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2014 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:        NatureNature 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.  After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to ensure the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

April:                  Architecture – A picture of buildings or structures,(ancient or modern, interior or                      exterior) monuments, columns, bridges or parts thereof.

May:            WaterA picture showing water as the main theme. It may be a lake, river, stream, billabong, gutter, reticulated or in any other form of use by man. 

                     Note:        [Sea-water is excluded to avoid confusion with other marine related subjects.]

June:          Solitary.Alone, isolated and being only one, whether it be a building, person, tree, rock or any other subject matter.

July:            Conte-Jour   [Against the Light] – A picture in which the main source of illumination lies behind the subject as opposed to the front or sides. Such lighting does not preclude the use of a fill-in light or available light from the camera – side of the subject.                

August:      Flowers in Close-up  - A photograph of any flower(s) taken close-up. There is no restriction on arrangement, lighting, or habitat, but a holding device should not be shown.

September:        Impact of Man -A picture that depicts the effect of something on a person, thing or event or to have the power to affect something such as the factors that influence a nation’s development. (The affect the human race has had on the environment for instance).

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





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