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So what exactly is the FCCC? The Florida Camera Club Council, or FCCC, is a statewide club to which all individual clubs within the state (like the SFNPCC) are allowed to join; kind of like a big camera club for all of our little camera clubs. The SFNPCC joins and pays dues each year to the FCCC, just as you join and pay dues to the SFNPCC each year.

And 2019 was the FCCC's 60th anniversary! Yep, the FCCC spans many decades of supporting and educating Floridian photographers.

As a member of the SFNPCC, each individual member is included as a member within the FCCC, and are allowed to participate in all they have to offer. I'm not going to go through every perk of being a member of the FCCC, but I will touch on the highlights. But, to participate, you have to REGISTER. You only need to do this once, so if you already have, you don't need to do it again. If you HAVE NOT, please click the link HERE and sign up. It costs nothing to register, but it does cost a nominal fee to compete.
PERKS!

Competitions!
One of the main perks to joining FCCC is the competitions. The FCCC holds tri-annual competitions in both digital and print format. Historically, most SFNPCC members participate in the digital competitions only because physically getting a print to the competition is a bit a bit tedious, but not impossible if you really want to enter. They do charge a nominal fee, as of this writing, the cost is $10 to submit 4 images in one competition. Basically it's to defray the administrative costs.

Annual Conference
Another perk is the Annual Conference. Each year in March they hold a conference in Fort Myers with many of the state's preeminent photographers as speakers, along with a trade show, pre-, post-, and sometimes during-conference workshops, and a great way to network with other like minded people. This year our very own Robert Chaplin will be a speaker! I, for one, am very excited to attend. (Click HERE to register for the conference (or for more info) before the end of the year for the Early Bird discount!)

There are a whole lot more perks to discover, just click on their "resources" tab.
NEW COMPETITION RULE CHANGES 

The primary changes include more detail in the descriptions for the Color and Mono Categories, PLUS sample images for every category. Apparently there has been some confusion as to which type of image goes into which category. Before submitting an image, be sure to read the rules completely and pick the appropriate category for your image.

The Approval Process has changed. There is now a formal approval committee that reviews images, and contacts makers (you, the photographer) when there is a question. In the revised rules, makers are asked to be sure their images are approved a couple of days after entry, and to check their email for any messages from FCCC about their images. We will no longer send out multiple messages. If a maker fails to respond to an email message about an image, it will be omitted from competition. Basically, check your emails! If they send a request for clarification or approval and you don't read or respond to it, they will remove your image from competition. You don't want that.
 
Additionally, makers often have difficulty with the image title. These rules have not changed but people still send in images with unacceptable titles that may include their name, image data, or filing information. Please read the rules carefully about how to name your images.
 
These revised rules will be in effect as of the first competition in January of 2020. Changes will not pertain to the End of Year 2019 Print Competition that is held in January. If everyone does their part and reads and understand the rules, the FCCC competitions will be fair, professional and enjoyable! Do not hesitate to contact us with questions and thank you!
In closing, I encourage you all to check out their website and see what they have to offer YOU, the Florida photographer. Their website is https://f3c.org/. If you'd like to compete, give it a try! I did it. Everyone here can do it. Read the competition rules diligently beforehand and you'll have no problems.

Thanks everyone!

Barbara Livieri
Secretary - SFNPCC

NOTE:

For further information on our meetings, field trips and workshops, please visit our website at www.sfnpcc.org.

Members:  Please feel free to invite a friend to our meetings and help us grow.  If you would like to participate in the field trips or workshops, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to info@sfnpcc.org.

Non-Members:  You are welcome to attend the first meeting as our guest.  Please click on the JOIN SFNPCC button below for further membership information.  If you would like to participate in our field trips, there is a $10 fee to attend each field trip. Also, if you would like to participate in our workshops, the workshop fee is posted on our website. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to info@sfnpcc.org and payment is accepted through our website at www.sfnpcc.org.
 

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