COMPETITION ASSIGNMENTS

September 2021 – May 2022

Updated June 17, 2021

September 2021 — LOOKING UP

Turn your camera upwards and capture the world from a different perspective. It can be a ceiling, flowers from the ground level, buildings, trees or anything that requires your camera to look upwards. (Must be taken on or after September 1, 2018, extended due to Covid)


October 2021 — OPEN 

Any photograph taken within the past 3 years (Must be taken on or after October 1, 2018, extended due to Covid)


November 2021 — STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Capture a moment that tells a story - it may include one person or hundreds of people; something that caught your eye in the stream of everyday life. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even people. It could be an object or scene where the image conveys a sense of human character or human intervention. (Must be taken on or after November 1, 2018, extended due to Covid)


December 2021 — MINIMALIST PHOTOGRAPHY

Create an image using the least amount of visual elements or minimum necessary elements to convey the emotion of a scene. These components may include color, textures, lines, and forms. Compositional elements must be kept to a minimum, and the ones that are left should be essential for conveying the overall idea, or symbolism, of the image. Minimalist photography often uses negative space to create its impact. (Must be taken on or after December 1, 2018, extended due to Covid)

January 2022 — 6-MONTH OPEN

Any photograph taken within the past 6 months.  (Must be taken on or after July 1, 2021)

 

February 2022 — QUALITY OF LIGHT

Show the quality of light. The quality of light should be a major element of the image and used to enhance your subject. Your image could be a subject bathed in the warm light of a sunrise or sunset. It could be soft diffused light or even harsh light depending on what message you're trying to convey. It could even be a subject lit by light painting.  (Must be taken on or after February 1, 2019, extended due to Covid)

March 2022 — NATURE 

May depict observations from all branches of natural history in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject and agree to its honest presentation. Images including the "hand of man" (such as roads, fences, manicured lawns, etc.) will be disqualified. Any adjustments to the image must appear natural. Color images may be converted to monochrome. Infrared images are not allowed.

 

NBCC's expanded definition of Nature is here.

(Must be taken on or after March 1, 2019, extended due to Covid)


April 2022 — LONG EXPOSURE

Capture an image that shows a long-exposure effect or uses a slow shutter speed. This technique may use time-lapse to capture stationary elements of a scene while blurring or obscuring moving elements (e.g., flowing water, star trails, moving vehicles). The use of digital manipulation to create motion is not allowed. You may also use long exposure to brighten a dimly lit scene (e.g., the Milky Way or other astrophotography subjects) or use light painting to “paint light” on stationary objects. (Must be taken on or after April 1, 2019, extended due to Covid)


May 2022 — BLACK & WHITE OPEN

An image rendered in black and white. (i.e., ALL color has been removed either in the digital process or through the choice of film or camera). (Must be taken on or after May 1, 2019, extended due to Covid)

September 2022 – May 2023

September 2022 — OPEN

Any photograph taken within the past 2 years. (Must be taken on or after September 1, 2020)


October 2022 — CLOSE-UP / MACRO

The principal subject must dominate the image. Make the viewer ‘feel’ the subject is right up close. Devices such as macro lenses, extension tubes, and/or diopters may be used but are not required. (Must be taken on or after October 1, 2020)

November 2022 — BLACK & WHITE, OPEN

An image rendered in black and white (i.e., ALL color has been removed either in the digital process or through the choice of film or camera). (Must be taken on or after November 1, 2020)


December 2022 — ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS

A portrait taken in the subject’s usual environment, such as their home, street or workplace.  It typically illuminates the subject’s life and natural surroundings.  By photographing in their environment, you will be able to show their character and portray their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their physical features. (Must be taken on or after December 1, 2020)


January 2023 — OPEN

Any photograph which has never been entered in any NBCC competition. It may not be the same or similar to others you have entered. (There are no date limitations!)

February 2023 — WINDOW LIGHT

A photograph taken where the predominant light falling on the subject is coming through a window(s)…not a skylight. (Must be taken on or after February 1, 2021)

March 2023 — NATURE

Nature photography may depict observations from all branches of natural history in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject and agree to its honest presentation. Images including the “hand of man” (such as roads, fences, manicured lawns, etc.) will be disqualified. Any adjustments to the image must appear natural. Color images may be converted to monochrome. Infrared images are not allowed.

 

NBCC's expanded definition of Nature is here.

 

(Must be taken on or after March 1, 2021)

April 2023 — TWILIGHT / NIGHT

Outdoor settings only, no studio or flash lighting. Twilight is the period of time after sunset and before sunrise in which the atmosphere is partially illuminated by the sun (which is below the horizon and not visible). Night pictures are taken any time after sunset or before sunrise. (Must be taken on or after April 1, 2021) 

 

May 2023 — OPEN

Any photograph taken within the past 2 years. (Must be taken on or after May 1, 2021)