Competitions’ Assigned Subject Descriptions

Competitions’ Assigned Subject Descriptions

2018-2019 Competitions Season

Flowers – The flower or flowers must be a key element in the picture. It’s not enough to have it fill a large part of the image. It needs to be the main subject or an important supporting element. For example, a model posing in a garden of flowers is not a good flower picture, but a close up of a bride’s hand holding a bouquet is. Close ups of parts of a flower may work too. Cultivated and wild flowers are acceptable.

Fog / Bad Weather – Bad weather should be the first thing that comes to mind when the viewer looks at the picture. Dramatic weather elements, such as snow, rain, or clouds, could be the main subject in the picture, but other strong story-telling images that show the impact of weather (e.g., house covered with snow, people walking in the rain, flood, or tree in fog) may meet the criteria. However, scenes, such as, a pretty landscape with snow on the ground or raindrops on a flower will not depict bad weather.

Fruits and/or Vegetables (Color or B&W) – The focus of the picture must be any type of fruit or vegetable. The fruit/vegetable may be still on the tree, bush, or vine, a main subject in a still life set-up, or the main subject in a story-telling picture (e.g., a picture of a vegetarian dish or dessert being prepared, with the focus on the food, not the chef).

Mobile Device Photo – The picture must be taken with a cellphone or a tablet, not with a standard still, video, or action camera. For this competition, the image must also be processed using mobile-based application(s) on the device itself. No desktop or laptop software can be used to post process the image, with the exception of final sizing, saving the jpeg file, and uploading the image for submission. Examples of mobile-based apps that can be used are: Snapseed, VSCO Cam, Lightroom, Photoshop Express, Instagram, Filterstorm Neue, and Aviary. Creative post work is encouraged.

Architecture – The main subject must be an architectural structure or a portion of a structure. Successful images may be of unique details of objects that fit this category or compositions that focus on interesting shapes (e.g., arches, staircases, railings, and domes), but may also use other techniques to emphasize the subject, such as unique angles, strong perspective, special lighting, selective focus, or vignetting.

Colors – For this competition, color must be a strong element that makes the picture work. Colors in the picture need to create the impact and grab the viewer’s attention or emotion. While bright colors often create a strong visual impact, a soft color harmony may create a strong mood that draws the viewer into the picture.

Wine or Vineyards – The focus of the picture must be a vineyard or any type of wine. The wine may be in a bottle, a glass, or any other type of dish and be used as a still life subject or it may be used as the main subject in a story-telling picture (e.g., a person pouring wine). A vineyard picture may show the vineyard landscape, a closer look at the vines (not tight grape close-ups), or parts of the wine-making process.

Leading Lines – For this competition, the composition must be based on strong leading lines that draw the viewer’s eyes through the frame. Successful images will have a main subject that is supported by the leading lines, unless the leading lines themselves are interesting and can be the main subject.

Human Interest – A picture that depicts human interest must focus on a subject that represents a true story that interests people, because it is about someone’s life or experiences. It features a subject in an emotional way and presents people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that brings about interest, sympathy, or motivation in the viewer.  Human interest subjects may be about an event, organization, or historical happening.

Macro – Macro photography refers to taking pictures of small things at close range. Any small object, or a small portion of a larger object, can be a subject for macro photography. A good macro photo reveals details and textures in the object that can’t be observed with normal photography or by an undiscerning eye.  For our Macro Photography competition, the main subject shown the image should be 3 inches or smaller. The main subject shown may be a small portion of a larger object (e.g., center of a flower, tip of a finger).

Open – As the name implies, the Open category can be photographs of any subject. Any post processing techniques are allowed, but the work must originate from one or more photographs. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.