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 and subject matter for 2019-2020:

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 21, 2019

At Night
In this category, the images are to be taken at nighttime. Any subject matter is possible: astronomy, architecture, movement, etc.

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.

This category is open to any type of animal; domesticated or wild. e.g. mammals, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, crustaceans, fish, insects, family pets, 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.

The Beach
Our special category to collect calendar images of our beaches neighbourhood.  Local architecture, streetscapes, people (who are clearly in the neighbourhood) can be included in category.  We are always looking for alternatives to sand and water.  Note:  images of the winter beach art installations are in category, but are not eligible for the calendar due to copyright issues.

Any subject matter is acceptable.

Digital Competition II – April 2, 2020 rescheduled to May 21 as a virtual contest

Doors are the main subject matter.  The image should be about the door itself.  

The primary subject should be the transportation itself, although the image may include secondary elements such as buildings, structures, people, animals or any other object, as long as those secondary elements are not dominant. 

The interest of this category is capturing the essence of daily life of those who live in the country, be it people or animals. It is not just landscape! 

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.

Print Competition – May 21, 2020 print version cancelled, digital contest from April 2 rescheduled to May 21 as a virtual contest.

Colour – Any subject matter is acceptable.

Monochrome – Any subject matter is acceptable.


The Challenge schedule and subject matter for 2019-2020:

December 5, 2019: Circles

February 20, 2020: Diagonals

March 26, 2020: Twins

April 16, 2020: S

May 7, 2020: 5