CdCC Club Competitions 2019

Month Theme Definition
Except for January, themes and descriptions taken from Lightbox Photography Cards by Paul Micheal Kane at
Click on the following link for a PDF of the themes
January Book, Movie, Song Titles This is an OPEN competition. Enter your favorite photo, your best photo or both! The sky's the limit here … just be sure to find a title that fits the topic … does NOT have to be a popular title … just find one (Google is our friend!).
February Photograph Still Life One of the best ways to learn your camera and gear is through still life photography. You have total control over everything from your subjects to your lighting to your story. Get set up on a tripod and start snapping. Check your composition and adjust as needed. Do this enough and soon you'll have a feel for everything that's possible with your gear. (NOTE: for this one, there is no excuse for getting it wrong. You really DO have total control!)
March Photograph Machinery Subjects like machinery are fantastic because, more often than not, you have complete control over everything from lighting to composition. A tripod will help you hone your composition into a very compelling image … and if you fill the frame with your subject, all sense of perspective can be lost, which creates a fantastic photograph.
April Photograph Letters Including words in your images introduces a graphic element for your viewers to interact with - further revealing the story of your image. Words can lend a particular voice to the composition - whether whimsical, like the sample below (on the card) or something with a bit more gravitas. Don't be afraid to go in tight and give us just a simple letter!
May Photograph The Color Red The color red is probably one of the most challenging colors to photograph because it over saturates very easily. You'll know when you've got it when you can see the dozen shades of red in your subject. Don't take the easy way out and do a limited-color effect in post. Red is a passionate color = let your imagination run wild! (NOTE: The image does NOT need to be all red. Red is a warm color and usually moves to the front of the image, depending on the other colors around it, so it doesn't need to be a large part of the image … just needs to stand out.)
June Photograph Texture The challenge here is to infuse your images with texture. Taking a two-dimensional print and giving it the feel of a 3D experience by introducing texture is a sure-fire way of distinguishing your work from those around you. It's all about the angle of your light and working with the shadows to take full advantage of the existing textures. Textures that compliment your image can be added during post-processing to enhance the image and for creative expression.
July Photograph Bugs Bugs are probably the most popular subjects to photograph in close-up or macro - next to flowers, of course. The challenge: show off something we haven't seen yet - as in the example below (on the card), a praying mantis making a snack of a poor, little lady bug. The most successful image will be one that evokes some sort of emotion from your audience.
August Photograph Shadows Shadows are something a lot of photographers try and avoid, but the challenge here is to make them work to your advantage. Pay attention to the shape of the shadows - or how they can separate your composition. Use them as subtle, graphic elements to help tell your story. You might even use your flash to create some of your own.
September Photograph Circles This challenge is solely reliant on your going out and finding the shot before you snap a single image. You're on the hunt for anything circular - that's a broad range of subjects at your discretion. The circle can be your actual subject - or the circle can frame your subject. It won't be long before you are seeing circles everywhere!
(NOTE: The image must include full circles … arcs, semi-circles, etc. alone are not what we're looking for. These can be included provided there's at least one full circle in the image.)
(NOTE2: A circle seen at an angle may not LOOK fully circular, but everyone knows wagon wheels and car wheels are circles, so don't make yourself crazy trying to shoot head-on! That wouldn't make a very pleasing photo in many cases, anyway!)
October Photograph Landscape Another challenge for anybody with an interest in photography is the landscape genre. There's one critical ingredient for any successful landscape photograph and that's clouds. Clouds add instant drama to landscapes - nothing says drab more than a boring sky. What if you don't have an interesting sky? Crop as close to the horizon as possible!
November Photograph Trash It is amazing what people throw out - one man's trash is another man's treasure - and what terrific photographic opportunities! The challenge is to keep your eyes open for those diamonds in the rough, especially when you're going through places like junk yards or abandoned locations. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
December Photograph Fences When you're shooting outside, fences make wonderful elements for use in your photography. They can help you divide your image into the rule of thirds, give your subjects something to interact with and even offer some leading lines for stronger compositions. Be it wood, iron or wire, you can't beat a good fence to help improve your image!

