Scoring is working when your choice is displayed in the lower right corner.