Science Wildlife & Wild Places

CORE RULES & REQUIREMENTS:

Unless stated otherwise under the category rules below & requirements the following applies to all entries:

1a) CAPTURE:

  • Entries must be 100% photographic in origin. 
  • All elements in an image must be the work of the photographer. 
  • The use of stock photography, purchasable digital backgrounds, skies, borders and textures is prohibited.
  • Images must be from original exposures made within the last 24 months of the closing date of the Awards
  • The category rules and requirements accompanying the category descriptions in this document (pages 11 to 22) form part of the rules.
  • All Images taken over the duration of a workshop, tutorial, or similar where the primary focus of the event is for education are ineligible. This is irrespective of whether the image submitted was captured or created under the direct instruction of the educator/presenter or not. This rule only applies to attendees of workshops, tutorials and educational/training events. Instructors, student, emerging members and attendees of photo-tours where the primary focus is not educational are exempt.

1b) SAME SUBJECT:

  • No two images entered are to contain the same subject. The intent of the awards is to produce four unique, content-diverse images. 
  • Images entered must have been taken on different occasions and of different subject matter.
  • If two images are considered to be of the same subject, we will attempt to contact the photographer to discuss this, but if contact cannot be made, we will retain the first image uploaded in the entry process as identified in the barcode number and disqualify the other(s) so that judging can take place. 
  • The Awards Team decision is final, and no discussion will be entered into.

1c) CREATION

  • Prints must be created by the entrant or under the entrant’s direct instruction, including all post production and printing work. 
  • Photographs that have been plagiarized will be disqualified. Knowingly or sub consciously copying a photograph where ALL or the majority of the elements are the same (i.e., same subject matter, pose, location, concept, crop, finishing etc.) may be considered plagiarism if not enough elements are considered different or treated differently enough to be considered a homage. Recreating or emulating paintings, sculptures or other non-photographic works of art either in their entirety part there of in an entry is not considered plagiarism as the execution to achieve the desired result is of a different artistic discipline. Copying or emulating a pose, style or a concept is not considered plagiarism.
  • Entrants MUST acknowledge the printer, retoucher and/or other creative contributors on the online entry form.
  • Where further digital manipulation is allowed, digital technologies can be used to assemble images, manipulate and adjust photographic elements in any manner, but not to create new elements. 
  • Re-photographing existing photographs or images for any purpose other than creating a supporting element or background will be disqualified, unless the existing image is the work of the entrant, 100% photographic and was taken within 24 months prior to the close of entry. 
  • Re-photographed images to create supporting elements or backgrounds either created by the entrant or by a third party (such as purchased physical backdrops, publicly displayed advertising, photographs or paintings) may help contribute to the narrative of the entry however they must not be the main subject or focus of the image.  E.g. a portrait of a soldier taken in front of a print of a WW11 soldier may be acceptable, but entering a re-photographed print of the WW11 portrait in its entirety is prohibited. 
  • Composite/component elements of an image must be 100% photographic in origin, be the work of the entrant and have been shot within 24 months prior to the close of entry. 
  • Unless otherwise stipulated in the individual category rules and requirements all borders and textures must be 100% photographic in origin and captured by the entrant.
  • All entrants must be able to provide evidence of a legal and or moral right to use all of the elements depicted within the entry. Failure to provide such proof may result in the disqualification of the entry
  • All entrants must be able to supply a copy or proof of each element used to create the final image to prove its photographic origin if requested. Failure to provide such proof may result in the disqualification of the entry.
  • No titles or marks which identify the author are permitted on the front of the entry; this includes the mat board.  Non-photographic copy/text may only be included when stipulated in the category rules and requirements.
  • No images from any previous APPA or AIPP State Professional Photography Awards can be entered

‘THE 2017 AIPP STATE SCIENCE, WILDLIFE AND WILD PLACES PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE’ YEAR

The winner receives a certificate, trophy and $250 cash 

Entries into this category may be accompanied be a caption to assist the judges.

Science images may include (but are not limited to) photo microscopy; bio-medical photography; images of specimens of plants or animals; images of artefacts; astrophotography; photographs of captive or controlled animals and botanical subjects.

