Competitions’ Assigned Subject Descriptions

2016-2017 Competitions Season

The MPC Executive Team has put together a set of definitions for our upcoming year assigned competition subjects in order to make it easier for our members to identify and submit pictures for each month’s competition.  These definitions will also be provided to our competition judges to help them in evaluating your competition submissions. To see when each subject is scheduled, check the Meeting Schedule under the sub-heading Competition.

Botany

Photographs of plants as the main subject.  May be a single or multiple plants or parts of plants such as flowers or leaves. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Blue

Photographs that use the color blue as the main subject or main theme.   Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Seasons

Photographs that reflect or highlight a specific season or the change between seasons.  Examples might include changing Fall Colors, Snow scenes, Spring renewal scenes or a seasonal sport such as skiing.  Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Cars and Car Detail

Photographs of cars or car details as their main subject. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Sunrise and Sunset

Photographs that use sunrise and/or sunsets as their main subject. May include urban as well as natural landscapes as long as either the sunrise or sunset remains the primary subject. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Abandoned buildings and structures

Photographs that use abandoned or decaying old buildings or structures as their main subject.  The subject includes both commercial, industrial, and agricultural structures but not automobiles. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Black and White

Photographs that use Black and White colors as their main subject or subjects which are enhanced by the use of Black and White presentation. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

City and Architecture

Photographs that use cityscapes, buildings or collections of buildings or architecture as their main subject. Architecture may be either exterior or interior in its rendering. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Creative

Photographs that incorporate creative rendering through initial design/capture or use digital processing techniques and software to enhance their impact. Submissions must start out as one or many photographs before any creative enhancements are applied. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph1.

Open

As the name implies, the Open category can be photographs of any subject. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

[1]  The fact that we have a creative assigned subject does not mean that creativity or post processing are not an important part of each assigned photographic subject. Whatever post processing that is used in the other assigned subjects should contribute to the effectiveness of the photo and/or the emphasis on the subject and the story each photograph tells. Inventive post processing alone will not save a poorly captured photograph.