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.









A bicycle, also called a cycle or bike, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. With or without a rider. Bicycle to be the hero of your shot.



Boats, Sea life including underwater, lighthouse, anything associated with life at sea. Not seascapes, waves, driftwood or rocks.


 Number "5"

The Subject or hero of shot is 5. eg – The numeral 5 itself in any area, or maybe 5 of a particular item such as 5 birds, 5 windows etc. Photographing “5”, be it the numeral or five of the same object, is the challenge.



Photojournalism is the process of story telling using the medium of photography as your main story telling device. While a journalist will use their pen and paper to tell stories, a photojournalist will use their camera to capture the visual representation of a story.


 Still Life

A work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. An example is food photography.



Dramatic means emotions, strong feelings, creating moods and bringing one’s spirit to life. Dramatic effects in photography are achieved by choosing the right subject, capturing motion, shooting into the sun or other technique that creates a special mood in the photo. Could be a facial expression, dramatic storm clouds, weather. action, or incident.


 Ladder, steps or stairs

A ladder is a vertical or inclined set of rungs or steps. Stairs are a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. Maybe straight, round or any shape to get you to a higher level.


 Looking Up

A shot taken from below the subject. Something up there above your head. eg. Sky, trees, buildings, birds or aircraft etc.



Relating to, or characteristic of, the countryside rather than the town. May include people, place’s etc. Any subject that is associated with a rural scene, farming or working on the land.


 Night Photography

Taken at night, any subject as long it is taken outside during the hours of darkness. Can include long exposure, buildings, star trails, astro photography or any subject at night. No sunsets or sunrises.



A shadow is a dark area where light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. It occupies the area behind an object with light in front of it. The shadow is a reverse projection of the object blocking the light.