Yearly Programme

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Our yearly programme offers each month image evaluations/critiques with both an open section and a set theme so members can take advantage of constructive critique of their images. There is no pressure to submit images, but the feedback is always valuable in the continual quest to improve our art.

Please email your images to the secretary at photos@matamatatiraucameraclub.nz by 6pm the Sunday before each meeting. Your image size is to be set to the PSNZ Standard of maximum dimensions 1620px wide by 1080px high, with a dpi no higher than 100 (72 dpi is standard). Set your jpeg quality to 100%. Prints are to be submitted on club nights.

Full details of image sizing and submission are included in the MTCC 2017 Programme PDF.

Tip – your photo imaging software will usually do a better quality job of resizing than the Windows email wizard.

The Matamata Camera Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm. The usual venue is the hall behind the All Saints Anglican Church, Cnr Broadway and Hohaia Street, Matamata 3400.

If you do plan on attending please confirm the meeting place each month as we do occasionally meet at other venues for special events. Details will usually be printed in the newsletter and here on the web site.

Latest information will be posted in the club Newsletters or on our Facebook page.

 

2017 Programme

The full version of the 2017 yearly programme with submission guidelines can be downloaded as a PDF document here: MTCC 2017 Programme PDF. Images are to be submitted by email the Sunday before each meeting.

Open
Submit one digital image each month February to November.

Themes
Submit two digital images each month February to November.

14 February 2017. Three.
Represent ‘three’ as an image. It could be a triptych, three items in an image, or something else again.

14 March 2017. Abandoned Spaces
Look for interesting looking abandoned spaces. It can be a deserted space, unoccupied, neglected or plain empty, either indoor or outdoor. Try to tell a story with your photograph and look for a place that moves you emotionally.

11 April 2017. Water Droplets
A close-up subject, water collisions forming beautiful and interesting shapes.

09 May 2017. Automobiles (Cars)
Automobiles are an art world all their own, be it classic, sport, coupe or ute. Look for rare, exotic, beautiful or unusual in this challenge. You can also get in close to shoot certain parts and challenge the normal perspective. No trucks or motorcycles.

13 June 2017. Abstract.
Abstract Photography, like abstract art, focuses on shape, form, colour, pattern and texture. It seeks to show the subjects essence, not the reality.

11 July 2017. Exploding
Capture the sudden, loud, and violent release of energy that happens when something breaks apart.

08 August 2017. Rivers or Streams.
A waterway is to be the feature of your image.

12 September 2017. Light Painting
– Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure.

10 October 2017. Emergency Services
– Police, Fire, Ambulance etc, there may be a field trip for this.

14 November 2017. Mood
– Illustrate a mood, such as hunger, enthusiasm, celebration.
– Also submit images for End Of Year awards; Best Open Colour, Best Monochrome, Landscape Cup, Floral Cup.

08 December 2016. Christmas Party meeting.
– our traditional dinner and prizegiving. Not open to visitors or potential new members (sorry).

 

2016 Programme

The full version of the 2016 yearly programme with submission guidelines can be downloaded as a PDF document here: MTCC 2016 Programme.

Open
Submit one digital image each month February to November.

Themes
Submit two digital images each month February to November.

09 February 2016. Monochrome.
Black & White, or a single colour (such as Sepia).

08 March 2016. Mechanical.
A machine is a tool containing one or more parts that uses energy to perform an intended action (wikipedia). Capture this.

12 April 2016. Contre-jour.
Subject is backlit by the lighting source, emphasising lines and shapes.

10 May 2016. Product Shot.
A kind of a photography that is taken to highlight products and services of an organization.

14 June 2016. Animal Portraits.
Portraits are a classsic photography theme, this time though it’s animals only, no humans.

12 July 2016. Knolling.
A careful arrangement of related items – the art of laying stuff down

09 August 2016. White-on-white.
Photograph white object(s) on a white background, using the play of light and shadow to define your image.

13 September 2016. Water
Whether it’s a swimming pool or just a drop, a sea shore, a glass half full or your own bathtub – take a pic of it.

11 October 2016. Illusion.
Optical or composite -multiple options & difficulty levels… photograph something that makes you look twice….

08 November 2016. Looking Down
From a small height, or a great height, point your camera down

08 December 2016. Christmas Party meeting.
our traditional dinner and prizegiving. Not open to visitors or potential new members (sorry).

 

2015 Programme

The full version of the 2015 yearly programme with submission guidelines can be downloaded as a PDF document here: 2015 Theme Programme

Open
Submit one digital image each month February to November.

Themes
Submit two digital images each month February to November.

10 February 2015. Cloudscapes.
Look Up! Clouds must be the feature.

10 March 2015. Dots-Dashes-Diagonals… and Lines
The beauty of patterns and structure.

14 April 2015. In the style of…
A study of famous photographers and painters, recreate an image in the style of one of your choice. Include the name of the artist you are re-creating in the filename.

