Subjects and Definitions

2020 Competition Calendar, Frankston Photographic Club Inc.
January No Competition July Street Photography & Still Life Photography
February Open August 321 AVs & Open
March Architecture September Portrait, Self Portraits & Pet Portraits
April Nature October Triptych & Mobile Photography
May Scapes (Sea/Land/City) November Creative, Lines & Shadows
June Open December End of Year Competition – Open


2020 Set Subject Definitions, Frankston Photographic Club Inc.
FEBRUARY – Judge: Peter Carty, closing date January 16th
Open Any type of image can be submitted as long as it is deemed not to be offensive to any club member
MARCH – Judge: Barney Meyer, closing date February 6th
Architecture An image of one or more buildings or structures, or portion of (old or new, interior or exterior) which emphasizes natural form, shape, design or curves. The architecture must be the major part of the image, not the landscape surrounding it.
APRIL – Judge: David Burren, closing date March 5th
Nature Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food
MAY – Judge Tom Putt, closing date April 2nd
Landscape Landscape photography comprises the visible features of an area of land, including the physical elements of landforms such as (ice- capped) mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers, lakes and ponds. (but does not include Seascapes) The image may include evidence of man-made objects, people, animals and part of the ocean/sea provided that none of these additional elements dominate the image.
Seascapes Seascapes include photographs of natural coastal scenery, a wave study or picture of the open sea provided that the sea is the center of interest. People, boats and man-made structures may be present only as incidental to the image.
Cityscape Cityscape photography comprises the visible physical aspects of a city or urban area. The main subject has to be manmade, people, cars, any moving object may be present but shall not be the dominant feature of the photo.
JUNE – Judge: Emma Gilette, closing date May 7th
Open Any type of image can be submitted as long as it is deemed not to be offensive to any club member
JULY – Judge: David Norris, closing date June 4th
Street Photography Street Photography captures people and places in candid situations within public places such as streets, markets, galleries, subways, etc. (anywhere as long as the public can enter and leave as they please and you are allowed to photograph). Street photographs can be a mirror of society displaying scenes with usually unaware subjects and can be taken anytime of the day or night.
Still Life Photography An arrangement of inanimate objects in an artificial or natural setting.
AUGUST – Judge: Ron Cork, closing date July 2nd
321 AV’S An Audiovisual sequence combines various visual and audible elements to illustrate a particular theme or story. A sequence may include either still images, video footage, computer generated transitions, various audio components or combinations of all or some of these elements. The subject for AV is also open. Max time allowed 3.21 minutes,
Open Any type of image can be submitted as long as it is deemed not to be offensive to any club member
SEPTEMBER – Judge: Louise Sedgman, closing date August 6th
Portrait Images of a person from head to full-length studies, which may include accessories or backgrounds that are in character with the subject but these should not dominate the photograph. Includes candid photographs, environmental portraits and formal studio portraits. Animals can be included where they are not the major component of the image. i.e. a photo of a senior citizen with their pet cat as long as the cat is of minor importance to the image.
Self Portrait A portrait of the photographer in which he/she has arranged the lighting etc and posed himself/herself within the picture. The shutter release must be under his or her control i.e. remote, electric etc.
Pet Portrait A portrait of any living animal [humans excluded] which has been tamed and kept as a favourite or treated with fondness.
OCTOBER – Judge: Lyn Haywood, closing date September 3rd
Triptych A photographic triptych is a common style used in modern commercial artwork. The photographs are usually arranged with a plain border between them. The work shall consist of three photographs combined on one image. The photographs can be variants on a theme, or may be one photograph split into three pieces.

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Mobile Phone


Images shot on any mobile phone or tablet are eligible for entry. The images may be edited on the device and/or post processed on a computer.
NOVEMBER – Judge: Peter Bellmont, closing date October 8th
Creative Creative images should display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and/or unusual viewpoint. They are images that have been modified during or after exposure or by using software manipulation. The image must have a photographic basis with the original work being taken by the entrant.
Shadows A shadow is the contour created when an object or person blocks rays of light from reaching a surface. The shape of a shadow changes based on its relationship with its light source. The distance, angle, and size of the source work together to determine the intensity, form, and scale of the shadow.
Lines Line is a point that continues; it implies motion. Lines are open and lead the eyes into a photograph or to an interesting point of the photo.
DECEMBER – Judges: TBC, closing date November 5th
End of Year


Any type of image can be submitted as long as it is deemed not to be offensive to any club member.