Competition Categories

Pictorial

Pictorial photography is the use of the photographic medium as an art form. The emphasis is on interest, visual impact, composition, and technical excellence. Images in the Pictorial Division are not confined to any particular subject, type, or style of photography. Pictorial images may be manipulated in the darkroom, on the computer or in the camera in a manner consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions. The title is not read when showing the image.

Nature

The Nature Photography Division is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from 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 matter and certify as to its honest presentation. The story-telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality. Sequences of not more than four (4) images are permitted in the Nature category in projected image competition only.

Human elements shall not be present except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals (any plant or animal that has its appearance changed by breeding and selection by man), mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

In Nature competition the title is read when showing the image. The title should be factual and descriptive and will be read as shown. Scientific names are recommended but not required.
No manipulation or modification of Nature images is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of thescene. No special effect filters can be applied. Any sharpening must appear natural. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged or combined. Horizontal flipping (equivalent to reversing the image) is an acceptable modification. All Nature images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

Things that ARE Nature Photographs:
• Any wild creature that represents a nature story photographed in the wild or in a natural park setting. No evidence of a zoo-like setting may be visible in the photograph.
• All natural events such as storms, eclipses, lightning, etc.
• Rocks and minerals or any natural geological formations.
• Any wild flower, moss, or any other non-cultivated living plants.
• Any natural scene that incorporates one or more of the above categories for the purpose of telling a nature story.

What is NOT Nature:
• Pictures of dogs, cats, canaries, horses, cows, or any other domestic or farm animal or bird.
• Cultivated flowers, plants or trees (roses, daffodils, etc.)
• Any plant, even if found in the wild that has been altered in some way by man.

Nature Titles:
• Should be factual and descriptive.
• Listing location where image was made is advised.
• Inclusion of the Latin or scientific name of the subject is desirable but not required.

Travel

Travel picture must express the feeling of a time and place, portray a land, its people or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographic limitations. Ultra close- ups which lose their identity, studio-type model shots, or photographic manipulations which misrepresent the true situation or alter the content of the image areunacceptable in Travel competition.

  • No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene.
  • No special effect filters can be applied.
  • Any sharpening must appear natural. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged or combined.
  • In Travel competition the title is read when showing the image. The title should give the location and complement the travel story.
  • All Travel images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

Journalism

Creative

Alternate

Alternate Categories of Competition are non-N4C sanctioned competitions designed to challenge members in new, different and fun ways. Some categories cover traditional subjects that are not part of the N4C competitions (such as landscapes or architecture), while others have more unusual subjects that may reflect a narrower subject or technique (such as minimalism or street photography).