Monthly Image Competition

Monthly Image Competition
Respect the Stache by Aaron Mayes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The Monthly Image Competition (MIC) started in 2004 as way for members to share photographs they had made, in friendly competition. University of Houston photographer Jeff Shaw originated the idea and the competition has grown from a few images in the early days to over 300 monthly entries. Throughout the life of the competition, manufactures have offered prizes for the Best of Show each month, and for the overall winner at the end of the year.

The MIC takes place during the academic year, August to May. A member may enter a maximum of 6 images per month. The categories are the same as the Annual Print Competition and members rate each image on a one to seven scale with seven being the highest rating. Each image receives a score that is calculated by multiplying the average by 100 to arrive at the final monthly score. Those monthly scores are then added together to determine the overall winner, who is recognized at the Annual Symposium in June.

Not only does the MIC provide a friendly competition, it also provides a tool to foster creative ideas and to see what others in the profession are doing. Because fellow university and college photographers judge the images, winning participants know their images are appreciated and valued by their counterparts at some to the best college and universities around the world.

Many photographers have commented on how the MIC has improved their daily work. In a lot of institutions there is only one photographer and the MIC provides a means to gather information on photos that are being made at other schools.

Glen Carpenter, President of the UPAA

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