PSA Guidelines and Information for "Nature" Images:


Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from 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 as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining a high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. This definition does not limit nature photography to wildlife subjects. Scenics, zoo shots and game farm shots are fair game for the nature photographer.

Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photography without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. 

The digital competition season consists of three contests. The closing dates for the competitions will be in the middle of October, January and April. Each club can enter six (6) different images in each contest, for a total of 18 different images for the season. 

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The images are judged by member clubs, but never the group which their Club is participating. Individual blue “AWARD” ribbons will be awarded for the five highest individual scores in each class of each contest. Ties will be broken if more than 5 images have the highest score. Approximately 10% of the individuals will be awarded with red “HONOR” ribbons. First, second and third place ribbons will be presented to the clubs in each class based on the total points for the six images in each of the three contests. First, second and third place awards will be presented to the clubs in each class at the end of the season based on the total accumulated points for the three contests. All individual club members earning an “AWARD” ribbon in one of the season’s contests will be eligible for an annual Image of the Year competition.

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