Contests and Challenges

Contests provide opportunities to share your photos and learn what makes a winning image.  We encourage all members to participate in one of 3 groups:  Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  In addition to learning how you can improve your own images, you will see the work of your fellow members.   Contests are either digital, where the images are projected, or print.  For the print category, we encourage all members to try their hand at printing images – we provide print mounting instruction and demonstration and allow images as small as 8″x10″.   All judging is done by certified Judges – and the comments are always constructive and useful. Certificates are awarded to the contest winners.

Challenges provide a fun and relaxed opportunity to share your work with our members. Each member is asked to contribute up to three images to a slideshow of images which will be presented at the beginning of the club meeting. The challenges this season are categorized in two ways: reactive and intentional. The maker is either reacting to the world or actively looking for something or setting up a scene or scenario. Take these opportunities to be creative, “think outside the box” and have fun during both the capture and editing stages of your image.

The Contest Schedule for 2021-2022:

Digital Competition# 1 (November 18, 2021):

Nature Birds/Animals

This category is open to any type of animal or bird; domesticated or wild. e.g. mammals, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, crustaceans, fish, insects, family pets, ducks, geese, herons, raptors, song birds, sea and shore birds, etc. Images may be shot in a studio, zoo setting or in the wild. Artificial backgrounds ARE permitted either in studio or the wild. Any form of image manipulation is allowed as long as the results look natural. Large areas of black/solid/ manipulated background are permissible. Hand of Man is allowed. No artificial or taxidermy specimens.

Contrasting Colours

This is a creative category. It is about showing something in the world that is more clearly seen when it is shown in contrasting colours.

Any form of image manipulation is allowed.

Beach – Hometown Pride

This is a pictorial category in which the images tell a story of what The Beach is all about.

Note: The images from this category will automatically be submitted for consideration for the 22/23 Beach Photo Club Calendar.


Any subject matter is acceptable.

Digital Competition# 2 (February 17, 2022):

Expansive Views (Hand Of Man Allowed)

(Landscapes, Seascapes, Skyscapes, Natural phenomena, Geology, Astronomy.)

Landscape is described as an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view. Seascape is described as an expanse of water in which the water or waves predominate. Coastal features or the shoreline may be included.

Skyscape is described as a representation of the sky which can omit any view of land or anything else which might help to suggest scale or orientation.

Natural Phenomena refers to an observable event which is not man-made. Examples include: sunrise, weather, tornadoes, biological processes, decomposition, germination, physical processes, frost, ice patterns, snowflakes, wave propagation, erosion, tidal flow and natural disasters such as electromagnetic pulses, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. 

Geology is described as a natural geologicial formation. Objects, features, and processes of geological significance.

Any form of image manipulation is allowed as long as the results look natural.

Hand of Man is allowed.

People in Action

This category must include a person, or a group of people, engaged in an activity depicting physical motion. This can be related to sports, hobbies or leisurely activities where the activity is represented as the principle subject. E.g. running, canoeing, bicycle riding, car or boat racing, etc., The intent is to show a person in obvious motion or action, not merely engaged in an activity in which the motion is passive or slow. A physical person, or evidence of a person, must be present in the image. It is not required that the person’s face be visible if it is clear that there is a person engaged in an activity in which there is obvious action taking place. E.g. a skier in full gear, race car driver with helmet visible through window, a racing vehicle (such as a car or boat) would be eligible as long as there is clear evidence of a person. 

Any form of image manipulation is allowed as long as the results look natural.

Abstract Reflections

This is a creative category. It’s not about being abstract for the sake of being abstract; an abstract exists to show something in the world that is more clearly seen when it is shown in abstraction. ex. a section of building that is reflected in a puddle, a passerby reflected in the shiny car door, a combination of real/reflection that tells a story.

Any form of image manipulation is allowed.


Any subject matter is acceptable.

Digital Competition# 3 (May 19, 2022):


This category is limited to images of any architectural manmade structure. The subject must be a significant aspect of a landscape or cityscape. E.g. building exteriors/interiors, architectural details, bridges, piers, etc. 

Any form of image manipulation is allowed although the intent is that images look natural.


This category is limited to images of human subjects only as the primary subject. E.g. Portraits, Group Portraits, Environmental Portraits, Photo Journalism, Posed or Candid, etc. Can be photographed in a studio setting or any other environment. 

Any form of image manipulation is allowed as long as the results look natural.

Light and Darkness

This is a creative category. It is about showing something in the world that is more clearly seen when it is shown in contrasting light and darkness. 

Any form of image manipulation is allowed.


Any subject matter is acceptable.


The Challenge Schedule for 2021-2022:

Sept 23: Legs

This challenge could address the literal interpretation of legs: human, animal, hairy, muscular, etc . Or could reach to roots, table legs, chair legs. Or reach further … Let’s see what you come up with.

October: no challenge due to Member Image Night

Nov 4: Ambedo

“A kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—briefly soaking in the experience of being alive, an act that is done purely for its own sake.”

To be in ‘ambedo’ is a wonderful gateway into becoming present, listening to the rhythmic whoosh of the waves, watching the light glowing through raindrops. 

For the challenge, focus on any sensory detail, and the aim to capture that feeling that you have listening to or watching the subject. ‘Ambedo’ mentions melancholic trance, but anything that leads you into a sensory trance is fascinating!

Dec 2: Depth of Field

The main focus is to experiment with depth of field and use it to emphasize a part of your scenery. The subject is limitless.

Jan 6: Almost

Admit it … we all have them … the shot that didn’t quite work out as planned. Celebrate it! This could be the squirrel that ran out of frame, the bird that suddenly turned, the photo bomb of a passer-by. The possibilities are endless!

Feb 3: Fences

Anything from literal fences to figurative boundaries would suit this category – get creative!

Mar 3: Keta

“An image that inexplicably leaps back into your mind from the distant past.”

Pay attention to the passing of time. Create or capture something from our past that is already gone, lost, forgotten. We can use our photography to create and bring back the sensation of watching a black and white TV set, or the broken-sleep exhaustion of having a newborn and watching the sunrise with them. We can remember the blossoming of young love, or remind ourselves of the pure joy of playing with our friends as children, lost in the moments of fun and togetherness. 

This challenge is more of a set-up experience or intention.

April 7: Frames

The main subject is shown framed in some way. Could be a classic doorway or window, or it could be vegetation or some other artificial way, like with hands or even something in Photoshop.

May 5: Recreate an Advertisement

This challenge requires research and setup. Choose a favourite advertisement and recreate it! Make props; call up your friends to be your models. It doesn’t have to be exact … put your personal spin on a classic ad. Submit 2 images: the original advertisement and your version of the advertisement.