Competition Rules

Entering Images

Only financial members of the club are able to enter our monthly competitions.

You can enter either  Print or Projected into three categories: 'Open', 'Set Subject' or 'Digital Art', and you can enter images taken with a smartphone or a tablet device into the 'Mobile Device' category.

You also have the option to enter either into our 'A' section or the 'B' section for novice photographers.

All digitally enhanced images are accepted provided that all content within the image has originated from a photograph/photographs taken by the author and all enhancements are also undertaken only by the author.

After club night all digital images are retained by the Convenor for adding to the Club Website Galleries. If you don't wish us to retain your images, please advise the Convener. At the end of the Club Year (July) you will need to submit your 10 favourite images for the year for entry into our end of year Salon.

All images need to be entered no later than 8PM on Wednesday before each Club Night. You can only submit a maximum total of 4 images per club night, split in any way you like between digital or print and the various categories.

Digital images are displayed with a maximum horizontal resolution of 1024 pixels, and a maximum vertical resolution of 768 pixels.

Prints (including mounts) may be of any size not exceeding 16'' x 20'' and not less than 5'' x 7''.

All prints should be neatly presented on photo matting or suitable stiff card (your choice of colour) and may carry a title on the face of the print if desired.

The photographer’s name and competition number must be on the reverse of the print along with the title if not shown on the front. 'No title' is acceptable if you don't want to name an image.

Please try to have your prints on the print convenors table at the rear of the room by 7:30pm on competition night, ready to be entered into the print competition.

Nature Definition and Guidelines

Nature Photography depicts living untamed animals, uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena. Images of animals that are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as cultivated plants, are ineligible. The subject must be in its natural environment. Photographs of animals and birds living freely within conservation or nature reserves are also acceptable.

Naturalised subjects are allowable, providing that they are taken under natural, not domestic conditions. Examples of naturalised subjects are deer, black swan, monarch butterfly, briar (not cultivated) roses.

Minimal evidence of human influence is acceptable for some nature subjects where they have adapted to an environment modified by humans. Some examples are welcome swallows, shags and harrier hawks. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable.

The accurate record of the subject and the natural environment are the prime factors. All images must maintain a faithful representation of a natural form, behaviour or phenomenon as captured in the original image. No elements within the original image may be moved, cloned, introduced, deleted, rearranged or combined. No artificial, false or substitute backgrounds are to be used.

Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. Resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening and restoration of the original colour of the scene are also acceptable. Digital processes such as HDR, focus stacking, panorama stitching and montage are acceptable provided that they honestly and faithfully represent the original nature story.

Images in New Zealand Nature must have been taken in the natural environment of New Zealand or its offshore and sub-antarctic islands. For all nature images, scientific or common names must be included in the titles.