Club Competitions

Purpose of digital photo competition

The Calgary Camera Club (CCC) will hold five digital photo competitions in each club year for the purpose of teaching photographic skills to members in manageable and measurable increments until they are effective and comfortable enough with photography as a medium of communication to convey a message, emotion or behavior utilizing their own creativity and unique perspectives.

This year our competitions are based on the speakers and workshops planned for the year.

Competitions 2023-2024

Open

Submissions Open: October 5, 2023
Submissions Close: October 10, 2023
Meeting Review: October 17, 2023

Details

Your images must fit into one of the following themes:

1. Close-up – tightly cropped shot that shows a subject or objects up close and with significantly more detail than the human eye usually perceives
2. Person(s) – portraiture, candid and documentary
3. Natural Landscape – countryside, rural scene, varying terrain, seascape, waterscape,
astronomical events, etc… – can include ‘hand-of-man’ and/or long exposure
4. Man-made Structures/Objects (includes cityscapes, buildings, transportation, etc…)
5. Animals/Birds – wild or domesticated

Open Editing – All in-camera, on-camera, and post-processing techniques are permitted. The entrant must have taken all components of the final image.

Submission is now closed

Artistic

Submissions Open: November 16, 2023
Submissions Close: November 21, 2023
Meeting Review: November 28, 2023

Details

CAPA defines artistic as an image produced with the intention to portray a creative vision based primarily on an aesthetic and emotional thrust.” The photographer will use subjects, elements and techniques as a vehicle in the process of conveying their feelings and vision to reveal an original, creative and individual expression.

The following themes may be considered:

Abstract Art: is a method of expressing ideas and emotions with photographed image elements without the intention of creating a traditional or realistic image. Examples of creating Abstract Art – a captured image is distorted or transformed; double exposure; blurred; smoke form captured image; intentional camera movement or composition of captured images, etc.

Altered Reality: is a manipulation of one or more photographed elements to create a fictional scene which conveys a message or tells a story. For example, tiny planet effect images are accepted in this theme.  This is stitching together multiple photos of a scene, to create a tiny planet” effect that gives the viewer a new perspective on your surroundings.  High Dynamic Range (HDR) image without additional changes is not considered an Altered Reality image.

Creative Image: is one that was specifically created using props and/or bokeh, double exposure effect, high-speed capture, lens balls, LED light stick, light painting, long-exposures, macro, multiple exposures, photo mosaic, photo montage, photo montage, rain, reflection, shadows, steel wool, string of lights, water drop, water splash, water & oil, etc.

Monochrome, sepia, and colour are allowed.  Composites are also allowed.

Colour

Submissions Open: January 11, 2024
Submissions Close: January 16, 2024
Meeting Review: January 23, 2024

Details

This competition gives photographers the opportunity to exercise their creative skills using colour to capture outstanding and stunning images. Subjects to consider are: Landscape, Man-made Structures/Objects, Nature/ Wildlife and Persons.

All in-camera and on-camera techniques and post-processing manipulation are allowed. Multiple images and elements may be combined to create a final image. All aspects and components of the image must be the photographers, including textures and presets. No presets, other than those created by the photographer, may be used. Monochrome and infrared images are allowed.

This competition is aligning with CAPA so successful images in our competition may be submitted for consideration in the CAPA competition for Colour. Please refer to the CAPA website capacanada.ca

Animals

Submissions Open: March 7, 2024
Submissions Close: March 12, 2024
Meeting Review: March 19, 2024

Details

The animal must be the main subject of the photo.

Any living creature except human: Insects, Reptiles & Amphibians, Birds; Animals from zoos, game farms, animal preserves, aquariums, pets, farm animals, wildlife, or sanctuary animals.

Hand-of-man” elements shall not be present, except when those elements are an integral part of the story. All in-camera and on-camera techniques and post-processing manipulation are allowed. Composites are not allowed.

                                                                                                                                                                     

Animals must be respected and not controlled for the purpose of the photo.  Therefore, no portraiture using manipulated positioning of any animal is allowed. The photographer must not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image.

My Alberta

Submissions Open: April 18, 2024
Submissions Close: April 23, 2024 at midnight
Meeting Review: April 30, 2024

Details

For this competition, the club is seeking your best images which symbolize our unique Alberta identity and the beauties of our province.

Some ideas to consider are cultural and heritage, geographical uniqueness, historical events or locations, landscape/cityscape, architecture, seasons of Alberta, nature and wildlife.

All in-camera techniques and post-processing manipulation are allowed.  All components of the final image must have been taken by the entrant. Sky replacement is only permitted if the replacement sky was captured by the photographer submitting the image. Colour or black & white or monochrome images are permitted. Composites are not allowed.

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