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.

Monochrome

Submission date:
28 January 2025

Monochrome

This is a style of photography that uses tones of a single colour. It shows an image with a different amount of light. This includes all black and white photography which produces images containing shades of grey ranging from black to white. It does not have to be black and white; it could be sepia toned, blue-toned, or any one colour-tone you choose.

Forms of Nature

Submission date:
25 February 2025

Forms of Nature

The natural world is full of amazing structures. For this competition try coming in close to study objects such as a shell, or an insect. You may want to take a wider view and look at the structure of a tree or the form of a wave. Whatever and however you want to tackle it may sure it’s a natural form!

Hands

Submission date:
25 March 2025

Hands

Hands are second only to the eyes as a window into the soul. You can see wisdom in the hands of a grandparent and innocence in the sweet puffy knuckles of a baby or toddler. You can see generations through just one image of hands and the stories of people’s lives. In this challenge, hands are at the heart of the brief to tell your story. Hands in this challenge are intended to be human.

Industrial

Submission date:
29 April 2025

Industrial

Factories, shipyards, mines and manufacturing plants are some of the places to go to for industrial photography. Look for gritty machinery, sweaty workers, unkempt OR ordered industrial landscapes. Look for interesting lighting possibilities. Go wide or closeup. Think of interesting perspectives to tell your story from.

Negative Space

Submission date:
27 May 2025

Negative Space

Negative Space is an amazing compositional tool in photography that lets your subject Pop, by giving your subject room to breathe and allowing it to stand out amongst a lot of “empty” space. This doesn't mean your subject should be tiny, but rather, let the empty areas around it enhance its presence. Essentially you will create an image with more space AROUND your subject, than your subject itself.

Pairs

Submission date:
24 June 2025

Pairs

Create a compelling image with two subjects. Compositions with two subjects provide opportunities to capture interesting behavioural interactions when working with animals or people and lend themselves to simple yet bold designs no matter what type of subject you are working with. Sometimes two is better than one!

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.