Submittals for the 2020-21 Year-End Photo Contest are due at the May 2021 club meeting. Only images shot from May 12th, 2020 through May 10th, 2021 are eligible. There are nine subject categories to choose from with a maximum of three 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 2021 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.

  • Architectural (ARCH) — A type of photography that focuses on the design aesthetics of buildings, interior and/or exterior, and other structures such as bridges, cityscapes, etc., as subjects.
  • Blue Hour (BLUE) — The blue hour is the period of twilight (in the morning or evening) when the sun is at a significant depth below the horizon and residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue shade. The blue hour generally lasts the 20 to 30 minutes just after sunset and just before sunrise. Photographers cherish blue hour for the tranquil mood it sets.
  • Distortion (DIS) — A distortion is a change, twist, or exaggeration that makes something appear different from the way it really is. In photography, there are generally two types of distortion: optical and perspective. Optical distortion is caused by the optical design of lenses in which they bend physically straight lines and makes them appear curvy in images. There are specialty lenses that accentuate this effect such as lensbaby, fisheye or crystal ball. Perspective distortion is caused by the position of the camera relative to the subject or by the position of the subject within the image frame. Exaggerate the distortion to make an image of interest.
  • Fill the Frame (FILL) — In photography terms, the frame refers to the edges of the photograph or your camera's viewfinder, so filling the frame means to make the subject(s) a significant part of your final photograph. This can be accomplished by moving closer or zooming in on the subject to render it larger in the frame. This creates a greater connection between the subject and the viewer.
  • Kansas City Icons (KC) — A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or worthy of respect as it relates to Kansas City. It could include buildings, structures, public art, people, logos, etc. Good city icons carry a meaning. They tell a story and embody a significant cultural, mental and emotional layer about that city.
  • Open (OPEN) — Images in the open category have no restrictions on subject. Images will be evaluated on visual impact, artistry, composition, and technical excellence.
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling (PEACE) — Something calm and tranquil, not at war. A state of harmony, quiet or calm that is not disturbed by anything at all, like a still pond with no ripples. A photo that invokes a peaceful, calm and quiet feeling to the viewer. Serene.
  • Uneven (UN) — 1) NOT level, flat or smooth; 2) NOT regular, consistent, equal or alike; 3) NOT equally balanced, symmetrical or parallel.
  • Vanishing Point (VAN) — A vanishing point is formed when elements within the scene appear to diminish in size the further away they are. Parallel lines receding away from you would converge on the horizon line or vanishing point. This effect gives photographs a threedimensional look.

Stay tuned for new monthly contests starting at the beginning of the new club year