Subject Definitions

Throughout the year we have compteitions on specific subjects these definitions are to help you understand what types of photos are acceptable for different competitions.


A photograph that displays a novel effect or a technique such as montage/collage/mixed media. The picture must have a basic photographic image.


Anything at all where movement is caught or frozen by the camera

Street Photography

Street photography is about recording society and culture and is therefore quite different from pictorial It is usually, but not always, presented in black and white It often concentrates on a poignant human moment It should aim to give the viewer more than he/she would have seen had the viewer been there It can be approached with a literal or personal approach.

Street photographs taken with a long lens and without engagement can result in images that are flat and uninteresting, but not always The photographer should not shy from his/her ‘presence’ in the scene and interact with subjects There are many approaches and it is up to the photographer to determine the most appropriate depending on the desired approach and the opportunities presented by the scene.


Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.

Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.

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.

After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

Social Documentary

Social Documentary entries must be concerned with the portrayal and interpretation of society encompassing both human and non human subject matter.


An image of a person(s) which may range from a head to a full-length study and which may include accessories and backgrounds in character with the subject. Ideally, a portrait should show some aspect of the character or personality of the subject. For some competitions, the Committee could restrict portraits to head and shoulders only.


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