We aim to organise occasional exciting competitions with great prizes. This enables our members to bring their creative juices to the forefront and shine. We always strive to put together a judging panel of experts in the area of the competition.
To enter a competition you must be a fully paid member at the time of registration.
Focus on 2020
To celebrate NWR's diamond anniversary next year, we will be producing a commemorative calendar, and who better to provide the photos than you!
We are pleased to announce the NWR photography competition: twelve winning images will be immortalised in a beautiful calendar to mark our sixtieth anniversary.
So, what do you need to do? First of all, dust off your camera, refresh your skills while you're out and about, and get your creative juices flowing!
There are four categories:
I get by with a little help from my friends;
The more things change, the more they stay the same;
Women of the world;
A visual interpretation of a poem or song.
You may submit multiple entries to each category.
We can accept pictures taken on any device but all images must be available, and submitted, in colour. Photos when printed will be A4 size so you need to ensure that, when scaled to this size, the image resolution is at least 300 dpi. The format will be landscape. If you wish to use film you may but the image should be submitted in a high-specification digital format. While photoshopping is permitted, any image manipulation must be declared.
Entries will be judged by a panel made up of a professional photographer, NWR's Membership and Communications Coordinator and the NWR magazine editor. Photographs will be assessed for composition, focus, clarity, colour depth, overall image quality, creativity and relevance to the brief.
How to create a winning image?
Think about the brief. Be smart and use your imagination. De-clutter the image and focus on what your picture is about, then fill the frame with it.
Practise, practise, practise! Take your camera wherever you go and take photos every day.
Be original. Equipment is incredible these days, but one thing that will always stand out is your own creativity. Put something of yourself in the image. Two photographers can shoot the same subject in the exact same conditions and produce totally different images. How? By inserting your interpretation and your perspective.
Shoot what you love.
Use the golden triangle, or rule of thirds. Nature is based upon these magical mathematical rules and they will elevate your work too. Don't necessarily centre your subject. Use space.
Simplify and exaggerate. You may wish to use contrasting colours, juxtaposition with other objects, even shutter speed to give a well-defined image or scene.
Create depth and use leading lines to draw the viewer in — create a journey through the image.
Lighting is everything! Never shoot into the sun or in the middle of the day unless you really know what you're doing. Understand the 'temperature' of the light. Use the golden hours at sunrise and sunset, when the light really is beautiful.
Edit yourself ruthlessly!
The closing date is 31 July 2020. Winners will be announced in the Autumn edition of this magazine. Terms and conditions apply. Look out for the full competition rules, which will be available on the website shortly.
Photo by Yoann Siloine on Unsplash
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