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    2015 Monthly Competitions – Topic Definitions

    Open:               Any subject, but to be successful it should contain one or more of the following qualities: composition, impact, appeal, storytelling or interest.

    January:           Portraiture – A picture of a person(s) which may range from a head to a full length study and which may include accessories and backgrounds in character with the subject.

    February:         Scapes – Includes Landscapes, seascape, cityscape, urbanscape, streetscape, skyscape, treescape.

    March:              Nature – Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.  Photographs of animals that are domesticated caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.  The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used.  Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene

    April:                Rural Life – Depict any aspect of life in the country; whether human or non-human, agricultural, domestic, social, community based or commercially related scene, activity or object where the relationships are obviously rural. [not a Landscape, Portrait or Nature Study].

    May:                  Monochrome – A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. (On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.) F.I.A.P Definition

    June:                Street Photography – Image that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic. Framing and timing are key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment.

    July:                  Abstract – Image concentrating on shape, form, color, pattern and texture, by using a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.The viewer is often unable to see the whole object. The subject of the photo is often only a small part of the idea of the image. For the viewer, abstract photography is not about knowing and recognizing the subject. Even so abstracts are sometimes recognizable as real world objects or scenes.

    August:            Lines  – Image with dominating lines any kind straight, curved, etc. which lead the eye from point(s) to another point(s) in the image, or occasionally, out of the image. Lines may be actual objects, like a road or the stem of a plant, or even the human form, as well as shades or streaks or created by the juxtaposition of contrasting tones or colours. Lines in a picture composition actually convey emotion simply due to different directions, widths or colours for example.

    September:      Weather – Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy.  It is something all humans in the world constantly experience through their senses, at least while being outside. Weather and it’s representation on a photograph can influence mood, convey feelings, emotions, visualizing nature’s beauty, energy or even fury.

    October:           Annual – This is an Open competition. Two images only may be entered in each of Prits and Projected Images.

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