Competitions 2019-20

2019-2020 Assigned Topics


Submission dates are shown in the calendar (Events/deadlines)

Images submitted for the Assigned Topics category must originate in camera no earlier than September 1 of the start of the previous club season. That means September 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 season.

  1. “Black and White”

    • Images must be Black and White.  No sepia or toning of images is allowed.
    • Photographer’s choice of subject matter as long as it is in B&W and adheres to our club policies regarding acceptable images


  2. “Abandoned Things”

    • Images of things that are neglected or abandoned. This would include things considered “deserted” or “left.”
    • Examples would include abandoned buildings, cars, or equipment
    • Images of neglected or abandoned people are excluded from this competition
    • Weak in category would be old items that do not have obvious signs of abandonment or neglect. Old age by itself is not a sufficient criterion to indicate abandonment.


  3. “Creative”

    Creative Images are defined as follows:

    Images should interpret the real world in a new, experimental and imaginative manner resulting in an abstract, unique, imaginative or unconventional display of the subject.

    Further, these images are not normally as seen by the naked eye and may engage the viewer in finding the meaning of the photograph. They will have been manipulated either in the camera via conventional means (multiple exposure, special effects, filters, etc.) or by using more intensive digital editing or application of the following types of techniques:

    • composites
    • digital Filters
    • colour Toning
    • “orton” Effect
    • motion blur
    • texture blending or overlay
    • masking
    • montage
    • collage
    • combination of BW and colour
    • selective colouring or desaturation of colour
    • solarisation or posterization
    • brush strokes
    • photograms
    • negative images
    • distortion
    • HDR
    • multiple images
    • 3D rendering

    Images that look like they are straight out of camera (i.e. realistic shots) will be considered weak in category.
    (Note: images for the Creative theme may include composites formed from images taken before the regular one-year limit, but the final composite must still be dated within the one-year limit).

  4. “Weather”

    • Images where weather is the dominant focal point
    • Examples include unusual cloud formations, lightning, storms, rain/snow, or wind-blown scenes
    • Images that clearly depict the “after-effects” of weather, such as floods or hurricane damage, are acceptable.
    • Weak in category would be images where the weather is secondary to the focus of the image


  5. “Motion”

    • Images that illustrate motion of things or people
    • Examples include moving cars, bicycles, animals, or people; motion blur and panning effects may add to the perception of motion, but are not required
    • Moving objects may be captured with a high speed shutter, but it must be evident that the object is in motion. For example, a hovering hummingbird could be frozen in motion using a fast shutter, but would still be considered an object in motion from the context of the image.
    • Weak in category would be objects in motion that appear static to the viewer due to a lack of motion context


Summary of Competition Regulations

Three Categories
There are three categories in each digital competition/evaluation: Pictorial (Photographer’s Choice), Natural Things and an Assigned Topic.

Number of Images:  Members may submit up to 4 images for each digital competition with no more than 3 in any one category.

Pictorial Category: Images that qualify for the Natural Things category are not acceptable in the Pictorial Category. The competition committee has the authority to move any image that has been submitted to the wrong category.

Natural Things Category:  Submissions to the Natural Things category is open to any nature subject, including Pure Nature, as defined in our Nature Trophy Competition Rules, or Natural Things subjects, as defined in our Natural Things Description.

Images such as landscapes will be categorized as a natural things subject if the primary subject is the scenery itself. The image may include secondary elements such as buildings, structures, people, animals or any other object, as long as those secondary elements are not dominant, in which case it would be categorized as a pictorial image.

When uploading any image you will be asked if the image also qualifies as a Pure Nature image.  This will assist our nature committee in selecting images for external competitions, such as the Glennie Nature, CAPA nature, GTCCC/OCCC nature, etc.

Image Requirements

Images should be saved in sRGB colour space.

They must be a maximum of 3 MB in size, and either:
1920 pixels wide and no more than 1080 pixels high
1080 pixels high and no more than 1920 pixels wide


Photo Essays:

Photo Essays do not count towards Photographer of the Year Awards.

Photographer of the Year (for each skill level) Awards:

Require at least one entry from at least four of the five categories: Assigned Topic, Pictorial, Natural Things, Nature (ie Nature Trophy entries) and Print.

Rules for Individual Competitions

Any image (print or digital image) entered into any RHCC Competition must be substantially different from any image entered by the same maker in a previous RHCC Competition.

Here are links to the detailed rules for entering the various competitions.  They appear in the “Competition Information” item in the Competitions menu, together with some more information on preparing images for competitions.

Regular Digital Competitions

Print Competitions

Nature Trophy Competition

PhotoEssay Competition

Phoenix Competition

Guidelines regarding how to determine the best categories for image submissions:
Category Guidelines

The process for image review and judging:
Competition Review and Judging Process

Wallet Card

Download this handy pdf 2019-20 Wallet card-comp deadlines file which lists all of the competition due dates and keep it in your wallet or purse for easy reference. Please note that deadlines are subject to change, so check with the club calendar for the most recent information.