The Photographic Angle regularly runs photographic competitions which are open and accessible to everyone, regardless of their location, ability, experience, equipment or age.

Each competition has a theme, chosen by our Head of Design, and we welcome submissions that illustrate this theme showcasing originality and a unique viewpoint. The competitions are free to enter and TPA enlists the help of an independent judge who is given the responsibility of selecting the winning entries. One photographer whose entry is deemed the best representation of the competition theme will be awarded a prize.

Throughout the year, our Head of Design will also choose a selection of the best entries submitted to various competition themes for inclusion in one of our future photographic exhibitions. The chosen images will then be printed by the charity and exhibited at no expense to the photographers. If your work is chosen for inclusion you will be contacted via email and asked to send us high resolution versions of your work.

Selective Colour

This competition will appeal to all who love to dabble in a bit of post-production processing! We’ve asked for ‘monochrome’ and ‘colourful’, so this time we have opted for a little bit of both.
Selective colour photography is the process of photo manipulation in which you convert a photo to black and white whilst leaving an “accent” or partial colour on a photograph or a selected area. This is an effective way to draw the eye to an area or object in an image, or it can be used to add an element of fun to images; the idea is to be creative and enjoy the process.

Just as the human eye is attracted to bright areas in an image, it is also attracted to more saturated areas. You can use this as a tool to guide the viewer’s eye around a photo. It is the difference in saturation that the eye can spot not just high saturation. If you have even saturation all over your photo, you can’t control the eye through colour. If you only turn up the saturation on certain objects of interest in your photo, the eye will seek those out.

The way Selective Colour works is in a similar way, by decreasing the saturation from everything else but the subject. If you completely remove all colour, except a few elements, you will have a semi-black and white or selective colour photo. This technique can be used to create strong photos.

We look forward to seeing your Selective Colour images and we hope you have fun in the process.

This competition will close at midnight (GMT) on 31st August 2019.


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Competition Judge

Faramarz Zareian

Faramarz’s love of photography began as a child with his uncle’s analogue SLR. As a young boy, he enjoyed capturing photographs and printing them in darkrooms.
Now 30 years old, he is addicted to photography and carries his camera wherever he goes. He is the proud winner of various competitions those of which include a competition which helped the children of India. He also received 4th place in an amateur photography magazine competition entitled “amateur photographer of the year 2013”.He was part of top 100 mountain photos of 2014 german(by kiku and BMW).
Many of his images are featured in TPA exhibitions, including 200 Faces and A Splash of Colour. The inspiration behind his works on show include the beautiful mountains of Asia, the countries of India and Nepal which mirror the beauty of nature, and the awe inspiring views of the Iran deserts. In each of his photographs, Faramaz tries to capture the scene from different viewpoints and based on this love to this lifestyle He moved to italy .