CdCC Club Competitions 2018

Month Theme Definition
Themes and descriptions taken from Lightbox Photography Cards by Paul Micheal Kane at
January Photograph Lines Lines are wonderful tools to help us photographers lead the viewers eyes through our images. ... Click here for full description
February Photograph a Door Doors are mysterious objects - and a natural subject for photographers. ... Click here for full description
March Photograph Bokeh You're going to need some really good glass for this challenge - something that opens way up to f2.8 or even f1.4. ... Click here for full description
April Photograph Benches. Park benches are situated in ideal locations, taking advantage of both light and setting. ... Click here for full description
May Photograph Hands at Work Hands tell us so much about one's life, their trade and a bit about their past. ... Click here for full description
June Photograph Light A deceptive challenge, this is. We all photograph light - it's our paint brush. ... Click here for full description
July Photograph Statuary Statuary are ideal subjects to begin understanding light. ... Click here for full description
August Photograph a Sunset Sunsets rank pretty high on the list of photographic clichés, but with the light fading and you struggling to find that 'right moment' - a more challenging experience you'll never find. ... Click here for full description
September Photograph Technology This challenge is all about technology, but don't limit yourself to today's advancements! ... Click here for full description
October Photograph Weather Weather is something we deal with on a daily basis and can offer up some of our most magnificent photographic opportunities. ... Click here for full description
November Photograph Road Signs Road signs point us in the right direction, but are mostly forgotten as soon as we pass them - but what wonderful photographic subjects they make. ... Click here for full description
December Photograph a Spiritual Site Houses of worship are, by their very nature, inspiring in both their architecture and their symbolism. ... Click here for full description

CdCC Club Competitions 2017

Month Theme Definition
January Movie, Song or Book An image whose title must be the name of a movie, song or book, and describes the photo. Be creative.
February Keeping Time Devices that mark the passage of time ... no people.
March Shallow Depth of Field Sharpest point (focal point) should be part way into the image. Anything that is in front of or behind the focal point is out of focus.
April Fire and/or Smoke Fire or smoke...friend or foe...your imagination is the limiting factor.
May Signs The focus is on man-made signs that advertise, inform, notify or are just funny!
June Childrens Toys Not grown-up toys, but childrens toys, models or board games. Motorized ride-able toys do not count.
July Diners Interior or exterior but obvious that it is a diner.
August Architectural Elements An element or part of a larger man-made structure.
September High Noon Bad light photography taken outdoors between 11am and 2pm...find a way to make it work. The title is to include the time i.e. Barnyard @ 1143
(Webmaster note : When uploading do not have a colon in the time.)
October Macro in Nature Bits and pieces of nature (no hand of man).
November Wings Not things with wings but only the wing or part of the wing. Natural or man-made.
December Multiple Images Combine 2 or more images either as a composite or multiple exposures into a single image. Must be obvious. No HDR.

CdCC Club Competitions 2016

Month Theme Definition
January Movie, Song or Book An image whose title must be the name of a movie, song or book, and describes the photo. Be creative.
February Human Face A head shot of a single human face. Images must emphasize the face. Photos may show the subject with a hat, scarf or other accessory, however, the photo should show nothing below the shoulders.
March Side Lighting An image where the main subject is lit from the side.
April Winter Scenes Outdoor photos that may have significant snow, ice and/or frost elements, or that contain other obvious clues that the photo was taken in the wintertime. No holiday decorations, lights or gifts to convince the viewer that the photo was taken in the winter.
May Rocks & Stones A image in which one or more rocks/stones are the main subject and focus.
June Cemeteries An image where the main subject is an activity or object(s) in a cemetery.
July Geometric Shapes An image where the main focus is that of a geometric shape(s). Partial geometric shapes are OK as long as the shape is recognizable.
August No Hand of Man A nature photograph that shows nothing man-made and shows no evidence of mankind.
September Markets An image that is obviously taken within an indoor or open air market.
October Games People Play An image in which a sport or game is the focus. A person may or may not be visible in the photo.
November Leaves An image in which one or more leaves are the main subject. Images must show the structure, texture and details in the leaf or some of the leaves; therefore, a photo of an entire tree, a full bush or the woods is not acceptable.
December Black & White A black and white image having only shades of gray. No color or sepia.

