Natural History for the purposes of this competition is defined as follows:
Natural History embraces the natural world and subjects can therefore include a wide diversity of natural organisms, including insects, marine subjects, fungi and algae, flora and fauna, but excluding geology, anthropology and archaeology. Flora should not include formal flower arrangements or cultivated plants. Fauna should not include domesticated, caged or penned creatures in locations such as zoos, safari parks, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums, or any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. Images of dead or mounted specimens will not be accepted.
No techniques that add, re-locate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the image without changing 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. Colour images may be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
Each entry consists of 4 prints up to A4 size. This means that in landscape format, width must not exceed 297 mm (11.70 in) and height must not exceed 210 mm (8.30 in). In portrait format width must not exceed 210 mm (8.30 in) and height must not exceed 297 mm (11.70 in). Orientation of the image can be “landscape” or “portrait” but the maximum dimensions of the mounting card must not exceed 400 mm x 300 mm.
Each image must be separately mounted demonstrating a related theme of the member’s choice. There should be a title card stating the theme of the submission. This title card may be a separate small card or attached to the front of one of the mounts.