2020/2021 Competition Dates
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all four competitions held this year will be digital-only.
2021-2022 Competition Handbook: Click here to download.
Our goal is to have fun and improve our photography while competing and learning with others.
Competition #1 - Sept. 30, 2021 - November 11, 2021
Creative photography promotes the manipulation of photograph(s) in both in-camera and post processing for artistic purposes to create a fictional or conceptual image or photographic art. Any subject or topic is acceptable in this competition provided that the original captured image is the work of the photographer.
- Abstract – Representing tangible objects or people. These can include bokeh, double exposure, blurred image, intentional camera movement, panning, patterns, light painting, lines, macro image, oil & water, high-speed water drops, shapes, simplicity, spinning, smoke, texture, etc. It does not have to represent an accurate depiction of reality.
- Altered Reality – Using real-world environment and elements to create a realistic or unrealistic fictional image. Ideally, the intention is to create an image that conveys a message or tells a story.
- Creative – Conveys a mood, a feeling, a beautiful arrangement of elements that could be expressive and can be aesthetically pleasing or promotes an emotional response to shapes, lines and colours. The image should go beyond a pictorial rendering of a scene.
This competition will include both Monochrome/Infrared and Colour. Images submitted for this competition can come from a wide range of topics and subjects such as abstract, altered reality, aircraft, cityscape, flowers, landscape, machinery, nature, people, plants, seascapes, still-life, tools, vessels, wildlife, etc. For this competition, lines/curves will include converging lines, curved lines, diagonal lines, horizontal lines, opposing diagonal lines, S-curves and vertical lines
Competition #2 - November 12, 2021 - January 6, 2022
Macro or Close-up photography is the art of capturing images like insects, flowers, etc. or to focus on a particular detail of a subject for an intimate view. The close-up shot is typically tightly cropped with significantly more detail than the human eye normally would perceive and usually takes up most of the frame. A close-up image usually isolates the subject from the environment and can be of living organisms or inanimate objects. Shape, texture and colour may take on a different perspective in a macro or close-up image. Important in the Macro or Close-up is the feeling of immediate proximity to the subject and the expression of extreme detail.
Images can be black & white and shades in between. Post-processing techniques include colour or infrared images that have been converted to black and white. Colour toning such as sepia or cyanotype is not allowed.
Competition #3 - January 21, 2022 -February 24, 2022
Still Life Photography is the art of capturing one or more groups of distinct, inanimate, still objects; intentionally chosen and carefully arranged by the photographer for the purpose of artistic expression. Some ideas include man-made objects such as books, vases, glasses or jewelry or could be natural items such as cut flowers, picked fruit or cut plants. (These items need to be detached from their source). In Still Life Photography, photographers directly influence the image creation process by having complete control over every aspect of the scene including background, lighting, mood and composition. Still Life must have more than one item in the photo. A single item (in photography) is called “product photography” and cannot be classified as still life. Living things, such as people, animals, birds or fish also cannot be included in Still Life.
The province or territory MUST be included in the title of your image. To assist you in seeking out the best image for this competition, we have included below some ideas:
- cultural heritage
- geographical uniqueness
- historical events or locations
- iconic landscape/cityscape
- roughness of Canadian landscape
- seasonal uniqueness
- symbols of caring, confidence, courage, encouraging, helping others, nurturing, pride, respect, self-sacrifice and trust
- wildlife specific to Canada
Your image can include aircraft, animal (feral or wild life), architecture, landscape, objects, people, plants, sea mammals, trains, vehicles, vessels, etc. This competition will have thirteen themes each representing a province or territory in Canada. Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon You are encouraged to submit images which exemplify the unique beauty of one or more themes from your perspective as either a resident or a visitor.
Competition #4 - March 11, 2022 - April 28, 2022
A silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, (usually black), with its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior or subject of a silhouette is featureless or very dark with no detail, and is usually presented on a lighter background. Partial silhouettes are also allowed and can sometimes, by adding a touch of light, make the subject slightly more three-dimensional and real.
‘Scapes’ can be any image depicting our physical environment as an “extensive view” or a “wide view of a scene”. These include landscapes, seascapes, waterscapes, skyscapes, cityscapes or any scenic view where the main subject-matter is the view. People may be included in the scene as long as they are ancillary and/or supportive of the main subject. Images entered in ’Scapes’ may be colour or monochrome (including Infra-red). In-camera multiple exposures, HDR, focus stacking or stitched panorama techniques are allowed.