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/


Judge: Irene Callaghan (prints) Dr Neil Gordon (digitals)

Results April. Trophy for prints and digital. These will be announced and presented at the Awards function in August 2020.

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.  Up to two prints and two digitals per person can be submitted.  (Digital files of the prints are also to be submitted and if not then the entry will be disqualified). Images of landscapes shown throughout the year will be eligible for re-entry.  Points will be awarded as per normal competitions but the trophy winner is across all grades.  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. - Note there is no OPEN competition this month.


Judge: Judy Stokes

Likely to include creative effects either in-camera or in post processing.

Creative Light may or may not represent recognisable objects/people etc.  Can use long exposure, all shutter speeds, light trails, stars,  traffic lights, bokeh, filters, flash, star bursts etc.  (workshop will be organised before hand-in)



Judge: Julia Home

This competition is for the Natural History trophy. No Open competition this month.

For this competition you may enter up to two prints and/or two digital images (a total of four images).  Points are awarded as usual but the trophy winner is across all grades.  The overall winning print and winning digital will each have a trophy awarded at the annual prize giving in 2019.

Two trophies are awarded: one for the best print (Brian Thwaites Trophy) and the other for the best digital image (MCC trophy for Natural History Digital Images).  Print entries must be of NZ Natural History subjects only and must have a digital copy entered as well otherwise the entry will be rejected.  Digital entries may be natural history subjects from anywhere in the world.  Images that have been previously entered in Open Competitions may be re-entered into the Natural History Trophy competition.  Points will be awarded as per normal graded competitions.  Rules apply to both prints and digitals and can be seen on the Natural History rules on the Website


Judge: To be advised

Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject/mood by using effective lighting, backdrops, natural light and poses.  Can be artistic, or it might be clinical, or even selfies.  Can also be animals, pets, birds etc.  


Judge: Alistair McAuslan (prints) and John Boyd (digitals)

Results at Awards Function in August.

Previously entered Shot of the Year images may 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)  Prints are to be mounted to the dimensions stated in Rule 3 (in competition rules on the website).  Digital images should be in accordance with Rule 4.

d) A trophy will be awarded to the winner of each category.


Judge: The Audience

Humour or Funny to provoke laughter ad provide amusement.

People of all ages and cultures respond to humour.  Most people are able to experience humour - be amused, smile or laugh at something funny - and thus are considered to have a sense of humour.  Photos may include laughter or laughing; depicting a funny story,  street signs, irony or anything that makes you smile such as  clowns etc or maybe a photo you wouldn't normally take but still funny.  No external judge for Humorous,  you, the members, will be judging on the night of the AGM for a fun and learning experience.  No grading or points for this competition.



Judge: Roger Thwaites

A group or singular device with moving/working parts.

May include the people and equipment that are used.  Suggestions - gritty machinery, sweaty workers using machinery or unkempt industrial.  Also could include cars, boats, bikes, motorbiles, tractors, transportation, mechanical items as in watches, clocks etc etc. 



Judge: Craig Bluett

An image where all colour has been removed (in the post digital process or in camera). It consists of shades of grey tone that generally go from dark (black) to light (white).

Common terms sepia (warm colours) cyanotype photos (cool colours).  Photos must depict B/W or limiting photos to a single colour range.  https://photographylife.com/black-and-white-photography/




Judge: Cushla Moorhead

Pets/animals, domesticated or worldwide. The animal can be moving or depicted in its own environment, or can be a photo of part or all of the face with the expression dominant.

Can be cute, funny or showing a relationship with person or another animal.  The intent could be to display the likeness, personality of the animal/bird/pet/fish.  The photo can include people and man-made objects.



Judge: Caroline Ludford

Don't be afraid to step outside the box and embrace the darkness.

Shadows are the result of matter coming between a surface and incoming rays of light.  Can accentuate shadows (in the field and in the studio) and consequently obscuring details can create striking results.  With a strong backlight, its possible to capture problematic low lighting situations into something absolutely stunning.  Go for it. https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/captivating-examples-of-silhouette-photography



Judge: Lynn Clayton

Unleash the artist within.

Include creative effects either in camera  or in post-processing and go from photo to a painting, cartoon, sketch, using photography as a medium to bring something to life that only lives in your mind.  The goal of fine-art photography is to express an idea, a message or an emotion.  May or may not represent recognisable objects.  Can include abstract, composite, creative, still life, tryptic, double exposure etc.  The world is  your oyster "you are the artist".


Nelson Marlborough Motueka Challenge

Judge: Jane and Neil Smith

Nelson Marlborough Moteuka Challenge (Interclub Competition) involves 6 digital and 6 print images from each club.

Please submit images for consideration for this interclub competition by the 10th of February. A selection of six digital and six prints will be made from member submissions. The entry form is using the standard club competition entry, so will ask for set subject or open, but this is an open competition. With regard to prints, you don't need to supply a print unless your entry is selected, so you only need to submit a digital copy of the print online, however you must have a phyisical print available if your image is selected.

You may submit as many images as you like, however only one print and one image may be selected per member.