Print (Latimer) Competition

The Print (Latimer) Competition helps photographers at all skill levels improve their craft:

Through critique
Club members display their printed photographs for evaluation and feedback from professional photographers. Members whose prints have won in BCC competition may advance to inter-club competitions.

By example
Members view images produced by professional photographers, hear professionals describe their philosophies and approaches to creating photographic images and prints, and have the opportunity to engage featured speakers in discussion.

There are approximately eight monthly Print (Latimer) competitions during the year from September through May, generally falling on the first Tuesday of each month.

Each session features 4 categories, two open (one for more experienced members; one for less experienced members) and two specific, which are chosen by the Print (Latimer) coordinators and announced about one month before the submission deadline. Rules and guidelines for each specific category are included in the announcement. For most Print (Latimer) competitions, a professional photographer is invited to be the judge for the evening. In recent years 60 to 90 images are reviewed.  

Competition Rules

  • 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.
  • For presentation, all images must be mounted on a stiff board, at a minimum; mounting with matting is preferred.

  • Maximum overall size for print and mount may not exceed 16”x 20.”

  • Number of Prints Allowed Per Competition
    Each member can enter a total of three prints each competition night. A member can not enter more than two prints per competition type (category).

  • Click here for complete information about the Print competition and other competition rules.

A typical Print Competition starts with an informal social period, during which members hang their prints and view other prints on display. 

Voting: Ballots are distributed
Members and the judge vote for a designated number of prints in each category.

Prints are awarded 1 point for each member vote, and 3 points for the judge’s vote. While the ballots are being tallied, each print is critiqued by the judge. 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 and ribbons awarded. Most judges complete the evening with a presentation of their work and discussion. Cumulative point totals determine Annual Awards that are presented at the June Annual Meeting.

Winning prints in BCC competitions may be borrowed and submitted as part of Club entries to New England Camera Club Council Inter-Club Competitions. In the past year, prints produced by BCC members were selected as “Image of the Year” by the NECCC at its Annual Meeting.

Why Latimer?
The Competition is named in honor of Club benefactor Horace Latimer (1860-1931) (see “Who was Horace A. Latimer?”) 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.





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