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Competition Themes

Beside the Sea
The main subject of images could be natural, manmade or the used environment. The image should not be taken as solely a seascape. Harbours, boats, ships, piers, sea walls, promenades, jetties, lidos, flotsam and jetsam, etc. may form part of the image as could maritime equipment and industry. This list should not be taken as exhaustive but is simply as suggestions to those wishing to enter the competition.
Churches and Graveyards
This is open to interior and exterior images of places of public religious worship and burial grounds but not restricted to the Christian faith. Members are asked to be sensitive to the feelings and wishes of any individuals or faith groups they portray or document.
A creative image is any image where the photographer has altered reality, e.g. displaying a change in natural colour, form, shape, etc. It includes high speed imagery, painting with light, altering perspective or reality, colour manipulation, textures, etc. It is not an image of other artists’ work such as a sculpture or street art. A creative image should demonstrate an idea going beyond a simple photograph.
The images submitted should be of the plant kingdom - flowers, leaves, stems and seeds. Plants, shrubs, bushes and trees are all acceptable for this competition. Mushrooms and fungi are specifically excluded.
The subject of your photograph could be turned solid by the cold or just be covered and/or preserved by frost or ice. The subject is very cold. Other interpretations of frozen are equally acceptable and you may consider subjects that are frozen by fear or in time and space such that they become motionless or unmoving.
Landscape / Seascape
A landscape is an outdoor picture which may show a large vista or smaller geological formations. It includes seascapes, underwater views, as well as scenes underground. It may include animals or people but these should be a minor part of the image.
A monochrome image is an image comprised of one colour and shades of one colour. Normally, black and white with shades of grey but may be of a single colour, e.g. sepia or blue. A black and white image modified with partial toning or the addition of another colour is a colour image and not monochrome.
Own Choice
An open competition in which images of any photographic genre may be entered.
PDI of the Year
Open to any image entered this season as a Projected Digital Image in either the league or trophy competition.
A portrait is a picture of a person(s) or animal(s) that says something about the subject(s) either by facial expressions, poses or the environment that the subject is pictured in.
Print of the Year
Open to any image entered this season as a print in either the league or trophy competition.
Travel and Transport
Images should tell a story of a place or the means by which you might get there. This may include the documentation of the architecture, landscape, people, culture, customs or history of a place. A holiday snap is unlikely to make the grade. Modes of transport also fall within the realms of this competition.
An animal (land or aquatic), bird, insect, plant or fungi that is normally found in the wild. Those that meet the above criteria but are contained within zoos/zoological gardens, sanctuaries, rare animal breeding programmes, aquariums, etc are acceptable, as are Dartmoor ponies, rescued animals, birds, etc. Ineligible are domestic animals such as dogs, cats and animals in farms.
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