There are three sections. Four images allowed per section.
Submission of entries / fees
Each entrant may submit up to four entries in each of the three sections.
A single non-refundable entry fee applies for entry to all three section.
Payments are to be made using the PayPal payment gateway on this website. Credit and debit cards are accepted.
A photograph is a visible
image originating from the action of light or other forms of radiant
energy upon a photosensitive medium or device.
Open – Any subject that is treated pictorially, embodying the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.
Monochrome – Any photograph containing 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 is not acceptable as a monochrome section.
Our Country – Any subject that captures the spirit of Australia, embodying the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer. The image could contain subject matter such as cultural heritage, geographical uniqueness, historical events or locations, Iconic landscapes or cityscapes. If wild animals are included in the image they should not occupy more than 25% of the image area.
Child – A photograph of a child or children that may
range from a head study to a full body length. This section includes
candid photographs and formal portraits. Ensure the child is the focal
point in the picture. Must be a live human being (manikins, statues,
ornaments will not be accepted). Nudity is not allowed.
Sport – A picture featuring a person or people participating in some form of sporting activity.
Photojournalism (PJ) – Story-telling photographs
such as are seen in the news media and periodicals, which may include
documentary, contemporary life, illustrative, spot news or human
interest. In the interest of credibility, contrived situations or
photographic manipulations which alter the truth are not acceptable. The
story telling value of the photograph shall be weighed more than the
pictorial quality. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any
element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted.
The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise,
restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete
conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including
infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear
Photo Travel (PT) – A Photo Travel image expresses
the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found
naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or
activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects
directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up
pictures of people or objects must include features that provide
information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate,
replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping,
are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust
or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene,
and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations,
including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must
Nature – 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
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. Colour images
can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either
direct captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature
Photography exhibitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and
Wildlife. 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 – Images entered in Wildlife sections
meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as
one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and
unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic
formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant
zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are
not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals,
birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including
fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as
are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in
Nature sections of Exhibition’.
NATURE DEFINITION CHECKLIST
The new Nature definition will be used from 1st
January, 2015, and some exhibitions/competitions will have both a
Nature and a Wildlife section. While it is permissible to enter Wildlife
images in the Nature section, there are additional requirements for
images entered in the Wildlife section. When deciding whether or not a
particular image meets the requirements of the Nature and/or Wildlife
definitions you need to consider the following factors.
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER
Anything to do with natural history (the study and description of organisms and natural objects), except anthropology or archaeology.
Subject matter must be identifiable.
Anything that is classified as anthropology (the study of humans) or
archaeology (the study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their
Same as Nature.
Same as Nature.
SPECIFIC SUBJECT MATTER
All extant (not extinct) organisms (plants, animals, etc); landscapes, geological formations, and weather phenomena.
Human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, mounted specimens of plants and animals.
Animals, birds, insects that are free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted environment. Carcasses of extant species.
Landscapes and geological formations. Animals, birds, insects, etc
that are in captivity or under controlled conditions. Botanical species
under controlled conditions (such as plants growing in a hothouse).
Human elements that are
an integral part of the nature story (such as birds nesting on a man-made structure).
Scientific bands, tags or collars.
Human elements (such as buildings) that are not part of the nature story being told by the image.
Same as Nature.
Same as Nature.
Cropping. HDR techniques. Focus stacking. Removal of dust spots, digital noise or scratches on film.
Subject must be presented honestly.
Anything (such as cloning) that alters the content of the original
scene by adding, moving or removing image elements. Stitching together
multiple images (e.g. to create a panorama)
Same as Nature.
Same as Nature.
Techniques (such as contrast adjustment) that enhance the image
without changing the nature story, or altering the pictorial content of
the original scene.
Grey-scale monochrome images.
Adjustments that change the nature story, such as turning a daylight scene into a night scene.
Toned monochrome images.
Same as Nature.
Same as Nature.
1. Images are expected to be of high technical quality. 2. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality.
Entries will be accepted from residents of the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories and from APS member’s resident overseas.
Unless otherwise specified, permission to reproduce entries in the catalogue for publicity and distribution purposes will be assumed but the author retains the copyright to their images.
Each entrant will receive a report and details of acceptance or awards. The report and catalogue as forwarded will be available on the website in PDF format and the report details will be forwarded to the email address supplied on the entry form.
A maximum of FOUR IMAGES may be submitted in each section. No Image shall be entered in more than one section of the exhibition.
An image accepted in previous APS Digital National Exhibitions may not be entered in the same or a different section of this APS Digital National Exhibition.
All images must have been taken by the Entrant.
Images must have a photographic origin and the entrant must hold the copyright for the images. Entries and entrant details can only be accepted electronically via the entry form on the website.
Entries submitted by email or CD’s cannot be accepted.
The organising committee reserve the right to call for the original digital image file if any doubt arises to the authenticity of any submitted photograph. Failure to acknowledge the committees request or submit the image may result in the disqualification of that entry.
By submitting images to this exhibition in digital form, I agree to accept without exception or objection the following terms:
a. To ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry, including all relevant definitions, the exhibition organisers may ask me to provide originally captured images, with EXIF data intact, by a specified deadline. b. If I do not supply the requested image(s) in the specified time those images will be deemed to be in breach of the Conditions of Entry. c. Images that are submitted as requested may be investigated by any means determined appropriate by the exhibition organisers to establish if the image(s) comply with the conditions of entry. d. Images that are deemed by the exhibition organisers to breach the Conditions of Entry will be removed from the exhibition. Any acceptances or awards allocated to those images will become void. e. The exhibition organizers will provide APS with details of all breaches of the Conditions of Entry. APS retains the right to impose sanctions on entrants deemed to have repeatedly breached the Conditions of Entry of any APS Approved exhibition.
The judges will have absolute discretion in determining the eligibility of an entry based on their interpretation of the Terms and Conditions of entry. The judges’ decision will be final and not subject to discussion or appeal. No correspondence will be entered into.
Yvonne Hill EFIAP/b FAPS BPSA Vicky Moritz APSEM MSPSA2 EFIAP/g AAIPP Lyndall Lazar AFIAP FAPS PPSA CAPSB