Competition Rules

From the Federation of Camera Clubs (NSW) - these generally agree with FIAP or PSA rules.

General Rules

  • The original image (or every original image, in the case of multiple exposures or combined images) must be the work of the submitting photographer, and must be photographic in origin.
  • Any multiple images in Small Prints must be done in the camera, this is the beginners' competition area so the emphasis is on using the camera properly and not doing digital doodles.
  • Apart from Small Prints, all other entries may be made up from more than one image taken photographically on film or by digital imaging and merged by any means.
  • Nature, Photojournalism and Social Documentary categories are meant to be a true record of the subject. They must not be contrived scenes or manipulated images.
  • All prints should be mounted on appropriate mat board, and no framed or mounted-behind-glass prints can be entered. Always put backing matboard on all prints to prevent damage.
  • In any one competition an author may not enter the same or substantially the same image in more than one section. Of course in Interclubs the same photographer can be entering for any of a number of clubs if a member of those clubs.
  • Photographers who compete in any large print section may not compete in Small Prints in the same competition.


Colour Prints

Any print is eligible as a colour print. It can be made in a home darkroom, computer printer, or commercial lab. Image manipulation is allowed, except for the Nature and Photojournalism categories. There is no minimum size, but the maximum mount size is 16"x20" (406mm x 508mm). The image can go right to the edge of the mount if desired. 6mm maximum thickness.

Monochrome Prints

These are B&W prints that may have an overall colour shift due to toning, for example sepia toning. They may have one added colour, as long as that colour is only one shade. That colour may be added by any means. It can be made in a home darkroom, computer printer, or commercial lab. Image manipulation is allowed, except for the Nature and Photojournalism categories. Sizes as for Colour Prints.

Small Prints

Colour or B&W prints done by a commercial lab (home processing is allowed but seems to be discouraged). This is designated as the beginner's competition. No image manipulation permitted, except for overall colour or density adjustments and dust spotting. Any multiple images or other special effects must be done in-camera. Maximum image area of 48 sq inches (309 sq cm), in any orientation or aspect ratio (6"x8" is common). Maximum mount size of 80 sq inches (516 sq cm), in any shape or aspect ratio (8"x10" is common).


A transparency made for projection. Can be colour or B&W, can be positive or negative image. It can be made in a home darkroom, computer printer, or commercial lab. Image manipulation is allowed, except for Nature, Photojournalism and Social Documentary. Maximum slide size is 40mm x 40mm (i.e. Superslide), in a standard 35mm slide mount (i.e. 50mm x 50mm and 1.5mm to 3mm thick). Mark with a spot in the lower left corner as slide is held for viewing. Title to be upside down next to orientation spot (easier to read when in slide tray), and photographer and club to be labelled on back (so judge does not see names when viewing on light box). Spirit pen preferred to sticky labels, which can jam.


"Nature Photography" Definition

Nature photography depicts untamed animals & uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology & phenomena not produced by man. The accurate record of the subject and natural environment is the prime factor. Evidence of man, his manipulation, or his environment in any part of the picture is undesirable and should be avoided. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs. Photographs of cultivated plants, formal floral arrangements, domestic or zoo animals, mounted specimens, museum groups or man in his specialised environment are not acceptable.

Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.

The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

Monochrome is permitted, but it cannot have extra colour added.



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