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Assigned Subject Competitions

The list below contains the Assigned Subjects for the 2021 – 2022 Competitions. Adjacent to each subject is a description detailing the type of images that may be entered. Please check the Program and Competition Schedule  for the competition date of each Assigned Subject.

The descriptions will be read to the judge at each competition. It will be at the judge’s discretion to disqualify an image if they feel it does not meet the description.

A printable PDF of the Assigned subject is located at the bottom of the page.






Animals must be the dominant subject. The animals can wild, domesticated or in a zoo. No pets or birds allowed.

Abandoned, Decay or Rust


Abandoned structures, decaying structures, or rusting structures must be the dominant element of the image. The image must depict a portion of the structure.

Black & White


The image must be depicted in Black & White. Birds and flowers are permitted. Sepia, monochrome, spot color and other variations are not permitted.

CMCC Memorial Competition


One printed image of your choice. The image cannot be one that has won a previous award. The printed image may be displayed with a mat or mounted on foam board. No frames.



The abstract must reflect the exploration of color, shape, line, light, or a combination of those basic elements. Your title should indicate what elements were explored. Animals, birds, and people are not permitted.



The Architecture must be the dominant subject. Architecture includes buildings, building facades, building interiors and bridges.

Macro / Close Up


One image from each category may be submitted: 1. Nature; 2. Inside your home; 3. Food. Flowers are allowed only for the nature category. No animals or birds permitted.

Things that Fly


The image must be of something in flight. Get creative. Birds allowed.

Assigned Subject PDF