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Women's Color Photo Club of Minneapolis

Photography and Camaraderie Since 1944

P a s t      S a l o n     C a t e g o r i e s

Categories and Descriptions, by Year

(December is Annual Potluck—Year-End Celebration & Awards)





April—Fashion Statement


June—Sports Action


August—Chiaroscuro (dark B&W)




noun: chiaroscuro

  • the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.

    • an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something.

                    plural noun: chiaroscuros

                   "the chiaroscuro of cobbled streets"


October—Night Sky







July—Impressionistic Style

August—Faces of People

September—Captured Moment


November—Post Card Image  

There is a story being told.

What would you hang on your wall?

A popular category with subjects everywhere.

Your pet or someone else's as the focus.

Blurry, streaky, pixelated, jiggly, distorted, painterly, etc. (Remember Monet and Picasso.)

Create an image with impact, focusing mainly on the face.

An unusual, quirky or strange event or thing captured by a photograph.

Nature in its glory. No computer alterations.

An image that reminds you of a post card you would buy.


March—World of Miniatures


May—Streets and/or Alleys

June—Homage to an Artist


August—Quality of Light

September—Out of Balance

October—Long Exposure

November—Workshop Topic   

Something small, close-ups,

macro, items can be staged.

Show a relationship between two or more.

Convey some kind of interest, mood or place.

Take a photo of a famous picture or piece of art as an example (send with your entries). You interpret and take your own photographs in tribute to that Art or Photograph.

Show no hand of man, only Mother Nature. No Photoshop alterations.

How light is used is what makes the impact of the image (fog, light beams, golden light on a scene).

Break the "standard rules" of photography (dead center, not thirds, light edges, etc.).

Show motion, possible night shots such as star tr ails, traffic trails, milky waters.

Do You See What I See? (Set up items and take photos at meeting, during the year. Then take the items home for further creativity and experimenting.)

Year Unidentified

November: Transportation

This can be roads, bridges, or vehicles. Vehicles can be buses, cars, carts, trucks, trains, airplanes, etc. Use your imagination and show “transportation” as a unique view of the subject. Remember, the overall theme of the subject must be transportation.

December: Patterns

Lines, spaces, curves, repetition stripes, form, roof buildings, shapes, wheels, doors, webs, glassware are some examples. Close ups or distant scenes will work equally well for this category.

March: Parts

Show a part of something. It could be an animal, machinery, human, plant, etc. A whole subject will not be accepted. Work on shape, lighting, form and texture. Use your imagination and show an interesting or different view of a “part” of something.

April: Photojournalism

Photojournalism covers human interest pictures. Pictures should be of excellent technical quality, with good composition. The important feature is people and their environment—the type of interesting pictures that we see every day in our magazines and newspapers.

May: Animals

Domesticated or wild animals at work, play, or rest. Use your pet or your neighbors; zoo subjects can also be used. Good composition is very important.

June: Creative/Contemporary

Non-objective, abstract subject matter altered from realism through various techniques, controls, or equipment.

July: Silhouettes

There should be little or no detail showing in the subject presented. Finding a nice setup such as a person or object is a good starting point for your subject.

August: Nature

Subjects can be wildflowers, animals, minerals, fossils, or natural landscapes. Unacceptable subjects are pets, domesticated animals, cultivated gardens (except extreme close ups of flowers), or landscapes that show farms, fences, etc. Zoo subjects are okay if they do not show man-made objects. Emphasizes is on good lighting and composition.

September: Reflections

Reflections are found in water, glass, buildings, or anything that is capable of reflecting light. The subject in the reflection can be people, objects, animals, signs, etc. lick to add text, images, and other content