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 6 – 8 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)


Contemporary Photography March

Monday 20

Special Interest Groups

This meeting will feature a number of separate Special Interest Groups in different locations thoughout the hall.

Club members are encouraged to attend the Special Interest Group they are members of.

The Special Interest Groups are:

  • Infra-Red
  • 'Scapes
  • Portrait
  • Monochrome
  • Macro
  • Street
  • Timelapse/Drone
  • Travel
  • Nature
  • Post-Production
  • Creative

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.

Monochrome SIG

Ray Shorter will be speaking on 'Altered Reality in Black & White Images ... Long Exposure and Selective Gradient Masking'.

We will also be looking for someone to lead the Monochrome SIG in 2017. Ray has been the de-facto leader for the past year, but with his other Club responsibilities, no longer has the time to continue this role.



Competition March

Set Subject: Graffiti

Images Due: Monday 13 March

Competition Night: Monday 27 March

Graffiti (plural of graffito: "a graffito", but "these graffiti") are writings or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted, sometimes illicitly, on a wall or other surface, often within public view. In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. Graffiti writing is often seen as having become intertwined with hip hop culture and the myriad international styles derived from New York City Subway graffiti. However, there are many other instances of notable graffiti in the twentieth century including stencil graffiti. Graffiti have long appeared on building walls, in toilets, railroad carriages, subways, and bridges. Now it is time for it to appear in photographic works of art by BCG Members.

Graffiti for the purpose of this challenge could be freehand paint, marker pen or stencil or combination of any of the elements. The Graffiti Art should be a major component of the image; however as it is art in it’s own right you really need to add another element / angle to make it your own art. So a number of pieces shown in context of the location within the same image would be considered a change to make it yours. Also the adding of a person or object can change the context again making it your art.


April Outing

Sunday 9 April 

Location: Albion Peace Centre

Meeting time: 9am to 12 noon

Outing theme:  Portrait Workshop 

Outing registration: Please email outings@brisbanecameragroup if you wish to attend.

We are lucky to have John Lomas and Peter O’Brien help to facilitate this day. Please confirm with Ellen that you are coming. 

Camera gear needed:

  • Camera and lenses TBA
  • Full battery and empty storage card
  • Tripod - TBA
  • BYO Props

There is no charge for this outing. BCG members and potential members are welcome to attend. BYO lunch for after the workshop.

Got a question about this outing? You’re welcome to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Show us your photos: After the event we'd love to see a small selection of your 'best images' from the outing. Please post them in the Outings section of our Special Interest Groups Community on Google+. Here is the link to our Google+ Community "Brisbane Camera Group - SIG". You need to be a member to access this G+ Community.


Focus April - Jane Long

Monday 10 April

Photography & Digital Art/Composites - Jane Long

Currently based in Brisbane, photographer and digital artist Jane Long combines photography and photomanipulation to create slightly surreal images that straddle the line between reality and fantasy.

Completely self-taught, she has worked with Photoshop since 1994, both commercially and for personal work. More recently she has delved wholeheartedly into photography, concentrating on conceptual work. However digital art remains a passion and forms an integral part of her work.

Deciding to move into the fine art market in April 2014, her first series “Self-Preservation” received several accolades including several images being listed as finalists for the Macquarie Photography Prize and “Cured” being announced as a semi-finalist for the Moran Photographic Prize.

Her next series “Dancing with Costică” shot her to international exposure with features on over 150 prominent photography and general interest websites, photography magazines and Romanian TV! The series was exhibited at the Romanian Embassy in Canberra, Australia in March 2015, at the Romanian Photo Festival in May 2015 and she was selected as a core artist at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in September 2015. Her work was also shown at the Affordable Art Fairs in Stockholm, Hamburg, London, Singapore and Hong Kong through Retrospect Galleries.

The media interest in her work has continued with the release of the “Nasty Little Critters” series and most recently “The Watchers” series as well as commercial work for Decca Records artist Aurora who commissioned her for the album artwork for her debut release “All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend”.



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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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