2019 Competition Topics


February 2019 - Digital

Open Gippsland - Any subject, any style, any technique you choose. Go with your strengths or challenge yourself BUT the image must be taken in Gippsland in the last 18 months. Gippsland is defined as the six local government areas of Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington.     


March 2019 - Print

Still Life - a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewellery, coins, pipes, and so on). A good time to practice lighting, mood and composition.


April 2019 - Digital

Motion – We need to convey the sense of motion. A fast car, a horse running, a waterfall flowing, a bird flying. Two of the most common techniques are – Blurred subject with the background in focus or blurred background with subject in focus. Use these or other techniques but you must show the motion


May 2019 - Print

From Above/Looking Down – The emphasis here is the looking down. Look down at your toes, down from a tree, down a staircase, down from a drone or plane. Down a mineshaft, down from a rooftop, down from a chair lift, down from the Ferris wheel at the fair. Remember it is down from a tall building not across to the next. Don’t take us down the garden path unless it is downhill!!!  


June 2019 - Digital

Birds – Birds in flight or perched on a branch. Birds at rest or play. Wild birds or domestic birds. Show the bird from top to toe (plume to talon) or just focus on the eye or wing tip. The bird does not have to be in motion or even awake but for this exercise it has to be alive.  


July 2019 - Print

Macro – This is about shooting extremely close up. Shoot a very small subject. Remember when shooting macro the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size (magnification). It may be inanimate such as a small gem or pencil tip. It may be living such as an insect or plant. It may be part of the subject rather than the whole – a watch mechanism or butterfly wing, a pin head or a gnat’s knee.    


August 2019 - Digital

Structures – Photograph something built or manmade. It may be part or whole. Find patterns and shapes within the structure. A tall building, a hay shed, a bridge or garden gate, a windmill or sandcastle. A window, a door, a staircase or chimney.   


September 2019 - Print

Triptych – Arrange three images in one frame but with clear borders between each image. It may consist of three separate images that are variations of a specific theme, or it may consist of one large image split into three pieces. It may be the same image presented in three different ways e.g. full colour, monochrome, colour wash. Nature, weather, seasons or even people can provide many opportunities and ideas. Use the three images to tell the story. Is it time or movement? Coming or going? Changing emotions? 


October 2019 - Digital

Landscapes/Seascapes – This is about capturing the outdoors. Using nature to tell the story. The hills, the sea, the river, the forest. The desert, the rock pools, the winding road. Is it frosty or foggy, sunshine or shadows, rain or wind. What’s happening out there?     


November 2019 - Digital

Annual Photo Treasure Hunt


December 2019 - Print

Open – Any subject, any style, any technique you choose. Go with your strengths or challenge yourself.