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. 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.
Wildlife is further defined as: Living free and not under any direct control of human nor dependent upon humans for food. No traditional zoo, open-range zoos, game farms or other areas where animals/birds are enclosed or confined. Natural parks are considered natural environments because plants and animals are not considered in ‘controlled conditions.’
IMPORTANT: 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.
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- Images should be in JPEG format, maximum 1400 pixels on the horizontal x 1050 on the vertical in size.
Note: One of the dimensions must be exactly the maximum allowed size (either 1400 or 1050 pixels).
sRGB colour space and have a maximum file size of 1.8 MB
- Maximum number of submissions per VCC member is two.
Please preserve your image’s RAW formatted files, should CAPA request them.
The CAPA Nature competition will be opened for submissions on June 19th, 2020 and will close on October 1st, 2020.