Competition Topics

Calendar of Contest Themes

All competitions listed below are for images in a digital/electronic format unless otherwise noted.

2023-2024 PPC Competition Year

Competition Month and Year   Topic
May 2023  -  People at Work Point & Shoot: Photographing People at Work
Documentary Photography – Taking Photos of Places and People
Top Tips: Workplace Photography
June 2023  -  Open  
July 2023  -  Fireworks / Fire  
August 2023  -  Open  
September 2023  -  Tools of the Trade Meaning
Tools of the Trade for Photographers
Tools of the Trade for Photographers
    -  Stock Photos for Inspiration Getty Images
October 2023  -  Open (Print Format)  
November 2023  -  Fetes / Festivals 5 Tips for Photographing Festivals
7 Tips For Festival Photography Every Photographer Should Use
7 Tips For Photographing Festivals
Festival Photography Tips
How To Take Good Photos At Events & Festivals On Holiday
December 2023  -  No Contest  
January 2024  -  Open  
February 2024  -  Abstracts in Nature (Print Format) 5 Abstract Nature Photography Tips
5 Ideas to Capture Abstract Nature Photography Composition
Abstract Nature Photography: A Guide (+ Tips and Ideas)
Abstract Nature Photography: Creative Tips & Techniques
Abstract Nature Photography: Taking Creative Photos
How to Take Awesome Abstract Nature Photography
Natural Abstracts in Photography
Understanding Abstract Landscape Photography
March 2024  -  Open  
April 2024  -  SPECIAL CONTESTS  


About The Special Contests

The SPECIAL CONTESTS do not count in end-of-year standings. The themes are Portraits, Photojournalism, and Nature.

These contests are outside of the annual competition. No points will be awarded. Awards will be presented to the first three places in each contest.

Entry, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master submissions will be judged together.

You may enter all three special contests, but you may only submit a single image for each.

Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight April 18, 2024.




Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation.

The story-telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible.

Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.

Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grayscale monochrome. Infrared images are not allowed.


Photojournalism entries shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. 

The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities specifically arranged for photography or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible.

Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and conversion to grayscale monochrome. Derivations, including infrared, are not eligible.


Images must be of people – no pets or other animals. Can be color or monochrome.

NOTE: You must be a member of the Plano Photography Club in order to submit an image to a competition.


2024-2025 PPC Competition Year

Competition Month and Year   Topic
May 2024  -  Live / Dead Trees  
June 2024  -  Open  
July 2024  -  Environmental Portraits  
August 2024  -  Open  
September 2024  -  Moving Water  
October 2024  -  Open (Print Format)  
November 2024  -  Portals  
December 2024  -  No Contest  
January 2025  -  Open  
February 2025  -  Layered Landscapes (Print Format)  
March 2025  -  Open  
April 2025  -  SPECIAL CONTESTS  

The SPECIAL CONTESTS do not count in end-of-year standings. The themes are Portraits, Photojournalism, and Nature.


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