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2022 Monthly Set Subjects

Month Subject Guidelines Judge Date of Comp Closing Date
Jan Silhouette A silhouette is a dark image of a subject against a bright background. In reality silhouette images are often pictures which are more semi-silhouettes where the main subject is not quite solid jet black but very close. Barry Whisson 11 January 14 December 2021
Feb Negative Space “Negative space” as opposed to “Positive Space” is the area which surrounds the main subject of interest in your photo. “Negative space” defines and emphasises the main subject of a photo, drawing your eye to it. It provides "breathing room", giving your eyes somewhere to rest and preventing your image from appearing too cluttered. All of this adds up to a more engaging composition. Travis Lord 08 February 11 January
Mar Climate Change Is considered a long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth's local, regional, and global climates. These changes have a broad range of observed effects that are synonymous with the term. Frequently used images fall into the “negative impact” category such as imagery depicting the most visible and disturbing impacts of climate change: extreme weather, historic droughts, temperature records, ice-free Arctic summers, rising seas, melting glaciers, coastal erosion, storm surges, forest fires, ruined crops, food riots, dried riverbeds, forced migration and refugees; etc. In contrast, photographers can consider “positive impact” images to shift the global climate change conversation from despair to optimism, from apathy to action and to celebrate the many opportunities such as economic, environmental and health which can be gained from transitioning to a clean energy economy. Creative photography such as Composites and Photo-manipulations are accepted in this category. Graham Harris 08 March 08 February
Apr Portrait of (mood / emotion / drama) A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to fill body length. This section includes candid photographs and formal portraits which show some sort of emotion, drama, or mood. E.g., a couple in a romantic setting; a happy child at Christmas or someone who looks obviously sad or angry etc; or people in a dramatic scene. Angela Gregory 12 April 08 March
May Scapes (land / sea / city) An image featuring an expansive view without any humans dominating the scene. Urban, Rural, Sea, Sky Scapes, and traditional Landscapes are all included in this category. Lyn Romano 10 May 12 April
Jun Stranger (tell their story) The definition of a stranger is a person you do not know, someone unknown in a place or a community, or a person who is unfamiliar with something. Tell their story in the image. Simon Cox 14 June 10 May
Jul Bridges A bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle (such as a body of water, valley, road, or rail) without blocking the way underneath. It is constructed for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, which is usually something that is otherwise difficult or impossible to cross. There are many different designs of bridges, each serving a particular purpose and applicable to different situations. Designs of bridges vary depending on factors such as: the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, and the material used to make it and the funds available to build it. The earliest bridges were likely made with fallen trees and stepping stones. John Stewart 12 July 14 June
Aug Water Water is an essential ingredient to life. Photograph water in any form the appeals to you; be it, the local creek, water drops, the surf in the ocean, ice cubes, bath tub full of water in a paddock etc. Use your imagination. Roberta Edwards 09 August 12 July
Sep Disappearing technologies Disappearing technology relates to practical items that were once in daily use but are now largely obsolete. The image must feature a invention that is now discontinued or obsolete. Examples include but not limited to: typewriters are now not commonplace. Corded home telephones, mangle washing tubs, CRT Television, VCRs Tryg Helander 13 September 09 August
Oct Duplicates An item or article consisting of two corresponding or identical parts or examples. Something that resembles or corresponds to another thing, such as two white cars, made by the same manufacturer. Or, two things alike and usually produced at the same time or by the same process. An additional copy of something (such as a book or stamp) already in a collection. Sue Chen 11 October 13 September
Nov Abandoned Buildings The abandoned building must appear to be unoccupied and in a state of significant disrepair. It may be surrounded by occupied buildings or in a field but it must be the main subject of the image. Allan Rosser 08 November 11 October
Dec End of Year Eligible entries: Members are permitted to submit up to four images using any image entered into the Monthly Club Competitions from January to November of that year. Note: Alice Black and Graham Burstow winners from the aggregate competitions MAY be entered into the end of year competition categories. Non-Eligible entries: Images can not be entered into multiple sections (EG: Open and Creative, or converting a colour image to mono and entering in both). ALL other images are not eligible to be entered, including Images entered into previous end of year competitions. Other: Prints can be submitted, however they will be judged against digitals within the same category. Prints will be judged based on the physical print, not the digital representation. Images entered into the aggregate competition can be re-edited and submitted into the end of year competition. This will give members the opportunity to put into practice lessons learned throughout the year and action on judging feedback. External - Matt Edwards of Matt Edwards Photography Toowoomba 13 December 08 November

