Competition Themes (through 2021)

Themes for 2019-2020


  • Low Perspective:Placing the camera low to the ground (October 15, 2019): The idea is to change our normal shooting perspective by shooting images with our cameras close to the ground.  This will provide a great opportunity for creative shots.  Common objects can appear completely different when taken from a low perspective and can provide new compositional opportunities.  Get close and shoot up.  Back up and include foreground and foreground objects.  Get your tripod close to the ground, or free yourself from your tripod and get down low to the ground with your camera.



  • Night Photos: An image taken after sunset and before sunrise (December 17, 2019): The night presents an interesting set of photographic opportunities. Places active with human activity, such as city streets, country fairs, fireworks, and etc., come alive at night.  But even quiet and lonely places – cemeteries, back alleys, and moon-lit shorelines – can surprise you with what they have to offer. The absence of daylight at night will force us to ensure that we capture sufficient light by increasing the length of our exposures, by adding light (flash or light painting), or by increasing the sensitivity (ISO) of our sensors. However, be careful to maintain the feeling of darkness in the image, i.e., don’t let a too-long exposure turn your scene into daytime. Wherever you may be headed, grab your tripod, a wireless or cabled shutter release, and a friend (for assistance, company, and safety), and have fun shooting in the dark. 


  • Through Rain, Snow, Sleet or Hail: Get outside with your camera in bad weather! (April 21, 2020):  Be sure to protect your equipment well as you venture out in bad weather to capture images in Rain, Snow, Sleet or Hail!  For those less adventurous, the image may be captured from inside a building or vehicle, etc.  However, falling rain, snow, sleet or hail must be a clearly visible and important part of the image.



Themes for 2020-2021

  • Fountains: A man-made ornamental structure, that pumps water. No shortage of fountains locally but anywhere in the world is fine. Rain or shine, day or night, literal or abstract.
  • Fall Harvest: Farms to Farmers Markets. A colorful time of year when produce is being farmed and sold. Land crops only, to reflect the colors and/or work gathering and selling the fall harvest. 
  • A Musician: The subject must be singular; it may be in a group but DOF, processing etc. should make it obvious that all attention is on one individual. Subjects are not confined just to humans!