CdCC Club Competitions 2015

Month Theme Definition
January Roadscapes An image showing an expansive view of land-based scenery, much like a landscape, in which a road used by cars and trucks must be prominent.
February Effects of Weather An image depicting the effect(s) from weather (snow, wind, rain, etc.) that occurred while or shortly before the photo was taken. Effects developed over the long term, such as glaciers and the Grand Canyon are not permitted.
March Window Light An image in which the main subject is illuminated by natural light coming through a window or door. The window or door providing the light does not necessarily need to be in the image.
April Negative Space An image in which negative space occupies a significantly large area. The negative space should effectively emphasize and draw the viewer's eye to the main subject.
May Abstract An image which focuses on the shape, form, color, pattern and texture of a subject, in order to capture the subject's essence, but not its reality. The subject should not be recognizable.
June Patterns in Nature An image that depicts a pattern(s) created by nature. Patterns may not be created using software. Manmade elements may appear in the image, but the pattern(s) must have been created by nature and not man.
July Twilight Time An image taken during the golden hours that takes advantage of the soft light conditions occurring within the half hour before the sun rises or a half hour after the sun sets. Sunrise and sunset images do not qualify.
August Silhouettes An image in which a silhouetted form(s) is(are) vital to the composition. Silhouettes are darker than their background and have well-defined shapes caused by a light source behind them.
September Arches An image of a manmade or natural arch(es).
October Abandoned Buildings An image of the interior or exterior of an abandoned building(s) that is(are) obviously no longer occupied.
November Extreme Perspective An image that shows a subject from a non-traditional point of view. Subjects should be presented in an artistic manner, yet still be identifiable.
December Macros An image containing an extremely close-up view, or a partial view of an object.

CdCC Club Competitions 2014

Month Theme Definition
January Reflections An image where the main focus must be a reflection off any type of surface, eg. water, metal, glass, etc.
February Food Photography A still life image whose main subject is food.
March Stairs An image whose main subject is a complete staircase or any portion that is recognizable as stairs.
April Nature An image that does not include any evidence of man having been present; also known as “No Hand of Man”.
May Red, Yellow or Blue An image where the vast majority of the main subject must be mainly a single color of red, yellow or blue. The subject can be alive or inanimate. Skies do not qualify as a main subject.
June Shallow Depth of Field An image where one section is in focus and the rest is not.
July Technoscape An image where the main focus is the electical and/or mechanical components of a device that enables its technology to work.
August Light Painting An image, usually taken at night or in a darkend room, in which exposures are made by moving a hand held light source to highlight an object(s) - or to create an object(s) with the light. No camera flashes.
September Water in Motion An image where the main subject is liquid water in motion. Includes, for example, rain, waterfalls, river flow, ocean waves or even the water flow from manmade equipment such as street hydrants or water faucets.
October Backlit An image where the most significant illumination of the subject is from behind.
November B&W + One Color A black and white image where the maker used a software technique to highlight an object with a single color. B&W must be pure grayscale; no sepia or monochrome.
December Framed View Images taken through or between another object(s) that frames the main scene/object.

CdCC Club Competitions 2013

Month Theme Definition
January Leading Lines Photos must contain compositional elements - straight, curved or irregular - that lead the viewer's eye into the image. Examples include, but are not limited to paths, streams, roads, wires, and fences.
February Houses of Worship The main focus is on a house of worship building - or - people, objects and architectural elements that are clearly identifiable as being inside or on the grounds of a house of worship.
March From Above Images taken while looking down on a scene that is far below the location of the photographer's feet.
April Very Young, Very Old The primary focus is on a very young and/or a very old person or animal. The photo may include multiple people and/or animals, but each person or animal must be either very young or very old.
May Street Photography The photograph must capture something the photographer saw while walking the streets of a city or town. No close-ups are permitted.
June Shadows The focus is shadows. Images may include other elements; however, shadows must play a significant role in the photograph.
July In a Row The main focus is on 3 or more objects in a single row. Other rows may be present in the photograph, but the main focus must be a single row.
August Ethnic Culture Images of individuals or groups displaying their cultural heritage.
September Motion The photograph must convey a sense of motion.
October Live Animals The focus is on one or more live animals; however, pets, birds and insects are not permitted.
November Vacation Photo Any photograph taken while you were on vacation.
December Night Photography Images taken at nighttime, long after the Sun sets and long before it rises. No sunsets, sunrises or fireworks.

