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 one image to a slideshow of images which will be presented at the beginning of the club meeting. Be creative and “think outside the box” during both the capture and editing stages of your image.

The Contest Schedule for 2020-2021:

General:  All themes may include ‘artistic impression’.  This includes HDR and other techniques that significantly alter what the eye sees.  This is not necessary and the full range of styles is acceptable including ‘as shot’.  The intent is to allow artistic impression without designating a special category.

Digital Competition I – Nov 19, 2020

The food is the main subject in this category. It can be staged alone, or part of a scene/story.

In My Back Yard
This category is open to anything that you find in your backyard or neighbourhood.

In this category, the main subject is the shadow itself. Explore the effect a shadow on another image or a story including the shadow. The possibilities are endless … be creative.

Any subject matter is acceptable.

Digital Competition II – February 18, 2021

Nature – Birds or 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.

This category is limited to images of human subjects, only, as the primary subject. eg. portraits, group portraits, environmental portrait, posed or candid, etc. Subject can be photographed in a studio or any other environmental setting. Any form of image manipulation is allowed as long as the results look natural.

Black and White (plus 1 other colour)
This is a creative category where editing is required. Your final image is black and white plus ONE other colour. For example, the intent of the image may be to emphasize part of the image with colour: red fire truck in b&w background. Give it a try … feel free to ask for editing help …

Any subject matter is acceptable.

Digital Competition III – May 20, 2021

This category includes the weather pattern itself and the effects of the weather pattern. “Weather” needs to be clearly identified. ex. snowstorm, rain drops in puddles, windy – big waves at the beach, lightning *** BE SAFE ***

In The Dark
In this category, the images are to be taken either at nighttime, or in an area with restricted lighting (ie. dark room, tunnel, etc). Any subject matter is possible: astronomy, architecture, movement, etc.

Creative Vision
This category is limited to highly creative and artistic images. For example: altered reality, abstracts, graphical designs, conceptual art, composites, montages, etc. Any form of image manipulation is allowed. Use of artistic filters or processing is acceptable and is, of course, encouraged.

Any subject matter is acceptable.


The Challenge Schedule for 2020-2021:

September 17, 2020: violet

October: no challenge due to Member Image Night

November 5, 2020: flow

December 3, 2020: bokeh

January 7, 2021: music

February 4, 2021: odd couples

March 4, 2021: 4 sides

April 8, 2021: distortions

May 6, 2021: 3