Set Subjects

This is the list of Set Subjects (themes) for the Westville Camera Club Monthly Photographic competition in 2017…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 color-space and less than 2mb in file size.

February 2017 – Swirls and Plumes (No Limitations)

Smoke, ink in water, light painting, flowing fabric, swirling water or anything to depict Swirls and Plumes. Emphasis on the motion or the path of motion. Be creative, perhaps even longer exposures to capture the motion but maintain focus on Swirls and Plumes.

March 2017 – Contre-jour

The MCC/WCC inter-club challenge is Contre-jour (French for “against daylight”) and is a photographic technique in which the camera is pointing directly toward a source of light (directly into the light (natural/artificial), or indirectly into reflected light. e.g. Reflected off a wall, floor or water). Contre-jour produces backlighting of the subject. The sun, or other light source, is often seen as either a bright spot or as a strong glare behind the subject. Subjects may be strongly silhouetted and can be subtly lit with dim side lighting to accentuate features, but not exposing too much of the shadowed subject. Only images taken after 1 November 2016 may be submitted. Please ensure that the image exif data is available so that the date taken can be verified.

April 2017 – Free

Free as in gratis, free as a bird, free from restraint, free to choose. Emphasize and depict your interpretation of the word “free”. This is the WCC selected topic for the DCC/WCC inter-club challenge. Images must be taken on or after the 8th December 2016. Please ensure that the image exif data is available so that the date taken can be verified.

May 2017 – Creative – wildlife, fauna, flora with no humans

This is a “Creative / Visual Art” category, so exercise your wildest editing skills to create the most fantastical images of any animals, birds and/or any plants. Images may not contain insects, domestic animals and humans. This is the DCC selected topic for the DCC/WCC inter-club challenge. Images must be taken after the 8th December 2016. Please ensure that the image exif data is available so that the date taken can be verified.

June 2017 – Negative Space

Negative space is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image.

July 2017 – Nature at it’s best

Proud and regal animals and birds, magnificent plants and flowers, stunning and intriguing insects. Nothing domesticated, no hybrids and nothing man-made. The image must showcase the subject in its best pose and finery.

August 2017 – Shadows

Grab your camera and go and look for shadows. Long shadows at dawn or dusk. Harsh, short shadows in the midday sun. Moonlit shadows. Shadows made by reflections. Even shadows from artificial light. Look for strong composition in the shadows.

September 2017 – Elevated

Looking up at an elevated subject, or looking down from an elevated position onto a subject. Either the subject or the point of view may be elevated. Emphasize the elevation.

October 2017 – Blooms a busting

Buds, blossoms, anything flowering as Spring is here.

November 2017 – Slow

Depict the word slow. Long exposures or trails in the image. Slow speed / movement.

January 2018 – Master at work

Photograph a master craftsman, apprentice in training or an artisan doing what they do best in their line of work. Image must illustrate the skill of the person at work.

February 2018 – Somebody to Love

It’s that time of year, but this time with a twist. Photograph a subject (human, animal or an inanimate object) that needs some love, or is dearly loved. Can be someone or something displaying their love of another.