2020 – 2021 Competition Themes

September  

The World at Peace

Description & References

This theme can be can be personal, global, anywhere in-between: a newborn sleeping in its mother’s arms; the subtle light of a misty horizon; the struggle for human or social justice, only sometimes achieved.

A few links for your consideration:

The Alfred Fried Photography Award “recognizes and promotes photographers from all over the world whose pictures capture human efforts towards a peaceful world and the quest for beauty and goodness in our lives. The award goes to those photographs that best express the idea that our future lies in peaceful coexistence.”

This page has links to 15-20 images by each of last year’s five winners, plus many more examples and resources.

https://www.friedaward.com/winners-alfred-fried-photography-award-2019

We Are the World – Photography

(The Continue Reading links offer additional samples.)

https://wearetheworld.photography/tag/peace/

8 Ways To Capture Wonderful Serenity In Your iPhone Photos

(These tips apply to all cameras.)

https://iphonephotographyschool.com/serenity/

 

October        

Machinery

Description & References

27 Images of Powerful and Practical Machinery

https://digital-photography-school.com/27-images-of-powerful-and-practical-machinery/

10 Tips for Better Industrial Photography

https://expertphotography.com/industrial-photography/

 

November

People at Work

Description & References

What is it? These and more: social commentary; Portraiture. corporate communication & marketing; photojournalism; street photography; documentary photography…

Dorothea Lange

https://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/lange/index.html

Walker Evans

(Not every photo here involves people at work.)

https://aperture.org/blog/walker-evans-hero-vernacular/

Jacob Riis

https://collections.mcny.org/Explore/Highlights/Jacob%20A.%20Riis/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw0YD4BRD2ARIsAHwmKVnywetxNECUXhJJjQJFtfoD8geIkKh1oMWwLO3XI8W-wNZAzD_pTo8aAjFQEALw_wcB&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0YD4BRD2ARIsAHwmKVnywetxNECUXhJJjQJFtfoD8geIkKh1oMWwLO3XI8W-wNZAzD_pTo8aAjFQEALw_wcB

Corporate Photography Tips

https://photographylife.com/corporate-photography-tips

How to Photograph People at Work

https://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/5499/photograph-people-work/

 

January                    

Stars in the Sky

Description & References

Photographers do not need expensive equipment like clock drives and super-long lenses to record objects in the evening sky. While Photoshop has some excellent capabilities for astrophotography, you may want to take advantage of some specialized processing software to enhance your images. The first link below is to a recent (June 2020 when I’m writing this) review of free and commercial software for both PC & Mac, including worthy free options for both platforms; it also offers insight on essential features and capabilities to look for.

Astrophotography Stacking Software – Which One To Use?

https://nightskypix.com/astrophotography-stacking-software/

Easy Astrophotography for Beginners

https://www.photographytalk.com/astrophotography-tips-for-beginners

10 Great Astrophotography Tips On How To Take Amazing Photos of the Night Sky

https://www.shutterbug.com/content/10-great-astrophotography-tips-how-take-amazing-photos-night-sky

Quick Start Guide Part 1 for Beginner Digital Astrophotography

http://www.astropix.com/html/i_astrop/quick.html

A Few Tips on Astrophotography and How to Capture Stars at Night

https://fstoppers.com/composite/few-tips-astrophotography-and-how-capture-stars-night-116479

 

February      

Surrealism

Description & References

Webster’s Dictionary defines surrealism as follows: “the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations.”

Surrealism and Photography

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/phsr/hd_phsr.htm

Surrealist Photography

https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/surrealist-photography/

Surrealistic Photography

https://smarthistory.org/surrealist-photography/

7 Techniques to Create the best Surreal Photography

https://shutterstoppers.com/surreal-photography-techniques

 

March           

Ruins

Description & References

Ruins and Relics – How to Turn Decay into Beauty

https://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/5534/ruins-relics-turn-decay-beauty/

How to Photograph Abandoned Places

https://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-abandoned-places/

Urban Exploration: Top Tips For Photographing Abandoned Buildings & Some Stunning Examples

https://www.ephotozine.com/article/urban-exploration--top-tips-for-photographing-abandoned-buildings---some-stunning-examples--32499

National Geographic samples

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/your-shot-travel-pictures/your-shot-ancient-ruins-pictures/#/1466253.jpg

 

April              

Stop Action

Description & References

Stop Action Photography – A Helpful Guide

https://www.apogeephoto.com/stop-action-photography/

The Perfect Camera Settings for Action & Sports Photography

https://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/the-perfect-camera-settings-for-action-and-sports-photography

Stop-Action Photography: The Tips You Should Use

https://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/action-photography-tips/

 

May               

Product Photography

Description & References

The assignment is to take any commercial product, like a box of cereal or a pair shoes, and photograph it like it would appear in a magazine ad; rich, high quality, making the viewer eager to buy it. Should be fun – and different.”  – Howard Sundwall

Product Photography Ideas

https://fixthephoto.com/product-photography-ideas.html

10 Essential Product Photography Tips for Professional Results

https://www.wix.com/blog/photography/2019/09/18/product-photography-tips/

How to Master Product Photography on a Tight Budget

https://www.bigcommerce.com/blog/how-to-rock-product-photography-on-a-budget/#what-is-product-photography



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