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Monthy competitions & categories

SSCC has a digital photo competition every month, and the information below defines each of the monthly categories. If you are a member in good standing, you can enter up to two photos each month. For more information on the competitions and specific details, download the Member handbook and read the competition sections. 

Each of these three categories are included in every monthly competition:

 

1. Open (Beginner, Intermediate,  Advanced, and Master levels)

This category can be interpreted liberally as that area of photography that shows the viewer a scenic vista, cityscape, pets, reflections, travel, nature, or any other image demonstrating impact, color, composition and a point of interest. Portraits, photojournalism, and nature images may also be entered in this category, at the photographer’s option, but will be judged as Open.

2. Black & White (all levels combined)

Black & White may be toned (sepia, brown, blue, or gold) but may not be hand- colored or tinted.

3. Nature-General (all levels combined)

A photograph depicting the nature of our planet, such as a natural environment, landscapes of natural beauty, wild and cultivated plants, etc., are all in this category. Images that show the obvious hand of man (man made patterns, rows, etc.), domesticated animals, scenes showing cultivated fields, fences, houses, telephone lines, mowed grass, etc., will be disqualified. However, images in which a man made object is part of the creature’s natural habitat, such as a stork in a roof nest, a barn swallow in its nest in a barn, as well as tagged animals in the wild, are acceptable. Cultivated plants ARE accepted in this category as long as the hand of man is not present or visible in the image.

4. Nature-Wildlife (all levels combined)

A photograph depicting animals in the wild, birds in a natural environment, or other natural creatures in their environment, etc., are all in this category. Images that show the obvious hand of man (man made patterns, rows, etc.), domesticated animals, scenes showing cultivated fields, fences, houses, telephone lines, mowed grass, etc., will be disqualified. However, images in which a man made object is part of the creature’s natural habitat, such as a stork in a roof nest, a barn swallow in its nest in a barn, as well as tagged animals in the wild, are acceptable. Cultivated plants ARE accepted in this category as long as the hand of man is not present or visible in the image.

Not acceptable are images such as birds on a fence post, or man made surfaces (decks, concrete, railings etc.).

5. You can submit a photo from one these categories on the month to which it is assigned:

Assigned October – Solitude

Solitude is the act of being alone without being lonely. Solitude suggests peacefulnessIt is a means of enjoying the quiet and can be used for reflection, inner searching, or appreciation. Try to create an image that captures someone alone or at one with his/her surroundings, enjoying the privacy, peacefulness, and comfort of a special place.

Assigned November – Water

Water covers more than half the planet; capture it in any original way you can design. The trick will be to compose something special. “Water” might include lakes, waterfalls, faucets, tears, droplets, rain, puddles and anything else that has water, front and center.

Assigned December – Have a Seat

Benches alongside the road waiting for bus passengers; a theater just before the performance; at the dinner table; on a train, seats on your next flight; a dog sitting on its haunches or a bird on a branch. Wherever your imagination takes you, show us your ideas on “have a seat”.

Assigned January – Photojournalism

A photograph in which a single image tells a complete story in one image, so that a viewer can immediately get the answers to who, what, when, why and where. One interpretation of the category is that it shows humankind and its world. Titles must be included, as they are an integral part of the story telling.

Assigned February – Framed

Create a “frame” around your subject, natural or otherwise.

Assigned March – In the Dark

Light is one of the key elements of photography. There doesn’t have to be a lot of it for a photo to have an impact on those who view it. Images captured under the cloak of darkness will need longer exposure times, which always means a tripod. You may also fill the darkness with your own light. Be as creative as you want, using your imagination to compose the photo.

Assigned April – On the Spot

The “spot” is Quincy. Make an image somewhere in the city. Use your creativity to make the spot yours. You’ll be ready with an entry for the Quincy Arts Festival 2018!