Definitions

LANDSCAPE

A stretch of scenery and all of its features, as seen from one point which may include sea, lakes, etc., as long as the land is a feature, and can include an urban landscape. May be presented in either portrait or landscape orientation.

NATURAL HISTORY

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal

MONOCHROME

Monochrome photographs should be simply that – monochrome, (Meaning one tone, which includes the standard practices of sepia and/or Selenium toning).

OPEN

An open competition can be any subject matter (close-ups, people, landscape, seascape, buildings etc.) It can be anything that you have photographed that interests you.

PORTRAIT

Pictures of one or more people or animals, showing something of their personality, character, activities etc. The fundamental purpose of Portraiture is to furnish a complete and satisfactory likeness of the sitter – the true Portrait then should present a complete and satisfactory representation of the contours and graduations of the face; it should be as fully descriptive as possible of the sitter’s character; and it should be a picture of such nature as to be critically pleasing to one who is unacquainted with the original. (it should be noted that animals may not be acceptable in national competitions).

PHOTO JOURNALISM

The subject matter must portray photojournalism in the opinion of the Judge. Generally this consists of story telling pictures (or sequences) such as seen in the news media and in periodicals. They will include documentary, sport, spot news, human interest and contemporary life portrayal subjects. Special interest is usually given to pictures depicting man and his world. There is to be no manipulation of the photograph that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

Simply put, photo journalism is “man and his environment”. Remember the saying “a picture tells a thousand words”.

SET SUBJECT

A set subject, for example, Doors/Windows/Roofs means that the photographs or slides entered in this competition must show either a door, or a window, or a roof or a combination of two (either a door and a window or a door and a roof, or a window and roof), or a combination of all three, Usually the set is the main feature. Aim to have the main feature dominant in the image.