CdCC Club Competitions 2012

Month Theme Definition
January Movie, Book or Song Title A title must be the name of a movie, book or song. The title describes the photo. Be creative.
February Doors and Windows Photos of doors or windows, either externally or through it, but the door or window must be identifiable in the photo.
March Keeping Time Devices that mark the passage of time. No people.
April Fire Fire as friend or foe.
May Things That Are Wet The main focus is an object, person, plant, or animal that is obviously wet. The focus is not on the water!
June Close to Home The focus is on plant or animal life around your local neighborhood.
July Farms The focus is on the farmland, not the farmed product after the harvest. The photograph may include people, animals, farm equipment and buildings.
August Flowers The theme is live or once live flowers. The only restriction is no artifical flowers.
September Fireworks A spectacular display of explosives launched into the air generating light and smoke.
October Bridges A structure spanning or providing for passage over a water body, depression, roadway, etc. Present, past or under constuction.
November Motorized Transportation Cars, boats, trains, airplanes, etc. Any mode of motorized transportation.
December Black & White A wide open competition with the image in black and white only. No color or sepia.

CdCC Club Competitions 2011

Month Theme Definition
January Geologic Focus is on natural geological formations. (Check Webster's Dictionary for a definition of geologic and geology.)
February Individual Portrait Head and/or upper torso of a single human or animal.
March Water Water in any form originating from any source that is still or in motion. The water's location may be anywhere.
April Multiple Colors Images that use a large number of VIVID colors.
May Artful Trash One or more discarded objects that are presented in an artistic way.
June Lighthouses The main focus is a lighthouse.
July EMS & Their Stuff People and/or things associated with police, fire companies, first aid squads and other emergency responders.
August Ant's Eye View Images taken from ground level that give an ant's perspective.      
September On the Beach Images taken of or on the beach.
October Weather Dramatic images related to weather.
November Foot Paths Physical foot paths used by people or animals.
December Abandoned Decay Buildings, structures or items in a state of abandoned decay.      

CdCC Club Competitions 2010

Month Theme Definition
January Still Life A tabletop arrangement in which diverse inanimate objects, such as food, plants and artifacts, are depicted.
February Movie Titles Title of the photo must be the name of a movie. The title describes the photo. No made-for-TV movies.
March Textures The focus is on the texture of the object and not the object itself.
April Standing Out People or things that significantly stand out from their surroundings.
May Macro Abstracts Extreme close-ups which are highlighted by shapes and colors rather than by recognizable objects. This might best be defined as "What is it?"
June In-Flight Any man-made, inanimate object that is completely surrounded by air and physically unconstrained by tethers or other mechanisms.
July Weathered Objects Objects or people that have degraded through the weathering or aging processes.
August Fungus Among Us The focus and significant element of these photos is of Fungi and Mushrooms. (May be found anywhere. Must be natural, not man-made, e.g., ceramic.)
September Squirrels
Self-explanatory. Animals must be living - no roadkill!
October Amusement Parks Activities at amusement parks, county fairs and festivals. The focus is the activity and not the individuals. People may be included in the image.
November Signs The focus is on man-made signs that advertise, inform, or notify.
December Black & White Image coloring must only consist of black, white and shades of gray - no sepia.

CdCC Club Competitions 2009

Month Theme Definition
January Portraits Poised human head or 3/4 shots.
February Emotion The title must identify the emotion in the photo.
March Doors &
Photos of doors or windows, either externally or through but the door or window must be identified in the photo.
April Winter
Scenic photos with significant snow or ice elements.
May Broken Things that no longer work (i.e. junk cars, old farm equipment, broken pottery, etc.) The item(s) must be readily recognizable as broken or non-working. No people.
June Clouds Day or Night, Sunset/Sunrises or clouds. The main focus of the picture is of dramatic images of the sky.
July Railroads Includes all railroad related activities (tracks stations, equipment, trains, can include toy or real life). Although people may be included the focus is not of the people as in portraits.
August Animals Wild, captured or domestic mammals (no house pets).
September Patriotic Photos must convey a sense of Patriotism.
October Grand
Landscapes/Seascapes - A view or vista of scenery on land and /or sea.
November Maritime Includes all maritime related activities and equipment (Marinas, docks, boats, equipment, etc). Although people may be included the focus is not of the people as in portraits.
December City/Town
Day or night (from activities on city streets to views of the city skyline and everything in between).

