Set Subjects 2022

Tuesday 8 February – Landscape

Entry Deadline – Sunday 30 January Judge – Shona Kebble

Photographs which capture a sense of “space” and “place” tell a story of the scene before the camera.  While a prominent feature of the image should be a landform, it can include where the land meets the sea, river or lake showing some representation of both land and water. It does not include Cityscapes.

The image may include human elements for scale and context but not to the extent that they become the prominent element. Creative enhancement of the image is acceptable provided that the resulting image still reflects the essential story of what is seen in that landscape.

Tuesday 8 March – Abstract

Entry Deadline – Sunday 27 February Judge – Tony Gorham

All art is an abstraction from reality; it’s just a question of how much. If you need to ask the question “What is it?” then it’s abstract.  Abstract images depart from the representational or literal.

Commonly the photographer will isolate a fragment of a scene removing it from its context making the subject not immediately recognisable. Focussing on colour, texture, line, shape, geometry, symmetry and pattern, the photographer warps our perception of the real world and familiar objects e.g. macro flowers, architectural details, bokeh, ICM, light painting, reflections.

Tuesday 12 April – Nature

Entry Deadline – Sunday 3 April Judge – Gail Stent

Images of Nature without featuring any human elements with the exception of scientific bands or radio collars on wild animals.  No pets or domesticated animals are allowed.  Restricted use of post production allowed eg lighting and cropping is permissible however changing the back ground or removing/adding elements to the image would not be allowed. Image subjects can be in a controlled environment (eg botanic gardens/zoo/aquarium) and if humans are in the image, they must be secondary to the main subject and only to provide support to the subject.

Only scientific names, common names or descriptive titles shall be used. Photographers must have complied with the PSNZ Nature Code of Conduct.

Tuesday 10 May – Looking Up, Looking Down

Entry Deadline – Sunday 1 May Judge – Brian Eastwood

So often we see and shoot what is in front of us. By changing our angle of view we can completely alter our perception of our subject. Try looking up or looking down. You may be surprised at what you see.

Tuesday 14 June – Portrait

Entry Deadline – Sunday 5 June Judge – Lynn Clayton

Photographs of single human subjects or groups e.g. babies, children, parents, grand- parents, families. Zoo, farm and domestic animals are also included.

Tuesday 12 July – Photo Journalism

Entry Deadline – Sunday 3 July Judge – Chris Traill

Storytelling images such as seen in the news media and periodicals.  They may include contemporary life, human interest, documentary, illustrative, spot news, sport, etc.

The storytelling value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photojournalism images must not misrepresent the truth. No situations shall be set up for the purpose of photography.

Restricted use of post production allowed eg lighting and cropping is permissible however changing the back ground or removing/adding elements to the image would not be allowed.

Cropping is acceptable only if this does not affect the truth of the story.  Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.

Tuesday 9 August – Triptych/Diptych

Entry Deadline – Sunday 31 July Judge – Ilan Wittenberg


A triptych is a presentation made up of three distinctly separated photographic images displayed on a common background. The background should complement the presentation of the three images but must not become a significant “fourth image”. The only restriction on the arrangement of the triptych’s three images is that they must not meet or overlap.
There is no requirement that the three images must be either the same size or the same shape. Added borders, drop shadows etc. are allowed.

The images may tell a story by showing a sequence of events. They may depict different objects that reinforce a common theme or pattern. The compositional strength of the total image may be dependent on lines and shapes in the individual images that only reveal their significance when the three images are presented together. Of course a single photograph may be “cut” into three parts which then provide the three elements for a triptych.


Tuesday 13 September – Light and Shadow

Entry Deadline – Sunday 4 September Judge – Lee Riley

A shadow is a dark image projected onto a surface where light is blocked by the shade of an object.

The interplay of light and shadow reveals shape, form and texture in an image adding depth and dimension, drama, mood and atmosphere.

A silhouette is the sight or representation of a person, object or scene that is backlit, and appears dark against a lighter background. It is a black shape showing no detail, it is not a shadow.

Tuesday 11 October – Macro

Entry Deadline – 2 October Judge – Bob McCree

Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually (but not always) of very small subjects and living organisms, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size e.g. the eye of a fly or part of a flower.

Tuesday 8 November – Action

Entry Deadline – Sunday 30 October Judge – Mike Boyd Clark

An image showing someone or something in motion, the world is full of movement.  Record a blurred image to convey the impression of motion or “freeze” the image to capture the moment in time e.g. racing cars, dogs playing and person jumping into water

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