1. PRINT competition – “Pet Portrait” due Thursday 27 January. (note date due to Wednesday 26 being the Australia Day public holiday.  Images may contain one or multiple pet animals- photos containing humans will not be accepted.

2. DIGITAL comp – “Macro” submit online by Thursday 27 January, results 23 February

Can be of living organisms or inanimate objects. You may choose to photograph the subject, so it takes up most of the frame. Shape, texture, and colour may take on a distinct perspective in a macro or close-up image. Macro or close-up shots are often done with small objects such as insects or flowers, but many other possibilities are acceptable. A close-up image usually isolates the subject from the environment. Images should focus on the detail of a subject rather than the background.


3. PRINT competition – “Triangles” due Wednesday 23 March

Any image which focuses on triangle shapes – one or more, could be (for example) abstract, architectural, and/or organic.


4. DIGITAL comp “Bokeh” submit online by Wednesday 23 March, results 27 April

Bokeh – a background element of the image that is intentionally blurred. The pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.


5. PRINT competition – “Mechanical” due Wednesday 25 May

An image of tools, machinery, or anything mechanical


6. DIGITAL comp - “Tryptich” - submit by Wednesday 25 May, results 22 June

A group of three pictures with a common theme. May include photos of birds, animals, landscapes, and people. The tryptic should tell a compelling story, may show a sequence of events which are unusual or unexpected. This could be a story, similar compositional elements, colours, similar subject matter – anything that draws the pictures together as a group.


7. PRINT competition – “Derelict” – due Wednesday 27 July

May be architectural, human, animal, or environmental e.g.: left abandoned/neglected leading to a “derelict” condition.


8. DIGITAL comp - “Nature” submit by 27 July, results 24 August

Nature photography records all branches of natural history except anthropology and archaeology. This includes all aspects of the physical world, both animate and inanimate, that have not been made or modified by humans.

Nature images must convey the truth of the scene that was photographed. A well-informed person should be able to identify the subject of the image and be satisfied that it has been presented honestly and that no unethical practices have been used to control the subject or capture the image.

The most important part of a Nature image is the nature story it tells. High technical standards are expected, and the image must look natural. Adding a vignette or blurring the background during processing is not allowed. Objects created by humans, and evidence of human activity, are allowed in Nature images only when they are a necessary part of the Nature story.

Photographs of human-created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domesticated animals, human-created hybrid animals and mounted or preserved zoological specimens are not allowed.

Images taken with subjects under controlled conditions, such as zoos, are allowed. Controlling live subjects by chilling, anaesthetic, or any other method of restricting natural movement for the purpose of a photograph is not allowed.

No modification that changes the truth of a Nature image is allowed. 

Images may be cropped but no other technique that removes, adds, or moves any part of the image is allowed. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise and lens flare are allowed. Complete conversion of colour images to greyscale monochrome is allowed.  Partial conversion, toning and infrared captures or conversions are not allowed.

Images of the same subject that are combined in-camera or with software by focus stacking or exposure blending are allowed.

Multiple images with overlapping fields of view that that are taken consecutively and combined in-camera or with software (image stitching) are allowed.


9. PRINT competition – “Moody” due Wednesday 28 September

Also called “Low Key.”Your photo should contain more dark tones and colours than any other, and typically the light is not as bright as a “light and airy” type of image. ... Think mystery, drama, intrigue, and moody.


10. DIGITAL comp - “High Key” submit by Wednesday 28 September, results 26 October

High key photography uses unusually bright lighting to reduce or completely blow out dark shadows in the image. High key shots usually lack dark tones, and the high key look is thought of as positive and upbeat.


11. PRINT competition – “Speed”

due Wednesday 9 November (note early date due to EOY selections at next meeting)

Any images that depict moving objects.



For further information on entries, descriptions, entry times or other subject enquiries please contact the Image Co-ordinator via email at Imagecoordinator.hbpc@gmail.com

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