Wildlife & Wild Places entries must be of Nature, which includes wildlife and wilderness both on land and in water. This is not a category for domestic animals, zoo animals, farm animals, captive wild animals or cultivated plants.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules and requirements stipulated above

  • Entries may be accompanied by a caption of no more than 50 words. (see Caption Guidelines page 10)
  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
  • The content of the image must not be altered. There can be no additions or deletions, and no misleading the viewer by manipulation of the tonal and colour balance to disguise elements of an image or to change the content or context. 
  • Cropping the image is permitted.
  • Traditional adjustments for exposure, contrast and colour are permitted. Traditional adjustments are said to include equivalent techniques to burning and dodging in the darkroom. These techniques may include use of limited conventional global and local adjustment brushes in digital post production provided they do not materially affect the authenticity of the image. HDR, stitched panoramas, focus stacking using multiple exposures taken at the same location at the same time are permitted provided these techniques are fully disclosed within the caption information and comply with the category principles for authenticity. There should be no attempt to deceive the viewer or misrepresent reality.
  • The Awards team reserves the right to request original RAW files, slides or negatives and/or disqualify images where post processing has affected the authenticity of the image or is deemed to have exceeded acceptable standards.

ADDITIONAL SCIENCE SUB CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS

  • Entries into the Science sub-category are broadly scientific and can include (but are not limited to) photo microscopy; bio-medical photography; images of specimens of plants or animals; images of artefacts; astro-photography; photographs of captive or controlled animals, botanical subjects.
  • Astrophotography Sub Clause: Astronomical photographs are taken as a series of short (sub) exposures, sometimes using colour and other narrowband filters which are then stacked to create a single master image. e.g.: 24x10min exposures are combined to produce a combined 4 hr exposure.
  • A “Dark frame” or series of dark frames are taken (i.e. lens cap on) to reduce CCD noise. A “Flat frame” or series of flat frames are taken of a grey card or similar to remove artefacts or vignetting from the telescope optics. During stacking and pre-processing, these Darks and Flats are used to remove noise, dust & vignetting. This file is then worked in PS or other dedicated astro-imaging programs to produce the final image. Due to the extreme dynamic range of an astronomical photograph, techniques such as star masking, layer masking, luminance layering, histogram stretching, tone mapping, sharpening etc. are used to produce the final image.
  • The aim is to produce an accurate scientific record, which ideally is also an aesthetically pleasing image. Astronomical images are therefore not subject to the same stringent post production requirements as other Science entries.
  • No cloning or removing of elements within the scene is permitted. More than one single capture image can appear on the entry as some scientific images are several images presented as a whole; this includes stitches and mosaics
  • Captions, if included, are to be submitted during the online entry process. Captions must be no more than 50 word and the information supplied must be complete, true and accurate. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of the image will result in disqualification. Any handling of the subject must be disclosed in the caption information. In the case of astro-photography the entrant is expected to provide a 50-word caption that includes both technical and descriptive information to help judges to properly assess the image. 

ADDITIONAL WILDLIFE AND WILD PLACES SUB CATEGORIES REQUIREMENTS

  • Entries must be of Nature, which includes wildlife and wilderness both on land and in water. This is NOT a category for domestic animals, zoo animals, farm animals, captive wild animals or cultivated plants.
  • Information regarding any post processing over and above that listed must be detailed accurately and honestly. Whilst digital adjustments are allowed, adding or removing objects, animals or parts of animals, plants, people etc. is not permitted.
  • Stitched panoramas, focus stacking using multiple exposures taken at the same location at the same time are permitted provided that they are reported within the caption information and comply with the category’s principles of authenticity and do not deceive the viewer or misrepresent reality.
  • Entrants may provide a caption of the photograph during the online entry to assist judges to properly assess the content of the print. This caption MUST be no more than 50 words.
  • Caption information must be complete and accurate and provide the following: species description/scientific name; behaviour observed; background story; location; if the species is critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or near threatened per the 2013 IUCN Red List http://www.iucnredlist.org. Technical information including any specialist equipment.  Captions may also include technical information including any specialist equipment or post-processing techniques such as stitching and focus stacking as noted above 
  • Any handling of the subject must be disclosed in the caption.
  • Entrants are required to report on the natural world in a way that is both creative and honest.
  • Entrants must not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image.
  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any applicable national or international legislation and for securing any relevant permits that may be required and which must be made available on request.
  • If the organisers or judges suspect that an image has been achieved through the use of cruel or unethical practices, including the use of live bait, the entry may be disqualified and the AIPP reserves the right to report the entrant to the applicable authorities.
  • The following images cannot be entered: images of restrained animals, captive animals (including zoo animals), domestic animals, and cultivated plants.