Monthly Themes

 

JANUARY 2021

“A day without laughter is a day wasted” – Charlie Chaplin

Laughter can change the world in a peaceful and positive way. Some countries celebrate World Laughter day this month, to raise awareness about laughter and its many healing benefits. Capture your subjects(s) displaying laughter, from girlie giggles to belly laughs, and everything in between. Make it a PJ or make it a portrait, tell the story.

Spread the happiness that we need in 2021. Remember it is not only humans that laugh….

Manipulation is not allowed

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

FEBRUARY 2021

SMOKE ART

Smoke photography in any form is created through chance, relying heavily on randomness to give it its shape. The photographer’s attraction to this genre lies in capturing smoke in any of its variously indeterminate shapes, size, and wispy strands.

Manipulation is allowed in accordance with PSSA guidelines.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

MARCH 2021

CLOSE UP

It generally means any photo that shows the subject closer, and in more detail than we’re used to. You can apply it to crop a headshot, a flower stamen, or even the moon. It’s not so much about the nearness of the subject as it is about the field of view.

Manipulation is not allowed.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

APRIL 2021

SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY

Our history is one of the most interesting in the world and is steeped in culture. Your image can depict any of the following to represent this – Architecture, people, religion, culture, objects, food or events. The photo should be immediately recognisable as depicting our unique South African History.

Manipulation not allowed.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

MAY 2021

EMOTION

There are twelve emotions, Interest, Joy, Surprise, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, Contempt, Self-hostility, Fear, Shame, Shyness, Guilt. Depict the one of your choice.

Manipulation is allowed in accordance with PSSA guidelines.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

JUNE 2021

BICYCLE

June is World Bicycle Day. We celebrate with your image of bicycle / cycling with the emphasis on the actual bicycle. A bicycle, also called a bike or cycle, is human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other.

Manipulation is not allowed.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

JULY 2021

ICE

This miracle of nature that coats everything in ice crystals transforms even the most mundane of subjects into something of real beauty. Indoor and outdoor ice photography is both cold, messy, and fun.

 Manipulation is not allowed.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

AUGUST 2021

FENCES

There’s something about a fence, be it close up or in the distance or running along a long and winding road, that makes us want to pull over and photograph it. Let the fence be the focal point of your image.

Manipulation is not allowed.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

SEPTEMBER 2021

BACK LIGHTING

In lighting design, backlighting is the process of illuminating the subject from the back. In other words, the lighting instrument and the viewer face each other, with the subject in between. This creates a glowing effect on the edges of the subject, while other areas are darker.

Manipulation is not allowed.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

OCTOBER 2021

MONOCHROME PORTRAITURE

Monochrome photography is photography where each position on an image can record and show a different amount of light, but not a different hue. The image should be of human element containing shades of neutral grey ranging from black to white.

Manipulation is not allowed.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

NOVEMBER 2021

SWINGS

A playground swing, either static or in movement, with or without passengers.

Manipulation is not allowed.

It will be left to judges to ascertain that the above guidelines are met and to accept or reject any photos on that basis.

 

GOOD LUCK FOR 2021