Enter Your Photos for Tri-club Photography Challenge

We are excited to announce our participation in a thrilling tri-club photography competition alongside Charter Oak Photographic Society and the Milford Camera Club on February 6, 2024. The competition will be conducted virtually, where an esteemed judge will carefully select the “best” photo from each category. The club that secures the most wins across the 25 categories will be crowned the ultimate winner.

We’ve got a two-part competition going on here! Firstly, within our club, we’re running an internal competition to select the top photo for each of our 25 categories. Then, the real excitement begins as we go head-to-head with the Charter Oak Photographic Society and the Milford Camera Club. It’s our best photos facing off against their best photos in each category.

To make this event a success, we’re looking for a dozen or more photographers to participate. We’re hoping everyone will jump in and submit at least 1, 10, 25, or even more photos! Let’s make it a fantastic competition.

Photo selection timeline

  • October 4 – Flagpole starts uploading
  • January 16 – Flagpole upload closes
  • January 17 – Flagpole selection begins (Members vote for fan favorites)
  • January 23 – Voting Ends at 5:00 and Final Flagpole photos selected for tri-club competition at 7:00 via Zoom
  • February 6, 7:30 – Tri-Club Competition Live Judging Online (The Senior Center will also be open for all who want to watch together.)

The 25 Categories

  1. Airplanes
  2. Architecture/Architectural Details
  3. Barns/Farm Life
  4. Beach
  5. Birds in Flight
  6. Board Game
  7. Creative Florals
  8. Crosswalk
  9. Curls
  10. High Key
  11. In Connecticut
  12. In My Toolbox
  13. In the Dark
  14. Looking Up
  15. Motion Pan
  16. Patterns
  17. Reflections
  18. Something Fast and Something Slow
  19. Something Old and Something New
  20. Something Sweet
  21. Store Front
  22. The Flagpole
  23. Traffic Lights
  24. Waterfalls
  25. What the Heck?

Flagpole Rules

  • There is no limit on the number of categories you enter or when they were taken
  • The final selection limits the number of categories from any photographer to two
  • Members can submit up to 2 photos in any one category
  • For the external competition, we show up with our single “best” photo for each category
  • Upload to “Flagpole Photo Selection for Tri-Club Competition”

Selection Guideline Flow

  1. Start with all photographers with more than two first place or ties for first place photos in the fan favorite member voting. Rank photographers by number of first places. Tie breaker is the last initial of their last name.
    • Photographer selects which two winners of theirs to enter
    • Repeat for all photographers with more than two first places
  2. For every category that does not have a current first place
    • Ignore any photo from all photographers that already have 2 selected photos
    • Look at the next top scoring photos and choose one. This conversation will be similar to the tie breaking conversations during category judging
  3. Rationalization. Without changing the number of submitted photos by any individual, are there changes we should consider? For example, imagine that in a category we selected the 5th ranked photo as part of the previous step. Would any swapping make sense? Maybe. Maybe not.