Competition Categories

2018-2019 Competition Year


Black and White

Color Class A and Class B




Digital Projection

Color Class A and Class B

Theme Class A and Class B


Nature Class A and Class B

Black and White


Class A is for more advanced photographers and Class B for beginner to intermediate. 



Black and White : Monochromatic images with a grey scale ranging from black to white.  Toning, such as sepia, which is transparent and uniformly applied is permitted.

Color Print and Digital: No assigned subject or aspect ratio.  Monochrome images must be entered in Black and White.   Selective Color Retention must be entered in Creative.

Panoramic   To be considered Panoramic, the width must be at least 2.5 times the height (i.e. divide width by height and the result must be 2.5 or bigger).  Horizontal format only is allowed due to the physical limitations of the print display box.  There is no requirement on the number of frames used to generate the Panorama.

Theme  An assigned subject each month.  Themes for the full competition year will be announced before the start of the year.  Portrayal of the theme is a judging criteria.  Digital Composites using only elements from your own photographs are allowed.  The result must still have the appearance of a photograph.   Altered Reality, such as artistic filters or improbable composites,  must be entered in Creative.   

Creative  “Altered Reality”.  The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three.   All elements in the image must originate from one or more photographs.  All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. 

Nature   Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations of natural history in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation.  The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.  Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story.  Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.  Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, domestic animals, or mounted specimens, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.  No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.  Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted.   Examples include HDR and Focus Stacking. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.  Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. 

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