2019 Photo Competitions

Photo Competition Calendar

  • 10

    JAN

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  • 14

    FEB

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  • 14

    MAR

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  • 11

    APR

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  • 09

    MAY

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  • 13

    JUN

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  • 11

    JUL

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  • 08

    AUG

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  • 12

    SEP

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  • 10

    OCT

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  • 14

    NOV

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  • 12

    DEC

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See our complete calendar of events and RSVP on our Meetup Calendar.

  • January

    JANUARY 10, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Open Competition

    6 entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital)

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    Open competition means that members can enter images of any subject matter such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 

  • February

    FEBRUARY 14, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Reflections- Theme Competition

    9 entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

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    Reflections will be our theme for the February competition. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on professional equipment to photograph reflections, as they can be photographed with any mid-level camera and lens. You can even use a mobile phone. However, you must train your eye to notice reflections. For natural reflections, look in front of you at rivers. For architectural reflections look above, on building surfaces. For surreal reflections look at the ground to notice objects reflected in puddles of water. 

    Water Reflection by Mike Shaefer 


    Common Types of Reflections:

     Architectural reflections: These occur on architectural surfaces. An example is an old building reflected on a modern glass building in front of it. You can find many examples around Atlanta. 

    Natural reflections: These occur in nature such as water-scapes. An example is a city-scape reflected on a river or a group of birds reflected on a pond. 

    Surreal reflections: These are the hardest to notice since they require an artistic eye. An example is a shot I took years ago of the Eiffel tower reflected in a puddle of water on a rainy day. If I had stayed inside I would of missed this one. 

    Street Photography by Marc McElhaney

    Abstract reflections: These show colors and lines without revealing what the reflected subject is. An example is a colorful building reflected on water, showing wavy lines and colors.

    Reflection in a Mirror by Mike Shaefer

    Special Rule

    All submitted images must be your own work. Using Photoshop or any other similar application to create a reflection of any kind during post processing is not allowed and will be disqualified. 

    So grab your camera and discover those ‘hidden' reflections.

  • March

    MARCH 14, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Open Competition

    6 entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

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    Open competition means that members can enter images of any subject matter such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 

  • April

    APRIL 11, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Shadows - Theme Competition

    9 entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital)

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    Shadows will be the theme for April’s Competition. Shadows, both subtle and dramatic will always have an impact on the mood, composition and overall flow of our images. From the sublime to the dramatic they have also long been a critical part of many of the world’s most recognized images.

    Shadows Can Enhance an Image 

    Shadows can enhance the relationships of subjects in an image - they give definition and dimension. Photographers have used dramatic shadows and patterns in black and white images and have also explored using ethereal and moody shadows and textures in color photography.

    Old Headlamp With Shadow by Jim Harrison

    One can also appreciate the use of shadows in the world of cinema. For example, the classic black and white movie The Third Man (1949) uses shadows very effectively. By watching these types of movies, you will better appreciate the creative use of shadows in photography.

    Neither hard or soft shadows are 'best'. Which is right for a particular image entirely depends on the subject. Photography is often more fun when rules are being broken, so there's nothing wrong with experimenting to see what works in a particular shooting situation. 

    Emphasize Shapes 

    Shadows cast by an object reflect the shape of that object and show the direction of light. If the shape is recognizable, the shadow can make an intriguing image in its own right. The key is to keep it simple. Try to avoid Shadows with ambiguous shapes. Use shadows to enhance your message.

    The Porch by Steve Director



    Shadows also help show to the direction of light. Shadows raking across the landscape help to define shape and texture in the landscape.  

    Create Moods

    Shadows are great for creating a particular mood too. For example, an image dominated by darker tones where the shadows possess little detail typically have a mystery to them. An off camera flashgun is a great light source for creating these types of images.

    Fingers in Thought by Marc McElhaney

    Be Creative!

    So show us your best frames and moments captured and presented using the power of the Shadow! Winning images will be selected based on creativity, quality of execution and uniqueness of vision. The work can be expressed from realism to abstraction.

    Special Rules

    All submitted images must be your own work. Using Photoshop or any other similar application to create shadows during post processing is not allowed and will be disqualified. 

    So grab your camera and be creative!


  • May

    MAY 9, 2019 - 7:30PM: Open Competition

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  • June

    JUNE 13, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Delicate - Theme Competition

    9 entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital)

    Delicate will be our theme for June's competition. You can interpret the theme in multiple ways. Of all the themed competitions we will be having this year, the Delicate theme offers the photographer the most flexibility. For example, photographic opportunities can even be found in your home or backyard. 

    Blooms on a River Rock by Jim Harrison

    Examples of Delicate Subjects

    A newborn (human or animal). The delicacy of food. A person who is in a fragile state. A single delicate flower. Objects requiring careful handling.

    Ginkgo Leaf - Fall by Jim Harrison


    All submitted images must be your own work. Using Photoshop or any other similar application to create a sense of delicacy during post processing is not allowed and will be disqualified. So grab your camera and be creative and discover the meaning of delicate through photography.

    Girl Fractured by Chris Handley

  • July

    JULY 11, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Open Competition - Recent Images

    6 Entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital)

    Recent images: Only images captured during 2017 & 2018 are eligible. 

    Open competition means that members can enter images of any subject matter such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 

  • August

    AUGUST 8, 2019 - 7:30 PM

    Open Competition

    6 Entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

    Open competition means that members can enter images of any subject matter such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all club rules and regulations. 

