2018 Club Competition Topics  
  > The topics may not currently be in month order if there isn't a submission date next to the topic.
  Iconic/Typical Australia Submission due Monday 15th January
  Portrait Submission due Monday 5th February
  Repeating Shapes Submission due Monday 5th March
  Nature Submission due Monday 2nd April
  Reflections Submission due Monday 7th May
  Industrial Submission due Monday 4th June
  Night Scene out of Doors  
  Portfolio of 10 themed Images Definition Applies (tba)

The Club will conduct member competitions throughout the year for Grades A, AB, B,
Senior Youth and Junior Youth Prints, Digital and AV categories.   
Entries should be emailed or handed to the Competitions Director. (competitions@redlandscameraclub.org.au). 

*Please note the A+ Grade is currently on hold until further notice. All members in both Print and Digital who held an A+ Grade will compete in A Grade.

A Grade and A+ Grades
Members graded A may enter a maximum total of one (1) image for each Club competition - into either of Digital or Print mediums.

B Grade and AB Grades
Members graded B and AB may enter a maximum total of two (2) images for each Club competition - spread across any one or all mediums (eg. Digital or Print) in any combination.

Entries must originate as photographs (image-capture of objects via light sensitivity)
made by the entrant
on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally.
All Post Processing must be made by the entrant.

By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the whole of the work as his/her own. All submissions into into any competition must be your own work and must not include any third party imagery, graphics, or textures).
Prints may be non-owner printed.  Digital images should be lodged via CD/DVD/USB or emailed to the Competition Director. Timelapse and AV Presentations must be lodged
via CD/DVD/USB or Dropbox.

For full details on Competition submissions and rules, please refer to the Redlands
Camera Club Members Handbook.

File Size


Prints must be a minimum of 8" x 12".

Digital Images

Landscape oriented images must be 1920 pixels in width
and let the height take care of itself as long it does not exceed 1200px.

Portrait oriented images must be 1200 pixels in height
and let the width take care of itself.

Square oriented images must be 1200 pixels in width and 1200 pixels in height.

Failure to submit images using the correct dimensions
may result in the image/s not being accepted.

Images should be submitted as sRGB jpg files at 300px per inch

File Naming

The convention for naming the jpg files is as follows:
Topic-Grade-Image Title-Member Name-Member Number
ie. Nature-AB-Kookaburra-Joe-Bloggs-452

Lower case and no spaces.

Write on the back of the print:
1. Member Number only (not your name)
2. Member Grade
3. Image Title
4. Competition Topic
Arrow pointing to which direction the print should be positioned

Club Competition Image Critiques

Image Critiques of competition submissions follow the guidelines of the Australian Photographic Society (APS) and are conducted by accredited judges, experienced photographers or industry professionals. 

Dates and Topics

See the Competitions link on the club website for details of Section Topics and
also dates for submitting images.

Obtaining a Club Competition Grade (New members)

There are four (4) Adult Grades - A+, A, AB & B
There are two Youth Grades - Junior Youth and Senior Youth.
Members are advised of their club grade after submitting 4-5 images to be assessed
for the purpose of participating in the monthly club competition.
Club competitions are critqued to give members constructive feedback.

Images may be submitted via email / CD / DVD / USB / Print.

MINIMUM Size for Grading submission
Print - A4 or 10x12 or Digital - 1920 x 1200 pixels.

Please submit prints / CD / DVD / USB to Noel Clark or Pia Jessen for
GRADING on a club night or email Digital images to:

Noel Clark neclark16@yahoo.com.au or Pia Jessen pia@piajessen.com

A+ Grade (Currently on hold)
The A+ grade has been designed to provide A grade photographers with another goal to strive for. This is for those members who love a challenge and who want to stretch and improve their skills by going outside of the local camera club competition environment.

This may be the first rung of a series of grades to be introduced in the future.
2016 is a trial year so please give the competition director your feedback and

To qualify for A+ Grade you must provide the Competition Director with verification
of the minimum requirements as listed below, in the previous or current year.

1 x Award in a FIAP approved exhibition and 5 acceptances (different images)
in FIAP approved exhibitions
3 x Awards (3 different images) in National or PSA approved exhibitions
and 15 acceptances
(at least 5 different images) also in APS or PSA approved exhibitions.

To retain your position in the A+ grade each year, you must achieve at least the same each year, as well as enter a minimum of 4 monthly club competitions.

Competition Number

Each Member will be allocated a member number which is to be included in the image file name when submitting digital files (See File Naming Convention) or written on the back
of their Print competition entries.

Competition Definitions

1.   Photograph

A photograph is a visible image originating from the action of light or other forms of radiant energy upon a photosensitive medium or device.  A photograph is a work that retains obvious evidence of one or more photographic images that are predominant in the picture and taken only by the author.  A photograph consisting entirely of one's own or another person's art form, not of photographic origin, is inadmissible.

2.  Media

Print - A photograph that is presented on an opaque surface.

Electronic Digital Photographic Image - A photograph that is presented by electronic digital means.

Audio Visual - Involving or directed simultaneously at the faculties of seeing and hearing.

