Challenge – “Sunsets”

June’s Online Challenge brief is as follows:

Theme – Sunsets

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

Sunset, also known as sundown, is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon due to Earth’s rotation. As viewed from everywhere on Earth (except the North and South poles), the equinox Sun sets due west at the moment of both the Spring and Autumn equinox. As viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, the sun sets to the northwest (or not at all) in the Northern hemisphere’s spring and summer, and to the southwest in the autumn and winter; these seasons are reversed for the Southern Hemisphere.

The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment when the upper limb of the Sun disappears below the horizon. Near the horizon, atmospheric refraction causes sunlight rays to be distorted to such an extent that geometrically the solar disk is already about one diameter below the horizon when a sunset is observed.

Rules

  • Photos must be your work and not previously exhibited or displayed in APG events.
  • 2-year rule applies
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Photos must be at least 1800px on the longest edge and can be Landscape or Portrait formats.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member.
  • Entitle your image “Exhibition-name-image-title-firstname-lastname.jpg”  For example I-Ate-This-Ice Cream-joe-blogs.jpg

Order of Merit

  • All Images Submitted for this Challenge will accrue (1 – One) Merit Point each.
  • The top 3 images (selected by Guest Judge) will accrue (5 – Five) Merit Points each.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Tuesday 21st June 2022

How to Submit your Entries

  • Please send your images to the following e-mail “membership(at)algarvephotographersgroup.org
    with the Subject: Sunsets

Exhibition Go-Live

  • The Online Gallery will be published at 19:00 on Friday 24th June 2022

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Challenge – “Bridges”

April’s Online Challenge brief is as follows:

Theme – Bridges

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle (such as a body of water, valley, road, or rail) without blocking the way underneath. It is constructed for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, which is usually something that is otherwise difficult or impossible to cross. There are many different designs of bridges, each serving a particular purpose and applicable to different situations. Designs of bridges vary depending on factors such as the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, the material used to make it, and the funds available to build it.

We are lucky in the Algarve as there are numerous bridges that we can find within an hour or so driving distance and also with a great variation in the type of bridges too.

Rules

  • Photos must be your work and not previously exhibited or displayed in APG events.
  • 2-year rule applies
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Photos must be at least 1800px on the longest edge and can be in Landscape or Portrait formats.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member.
  • Entitle your image “Exhibition-name-image-title-firstname-lastname.jpg”  For example Bridges-Golden-Gate-joe-blogs.jpg

Order of Merit

  • All Images Submitted for this Challenge will accrue (1 – One) Merit Point each.
  • The top 3 images (selected by Guest Judge) will accrue (5 – Five) Merit Points each.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Tuesday 26th April 2022

How to Submit your Entries

  • Please send your images to the following e-mail “membership(at)algarvephotographersgroup.org
    with the Subject: Bridges

Exhibition Go-Live

  • The Online Gallery will be published at 19:00 on Friday 29th April 2022

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Challenge – “I Ate This”

February’s Online Challenge brief is as follows:

Theme – I Ate This

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

The best way to describe this theme is to take a photo of what you are about to eat before you eat it, naturally. We’re expecting a fair amount of food, but there could be other subjects that may be totally consumed. Again, please keep your images clean, creative and to the theme.

Rules

  • Photos must be your work and not previously exhibited or displayed in APG events.
  • 2-year rule applies
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Photos must be at least 1800px on the longest edge and can be Landscape or Portrait formats.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member.
  • Entitle your image “Exhibition-name-image-title-firstname-lastname.jpg”  For example I-Ate-This-Ice Cream-joe-blogs.jpg

Order of Merit

  • All Images Submitted for this Challenge will accrue (1 – One) Merit Point each.
  • The top 4 images (selected by Guest Judge) will accrue (5 – Five) Merit Points each.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Tuesday 22nd February 2022

How to Submit your Entries

  • Please send your images to the following e-mail “membership(at)algarvephotographersgroup.org
    with the Subject: I Ate This

Exhibition Go-Live

  • The Online Gallery will be published at 19:00 on Friday 25th February 2022

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Challenge – “Begins with a “B”

Decembers’ Online Challenge brief is as follows:

Brief – Begins with a “B”

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

Quite simply, this theme covers any item or subject that begins with the letter “B”. (Ball, Boat, Balloon, Bridge). We will also accept images that contain subjects that start with a B in your native language too. (Bola, Balão, Ballen, Barke…). Try and go out and take a photo that you think no one else will be taking a photo of. Let’s see how many different items, subjects we can get for this one.

