Michael Linehan - Kingfisher
Format and Scoring for the Club Nature Competition
The nature competition is a one round competition (unlike the league). Each entrant can enter up to 6 images, either as print or as digital projected images.
Images must adhere to the FIAP definition for nature images as given below.
There are three prizes awarded:
- best non-advanced portfolio,
- best advanced portfolio, and
- best overall image.
This last prize may be awarded to either a non-advanced or an advanced level photographer.
Images are scored out of 50 marks.
The best portfolio prizes are given to those photographers with the highest combined total in each of the non-advanced and advanced sections respectively. Therefore, to win a best portfolio prize you really need to enter 6 images.
The best overall image is picked by the judge, so if you have a great image, but not enough for a portfolio, you can still enter and have a chance to win this prize.
Remember also that any images entered in the Nature competition can also be entered in the POTY leage competition, and all images entered are also available for selection to be entered in external competitions.
- Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, 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 elements 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 sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geological 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.