Set Subject: Conceptual
Conceptual photography illustrates an idea. The subject of conceptual photography is often staged to represent an idea. The ‘concept’ is both ‘preconceived’ and, if successful, understandable in the completed image. It is most often seen in advertising where the picture may reiterate a headline or catchphrase that accompanies it.
Panel Judges: Sandra Neill, Andrew Raguse, Rowan Bestman
Image Challenge: Fences
Set Subject: Rust
The red or orange coating that forms on the surface of iron when exposed to air and moisture. Rusting leads to corrosion and destruction of the object. It is any film or coating on metal caused by oxidation.
Rust photography can include a whole object or part of an object that is rusted or rusting. It can also include macro images of rusted items and surfaces.
Rust can be used to describe things that are reddish-brown in colour
Rust is a disease which affects plants. It is caused by a fungus.
Judges: Val Shield, Stuart Dorman, Geoff Adams
Set Subject: Abstract
Abstract photography is the expression of ideas and emotions by using elements such as colours, lines, shapes and textures without attempting to create a realistic picture – any subject, no matter how ordinary, can become abstract depending on the way it is photographed.
More often than not what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in.
There are no rules about composition or framing – it all comes down to you, your view and what you find interesting or beautiful – you are only limited by your vision and ideas.
Ways to get started:
- Choose strong shapes
- Get up close
- Use colour to grab attention
- Seek out texture
- Look for repeating patterns
- Use lines and curves
- Photograph reflections
- Shoot through another object
- Capture shadow
- Blur your images
Judge: Michael Stefanini AAPS PSQA
Image Challenge: Christmas
Set Subject: Looking Down
The image must be taken so as to show a scene which lies below the photographer. The height from which the image is taken is immaterial.
Judge: Tryg Helander AAPS PSQA
Image Challenge: Weather
Graham Harris CF FAPS AFIAP GPU CR-2 QPSA PSQA will present a retrospective on his photographic journey on the 25th February 2020.
Graham has been photographing since his early years growing up on various properties throughout New South Wales. He continued this passion in his working life with the Department of Primary Industries in Queensland and with a young family at Inglewood, Monto and Biloela.
In 2004 he joined the Toowoomba Photographic Society and stared entering our local aggregate competition. In 2007 he entered his first National Photographic competition and 2009 started entering International Salons, gaining some success with acceptances which has enabled him to obtain photographic honours with the following organisations:
- Australian Photographic Society (APS)
- Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP)
- Global Photographic Union (GPU)
- Photographic Society of America (PSA)
In his presentation Graham will reflect on his photographic journey and provide an overview of his experience with entering photos into competition. He will show examples of his successful images, and also those that have not been as successful in gaining acceptances. He will demonstrate the post-processing used to make the most of the images he captures and enters into competition.