Monthly Evaluation Image Submission Dates and Categories

From September to April, we dedicate one meeting per month to an Evaluation Night. Members are invited to submit digital images to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Scores and constructive comments are given on each image, to educate members, and to improve the overall level of members’ photography.

Images are evaluated in the following categories:

CATEGORY

TYPICAL SUBJECT MATTER

 Landscape

 Cityscapes
 Natural Landscapes
 Pastoral Scenes

 Nature

 Nature Photography
 Wildlife Photography

 People 

 Portraiture
 Glamour
 Environmental

 Photo Journalism

 

 Open

 When it just won’t fit anywhere else

 Monthly Challenge

 A different theme for each   evaluation night, meant to   challenge your creativity.

Monthly Limit: Each month members will be allowed to enter up to 2 images into any of the regular categories and up to 2 images into the Monthly Challenge for a possible total of 4 images per monthly evaluation.

Photographs entered in the Monthly Challenge theme must conform to that theme and must “scream the theme”. Photographs entered in any of the other categories must conform to the category requirements. Further definitions of these standard themes are provided in the COPS Image Evaluation Guide.

Submission Dates and Monthly Challenge Themes

The Monthly Challenges for the current year are listed below, along with the image submission deadlines for the monthly evaluations.

Submission Deadline

Monthly Challenge Theme

Evaluation Date

 Notes

 Sep 18

 Machines 

 Sep 20

 Any mechanical   device

 Oct 9

 Night Skies

 Oct 11

 Sunset to Sunrise   & anything   between

 Nov 6

 Macro

 Nov 8

 

 Dec 11

 Architecture

 Dec 13

 

 Jan 8

 Monochrome

 Jan 10

 

 Feb 5

 Seasons

 Feb 14

 Any season

 Mar 12

 Minimalism

 Mar 14

 

 Apr 9

 Altered Reality

 Apr 11

 

 May 7

 Creative

 May 9

 

The photos should be thoughtful, and capture the viewers' attention to make them think, admire or wish to try their own hand at making a similar photo.  The submissions should be captured in an interesting way via lighting, situation or during editing. A pen on a table is just that, but a pen laying in a silver case, with highlights bouncing off it, makes you realize it is not merely a pen, but The Pen. If you are really stuck for inspiration, you can browse the Internet for that photo theme and perhaps come up with a novel idea of showcasing your choice.



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