Monthly Competition

Members of the Charlottesville Camera Club are divided into "B" (beginner) and "A" (advanced) classes. Each month, members are encouraged to enter photos for evaluation by a judge. Photos are evaluated on a five point scale. Up to two photos may be submitted each month with no more than one in any of the following categories: 1) Assigned (see topic, below), 2) Open (photographer's choice of subject), and Abstract and Altered Reality. In the Assigned and Open categories, members compete within their class. In the Abstract and Altered Reality category, entries from A and B members are judged together. For both the Assigned and Open categories, only limited photo editing is allowed, while photos that have been artistically modified are reserved for the Abstract and Altered Reality category. The amount of editing acceptable for photos in the Assigned and Open categories is described in the Rules of Competition. The "Abstract and Altered Reality" category allows members artistic freedom through the use of any available camera or digital manipulation including image capture using a scanner.

A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE ENTERING A COMPETITION:

  1. Is my craftsmanship as good as it can be? (Is the image perfectly sharp, well exposed, not over-sharpened or over-saturated, etc.?)
  2. Are there any distracting or unnecessary objects in my image? (Remember: If something doesn’t help your image, it hurts it!)
  3. Is any part of the background brighter than my subject? (If so, find a way to eliminate or at least darken it.)
  4. Are any parts of my image too close to the edges of the frame?
  5. Is my subject or horizon right in the middle? Am I sure that’s the best place for it?
  6. Am I being objective about the subject’s appeal? (Your pet or grandchild or garden may mean everything to you, but a judge cares only about the quality of the image.)

This Year's Themes (2020)

Except for the print competition, all photos will be projected. Need help submitting your photos for projection?  See Instructions for Uploading Photos to PhotoContest Pro.

January Doors and Windows

We pass through and look through them many times every day. Most get, and deserve, little attention. But others--both old and new--offer photographers a rich array of shapes, colors, patterns, textures, and designs. Some are compelling subjects in themselves. Others can serve as a frame for interesting subjects on the outside, on the inside, and passing through.

For tips and possibly a bit of inspiration, see https://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/window-and-door-photography-tips/

Andrew Shurtleff
February Black and White

By creating a black and white, or “monochrome” photo, you are bypassing color to emphasize other aspects of a subject, such as form, texture, and contrasting tones. When a potential subject speaks to you through these visual qualities, then all that remains is composing, capturing, and editing to bring out the best the subject has to offer.

Jamie Konarski Davidson
March Abstracts and Altered Reality

Note Late Breaking Location Change - We will be meeting at the Center at 1180 Pepsi Place

Entries may be created by one or more of the following methods:

  1.     Camera movement. (Does not include panning to capture moving objects.)
  2.     The use of software, in which a photograph is altered to the point that it no longer reflects reality.
  3.     Photographing a subject in such a way that it becomes isolated from its context and where shapes, colors, lines, patterns, and textures predominate and provide primary interest. The context becomes unrecognizable and irrelevant.
Roy Sewall
April Light from Behind

When the main source of light strikes your subject from behind, it can be transformative. Translucent subjects can radiate with almost surreal color as the light passes through them, and the subject’s edges can glow, wrapped in a golden halo. But capturing a backlit subject well can be challenging, so for tips on how to succeed, go to:

https://expertphotography.com/backlighting-photography/

Andy Jezioro
May Enjoying Food

This theme was written long before we were grounded, so please ignore the aspects that are no longer realistic and do the best you can.

In addition, please note that for this month's competition will be lifting the rule about all entries having to be taken within the last year and allowing photos taken within the past two years.

This topic covers everything about enjoying food: growing, picking, preparing, and eating it. Visit a farmer’s market, a friend’s garden, a grocery store, or a restaurant. Photograph everything from an elaborate meal in candlelight to a child eating a popsicle. And don’t forget: Animals, both tame and wild, enjoy food, too.

Brian Zwit
June Beautiful Clouds

Please note that for this month's competition will be lifting the rule about all entries having to be taken within the last year and allowing photos taken within the past two years.

Puffy white clouds against a clear blue sky are beautiful without a doubt. But might you find beauty in the threatening clouds of a coming storm? Or even clouds at night, highlighted by a glowing moon? For this assignment, you might capture clouds alone or clouds as part of a landscape or seascape. Just be sure that clouds are the predominant part of your photo. For tips and inspiration, check out:

https://www.photographytalk.com/how-to-photograph-clouds

Rachel Wilson
July Places of Refuge

For this theme, a refuge can be any place where one could find (or is finding) shelter, help, relief, or just plain old peace and quiet. Think of sheltering places both indoors and out, in gardens, forests, chapels, or private places at home. Your photo can be of the refuge itself, or of someone in a refuge. And don’t forget: Animals, wild and tame, need refuge, too!

Don Rosenberger
August Abstracts and Altered Reality

Entries may be created by one or more of the following methods:

  1.     Camera movement. (Does not include panning to capture moving objects.)
  2.     The use of software, in which a photograph is altered to the point that it no longer reflects reality.
  3.     Photographing a subject in such a way that it becomes isolated from its context and where shapes, colors, lines, patterns, and textures predominate and provide primary interest. The context becomes unrecognizable and irrelevant.
Mary Louise Ravese
September Wheels, Wherever

Wheels are everywhere you look. They’re a part of cars, trucks, bicycles, scooters, toys, watches, tools, and many more things. They’re essential components of machinery but also used for fun and amusement. (Think “Ferris and “roulette.”) Shiny and new or old and weathered; in motion or standing still--wheels can be wonderful.

TBD
October Hats

There are hats in stores and hats on heads—hats for protection, for fun, for style. There are rain hats, sun hats, baby hats, and granny hats. There mundane hats and those that make a bold statement. And don’t forget helmets, hardhats, and even headdresses.  Can you use an everyday item to tell a good story?

TBD