Internal Print and Digital Challenge Standards:


We will provide three digital and three print challenges each year:
a) To encourage members to share their photographs
b) To inspire members to try new skills at photographing specific subjects
c) To inspire improved photography and to build confidence and pride in one’s images.
d) The submissions will be voted on by the members at the meeting and the top three votes will be announce at the meeting.


We will offer one theme for first the challenges and a theme and open category for the other two challenges. All categories can be in colour, monochrome or digitally altered unless otherwise stated at the beginning of the challenge or competition.
a) First Challenge:
i) Theme
b) Second & Third Challenges:
i) Theme
ii) Open
Themes Each challenge and competition will have a theme which will be announced at the beginning of the club year.

Submission Guidelines General

1. Submission must be taken and processed (not including printing) by the member submitting it.
2. Images should be current (taken within the last 12 months).
3. Images submitted to club challenges must not have been entered in previous club challenges.
4. Entries must be free of identifying marks on the front, this would include the photographers name, watermark or self-portrait (unless otherwise stated).
5. HCPC does not take responsibility for any issues of Model or Property releases.
6. Photographs submitted for challenges, or awards may be displayed on our web and social media sites unless you indicate otherwise in writing to the digital or print chairpersons.
7. Images entered in club challenges may be used in external competitions such as CAPA, North Shore and Lions Gate.


1. Entries must be on stiff matt or backing and at most single matter and unframed.
2. Matte must be white or black.
3. Prints may range in size from 8.5X11 to 16X20 at the absolute outside (including the matte) to allow for easy viewing and not take up too much space.
4. Mattes may only be black or white and the images must be on a stiff back, i.e.: core board or cardboard.
5. HCPC does not take financial responsibility for prints damaged or lost in challenges or competitions.
6. The back of the print must contain the following information:
• Title
• Photographer
• Category – Theme or Open
• Indicate the top of the photograph if it is difficult to determine.


1. All digital challenge and competition entries will be emailed to .
2. The images must be in JPEG format.
3. Image size must be as follows:
i. Landscape orientation – 1920 pixels horizontally
ii. Portrait orientation – 1800 pixels vertically
iii. Square orientation – 1800 pixels on all sides

Digital and Print Showcase, Challenges and Awards:

2019 – 2020

Holiday Greeting Showcase – Holiday/Winter 

A showcase to use as a holiday greeting from club members. The images should be have a
holiday theme and may have a holiday greeting.
Due: December 12th
Show: December 17th

Valentines Showcase – Romance
A challenge to show the romantic side of our members and requests up to three photographs
from the members to symbolize romance or Valentines Day. Some ideas to think about are
hearts, red & white, chocolates, or flowers.
Due: February 12th
Show: February 18th

Year End Showcase – Three Right Answers
This showcase is shown at the Year End Banquet and this years theme is the Three Right
Answers and requests up to three photographs taken in the during our current season (2019 –
2020). Three Right Answers is a way of looking at the same subject three different ways, this can be three different seasons, three different perspectives, three different stages of a life cycle, etc.
Due: June 9th
Show: June 16th

Welcome to the first President’s Challenge for the 2019/2020 photography year.

For each issue of the President’s Challenge, you are invited to submit six photos plus a title slide, defined by the topic.

All images must be in the jpeg format and  be sized as follows: 

    • Horizontal orientation – 1920 pixels horizontally 
    • Vertical orientation – 1080 pixels vertically 
    • Square orientation – 1080 pixels on all sides

The theme for this challenge is “The Impending Fall.” We are right on the cusp of summer/autumn (fall) now, and there are all sorts of images available that invoke the feeling of this changing of the seasons. So grab your camera, and capture the images that speak to you of the passing of summer and “The Impending Fall.”

Images are due to by October 27, 2019. The slideshow is scheduled to be presented at the November 5 meeting.

Happy shooting to you all.



Print Challenge #1

Due /Show- Nov.5th.

