Submittals for the 2017-18 Year-End Photo Contest are due at the May 2018 club meeting. Only images shot between May 9th, 2017 through May 14th, 2018 are eligible. There are nine subject categories to choose from with a maximum of two entries per category allowed. Total number of submissions may not exceed twelve images. A guest professional photographer will judge the contest with the results to be presented and discussed at the June 2018 club meeting.

Here are the Year-End Contest Subject Categories with interpretations. The interpretations are not intended to limit your creativity, but to give you a starting point.

  • American Dream (AD) — 1) The ideal that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative, 2) A focus on what really matters, such as creating a meaningful life, contributing to community and society, valuing nature, and spending time with family and friends, 3) Living a life where you can sleep at night and you are actually happy.
  • Beautiful Blur (BB) — 1) Motion blur - blurring of an image due to movement of the subject or the camera, 2) Bokeh - the aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus parts of an image.
  • Can't Live Without (LIVE) — Something you feel is so important that you wouldn't want to be without it.
  • Cracked (CRACK) — 1) Damaged and showing lines on the surface from having split without coming apart, i.e., broken, fractured, splintered, etc., 2) Crazy, insane.
  • Flower(s) (FLWR) — Bloom(s) orblossom(s) found in plants, indoors or outdoors, one or many, or just part of one.
  • It's a Small World (SM) — 1) Capturing ordinary objects or details in a way that the human eye cannot generally see, 2) Macro photography, 3) Surprise at meeting an acquaintance or discovering a personal connection in a distant place or an unexpected context.
  • Moving Water (MW) — Any body of water, naturally occurring or man-made, moving from one point to another, such as oceans, rivers, streams, creeks, canals, waves, rain, waterfalls, fountains, faucets, etc.
  • Symmetry (SYM) — Refers to a line that splits an object in half and, if both sides of the object are a mirror image of each other, then this object is said to be symmetrical. Symmetry is a powerful tool that lets you automatically create harmony and a sense of aesthetically pleasing balance and proportion.
  • Texture (TXT) — The surface detail of an object. Texture is an important aspect of photography. It can give your photos more of a 3D look and change the way the subject is perceived.

Micro-Brew Contests are small contests that take place once every few months. There is a single category for the contest, and members can enter only one photo.

Micro-Brew contest 2 for this club year:

  • Category: Cornered
  • Eligibility: You must be a paid club member to participate
  • Photo Eligibility: Photos taken between Monday, November 13th, 2017 and Friday, February 2nd, 2018 are eligible.
  • Photo Naming/Sizing: Images should be sized for 1920 pixels on the longest dimension, resolution of 132 dpi, and saved as a jpeg. Images should be renamed to include the artist's last name in the first characters of the title followed by the name of the category.
  • Submission: Entries must be submitted to Carol Barlau at email by 5PM on Friday, February 2nd to be eligible.
  • Voting: Voting will open on Sunday, February 4th and close on Saturday, February 10th. An email will be sent out to all club members with a link and information on the voting process.
  • Winner Announcement: Winners will be announced on Monday, February 12th club meeting.