Annual Competition Subject Definitions
Pictorial - “Any subject that embodies the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, and reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer”.
Nature - “Depicting wild animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, plus natural and geological phenomena such as icebergs and weather patterns. Photographs featuring domesticated or caged animals and cultivated plants are ineligible. Photographs can include man-made elements (e.g. wild animals and natural disasters in urban areas) however they must not be the main focus of the image.” Individual elements of the image must not be added or removed.
People - “A photograph featuring humans as the main subject matter, either by themselves or in groups. Images submitted into this subject can be candid (e.g. a wedding) or staged, such as in a portrait. Other objects can be present within the image, as long as they are secondary to the person or people that the photo features.”
Creative / Experimental - “A photograph which contains an unusual viewpoint and/or combination of objects which is used to create a pleasing effect, or a photograph that have been modified during or after exposure by the use of a creative or experimental technique (such as cross-processing and double-exposures, among other things). The picture must have a basic photographic image. Digital processes that are the work of the entrant are included.”
Social Documentary / Photojournalism - “Portraying and interpreting society using both human and non-human subject matter in either an editorial or story-telling fashion; similar to what is seen in news media and periodicals. They may include documentary, contemporary life, current events, sport and sporting news or human interest.” Individual elements of the image must not be added or removed. Eg a rubbish bin or sign cannot be removed.
Monochrome - “Any photograph that contains shades of only one colour. If toning is carried out, it must be over the total photograph – partial toning and/or the addition of one extra colour are not acceptable in the monochrome subject.”
Colour – “Any photograph that contains shades of multiple colours.”
Human Interest – “Presenting people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that arouses interest or sympathy.”
Fine Art – “Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created to fulfil the creative vision of the artist. Fine art photography is created primarily as an expression of the artist’s vision and feelings. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism and commercial photography.”
Wet Process – “The traditional method of processing photographic material by immersing material in wet chemicals.”
Owner Process – “Prints that have been processed by the maker. This includes wet process and digital images that the owner has printed themselves. Commercially produced prints are excluded.”
Top Score – “The top score is calculated annually by summing the total points earned by a member in all monthly and annual competitions.”