JULY –– SQUARE FORMAT – entry date June 10
It’s Hip to be Square! Using the square format encourages the eye to move around the frame in a circle. The rule-of-thirds becomes more or less irrelevant – a composition with the subject placed in the centre or close to one of the edges work well with a square crop as the eye is naturally drawn to the centre of the frame.
Scenes that contain a lot of symmetry are often great candidates for a square crop since the aspect ratio of the square crop itself is symmetrical at 1:1. A strong primary diagonal which bisects the square into two equal triangles can create symmetry in a compositional sense.
Still life scenes are great since the focus is unquestionably on the subject at hand. The eye locks in with nowhere else to go.
When it comes to composing within the square frame, the ‘four S’s of composition’: simplicity, subtlety, shape and space become stronger in the square format.
Simplicity: Keep the composition as simple as possible by eliminating distractions, so that your main subject is the focus of attention. This may mean getting closer to your subject so that the background is less cluttered. Another technique is to use a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus.
Subtlety: You can create more sophisticated images by cultivating an awareness of subtlety. Both light and colour, the building blocks of colour images, can be subtle as well as strong but black and white images can be even more subtle thanks to the lack of colour. In black and white, shapes and lines become more prominent without the distraction of colour – black and white seems to make the most attractive elements of the square format even stronger.
Shape: Shapes become stronger in the square format especially when you simplify the composition. Look for geometric shapes such as circles, squares, rectangles and triangles.
Space: Negative space is the term used to describe the empty space in an image around the subject. Sometimes you can create atmosphere or emphasise the shape of the subject by including negative space around it. In the rectangular frame, this can be difficult to do as it results in a lot of empty space. But it can be very effective in the square format.
JULY – DREWERY CUP – entry date June 10
- The award will be known as the DREWERY CUP and will be competed for annually, to encourage members to develop an interest in photojournalism and to increase their skill in this aspect.
- The cup will be awarded for the best image, or for a set of not less than three (3) or more than six (6) images in the same media. Sets must illustrate a specific theme.
- Prints may be of any size, and may be attached collectively to a single mount of any shape, but not exceeding 40cm x 50cm (16” x 20”). The mount may be arranged so as to fold.
- Each set must be clearly captioned, indicating its theme. In print entries this should be on the face of the mount. For projected image entries, two copies of the captions must be provided, preferably typed and double spaced.
- Entries will be judged by a person experienced in photojournalism. Such person need not be a PSNZ Panel Judge.
- Entries will be judged to a high standard and no award will be made in any year if, in the opinion of the judge, a sufficient standard has not been reached.
- If two images in a set are so similar as to be considered by the judge as repetition inconsistent with the theme, the second image shall be disregarded when assessing the set.
- Not more than three (3) sets or three (3) individual images over all media may be submitted by any one member. Images entered in this competition are also eligible for entry in the monthly competitions.
Blue – entry date July 8
AUGUST COMPETITION– BLUE
- The hue of the portion of the visible spectrum lying between green and indigo evoked in a human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 420 to 500 nanometres.
- The colour blue is as cool as one can get. The oceans, sky, seasons all symbolise blue.
- Psychologically the colour blue can calm your senses, show truth, and provoke inspiration and spirituality.
- Creative artists even paint their rooms in blue.
- It’s cold; it creates tenderness, a gentle breeze or a soothing dream.
- Blue creates a sense for love. Shades of blue increase caring, personal thoughts and make the person feel dynamic and dramatic. It is so much energy.
- How people use blue across the globe: In India, Lord Krishna has been depicted to have blue skin colour.
Blue = Sacrifice in Aztec Culture. In Greece they wear blue as they believe it protects them. Blue is colour of Paradise in Iran and even more…
Emotions – entry date August 12
Landscape Memorials – entry date August 12
Contrasts – entry date September 9
Panorama – entry date October 7
End of Year – entry date November 12