Competition Definitions

As at August 2017


A photograph of natural inland scenery with land and sky based elements displayed in a pictorial fashion. It may include evidence of man, people, and animals provided that none of these additional elements dominate the photograph. Lakes and rivers may be included in the landscape but not sea or ocean.


A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to full body length. This section includes candid photographs and formal portraits.


Photojournalism entries must be story-telling pictures such as seen in the news media and magazines. They may include documentary, sport, contemporary life, illustrative, spot news, or human interest. In the interest of credibility, contrived situations or photographic manipulations, which alter the truth, are not acceptable. The story telling value of the photograph shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality.
Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image except by cropping are not permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the image without changing the photojournalism content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.


Nature photography depicts living, untamed, animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena from insects to icebergs. TI1e definition of nature includes landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, animals, birds, plants, fish, fungi and single celled organisms as the primary subject matter.
Photographs of cultivated plants or animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, are ineligible. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
Human elements generally should not be present except where those human elements are an integral part of the nature story e.g. scientific tags, bands, or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
Any manipulation or modifications to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. All changes must appear natural.


A monochrome image is defined as having no more than one colour, but may be any single colour e.g. a black and white image contains various shades of grey from black to white.