3.   Post Processing

Photography post-production or post-processing refers to work that is done on the
digital files after they have been captured by the camera. The processing stage is
a term for all activities after shooting which lead to the completion of the work.

A photograph which has not been post-processed in its entirety by the entrant is inadmissible in club related competitions / exhibitions.

Topic/Subject Definitions

After Dark - No Flash
A picture taken after sunset in which no Flash is added by the photographer.

A picture of the whole or part of, an aged object, person, animal or scene that depicts the passage of time. It may, for example, be a portrait or a part of a person, or any part or whole of an object or surroundings associated with age.

Any living creature, excluding humans/insects/birds/invertebrates/reptiles/amphibians.

Tip 1: Wait for the subject to be facing their head/body toward the camera - avoid rear ends etc .. Place your focus on the eye/s of the animal, ensure eyes are sharp.

Tip 2: Think outside the square .. think of what everyone else will photograph then do something DIFFERENT.

The picture must be of a building intended for human occupation or use.
It may be a picture of the exterior or interior and may be a detail of a limited part of a building that displays architectural angles and lines in a dynamic or colourful way (Monochrome allowed).
Broad cityscapes that include many buildings will not be accepted. Engineering structures such as bridges, communications towers and motorways will not be accepted.

Australia (Iconic)
A widely recognised, well-established symbol of Australia.

AV (Audio Visual)

Audio Visual is defined as a sequence of still images where the storyline or theme, sound, transitions and images are interdependent. An effective sequence will have unity of its three parts: the conception, the visuals and the sound. Generally, these three elements should reinforce each other such that any one without the other two would be unsatisfactory. Adequate conception involves an idea with a suitable introduction, an interesting development of the idea and an appropriate close. Narrative or text may be employed but is not mandatory. The medium is very flexible and artistic expression within it can take many forms. There is no restriction on subject matter.

Acknowledgement of the work of other artists (e.g. music, text, poetry) must be included at the end of the sequence. Author's name MUST NOT be displayed on any part of the AV. All imagery in the AV must be the work of the photographer.

The entire AV is to run for exactly one minute (60 seconds) from start to finish.
Final output must be as an .exe or .AVI or .MOV and burnt to CD/DVD
or saved to USB.
Name the file and CD/DVD with the title of the AV,
your club competition grade and your member number.
e.g. AV_AB_999.exe

Contemporary photographs include those that include modern fashions in photography
and exclude those that show a traditional pictorial approach.  An innovative, imaginative approach is required, leading to a novel or interesting result.  Documentary and experimental photographs that comply with these requirements are also eligible.

Creative / Experimental - Creative or experimental photographs display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and / or unusual view point.  Photographs in which the images have been modified during or after exposure by using an experimental technique are also eligible in Creative / Experimental sections.  The photograph must always have a basic photographic image.  Digital manipulation processes may be employed providing the original photograph was exposed by the entrant and Digital manipulation
was performed by the entrant.

Your Images will symbolise 'Think Green' : renewable and alternate energy sources, scientific research, recycling, planting trees, caring for the environment, cleaning up our waters and air, protecting our wildlife, saving money by conserving on energy and food costs, buying/growing organic, etc.
May contain people, This topic is Looking for the positive side of 'thinking green',
not negative aspects (eg. not pollution, devastation etc).

An Image depicting any form of industry eg. machines, buildings, by-products of industry
eg smoke/steam. The object is to portray the functional side rather than the human side
of industry. Document an aspect of the production process.

Lines come in many flavours and just as many ways to create them.
Lines can be thick, thin, plain, single, contour, broken, continuous, curved or straight. Consider the composition when compiling the image.

A picture of a small subject/object at close range. eg. one tenth - 10 times magnification.

Tip 1:
A good macro picture reveals details and textures in the subject that can't normally be observed with normal photography or observation.

Tip 2:
Consider renting specialty lenses.
"Black Dog Camera Hire" are based at West End.


Monochrome - Any photograph containing shades of only one colour.  If toning is carried out, it must be over the total photograph - partial toning and/or the addition of one extra colour is not acceptable in a monochrome section.

A picture showing a person(s) using a musical instrument, a piece of music as a major part of the image.

Nature - APS / FIAP / PSA / RPS Nature Definition
Please download the pdf for the comprehensive requirements of submission into a Nature competition topic.

Night Scene out of Doors

Any Photograph taken out of doors at night, providing that flash is not used.

A picture showing a person or people engaged in an occupation which cannot be classed as a hobby, pastime, recreation , sport or play. It is thought that Judges will be more favourably impressed if the subject(s) is/are intent  on the work they are doing rather than smiling at the camera. 

Open / Pictorial / General
Any subject that is treated pictorially, embodying the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.

Photo Travel (PT)
PSA Photo Travel Definition > from 1st January 2016

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 allowed adjustments must appear natural.

Places of Worship
A place that is set aside where people gather to worship/celebrate a religious view.
Can include buildings or sites, anicient or modern, interior or exterior.

Portrait > Submission due Monday 5th February, 2018.
A close up picture of a person or persons in which the face, facial features as well as facial expressions are predominant.
This topic may include candid photographs and formal portraits.
Must be a live human being (manikins, statues, ornaments will not be accepted).

