FEBRUARY – HARVEST
[results March – Judge Roger Thwaites]
We live in a perfect place to collect images of harvesting, but it doesn’t have to be all grapes and wine. It could be from your own garden, or down on the farm. The sky is the limit here. Here’s some inspiration! https://pixabay.com/en/photos/harvest/ Set subject and open.
MARCH – LANDSCAPE
[results April – Judges: Caroline Ludford] (prints) Judy Stokes (digital)
Trophy for prints and digitals. Up to 2 digitals and 2 prints per person can be submitted. (Digital files of the prints are also to be submitted). Winners will be announced and presented at the Awards function in August. Note there are two Landscape competitions in this current year (Oct 2018/March 2019) because the committee decided to hold the competition closer to the annual awards night, therefore the trophies will be shared six monthly. Set subject only, competition ungraded but points are awarded as per normal competitions.
Landscapes are scenes featuring areas of land. These may include areas of coastal land with sea, lake or other water feature included. This Landscape competition has two trophies attached, the Liz Davidson PRINT trophy which is for New Zealand Landscapes/Seascapes only and the DIGITAL trophy which is unrestricted is the Barbara Wilson Trophy. Images of landscapes shown throughout the year will be eligible for re-entry. The competition is ungraded but points will be awarded as per normal competitions. As per PSNZ rules – Photographs which capture a sense of “space” and “place” and tell a story of the scene before the camera. A landscape will typically combine elements of earth, sea or sky. The image may include human elements for scale and context but not to the extent that they become the prominent element. Creative enhancement of the image is acceptable provided that the resulting image still reflects the essential story of what is seen in that landscape.
APRIL – NATURAL HISTORY
[results May – Judge: Murry Cave]
This Competition is for the Natural History Trophy. For this competition you may enter up to two prints and/or two digital images (a total of four images). Competition is ungraded but points are awarded as usual. The overall winning print and winning digital will each have a trophy awarded at the annual prize giving in 2019. Please see the Natural History rules on the Marlborough Camera Club website. Set subject only.
2 trophies are awarded: one for the best print (Brian Thwaites Trophy) and the other for the best digital image (The Marlborough Camera Club Trophy). Print entries must be of NZ Natural History subjects only. Digital entries may be natural history subjects from anywhere in the world. The following rules apply to both prints and digitals:
Up to four entries may be entered into Natural History Competition, two of which would be prints and the other two, digital entries.
The competition is ungraded, but points will be awarded as per normal competitions.
Subjects shall illustrate untamed animals, birds, and uncultivated plants in their natural habitat, astronomy, geology and phenomena not produced by man. Marine and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) and naturalised subjects are allowed providing taken under natural and not domestic conditions, NZ examples are deer, black swan, monarch butterfly, briar (not cultivated) roses. Landscapes, photographs of zoo or game farm animals or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible.
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.
Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not permitted.
MAY – COLOUR ME GREEN (Exhibition)
[results June – Selector for Colour Me Green: Gail Stent] Judge for open digital entries - Don Kelly
Please submit images that are predominantly green. Think OUTSIDE the square. We are looking at selecting the best 18 images to compile onto a “Colour Wall” to exhibit later in the year.https://www.gettyimages.co.nz/photos/green-color Submission of up to 4 digitals only, no prints for Colour Me Green. Reminder - please keep a large file of your entries for printing if selected. As Colour Me Green is not a competition there will be an open competition run in conjunction with this event where 2 digitals of choice are allowed.
JUNE – HOLD THE LINE
[results July – Judge: Brian Harmer]
Lines are often carrying elements of the compositions. Lines are everywhere, you just have to show them in a stylish way. This challenge is all about using lines creatively.
Keep it simple and stylish, have fun and good luck!https://www.photovideoedu.com/Learn/Articles/jim-zuckerman-on-composition-leading-lines.aspx Set subject and open.
JUNE – SHOT OF THE YEAR [Judge: Irene Callaghan]
[results at Awards Function in August] previously entered Shot of the Year images may be not be entered again however images entered into club competitions during the year may be entered into Shot of the Year.
a) There are three categories: Colour Print, Monotone Print, and Projected Image.
b) ONE entry in each category may be submitted, and entries are to be handed in at the June meeting.
c) The subject in each category is: “OPEN”, unless otherwise stated in the competition programme.
d) PRINTS are to be mounted to the dimensions stated in Rule 2 on rules page. Digital Images should be in accordance with Rule 3.
e) Previously entered photos in the ‘Shot of the Year competition’ are not eligible for entry again.
f) A Trophy will be awarded to the winner of each category.
JULY – MOSTLY WHITE
[results August – Judge: Ilan Wittenberg]
In this challenge submit photographs which are mostly white.
They can be portraits, an architectural photograph, landscape or a still life. Please pay special attention to composition and light. High Key Photography is one example of mostly white.https://shutterstoppers.com/high-key-photography-natural-light Set subject and open.
AUGUST – ALL ABOUT CARS
[results September – Judge: Simon Forsyth
Show me your most beautiful, rustic or creative photos of cars, Old or new, in B&W or colour! May the best car win! Take a look at the link to get inspired
Tim Wallace: Car Photography http://ambientlife.co.uk/CarPhotography.html Set subject and open.
SEPTEMBER – FASCINATING TEXTURES
[results October – Judge: Errol Kelly]
Photography forces us to look at the world in a different way. Texture itself can become the subject in a photograph or it can provide a description of how something might feel. Normally, we describe texture by how something feels to our sense of touch but in a photograph the texture has to appear to leap out and appear as if one could touch it. Strong textures make the subject in an image tactile and tangible.
Try using lenses that have a close focusing abilities, such as macro lenses, to allow you to get in close and fill the frame. Look for light raking across the surface of an object to highlight the textural details. Enjoy this diverse collection of 100 texture photographs, and be inspired to shoot some of your own!http://www.photopoly.net/25-stunning-texture-photographs/ Set subject and open.
OCTOBER – ALL ALONE
[results November – Judge: Craig Phillips
Sometimes you find yourself all alone.
Capture a unique subject that reflects that in your photo. Talking a walk, reading, thinking or dreaming.... Alone in a crowd, home alone, live alone, sleep alone, alone but not lonely..... Joyful alone time..... Peaceful restful solitude.... Alone time....https://www.pinterest.nz/kitkat58hotma/alone-time/ Set subject and open.
NOVEMBER – NUMBERS ARE EVERYWHERE
[results February 2020 – Judge: Neil Gordon]
Numbers are all around us. On clocks, in games, on street signs, on transport, on products and many other places!
Show us your best image captivating numbers in a creative way. Photos can be in colour or black and white. Have fun! Start counting ..........https://www.istockphoto.com/nz/photos/numbers Set subject and open.
FEBRUARY 2020 – ABSTRACT IN NATURE
[hand in February 2020 – Judge: Michele Usher]
Abstract is from a Latin word meaning "pulled away, detached," and the basic idea is of something detached from physical, or concrete, reality.
Now combine abstract with Nature, see images for inspiration.
https://digital-photography-school.com/abstract-nature-photography/ Set subject and open.