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.

  3. 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 topics of the salons.

  5. Each salon will have 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 doesn’t fit into the Topic category. The judge for each salon has the final decision as to what will be in each category.

  7. Each member may submit up to three images in each salon, dividing them between the Open and Topic categories as they wish. Members will also divide their print entries between color and monochrome (mono and color digital images are judged together one category).

  9. All photographs entered will be judged according to three criteria: TECHNIQUE, COMPOSITION and IMPACT.

  11. 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.

  13. The following three pieces of information are required for all salon entries:
    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.

    Provide a descriptive, short title for the photograph.

    Titles are for identification, to avoid confusing one image with another. Titles are for yourself, posting on the website and those who keep club records. Judges don’t pay much attention to them. Calling a photograph “Untitled” risks confusion in club records and later in your own memory.

    Indicate whether the entry is Topic, Open or Critique-Only . For prints also indicate color or mono.

    • Digital Salons are in September, November, February, April
    • Print Salons are in October, January, March, May

    The Print and Digital committees will interpret and apply these rules at each club salon and may reject any entry not properly presented or labeled.



Submissions Rules for Print Salons


  • Prints must be submitted at the Edina Art Center by 8pm on Tuesday of the week prior to (9 days before) the Salon meeting. Put them in the Salon entries folder in the media room (ask at the front desk).

  • Print size minimum – 3″x5″ on an 8×10 backing.

  • Print size maximum – 16″x20″ (including the backing)

  • Prints must be mounted on a rigid backing so they will stand up on their own

  • The Member Number, Title and Category (T, O or C plus color or mono) information will be posted on the TOP LEFT corner on the back of the print.

    The 16×20 size rule applies whether the image has a landscape or a portrait orientation. This means that the longer side can be no more than 20″ and the shorter side no more than 16″.

    The TOP LEFT rule is because sometimes it’s hard to tell what the correct orientation is for the image.



    Submissions Rules for Digital Salons

    • Digital images must be submitted as email attachments sent to by 8pm on Tuesday of the week prior to (9 days before) the Salon meeting.
    • The email message subject should be mm/yy Salon. Your Subject line for the September 2108 Salon should be 09/18 Salon
    • These messages are processed automatically and are seldom read by the Chair so please include only the image files. Refrain from including additional image files (i.e. logo graphics in your signature) as finding and removing these image files requires manual intervention.

    Preparing Your Digital Images for Salons

    Be sure to review the visual, step-by step guide How to Prepare an Image for a Digital Salon. Though targeted towards Lightroom users the procedure will be similar for other software packages.

    • 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.
    • 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 the Topic, Open or Critique-only catagories but are limited to a maximum of three images total per member per salon. If you submit more than three images, the Chair will select the first three images identified in the workflow.
    • Digital Images should be or fit within a 1920 wide x1080 tall pixel box. Please remember to size portrait format images to no greater than 1080 pixels tall. This includes borders or intentional white space so please add these elements before scaling your image. All of that space is yours so please use it. Any screen space not utilized by your image will be pure black.
    • Image file type must be JPEG. The sRGB color space is highly recommended for best viewing on websites and monitors. Use the highest image quality when saving or exporting your image.
    • Be certain your email software isn’t “shrinking” the image before sending. Assuming you’re attaching a properly sized copy, you want the email software to transmit a full quality, full size — sometimes called Original — image.

    The image filenames should contain four unique elements, separated by “.” in the following order:

    • T, O or C indicating whether the image is for the Topic, Open or Critique-Only category.
    • CCC MEMBER ID NUMBER: This number can be found on your Membership Card. Do not use your name — entries with names will be disqualified.
    • TITLE: A concise descriptive title for the image. Words in titles may be separated by spaces, (My Title), underscore (My_Title), or by using CamelCase, (MyTitle).
    • jpg: the file extension for a JPEG format file — the only type of image file we accept.

    Examples of acceptable filenames include:

    • T.691.The Cat.jpg (Topic Entry with words in the Title separated with spaces)
    • O.691.White_Bird.jpg (Open entry in which the Title words are separated with an underscore character.)
    • C.691.GoldenCage.jpg (Critique-Only entry where the Title is expressed using CamelCase—each word in the Title is capitalized with no spaces or characters between words.)

    Helpful Hints

    • Always submit a JPEG copy of your final image that is sized and properly oriented for viewing. (Portrait or Landscape).
    • Use the highest image quality (lowest amount of compression) setting when saving or exporting your image.
    • Be certain that you are naming the attached images using the filename convention — providing a typed list of the filenames in the body of the email is not sufficient.
    • 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). Titling a photograph Untitled is a bad idea and risks confusion in club records and in your own memory.
    • Many photo editing packages will automatically attach the file extension (.jpg) and modern operating systems can be set up hide the file extenstion from your view. Please take time to understand the workings of your computer and avoid adding an additional “.jpg” to your title. Again, this requires manual intervention and makes for a cranky Digital Chair.

    If you have any questions about the procedures please see Jeff Berg, the Digital Chair, at the salon meeting.