We encourage members to enter our monthly Challenges. The Digital Challenge operates from our Facebook page and each month members are invited to enter photos into the Set theme and/or the Open theme. Before the closure of each months’ challenge, other members may provide positive comment on your photo to assist you with editing and composition and you have the chance to improve your image up until the cut-off date.
- The set Challenge themes for 2019 are:
- February – “Coastal” (a relatively easy one to ease your way into the year. Due to the warmer months being upon us, many will have visited the coastline somewhere in their travels recently).
- March – “Black & White” (a Challenge in which to think about tonality, form, shape, texture and composition. This takes the element of colour out of the equation, and gets us looking at things in a more stripped back manner. “Thinking” in B&W can often help our colour images improve once we recognise tonality as an important part of colour theory. Thus, the aim is to come up with a striking B&W image, rather than just converting a “nice” image from colour).
- April – “Shape” (a Challenge in which the prime purpose is to find & photograph something which is predominantly about its shape, rather than what it is or what it is doing).
- May – “Blur” (this Challenge is all about using blur, whether intentional or otherwise, to give your image an extra edge. Blur tends to indicate movement, or is able to hide distractions, so used effectively can add an extra dimension).
- June – “Light” (the intention of this Challenge is to show the light as the subject of your image, rather than the object/scene/person you are photographing).
The next four Challenges are about utilising those things we have challenged ourselves with over the preceding months, to create better images. Hopefully, we are able to see the world in a different way in which light, form, shape, movement and texture are seen as important building blocks of a good image.
- July – “Hidden Spaces”
- August – “Architecture”
- September – “Performance”
- October – “Urban Life”
- November – “Album Cover” (This is the creative Challenge for this year in which you must make an image that could be used as an album cover for an album that already pre-exists, or for an imaginary performer/album of your own choosing). Hint…..album covers are usually square format.
We encourage you to bring a print to each club meeting. During the break in the meeting other members vote for their favourite print and the place-getters are announced shortly after. The prints can be any size, but A4 or larger is better.
The print competition themes for 2019 are:
- February: A Touch of Red – the image must be a colour print. No monochrome with red in it will be accepted.
- March: Summer – the image must show summer, e.g. beach scene, summer sports and/or games, portraits in summer gear/clothes or any other situation that the photographer can think of.
- April: Floral – any flower or part thereof.
- May: Leading Lines – Leading lines are a great way of adding depth to any photos as the converging lines create a sense of distance. Leading lines can also improve your photo composition by making the viewer feel as if they are standing in the photo.
- June: Trees – this is an opportunity to show those autumn shots but it can be any tree, with or without leaves.
- July: Abstract – Definition: “relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.”
- August: Shadows – keep your eye out for interesting shadows and try to capture them. They can add a real sense of mystery and intrigue to your images.
- September: Travel – any image that indicates travel such as buildings, monuments, on a cruise, happy tourists, etc. The location can be overseas or domestic.
- October: Animals – domestic or wild.
- November: Sunset/sunrise with Silhouettes