2019 Competition Set Themes with Descriptions and Scope
Please see our website at www.derbycitypc.co.uk on the Competitions page for the full rules and entry information.
For each of the monthly competitions
(with the exception of the Mono competition, see below), members may enter a maximum of two Open images and one on the set Theme for that competition ie. three
images in total.
The set theme descriptions and scope are detailed below. The interpretation of how well a picture fits the set subject, and how to include this interpretation in the marking, must be left to the discretion of the judge for the evening. The judge will be told that the description and scope is the guidance (where applicable) that has been given to all members. It may go without saying, but just for the record, an Open competition may have any image subject entered. There are absolutely no restrictions on subject matter as long as it is in good taste.
4th February - Annual Digital (Open)
Judge: Peter Cheetham Hon PAGB
25th February - Annual Print (Open)
Judge: Ian Pinn
18th March - TREES (Digital)
Judge: Steve Myall EFIAP, BPE4*
15th April - MONOCHROME (Print)
Judge: Derek Doar DPAGB
An image comprised of tones of grey from black to white, or entirely of tones of a single colour. A black and white work modified by a partial toning, split toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work and is therefore excluded. This competition will take the whole evening. Members may enter a maximum of three
Mono images. There is no separate Open section this evening.
20th May - PEELING PAINT OR RUSTY WORLD (Digital)
- Any image in Mono as described above.
Judge: Malcolm Sales ASWPP
Someone has been looking at my DIY to-do list, or make that my car – but before we all run out to B&Q, remember to grab an image before completing the makeover. The Forth Rail Bridge just won’t do it anymore.
17th June - ANIMALS (Print)
- An image showing the decay and disrepair that is all around us, depicting peeling and/or rusty of course.
Judge: David Gibbins ARPS, APAGB, EFIAP/b, BPE5*
Darwin studied at both Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, but I’ll go with the Oxford version, the Oxford Dictionary
definition that is – our living natural history, to include those feathered flying species that colour our world, all as given by the above definition.
15th July - WATER (Digital)
- Any image showing our co-habiters on planet earth. An image of the evolution of a species on another planet is not acceptable!
Judge: Sue Wilson DPAGB
Remember studying the water cycle at school(?) – too long ago for me to remember, but it affords titanic opportunities – just ensure that the iceberg is the key element in the image! Now where’s the drink?
23rd September - ABANDONED (Print)
- An image where water is the key element, hard or soft, frozen or flowing…………….droplet or ocean.
I have abandoned all hope (aka Brexit) of doing well in this month’s competition – how about you? Is it a physical element in our landscape; our built environment, our high street; or just that feeling when you’re in the pub and have left your money at home? Just off the west coast of central Europe lies a land of opportunity, and with Brexit and hope fading, we photographers have lots of subjects – how about Westminster?
21st October - CITYSCAPE (Digital)
- Democracy aside (lol) – an image of an element of the physical world, all too common around us, or that state of affairs.
An urban landscape from somewhere around the world – day or night, the choice is yours. Architects are just brilliant – or are they? Town Planners can get it right – or maybe not. What’s your take – abstract or not, Photoshop at the ready?
2nd December - AFTER DARK (Print)
- An image of the urban landscape - well at least your take on it.
You’ll need some light on this subject but not direct from the sun – by the light of the silvery moon; by a starry sky; by gaslight; or even light painting perhaps. Tripods at the ready.
- An image depicting a scene or otherwise showing the subject photographed between, and not including, the “Blue Hours”.