Latimer Print Competitions, season 2020-2021
Latimer Print Competitions help photographers at all skill levels improve their craft. This year Boston Camera Club still has three print competitions scheduled with different than usual rules. The most important changes for this season are highlighted below.
Club members normally display their printed photographs for evaluation and feedback from professional photographers in our meeting hall. This year participating club members will snail mail their prints to the judge for evaluation and scoring while submitting a digital representation of their print on our site as usual. The judge will go through all prints one by one during our Zoom meeting and will comment on them accordingly. First through third places as well as honorable mentions will be awarded as usual but ribbons are not going to be issued this season. Please note that prints will remain with the judge. Please also see amended Competition Rules below.
There will be three Latimer Print competitions during the 2020-2021 season: December 15, February 9, and March 23.
Each competition features three categories, Open and two Special Categories, which are chosen by the Latimer Print Competition coordinators. Each category has an A level and a B level competition.
Rules and guidelines for each specific category will be included in the email announcement.
1. Images can be captured digitally or on film; prints can be produced by inkjet printing or in a darkroom and can be created by the member or can be done commercially.
2. All images must be mounted on a backing, with no front mat.
3. Maximum overall size for print and mount may not exceed 12”x 12.”
4. Each member can enter a total of three prints each competition night. A member cannot enter more than two prints per competition category).
5. Images must be sent via US mail or other delivery service to the judge. Judge's address will be provided. Prints will not be returned.
Click here for complete information about the Latimer Print competition and other competition rules. Important: This season rules override club's general competition rules under the link above whenever they differ.
Most judges start the evening with a presentation of their work and discussion. This season only the judge is going to award scores, member voting is postponed until better times. Our judges have many styles, interests, and backgrounds, offering members the opportunity to have their work evaluated from a range of perspectives over the course of the year. After the critiques, winners are announced. Cumulative point totals for the year determine Print Photographer of the Year Awards that are presented at the June Annual Meeting.
The New England Camera Club Council, NECCC, Inter-Club Competitions have been put on hold this season by NECCC.
The Competition is named in honor of Club benefactor Horace Latimer (1860-1931) who provided a bequest to the Club in 1931. An accomplished photographer and printmaker, Mr. Latimer was a world traveler and advanced amateur photographer. The Club has a number of his original prints in its archives.
Who was Horace A. Latimer?
Horace Latimer (1860-1931) was an independently wealthy Boston philanthropist and advanced amateur photographer, one of whose specialties was yachting photography. His involvement with the Boston Camera Club began well before the turn of the 20th century. His work is representative of the early days of amateur photographic practice, when men and women of means traveled the world with their cameras, often achieving high artistic results worthy of established professionals of the time. A photograph by Latimer was exhibited at the Smithsonian in 1896
However, it was the 1931 bequest of Horace A. Latimer that truly enabled the Boston Camera Club to retain its role as the leading forum for serious amateur photography in the Boston area for the remainder of the twentieth century. Used initially in part to fund the purchase of 351 Newbury Street, the Club's headquarters from 1936 to 1980, Latimer's funds now ensure that the Club will continue its mission in the 21st century.
In recognition of his gift, which has enabled thousands of New Englanders to become proficient in and broaden their appreciation of photography, the Boston Camera Club's print division is named the Latimer Print Group.
Independently wealthy, Latimer was a prime example of the turn-of-the-century serious amateur photographer, for whom money enabled one to travel the world, capture extraordinary photographic moments, and own the best equipment of his day. Like many such experts, Latimer had a measure of success. Known among American pictorialist photographers, Latimer was published in Camera Notes, the forerunner of Camera Work, and was a prolific exhibitor.
Also a member of the New York Camera Club, Latimer participated in many of the joint exhibitions held by the Boston and New York Clubs beginning in 1887. Besides travel photography, one of Latimer's great interests was the photography of yachting.
Most of Latimer's work was in control processes including carbon and multiple gum, in which he was especially proficient. Latimer was also a serious collector of photographic images and equipment, some of which the Club still owns.
Images: Copyright Horace A. Latimer