Four images (1-one in each theme) which can be colour, black and white or/and digitally
Theme – Wild Life and Nature
For this challenge there are four separate themes:
1. Botanical – subjects such as wild flowers, plants, trees, fungi and algae. Germinated
and grown without human assistance.
2. Nature – subjects such as animals, birds, insects, reptiles and marine subjects—
under the control and feeding of humans if not obvious, such as zoos, game farms,
animal preserves, aquarium, etc. (No domestic animals.)
3. Landscape – subjects such as weather phenomena, geological formations,
landscapes, seascapes and natural phenomena, planets, stars and astronomical
events—no hand of man.
4. Wildlife – only living and untamed mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and marine
subjects—no hand of man.

Note: No hand of man—must be devoid of all human elements and impacts of human
activities., including, but not limited to:
1. Human – body or portions here of.
2. Sky – cables, telephone/power lines, jet streams, aircraft, light pollution, artificial
light, etc.
3. Land – man-made structures or paths, concrete, man-made stone, telephone poles,
fences, posts, domesticated or cultivated plants/food, cut grass, organized or
systematic laying our of planted trees, etc.
4. Elements – cut trees or branches or stems, tree stumps, man-made food, etc.
5. Sea – boats, ships, piers, docks, posts in the water, etc.

Print Standards: The goal is to standardize the images while at the same time make it easy for people.

  • Prints may range in size from 8″x 10″ to 16″ x 20″, at absolute outside (including backing).
  • Mats must be single and only black or white and the images must be on a stiff backing, i.e. core board or cardboard.

Prints will be exhibited and rated by members at the club meeting on Nov. 5th. 

Digital Challenge #2
Due – November 13
Show – November 19
Two images (1-theme) which can be colour, black and white or/and digitally
Theme – Fine Art
CAPA describes fine art photography as: “Using photography as a medium to bring
something to live that only lives in the artists mind. In creating fine art photography, the
photographer uses subjects and techniques as vehicles in the process of conveying a
strong message, idea, vision and/or emotion.”
Photography Life describes it as: “Fine art photography is first and foremost about the
artist. It is not about capturing what the camera sees; it is about capturing what the artist
sees. In fine art photography, therefore, the artist uses the camera as one more tool to
create a work of art. The camera is used to make an art piece that reveals the vision of
the artist and makes a statement of that vision rather than documenting the subject
before the lens.”
Fine art photography do not have to be digitally modified, although they can be, but they
can be, landscapes, portraits or macros. What they must have is a clear statement the
artist vision. Here are some examples of Fine Art Photographers I found while doing
some research into the subject:
• Harold Ross –
• Judy Hancock Holland –
• Mike Grandmaison –
• Edward Burtynsky –
• Meaghan Ogilvie –
• Marilyn Cornwell –
• Paul Nicklen –
• Gregory Colbert –
• Michael Bjorge –
• Adrienne Zoe –

Print Challenge #2

Due/Show – February 4th.
Theme – Creative
Three images (1-theme) which can be colour, black and white or/and digitally
1. Abstract – images isolate a small area of an object and create a new image that can
be difficult to identify but that has a character all of its own. The results are not
intended to be anything specific.
2. Altered Reality – using real-world environment and elements to create a realistic or
unrealistic fictional image. Ideally, the intention is to create an images that conveys a
message or tells a story.
3. Creative – conveys a mood, a feeling, a beautiful arrangement of elements; they
could be expressive and can be aesthetically pleasing or promotes an emotional
response to shapes, lines and colours. Image should go beyond a pictorial rendering
of a scene.

