Annual New Mexico Photo Art Show

Exhibition Results

The results of the monthly Judged Exhibitions

Alan Postelnek is the Exhibition Chair for the 2020-2021 club year.  You can send Alan an e-mail at;     Also, contact Alan if you would like to be on the Exhibition team. 

Please familiarize yourself with the Exhibition Rules on this web page.

 Take a look at the brief presentation  that provides Perspectives in Composition....   You may also want to look at the great photographs submitted in prior exhibitions.  A link to the various Galleries is at the top of this web page..

Entering Images Online;  The second meeting of each month is devoted to our Photography Exhibition.   Members submit their images using our  Exhibition online entry form 

  • Use the online form  for submitting digital entries & digital images of  print entries.
  • You may enter one digital image and one print for each monthly Exhibition.
  • When entering the Title of your image;  Enter it in 30 characters or less.
  • Use characters only  — no apostrophes, exclamation points, question marks, quotations, periods, underscores or other symbols.
  • Digital images must be in JPG format and should be between 2-8 MB in size (in order to be viewed properly by the judge, and to project well during the Exhibition).
  • Suggest you use sRGB as it should result in more accurate and consistent colors on monitors and the Projectors.
  • Check that all fields are filled in before you hit the "upload your image" button, and wait 20-30 seconds for your image to upload before  leaving the web page.
  • Prints are brought to the Exhibition table by 7:30 pm at the first meeting (the Speakers meeting) each month. The back of Prints must be marked, e.g., A-Open-Red or Green on the upper left corner.
  • Prints must be mounted on rigid board or matted so they are 3/16 (or less) inch thick. 
  • The maximum size of a print, including any matting, is 21" X 25".  This allows them to fit in the portfolio box.
  • Any type of frame, glass or plexiglass are not allowed.

Submit your image(s) using the online entry form starting  the day after each Exhibition (usually Friday) 
up until 10:00 pm, 2 days before the following Speakers Meeting

Each month we present a different judge from among the top photographers in the Albuquerque area. Having a professional critique of your work is a great way to improve your photographs and learn from critiques of both your images and those from other members.

While the main value is his/her educational critique, images are also scored by the judge, who awards 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and Honorable Mentions in each of the Groups (Divisions B, A and AA) and Categories. Images are scored using merit points for ribbons awarded;  100 points for 1st place, 70 points for 2nd place, 40 points for 3rd place, and 20 points for Honorable Mention. Judges will be asked  to critique each print and projected digital image  based on their judgment of the photographs with regard to originality, creativity, composition, technical quality, and impact. 

New and less experienced photographers and those who have not entered many images into Competitions or Exhibitions  usually enter in the "B" Group. More experienced photographers, including those who regularly enter into Competitions and Exhibitions should exhibit in the "A" Group.  The most accomplished photographers, including professionals and those who routinely sell their photographs, are best served in the "AA" Group. Members who have won many photographer of the year and picture of the year awards in the AA Group may want to consider an optional move to the AA-Emeritus subgroup

Photographs can be submitted in any combination of two media: Digital image files for projection and prints.  All entries must have been exposed by the entrant. For any image that has been produced using photo-editing software, all major parts of the image, except for a digitally-produced mat, must have been captured by a camera.  There are also two categories for Exhibition entries - Assigned and Open.  The judge should include in their critique why they believe an image was not correctly categorized, and this may have impact on their scoring of an image. 
Digital images of prints are a requirement for monthly print entries to be judged and exhibited.  They must be entered using the online entry tool by 10:00 pm two days before the Speakers meeting, as described above. 


Each member may enter up to two images each month. The two images shall consist of no more than one digital image and one print.  There are no requirements or restrictions on entering in the Open or Assigned categories. 

Images must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit (e.g., nudity), political, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.  To be accepted for any Club competition, exhibition or for posting on the Club’s website, an image must be an original work by the member and cannot contain, as its principal subject matter, the original work (for example, from a painting, sculpture, photograph) of another.  These determinations will be made by the ELCC Exhibition Chairperson, or President.  The ELCC reserves the right to refuse or exclude any image at its discretion.

Digital images must not show the makers name when they are projected.  You are not required to delete your name from the metadata including the copyright information.  You may not embed a copyright notice in the image so that it shows when projected.

Prints must not show the maker's name on either the front or back of the print or backing material.

Images that have been awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention during an ELCC Monthly Exhibition or End of Year “Picture of the Year” Award may never be re-entered into a Monthly Exhibition.  Images that have been submitted as "Emeritus", or have never been awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd or HM during an ELCC Monthly Exhibition, or in the End of Year “Picture of the Year” may be re-entered into another monthly Exhibition and End of Year “Picture of the Year” one time.  Images that are re-entered must have the same title as the original entry.

End of Year Awards

Photographer of the Year Awards,  Photographer of the Year awards are given to those persons who have the overall highest average in the AA, A, & B Groups, having submitted at least 8 images, with at least two of the eight images being in the "assigned" category.  Digital image merit points are averaged with print image merit points, with 100 points for 1st place, 70 points for 2nd place, 40 points for 3rd place, and 20 points for HM.  Photographer of the Year Awards are also given to persons having the Highest "Assigned" and "Open" averages, with awards given to the 1st place winners of each Group (AA, A, & B) for both the "Assigned" and "Open" categories.  Members must have entered at least 6 images in the respective categories for the Assigned and Open awards.

Overall High Average Awards are given for ribbons awarded during the monthly exhibitions, is also recognized.  These awards are given for 2nd, 3rd & HM in each Group (AA, A, & B).  "Overall High Average" awards are an average of all images submitted during the year by persons who have submitted at least 8 images, with at least two of the eight images being in the "assigned" category. Digital image merit points are averaged with print image merit points.

Promotion to the Next Highest Level   This is based on the "Overall High Average" awards (see above) for persons who are in the top 20 percent of the B and A Groups  - they will be promoted to the next higher Group and this will be announced during the end of year awards ceremony.     
Picture of the Year Awards are given in each Division (Digital and Prints).  In addition, "Overall Picture of the Year" are awarded to the member(s) whose images are selected by the End of Year judging team to be the best of both the Print and Digital images. These awards are given to each Group (AA, A, & B). In addition, "Picture of the Year" awards are given out for and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Each member may enter up to three images in a Division (Digital, Prints) for a total of four images. The images will be submitted before or at the last regular meeting of the year and each must have been entered in one of the monthly Exhibitions of that Club year, though they need not have placed in that Exhibition.

To Enter images for Picture of the Year (End of Year Awards), use this Entry Form