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APS National Exhibition – Nature

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aps aproval no. 2021/26   ENTRY OPEN SOON


By entering this national your images may be used for the APS entry into the prestigious 2022 FIAP Nature Biennial.


The nature definition applies to all catagories





Four images allowed per section.


$10 for APS members, $30.00 for non-APS members. 
For any enquiries relating to the exhibition rules or information please contact: Brian Russell EFIAP FAPS - Exhibition Director >>
For any enquiries relating to the entrance fees please contact:
 Stella Fava, APS Secretary Tel. 02 9890 9795 or Stella Fava >>

 Open 28th September 2021
 Close 7th November 2021
 Judging Commences 19th November 2021
 Reports by 17th December 2021


  • Presented to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze placing in each section (Herbert Medallions)


  • Silver plaque for the most successful exhibitor


  • At the discretion of the judges, acceptances in each section, which have not received a placing, may be awared a Merit or Highly Commended.




Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify 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 are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, 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 including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat.  Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections.  Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

A marsupial is any of more than 250 species belonging to the infraclass Metatheria, which is sometimes called Marsupialia. The mammalian group is characterized by premature birth and continued development of the newborn while attached to the nipples on the mother’s lower belly. While not a universal feature, many marsupial species have a pouch, also called a marsupium.

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What is acceptable What is not acceptable
  • Images of living animals.
  • Images that show live animals and their dead prey provided the living animal or its behavior is the principal subject of the image.
  • Images in which the principal subject is a dead animal (whether the death was from natural causes or otherwise).
  • Images of animals (including birds, reptiles and insects) that are living free, not under the control of humans and not dependent upon humans for food or shelter.
  • Images of feral animals (that is, descendants of domesticated animals that have returned to the wild).
  • Images of domesticated animals.
  • Images of normally wild animals that have been made pets.
  • Images of living plants.
  • Images in which the principal subject is dead vegetation (whether its death was from natural causes or the result of human activity).
  • Images of plants that have germinated and grown without any human assistance.
  • Plants of a variety that is normally cultivated are acceptable nature subjects if the particular plant in the image is growing wild.
  • Images of plants that have been cultivated (grown with human assistance).
  • Images of landscapes and seascapes (that show only minimal evidence of humans); natural rock structures; volcanoes, lava, boiling mud pools and geysers; minerals and naturally formed crystals.
  • Images of gemstones, crystals, rocks or other geological objects that have been reshaped by humans.
  • Images of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, snow and ice.
  • Images of dams and other human methods of controlling water.
  • Images of natural phenomena such as atmospheric and weather phenomena; extreme weather events; planets, stars and astronomical events; bubbles and other surface tension phenomena, snowflakes and raindrops.
  • Vegetation reclaiming an area previously occupied by humans can be considered a natural force.
  • Images that show the aftermath of natural phenomena on human structures (such as a village devastated by a tsunami).
  • Images that show some evidence of humans when the human elements are part of the environment in which the animal or plant being photographed normally lives or has adapted. For example, it is acceptable to photograph a bird sitting on a fence post.
  • Images in which the non-natural elements dominate.
  • Images taken in natural habitat places where the animal of plant being photographed lives or grows without being forced to do so by humans.
  • Regenerated forests or parks in urban areas can be considered natural environments for the animals and plants that occur in them without human intervention.
  • Images of animals or plants that have been relocated to an artificial environment for the purpose of being photographed.
  • Environments such as aquariums, traditional zoos, open-range zoos, game farms or other areas in which animals are enclosed are not considered natural environments. The exception is large national parks where animals are protected and live a natural life cycle from birth to death without human intervention.
  • Images of exotic plants (plants that do not normally grow in the area in which they are photographed) provided they are growing without human assistance.
  • Images of exotic plants that have been planted by humans.
  • Images of exotic animals (animals that do not normally live in the area in which they are photographed) provided they are free to come and go from the location in which they are photographed.
  • Images of animals in any form of captivity.
  • Images of animals (including insects and reptiles) whose freedom has been restricted for the purpose of photography.
  • Images of animals (including reptiles and insects) that have been subjected to cooling or the application of chemicals to temporarily restrict their movement.
  • Adjustments that optimize image quality without altering the content of the original scene. This includes, but is not limited to, adjustments such as exposure, levels, curves, contrast, saturation, sharpening and noise removal.
  • Editing that removes small elements that were not part of the original scene (such as spots caused by dust on a digital sensor or scratches on a scanned image) is permitted.
  • Cropping of images is permitted.
  • Any technique that removes moves or adds pictorial elements in an image is not permitted. For example, cloning and content-aware filling or patching are not permitted.
  • Focus stacking as a means of increasing depth of field is permitted.
  • HDR processing as a means of increasing dynamic range is permitted.
  • Stitching as a means of increasing the subject matter covered by the image is permitted.
  • Techniques that combine different images (such as replacing the sky in an image) are not permitted.
  • Images that result from the use of in-camera techniques (such as slow shutter speed) to enhance the creative expression of the image.
  • Images created with the assistance of artificial light

Image Format

  • The filename must not have more than 48 characters including spaces and the .jpg extension. Do not include any other information in the filename or on the image.
  • The maximum horizontal dimension is 1920 pixels and the maximum vertical dimension is 1200 pixels for each image, inclusive of any border.
  • Each image file should be in the sRGB. JPEG-format for IBM-PC and a maximum of 2mb in file size.
  • IMAGES should be EITHER 1920 pixels wide (horizontal), OR 1200 pixels high (vertical), OR 1200 pixels wide and high (square), depending on orientation.
  • IMAGE TITLES -  Each image must have a unique title. Images without a title will not be judged.  Images must not include “.jpg” or “.jpeg” in the main title. Examples:

✅  “titlexxxx.jpg” is acceptable.

❌  “titlexxxjpg.jpg” is not acceptable.

❌  “titlexxx.jpg.jpg” is not acceptable


Words such as “untitled” or “no title” are not acceptable as part of or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames or titles consisting of only numbers.

Titles must use the English alphabet and can contain no more than 90 characters (including spaces). Image titles may be in a foreign language, but the English alphabet must be used.

The titles of digital images should be exactly as you want them to appear in the catalogue.

No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image or print mount. or in the exif data


  • For judging purposes images will be displayed exactly as submitted and as such the image should be uploaded in the correct orientation. Organizers will not alter, resize or rotate images. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure uploaded images and accompanying data are correct. Images and their accompanying entry details which do not meet the entry criteria may be rejected for judging.



David Rowlands EFIAP FAPS PPSA


Ian Robertson AFIAP FAPS