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Information about the Quarterly Electronic Imaging Division Competition?

Electronic Image Competitions fall into two different Divisions in the 4C’s, i.e. the Monthly Electronic Image Division (MEID) and the Quarterly Electronic Image Division (QEID). The MEID holds monthly competitions and the entries are forwarded for judging by the 4C’s Member Clubs based on the results of internal photo club competitions. The QEID holds quarterly competitions and the entries are forwarded a judging club within the 4C’s for judging by members of the 4C’s Clubs. Unlike the MEID Competitions, which are club competitions, QEID Competitions are considered to be individual competitions and awards are given to the individual participants for that particular competition. Award ribbons for the QEID Competitions are typically mailed to the respective 4C’s Club Rep for presentation of the award to the winning photographers. Both competitions rely upon electronic images presented by digital means, e.g., displayed on a computer or digitally projected onto a viewing surface. Images are not limited to those created and/or modified digitally: images may also be acquired on film and then scanned, modified if desired, and entered into competition by judges designated by the 4C’s management team.


Deadlines for the QEID Competitions

Entries for the QEID Competitions can be made 30 days before the deadline. The entries are made via email and The QEID Entry Deadline is midnight on the following dates:

  • Winter - January 31st
  • Spring - April 30th
  • Summer - July 31st
  • Fall - October 31st


Number and Type of Files Allowed

Members of 4C’s Clubs are allowed to enter a maximum of 3 image files in the QEID Competition. The required file format is JPG. If more than 3 entries are submitted, only the first three will be accepted for judging in the QEID Competition. It is important to follow the instructions.

NO watermarks (identifying information such as name, title, or copyright symbol) may be added to the image. Note that the 4C’s will add copyright/name watermarks to images before displaying them on the 4C’s website.


Image File Size Requirements For Entry

As stated above, 3 JPG image files are allowed to be entered in the QEID Competition and the files sizes are restricted to:

  • The 2 Megabyte (2,000 KB) size limit has been deleted.
  • 1080 pixels is the maximum vertical (top to bottom) dimension allowed.
  • 1920 pixels is the maximum horizontal (left to right) dimension allowed.


Competition Categories

Three entries are allowed in the QEID Competition, and they can all be in the same category or a mixture of the categories. The categories are described as follows:

  • Altered Reality - Depicts photographic subjects in a substantial departure from realism. This may be accomplished through control of content, the photographic process, or post processing. The code for this category is A.
  • Monochrome - Monochrome images are defined to consist of only white and black, as well as all shades of gray in between. Toning is allowed, but must cover the entire image and be of a single color; e.g. sepia toning. Images with spot color, selective color or that are colored with two or more colors must be entered in the Traditional or Altered Reality Categories. The code for this category is M.
  • Traditional - This category typically includes photographs that depict realism. Basically, this category includes any image that doesn't fall in the Altered Reality or Monochrome Categories. The code for this category is T.

File Naming


The following file naming requirements apply in addition to the “General Entry Requirements”.

  • The images must be in jpg (jpeg) format.
  • The first two digits of the file name should be the entry number in the particular category. For example, if 3 entries are submitted in Traditional, they would be numbered 01, 02, 03.If only two entries are submitted in Traditional and one is submitted in Mono, then the two entries in Traditional would be numbered 01, 02 and the single entry in Mono would be numbered 01.
  • Do not leave any spaces in the image names. Capitalize the first letter of each word and your first and last name. Capitalize all letters in your club initials.
  • All image files must be clearly identified with the following file naming format:

Traditional category file names:

  • ##FirstnameLastname_ClubInitials_Title_T(## indicates the image number explained above.)
  • For example, file naming for two entries in the Traditional category: 01JohnDoe_BMPC_PrettyFlower_T & 02JohnDoe_BMPC_Sunrise_T

Altered Reality category file names:

  • ##FirstnameLastname_ClubInitials_Title_A
  • example: 01JohnDoe_BMPC_PrettyFlower_A

Monochrome category file names:

  • ##FirstnameLastname_ClubInitials_Title_M
  • example: 01JohnDoe_BMPC_PrettyFlower_M

Regarding the 4Cs Club Initials, they can be found on the 4Cs Web Site at this link for the 4Cs Clubs