~ Deadline for submission: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 - Midnight
~ One image per member per category
~ Submission guidelines can be found at the bottom of THIS PAGE.
~ Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send a separate email with each category clearly marked in your subject line.
~ “Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.
~ Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.
~ Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.
~ Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. No composites. HDR techniques are acceptable as long as the result is what the eye naturally sees. Black and white nature shots are allowed as well as slow shutter speeds on water.~ Botany – includes images that portray uncultivated plant life such as trees, flowering and non-flowering plants, ferns, algae, fungi, etc. in their natural habitat. Photographs of domestic plants, artificially produced hybrid plants, flower arrangements etc are ineligible.
A variety of subject matter is accepted including abstracts. The photographer can make enhancements in the camera (zooms, pans, multiple exposures, blurs, cropping) as well as modifications and enhancements using digital imaging software (HDR, focus-stacking, selective layering – using photographs of the same scene) to improve the overall presentation of the original captured image e.g., improved contrast/tonality, enhanced colour. Non-photographic components such as text, lightning or computer-simulated imagery (which were not part of the original photograph) are not acceptable. No composites. Techniques that dramatically change the presentation of the original captured image must be entered in the ‘Altered Reality’ Competition.