Competition is held on the third week of the month. Competition will start at 7:00 pm.
The submission of entries into competition is limited to Members
in good standing.
The purpose of the Tampa Bay Camera Club Competition is to encourage
friendly competition between Members, and to serve as a
medium for improving photographic skills.
There are no restrictions on equipment or materials used to produce
the entry, only that the entry was photographed by the entrant.
2021 Photography Competition Subjects:
January – Leading Lines. Create an interesting composition that has elements that work as a visual path to guide the viewer to the main subject.
February – Old Buildings. Be creative -interiors, exteriors, architectural details, etc.
March – Nightscapes. Photograph an interesting landscape or cityscape at night.
April – Places of Worship. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a building, it can be a spiritual or holy locale. Make sure your photograph informs the viewer in some way that the subject is a place of worship. It should not require additional explanation to make the connection.
May – Flowing Water. Show an interesting scene that creatively uses flowing water as the primary subject. Be creative, remember that flowing water exists in many places other than in nature.
June – Long Exposure. Make an exposure 1/2 second or longer in such a way that that length of the exposure contributes substantially to the appearance of the subject.
July – Reflections. Submit an image in which the subject is shown creatively in a reflective surface. For example but not limited to water, glass, mirror, metal, etc.
August – Double Exposure. Present an interesting image that is obviously combined from two distinct and separate original images. This may be done in camera or via software. Since this process is altered reality by it’s very nature you will not be required to label your submission as such.
September – Rainy Day. Create an image that is obviously created in rainy conditions and in which those conditions contribute substantially to the story you are visually telling your viewer.
October – Capture Motion. Create an image in which the motion itself becomes the subject. Freeze-frame, blur, timelapse composite, etc.
November – Automobile/Truck/Motorcycle. Make an interesting photo of any of these three modes of transportation. Be creative – think about static beauty shots, action shots, detail shots etc. If including people remember that for this assignment the vehicle must obviously be visually more important as a subject than a driver, rider, etc. For example if you submit a photo of a motorcycle with a rider you must be creative enough to ensure that the motorcycle is obviously more important visually than the combination of the rider paired with the motorcycle in your composition.
2020 Photography Competition Subjects:
January – Patterns. Create an interesting composition that features one or more repetitive patterns.
February – Symmetry. Show symmetry in your composition.
March – My Pet, My Friend. Highlight the interaction and relationships between people and their pets.
April – The Unknown. Present an image that engages the viewer in a mystery.
May – Into the Distance. Show an interesting scene that is composed with a visually distinct vanishing point.
June – Odd Couples. Present an image with non-complementary subject elements. (Things that normally wouldn’t be expected to be seen together.)
July – Home Town Pride. Submit an image that showcases something special that residents would be proud of as a representation of their community.
August – Abstract. Present an interesting image that is not immediately recognizable to the viewer as depicting a particular object or scene.
September – Framed. Compose a scene in which all or some of the important subject matter is seen through another element of the composition.
October – Superstition. Create imagery that represents the concepts, elements, or practice related to a superstitious belief.
November – Window Shopping. Make creative use of windows in a composition.
2019 Photography Competition Subjects:
Jan – Unusual Angle of View
Create interesting images of any subjects from an unusual camera. Low angle, high angle, tilted camera angle, etc.
Feb – Patterns
Create interesting images that are based on visual repetition of subject elements.
Mar – Backlighting
Create images with strong visual impact where the subjects are very obviously illuminated from behind by a strong light source
Apr – Night Sky
Create compelling images using the night sky as the primary subject element. The night sky should not be secondary or incidental to the images.
May – Simplify/Minimalism
Create impactful images utilizing a single element as the subject while eliminating or minimizing other visual elements within the scene.
Jun – Bridges
Create well-composed images using either entire bridges or visually interesting portions of their structure.
Jul – Dance
Create artistic images that represent the beauty and motion of the art of dance.
Aug – Lens Flare
Create well-composed images of any subject that is visually enhanced by any of the many forms of lens flare that can occur when light from a strong source strikes the front element of a camera lens.
Sep – Bokeh
Create interesting images of any subject that is visually enhanced by having an obviously very out-of-focus background.
Oct – Reflections
Create compelling images where the primary subject is reflected on any surface or is strongly visually supported by reflections.
Nov – Moving Water/Liquid
Create interesting images where the primary subject is any form of moving liquid with the artistic goal being to specifically show the motion of the liquid in an interesting way.
