competitions

Throughout the year we run digital and print competitions. This is an important part of the memberships’ creative development. 

Monthly Digital Competition

Each month the club runs a Digital only competition, where each member is able to submit up to 2 images for judging, with a maximum of 1 image in any category. The points awarded from the judging of these images are accumulated throughout the calendar year and prizes are awarded at the end of year dinner.

The judging for this competition is carried out by a mixture of local photographers and qualified PSNZ judges.

Image categories:

Open

This section is all yours. Pick your subject, take your best shot. We’re always pleased with the wide variety of images members come up with.

Set Subject

Each month there is a set subject for you to test your skills and creativity against. These subjects are set for the whole year, prior to each years commencement. The main thing to remember is that the photo should clearly have a link to the theme that is evident to the viewer.

SEE SET SUBJECTS BELOW

Creative / Altered Reality

What some would refer to as playtime. This is where you get to try those photography techniques that cause others to ask how did they do that? No hard and fast rules but a slight preference for in-camera experimentation and the software usage enhancing rather than turning the image into something else completely.

2024 Submission criteria:

  • A maximum of 2 images per month
  • No more than 1 image in any one category
  • Only digital files will be accepted. 
  • All images must be your own photos. Any digital manipulation must have been done by yourself, or on your specific instructions. Professional scanning from film to digital media is allowed.

How to submit your images - file naming, sizing and delivery:

2024 SET SUBJECTS & SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Hover your mouse over the blocks below for descriptions of the set subject to help you create your image.

Sticking Out

Submission date:
30 January 2024

Sticking Out

An image of something ‘Sticking Out’. Something that maybe looks like it should not be there, popped out of place or jumped into view. Have fun with the subject and perspective!

Small things catching the light

Submission date:
27 February 2024

Small things catching the light

Anything small when it is catching the light. Consider the morning sunlight and evening light, not a midday snap

Tide Out

Submission date:
26 March 2024

Tide Out

What you see on our beach shores or estuaries at low tide.

Repetition and Patterns

Submission date:
30 April 2024

Repetition and Patterns

Repetition and patterns can be found in architecture, nature, objects, close up in texture. Be creative in your perspective ,composition and choice or colour or colours. Filling your frame will add to your image

Portraits

Submission date:
28 May 2024

Portraits

Create a professional portrait or fine art portraiture, experiment with lighting and back drops. Not intended to be a candid shot or environmental image.

A Moment in Time - Freezing Movement

Submission date:
25 June 2024

A Moment in Time - Freezing Movement

Capture a moment in time where movement is frozen. This is usually achieved through the use of a fast shutter speed. The image can depict any subject except a person in motion.

Inspired by - Edward Weston

Submission date:
30 July 2024

Inspired by - Edward Weston

Edward Weston was an American photographer known for his modernist approach to still life photography. He was interested in capturing the abstract qualities of simple objects, often using close-up shots and strong lighting to emphasise texture, form, and tone. His images are often minimal and elegant. Using Weston’s still life photography for inspiration, are you able to create with a similar look and feel?

Bright and Square

Submission date:
27 August 2024

Bright and Square

Any bright colour and your image cropped to a square format. Consider at the point of capture, your square composition rather than a rectangle photo cropped. It may give you a better result.’

Night Photography

Submission date:
24 September 2024

Night Photography

A broad brief. Astro, night lights, light painting

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Submission date:
28 October 2024

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Enter your colour photos showing the technique of HDR (High Dynamic Range) that have a natural-looking effect. The main goal of an HDR photo is to have a maximum of detail in the dark and the light areas at the same time. This can be achieved by shooting using bracketing with multiple exposures, or done entirely in post-production. The subject can be anything you like but please only enter photos in colour to take full advantage of the dynamic range..

Mid Year Print Competition

This competition is run in conjunction with our mid-year dinner, and is open to all members in either ‘A” or ‘B’ Grades. There are no set themes / subjects for entries, and the images are judged purely helpful resources on their merits within an ‘open’ type category for ‘A’ and ‘B’ Grades separately.

We normally use a local photographer as the judge and they award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the ‘A’ grade and ‘B’ grade sections on the night of the dinner.

Note: For this competition the images do not have to have been submitted to the HBPS monthly competitions previously.

End of Year Print Competition

This competition is held in conjunction with our end of year / Christmas dinner, and is a celebration of the work that our members have undertaken during the year. There are 6 categories for entry and they reflect the categories for our monthly digital competitions. Entry is open to all members however the images submitted must have been entered into a monthly competition at some stage during the year or to the mid-year print competition during that year. 

We normally use a local photographer as the judge and they award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the categories on the night of the dinner.

Come along as a visitor to our next meeting.

Be part of a generous and giving photography club whose members are not only supportive of each other, but as a group, learn and experience different ways of expressing their individual creativity. We invite you to find out more about our club and meet the members. We have a diversity of members, photographic interests and skill sets from beginners, passionate enthusiasts to semi and professional photographers. All are welcome.