Annual AV Show

Monday 27 November


The Annual Audiovisual competition is always an enjoyable and interesting night, as many different sounds, sights and stories are presented in a sequence of stills set to a soundtrack. The AV format provides a wide scope for creativity and individual expression, and Monday's presentation of excellent AV sequences will be no exception.

No places will be announced, only a selection of the judges comments. Final results will be announced at the Annual Dinner.








Competition February

Set Subject: Minimalism

Images Due: Monday 13 February

Competition Night: Monday 27 February

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 – a striking or engaging subject has to be the strongest element of the shot, even though it may not take up the majority of the frame.

A strong compositional element is important in a minimalist photo; what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in, so consider the space within which the subject is placed. Other features that can contribute to minimalism are: strong, bright colours- contrasting or complementary; strong lines or geometric patterns; dominant textures. Minimalism can be a subjective topic, with interpretation left open to the artist and the viewer.


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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.


Competition April

Set Subject:  Sport

Images Due: Monday 10 April

Competition Night: Monday 24 April

Here we consider sport as an activity involving physical exertion and skill, often undertaken competitively, that is governed by a set of rules or customs designed to ensure fair competition. The majority of sport photography is about capturing the moment, often with the subject in sharp focus against a somewhat blurred background.

Examples of Sports Photography



Competition May

Set Subject: Emotion

Images Due: Monday 8 May

Competition Night: Monday 22 May

Emotion is a state of consciousness in which feelings of love, joy, happiness, surprise, calmness, inquisitiveness, sorrow, fear, disgust, hate and the like are experienced. 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.

Photos with emotion convey a mood or an atmosphere and pull the viewer into the scene; they tell or encourage a story and tug at the heartstrings. Photos with emotion may transport the viewer to another time or place, or evoke certain feelings that make them engage with the photo.

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Competition June

Set Subject: Self-portrait

Images Due: Monday  12 June

Competition Night: Monday  26 June

A photograph of yourself taken by yourself. Some things to consider include lighting, background or environment, features of yourself you might want to emphasise, your hobbies or interests, your emotions.


Competition July

Set Subject:  Forced Perspective

Images Due: Monday 10 July

Competition Night: Monday 24 July

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). Another illusion is to turn the image on its side or upside down to make it appear the subject is defying gravity. The image is created by taking a photo of carefully positioned subjects, not by altering the position of subjects in post processing.


Competition August

Set Subject: Structures

Images Due: Monday 14 August

Competition Night: Monday 28 August

Structure is an arrangement and organization of interrelated elements in a material object or system, or the object or system so organized. Material structures include man-made objects such as buildings and machines. Built structures are broadly divided by their varying design approaches and standards, into categories including building structures, architectural structures, civil engineering structures and mechanical structures. For the purposes of this competition, the following structures are excluded: biological, chemical, mathematical, musical, social, data, software, logical.


Competition September

Set Subject: Small world / Macro

Images Due: Monday 11 September

Competition Night: Monday 25 September

Magnification - or more precisely, the magnification ratio - is simply the relationship between of the size of the (in-focus) subject's projection on the imaging sensor and the subject's size in reality. If these are equal (1:1) then the size of the subject in the photograph is the same as the subject’s life-size, and is regarded as ‘true’ macro. Commonly however, ‘macro’ is considered to be a close-up photograph where the size of the subject on the sensor may be, for example, half (1:2) or a quarter (1:4) the subject’s life-size. So, 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. For magnification ratio’s much higher than 1:1, for example 20:1 or higher, photographers usually attach a camera to a light microscope and this is referred to as ‘small world’ photography (e.g. Such photographs would also be acceptable in this competition. Subjects could be biological specimens or parts of them, for example insects, other animals or plants. The subject could also be a non-biological object or a part of it.


Competition Hunt and Shoot

Date: TBA

Location: top secret until closer to the time


• At registration, you will be required to take a test shot and provide the image number of the test shot.
• There are 12 subjects.
• You can take a maximum of 24 images.
• All competition images and your test shot are to be downloaded at the end of the competition.
• All images must be taken in JPG format. No RAW files will be accepted
• You must be back at the photo download station before 5.00 PM.
• Unlike previous years, there are no boundaries. You can go wherever you want as long as you’re back at the photo download station before 5.00 PM. Be aware that some areas, such as the Myer Centre and Wintergarden, are private property and photography may be discouraged.

Photo Download
You must download your competition images at the end of the competition. The download station will be open from 4.00 PM and will close at 5:15 PM. Photo download will be at  a nominated place. Remember all images must be in JPG format!

Image Selection
Following the competition, you will be required to specify the image number for each subject and email these numbers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a subject of ‘Hunt & Shoot Selection’. E.g., if you took image DSC_1234 and want to enter it for the subject of ‘Spaghetti’ and IMG_6789 for the subject of ‘Meatballs’, you would email:
Spaghetti: DSC_1234
Meatballs: IMG_6789

You do not need to send the image files.

Required equipment:

  • Camera (& at least one lens)
  • Full battery
  • Empty storage card

Optional equipment

  • Tripod
  • Flash
  • Your camera manual
  • Filters, props and anything that will assist you to create interesting images

The winner is awarded the Hunt and Shoot trophy at the annual dinner.

See you all there!


Competition October

Set Subject: Reflections

Images Due: Monday 9 October

Competition Night: Monday 23 October

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. A picture in which the reflections of a subject combined with the subject provide the centre of interest. Just the reflection(s) can produce a more abstract image. The reflections must be dominant in the image.

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BCG Annual Competition

Print and Digital Projected Images

Image subjects are are:

  • Pictorial Monochrome (All media)
  • Pictorial Colour (All media)
  • Nature
  • People
  • Creative / Experimental
  • Social Documentary / Photojournalism (SDP)

Four images per subject may be entered for any one category for either DPI or Print.

Special Awards

Dont forget to enter you images for the special awards categories and take home the annual trophies.

  • Human Interest Monochrome
  • Most Artistic Photograph
  • Best Commercial Print
  • Best Owner Processed Print

Audio Visual

The Audio Visual Competition entries close on Monday October 23 and must be supplied on USB stick or CD.


  • B Grade (NOVICE)
  • A Grade (OPEN)
  • GROUP (2 or more collaborating authors)

Please ensure that you have read the competition rules prior to entry. Any entry which does not comply with the rules will be rejected.

More Details

Full Annual competition details are available here.


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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