1. People in Action

  • This category must include a person, or a group of people, engaged in an activity depicting physical motion. This can be related to sports, hobbies or leisurely activities where the activity is represented as the principle subject.

o   Eg: running, canoeing, bicycle riding, car or boat racing, etc.,

o   The intent is to show a person in obvious motion or action, not merely engaged in an activity in which the motion is passive or slow.

  • A physical person, or evidence of a person, must be present in the image.

o   It is not required that the person’s face be visible if it is clear that there is a person engaged in an activity in which there is obvious action taking place.

o   Eg: a skier in full gear, race car drive with helmet visible through window, racing vehicle (such as a car or boat) would be eligible as long as there is clear evidence of a person.

o   If a driver is not visible, the entry would be ineligible

  • Any form of image manipulation is allowed as long as the results look natural. If the image is highly or creatively altered it may be more suitable in the Pictorial category

2. Nature Category

  • Landscapes, Seascapes, and Natural Phenomena, no hand of man in image.
  • Landscape is described as an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view, includes subjects such as weather phenomena, geological formations, landscapes, seascapes and natural phenomena, planets, stars and astronomical events.
  • Seascape is described as an expanse of water in which the water or waves predominate. Coastal features or shoreline may be included.
  • Botanicals such as wildflowers, plants, trees, fungi and algae. Germinated and grown without human assistance
  • Natural Phenomena refers to any observable event which is not man-made. This the key to remember here. Examples may include: sunrise/sunsets, weather, any state of water and its movement and natural disasters to name a few.
  • Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
  • No animals or birds will be accepted this year in this category.
  • No hand of man will be allowed in this category at all (including the standard 15% that some clubs allow).


3. Animal Category

  • This category is open to all manner of animals. Includes domestic animals, Zoo animals, Animals in controlled environments where they rely on man for their source of food and animals that fall into the wildlife category PSA definition.
  • Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph. Eg:replacing backgrounds in the image as long as the main subject remains true to life.
  • Vignette’s, textures, colour enhancement as long as the main subject remains true to life.
  • All types of computer manipulation are allowed. Such as HDR, focus stacking, removal of distracting elements.
  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches are allowed.
  • Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome.


4. Pictorial Category

  • This category comprises subject matter that does not fall into any of the three other categories. Eg: still life, tabletop, food photography, flowers, man-made objects, transportation, urban or rural life, cityscapes, people, action, domestic animals, pets are just a few examples. No Nature, or Wildlife as the subject of the image is accepted in this category.
  • Wildlife images are NOT allowed in Nature or Pictorial sections and should be entered in the “Animals” category.
  • Nature in appearance images must have been manipulated in a manner not allowed in the “Nature” category.
  • Any form of image manipulation is allowed. Highly manipulated or creatively altered may be entered in this category.


5. Theme Category – Night Photography

  • The Theme category is “Night Photography
  • Refers to the activity of capturing images outdoors at night, between dusk and dawn.
  • Artificial lighting, long exposure, exposing the shot for seconds or even hours in order to capture an image is acceptable.
  • Night photography can include urban lights, stars, star trails, milky way, moon, planets, astrophotography, industrial areas, fireworks, lit caves, lightning during thunderstorm at night, aurora’s, amusement rides after dark and light painting are some examples.

Technical info for images

  • Number of Entries – You can enter as many images as you want.  There is a committee that will select the images entered into the competition.
  • Title – The title assigned to the image must not contain the makers name or other information.  It should be the title of the image.
  • Image Format – All images must be in the JPEG format.
  • Image Size – Images may not exceed 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels high.
  • Color Space – Images should be in the sRGB color space.
  • Image Quality – Images should be saved using the highest quality possible.

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