12 May 2015. Inspired by noise.
Visually portray a sense of noise or a sound.

09 June 2015. Still Life.
A still life is an image featuring an arrangement of inanimate, everyday objects, whether natural objects (flowers, food, wine, etc.) or manufactured items (books, bottles, crockery, etc.).

14 July 2015. Doom & Gloom.
Creepy, abandoned, dark, moody, atmospheric.

11 August 2015. Head-on Action.
Usually you track a moving object, this time you are to meet the action head-on!

08 September 2015. Photojournalism
A story in a single image, minimal post-processing allowed, essentially straight-out-of-camera.

13 October 2015. Woodlands.
The first of two landscape-type themes. Shoot a woodland or forest.

10 November 2015. Waterfalls
The second of two landscape-type themes: a waterfall must be the feature element of your image.

08 December 2015. Christmas Party meeting.
our traditional dinner and prizegiving. Not open to visitors or potential new members (sorry).

 

2014 Programme

The full version of the 2014 yearly programme with submission guidelines can be downloaded as a PDF document here: 2014 Theme Programme

Open
Submit one digital image each month February to November.
Submit one print at the March, June and September meetings.

Themes
Submit two digital images each month February to October.

11 February 2014. Celebration.
Christmas, summer, it’s celebration time for Kiwi’s. Show us yours!

11 March 2014. Character Of Life.
Your subject matter will be older for this one, illustrate a life well lived. Portraits of the elderly, face/hands detail, street photography etc.

08 April 2014. Less Is More.
A study of minimalism. i.e. silhouettes, shadows, abstract, negative space.

13 May 2014. Panning.
a sense of motion. usually you track a moving object but there’s scope for abstract images of static scenes too.

10 June 2014. Consumption.
Our own version of the Prix Pictet competition. Documentary style images illustrating Consumption.

08 July 2014. Kiwiana.
A range of wacky and weird objects or scenes which help define what it is to be a New Zealander, or ‘Kiwi’. These wonderful things are known simply as ‘Kiwiana’.

12 August 2014. Macro.
Self-explanatory really, get in close! Both macro and close-up images accepted.

09 September 2014. Blue September.
Simple. The colour ‘blue’ must feature in your image.

14 October 2014. Typologies.
Typology is the study of types, and a photographic typology is a set of images or related forms, shot in a consistant and repetitive manner, presented together. assemble 9 to 12 photos in each file.

11 November 2014. 2014 AGM
no theme this month, Open submission only.

09 December 2014. Christmas Party meeting.
our traditional dinner and prizegiving.

 

2013 Programme

12 February 2013. Shadows.
the interplay of direct and indirect light.

12 March 2013. Abandoned Toys.
Used a little or a lot, lost, discarded or just forgotten, show us these forgotten treasures.

09 April 2013. A Sense Of Place.
Sometimes a single image is not enough. Present three images to describe a place, as a triptych. (Note: submit two triptych’s this month)

14 May 2013. More Than One.
An exercise in repetition – creative use of multiple similar/identical objects.

11 June 2013. Painting With Light.
A night-time shoot, use artificial lights to illuminate/create your image.

09 July 2013. Yellow.
The colour must feature in your image.

13 August 2013. Mystery Object.
You will be given a mystery object at the July meeting. Make creative use of what you receive.

10 September 2013. Song Title.
Pick a song title, shoot an image to illustrate it. Use the song title as your image title. Note: appropriate image naming will be important with this one!

08 October 2013. Inner Workings.
The mechanisms of how things work. Could include macro’s, close-up’s etc.

12 November 2013. AGM – no theme this month.
submit your end-of-year Open Print of The Year, Landscape Print and Floral Print. Start preparing your end-of-year theme (min 6 images)

10 December 2013. Christmas Party Meeting and prize-giving.

 

2012 Theme programme

14 February 2012. Human Emotion.
Emotion capture is about being there to capture the moment and share it. Tell us a story of human interaction through your photo.

13 March 2012. Typography.
Use fonts and text creatively to make words into a compelling image.

10 April 2012. Graveyards / Cemeteries.
Seeing the beauty and mystery found in cemeteries.

08 May 2012. Creepy Crawlies.
There are creative ways to accomplish this as well as shooting macro or close-ups of little critters.

12 June 2012. 1 Second.
Hand-hold your camera for a 1 second exposure. We are not expecting anything razor-sharp, but it has to be artistically pleasing.

10 July 2012. 1 Leaf.
A single leaf defined in your image frame.

14 August 2012. Entranceways.
Doors, gates, arches – many entranceways are around us, whether your home, local park or something else again.

11 September 2012. Black and White Interiors.
Viewing your indoor world in black and white.

09 October 2012. On the Street.
Street photography – a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places.