(FIAP, PAGB and N&EMPF definitions)
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 whilst 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, such as 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. Colour images can be converted to grey scale monochrome.
Infrared images, either direct captures or derivations, are not allowed.
Images entered in nature section 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.
Nature definitions - some notes for guidance
Nature photographers frequently take pictures of animals under controlled conditions in order to record species or behaviour that would be difficult or impossible to record in the wild. Examples would be: moths caught in light traps, butterflies hatched from pupae, small mammals in cages, or amphibians or fish in tanks. Photographs of captive wild animals in zoos might also be considered to be proper subjects for nature photographers, although the environment should look as natural as possible and without human intrusion. This class is designated as nature, so all the above subjects and methods of photography are acceptable, as well as photographs of true wildlife.
This includes landscapes, seascapes, water scapes, sky scapes, and urban/ city scapes. The subject should be any scenic view where the main subject matter is the view captured and depicted. People may be included in the scene as long as they are ancillary and supportive of the main subject.
Monochrome is a single toned image with no additional colour.
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Rules last updated August 2017.