History (1)

When was the Washington Park Camera Club Founded?

The Washington Park Camera Club was founded in 1955.

Membership (5)

Who can join Washington Park Camera Club?

Any person who is interested in the art of Photography regardless of education and experience.  The individual must possess a desire to learn and share information with fellow photographers and a greater awareness of the art form.

How much are WPCC’s membership dues?

Currently, our dues are $60.00 per club-year which includes the member’s admission to the year end banquet.  First time members pay only $30.00 after January 31st.

How long does my WPCC membership last?

Your Washington Park Camera Club members begins on the day you join through the end of the Club-year (also known as the Club’s Fiscal Year).  The Club-Year runs from September of one year to June of the following year (example: If the club-year is September 2014 to June 2015 and you paid your dues at any point during those dates, then your membership for that Club Year will expire on the last day of June 2014).

What “comes” with my WPCC Membership? What do I get?

  1. Admission for yourself to the club’s Year-End Banquet (additional guests will be at an additional cost per person and will be determined by the club closer to the event).
  2. The ability to participate in the club’s internal Print and DPI Competition.
  3. The ability to participate in the club’s involvement with the Chicago Area Camera Club Association’s Print and DPI Competition along with entries from other WPCC members.
  4. The ability to actively participate in the club’s Business Meetings and attend Executive Meetings (in listen only manner).
  5. Receive members-only communication about club events and outside entity opportunities.

Are there any WPCC activities during the Club-Year Break (July through August)?

We often have one or two meetings over the summer and may go on a couple of photography outings.  Communication of these events are usually handle via email, publications in the events section of our website and through our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonParkCameraClub/events).

Activities (3)

Are there any WPCC activities during the Club-Year Break (July through August)?

We often have one or two meetings over the summer and may go on a couple of photography outings.  Communication of these events are usually handle via email, publications in the events section of our website and through our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonParkCameraClub/events).

When and where do the WPCC member meet?

Washington Park Camera members meet Tuesday nights between during and between the months of September of one year and June of the next (dependent on weather and location availability). Starting time is usually around 7:00 PM at the Washington Park Field House (on 55th and Dr. MLK Drive) and meetings run anywhere from an hour to an hour-and-a-half. The club breaks for the summer but may have organized field trips to various locations during the off-period.

Who can attend a WPCC meeting?

Anyone who is interested in photography and the operations of a camera.  However some activities (such as competition participation and admission to the Year-End Banquet) are strictly reserved for members whose membership are in current standing for that particular club-year.

Meetings & Events (2)

When and where do the WPCC member meet?

Washington Park Camera members meet Tuesday nights between during and between the months of September of one year and June of the next (dependent on weather and location availability). Starting time is usually around 7:00 PM at the Washington Park Field House (on 55th and Dr. MLK Drive) and meetings run anywhere from an hour to an hour-and-a-half. The club breaks for the summer but may have organized field trips to various locations during the off-period.

Who can attend a WPCC meeting?

Anyone who is interested in photography and the operations of a camera.  However some activities (such as competition participation and admission to the Year-End Banquet) are strictly reserved for members whose membership are in current standing for that particular club-year.

Communication (2)

Do I need a Facebook Account to be able to view the WPCC Facebook Page?

No Facebook account is required to view the WPCC Facebook page.  Simply browse to http://www.facebook.com/WashingtonParkCameraClub.

The Washington Park Camera Club Facebook page (like all it’s other social media pages) is open for everyone in the world with internet access to be able to view and learn about the club.  It provides members and interested persons the ability to see the activities that the club participates in and learn from the informative photography articles that are posted there.

To learn more about Facebook, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

Note:  If you would like to LIKE items (clicking on the “Like” button to indicate your approval of an posted item), post comments (voice your opinion of an item that is posted) or share information provided (using the Facebook “Share” mechanism you can share articles on your Facebook timeline) on the club’s Facebook page, you will then need to establish an account with Facebook.

Do I need an Instagram Account to be able to view the WPCC Instagram Profile?

No Instagram (IG) account is required to view the WPCC Instagram profile.  Simply install the Instagram app on your Apple iOS from the Apple iTunes AppStore  (iPhone/iPad) or Google Android OS from the Google Play Store (phone/table) and follow the handle @washingtonparkcameraclub.  You may also browse the club’s Instagram profile at http://instagram.com/washingtonparkcameraclub.

The Washington Park Camera Club’s Instagram Profile (like all it’s other social media pages) is open for everyone in the world with internet access to be able to view and learn about the club.  It provides members and interested persons the ability to see the activities that the club participates in and learn from the informative photography articles that are posted there.

