Image Categories

Images may be entered in one of four categories in the monthly intra-club competition:

  • Traditional
  • Open
  • Monthly Topic


  • Traditional photography should be an accurate, but not necessarily unenhanced, representation of the original scene and work artistically as a photograph.  It should not look like a painting or digital art.
  • You may crop, darken, lighten and enhance the color in your photographs.
  • You may adjust contrast, saturation, burn and dodge your images, and convert them to black and white.
  • You may use digital software, including HDR techniques and filters, to enhance texture, clarity, ambiance, and mood to further engage the viewer as long as the application of these filters and techniques don’t change the image so much as to become digital art instead of a photograph.
  • You may not add images from other photographs or move image elements from within the image.
  • You may not combine multiple images in any fashion although you may remove minor distractions such as telephone wires, etc.  The photograph should represent the original scene and may not be changed in such a way that it no longer does so. What changes have been made should not be apparent.


  • The image must begin as a photograph. (After all, we are a photographic society!).  From there, it is up to you.  Any photograph may be entered in the Open image category.

Monthly Topic

  • Can be either Traditional or Open. Judging will not distinguish between the two categories.


  • This is a competition that will be judged by PSA rules. Please be sure to read the information about the competition as the rules are much stricter than our normal club rules.


The following Definitions apply to all PSA Recognized Exhibitions when the Exhibition is offering Sections recognized for that Division. Any Exhibition Entry Rules that include these Divisions must include these definitions.


(The Nature definition and associated Wildlife definition are common to all exhibitions with PSA recognition, FIAP Patronage and RPS Patronage – the bullet format is used to make the definition easier to follow.)

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to 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 to the viewer.
  • Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
  • Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

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.


A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment.

Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.


(This definition applies and is required for all PID Monochrome Class sections and all PPD Large and Small Monochrome Class sections)

An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.)

A greyscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.


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