Monthly Themes

JUNE 2020

Up – Taking an image from below/underneath

What do you see when you look up?  Buildings, trees, clouds, birds, planes or maybe even superman himself! You are only limited by your imagination. Look for interesting upwards angles and compositions.

Manipulation not allowed

Judging. 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 2020

High Key

Definition: High-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography that aims to reduce the lighting ratio present in the scene. This was originally done partly for technological reasons and is used to suggest an upbeat mood. But there’s more to high and low key photography than white backgrounds and lower or higher contrast. When we ask for high key lighting, we are referring to scenes that possess a lot of whites and light tones – a whole range of them. These images should have very minimal mid-tones and blacks.

Manipulation is not allowed.

Judging. 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 2020

A Magazine cover

There are two important goals when designing a magazine cover; the first is to attract attention and the second is to express the content or theme of the magazine.

Design a striking Magazine Cover using your own image and add text to create a look as if it were to be sold on a stand. Study the subject and do something different – create a cover design that attracts attention for being unusual, fun  or prominent, with a design concept that is closely tied to the theme of the magazine issue. There are so subjects you can select: vehicles, travel, food, sport, beauty – there are so many to choose from (and check the spelling!).

(Remember Text is normally not permitted in club competitions, but you will break those rules for this month’s theme)

Manipulation is 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 2020

Shallow depth of field:

Achieved by shooting photographs with a low f-number, or f-stop — from 1.4 to about 5.6 — to let in more light. This puts your plane of focus between a few inches and a few feet. Depending on your subject and area of focus point, you can blur the foreground or background of your image. Shallow depth of field is a brilliant way to capture shots. It sharpens your subject and blurs the background.


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 2020

Windpompe Definisie:

‘n Windpomp is ‘n tipe windmeul waarmee water deur middel van windkrag gepomp word. Dit kan water uit boorgate, putte, fonteine, damme en riviere pomp. Windpompe word tot vandag toe algemeen op die Suid-Afrikaanse platteland en in buurlande aangetref. Neem ‘n foto van enige windpomp – ‘n landskap prentjie of elemente van die windpompe. Benodighede: Kreatiwiteit, ‘n kamera (meskien ‘n driepoot), die regte omgewing en tydsberekening en meeste van alles verbeelding.)

Manipulasie van die foto deur middel van sagteware word nie toegelaat nie Dit sal aan die beoordelaars oorgelaat word om seker te maak dat die bogenoemde riglyne nagekom word en om foto’s op hierdie basis te aanvaar of te verwerp.

NOVEMBER 2020

Past its sell by date

Definition: old-fashioned or no longer useful or interesting: not wanted or considered useful anymore because it is too old: Also applies to flowers and perishable foodstuffs – all kinds of old, unwanted and perishing objects composed in an artistic way.


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.