CdCC Club Competitions 2008

Month Theme Definition
January Architectural
An element or part of a larger man made structure.
February Ultra Macro/
Extreme close-ups which are highlighted by shapes and colors rather than by recognizable objects; might be best defined as “What is it?”.
March Walls The main focus must be of a “wall”. Ranging from a landscape such as Hadrian's Wall; to a view of the texture/feature of a wall; to a graffiti covered wall.
April Water Prominent focus must be the water.
May Toys Main focus is of children’s' toys, models or board games. Ride-able motorized vehicles, bicycles, scooters etc don't qualify.
June Patterns Prominent focus’ is of repetitive elements.
July Diners Interior or Exterior but obvious that it is of a diner.
August Macro Flowers Close-ups of flower(s) or parts of flowers.
September Insects Focus is of insects or insect life. Insect like creatures and their nests (i.e., Caterpillars, Millipedes, Spiders, Daddy-Long-Legs, Wasp Nests, etc.) qualify.
October Wild Birds Prominent focus uses one or more wild birds as its theme. Wild birds in captivity do not qualify.
November No Hand of Man A nature photograph that shows nothing man-made or shows no evidence of mankind.
December Fall Season Colors Colorful Elements or Activities of the Fall season.

CdCC Club Competitions 2007

Month Theme Definition
January Reflections Reflected images; be creative, you can see reflections in many things other than water.
February By the Light
of the Candle
Anything illuminated by the light of one or more candle(s). Image can include the flame or not. Romance, seasons, holidays, still life. Real candles only, no artificial candles.
March Shadows The focus is on the shadow created by any subject.
April Comedy Make us laugh; remember the WOW! Factor.
May Manipulated Manipulated in the camera (double exposure, zooming with slow shutter speed etc) or afterwards, with editing programs like Photoshop & Elements. Creativity is the key to this theme. Use your imagination.
June Domestic Animals
With Personality
Domestic animals with personality; includes pet animals found in the home, farm animals or those pets that you see in the local park. Zoo animals and wildlife are NOT included in this theme.
July Transportation Boats & trains & aero planes etc, etc. ... any mode of transportation, other than feet. Structures and/or buildings are not the focus of the theme.
August Down by the
Waters Edge
Nautical, Maritime theme including boating on fresh water lakes & ponds. By the coast, a lighthouse, seascapes, lake-scapes, ships or boats, ropes, locks, etc., etc. - all things nautical or the elements of these things.
September Urban Nightscapes Urban (city or town) landscape lit by natural or artificial light at night.
October Stop Action Freezing an object in motion; taking a sharp picture of an object that is in motion.
November Cemeteries Focusing on headstones and monuments honoring our dead, military or civilian, landscape or not, close-ups or not.
December Places of Worship Religious structures and items; internal or external; pieces, whole thing, contents, main element can be landscape or not, people are not the focus of the theme.

CdCC Club Competitions 2006

Month Theme Definition
January No competition this month.
February Open Any photograph that meets the “good taste” Club standard.
March Wild Birds Main theme of photograph uses one or more wild birds as its theme.
April Bridges Uses one or more bridges, or a substantial part of a bridge, as its theme.
May Sport Action Key word is ACTION. Theme of this competition is catching sports in action.
June Flower Macro photography theme is close ups of flowers.
July Fireworks Night photography of fireworks in action.
August Insects Macro photography theme is close ups of Insects.
September Barns Landscape theme which includes a main element of one or more barns or outbuildings.
October Moving Water Key work is MOTION. Theme is the capture of moving water.
November Halloween Portraits Portraits of the ghosts, ghouls and goblins (any Halloween costumes).
December Holiday Themes Any image with any holiday theme but not your vacation shots.