Competition Dates for 2022

Month Theme Submission Deadline* Club Night
January Altered Reality
15-Jan-22 20-Jan-22
February Old and New
12-Feb-22 17-Feb-22
March Portraiture 12-Mar-22 17-Mar-22
April Poetry in an Image
16-Apr-22 21-Apr-22
May Nature - NZ or Overseas
14-May-22 19-May-22
June Architecture 11-Jun-22 16-Jun-22
July Water 16-Jul-22 21-Jul-22
August People at Work
13-Aug-22 18-Aug-22
September Culture 10-Sep-22 15-Sep-22
October 'Scapes (Land, sea or city) 15-Oct-22 20-Oct-22

*Submission deadline is the Saturday prior to the Club meeting at 11.30 pm.


Definition of Themes for 2022

At any of the monthly competitions you may enter an image in the set theme competitions (print or digital competition) or you may enter an image in the open competitions (print or digital). Across all competitions for the month, you may enter up to two images.

The themes are:

January   -  Altered reality         

Could include Impressionist, intentional camera movement (ICM), long exposure, manipulation/altered images, using digital and/or traditional special effects, motion blur, Bokeh, etc. Any textures and/or effects must be the photographer’s own work.


February  - Old and New

Juxtapose the old and the new to create a comparison or a contrast.


March  - Portraiture

A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to full body length and which shows the essence of the person through context and/or expression. The subject does not necessarily have to be looking at the camera but rather, the image should demonstrate who they are.


April  - Poetry in an image

Create an image inspired by a poem (any genre). You should refer to the work that inspired you within the title or within the image.


May  - Nature - NZ or Overseas

Only scientific names or common names to be used as titles.

We are using the PSNZ definition: Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.

The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects – such as barn owls or storks – adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, such as hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are allowed.

Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are NOT eligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are allowed. 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 allowed, including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.

Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise and film scratches, are allowed.  Stitched images are not allowed. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome.  Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are NOT allowed.

Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above may have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena and extant organisms as the primary subject matter.  This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums, and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

N.B. Landscapes in Nature need to showcase some natural feature, which is explicit in the title.


June  - Architecture

Architectural photography is commonly described as the form of photography that uses buildings and other structures as subjects. It has many classifications, but the two most common and simplest types are Interior and Exterior Architectural Photography. 


July  -   Water

In any form or genre.


August  - People at Work

Your choice as to how you represent the topic.


September  - Culture

Show us an image which tells about a people or a culture. The photograph may be as simple as a portrait in an environmental context, as common as street scenes, or as complex as the capturing of scenes that illustrate social relationships.


October  - 'Scapes (land, sea or city)

Capture a sense of “space” and “place” and tell a story of the scene before the camera. Sea, city, or land. Creative enhancement of the image is acceptable provided that the resulting image still reflects the essential story of what is seen in that ‘scape.




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