Theme for October

The theme for October is “Open

This is the final theme for the EMMA Photographer of the Year 2014 competition. Open means that you can submit your favourite photos from you favourite genres. There are no restrictions in terms of manipulation, except that all elements must be photographic, and be your own work. Photos submitted into any of the previous themes cannot be submitted into the Open theme, and will be disqualified if entered.

The competition is open for entries until the end of October. The winning image for October will receive a P-series Neutral Density and Graduated Filter Kit. The kit comprises of an adapter ring, filter holder, a neutral density filter and a graduated filter.

Theme for September

The theme for September is “Macro

Macro photography is taking extremely close-up images of subjects. The technically correct definition would be to take an image at a 1:1 ratio, but in general usage, the term has come to mean any close-up photography. Macro photography opens up a world of wonder, where you’ll see things that you never knew were there. The beauty of macro photography is that the subject matter is all around you. Shift your gaze from the big picture to the small picture and you will see great photos waiting to be made right in front of you!

For examples of still life photography refer to : 25 Beautiful Macro Photography Shots, 40 Interesting Examples of Macro Photography and 80 Stunning Examples of Macro Photography.

The competition is open for entries until the end of September. The winning image for September will receive R500.

Theme for August

The theme for August is “Still Life

Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects. An inanimate object is something that lacks the qualities or features of livings beings, that is, lacking life or consciousness. Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition. Still life photography is about creative skills in composition, lighting, mood and post processing techniques. Still life photography is a demanding art, one in which the photographer is expected to be able to form their work with a refined sense of lighting, coupled with compositional skills. The still life photographer makes pictures rather than takes them. For examples of still life photography refer to : Still Life Photography - 50 Stunning Examples35 Superb Examples of Still Life Photography and 100 Examples of Still Life Photography.

The competition is open for entries until the end of August. The winning image for August will receive a subcription to PiX Magazine for one year. PiX magazine is Africa’s leading photographic and imaging magazine. PiX magazine is a high quality, trusted brand that focuses on what photographers really want - exceptional images, expert advice and all the latest technology explained.

Theme for July

The theme for July is “Nature

Nature is the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans, human creations and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention. Manufactured objects and human interaction are not considered part of nature. For examples of nature photography refer to : Examples 1 and Examples 2. Google nature photos” and then click the link "Images for nature” for more photo ideas.

The competition is open for entries until the end of July. The winning image for July will receive a copy of African Wildlife Exposed by 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the year, Greg du Toit. Awe is not just another coffee-table book on African wildlife; it is the result of one man’s personal quest to find the Africa of his dreams and the culmination of over a decade’s worth of exploring and photographing. Gently peeling the layers back, eighth-generation African and acclaimed wildlife photographer Greg du Toit, reveals Africa’s wildlife in a way never seen before.

Theme for June

The theme for June is “City Life

More and more people across the world are living in cities than ever before. Cities are wonderful subjects for photography, as they offer a wide variety of subjects including architectural, street, night, people and more. Both indoor and outdoor photos are acceptable, as long as city life is clearly discernible. For examples of city life photography refer to : Examples 1, Examples 2 and Examples 3. Google city photography” and then click the link "Images for city photography for more photo ideas.

The competition is open for entries until the end of June. The winning image for June will receive a  Manfrotto MM394 Photo-Movie monopod. The MM394 is a compact easy-to-use monopod. Ideal for both photo and video applications, it is crafted from aluminium to ensure maximum durability for a creative and enjoyable shooting experience. This monopod has a stable camera platform with a fixed attachment, and the legs are made of large aluminium tubes to maximize stability and compactness.

Theme for May 

The theme for May is “Triptych

A triptych is a work of art that is divided into three sections. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works. The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked by two smaller related works, although there are triptychs of equal-sized panels. 

Each photo must be made up of 3 photos, with a border between them. The photos should have a common theme. This could be a story, similar compositional elements, colours, similar subject matter - anything that links the photos together as a group. The 3 photos making up the triptych can each be the same size or the middle photocan be larger and flanked by 2 smaller photos. For examples of triptych refer to : Examples 1, Examples 2 and Examples 3

The competition is open for entry until the end of May. The winning image for May will receive a Phottix 7-in-1 Multi Collapsible Reflector. The reflector can be used in the studio and outdoors and with multiple light sources. The Phottix 7-in-1 reflector is portable and easy to fold away and store in the included carry case, so you can take it with you on all your shoots.

Theme for April 

The theme for April is “Black and White”

The image must contain only a range of shades of gray without apparent colour. The darkest possible shade is black, which is the total absence of transmitted or reflected light. The lightest possible shade is white, the total transmission or reflection of light. No images with colours or limited shades of colours (like sepia) are allowed. For examples of black and white image refer to Beautiful Black and White Photography.

The competition is open for entry until the end of April. The winning image for April will receive a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB 2.5 inch External Hard Drive - for the photographer on the move.

Theme for March

The theme for March is “The colour of life”

Use colour or colours to emphasise some aspect of life. Some examples - a red serviette on a white table cloth after dinner, a rainbow after the rain, a rugby supporter in their teams jersey.

Entries for March are closed and judging is in progress. The winning image for March will receive R500 and go straight to the top of the Competition Log.

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