Themes for 2017-2018
- October 17: Visible Emotions
Some of the most powerful photographs are those that have captured emotions. Photographs that have impact and tell a story, show individuals with visible emotions. For this theme, photograph a person that shows us clearly visible emotions. This could be happiness, surprise, anger, sadness, excitement, pride, fear or disgust.
- December 19: Faceless Self Portrait
In this theme we are looking for you to be creative and express your identity by taking a photo of yourself without your face. The key to this theme is showing the viewer something about your character or personality through your image. It can be a headshot that doesn’t expose your face or it can be different parts of your body that don’t include the head or face. But the subject of the image has to be you, and it should tell a story about you.
- March 20: The American Experience–Americans at Work
For this month’s themed contest, show us your best photos of Americans at Work. This may be of a single person, or multiple people, at work. The person or persons and the work being performed must both be clearly evident in the photo. Let’s showcase Americans at Work by demonstrating their emotions, determination, strength and pride!
Themes for 2018-2019
Images where the predominant elements are geometric shapes—circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, etc. The compositional elements may be specific [subject-based], such as a wall with a door & doorknob & windows, or implied [design-based], where the photographer searches for designs, such as rectangles, circles, etc. without concern for the names of the objects. For example, subject-based could consider a scene with land, ocean and sky, whereas, design-based could see the same scene as three rectangles of different tones and sizes.
Images which include reflections in water, buildings, mirrors, glass or any other reflective material.
- Trains, Planes, Automobiles, and Trucks
Images of these subjects can be of new or old ones—ones in mint condition or in a state of ruin. Photos can be of the entire vehicle or parts, such as hood ornaments. Subjects can be in motion or at rest.