Set Subjects

SET SUBJECTS 2024

• Image submission day is always the Monday before the 3rd Wednesday of the month in question. i.e. the Monday before Judging night.
• Image dimensions are 1920 x 1080 pixels (the width must be either 1920 pixels or the height must be 1080 pixels or both), sRGB colour-space and less than 2mb in file size.

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JULY 2024 – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (DCC CHALLENGE SUBJECT)

Like it says, this is all about photographing “in the street”, although one should not feel confined to an urban landscape. The idea is to capture that unique, unrepeatable moment, featuring either people or objects (or both) in the landscape you have chosen. Do yourself a favour and watch that background for distractions.

Rules: All images must have been captured after 1 June 2023. Colour or monochrome. Digital Manipulation is NOT allowed.

Submission Deadline: 15 July 2024

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AUGUST 2024 – FEMININITY

Femininity is defined as “qualities or attributes regarded as characteristic of women”. The female form has been the subject of many artists throughout history, capturing the essences as well as the beauty of the “fairer” sex. No longer the fairer sex nor the sole title holder of femininity, you as the photographer need to capture the qualities that impress Feminine on your subject.  Capturing this tastefully is key.

RULES: Colour or monochrome. Digital Manipulation is allowed including composites.                 

Submission Deadline: 19 August 2024

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SEPTEMBER 2024 – LIGHT TRAILS

Light trails are one of the best ways to add a wow factor to your night photography. With slow shutter speeds, you can capture the path of moving lights. These lights could be traffic in motion, or something as simple as a handheld torch or sparkler.

RULES: Colour only. Basic editing only. No effect that has not been done in camera allowed.                 

Submission Deadline: 16 September 2024

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OCTOBER 2024 – FEET

Capture your feet, be they barefoot or embellished with minimalistic jewellery. Props are a powerful tool to introduce an element of intrigue or novelty. Flowers, seashells or shimmering pebbles. Props enhance the visual interest. Themed foot pictures offer an avenue for creativity, playing with elements from seasons, holidays, or significant cultural events. The outdoor world offers a vast array of natural settings that can remarkably enhance your foot images. Showcasing your feet in action can create a more engaging and dynamic image. Capture feet while they’re involved in different activities. The soothing element of water can add significant value to your foot photos. While these photos typically focus on the top view, showcasing the sole offers a unique perspective. Nail art can add a touch while textures give an interesting dimension. Footwear can dramatically change the feel of your photos. Remember that each choice will tell a different story.

RULES: Colour or Mono. Manipulation allowed but no composites.                 

Submission Deadline: 14 October 2024

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NOVEMBER 2024 – REFLECTIONS AND SHADOW

Reflection photos refer to any shot, no matter what type of photography genre, that uses a reflective surface. Reflection photography really is about the ability to look at an image in different ways. Beautiful reflections can exist anywhere, but you’ll need to train your eyes and be aware of your surroundings to find reflective surfaces to use in your shots. Move around to find the right angles. Try to get low to the ground if you want to get more of the subject reflected such as a puddle on the street.

Shadows are everywhere. Whether they are made with natural light (sun/moon/fire, etc) or artificial (lamps/torches/flashes, etc) your possibilities here are endless. Again, you need to train your eyes to see them – and once you do, they are everywhere! The shadows you capture need to be part of your story telling within the image. Think it through carefully, and make the shadows work for you.

RULES: Colour or Monochrome. Manipulation allowed, but no composites. Reflections and Shadows to be created in camera and not in post processing.                 

Submission Deadline: 18 November 2024

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JANUARY 2025 – NURSERY RHYME COMPOSITE

Nursery rhymes are short rhyming songs or poems that conveys a lesson or tells an amusing story that’s aimed at children. Although these rhymes can have different styles, tones, subjects and themes, there are consistent features such as imagery, that can be found in most nursery rhymes. It is this imagery that you need to interpret using models, lighting, props and/or composites if necessary. The rhyme name should be in the image title, although the image should not be cryptic, but rather clear which rhyme is being referenced.

RULES: Colour only. All elements of composite to be authors own.

Submission Deadline: 17 January 2025

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FEBRUARY 2025 – ARCHITECTURE, CHURCHES OR TEMPLES

Shoot in a variety of weather conditions and times of day. Prioritize good lighting. Look for a unique angle and don’t be afraid to include people (architecture doesn’t exist without them). Explore details as much as the whole and try not to objectify the building, (objectifying a building to the point where one only visualizes it from one point of view), it is one of the greatest disservices of architectural photography. Please feel free to use post-processing tools. Lastly, reading up on the history and context of an architectural site before visiting is an indispensable resource that will, without a doubt, help you to focus your photography on a relevant story or idea that captures the essence of the building.

RULES: Colour or Monochrome.  Digital Manipulations is allowed

Submission Deadline: 17 February 2025

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