To score well in the assigned subject category, the assigned subject should be the obvious center of interest within the image. Images where the assigned subject is a minor aspect of the composition historically do not receive high scores or are disqualified.
The Assigned Subject Competitions for the 2014-2015 season are:
Photojournalism consists of images that tell a story about the human condition; images that constitute social documentary photography. It includes certain types of street photography, protest photography, celebrity photography, and sports photographs. It depicts our visual history, forms our collective memories, and thereby contributes to our deeper understanding of the world in which we live. Photojournalists shoot what is happening at the moment. They tell stories with their images, ones that are not staged or posed but rather depict an occurring reality. For purposes of this competition, the journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality.
Samples of Photo Journalism Images
Light and Shadow
Photography is about recording Light. Highlights and shadows are the brightest and darkest parts of an image. In this assigned subject, the judge will evaluate how the photographer made use of the technical aspects of exposure, composition, and the use of light to create impact in the image.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘emotion’ as 'a conscious mental reaction (e.g. anger or fear, joy, affection, sorrow, surprise, etc.) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral change in the body.’
All good photography should have impact, however the emotional response of the viewer is not the principal criterion here. The image in this competition will be judged primarily on how well they represent and explain the emotional state of the subject(s) of the photo.