SOOC = Straight out of the camera
members voted for this as an assigned category, but what does it mean?
I gather than the best meaning is that cropping and sharpening are the only things allowed (No editing,plugins, cloning).
You can manipulate images in camera in many many ways (white balance, external flash, filters, choice of lens, long exposures, zoom blurs, etc. etc.)
Technically "SOOC" can mean different things depending upon your camera, so this presents a problem. For example, some cameras can take and merge 7 multiples, some can do HDR, Olympus can do live composites (amazing! cannot wait until Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony can do this!!!)
Ultimately we will have to leave it up to the judges....
Here is one interpretation of "SOOC"