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April 2020 Special Contests

The themes for the April 2020 special contests are Nature, Photojournalism and Portraits. You may enter all three contests, and you may enter up to three images for each one.

Entry, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master submissions will be judged together.

These contests are outside of the annual competition. No points will be awarded. Awards will be presented to the first three places in each contest.



Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation.

The story-telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible.

Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.

Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grayscale monochrome. Infrared images are not allowed.


Photojournalism entries shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. 

The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities specifically arranged for photography or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible.

Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and conversion to grayscale monochrome. Derivations, including infrared, are not eligible.


Images must be of people – no pets or other animals. Can be color or monochrome.


Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight April 16, 2020.

NOTE: You must be a member of the Plano Photography Club in order to submit an image to a competition.



Calendar of Contest Themes

All competitions listed below are for images in a digital format unless otherwise noted.

2020-2021 PPC Competition Year

May 2020   -   Town or Cityscape
June 2020   -   Open
July 2020   -   Transportation
August 2020   -   Open
September 2020   -   Night/After the Sun Goes Down
October 2020   -   Open (Print Format)
November 2020   -   Abstract
December 2020   -   No Contest
January 2021   -   Open
February 2021   -   Serenity in Nature (Print Format)
March 2021   -   Open
April 2021   -   SPECIAL CONTESTS

The SPECIAL CONTESTS do not count in end-of-year standings. The themes are Portraits, Photojournalism, and Nature.

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