2017 Topic Guidelines

Introduction

Every month we have the following topics available. You can enter 4 photos per month, and a maximum of 2 of those entries into one topic;

  1. Topic of the Month
  2. Technique of the Month
  3. Open
  4. Manipulated Nature
  5. Wildlife
  6. Macro / Close-Up
  7. Creative / Altered Reality
  8. Photo Journalism / Sport

General Rules

  1. Our Conditions of Entry will apply. If you submit an image, it indicates you agree to these conditions.

Open

Topic

  • An open and pictorial topic.

Not Allowed

  • Anything that would be better suited to another topic. E.g. Rather put your bird picture into the Nature topic.

Allowed

  • Any manipulation is allowed.

Beginner Tips

  • Ideas: travel, portraiture, landscapes, fashion, architecture.
  • When photographing people or pets, it is important that the eyes are in sharp focus.
  • Be aware of how to compose a good picture. Read more here.

Manipulated Nature

Topic

  • The subject is an animal or plant in a natural-looking environment.
  • This topic is similar to the Wildlife topic, but it is more relaxed.

Not Allowed

  • Hybrid plants, like roses or orchids.
  • Domestic animals like pets or farm animals.

Allowed

  • You can freely edit your photo, including removing pixels by cloning, etc.
  • You are allowed to show man-made objects, e.g. roads or tracks. Be aware that some judges might prefer if these elements are not prominent in your picture.
  • Captive animals (zoo) are allowed, but don’t show the cage.
  • Radio collars or similar man-made conservation tags.
  • Landscapes which do not include man-related objects such as fences, tractors, sheep.

Beginner Tips

  • Don’t crop off part of the animal (e.g. tail).
  • Better to have a good pic of an ordinary animal than an out-of-focus pic of a rare animal.
  • Be careful of pics of tiny animals or plants – might be better placed under Macro.

Wildlife

Topic

  • The subject is an animal or plant living free and unrestrained in a natural environment.
  • This topic is similar to Manipulated Nature, but it is more strict. The aim is to photograph an animal or plant in the wild, and to strictly limit what editing has been done to the image.

Not Allowed

  • Any humans or anything man-made, even roads or tracks.
  • Hybrid plants, like roses or orchids.
  • Domestic animals like pets or farm animals.
  • Captive animals (zoo) are not allowed.
  • Photo editing rules are quite strict. No adding or removing pixels. (Cropping is okay. Removing dust spots is okay.).

Allowed

  • Radio collars or similar man-made conservation tags.

Beginner Tips

  • Don’t crop off part of the animal (e.g. tail).
  • Better to have a good pic of an ordinary animal than an out-of-focus pic of a rare animal.
  • Be careful of pics of tiny animals or plants – might be better placed under Macro.

Macro / Close-Up

Topic

  • Photograph something tiny to show us the beauty in the details.

Not Allowed

  • The subject needs to be something small that has been enlarged to bigger than life size. It can be an animal or plant or something man-made.
  • No inserting of other subjects/objects into the picture.

Allowed

  • Any manipulation is allowed.

Beginner Tips

  • Ideas: insects, flowers, machine parts.
  • When insects, it is important that the eyes are in sharp focus.
  • Use a flash – it makes the animal must easier to capture.

Creative / Altered Reality

Topic Includes

  • Fine Art photography, which aims to evoke an emotion or feeling in the viewer. You have aimed to express yourself rather than realistically capturing a subject.
  • Create an image by altering reality in an obvious manner. You can use any method in camera or in post-processing, but the result should still have photographic content. The aim should be to create a new image that embodies a concept, or that conveys a specific feeling, a message, or a story.
  • Read more here.

Not Allowed

  • Any elements that you combine in your photograph must be created by you. You can’t use clip-art or similar sources created by others.

Allowed

  • Any manipulation is allowed.

Beginner Tips

  • For Altered Reality, manipulation of the image is key to success.

Photo Journalism / Sport

Topic

  • Record an event in an objective and narrative way.

Not Allowed

  • Any adding or removing of pixels. E.g. No cloning or modifying of the image (Cropping is allowed. Removing dust spots is allowed.).
  • HDR or stacking.

Allowed

  • Sports events, news stories.

Beginner Tips

  • Black and White popular, but not compulsory. Increase the contrast to make your blacks black and whites white (but don’t blow-out your whites too much!).
  • In this topic, a pic that tells a great story is rewarded, even if not the best technically. But get your basics right.