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Set Subject Definitions 2024


An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no colour (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one colour across the entire image.

A monochrome picture often expresses ranges of tones and textures that a colour picture finds difficult. It is a creative medium often able to express subtle emphasis of mood and feeling.


An image that focuses on capturing and highlighting the beauty of bent shapes and lines in various objects where the point of interest is formed by a curve or a curve is the dominant shape in an image.


This is intended to allow the entrants to apply any artistic creativity or manipulation that they wish to an image. The original image must be a photograph taken by the entrant and the creative work or manipulation must be performed by the entrant.

Judging will take into account the creative and artistic ideas displayed in the image and the technical skills employed in the creative process.


Where the reflections of a subject provide the centre of interest. They may be produced by water, windows, metal etc. If a mirror is used the composition should include elements that make it obvious it is a reflection


A landscape image is one that features a portion of land or territory which the eye can comprehend in a single view, including all the objects it contains. A seascape is defined as a piece of art that depicts the sea or shoreline. Landscape is also a comprehensive word that can include different types of landscape, including seascapes. In a small collection of landscapes images it would be practical to include seascapes within that overall definition.

Common subjects for landscapes include mountains and valleys, fields, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and coastlines, deserts etc.



A ‘Portrait’ is defined as any image which has the intent of displaying a likeness, personality, mood, emotions or lifestyle of a person or small group of people, in such a way that the person or people may be readily identified from the image. The focus of the images ought to be on the subject’s face, although the whole form may be included, the face and facial expression should be the most important parts of the image. Both studio and environmental portraits, formal or informal, are acceptable; with the image being presented in either ‘Landscape’ or ‘Portrait’ format. The person or people must be the main subject matter within the image. The subject must be human – sorry animal shots will not be accepted.


Nature photography records all branches of natural history except anthropology and archaeology. This includes all aspects of the physical world, both animate and inanimate, that have not been made or modified by humans.

Nature images must convey the truth of the scene that was photographed. A well-informed person should be able to identify the subject of the image and be satisfied that it has been presented honestly and that no unethical practices have been used to control the subject or capture the image. Images that directly or indirectly show any human activity that threatens the life or welfare of a living organism are not allowed.

The most important part of a Nature image is the nature story it tells. High technical standards are expected and the image must look natural. Adding a vignette or blurring the background during processing is not allowed.

Objects created by humans, and evidence of human activity, are allowed in Nature images only when they are a necessary part of the Nature story.

Photographs of human-created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domesticated animals, human-created hybrid animals and mounted or preserved zoological specimens are not allowed.

Images taken with subjects under controlled conditions, such as zoos, are allowed.

Controlling live subjects by chilling, anesthetic or any other method of restricting natural movement for the purpose of a photograph is not allowed.

No modification that changes the truth of a Nature image is allowed.  Images may be cropped but no other technique that removes, adds or moves any part of the image is allowed.

Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise and lens flare are allowed.

Complete conversion of colour images to greyscale monochrome is allowed. Partial conversion, toning and infrared captures or conversions are not allowed.

Images of the same subject that are combined in-camera or with software by focus stacking or exposure blending are allowed. Multiple images with overlapping fields of view that are taken consecutively and combined in-camera or with software (image stitching) are allowed.


Present an image that symbolises Australia. The image may be historical, cultural, iconic or stereotypical. Create an image with Australian style. Your image could depict people, places, or objects with an Australian flavour. What does Australia represent to you? As you can see this category is open to your personal interpretation.


Any photo that depicts the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society. This could be ethnicity, politics, religion, sport or any similar activity or pastime, or the symbols of such a group.


This category allows you to choose whatever subject and treatment you desire. Do you favour macro, abstracts, architecture or night photography? This category is an opportunity to showcase your favourite photographic genre whatever it may be. The other side of this category is the Creative section which is intended to allow entrants to apply any artistic creativity or manipulation that they wish to an image. The only stipulation is that your image and any components within the image must have a photographic origin and must have been taken by you, the entrant.

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