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 - Rob Sloan

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.

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

Judge - Lyn Haywood

April A WORM'S VIEW

An image taken from the viewpoint of a worm.

Judge - Paul Robinson

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 - Paul Lucas

 

June OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

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

Judge - Tony Harding

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 - Alfred Zommers

August PATTERNS OF NATURE

An image depicting patterns of nature.

Judge - Kenneth Bretherton

September OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

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

Judge - 

October ABSTRACT

immediate association with the object world and that has been created through the use of photographic equipment and image editing processes. It may isolate a fragment of a natural scene in order to remove its inherent context from the viewer, it may be purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects, or it may involve the use of colour, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression.

Judge - 

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.