There are five themes within this category.
Botanical - Only wild plants in their natural environment are allowed. Hybrids and cultivated plants are not permitted. Wild plants grown in a botanical garden are allowed.
Insects, reptiles and amphibians.
Landscape - including weather phenomena, geological formations, landscapes, seascapes, planets, stars and astrological events.
Nature - including living birds, animals and marine subjects, under the care and feeding of humans provided the human element is not obvious. No feral or domesticated birds or animals are permitted.
Wildlife - only living and untamed mammals, birds and marine subjects. Animals in nature parks are allowed, as are scientific bands, tags and radio collars, but no tethers or harness attachments.
“Hand-of-man” is allowed in the “Botanical” and “Insects, reptiles and amphibian” themes, but only where it is an integral part of the nature story, and even then it must be less than 10% of the total area. Note that “hand-of-man” includes jet trails, cables, artificial light, man-made paths, food, cut trees, and systemically planted plants.
Hand-of-man is permitted in the “Nature” theme provided it is an element of an “adaptive environment”. An “adaptive environment” is where the animal, bird or marine subject uses a human-created structure for nesting or feeding their young or attracting a mate, consuming a cultivated plant or flower, and using a human-created structure for another purpose, such as consuming their prey or food on a fence post or sawn log.
No hand-of-man (except scientific bands, tags and collars) is permitted in the Wildlife or Landscape themes.
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements ( except by cropping) are allowed. Enhancing techniques such as HDR, long exposure, focus stacking and dodging/burning are allowed, provided they do not change the nature of the story or alter the content of the original scene.
Removal of elements added by a camera, such as dust spots, digital noise and film scratches, are permitted. Infrared images are not allowed, nor are stitched images or borders or digital frames.
You must preserve your original RAW or JPEG file. You may be required to produce your original file. Make edits on a copy. A DNG and a PSD file are not recognized as an original file. The only exception will be for images captured on specific cameras: Apple iphone, Lecia, Nokia smartphone, Ricoh, Casio, LG, Panoscan, zsamsun, DxO, MegaVision Pentax and Sinar.
VCC members may enter two images as Club images. The Club may enter only 6 images from 6 different photographers. The Club must enter images in at least two different themes to be eligible for medals.
The DEADLINE for submission of images to VCC in the Club category is September 15, 2022, midnight PDT.
Individual CAPA members may enter a maximum of 3 images. They too must enter into at least 2 themes to be eligible for overall CAPA medals. The CAPA deadline for individual submissions is October 15 at midnight, EST.
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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.