Competition Overview

The 2nd Thursday of each month our club holds a competition.  Submissions can be either for the General category OR the Special Subjects category.  Submissions are entered in one of three groups: A= Advanced, B=Beginner, and Masters (this group will be given a score but no 1st, 2nd or 3rd.)  First, second, and third places will be awarded in both the A and B groups for both the General and Special Subject groups.

SPECIAL SUBJECTS for COMPETITIONS 2017 [2nd Thursdays of month]
See monthly topics listed at right…

click below for detailed descriptions of topics


Notes on the Special Topics for September, October, and November

Please read this information and follow the guidelines carefully.
Triptych: {Triptych is derived from the combination of the Greek words “tri” and “ptyche”  into “triptychos” meaning “three-fold” and, despite these roots, apparently is pronounced “trip-tik”.} Put three images together in a single final image. {Note: some tutorials show how to make a triptych from a single image. That is not acceptable for this special topic.} Your triptych will be scored on the quality of each individual image and how well the three fit together.;
Witta thoughtfully provided some information from the Nelson Camera Club in New Zealand on how to make a triptych.
Wabi-sabi: “[Wabi-sabi] nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” It is part of the Japanese esthetic: Life is transitory; seek simplicity, serenity and elegant forms; the most beautiful things are fleeting, indeed beauty is fleeting. And here is a link (might have to copy/paste it):
More Information:
“Wabi-sabi” is the Japanese/Zen aesthetic of the beauty of imperfection, impermanence, and the natural. Wabi-sabi is about the principle that “all things are either devolving toward, or evolving from, nothingness.  It refers to an elusive and elegant beauty. 
“Wabi” suggests a beauty of elegant imperfection. “Sabi “means loneliness,aloneness. Together, they suggest the beauty of ‘the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.   For SOME PHOTOGRAPHIC EXAMPLES:
Manage the Light: How you use light in your captures is an important part of creating an effective image. Some examples of techniques used to manage light are high key, low key, Chiaroscuro, tenebrism, Sfumato, backlight. Links to more information will be provided on the club web site and in a subsequent email.


Select a year and month from the Competition drop-down list above. On the linked pages you can choose to view the Top Picks from the Olympic Peaks monthly competition images — one page for each month’s work.

First, Second and Third Place images (including ties) from groups (A and B), categories (Special and General), and media (Printed and Projected) and some other top picks are shown all together.

To see an enlargement of any image just click on it. To reduce the enlargement, just click on the image again.

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