Monthly Competitions

Monthly competitions have two categories, 'open' and 'set subjects'.



With Set Subjects it isn't recommended to go searching among your image collection for something that might fit in. Often it will be a second best unless you particularly shot with that theme in mind. Anybody seeing a collection of entries for that subject should be able to work out what the topic was and not have to make wild guesses. Set subjects are chosen with a theme in mind to make you get out and shoot something that you might not normally shoot and so increase your versatility as a photographer.


New definition of Nature Photography applies from 1 January 2015

Set Subjects may be subject to change.  Please check the list regularly.









Undomesticated animals / Birds / Fish etc. that are living wild without the assistance of Humans. National and international rules do not apply.



Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced by the lens in the out-of-focus parts of an image. Bokeh occurs in parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.



Standalone minimalist subject without a complex background. Photograph a single object utilising negative space. Negative space in Photography, is the space around the subject of your image. In this instance the negative space is to be greater in area than the subject, Not the subject itself. Such space can be used to artistic effect



Any sloping line is called diagonal. The diagonal within your photo must be part of the hero of your shot.


 Rainy Day or Night

Your photo is to be taken when it is raining or be evident that the rain has just stopped,


 Specific Colour - Yellow

Where the hero of your photograph is to be predominately Yellow


 Frame It

Frame your subject. In photography a natural frame is anything that forms a border or part of a border around your subject. It can be tree branches, entrance to a cave, etc. Or man made structures such as doorways, windows, etc.


 Pastel Tones

A pastel colour is a soft delicate shade. Your photo is to feature Pastel Shades, Tones, Colours. Pastel Colours are said to have low to intermediate saturation. Colours that can be described as soothing or washed out. A dreamy or ethereal feeling can be achieved.



This includes Buildings or objects that have an obvious connection to industry. Or people in the pursuit of industry. Do not include domestic or household activities or items.


 Street Photography

Street photography. features chance encounters and random incidents in public places. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street. Although an urban environment is to be part of this challenge. People may be a feature of your shot but they are not required. This is not “Cityscape”



Creative, known as “Fine art photography” created in accordance with the vision of the artist as a photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography. If you do a composite all images used must be your own, not from some other source.