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Competitions - Details

What they are

Every month the WBCC holds an internal photography competition which all financial members are eligible to enter.
There is no obligation to do so, but it is highly encouraged to help identify your strengths and weaknesses, obtain independent constructive critique and measure your progress.

How they work

Each member is eligible to submit two (2) print and two (2) DPI (digital images) for both the set and open subject categories per month. That allows each individual to submit up to eight (8) entries per month for judging.

Judging is conducted by an independent judge who is not a member of the WBCC. They will mark images based on adherence to the theme of the month’s set subject, composition, technical ability, artistic merit etc. The Judge will mark all images in advance and will provide feedback and announce the mark at the Comp meeting which occurs on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Images are submitted the month before at the Comp meeting. Late entries will not be accepted so you should make alternative arrangements to have another Club member bring your print images should you not be able to attend that night. Alternatively you should contact the Competition Director in advance to enquire about alternative methods of submission. DPI entries can also be emailed directly to the Competition Director on or prior to the day of the meeting when they are due for submission.

Each month there is a set subject (e.g. people, places, scapes, nature etc) as well as an open subject (in which members can submit any images they wish). Some subjects have strict rules about the use of photoshop etc so it is recommended that members consider the definitions which are provided with those subjects.

Further information about the competitions, including details of image size requirements, display and labeling requirements etc can be found here; labels for print entries can be downloaded in both Word (link) and PDF format (link).

Set subjects for 2017

Note: Please remember that all images for January and February’s competitions must be submitted at the first meeting of the year on the fourth Tuesday in January. That meeting will be an impact (on the spot) judging of the images for January so please try to arrive slightly earlier than usual to allow for the images to be sorted into their relevant grades.

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, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.

Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible; photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, 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 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 and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed. A landscape is a picture of natural inland scenery. It may include houses, other evidence of man, people, animals and even part of the sea provided that none of these dominate the picture.

A photograph of people that is strictly not a close up or portrait. The persons in the photograph must be the focal subject, however the image could also depict their environment or a broader scene. Must be a live human being (manikins, statues, ornaments will not be accepted).
An image featuring an expansive view without any subject dominating the scene.
Motion blur is the apparent streaking of rapidly moving objects in a still image. It results when the image being recorded changes during the recording of a single exposure, either due to rapid movement or long exposure.
A minimalist photograph is one that conveys a scene using as few elements as necessary.
A portrait of one’s self, that is, the photographer is also the subject.
Repeating visual elements such as line, color, shape, texture, value or image tends to unify the total effect of a work of art as well as create rhythm.
Long exposure photography or time exposure photography or slow shutter photography involves using a long duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements.
A picture of a person/people participating in a sporting activity.
Seeks to encapsulate not just people, but also objects, in urban settings – that is relating to, or characteristic of a town or city.
Submit your best 6 prints and best 6 DPIs of the year. The images must have been entered in the monthly club competitions during the year. However, you can have made some adjustments to these images (particularly based on judges comments).

A PDF document of this information can be downloaded here.