Nature

THE 2019 AIPP STATE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

THE WINNER RECEIVES A CERTIFICATE, TROPHY AND $250 CASH.

Nature photographs may depict wildlife and/or wilderness, both on land and under water. This category is for single capture images and is intended to reward technical and creative excellence in photographing and presenting an authentic representation of a scene, without the benefit of creative compositing techniques.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general rules stipulated on page 4:

  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned. 
  • Entries may be accompanied by a caption of no more than 50 words. (See the caption guidelines on page 6.) 
  • The entrant must ensure that there is no attempt to misrepresent reality by manipulating the image’s content, context or meaning through image editing or post-production. 
  • Post-production is limited to minor adjustments such as spotting dust and scratches, dodging and burning, and adjusting tonal and colour values. Elements or areas within the image cannot be removed or covered up, nor may new elements be added. Cropping the image is permitted. (See the post- production guidelines on page 6.)
  • HDR and focus stacking using multiple exposures taken at the same location at the same time are permitted, provided that these techniques are fully disclosed within the caption information and comply with the category principles for authenticity. 
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are prohibited
  • The Awards Committee reserves the right to request original raw file(s), transparency(ies) or negative(s), and/or to disqualify images where post-processing has affected the authenticity of the image or is deemed to have exceeded acceptable standards. 
  • Images containing man-made objects, or depicting the interaction of wildlife with humans, are prohibited and should be entered into another category. 
  • This is not a category for domestic animals, zoo animals, farm animals, captive wild animals or cultivated plants. 
  • Entrants must not handle the depicted wildlife, or do anything to injure or distress any animal or to destroy its habitat in an attempt to secure an image. 
  • 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. The AIPP reserves the right to report the entrant to the applicable authorities. 
  • 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.