Rules Changes for 2018


Here’s a snapshot of the main changes in the rules. However, you are still required to read the rules in full. 

  • Same Subject Rule: This rule has been abolished, putting the onus on the entrant to provide visually diverse images. However, while the same subject may be used more than once, if two or more images are considered to be too similar, the Awards Team will attempt to contact the photographer to provide a replacement entry, but if contact cannot be made in time, the Awards Team at its discretion will select one and disqualify the other.
  • Entrants must acknowledge the printer, retoucher and/or other creative contributors in the production of their entries on the online entry form. 
  • Album – Physical entries are now required, with a maximum of four entries per entrant.
  • Book – A maximum of four entries per entrant.

  • Commercial – now includes three sub-sections, Commissioned, Speculative/Self-Commissioned and Sport.

  • DocumentarySport is no longer included in this category as a sub-section.

  • Newborn - Elements within the entry must be captured within 24 months of the Awards closing date.
  • Newborn – The image may contain other people, including family members, pets or animals so long as the newborn(s) is one of the main points of focus, and the image was taken during a newborn session.

  • Science Wildlife & Wild Places has been renamed the Nature category, with some changes to the rules.

  • Landscape will be judged in three sections, Open, Single Capture and Aerial.

  • Pet/Animal: The pet/animal must be discernible as such, even if the whole animal is not depicted.

  • Updated post-processing guidelines for Documentary, Nature and Travel.

  • Changes to what post-production is permissible in single capture sub-sections. 

  • Awarding Category Winners: Entry information regarding post production, commissioned/self commissioned, single/multiple capture, and image captions will be considered during this process.