The Camera Club of Laguna Woods Village conducts six (6) Digital Critiques per year, concluding with a Year-End Competition.

The 2023 Critiques schedule, and “Special Subjects” are listed below. Past Critiques are available through the “All Critiques Menu” at top right of this page.

Critiques offer members the ability to have their images assessed by a professional photographer. These Judges provide insights on composition, exposure, lighting, color management, post-processing, and other techniques to improve our photographic skills.

You do NOT have to submit images to sit-in on a Critique. This is a great way to learn, and to prepare for your first entries.

Critiques are currently held via Zoom. Advance email flyers provide dates, deadlines, submission guidelines, and the specific Zoom link.

The Critique schedule is listed below, with Special Subject definitions. Critiques are also posted on the Club Calendar.

Submission guidelines (PDF), are listed below the schedule.

Most Recent Critique.

Archived Critiques – prior 2021.

2023 Critique Schedule

Scored Digital Critiques, with Special Categories:

Submission Rules

Please follow these new rules carefully for image size, ppi, naming conventions, and Special Category guidelines. Send your images to the email address in the Rules PDF.

2023 Digital Critique Submission Rules (PDF)

Submit images no later than 5:00 PM the Wednesday before the event.

“Non-Scored” submissions are allowed for all Critiques. See the “Non-Scoring Judging” section below, and the Submission Rules PDF for details.

Judges & Scoring

Scored Critiques are evaluated by one Judge, who provides comments and gives a score for each image. The Judge presents these results “live” (Zoom) at the Critique meeting while the images are displayed by category, with titles, but no photographer names.

The Judges are recognized professional photographers, and are not members of the Club.

Our scoring system is based on points:

  • 9 = Excellent
  • 8 and 8.5 = Good
  • 7 and 7.5 = Average
  • 6 and 6.5 = Below Average

All photographs scored as a “9” are exhibited on the Club web site by category, along with the image title, and the photographer’s name.

The scoring system:

  • Provides immediate evalution and recognition
  • Helps participants determine their best images for entry in the Year-End Competiton
  • Determines high points scorers for Year-End Awards

Non-Scored Judging

“Non-Scored” submissions are allowed for all Critiques.

For Non-Scored photographs, Judges provide constructive comments but do not score the images. Titles do display during the Critique, but the photographer’s name will not be displayed at any time.

Refer to the Submission Rules PDF (above) for guidance on how to submit entries for Non-Scored critiques.

Other Events

Other Club events for submitting photographs are the Year-End Competition, Annual Print Competition, and Annual Slide / Video Competition.

For details, go to the Events Page.

View the 2022 Year-End Awards.


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