Salon Rules

General Rules for all Salons:

  1. Entrants must be Crosstown Camera Club members in good standing, i.e. club dues paid by Dec. 1.
  2. Monthly salons will alternate between Prints (Color and Monochrome) and Digital. There will be four print salons and four digital salons at regular club meetings. The board will determine the order of the salons.
  3. Each salon will consist of a “Topic” category and an “Open” category. The Topic category is the subject matter designated annually by the salon committee. The Open category is any subject matter that does not fit into the Topic category. The judge for each salon has the final decision as to what will be in each category.
  4. Each member may submit up to three photographs in each salon, dividing them between the Open and Topic categories as they wish. Members may also divide their entries between color and monochrome prints (digital images are judged in one category only).
  5. All photographs entered will be judged according to three criteria: TECHNIQUE, COMPOSITION and IMPACT.
  6. In addition to the salon competition there is also a Critique-Only category. The purpose of the Critique-Only category is to have photographers critiqued by our judges without entering into the salon competition. Critique-Only photographs do not receive any kind of score. The letter “C” is used for entry identification. Images and prints that were critiqued in this category may be submitted later in the regular Topic and Open categories. The purpose of the Critique-Only category is education, not competition.
  7. The following three pieces of information are required for each entry:
  8. NUMBER:

    Indicate your CCC Member Number (not your name). This number can be found on your Membership Card. Entries with names or other image-maker identification such as Copyright Watermark, etc., will be disqualified. If you need a Member Number, please contact the Membership Chair.

    TITLE:

    Provide a descriptive, short title for the photograph.

    Titles are for identification — for yourself and for those who keep club records. Judges don’t always pay much attention to them. Calling a photograph “Untitled” risks confusion in club records and later in your own memory.

    CATEGORY:

    Indicate whether the entry is Topic, Open or Critique-Only .

    Select from the following for detailed information about:
    • Digital Salon Rules September, November, February, April
    • Print Salon Rules October, January, March, May
    The Print and Digital committees will interpret and apply these rules at each club salon and have the right to reject any entry not properly presented or labeled.


Digital Salon Rules:

Visual Step by Step Tutorial to Sizing and Preparing an Image for a Digital Salon

Digital images must be submitted as email attachments sent to the Digital Chair through the digitalsalon@crosstowncameraclub.org link by 8 p.m. on Tuesday of the week prior to the salon.

Preparing Your Digital Images for Salon:

    • All digital images shall be the result of an initial exposure by the member. Images may be captured either using a digital camera or scanned from slides or negatives.
    • All digital images must be labeled with a CATEGORY (Topic or Open), member’s NUMBER and TITLE in the filename. Entries with a member’s name or other image-maker identification on the image, such as Copyright Watermark, etc., will be disqualified.
    • Digital images may be entered in either of the Topic or Open divisions but to a maximum of three images TOTAL per member per salon.
    • Digital images shall be 1920 pixels on the longest side to ensure the best resolution for our monitor.
    • Image file type must be JPEG. The color space, sRGB is highly recommended for best viewing on websites and monitors. Use the highest image quality when saving or exporting your image.

Filenames for digital entries should appear as follows:

    • The file name should contain the following four items:
    • T, O or C indicating whether the image is for the Topic, Open or Critique-Only category.
    • NUMBER: Your CCC Member Number (not your name). This number can be found on your Membership Card. Entries with names will be disqualified.
    • TITLE: A concise descriptive title for the image.
    • .jpg (because we only accept images in the JPG format)

Examples:

    • T.691.TheCat.jpg (Topic Entry)
    • O.691.WhiteBird.jpg (Open entry)
    • C.691.GoldenCage.jpg (Critique-Only entry)

    Additional notes:

      • Always make a copy of your final image and resize and orient properly for viewing (horizontally or vertically) your duplicate prior to emailing.
      • Use the highest image quality when saving or exporting your image.
      • Titles are for identification — for yourself and for those who keep club records. Judges don’t always pay much attention to them. Use description instead of commentary (e.g., “MikeOnABike” instead of “WillHeMakeIt”). Calling a photograph “Untitled” is a bad idea and risks confusion in club records and in your own memory.

    Print Salon Rules:

    Prints must be submitted to the Edina Art Center (EAC) CCC drop-off area by 8 p.m. on Tuesday of the week prior to the salon.

    How to Prepare Your Prints for Salon:

      • All prints shall be the results of an initial exposure by the member. All other processing and printing may be commercially done, if desired.
      • No frames are allowed.
      • A TITLE, CATEGORY (Topic, Open or Critique-Only), member’s NUMBER, and DIVISION entered (Monochrome or Color) must appear on the back top left side of the matte board. Entries with a member’s name will be disqualified.
      • Prints may be entered in either of the Topic or Open divisions but to a maximum of three prints TOTAL per member per salon.
      • Prints shall be:
      1 – No smaller than 3″ x 5″ and no larger than 16″ x 20″.
      2 – Mounted on a substrate of your choice. Cresent board or foam core work well. If no matte is used, the white surface of the mounting substrate should be used to help frame the print.
      3 – The mounting substrate should be no smaller than 8″ x 10″ and no larger than 16″ x 20″.
      4 – Using a matte around the print makes for a nice presentation but Judges are instructed not to assign extra value for a matted print. But there may be a psychological value. To matte or not is up to the maker. There will be no penalty for matting or not matting.

    The following four pieces of information are required for entry and should appear in the top left corner on the back side of the matte board:

      1. NUMBER: Your CCC Member Number (not your name). This number can be found on your Membership Card.
      2. TITLE: A descriptive title for the photograph.
      3. TOPIC: Indicating a Topic category entry; OPEN: indicating an Open category entry; CRITIQUE-ONLY
      4. MONOCHROME -or- COLOR.

    Additional notes:
    • Mounting your print on matte board or foam core is required so it stands up in the display box. You can use spray adhesive, double-coated tape, Scotch Mounting Adhesive or heat mounting.
    • Titles are for identification — for yourself and for those who keep club records. Judges don’t always pay much attention to them. Use description instead of commentary (e.g., “Mike on a Bike” instead of “Will He Make It”). Calling a photograph “Untitled” risks confusion in club records and later, in your own memory.
    • After each print salon, digital copies of first- and second-place winning entries and acceptances should also be forwarded to the Digital Chair through the digitalsalon@crosstowncameraclub.org.com email link (conforming to digital salon rules). They will be displayed on the Crosstown Website and used in the end-of-year presentation.