  • September

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Beautiful Blur- Theme Competition

    9 Entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital)

    Beautiful Blur will be the theme for September’s competition. Having a blurry image isn't always a bad thing. In fact, when it's used in the right place, it can actually make your photos better and beautiful. 

    Daytona Sunrise by Brad Bartee

    Examples

    Here are a few examples of when a beautiful blur can be used to enhance your image.

    Water/Waterfalls: Try blurring the movement of waterfalls, rapids, waves breaking along the  coastline, a fast flowing river or for practice at home water flowing from a tap.

    Trees, Plants or Flowers With Slow Shutter Speeds: Here you can use a lower shutter speed to blur the movement of the crops or grass in the field on a breezy day. Crop fields such of wheat or fields of tall yellow grass will have a golden glow to them. Using blur when shooting flowers will give your photos more color and punch. 

    Muir Woods by Brad Bartee

    Zoom Blur: Find a scene that has strong lines – fences with flowers in front of them and trees work well. Stained glass windows are good subjects for this technique but try it in a forest with the light that flows through the trees too. 

    Light Trails: Twilight is a good time for light trails. you will need a location with a variety of light sources. Towns are good locations for getting distinct streaks of light at various levels and shades. Motorways are also good but here you'll get more continuous long light streaks. An amusement park like Six Flags would be an excellent location for capturing beautiful light trails. 

    Panning a Landscape: Find a scene that has strong lines – fences with flowers in front of them and trees work well. Overcast days are best when using this technique.

    American Falls Illumination by Rohit Kamboj

    Special Rules

    All submitted images must be your own work. Using Photoshop or any other similar application to create blurs during post processing is not allowed and will be disqualified. 

    So grab your camera, be creative and make those blurs beautiful!

  • October

    OCTOBER 10, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Open Competition

    6 Entries (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

    Open competition means that members can enter images of any subject matter such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 

  • November

    NOVEMBER 14, 2019 - 7:30PM

    Masters Competition

    (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

    This is your chance to be the judge. A collection of all the ribbon-winning images from the past year are entered into the November Masters competition. No critique will take place at this competition. Instead, all members in attendance will vote on each image. All you have to do is show up, enjoy the images and decide which are your top picks of the year. The scores will be tabulated after the competition and “Best of the Year” ribbons will be presented to the winners at our annual Holiday Party in December.

  • December: Holiday Party/Awards Dinner

    DECEMBER 12, 2019

    Holiday Party and Awards Dinner


    2019 Date: December 12, 2019 - Details below for the 2018 party - details for 2019 event TBD.

    Hudson Grille - Brookhaven: December 6, 2018, 6-9pm

    Our Holiday Party and Awards dinner is where we award the annual Trophies and Medallions as well as the Master Competition Ribbons to the best photographers of the Atlanta Photographic Society. We also honor members that have given extra time and effort for the benefit of the club throughout the year.

    All members, e-mail members and spouses/significant others are invited to participate.

    For this year's banquet at Hudson Grille, the price per person will be less, far more food options will be offered from the special group menu choosen for our party, and you will not have to pick your entrees prior to the dinner. Finally, parking is easy and readily available. The restaurant is located across the street from the Marta Brookhaven Station.

    Date: Thursday, December 6, 2017

    • Hudson Grille, 4046 Peachtree Rd. in Brookhaven
    • 6 PM — Reception/Cash Bar
    • 7 PM — Dinner
    • 8 PM - Awards

    Menu options are below.  You may choose your preferences at the Banquet, just reserve your space(s) by the dates below.

    Menu

    See: MVP Seated Service

    Cash Bar: Adult Beverages are available on a cash basis

    Cost per Person:  $30 per person (Includes tax and tip).

    IMPORTANT!!

    All checks should be brought to the meetings on October 25, or November 8!

    CHECKS OR CASH

    Or, send reservation to Denise.  Please be sure to pay by Nov. 8. 

    If preference is to send by mail, please post to Denise Stein, 4343 Laurel Brook Dr., Smyrna, GA 30082

Monthly Photo Competitions

The 2nd Thursday of each month (except December) is dedicated to judged competitions in Monochrome Prints, Color Prints, and Digital Entries. Ribbons are awarded to the winners in each category.

Image critiques and competitions are an important part of our photo club – done by independent judges and to a lesser degree by Master Photographer members of the club. Listening to the critique is the only way to learn and improve our craft. 

Monthly Competitions – Members have the opportunity to enter as many as 9 images per competition* (up to 3 monochrome prints, 3 color prints, and 3 digital entries - please see Competiton Rules for new entry limits). Competitions are held at the first meeting of each month, January through October, with a master competition in November. 

The entry fee for our monthly competitions is $2 per Category: Mono, Color and Digital. 

At each monthly competition, a judge will critique and score each image as “in” or “out”. Any image that is scored “out” will no longer be considered for a ribbon. All images that receive an “in” will be compared by the judge and the best will be awarded ribbons (20% ribbon awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mentions for each category).  

Master Competition – A collection of all the ribbon-winning images from monthly competitions throughout the year are entered into the November master competition on behalf of the winners. The master competition is the only competition where no critique will take place, but every member present will score each image. The scores will be tabulated after the competition and “Best of the Year” ribbons will be presented to the winners at our annual holiday party in December.

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