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 - Adrian Smith

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 - Leo McGuire

April AFTER DARK

An image taken between sunset and sunrise.  The use of available light and/or manmade light is permissible to illuminate the subject(s).  Indoor images are not acceptable.

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 - David Norris

 

June OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

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

Judge - Rob Sloane

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 - Mark Teague

August PHOTOJOURNALISM and/or 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 - Ken Bretherton

September OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

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

Judge - Tony Harding

October CREATIVE CAMERA SKILLS

An image where you have used your skills and camera craft to produce a creative image.  The techniques used may include blurring, multiple exposures, camera movement and many other things that you can do in camera with or without the use of filters.  The committee recognises that many of the effects achievable in camera are also able to be produced in post-processing software, but the objective with this subject is that the effect or effects must be produced at the time of taking the image or images.  No additional elements can be included, moved or removed from the original image.

Judge - Emma Gilette

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.