Competition Topics

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Month Topic Definition
January OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

The Club reserves the right to reject any image which may be deemed offensive.

February OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

The Club reserves the right to reject any image which may be deemed offensive.

Judge - Graham Anderson

March FLORA OR FAUNA

An image of any flower, plant, tree, fungus, animal, bird, fish, reptile, insect, spider or crustacean.

Photographs of mounted specimens, domestic pets and obviously set arrangements are ineligible. Photographic manipulations which alter the truth are not acceptable.   

Judge - Tuck Leong

April LOW KEY / HIGH KEY

Low Key - An image having mainly dark tones and little tonal contrast.  High Key - An image having mainly light tones and little tonal contrast.

Judge - Bert Hoveling

May LANDSCAPE OR SEASCAPE

A landscape is a photograph of natural scenery with land and sky based elements displayed in a pictorial fashion.  It may include evidence of man, people, animals, even part of the sea provided that none of these additional elements dominate the photograph. 
A seascape is a photograph of natural coastal scenery, a wave study, or a picture of the open sea, provided always that the sea is the centre of interest of the photograph.  People, boats and man-made structures may be present as incidental to the photograph.

A perpetual trophy is awarded for the best image in this subject each year. 

Judge - Lin Richards

 

June OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

The Club reserves the right to reject any image which may be deemed offensive.

Judge - Margaret Zommers

July PORTRAIT

A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to full body length.  This definition includes candid photographs and formal portraits.

A perpetual trophy is awarded for the best image in this subject each year. 

Judge - Michael Teo

August PHOTOJOURNALISM and/or SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY

An image of a street scene that tells a story.  Ideally it should include people, buildings and the environment, however the story telling value of the image shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

Contrived situations or photographic manipulations which alter the truth of the image are not acceptable.

A perpetual trophy is awarded for the best image in this subject each year. 

Judge - Lisa Law

September OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

The Club reserves the right to reject any image which may be deemed offensive.

October ARCHITECTURE

An image depicting the photographer's interpretation of architecture.

Judge - Mario Mirable

November END OF YEAR

END OF YEAR: Entries of the best prints/digital projected images of the year. All entries must be presented exactly as originally submitted. No remounting, further manipulation, adjustments or changes to the titles.

December
End of Year Open

The best images from the monthly competitions.