Aggregate Competition

Our club runs several image competitions each year.  The Aggregate Competition is held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at our Club Meeting.  Here submitted prints and projected digital images from our members are commented on and scored by a judge. Images are awarded:

AwardsAggregate Points
Highly Commended3
Out of Category0
Alice Black – Additional to above score2

As part of the Society’s Aggregate Competition, members are divided into B Grade, A Grade and Salon Grade:

  • B Grade is for those members who wish their entries to be judged and scored. Points are accumulated towards an Aggregate score.
  • A Grade is for those members who have achieved a higher standard of photography. Their images are also judged and scored, with points accumulated towards an Aggregate score. To be eligible for consideration for re-grading to “A” grade, a “B” grade member must receive a certain percentage of competition points in one competition year. Currently this is 55%

Members eligible for re-grading are advised prior to December, the start of the new competition year.  The management committee makes the final decision on re-grading.

  • Salon Grade is for those members who have attained the highest possible standard of photography within our club – an A Grade member must attain 60% of competition points in a competition year to move to Salon Grade.

At the end of the Competition year (December), awards are made to those members with the most points in the various categories for each Salon, A and B Grade. Members may enter images in the  ‘Set’, ‘Open”, ‘Creative” and/or ‘Field Day’ subject categories in any or all of the following formats:

  • Prints (all grades – colour or monochrome)
  • Projected images (all grades – colour or monochrome

The definitions for each section category are:

  • Open subject: photograph can be an image of anything
  • Set subject: the topic and definition is specified in the TPS Calendar on our website.
  • Creative subject:

Creative Photography

Definition: Creative photography is the altering of reality

Explanation and Guidelines:

It is an extension of conventional photography into creative art, and its purpose is to take the image beyond the literal through the use of imaginative skill or originality of thought.

There should be a significant photographic content, and inclusion of mixed media of any kind (paint, transfer, digital etc) is welcome. It can be a collage or a montage. The final result must be all the photographer’s own work.  This includes any tools used to alter the image that are not native to the software used, such as

  • Extra brushes that add photographic elements such as snowflakes, raindrops, leaves etc
  • Replacement pre-sets such as skies, sunsets, scenery
  • Expansion packs

If you use image manipulation software you can

  • Combine two images then experiment with different blending modes and opacity
  • Experiment with the inbuilt tools such as colour replacement, invert, free transform, perspective warp, puppet warp, liquefy
  • Create your own backgrounds by photographing interesting textures, skies, sunsets and scenery

If you are not using image manipulation software there are many other ways of being creative, such as

  • Using in camera effects such as zoom pull, multiple exposures, intentional camera movement
  • Cutting and pasting of printed images to make collages and montages
  • Painting on prints or hand colouring
  • Field Day: any outing, activity, function or event listed by TPS as an opportunity for members or members to take images and enter them in this category.

Only THREE entries can be entered in any monthly competition. The images can be shared amongst any of the categories / formats or they may all be entered in one category / format.  Any one image may only be ever entered FOUR  times in one year by choosing 4 of the 5 possibilities – either in ‘Open’ subject, in ‘Set’ subject, in ‘Field Day’, in ‘Creative’ or in the End of Year competition.