Rules

  • Photos must be your work and not previously exhibited or displayed in APG events.
  • 2-year rule applies
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Photos must be at least 1800px on the longest edge and can be Landscape or Portrait formats.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member. (to start with).
  • Entitle your image “Exhibition-name-image-title-firstname-lastname.jpg”  For example Starts with B-Boat-joe-blogs.jpg

Voting

  • There will be no contribution to the Order of Merit.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Tuesday 28th December 2021

How to Submit your Entries

  • Please send your images to the following e-mail “membership(at)algarvephotographersgroup.org
    with the Subject: Starts with a “B”

Exhibition Go-Live

  • The Online Gallery will be published at 19:00 on Friday 31st December 2021

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Challenge – “Street Photography”

Octobers’ Online Challenge brief is as follows:

Brief – Street Photography

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

Wikipedia defines Street Photography as “photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents.” Typically, street photography is about capturing life in public areas at random moments in unstaged environments.  Furthermore, and contrary to its name, and what some think, street photography does not have to be done on the streets. You can do street photography anywhere.

A few tips for consideration when taking photos of this type are:

  • Know your camera settings (be sure to ensure that the lens and settings will give your a decent shot at the drop of a hat).
  • Be prepared for the decisive moment.
  • Shoot from a distance.
  • When possible, shoot from behind glass.
  • Shoot from behind people.
  • Use contrasting light.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask strangers to be subjects.

Note:  Without going into all the details, Portuguese law summarises Street Photography as follows:

  • Street photographers can take photographs without consent when they are public figures, public events or the image appears framed in public places.
  • They can broadcast (internet, exhibitions and books) images of people as long as they are in public spaces or for cultural purposes. It is only prohibited when it constitutes an offence to the honour, reputation or simple decorum of the person concerned. If the focus is on a particular person, it may not be displayed, published or commercially released without their consent.

Rules

  • Photos must be your work and not previously exhibited or displayed in APG events.
  • No restriction on when the photo was taken.
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Photos must be at least 1800px on the longest edge and can be Landscape or Portrait formats.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member. (to start with).
  • Entitle your image “Exhibition-name-image-title-firstname-lastname.jpg”  For example Street-Photographycrowded- space-joe-blogs.jpg

Voting

  • There will be no contribution to the Order of Merit.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Tuesday 26th October 2021

How to Submit your Entries

  • Please send your images to the following e-mail “membership(at)algarvephotographersgroup.org
    with the Subject: Street Photography

Exhibition Go-Live

  • The Online Gallery will be published at 19:00 on Friday 29th October 2021

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Exhibition Night – “Black & White”

As we leave the 2021 Summer behind, and we start to slowly get back into the swing of things, we’re happy to announce the Black and White theme is now upon us.
This is a classic theme that we all love and hope that many of you will take the opportunity to submit images.

Brief – Black and White

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

Black and white photography is the art of using different tones of grey, ranging from white to dark, to create compelling and impacting images. This genre has a very long history – as long as photography itself. Black and White images had been around for 35 years before the first colour image was captured in 1861. When shooting Black and White, you should always ask yourself, Why do I need to eliminate the colour from this subject? And also, What is the importance of shooting your subject in that manner?

When taking your photos, pay attention to the following key points in Black and White photography:

  • Shadows
  • Contrast
  • Tones
  • Shapes
  • Texture
  • Composition
  • Emotions
Remember that you don’t have to shoot directly in black and white in your camera. Many prefer to maintain the option of shooting in colour and then converting to black and white in post-production. The vantage of this is to have the option of putting back the colour at a later date. Shooting black and white when taking the photo means that the colour is not captured.

Rules

  • Photos must be your work
  • Image must have been taken in the last 2 years
  • Photos must only be black and white (not monochrome or colour).
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member (but please only submit a second when requested).

Voting

  • Voting will be in the usual fashion, by public vote.
  • Presential votes will count to this year’s Order of Merit.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for the first call for entries is Thursday the 16th September  2021 – (please email your image titles and image format Landscape/Portrait to the usual e-mail address).

Frame Change Thursday

  • Frame Changing will take place on Thursday 30th September from 10:00 -13:00 

Exhibition Night

  • Gallery Doors open at 19:00 on Friday 01st October 2021

We look forward to seeing your entries.

We welcome the general public to come along and support as they vote for their favourite 3 entries, enjoy some finger food, ambient music with bar available and free admission.

IMPORTANT: Please note that although COVID Measures are not as restrictive the main event will continue to be held outdoors for the time being with social distancing, as well as the use of face masks, will be required when in the gallery.

See you there!

Challenge – “Portraits of Humans”

Your next Online Challenge brief is here:

Brief – PORTRAITS OF HUMANS

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

A PORTRAIT is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a subject, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. For this reason, in photography, a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of the subject in a still position. A portrait often shows the subject looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

For this challenge, we are asking for the subject to be HUMANS. (Not Animals, or fish or anything else, just HUMANS).

