Competitions 2018-19

2018-2019 Assigned Topics

2018-19 Assigned Topics

Submission dates as shown in the club calendar.

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, 2017 for the 2018-2019 season.

  1. “Liquid”

    • Depicts images where the main subject matter is of an element in a liquid state or where the main interest is the result of the interaction of the liquid with another object or subject. It must be clearly evident that the main subject is the liquid in a fluid form.
    • Examples would be water; such as rivers, waterfalls, rain drops, waves, water drops, mercury, molten lava, paint, oil, splashes of any liquid, macros of dew drops, etc.
    • Examples of images that would not qualify: images where the main fluid element occupies less than 30% of the image, frozen water/ice, images where the liquid is not visible but still evident (e.g. water in a balloon, wine in a dark bottle).


  2. “Street Photography”

    • Images of interesting encounters or incidents which occur in a public space.
    • Subjects are not limited to people, but can include items of interest within a public space. This would include graffiti, store windows; anything within a street environment or public space.
    • Photo-journalistic images are acceptable, but must reflect the street photography theme. Strict rules concerning photojournalism will not be applied, since this is not a photojournalism competition. Cloning is allowed.


  3. “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


  4. “Seasonal Activities”

    • Any activity that is associated with the seasons of the year. For example, this could include picnicking, hiking, playing games, boating, cycling, raking leaves, tobogganing, snowmobiling, skiing, etc.
    • Activities associated with special seasons, such as the “Christmas Season,” are also acceptable as long as it is clear from the image as to what season is being depicted. Describing the special season in the title may help to provide clarity. Images that lack this clarity will be considered weak in category.
    • Activities must include one or more persons. Inanimate studies without people are not acceptable.


  5. “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).

    Composite images are acceptable, however, all content must be created by the maker. Stock images may not be used to create composites. Likewise, backgrounds and textures must be created by the maker and not derived from internet downloads.


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

Wallet Card

Download this handy pdf 2018-19 Wallet card-comp deadlines file which lists all of the competition due dates and keep it in your wallet or purse for easy reference.