Note: Where images have content that may be regarded as disturbing or offensive to the majority of our membership or the public in general, TPS may exercise its right to not display such images.

Alice Black Memorial Trophy

To perpetuate the memory of our late member Alice Black, the club has introduced the ‘Alice Black Memorial Trophy’ to be contested each year on a perpetual basis.

At each month’s Aggregate Competition the judge will select an image from the highest level awards of those entered as the monthly Alice Black Image – they will use their own criteria to select the image.  Where Honour awards have been given for a competition, the Alice Black will be an Honour winning image, or if no Honour awards have been given, the next highest level of award (Merit, etc).

All images submitted in the Aggregate Competition have the potential to become a possible winner of the Trophy as there is no restriction on the grade of the entrant or the medium in which the image is presented. The Alice Black image chosen each month receives an additional 2 points to the points already awarded.

As part of the “End of the Year” competition, the judge will choose the winning image from the eleven images chosen by the monthly judges.  There are no points awarded for the overall winner, in common with other EOY awards.

David Hack Memorial Trophy

In honour of our late member David Hack, the club has introduced the “David Hack Memorial Trophy”.  David was a keen, successful motor sport photographer who lost his battle for life due to Leukemia.  Each year our members are invited to attend the “David Hack Classic Car Meet” arranged by the Toowoomba North Rotary Club and enter images taken on the day into a special competition.  The best image is awarded the “David Hack Memorial Trophy”.

The event is held each year at the Toowoomba Airport during May.  In 2021 this will be May 16.  There are no restrictions placed on members as to subject matter, grade or medium of the images presented for consideration.  The Management Committee of the Toowoomba Photographic Society Inc. will choose a judge each year and the Trophy will be presented at the End of Year Presentation Dinner.

End of Year Competition

The End of Year competition is held annually at the end of the competition year.  In contrast to our monthly Club competitions where each image is awarded a specific rating e.g. commended, highly commended, merit, or honour, in the ‘End of Year Competition’ the only awards given are a first place, second and third place in each of the classes referred to below.

Here are the guidelines for the ‘End of Year Competition’:

  • Eligible entries: Any image (including those entered in Monthly Club Competitions for the current competition year) is eligible to be entered.
  • Non-Eligible entries: Images previously entered in End of Year Competitions are not eligible to be entered.

Up to six Images (prints and projected images in either colour or monochrome) can be entered into the appropriate grades for the club:

  1. B Grade
  2. A Grade
  3. Salon Grade

These images will be uploaded into the on-line End of Year competition in the same way as Aggregate Competition entries.

Note that the maximum file size of each image is 2000 kilobytes (or 2 megabytes).  Also note that a maximum image dimensions of 2000 pixels wide and/or 2000 pixels high applies – the image can have any aspect ratio, provided it fits inside the 2000px wide x 2000px high window.

Under-size images (eg 800 x 600 pixels) won’t be rejected, however they are noticeably poorer in quality than 2000px x 2000px and will probably not score well.

Please do not hesitate to contact the competition steward if in any doubt.

Honour Board

The club maintains an on-line list of award winners of trophies, medallions and certificates won by members, but no longer engraves actual trophies (these are kept in storage).  The club does not award the above in cases where there are insufficient numbers of entrants in a given category.  The awarding of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in End of Year award categories requires a minimum of four competitors in a given category, 1st and 2nd will be awarded if only three entrants, 1st only if 2 entrants, and no awards if there is only one competitor.

External Competitions

There are a number of external photographic competitions that photographers can enter.  In particular we encourage our members to enter images into the annual Heritage  Bank Photographic Awards.  Details of these awards and past successful images can be viewed by clicking on the following link – Heritage Bank Photographic Awards .

Additionally, photographers can enter a range of National and International Photographic Competitions to obtain Photographic Honours – details about this can be found at the Australian Photographic Society website by clicking on the link APS Honours and FIAP Distinctions.

Details of upcoming competitions can be found at a number of websites: