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 - Paul Lucas

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 - Ruth Woodrow & Paul Dodd

April Still Life

An arrangement of inanimate objects in an artificial or natural setting, typically commonplace objects which are either natural or man-made. Any special effects applied to the image are to be made in-camera. The important elements to focus on are the arrangement of the objects and the lighting.

Judge - Adrian Smith

May LANDSCAPE OR SEASCAPE

A landscape/seascape is a photograph of natural scenery with land, sea and/or sky based elements displayed in a pictorial fashion. It may include evidence of man, people or animals, provided that none of these additional elements dominate the photograph.

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

Judge - Paul Robinson

 

June OPEN

Any subject matter may be entered.

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

Judge - Mario Mirabile

July Complementary Colours

OPEN for Monochrome Prints. Colour Prints and DPI - An image that predominately features the use of one pair of complementary colours (i.e., those opposite each other on the colour wheel).
Monochrome Prints - Any subject matter may be entered.

Judge - Tony Harding

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.

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 - Rob Morgan

September 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.

Judge - Jenni Tanner

October Season

An image depicting a season of the year either Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring. The image should include elements of the chosen season as well as convey the mood, feeling or emotion of the relevant season.

Judge - Peter Bellmont

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.