Competition Definitions

The whole year on one page

Grab your copy of the FCC 2022 Competition Subjects list PDF here. Print it out and keep it as a handy reference. Be sure to also download a PDF of the FCC Competition Rules for reference.

General Information on editing and image-making. UNLESS TO THE CONTRARY IN THE SPECIFIC DEFINITION, there is no restriction on the use of software, camera filters, etc. to edit a digital photo or to make prints, as long as it is clear that the image started out as a photograph. Thus, editing an image such that it cannot be casually determined that it was originally a photograph, would not be acceptable for submission in Focus Camera Club, even though it might be a great piece of artwork.

Competitions are on the 4th Wednesday of each month (no December competition meeting).


2022 Competition Subjects

January 26 – OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style.

February 23 – WINTER – An image that depicts the winter season. Any subject is acceptable, as long as the subject/setting/scene are obviously winter. Snow and ice are obvious examples, but people bundled up in the cold or winter sports are other ideas.

March 23 – PATTERNS/REPETITION – An image that depicts a pattern, or repeating series of items. May be natural or man-made. Images may be enhanced by modifying brightness, contrast, hue, luminance, saturation or sharpness. However, images created in photo editing using filters, cloning, multiple layers or other techniques to achieve a pattern are not acceptable.

April 27 – OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style

May 25 – ABSTRACT – Abstract art uses the visual language of form, curves, focus, texture, color and line to create a composition that exists independently of visual references to the world. A good abstract may have reality in it, it just is not about that reality. (For example, a water abstract may have images of water in it…but the abstract composition is not JUST about the water.). The image may be enhanced or manipulated in Photoshop or other editing tools, but the photographer should concentrate on the composition and art of the captured image and not generate it entirely within software tools.

June 22 – TRANSPORTATION – Images of Transportation things – anything whose purpose is to move people or things from one place to another. It may be big or small, personal or commercial, at rest or moving.

July 27– OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style.

August 24 – DETAILS – Images that show the details of a larger item. Emphasize the shapes, structure, texture that highlight the interest of the details. Pay attention to sharpness and focus and how that can draw the viewers attention.

September 28 – BLACK AND WHITE – Any black and white image – no color allowed! Pay attention to the tonal contrast and range.

October 26 – OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style.

November 23 – ARCHITECTURE – Images of buildings and structures (exterior or interior) for human or animal use. Can be old, new, abandoned or under construction. Can be life-sized, miniatures or models. Not acceptable are bridges, dams, waterways, graffiti, art works on buildings, billboards, etc

December – No competition meeting.