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Whether it is a person or an animal, your portrait subject needs to be the main feature of your image. If the focus is on the activity of the subjects, or on their surroundings, it's probably not really a portrait. Your portrait may be a candid shot or your subject may be posed in a studio – it’s up to you.


A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to full body length. This section includes candid photographs and formal portraits.


Street photography images are permitted within the scope of this competition and no ‘model release’ is required, provided that the image was taken in a public place, displays an un-manipulated scene and is not deemed as a violation of an individual’s privacy.


All in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques can be used. This includes combining multiple images and elements in a final image. However, all components of the final image must have been taken by the entrant.


Photo depicting plants (including flowers and fungi) as the main subject.

A Pets Life

Capture your pet in an image that tells us a story about their life. For instance we want to get an idea of what your dog is obsessive about or give us a glimpse into the life of your cat, the personality of your pet goat etc. Get down to their level and get creative! If you don’t have a pet you’ll just have to steal your neighbours.


Photographs which capture a sense of 'space' and 'place' and tell a story of the scene before the camera. A landscape may combine elements such as land, sea, bodies of water and sky and may include human elements for scale and context but not to the extent that the human element becomes the prominent element.

The integrity of the landscape at the time of capture must be maintained. The making of physical changes to the landscape such as the introduction of new elements either from photographic sources or digital painting eg, adding in or replacing skies, foregrounds, birds, mists, sun, moon, sunray, etc, or the deletion of significant objects is NOT permitted.

Minor deletions of transient items eg, a leaf or stone or dust spot or litter, etc are permitted if they do not impact on the integrity of the scene. Digital adjustments including dodging and burning, changes to tone and contrast, and cropping are allowed, as are High Dynamic Range, stitched panoramas, and focus stacking.


The word “Creative” in photography means “Altered Reality.” This means the image must display a different shape, form, color, and even a combination of the three. These photos are a combination or fusion of multiple images. High Dynamic Range images, also known as HDR, that are produced without further changes cannot be categorized as “altered reality.”

The unique combination of objects, line, and form makes the photos more creative, apart from the fact that the images are produced based on the photographer’s imaginative ideas and feelings.


If a picture has intentionally been treated in a way that gives it a deeper meaning, then it can be categorized as a creative photograph.


Architectural photography refers to the art and practice of capturing and documenting architectural structures, spaces, and elements through the medium of photography. It involves the careful composition, lighting, and framing of buildings, structures, and their details to convey their aesthetic qualities, design principles, and the intended experience of the architectural space. Architectural photographers aim to showcase the architectural features, forms, materials, textures, and spatial relationships of the subject, while also considering factors such as context, perspective, and the interplay between light and shadow. The purpose of architectural photography is often to create visually compelling images that celebrate the beauty, functionality, and artistic aspects of architecture, whether it be modern, historical, residential, commercial, or cultural in nature.  Architectural photography is a captivating art form that allows us to capture the beauty, intricacy, and essence of architectural structures. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiast, mastering the art of architectural photography can help you create stunning visuals that showcase the craftsmanship and design elements of buildings. 


Monochrome is where each position on an image can record and show a different amount of light, but not a different hue. It includes all forms of black-and-white photography, which produce images containing tones of neutral grey ranging from black to white. Other hues besides grey, can also be used in monochrome photography.


Low Light

Low light in photography refers to any scenario in which there is the amount of ambient light is low. In other words, low light is when there isn't much natural light available. This can be indoors, a poorly lit street at night, or even out in the middle of an overcast day. In low light photography, photographers must use their knowledge and creativity to compensate for the lack of available light. To do this, they must rely heavily on faster lenses that allow more light in through a wider aperture, as well as higher ISO settings and/or slower shutter speeds to increase the sensitivity of the camera's sensor. They might also need to use external lighting such as flashes or reflectors to get enough light into the scene. By combining these techniques creatively, talented photographers are able to capture incredible images even in situations that many would consider too dark. Overall, low light photography gives us all a chance to explore the world around in a different way that can be dramatic and interesting.


Photography that focuses on food, or uses food as a photographic subject in its expression of a non-food related idea. Traditionally thought to be limited to carefully composed tabletop scenes called still lifes, the styles, forms, and uses of food photography have become as expansive as any genre. From avant-garde and conceptual food photography in fine art galleries to elegant tessellations composed of fruits and vegetable printed on designer fabrics, the stylistic possibilities of food photography are nearly endless.


Submit six images that tell a story or describe an event. You could think of it as a photojournalist assignment. You want to convey an overall picture of a place or event and you can tell your story with a variety of images. You could have a close-up, some action shots as well as an overall image or two for instance. What is important is that they give an idea of an overall concept. Think about the images used in a magazine article for instance. 



Submit six images that sit well together as a set. They must have a good flow and relate to each other visually. 

Photo Set
Photo Story
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