According to Juror Peter Howe:
"Early Morning, After Dark: Dawn's First Light to Dusk's Last is a
broad topic for a photographer to undertake. This has both advantages
and disadvantages. On the plus side it allows for an almost
inexhaustible range of subject matter. The downside is that it makes it
difficult for the photographer to focus his or her creativity into one
area that adequately represents the theme. There are, however, some
guidelines that I think may help. As I'm sure you might know the word
photography comes from the Greek for “writing with light”, and light has
to be a strong component of any submission. Another point to remember
is that the Call for Entry includes the phrase, “After Dark”, and that
light doesn't disappear at dusk but it does take on different
characteristics. You should consider, one, or both of these times of
light for this Call for Entry and what will prove to be a most
"On the occasions that I've taught students I've tried to instill in
them two ideas that may be useful in your selecting images. The first
and foremost is that photography is not an intellectual medium but an
emotional one. It can't tell you why something happened, but it can show
you what it felt like when it happened better than any other medium.
Unless the photographer can harness the viewer's emotions there's really
little point in taking the photograph. I also firmly believe that
photographing what you know and understand generally produces more
profoundly moving images than trying to capture something you've never
experienced before and know little about. The most successful
photographers are the ones who know and comprehend their subject matter.
This doesn't mean you only have to shoot in your hometown, although
there's a wealth of material waiting for you there if you do."
"The great tennis player, Arthur Ashe, once said: "Start where you
are; use what you have; do what you can." This is good advice for those
holding a camera as much as it is for those with a racquet in their
hands. Good luck (because every photographer needs a little of that as
well) and I'm looking forward to seeing the results."