2016 Monthly Competitions – Topic Definitions
Open Subject Category
Open: Any subject, but to be successful it should contain one or more of the following qualities: composition, impact, appeal, storytelling or interest.
Set Subject Categories
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.
Scapes: Includes Landscapes, seascape, cityscape, urbanscape, streetscape, skyscape, treescape.
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.
Creative/Experimental: Creative or experimental photographs display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and /or unusual viewpoint.
Photographs in which the images have been modified during or after exposure by using an experimental technique are also eligible.
The photograph must always have a basic photographic image.
Digital manipulation processes may be employed provided the original photograph was exposed by the entrant.
Sports/Action: A photographic work featuring the subject in motion or action; also called action picture, action shot; includes sports photography.
Triptych: A Triptych is a set of three associated works intended to be appreciated together. The only restriction on the arrangement of the triptych’s three images is that they must not meet or overlap.
For the purpose of this topic, a triptych is a presentation made up of three distinctly separated photographic images displayed on one common background (one single image).
Tip: The subject of a triptych is an important defining characteristic. The pictures should have a common theme. This could be a story, similar compositional elements, colours, similar subject matter – anything that draws the pictures together as a group.
Tip: The background should complement the presentation of the three images but must not become a significant ‘fourth image’.
Very Australian: The work must demonstrate, for example, the Australian people, culture, psyche, iconic locations, history, activities, etc. It may also capture unique Australian humour.
Emotions: A state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, and anger. The photographic work should impart the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
Macro/Close-up: The term “macro photography” is often used to describe any close-up shot. However, in DSLR photography, it should really only be used to describe a photograph with a 1:1 or higher magnification. Macro photography is commonly used by still life DSLR photographers to capture small details of objects. For example, to photograph flowers, insects, and jewellery.
The classic “close-up” photo is about getting detail. That usually means getting right into the subject. The feeling of ‘closeness’ typically means the shot is taken from less than meter away. What is important in the close-up is the feeling of immediate proximity to the subject and the expression of detail in the subject.
Annual: This is an Open competition. Two images only may be entered in each of Prints and Projected Images.