The club meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month except December, at 7:30 pm. The second Tuesday is Prac night and the fourth Tuesday is Competition night. Other activities are held on an ad hoc basis. Apart from the annual membership fee we also ask for a door donation at each meeting of $3.00. This assists the club to offset some of our running expenses such as providing supper.
Competition night is the fourth Tuesday of each month except for December. Each month there is a Set Category (e.g. people, places, scapes, nature etc) as well as an Open Category (which means the subject in not restricted). Some categories have specific rules e.g. the extent to which editing software can be used (see the competition schedule below for details). Each member is eligible to submit two print and two digital images (DPI) for each of the Set and Open categories. That allows members to submit up to eight entries per month for judging.
Images are submitted a month before the competition night. A judge will assess images based on adherence to the theme of the month’s set category, composition, technical ability, artistic merit etc. and provide feedback on the competition night.
Competition Schedule 2019
22nd January Nature
Impact judging for Nature The FIAP Nature Definition as used by PSQ and APS: Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs. Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it. The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs. Non A Grade Open (Or Novices for non graded clubs) Any subject that is treated pictorially, embodying the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.
26th February People
A photograph of a person or people that is strictly not a close-up or portrait. The person/s in the photograph must be the focal subject however the image could also depict their environment or a broader scene. Can be candid or posed. Must be a live human being (manikins, statues, ornaments will not be accepted).
26th March Scapes
Landscape A landscape is a picture of natural inland scenery. It may include houses, other evidence of man, people, animals and even part of the sea provided none of these dominate the picture. Seascape A seascape is a photograph of natural costal scenery, a wave study or a picture of the open sea. People, boats and items related to these may be present as incidental items in the picture. Large salt water inlets are eligible but inland waters are excluded. Urban/City/Other The choice of subject matter can vary to offer a variety of “scapes” but it will be up to the maker to ensure that the end result is apparent to the viewer – i.e. the impact of the image will come from the subject matter chosen. A “cityscape” or “urban landscape” subject will be identifiable to the viewer. Generally, a scape could be defined as a ‘vista’ or a ‘broad view’ of the subject.
23rd April Transportation
The image must show the action of transporting someone or something or the process of being transported.
28th May Movement
A finished image that depicts motion blur resulting from long exposure or panning or in camera movement. The image can not be a freeze frame photo, it must show some blur in some part of the image.
25th June Architecture
The picture must be of a building intended for human occupation or use. It may be a picture of the exterior or interior and may be a detail of a limited part of a building or buildings that displays architectural angles and lines in a dynamic or colourful way (Monochrome allowed). Broad cityscapes that include many buildings will not be accepted. Engineering structures such as bridges, communications towers and motorways will not be accepted. 23rd July Monochrome
Any photograph containing shades of only one colour. If toning is carried out, it must be over the total photograph - partial toning and/or the addition of one extra colour are not acceptable in a monochrome section.
27th August Highways, Roads, Tracks, Trails or Paths
An image that clearly shows a way along which people travel either on foot or in a vehicle
24th September Abandoned Places
An image of a building or other structor - eg railway, swimming pool, part of streetscap that has been abandoned. The emphasis is on the building and not any model that appears in it.
22nd October Shadows
A photograph where the use of shadow/s are the main feature and compositional element.
26th November Best of the Best
The best four dpi's and four prints of your choice submitted by you during the year.