Digital Camera Group - Canon Photo Competition 2021

Despite the issues with Covid-19 during 2021, our Digital Camera Group still managed to hold their Canon Photo Competition, which concluded with a Zoom presentation in early December where the winners were announced. If you would like to watch the presentation, a recording of it can be viewed here.

Our judge for 2021 was Joseph Aris Aton, Territory Manager at Canon NZ and also a Professional Photographer.

SeniorNet Eden-Roskill would like to acknowledge the generous support from Canon NZ and Joseph Aris Aton for his support.

And, of course, a big thank you also to those who submitted entries, and congratulations to all prize winners.

Please note: the images shown below have been significantly reduced in resolution to dissuade copying.
The four Category prize winners each received a Canon Selphy CP1300 Photo Printer.

These small printers can print 4" x 6" photos from an SD Card or directly via WiFi from any smart device or camera, as well as a number of other great features. Portable printing when you need it.
Canon Selphy CP1300 Photo Printer
Bird Category Winner 2021 Bird Category: David Haines
People Category: Hetty Goodwin People Category Winner 2021
Landscape Category Winner 2021 Landscape Category: Marilyn Chia
Macro Category: Cazna Lowen Macro Category Winner 2021
Canon M50 Mark II Camera The overall winner received a new model Camera - the Canon M50 Mark II. With its 15-45mm lens, 24.1MP CMOS sensor, OLED electronic viewfinder and vari-angle LCD touchscreen, it will also record 4K video at 24fps.
The overall winner was David Barnard. Overall Winner 2021

This might be a good time to echo some of the comments made during judging, because all of them have been mentioned repeatedly during monthly meetings.
  • Focus - this is critical the closer you are to your subject, and while your camera when used in the AUTO setting may do its best, it cannot overcome camera movement. It is a good idea to use a monopod or tripod to remain steady. Most smartphones require you to press on the screen and this can also induce undesirable movement, and this can also be true for digital cameras.
  • Lighting - Often this will dictate the shutter speed - if the lighting is poor, the shutter speed will be slow and the chances of camera movement and out of focus results are increased. Sometimes, using additional light can enhance the image. Sometimes, increasing the ASA of the sensor can help as well.
  • Foreground Obstacles - whenever an obtrusive obstacle gets in your way, always try to position yourself so that the obstacle is avoided or at least minimised. While some objects can be removed by editing the image on your computer, this is not ideal. The most important consideration is not to give it prominence, unless of course that is the intention.
  • Horizon - in most instances the horizon is our reference point and so it is with images as well, so always ensure that the horizon is level, particularly if it shows a body of water. Most cameras and smartphones have a grid display function which can help you avoid this common error. Relying on your computer to fix it later is not always a good idea, but it is an option.