A photograph of a person or people that is strictly not a close-up or portrait.
The person/s in the photograph must be the focal subject however the image could also depict their environment or a broader scene. Can be candid or posed.
Must be a live human being (manikins, statues, ornaments will not be accepted).

Portrait / People (When definition is combined)
A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to a full body length.  This section includes candid photographs and formal portraits. Ensure the person/s is the focal point in the picture.
Must be a live human being (manikins, statues, ornaments will not be accepted).

A picture which may feature an engine, carriages, trucks, rolling stock, signals and/or rails on the permanent way or combination of such, provided it is easily recognisable as belonging to a railway.

A Picture in which the reflection/s of a subject provide the centre of interest.
They may be produced by water, windows, metal etc.
Mirror reflections are excluded. Reflection must be a real reflection, not created in post processing or any other artificial means.

Repeating Shapes
An image where a series of the same or similar element are repeated in such a way as to add strength to the overall image.

Self Portrait
A picture that the photographer produces of themselves.
A self-portrait should be a personal expression of yourself, not simply a copy of something you've seen elsewhere. Think about how you want to say who you are.
The picture could be a close up or it could be an environmental portrait.

(An Environmental portrait is a portrait which is executed in the subject's usual environment and typically illuminates the subject's life and surroundings).

Scapes (Landscape/Seascape/Urban=City or other) 
An image featuring an expansive view without any subject dominating the scene.

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 seascape is a photograph of natural costal scenery, a wave study or a picture of the open sea. People, boats and items related to these may be present as incidental items in the picture.
The choice of subject matter can vary to offer a variety of "scapes" but it will be up to the maker to ensure that the end result is apparent to the viewer - i.e. the impact of the image will come from the subject matter chosen. A "cityscape" or "urban landscape" subject will be identifiable to the viewer.

Generally a scape could be defined as a 'vista' or a 'broad view' of the subject. There are all sorts of scapes available and can only be limited by the authors imagination!

A picture in which the shadow(s) is featured. The cause of the shadow(s) may be included but must not be dominant.

Signs of the Zodiac
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces - take your best images representing any of these signs.

Social Documentary/Photojournalism (PJ) - Story telling photographs such as are seen in the news media and periodicals, which may include documentary, contemporary life, illustrative, spot news or human interest.  In the interest of credibility, contrived situations or photographic manipulations which alter the truth are not acceptable.  The story telling value of the photograph shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

The state of being alone or in solitude. Whilst it is acceptable to photograph solitary or singular objects, images which depict greater emotional depth will be favoured when selections are made for honours.

A picture of a person/people participating in a sporting activity.

Street Photography
The image will reflect the personal interpretation of the photographer.
Google Street Photography and make up your own mind as to what it is.
Here's a link to get you started.

A picture that shows surface detail and shadow. Texture detail can be revealed by the creative use of directional lighting on the subject/s (can be natural or artificial light).
The use of artistic filters in post-processing or in-camera to simulate texture will not be accepted.

Tip: Don't just photograph something simply because it has a texture (ie .. tree bark - look harder!). Follow these links for examples and tips, then go out and experiment!!

1. How to Photograph Textures

2. How to Photograph Textures

3. YouTube Movie - How to light and shoot Texture

via Photography (not iphone or any automatic process)

The entire timelapse is to run for a miminum of half a minute (30 seconds)
to one minute (60 seconds) from start to finish.

Final output must be as an MP4 or .AVI or .MOV
Submit via Dropbox / CD or USB

Name the file with the topic, your club competition grade, the Image title, your name
and your member number.
e.g. Timelapse_AB_Image Title_Your Name_999.mp4

1. The Authors name or ANY text must not appear on any part of the Timelapse sequence.
2. All images in the Timelapse must be solely authored by the member submitting the file.
3. All parts of the Timelapse must be made up by individual images captured by camera.
4. This means members may not submit any timelapse made by any automatic process other than using an intervalometer and processing the individual images into a Timelapse sequence.

Members may submit ONE Timelapse each, DOUBLE POINTS will be given.
Entry Submitted = 2 Points, Acceptance = 2 points, Merit = 4 Points,
Highly Commended = 6 Points

A Triptych is a set of three associated works intended to be appreciated together.
The only restriction on the arrangement of the triptych’s three images is that they
must not meet or overlap.

For the purpose of this topic, a triptych is a presentation made up of three
distinctly separated photographic images displayed on one common background
(one single image).

Tip: The subject of a triptych is an important defining characteristic.
The pictures should have a common theme. This could be a story, similar compositional elements, colours, similar subject matter – anything that draws the pictures together
as a group.

Tip: The background should complement the presentation of the three images but
must not become a significant 'fourth image'.

Click on this link for examples of subject matter

A picture in which water is the main feature.

Click on this link to kick start a few ideas:

An picture depicting some aspect of the weather, the weather must be the central subject. e.g. Storm (actual or impending), rain, hail, fog or wind. Normal sunny conditions or the aftermath is not acceptable.
The image will embody the elements of good design and composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.



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