The select subject must be prominently displayed and the primary focus of the image.
September 9 – SOMETHING IN THE GARDEN: Examples include images that are garden related such as plants,
flowers, vines, fruit, vegetables, garden tools, people, critters, bugs, and adornments.
October 14 – INTENTIONAL CAMERA MOVEMENT: In-camera motion blur, combining a slow shutter speed with
camera motion to create a sense of movement. (Not to be added in post-processing.)
November 11 – PEOPLE AT WORK: Images of people working must appear natural without appearing staged.
December 9 – RURAL LANDSCAPE: Countryside images that capture the life and elements found in the country.
It may include humans, animals, buildings, and scenery. Examples include Barns, farm equipment, farms, and
January 13 – CREATIVE: The image is manipulated or enhanced with in-camera techniques or photo
enhancement software, filters, plug-ins, or actions showing the maker’s creativity. Examples should be unique
and different, perhaps out of the ordinary.
February 10 – MACRO/CLOSEUP: The subject must be smaller than a mailbox. Examples include a close-up of
fruit, flower, bug, etc. A macro image for purposes of this competition is defined as a small part of something,
for example, parts of a flower or insect.
March 10 – LEADING LINES: Lines in a photograph that direct the viewer’s attention to a particular point of
focus. Examples include roads, fences, bridges, and rivers.
April 14 – THE COLOR BLUE: The focus of attention in the image must be predominantly Blue. Examples are a
blue door, a blue flower, a blue car, etc.
B&W – GEOMETRIC SHAPES
May 12 – MINIMALISM: Emphasis is on sparseness, not having an overabundance of color, patterns, or
information. Minimalistic images are stripped of detail and have clean lines, empty spaces, simplicity, and
working with negative space.
June 9 – NATURE: The image must be naturally present in Nature. Techniques that enhance the presentation of
the photography without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. Digital enhancement
and manipulation must not be obvious. All adjustments must appear natural. It must not contain any presence
of the “hand of man.” Everything must be there naturally, without human intervention. It is your responsibility
NOT to enter images where the “hand of man” has been removed after the image was taken, except for
cropping. Unacceptable (examples): Cultivated or domestic plants, pets, farm animals, mounted specimens, or
June 23 – End of Season Competition