COMPETITION ASSIGNMENTS

September 2020 – May 2021

September 2020 — 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. (Must be taken on or after Sept 1, 2018)


October 2020 — OPEN - FIVE YEARS

Any picture taken within the last five years. (Must be taken on or after October 1, 2018)


November 2020 — BOUNDARY MARKERS

Boundary Markers as major elements of your image: Walls, fences, rows of trees, plants, or stones, a moat, suspended chains or ropes from posts and the like. Prints may be themed or open. (Must be taken on or after Nov 1, 2018)


December 2020 — NATURAL PATTERNS FOUND IN NATURE

The repetition of lines, shapes or patterns in texture. Prints may be themed or open. (Must be taken on or after Dec 1, 2018)

January 2021 — BLACK AND 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 January 1, 2018)*

 

February 2021 — ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

Any scene illuminated by artificial light. Prints may be themed or open. (Must be taken on or after Feb. 1, 2018)*

March 2021 — PORTRAITS 

Portraits of humans or animals. Portraits may include the main subject in his or her environment. Prints may be themed or open. Must be taken on or after Mar. 1, 2018)*


April 2021 — WEATHER

Storms, fog, rain, snow, or ice. Prints may be themed or open. (Must be taken on or after April 1, 2018)*


May 2021 — OPEN

Any photograph taken within the past 2 years. (Must be taken on or after May 1, 2018)*

*1-year extension due to Covid-19

September 2021 – May 2022

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. Prints may be themed or open. (Must be taken on or after Sep. 1,  2019)


October 2021 — OPEN

Any photograph taken within the past 2 years (Must be taken on or after Oct. 1, 2019)

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. Prints may be themed or open. (Must be taken on or after November 1, 2019)


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. Prints may be themed or open. (Must be taken on or after Dec. 1, 2019)


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. Prints may be themed or open.  (Must be taken on or after February 1, 2020)

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. (Must be taken on or after March 1, 2020)


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. Prints may be themed or open. (Must be taken on or after April 1, 2020)


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, 2020)

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