Rules

  • Photos must be your work
  • No restriction on when the photo was taken.
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Photos must be at least 1800px on the longest edge and can be Landscape or Portrait formats.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member.
  • Entitle your image “Exhibition-name-image-title-firstname-lastname.jpg”  For example Portraits-of-HumansMe-Myself-And-I-joe-blogs.jpg

Voting

  • There will be no contribution to the Order of Merit.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Tuesday 24th August 2021

How to Submit your Entries

  • Please send your images to the following e-mail “membership(at)algarvephotographersgroup.org
    with the Subject: Portraits of Humans Entry

Exhibition Go-Live

  • The Online Gallery will be published at 19:00 on Friday 27th August 2021

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Exhibition Night – “Tattoos”

The pressure is on to display high quality, creative images to follow on from May’s successful “Rocks” Exhibition.

Brief – Tattoos

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

A Tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes, and/or pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin. The art of making tattoos is tattooing. As such Tattoos fall into three broad categories:

  • purely decorative (with no specific meaning);
  • symbolic (with a specific meaning pertinent to the wearer);
  • and pictorial (a depiction of a specific person or item).

In addition, tattoos can be used for identification such as ear tattoos on livestock as a form of branding, so don’t just limit yourselves to human tattoos. Inclusive are also items or tools used or associated with the art of Tattooing.

This is a challenging topic, one that may not appeal to everyone, but please keep an open mind while searching for your imagery.

Rules

  • Photos must be your work
  • Image must have been taken in the last 2 years
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member.

Voting

  • If a presential exhibition is permitted, voting will be in the usual fashion, by public vote.
  • Presential votes will count to this year’s Order of Merit.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for the first call for entries is Thursday the 8th July  2021 – (please email your image titles and image format Landscape/Portrait to the usual e-mail address).

Frame Change Thursday

  • Frame Changing will take place on Thursday 29th July from 10:00 -13:00 (further information will be provided based on the number of entries)

Exhibition Night

  • Gallery Doors open at 19:00 on Friday 30th July 2021

We look forward to seeing your entries.

We welcome the general public to come along and support as they vote for their favourite 3 entries, enjoy some finger food, ambient music with bar available and free admission.

IMPORTANT: Please note that due to updated COVID Measures, the main event will be held outdoors and social distancing, as well as the use of face masks, will be required when in the gallery.

See you there!

Challenge – “Travelling Light”

Your next Online Challenge brief is here:

Brief – TRAVELLING LIGHT

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

TRAVELLING LIGHT  is defined as bringing or taking very few things with you when you go somewhere. This gives you one angle of attack for images. You could also look at it as TRAVELLING LIGHT as the movement of light too. This then sheds more light on the topic and opens a whole new door.  We don’t mind which one your decide to go for (maybe both if you are feeling courageous), but we still want to see your work at the top of your game.

Rules

  • Photos must be your work
  • No restriction on when the photo was taken.
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Photos must be at least 1800px on the longest edge and can be Landscape or Portrait formats.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member.
  • Entitle your image “Exhibition-name-image-title-firstname-lastname.jpg”  For example Travelling Light-Wide-Open-View-joe-blogs.jpg

Voting

  • A Guest Judge will be asked to select their favourite 4 images. The Guest Judge will be nominated by Algarve Plus magazine and selected images will be published in the August edition.
  • There will be no contribution to the Order of Merit.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Tuesday 22nd June 2021

How to Submit your Entries

  • Please send your images to the following e-mail “membership(at)algarvephotographersgroup.org
    with the Subject: Travelling Light Entry

Exhibition Go-Live

  • The Online Gallery will be published at 19:00 on Friday 25th June 2021

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Exhibition Night – “Rocks”

So it’s finally time to get back to printed photos – HOORAY!!  And what better topic to kick it all off again than this one…Rocks.

Brief – Rocks

Entries for this theme will depict images that fall under the following description.

A Rock is any naturally occurring solid mass or aggregate of minerals or mineraloid matter covering part of the earth’s surface. Rocks are usually grouped into three main groups: igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks.
We want you to show us your best photos of rocks in all shapes and sizes, locations or regions. So show us your best work!

Rules

  • Photos must be your work
  • Image must have been taken in the last 2 years
  • Photos can be colour, black & white or any monochrome colour.
  • Maximum of Two Images per Member.

Voting

  • If a presential exhibition is permitted, voting will be in the usual fashion, by public vote.
  • Presential votes will count to this year’s Order of Merit.

Deadline for Entries

  • The deadline for entries is Friday the 21st May  2021 – (please email your image titles and image format (Landscape/Portrait) to the usual e-mail address).

Frame Change Thursday

  • Frame Changing will take place on Thursday 27th May from 10:00 -13:00 (further information will be provided based on the number of entries)

Exhibition Night

  • Gallery Doors open at 19:00 on Friday 28th May 2021

We look forward to seeing your entries.

We welcome the general public to come along and support as they vote for their favourite 3 entries, enjoy some finger food, ambient music with bar available and free admission.

IMPORTANT: Please note that due to updated COVID Measures, we are required to register ALL visitors in advance and control entries.  Therefore, and to avoid disappointment, if you are intending to come along, please please send us an e-mail so that we can take your details in advance as we do have limited space although the main event will be held outdoors.

See you there!