Digital Challenge #3

Closes – March 11th
Show – March 17th
Two images (1-theme) which can be colour, black and white or/and digitally
Theme – Reflections
Using water, windows, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into
a work of art. The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that
they can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something
richer or abstract or otherwise artistic.
Five useful tips for photographing reflections:
1. Look at buildings, artificial pools or even sparkling objects, they are provide
great opportunities for reflections in photography. Try distorting reality by
showing an upside down world or try hiding your self-portrait in the
2. Camera setting also play a key role in achieving good reflection photography.
• Aperture – Make sure you set your aperture to a sufficiently small
value to ensure the whole scene is in focus, try starting with f/9 or f/
• Shutter Speed – If you are photographing reflection on water try to
lengthen your shutter speed to make the surface of the water
smoother. This will require a tripod and possibly a nurtural density
3. When photographing a reflection on water in an outdoor environment do not
use a polarizing filter, these are developed to reduce reflections and will
hinder your efforts.
4. Forget Composition rules, the rule of third does not apply when
photographing reflections that include the both the scene and the reflection,
in this case the horizon should be in the centre of the composition.
5. Watch your angles, reflections are generated thanks to a source of light, but
this source shouldn’t show up in your image.

Print Challenge #3

Due/Show – May 5th.
Two images (1-theme) which can be colour, black and white or/and digitally
Theme – Lines and Curves
Images submitted into this competition can come from a wide range of topics and
subjects such as but not limited to – abstract, altered reality, aircraft, cityscape, flowers,
landscape, machinery, nature, people, plants, seascape, still-life, tools, vessels, wildlife,
For this competition, lines/curves will include:
• Converging Lines
• Curved Lines
• Diagonal Lines
• Horizontal Lines
• Opposing diagonal Lines
• S-Curves
• Vertical Lines

Digital / Print Challenge #4

Digital Due Date: April 30th
Digital Show Date: May 5th

Print Due / Show Date: May 5th
Two images (one digital and one print) which can be colour, black and white or/and
digitally altered.
Theme – Open
Images submitted into this challenge can be of any topic. Photographers are
encouraged to submit their best image that express their interest and passions in
photography. The should be taken within this season (2019/2020) and can not have
been entered in a previous club challenge, although images entered in an external
challenge will be accepted.

It is custom at our year-end social to present awards in honour of three founding
members of the club who had memorable impact. The competition is in three
categories: abstract, black and white portraiture and humour.
Submit your entries no later than June 11th.
The slideshows will be shown at the year end social on June 18th.
There will be ballots on the tables for each person to vote for the image of their choice.
The ballots will be collected and counted, and the winners will be announce at the end
of the evening.
The plaques will be engraved and presented during the first meeting in September.
Due: June 11th
Show: June 16th

Roy Quesnel Award
Roy was a founding member of the Harbour City Photography Club and served as print
chair for many years. His specialty was producing stunning black and white portraits in
non-studio settings, capturing the person and the story of their surroundings. His work in
the “dark-room” was considered exception. His enthusiasm for photography was
exceeded only by the twinkle in his eyes and his fondness for a laugh. Roy died in 2008
at the age of 70.
Entry Guidelines:
• Must be black and white (monochrome)
• Non-studio setting or environment
• Only one person
• Subject must be photographed from the waist (or above) up

Jan Blackbourn Award
Jan was a founding and hard-working member of the Harbour City Photography Club,
known for her colourful abstracts. These abstracts were actual photographs taken
during her career as a marine biologist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. Jan
died suddenly in 2004 at the age of 62.
Abstract photography, sometimes called non-objective, experimental, conceptual or
concrete photography, is a means of depicting a visual image that does not have an
immediate association with the object world and that has been created through the use
of photographic equipment, processes or materials. ~ Wikipedia

The Nigel Fletcher Memorial Award: Humour in Photography
Nigel was a long-term member and active contributor to the Harbour City Photography
He chaired multiple committees and he was on the executive board for several years.
Among his many accomplishments is the highly successful “Joy of Photography” event
which ran for many years sharing the club’s photography with the community.
However, what Nigel will be mostly remembered for is his wonderful sense of humour
and how that always came across in his photography. He saw and captured the funny
moments and situations wherever he went. We have laughed at his funny captures
many times.
We will honour Nigel and his many contributions with an annual memorial competition:
“Humour in Photography”.
“Making people laugh is one of the highest achievements you can have.”
Elliott Erwitt