Competitions’ Assigned Subject Descriptions

Competitions’ Assigned Subject Descriptions

2017-2018 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 Competition Schedule

Assigned Topics

Landscapes: Photographs of landscapes as the main subject.  A landscape includes the physical elements of landforms such as mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers, lakes, and ponds, living elements of land cover including indigenous vegetation, human elements including different forms of land use, buildings, structures and cityscapes and transitory elements such as lighting and weather conditions. (Wikipedia) Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Insects & Spiders: Photographs that use insects and spider as the main subject or main theme. Full life cycle, for example eggs, cocoon, chrysalis, caterpillar, butterfly, is within the topic. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Portraits: Photographs that have human subjects as their main subject or theme. Can be of more than one person.  Successful photographs must reveal insights in the subjects’ character or emotions. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Blue Hour: Photographs that has the special lighting and color of the blue hour as their main subject. The blue hour is the period of twilight early in the dawn each morning and late in the dusk each evening when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. (Wikipedia) Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Trees: Photographs that use tree(s) or parts of trees as their main subject. This can include tree leaves, bark and tree flowers as well as forests. Plants and bushes that are not trees and flowers that are not part of a tree trees are not allowed to be entered. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Photojournalism: Photojournalistic photographs employ photographic images in order to tell a news story or potentially newsworthy story.  Can include sports and parades if potentially newsworthy.  Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Lighthouses and Windmills: Photographs that use lighthouses or windmills as their main subject. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph.

Windows, Doors, and Glass: Photographs that use windows, doors, and/or glass as their main subject.  Glass may include window glass, colored glass, architectural use of glass, and stained-glass windows.  Pictures of glass artistic creations such as glass sculptures are permitted. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph1.

Seascapes: Photographs that use the sea and the seashore as the main subject. Seashores border oceans and do not include lakes. Composition and design elements will be included in evaluating the effectiveness of the photograph

Whatever post processing that is used in the 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

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.

  1. Photos of simple single two-dimensional artworks, such as paintings in art galleries, cannot be entered in any competition. They are another person’s artistic creation.