The monthly print competitions are open only to the PAID members.
The second meeting of each month, the third Tuesday, is a print competition. Each month there are three categories:
ASSIGNED, which has a designated theme and the entry must be in compliance with that theme.
OPEN, where there is no restriction as to subject matter or theme.
OUT OF THE BOX On the first of each quarter, with the exception of January, there is a third category OUT OF THE BOX. On the months where there is no Out of the Box the third category will be BLACK AND wHITE
BLACK AND WHITE On the months where there is no Out of the Box the third category will be Black and White
Each PAID member may enter up to a total of only four prints with a maximum of two prints in any one category. On regular competition night that means a maximum of two prints in Assigned and two prints in OPEN categories. On the quarterly competitions the four prints can be split between any of the three categories with a maximum in any one category of two prints.
Judging of competitions is done by club members chosen from those in attendance at the meeting. Once or twice a year, at the discretion of the NWHPC Competition Chairperson, an outside judge or judges may be invited to handle the judging.
An entry that is not deemed appropriate to either the ASSIGNED or the OUT OF THE BOX categories may be removed from the competition at the discretion of the NWHPC Competition chairperson. If the photographer that entered the removed print has not entered the maximum number of two photographs into the OPEN category, the print will be moved to OPEN. If the photographer already has two prints entered into the OPEN category the removed print cannot be moved to OPEN. If the print cannot be moved to the OPEN category it may be reentered as an OPEN entry at a later competition.
Any photograph that does not earn a ribbon in the monthly competition may be reentered at a later date. Any photograph that places, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or Honorable Mention is disqualified from future entry.
Prints for competitions must be a minimum of 5" x 7" and must be mounted full bleed or matted to be eligible to enter. Most entries will be between 9”x12” and 16”x20”.
January: Holiday Lights
We can assume Christmas here, but as with last year, a holiday is a holiday. Any ‘lights’ that you feel go with a ‘holiday’ will be accepted.
February: Good Eats
This category will ‘focus’ on food photography. Your image should be of something edible presented in a way that might stir the appetite of the viewer.
March: An Object in Motion
Let us honor Sir Isaac Newton by presenting a still photo of something in motion.
Let your imagination go wild and show us what ‘time’ means to you in a photograph. Some things to consider are that time can fly, be wasted, or even stand still.
This is a chance for photographers to showcase their skills at photographing not just bluebonnets, but any flower or wildflower they choose.
June: Blue…The Color
The color blue should be the dominant theme in your photograph. We’re not going to measure and say that at least 75% of the photograph must be blue, but let’s just say that the color blue should dominate the image.
July: America the Beautiful
This is a time for patriotic photos. They do not necessarily have to be of flags, emblems or monuments. Show us in an image that tells us why America is Beautiful.
August: Odd Numbers
Let’s appreciate the inability to divide by 2 by showcasing images that represent odd numbers.
There are three types of symmetry: Reflection, Rotation and Translation. All are similar in that they should possess a sense of harmony and balance.
The term ‘technology’ can take on several meanings and doesn’t always have to refer to something that is “high tech”.
Music is the universal language. Show us what music means to you in an Image.