To learn more about Instagram click here: http://instagram.com/about/faq/

Competitions (15)

Who can participate in a WPCC monthly, internal Print and DPI Competition?

Any member who’s membership is current during that club-year.

What are the WPCC Print competition Categories/Classes?

The Washington Park Camera Club has four classes (or categorizations) for the size and types of photos:

  • Small Color – Class “B” is an attempt to promote and encourage participation by members with similar or equal skill levels. New members and all others who have not yet won an “End Of Year Award” are placed in Class “B”. Once he or she has reached a level of proficiency to win either first, second or third place award in our annual end of year competition; they are moved up to Class “A” for the upcoming new year of competition.
  • Small Monochrome – Black and white (non-color) photos. One class level only. All photos are judged together. Over the years we have observed that most Class “B” photographers do not attempt this skill lever and/or do not have the equipment necessary.
  • Large Color: One class level only. All photos are judges together.
  • Large Monochrome: One class level only. All photos are judged together.

NOTE: All monochrome and large color prints are judged as one class level only. Over the years we have observed that most Class “B” photographers do not attempt this skill lever and/or do not have the equipment necessary.

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What types of images are accepted for WPCC Print and DPI Competitions?

Most subject matter is accepted. Photos of buildings, places, animals, plants, etc. are welcome. Swim wear is not encouraged and nudes of any kind are not accepted. We look forward to a wide range of subject matter and perspective, however, WPCC is not an art institute and we strive to make all are members feel welcome and comfortable.

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What types of honors and awards are given for WPCC Print & DPI competition entries?

Award (AW): are judged to be the best of those images being judged. Honorable Mention (HM): are judged to be acceptable for recognition. The number of “Honors” is determined by the number of photos entered in each category.

A MINIMUM of no less than 20% of the total number of photo entered is required for each category/class of Honors. From this there must be 10% given as Awards and 10% as Honorable Mentions. The Chairperson is encouraged to round up rather than round down to promote and encourage participation as well as acknowledge those who have made the effort to enter their images. We try to choose an equal number of AW’s (the best) and HM’s (acceptable for Honors).

The number of entries does not always justify an equal number of Honors. For example, if there are only a total of 8 large monochrome, this number would suggest 1 AW and 1 HM, however, if the Judges scores reflect a close similarity of the images being judged and scored 23 for 3 images, 21 for 4 images, and 19 for 1 image. The Chairperson has the option or flexibility of awarding 1 AW and 2 HM’s rather than drop one of the 3 images that all scored 23. Awarding 2 AW and 2 HM’s is not justified because the number of entries required to give 4 Honors would be in the range of a minimum of 15 entries.

We try to be generous and appreciative of those images that are judged to be the best. We must also be careful at the same time not to encourage mediocrity by awarding Honors to images that were not judged to qualify for this distinction as reflected by the Judges scores.

NOTE: There is no designation for third place in our regular monthly competition, however, our Annual End Of Year Competitions award Honors to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/class.

[Courtesy of Kathleen Sims]

How are WPCC Internal Print and DPI competition entries judged?

Judging by anyone is subjective and varies with each. We must take into consideration their experience as a judge as well as their photographic expertise. We are all influenced by our personal likes and dislikes of a subject matter. (Aren’t all babies cute? Who likes a photo of a rat?) All judges are expected to judge the quality of the image/photo in front of them and not take into consideration how they have or would not have photographed the same subject. We all do our best to be fair. A judge’s score reflects his/her opinion. There is no right or wrong in photography. There are differences of opinion which is why we always use 3 judges.

NOTE: After the competition it’s “OK” to politely ask a judge why he/she scored an image the way they did or what they suggest to improve the image. Some judges may not be eager to discuss their opinion in a large group, however, they love talking photography. Pull one aside and pick his/her brain. They will be glad to help you. That’s why they volunteer to be a judge.

[Courtesy of Kathleen Sims]

How are WPCC Internal Print and DPI competition entries scored?

Images are scored between 6 to 9:

  • 6 = Needs Improvement…better composition, exposure and/or sharpness 7 = Average…good composition, exposure and sharpness
  • 8 = Above Average…great composition, exposure and sharpness
  • 9 = WOW…fantastic image. Difficult subject conditions handled above expectations. Outstanding composition, exposure and sharpness.
  • 10 = Perfection…there is no such thing as a perfect image

NOTE: There are times when it is more desirable to have an image or part of an image out of focus or not sharp. The trick is to know when, where and how much to use this option. Experience is the best teacher.

