The themed competitions for 2020-2021 are:
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 confined just to humans!
- Competition Date: October 20, 2020
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.
- Competition Date: December 15, 2020
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.
- Competition Date: April 20, 2020
For more information, contact the Competition VP’s in the Board Contacts page
The themed competitions for 2021-2022 are:
- Flowers: They are everywhere, in your backyard, your neighbor’s back yard, florist bouquets, on trees, botanical gardens, roadsides, florist bouquets, wild and/or cultivated. So, show us your best shots! The subject must be actively flowering, from a single bloom or part thereof, to an entire field or fields. Be creative! Montages, multiple exposures, zooming, panning, focus stacking, etc, are all allowed, so long as all parts of the picture have been created by the photographer, and it meets the theme. Seed pods or tight buds are not allowed, unless they are an insignificant part of the image, or serve to enhance the subject.
- Old: People, places, or objects that are showing their age. Helpful definitions: 1. Having lived for a long time; no longer young. 2. Made or built long ago. The hands, eyes, faces of older people are classic examples. Dilapidated barns, antique cars or trucks are good examples. No dead, or dying flowers or plants; in their relative life span they are old but it defeats the purpose of this theme.
- Abstracts: An abstract photograph may isolate a fragment of a natural scene in order to remove its inherent context from the viewer, it may be purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects, or it may involve the use of color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression. Close ups of common objects, reflections on moving water are some examples. Generally, the subject is not readily identifiable. “Basic” post processing is allowed. Software add-ins and tools such as liquify, textures, etc. are not allowed. Stacking multiple images, zooming, and panning done by the photographer are permitted. This theme is about what the photographer can accomplish in camera not about processing with software tools.