Technical Meetings that are scheduled as of now are:
January 25thTechnical Meeting – How to make a Blurb book
February 23rd Technical Meeting – Saturday morning photo scavenger hunt at Hillsborough River State Park. Arrive by 9:45 am latest, event starts at 10:00 am. Additional details to be announced.
2018 Competition Assignments:
January – Cell phone photos (Any subject is acceptable. You must include the metadata with your file to prove it was taken with a cell phone.)
February – Historic (Present photos of historically significant places, things, or reenactments of historic events.)
March – Night Photography (Present images of subjects that show them at night.)
April – Panorama/Vertorama (Present images in a narrow aspect ratio.)
May – Leading Lines (Present images that make use of leading lines within the composition.)
June – The shape of things (Present images of subjects that have photographically interesting shapes.)
July – Nautical (Present images of subjects that relate to sailors, boating, maritime navigation, etc.)
August – Children (Present candid or posed images of children.)
September – Competitive events (Present images of activities that are of a competitive nature.)
October – Silhouette (Present images of subjects rendered as dark shapes without discernible detail against a lighter background.)
November – City life (Present images that evoke the lifestyle associated with people that reside in urban environments.)
2018 Technical Night Schedule:
January – No 4th Friday meeting due to our club field trip to St Augustine.
February – Techniques for photographing and processing panoramic images
May – Field trip to Ybor City for street photography
June – Leon Robinson will give a presentation on sports photography
July – Susan Anderson will give a presentation on street photography
August – Lynn Wiezycki will give a presentation and host a hands-on night of macro photography
September – Robert Rostick will give a demonstration on focus stacking techniques and software
October – Night photography field trip to downtown Tampa
2017 Competition Assignments:
January – Doorways (Present a photo that shows a literal or figurative doorway.)
February – Domestic Animals (A domestic animal is an animal that is bred and/or lives in a tame condition as a pet, a work animal, or a food source.)
March – Shadows (Present an image that utilizes shadows in a prominent manner.)
April – Cars
May – Music (Create an image that visually conveys the concept of music.)
June – Science (Present an image that conveys the concept of science or highlights scientific phenomena or paraphernalia as the subject.)
July – Glass (The subject matter should be made of glass.)
August – Weather (Present an image highlighting weather phenomena.)
September – Falling Up (Present an image that illustrates the concept of falling away from the ground.)
October – Culture (Present a photo that is representative of the beliefs, rituals, customs, arts, attitudes, etc., of a particular society, organization, group, location, or era in time.)
November – Environmental Portrait (Present a portrait of person taken in a location that illuminates an aspect of that persons life that you wish to highlight.)
2017 Technical Night Schedule:
June – Photographing glass
July – Mirrorless camera introduction
Aug – Compositing
Sep – One light portrait with off-camera flash
Oct – Tentative FMOPA tour
2016 Technical Night Schedule:
January – Printing from Lightroom
February – Tips and Techniques for Emulating the Masters
March – Flower Photography
April – No fourth Friday meeting
May – Tips and Techniques for Architectural Photography
June – Tips and Techniques for Food Photography
July – Tips and Techniques for Butterfly Photography
August – Aurora HDR Software Tips and Techniques
September – RAW File exchange
October – Tips and Techniques for Landscape Photography
2015 Competition assignments:
January – Landscape (Present a photo that shows a space within the world and focuses primarily on the presence of nature or in the case of an urban landscape, the lack of the presence of nature)
February – Macro (True macro of 1:1 or greater magnification preferred, reasonable close-ups considered by judges)
March – Black on black / white on white (Image may contain some color but must be primarily a white subject against a white background or a black subject against a black background)
April – Animals in action (Not standing still or dead on a plate)
May – Fairytale gone bad ( Use your imagination and show a new twist on an old classic)
June – Night sky (Create an image that includes the night sky or celestial objects in the night sky as a primary part of the composition)
July – Light painting (Use a light painting technique to illuminate the subject matter in a composition)
August – Composite image (Combine 2 or more original images into a single composition)
September – Family event storyboard (3 to 5 images that when presented together tell the story of a family event)
October – Adventure sports (Photograph an activity that is considered to be relatively dangerous to participants due to factors such as speed, height, environmental conditions and high level of physical exertion.
November – Emotional portrait (Present a portrait of someone displaying genuine emotion or that is intended to invoke an emotional reaction from the viewer)
2015 Technical Nights:
January – Night photography, details to be announced
February – Saturday field trip to Tampa Bay Downs
June – Compositing techniques
2014 Competition assignments:
Nov Photograph a public performance (Photograph a dance performance, theatrical play, music concert, etc)