Here is the newly announced amended PAGB nature definition – please note – it applies to PAGB competitions listed below. The L&CPU are likely to follow suit but not for the upcoming club competitions, whose rules have already gone out – and the new definition will not apply to BPE, RPS or FIAP exhibitions, which you might choose to enter yourself, outside the club.
DEFINITION OF NATURE TO BE USED IN PAGB COMPETITIONS
Note that images already meeting the separate FIAP Definition of Nature will satisfy this less restrictive definition.
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 Nature photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
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 statement.
Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when
these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement.
Images entered as Nature can have landscape, 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.
Access to biological subjects may be restricted. By entering a PAGB event, Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.
Images entered in Wildlife sections 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.
Guidance on Implementation and Interpretation
The PAGB organises a variety of Events where a Nature definition is used to determine eligibility for
inclusion and exclusion. Decisions on the application and interpretation of Rules are delegated, by the
PAGB, to each Event Organiser.
Events where ONLY Nature entries are permitted:
The GB Cup (Projected) Nature
The GB Trophy (Prints) Nature
Categories within an Event where ONLY Nature entries are permitted
The Inter‐Federation Projected, Nature
The masters of print Exhibition, Nature
Quotas within an Event where Nature entries are RESTRICTED to a maximum number
The Inter‐Club Print Championship
The Inter‐Club Projected Digital Image Championship
Events and Categories where Nature entries are NOT permitted
The GB Cup (Projected) Open.
The GB Cup (Projected) Small Clubs
The GB Trophy (Prints) Open
The Inter‐Federation Projected Open
The masters of print Exhibition, Monochrome and Colour categories.
Artistic Nature, meaning photographs which started as Nature, but which have been creatively modified
to show a purely pictorial image, do not meet the Nature definition. They may be entered in “Open”
events and categories, and do not count towards any Nature quota restriction.
It is not feasible to investigate adherence to the Nature definition when receiving multiple entries at an
Event. Entrants should therefore expect the Organiser to consider that if an image looks like a Nature
image, then it will be treated as a Nature image, even if the entrant suggests excessive manipulation.
Entrants should plan their entries accordingly, whether that is to an Event, or in a Category or within a
Quota. It is not desirable to have an Image excluded at short notice, before or after judging, when there
is no facility for discussion.
In a Nature Event or Category, the Judges should assume that any image presented to them does
meet the PAGB Nature definition.
After judging, the Organiser has discretion to review eligibility, including calling for the original file of
the image, and this is likely for any awards.