Competition Dates for 2021

Month Theme Submission Deadline* Club Night
January Nature 16-Jan-21 21-Jan-21
February Portrait 13-Feb-21 18-Feb-21
March Long Exposure 13-Mar-21 18-Mar-21
April In the Manner of a Photographer 10-Apr-21 15-Apr-21
May Photojournalism 15-May-21 20-May-21
June Triptych 12-Jun-21 17-Jun-21
July Creative 10-Jul-21 15-Jul-21
August Chiaroscuro 14-Aug-21 19-Aug-21
September Travel 11-Sep-21 16-Sep-21
October 'Scapes (Sea City or Land) 16-Oct-21 21-Oct-21
*Submission deadline is the Saturday prior to the Club meeting at 11.30 pm.


Definition of Themes for 2021

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   -  Nature          

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.

Only scientific names, common names or descriptive titles shall be used.

Photographers must have complied with the PSNZ Nature Code of Conduct.


February  -  Portrait

 Images should be about capturing people's emotions and expressions. However, we ask that you consider being creative – Fine art, conceptual, your take on a portrait, but the subject must be human and more than just a quick snap.


March  -  Long Exposure

Long-exposure, time-exposure, or slow-shutter photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed which may render things in a different way from how we are used to seeing them.  It might sharply capture the stationary elements of images whilst blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements or could simply invoke an impression of a subject.  A long exposure helps us to trace the pattern of time and light.


April  -  In the Manner of a Photographer

Choose a photographer and make an image in his/her style.  This should be an homage, not a direct copy.  The name of your chosen artist must feature within the title.


May  -  Photojournalism

Storytelling images such as seen in the news media and periodicals.  They may include contemporary life, human interest, documentary, illustrative, spot news, sport, etc.

The storytelling value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photojournalism images must not misrepresent the truth. No situations shall be set up for the purpose of photography.

Any manipulation or modification of the original image must not alter the content of the original scene and elements of the story may not be introduced, removed, shifted or changed in any way including HDR toning or use of image enhancement software, but corrections to exposure and the removal of spots is acceptable.

Cropping is acceptable only if this does not affect the truth of the story.  Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared image, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.


June  -  Triptych

Triptych art is made up of three different panels that are intended to be displayed together. The three panels become one unified piece of work to the viewer.


July  -    Creative

Creative photography is an extension of conventional photography into creative art. Its purpose is to stimulate creative thoughts and encourage experimentation with new ideas going beyond a simple photograph.


August  -  Chiaroscuro

A technique employed in the visual arts to represent light and shadow as they define three-dimensional objects. Frequently seen as extreme low key with an added single light source highlighting an element within the image.


September  -  Travel

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations.  Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate.  Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. 

Techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must appear natural. 


October  -  ‘scape

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 landscape.




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