Competition Topics

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Month Topic Definition
January
February OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

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

Judge - Alfred Zommers

March FLORA AND/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.

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

Judge - David Burren

April ISOLATION

An image depicting a person, animal, or object in isolation.

Judge - Peter Belmont

May LANDSCAPE OR SEASCAPE

A landscape is a photograph of natural scenery with land and/or 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 - Sam Mariani

 

June OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

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

Judge - Gary Smith

July FRIENDSHIP

An image that depicts friendship.

Judge - Brett Ferguson

August PHOTOJOURNALISM / SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY

Story-telling photographs such as are seen in the news media and periodicals, which may include documentary, contemporary life, illustrative, spot news, sporting events or human interest stories. Alternatively, the photograph may be concerned with the portrayal and interpretation of society encompassing both human and non-human subject matter.
In the interest of credibility, contrived situations or photographic manipulations which alter the truth are not acceptable. The story telling value of the photograph shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

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.

Judge - Lin Richards

October REFLECTION

An image that includes a reflected likeness of a physical object living or otherwise which is created in-camera.

Judge - Ian Bock

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.