[Courtesy of Kathleen Sims]

How are WPCC Internal Print and DPI competition entries sorted for Honors?

If the total number of photos needed for Honors can be arrived at from one top score grouping, the judging can proceed to the “IN” and “Out” system for an equal number of AW’s and HM’s. All images must be previewed before the judging begins. Each Judge will select “IN” for those photos he/she believes should receive an AW. All photos the Judge believes should receive an HM, he/she will select the “OUT” option. Those images receiving 3 “IN” do not repeat the “IN” – “Out” process and receives an AW. Exception: If there are more 3 “IN” images than needed to complete the total requested for Honors, all images go thru the “IN” – “OUT process until the appropriate number of images have been dropped from the AW designation down to an HM designation.

If the judges reach an impasse, the Chairperson may opt to change the selection to an uneven number so that the Honor received is reflected by the quality of the image as judged rather than holding firm to an arbitrary number. Example: If 6 Honors are requested, it may be more appropriate to change the designation to 4 AW’s and 2 HM’s rather than 3 AW’s and 3 HM’s.

On occasion it may be more prudent to increase the number of Honors by allowing one additional image to more accurately reflect the Judges scores, thus giving 7 Honors of 4 AW’s and 3 HM’s or possibly 3 AW’s and 4 HM’s.

NOTE: It is more appropriate to have the Judges use a stricter level of acceptance for an AW and drop an image to an HM rather than give an AW designation to an image he/she judged not up to the standard acceptable for such an Honor.

It is the responsibility of the Chairperson to assure that the proper distinction is made based on the initial scores of the Judges, therefore, a photo that receives a judged prior score of 25 should not be dropped to an HM while a photo receiving a 23 receives an AW. This guideline is intended to ensure that one judge is not made to feel he/she made an error because another Judge saw the image differently. One judge, one vote.

[Courtesy of Kathleen Sims]

What is the title of “Award (AW)” in a WPCC Internal Competition?

The title of “Award” (AW) is awarded to the photos judged to be the highest quality of entries’ entered for each category.

What is the title of “Honorable Mention (HM)” in a WPCC Internal Competition?

The title of “Honorable Mentions” (HM) are awarded to the photos judged to be acceptable for recognition.

What is the title of “Print of the Month (POM)” in a WPCC Internal Competition?

The title of “Print of the Month” (POM) is awarded to ONE image. This photo is judged to the best of the best by combining all images receiving an AW in all categories and choosing the most outstanding image from that group.  It is typically used for the Internal Print Competition but may be used to reference images of the same awarding in the DPI competition (sometimes referred to as the “Image of the Month”).

[Courtesy of Kathleen Sims]

What are the physical dimensions required the WPCC Internal Print competition?

  • Small Monochrome – any black & white image mounted on a 11×14 mount board
  • Large Monochrome – any black & white image mounted on a 16×20 mount board
  • Small Color (Class B & Class A) – any color image mounted on a 11×14 mount board
  • Large Color – any color image mounted on a 16×20 mount board

Note: All image on the BLACK side of the mount board

What are the dimensions required the WPCC Internal DPI competition?

Any jpg digital image submitted via email, 1 week prior to club competition, to Duane Savage (See your email for more information).

Image sizes:

  • Landscape/Wide Orientation: A maximum width of 1024 pixels at 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch) resolution.
  • Portrait/Tall Orientation: A maximum height of 768 pixels at 300 (Dots Per Inch) resolution.

What is DPI?

DPI is the acronym that represents Digitally Project Image which is a term used to represent images that are in electronic format and are projected unto a screen for viewing or judging.

What do you mean by “DPI Image Sizes” apply?

DPI Images should conform to the following dimensions:

  • Landscape/Wide Orientation: A maximum width of 1024 pixels at 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch) resolution.
  • Portrait/Tall Orientation: A maximum height of 768 pixels at 300 (Dots Per Inch) resolution.

What labels should I use for my WPCC Internal Print Competition?

Official WPCC Labels should be placed on the reversed side (the back) of each entry’s mount-board based on the orientation of the image (landscape or portrait).

There are 8-1/2″ x 11″  PDF and JPEG versions that can be printed on 3-1/3″ x 4″, six to a sheet labels. Also attached is an Avery file with the WPCC label design that can be opened in Avery Design&Print software which is free at www.avery.com . The Avery product numbers for this size label are 8164, 5164 and there may also be other product numbers

Download any of the following files that are compatible with your computer: