Competitions

2022-2023 Year End Photo Contest

Submittals for the 2022-2023 Year-End Photo Contest are due at the end of the May 2022 club meeting. Only images shot from May 11th, 2022 through May 9th, 2023 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 2022 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.

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Diagonals (DIAG) — Diagonals refer to slanted lines in an image which are more dynamic than horizontal and vertical lines. Diagonal lines give you a sense of movement, of potential energy, and a sense of uncertainty. You can find diagonals lots of places or make your own by tilting your camera purposefully to add drama to your image.

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(On my) Doorstep (DOOR) —Happening close to where you live; in the vicinity; situated very close. One of the best things about shooting close to home is that it can force you to break out of your comfort zone and think more creatively.

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Food Photography (FOOD) – Food photography is a still life photography genre used to create attractive still life photographs of food. A good food photo should evoke the food’s best traits and its inherent deliciousness.

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It’s All About The Light (LIGHT) – Photography is capturing the light. Light has everything to do with how a subject looks, and whether it will make an interesting photograph or not. A great subject with ordinary light will make an ordinary photograph. An ordinary subject with great light could make a great photograph. Let’s see the “light” in your image!

Natural Frame(s) (FRAME) – Natural framing is a popular technique in landscape photography where the photographer deliberately places the primary subject in a position where accompanying elements surround it, highlight it or call attention to it. Examples are doorways, windows, arches, columns, tunnels, trees, knotholes, patterns, etc.

Sign Sign Everywhere A Sign (SIGN) – Signs are everywhere. You have the classic neon you will find along Route 66, directional signs, time-worn signage from billboards, diners, gas stations, and drive-in theaters, modern signs, funny signs, and everything in between. In the words of Bob Marley, “Life is one big road with lots of signs.”

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Simplicity (SIMP) – A composition technique that concentrates on keeping only the absolutely necessary information in frame. Simplicity allows the viewer to really focus on the main subject, without being distracted by other elements. It is just enough, i.e., just enough to tell the story; just enough to catch your eye or take your breath away. Simplicity done right can leave a lasting memory.

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To Everything There Is A Season (SEAS) – Each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) are marked by weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth’s changing position with regard to the sun. We experience the places we live as they change throughout the year, so let’s capture and highlight these seasonal changes.

Transportation (TRAN) – Getting from here to there. You are not limited to just planes, trains, and automobiles; use your imagination to discover all kinds of vehicles, as long as they are (or at one time were) capable of taking you from point A to point B. This can be on the road or off it, in the sky or on the water. They can be still or in motion, near or far. If it can carry people, it counts!

2021-2022 Year End Photo Contest

Submittals for the 2021-22 Year-End Photo Contest are due at the end of the May 2022 club meeting. Only images shot from May 11th, 2021 through May 9th, 2022 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 2022 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.

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Frozen (FROZ) — A person or something turned into ice, damaged by extreme cold, preserved or made motionless by extreme cold, or in a fixed position.

How We See Ourselves (OUR) — Self-portrait or self-image. The conceptualization we form in our minds about the kind of person we are. Self-portraits don’t have to be photos of a face. They can be photos of hands holding something beloved, feet splashing in a puddle, a silhouette, or abstraction.

Humor (HUM) — There are some situations that are just funny and require little or no intervention. Others require a controlled setting and/or some intervention. Think about unguarded moments, perspectives, juxtapositions, kids, pets, props, photobombs, smiles soliciting smiles, distortions of reality and the strange things people do.

Reflection(s) (REF) — Using reflective surfaces to create an artistic echo of a scene. This could include water, metal, tiles, mirrors, or anything with a shiny surface.

Seascape / Lakescape (SCAPE) — Images where the main subject is the sea or ocean or a lake or pond.

Three (THREE) — The number 3 crops up quite often in photography. Think about 1) depth – foreground, midground, and background, 2) three points of interest, 3) Rule of Thirds, 4) the literal number 3.

Texture (TEXT) — Details that visually describe how something physically feels. Textures can be smooth, rough, and anything else your hand feels when it touches a surface. In photography, depth, good contrast, and patterns are what defines textures.

Tree(s) (TREE) — Trees are considered representative of life, wisdom, power, and prosperity. They make excellent photography subjects at any time of year.

Vast (VAST) — 1) very great in size, amount, degree, intensity, 2) immense; 3) wide, broad, boundless.