The votes are in, and the final result of the online voting is:
- Nature and Wildlife: 7 votes
- Landscapes: 4 votes
- Flowers and Horticulture: 3 votes
- Abstract: 3 votes
Some recent votes for Landscapes have moved it into second place. There is a tie for third place between Flowers/Horticulture and Abstract. These two subjects were also suggested by 3 members each, so that doesn’t break the tie, so third place goes to the first suggestion I received. Looking back at the dates when I received the suggestions:
- Flowers and Horticulture was first suggested on 3rd May 2020.
- Abstract was first suggested on 4th May 2020.
Flowers and Horticulture was suggested first. So the set subjects for 2020/21 will be:
- A: Nature and Wildlife, on 7th January 2021, judged by George Todd.
- B: Landscapes, on 11th February 2021, judged by Jennifer Davidson
- C: Flowers and Horticulture, on 25th March 2021, judged by the winner of the “Old Faces” competition (to be announced).
The 4th subject (Abstract) will be the theme of the Digital Knockout Competition on 25th March 2021.
Some members have asked for advance guidance on what the subjects include. While each judge has the final say in how closely each image matches the subject, here are some suggestions:
Nature and Wildlife: This is a wider category than the “Wildlife” subject we had this year. This category includes any image of the natural world. Like “Wildlife”, the image must not be altered from its natural state, but unlike “Wildlife” any natural scene is allowed, including farmyard scenes, wild plants, aquariums and zoo scenes. Click here to see the full SPF definition.
Landscapes: This category should be self-explanatory. Wikipedia says: “Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes“. So, unlike the nature photography, a landscape image can include an artificial element, such as the Forth Bridges.
Flowers and Horticulture: The covers all images of flowers and plants, either arranged in a vase or still life or growing in a garden. It also covers images of gardens. Wild flowers and plants are not allowed unless they have been cultivated as part of a garden display.
Abstract: Wikipedia describes abstract photography as “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“. In other words, it is an image where the shapes, textures and colours in an image are the dominant factor, rather than any specific subject. A close-up of the texture on a wall or a rusted bucket, or an out of focus image of Christmas tree lights are examples of abstract images. This is a subject you can really experiment with.
I hope these subjects will inspire you to be creative over the summer. Best of luck!