Competition Topics

Calendar of Contest Themes

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

2022-2023 PPC Competition Year

Competition Month and Year   Topic Resources
May 2022  -  Minimalism Less is More: A Guide to Minimalist Photography
9 Tips For Beautifully Minimalist Photos
10 Tips For Minimalist Photography (With Perfect Examples!)
10 Tips For Taking Stunning Minimalist iPhone Photos
8 Tips to Become Excellent at Minimalist Photography
June 2022  -  Open  
July 2022  -  Sports/Games How To Get Started In Sports Photography
How to Capture the Perfect Action Shot in Sports Photography
The Complete Guide To Sports Photography: 87 Tips
Game On! 10 Ways to Up Your Sports Photography Game
20 Sports Photography Tips for Beginners
August 2022  -  Open  
September 2022  -  Lines and Angles 10 Amazing Photos That Use Lines and Angles In Their Compositions
Camera Angles
Examples of Lines and Angles Photography
How to Use Diagonal Lines In Photography
How to Use Leading Lines to Improve Your Composition
Using Leading Lines and Horizon Lines in Photographic Composition
Using Lines In Photography
October 2022  -  Open (Print Format)  
November 2022  -  Blue Hour How To Get The Most Out of Shooting During the Blue Hour
Blue Hour Photography: The Essential Guide (+ Tips)
What Is Blue Hour Photography and How to Take Advantage of It
Guide to Blue Hour Photography | Settings, Ideas & Tips
40 Inspiring Examples of Blue Hour Photography
December 2022  -  No Contest  
January 2023  -  Open  
February 2023  -  Fruit / Vegetable (Print Format) 4 Top Tips For Creative Fruit And Veg Photography
6 Photographers Offer Tips and Tricks for Great Photos of Fresh Produce
11 Best Techniques for Vegetable and Fruit Photography
Great Fruit and Vegetable Still Life Photography Ideas
Tips On Photographing Your Favorite Fruit Or Vegetable
March 2023  -  Open  
April 2023  -  SPECIAL CONTESTS  

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


April 2023 Special Contests

The themes for the April 2023 special contests are Nature, Photojournalism and Portraits.

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 20, 2023.




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.


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  
October 2023  -  Open (Print Format)  
November 2023  -  Fetes / Festivals  
December 2023  -  No Contest  
January 2024  -  Open  
February 2024  -  Abstracts in Nature (Print Format)  
March 2024  -  Open  
April 2024  -  SPECIAL CONTESTS  

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


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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