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There are three sections. Four images allowed per section.
A. Open Nature – (nature definition applies)
B. Australian Mammals – Two of a Kind (nature definition applies. Placental mammals, marsupial mammals and monotremes)
C. Australian Birds in action (nature definition applies)
Submission of entries / fees
Each entrant may submit up to four entries in each of the three sections.
A single non-refundable entry fee applies for entry to all three section.
Payments are to be made using the PayPal payment gateway on this website. Credit and debit cards are accepted.
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 waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. 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. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. 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. Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.
1. Entries will be accepted from residents of the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories and from Australian Photographic Society members residing overseas. All images must have been taken by the entrant. Any manipulation where permitted (see definitions) must have been made by the photographer (author).
2. Unless otherwise specified, permission to reproduce entries for publicity purposes will be assumed.
3. Photographs previously accepted in any section or so similar as to be almost identical regardless of the title will not be eligible for selection.
4. The decisions of the National Committee or its delegates are final and no correspondence will be entered into. It is assumed upon receipt of an entry that the entrant accepts these rules and conditions.
5. The Committee reserves the right to withhold any accepted entry from display.
6. All entries must be the work of the entrant.
7. A maximum of FOUR ENTRIES may be submitted in each section. Images to be sized 1920×1200 maximum 2 MB.
8. By submitting images to this exhibition in either print or digital form, I agree to accept without exception or objection the following terms:
To ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry, including all relevant definitions, the exhibition organisers may ask me to provide original images, with EXIF data intact, by a specified deadline
If I do not supply the requested image(s) in the specified time, those images will be deemed to be in breach of the Conditions of Entry.
Images that are submitted as requested may be investigated by any means determined appropriate by the exhibition organisers to establish if the image(s) comply with the Conditions of Entry.
Images that are deemed by the exhibition organisers to breach the Conditions of Entry will be removed from the exhibition. Any acceptances or awards allocated to those images will become void. e
The exhibition organisers will provide APS with details of all breaches of the Condition of Entry. APS retains the right to impose sanctions on entrants deemed to have repeatedly breached the Condition of Entry of any APS Approved exhibition.
The judges will have absolute discretion in determining the eligibility of an entry based on their interpretation of the Terms and Conditions of entry. The judges’ decision will be final and not subject to discussion or appeal. No correspondence will be entered into.