Camera Club of
Laguna Woods


Digital Critiques

Six Digital Critiques are scheduled for 2019. Instead of awarding First, Second, and Third Place, our system is based on points:

Images that receive a score of 9 are exhibited on our Web site in the Winning Images Archive.

This scoring system

Divisions in the Digital Critique

This PDF document lists the divisions in our digital critiques and explains how many entries can be submitted for each category.

New Rules for Digital Critiques

You can open and print this PDF copy of the most recent Rules for Digital Critiques. The rules have been slightly revised in March 2019 to emphasize correct PPI for digital critiques and to clarify using Special Subject entries for Pictorial or Monochrome categories during the End-of-Year competition.

Special Subject Categories for 2019

The special subject categories for 2019 are

Read this handout (PDF) for an explanation of the special subject categories.

Guidelines for Success

Pat Wilkinson has prepared a handout that contains all the information you need to successfully select, prepare, and submit your images for the digital critique: Secrets of the Digital Evaluation (PDF: 4,704 KB). This document has been recently updated to include the latest requirements. However, based on resolution problems discovered in the January Digital Critique, we suggest that you set your image resolution to 150 ppi.

Submitting Images for Digital Critique

Images must be submitted to the following email address no later than 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the event:

Print Critiques

Two Print Critiques are scheduled for 2019.

Images must be submitted in the Clubhouse 4 Photolab no later than noon on the Tuesday before the event.

The special subject categories are Cell Phone Photography (February) and Fauna/Wildlife (August).

Read this handout (PDF) for an explanation of the Print special subject categories.

New Rules for Print Critiques

You can open and print this PDF copy of the Print Critique Rules (16 KB).

If a photo received a score of LESS than 8, it can be re-entered as a print or digital image in subsequent critiques. It can also be modified from its original  processing.

If an image gets an 8 or better, it can only be entered at the yearend competition and in the same format (digital or print). The original image getting an 8 or better in the special subject category can be entered in color pictorial category at yearend if it qualifies for the category. (Excludes altered reality for this consideration.) 

Finally, an image receiving 8 or better can’t be entered in a different category; color pictorial to monochrome or special subject, or monochrome to color pictorial or special subject.

Slide Show Competition

The Slide Show Competition is held annually in June.

You can open and print this PDF copy of the Slide Show Competition Rules (11 KB).

Judging Criteria

You can open and print this PDF copy of the judging guidelines for entries (15 KB).