LCPU Nature Definition (2020)

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This applies to L&CPU competitions, so any images that Oldham PS enter for the nature sections of L&CPU competitions must satisfy this definition, as must images entered into any nature sections of Oldham PS.

The PAGB have different criteria published in 2020, which may be later adopted by the L&CPU (see below).

Definition of Nature for L&CPU Nature Competitions 2020

Note, 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.

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 distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement.

Nature images, such as composites or those presented in an artistic way (i.e. the use of texture overlays) should be entered in the ‘monochrome’ or ‘colour’ sections, where applicable.

Images entered as Nature can have 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.

Note, Landscapes not showing specific geologic formations or weather phenomena should be entered in the ‘monochrome’ or ‘colour’ sections.

Note, any nature images entered in the ‘colour’ or ‘monochrome’ sections, will be assumed to be montage or composite, and will be assumed to have had the truth of the image significantly altered and will be judged and scored accordingly.


OPS Additional Notes: The new definition will not apply to BPE, RPS or FIAP exhibitions, which you might choose to enter yourself, outside the club…whose definitions are more strict. Please carefully read the rules of any nature competition that you enter as the criteria vary widely.

New eligibility rules for nature images in PAGB competitions from 2020

Nature means Images where living organisms are the primary subject matter.

The story telling value of an Image will normally be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

Nature includes: Images taken with subjects in controlled conditions such as zoos, game parks, botanic gardens, aquariums and enclosures where the subjects are dependent on man for food. Scientific bands, tags or collars are permissible.

Nature excludes: Images where the subjects are obviously domestic animals or plants. Images where an obviously artistic treatment has been applied.

Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is permitted, as is cloning of image defects and minor distractions including overlapping elements.

An Image appearing to meet these criteria will be accepted as Nature.

The Judges will normally assume that any Image presented to them is eligible.

Access to some biological subjects may be restricted. Where that is relevant, then Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.

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