Definitions for monthly competitions in 2017

February – Reflection and shadows

Reflections: Use a reflective surface to capture a unique image. Common reflective surfaces are bodies of water, windows and mirrors. Using reflective surfaces is a great way to create abstract images.

Shadows: A picture in which shadows are featured. The cause of the shadow may be included but must not be dominant.

March – Architecture

All entries in monochrome.

A picture of one or more buildings or structure, or a portion of a building. Human figures may be included. Significant architectural feature with emphasis on pattern, texture and the use of space in context.

April – Colour of your choice

An image where one colour predominates.

May – Self portrait

A photo of yourself, taken by yourself. It can be from head to a full length study and may include accessories or backgrounds that are in character with the subject but these should not dominate the photograph. It can include candid photographs, environmental portraits and formal studio portraits.

June – Different point of view

An image shooting a subject from an “unexpected angle” an angle with more impact than the normal viewing angle encountered in everyday life i.e. “a bird at eye level,” “looking down on an ant” shoot above, below, or very low, such as how a child sees the world.

July – Abstract

A pictorial arrangement of colours and shapes which are not recognisable as known objects. A photo expressing ideas and emotions by using elements such as colours and lines without attempting to create a realistic picture.

August – Street portraits

All entries in monochrome.

Taking photos of people in public, urban areas in a candid manner. Street photography also relies heavily on capturing “the decisive moment.” This means that the timing of the images is what typically makes it special – catch a person with a certain express of their face or a person doing something uncanny at a certain moment.

September – Night photography

A photograph taken outdoors between dusk and dawn. Night photographers generally have a choice between using artificial light and using long exposures, exposing for seconds, minutes and even hours.

October – Panorama

An image with an elongated field of view, with at least 2:1 width to height ratio. Polar panoramas (“little planets”) are also acceptable.

November – Animals

Any living creature, captive or wild.