Kiama-Shellarbour Camera Club
The Sapphire Room,
Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club,
Jason Ave, Barrack Heights.
The first and third Wednesday of the month at 7:15 pm.

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Competition Guide

FCC Competition Definitions

New members generally begin in B Grade, or if you are a more experienced photographer, you can choose to go into A Grade.


On competition nights, a visiting judge comments on all images entered in the competition. A maximum of two prints or three projected images, per section, are allowed. Merits and Credits are then awarded to the best deserving images in each section. These Merits and Credits are awarded points that contribute to the end of year Point Score Competition. In any one competition, an author shall not enter the same or substantially the same image in more than one section. Please read the By-Laws for more information.


Print and Projected Image competitions are conducted on seperate nights. Prints are mounted on matte board for display on print stands and Projected Images are digitally projected onto a screen.


Images that have previously been awarded a Merit or Credit in any section (print or projected image) or an image that is substantially the same cannot be re-entered in a subsequent club competition. Images not gaining awards may be re-entered in subsequent club competitions.


Print entries will be received until 7:15pm on the evening of the competition. This time limit will be strictly enforced. Entry forms are to be filled in clearly and legibly. All prints must be marked on the back with the photographer's name, grade, a title for identification purposes and an arrow to show correct orientation.


Projected Image entries should be emailed to, one month prior to the PI competition night. Please refer to the program for the dates. There is no entry form for this competition.


Print Competition sections:
A Grade Colour
A Grade Mono
B Grade Colour
B Grade Mono

Projected Image sections:
A Grade
B Grade
The Projected Image section has colour and mono combined.

Print Sizes - all prints shall be suitably matted, with a backing board. There is no minimum size.

Maximum Print Size: A3 (11.69 x 16.53 inches)
Maximum Mount Size: 20" x 16"
Maximum thickness is 6mm.

Instructions for Projected Image Competitions

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**All our Competitions follow the Competition Definitions which can be found on the FCC website. (as used for FCC Topshot and/or FCC Interclub Competitions). If you can't find the definition you're after here on our site, please visit the FCC website.


Any pictorial treatment of a subject which contains the element of good arrangement of composition and reflects the interpretation of the photographer.


A subject based around one particular topic, but open to interpretation.


Abstract photography concentrates on shape, form, colour, pattern and texture. The viewer is often unable to see the whole object. The subject of the photo is often only a small part of the whole piece. You will understand what the image subject is, by what is implied. Often the image will not be a literal view of the subject itself.
Focus can add to the conceptual feel of abstracts by isolating parts of the subject through the use of blur. Good quality blur, bokeh, is the frosted-focus effect created by control of the Depth of field. The other dimension is movement blur.


MONOCHROME - F.I.A.P Definiton
A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.


Any photograph that is not monochrome. It includes a monochrome photograph that has been partially toned or had colour added.


Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs. Photographs of animals that are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.
The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to ensure the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.
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MACRO from Creative Photography
Traditionally, using a dedicated macro lens, macro meant anything that was 1:1 or higher. The term macro relates to the magnification of the image as it appears on the sensor. For example, if you have a small metal ball 10mm in diameter and the image cast onto the image sensor is 10mm as well, then this is called 1:1 magnification (life size). If it is 5mm on the sensor it is 1:2 (half magnification), and if it more than fills the sensor such that it would be 20mm across it is 2:1 (2x magnification). Read here for more on Macro


CLOSE UP from PhotoKonnexion (edited)
A picture taken with the subject close to the camera.
The classic close-up is about getting detail. That usually means getting right into the subject. The feeling of 'closeness' usually means the shot is taken from less than metre away.
The idea of a close-up is to make the viewer 'feel' the subject is right up close. So in some cases the picture can be taken further away than a metre and then cropped. If the subject fully fills the frame and detail is clear then the size of the subject can imply closeness rather than actual distance. The use of long lenses to bring the subject into the shot optically also implies closeness.
What is important in the close-up, is that it gives the feeling of immediate proximity to the subject and the expression of detail in the subject. A close-up should be considered different to a 'macro' which is also a close shot. Macro images are usually taken with a dedicated macro lens with magnification factor in the lens.


A photograph of a person or people that may range from a head study to full body length. This section includes candid photographs and formal portraits.


Landscape - A photograph of natural scenery. Evidence of man, animals or the sea may be included provided they do not dominate the picture.
Seascape - A photograph of natural coastal scenery, wave study, or the open sea, where the sea is the main interest. People, boats, man-made structures or other items of marine interest may be present but must not dominate the photograph. Large saltwater inlets are eligible.
Inland waters are included.


Creative or experimental photographs display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and/or unusual viewpoint. Photographs in which the images have been modified during or after exposure by using an experimental technique are also eligible in Creative/Experimental sections. The photograph must always have a basic photographic image. Digital manipulation processes may be employed providing the original photograph was exposed by the entrant, including any other images or textures used.


An image created in the author's imagination beyond what is seen through the camera's lens. This includes set up scenes, zoomed photographs, double exposures, etc. as well as images manipulated in various computer software programs. The final result must be all the photographer's own work, including the original image.


Digital images are projected onto a screen. Please see the Instructions for Projected Image Competitions and entry.


1. Wikipedia definitions
Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.

2. Digital After Dark
A: Using a controlled light source to illuminate an object that the camera records.
B: Directing a light source into the lens for the camera to record.
C: Purposely moving the camera while it is recording a light source.

Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio.

The title of "Trees" should say it all. The tree will be the main focus of the image and should include the trunk or a large part of it. The tree should also fill the majority of the image. Use of artistic skill and creative in-camera capture is acceptable as long as it follows the definition. Please see here for more information

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