Contemporary Photography February

Monday 20

International Special Interest Group

The purpose of this special interest group is to offer constructive yet targeted advice on images destined for international competitions. Included in the discussions will be suitability of the image for international competitions and how to deconstruct and improve it to give yourself the best change at gaining those elusive international awards.

All are welcome to attend. To participate in the group you need to be on the path to competing internationally. Participants are to bring along a maximum of three images, numbered in order of priority for critique. You are welcome to bring the images either as a print, on a flash drive or on your laptop. We will endeavour to get to everyone’s 3 images during the course of an evening.

Critique SIG

This general Critique SIG is ideal for members wanting feedback on images they are planning on submitting to international, national or club competitions. It will meet in the main hall and there will be a number of experienced members present to assist with the image critiques. If you're after some extra pointers and help to get the best out of your images, bring them along on a USB stick.

In previous meetings of this special interest group, we have been concentrating on how images may be processed using Photoshop and the associated Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

We would also like to have some discussion about the aesthetic qualities of the image. What images “speak to you”? What images show some originality as well as technical qualities? When should we break the usual rules of composition? What are judges likely to say about an image?

Most of us have entered images in previous competitions and don’t feel that the judge has appreciated what we are trying to do or even have been surprised that the image has received such a high award. Perhaps you could bring along such an image to defend it and have a discussion about it.


Everyone interested in working on AV's this year is invited to the AV-SIG. Lets get some discussion going about how to put quality AV's together. Bring your ideas and something to write with for a great planning session. Murray Wayper will lead this SIG.


More details on these groups can be found in the Google+ Community "Brisbane Camera Group - SIG". You need to be a member to access this G+ Community.



March Outing

Sunday 12 March 2016

Location: Lakeside Raceway

Meeting time and place: TBA at the entrance

Outing theme: Sports Photography

Outing registration: If you do intend to come, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we have an idea of numbers.

Lakeside TT – Motorcycle racing around the Lakeside circuit, for the action sport enthusiast or for those who want to practice their sports photography. Please note there is an entry fee and a media release to be completed by each person coming along. If you can have the form completed and bring with you on the day.

This event will be hosted by Kym Douglas.

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Focus March - Matt Palmer

13 March

Photography Projects/Photodocumentary

Presenter: Matt Palmer, Photographer

Matt’s photographic eye developed during a successful career in graphic design, while he spent nights creating photographs of the world’s music stars. He has many published images from his work as an image maker across photography, design and illustration. He enjoys photographing people in love as well as work in photo-journalism and as a photo-documentary maker. He also enjoys teaching one-on-one or in small group workshops. Matt has won many awards for his photography, including:

  • 2016 AIPP Qld Sports Photographer of the Year
  • 2015 AIPP Qld Documentary Photographer of the Year
  • 2014 AIPP Australian Sports Photographer of the Year
  • 2014 AIPP Qld Documentary / Sports Photographer of the Year
  • 2014 AIPP Qld Landscape Photographer of the Year Finalist

As well as speaking about his own work aimed at producing unique imagery, Matt will also discuss how to develop an excellent Photography Project. So, Matt’s presentation will be of great interest to those of you taking part in BCG’s 2017 Print Project Challenge, as well as other members who are keen to improve their photography. I’m sure it will be a stimulating presentation.

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Print Project Challenge 2017

The Print Project Challenge will run through 2017. Participants are to register and advise their nominated subject by 17th March and to have the project completed by 25th September. It is outside (additional to) the normal monthly and annual competitions and will not contribute to aggregate points or gradings. However, it will be judged with a winner and place-getters determined.

Participants are individual members each working on their own Project, or teams of two people working on one Project. The subject topic is “open” with participants deciding their own subject or theme. Participants are encouraged to choose a subject that is somewhat outside their normal photography areas.

Participants will be required to write an Artist Statement. It will include:
• Why you chose this particular theme or challenge and how it fits your overall vision
• What the challenges or difficulties are and how you might overcome them
• What the Project means to you ... a personal statement of the meaning of the art to you.

See the following link for tips on writing an artist’s statement.

The final entry will comprise 7 – 10 prints which can be colour, black and white or black and white with colour and be either a single image or a composite. All single images are to have been taken after 1st January 2017. If prints are made up of composites, the main feature of the photograph needs to have been taken after 1st January 2017.

Judging will take place during October with the winner and place-getters to be named in November. Depending on cost and availability of a suitable gallery, we are planning for the winners to be announced at an exhibition in November, where all or some of the prints (depending on space) will be displayed. In the judging, 75% will be awarded for the prints, with 25% awarded for the challenge.

Prints. Points will be awarded on 3 topics. These being

1) Quality of the images 25 points
2) Appropriateness of choice of images for Theme. 25 points
3) Creativity 25 points

Challenge. Points will be awarded on 2 topics. These being

1) Artist statement 15points
2) Expert assessment 10 points

Participant and topic nominated – by 17th March (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Artist Statement – by 27th March (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Entry submission – by 25th September
Judging – 15th October
Exhibition and awards – November (date and venue to be arranged)


Free Access to on-line training is regarded as an outstanding resource for video-based on-line learning, particularly for photography software from Adobe such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements etc. There are also a large number of videos on photography topics more generally including camera equipment, capturing images and post processing. Access is normally by paying a monthly subscription, starting at $US25.

However, Queensland residents have free access to all training videos through the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). The Library’s state-wide subscription allows all Queenslanders unlimited access to the online courses from any compatible desktop or portable device, whether on a library computer, at their home or business or on the go.

All you need to do is become a member of the State Library of Queensland. The following web site has details about joining the SLQ and then accessing all the training videos:

Thanks to one of the participants at BCG’s Introduction to Lightroom Workshop for making us aware of this great opportunity.

Ray Shorter
President, BCG



Competition Set Subjects



Minimalism is a style employed by many 20th century artists, using a minimum number of components such as colour, shape, line and texture. When trying to achieve minimalism, one rule is to keep it simple.

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Graffiti for the purpose of this challenge could be freehand paint, marker pen or stencil or combination of any of the elements. You will need to add another element / angle to make it your own art.

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Sport photography is about capturing the moment, often with the subject in sharp focus against a somewhat blurred background.

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A photograph can depict emotion(s) in the subject(s) and/or it can evoke emotion(s) in the viewer of the photo. Capturing emotion(s) in photographs is about capturing moments in time that hopefully tell a story or encourage the viewer to imagine a story.

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A photograph of yourself taken by yourself.

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Forced Perspective

Forced perspective is an optical illusion created by placing objects far from each other to make one appear larger or smaller than it really is. For example one person (in the distance) appears to be standing on another person’s outstretched hand (in the foreground).

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Structure is an arrangement and organization of interrelated elements in a material object or system, or the object or system so organized.

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Small world / Macro

For this competition, any close-up photograph of a subject is acceptable, with the lower magnification limit (e.g. 1:4, 1:8 etc.) left to the discretion of the photographer.

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Reflections are "the throwing back of light by a body or surface", with the surface being reflective because it is liquid, or a mirror, or because it is highly polished.

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Annual Competition 2017








Meeting Times

Regular BCG Meetings are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of each month

Meetings start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm


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