Definition of Categories...
As a club we have decided to follow the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain definitions for wildlife images. The following is from their site.
PAGB Nature Definition Issue 1, Feb 2013
Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a
natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena.
Photographs of animals, which are domesticated, and photographs of cultivated or
hybrid 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.
Any manipulation or modification is limited to minor retouching and must not alter
the truth of the original scene.
Notes associated with this definition Issue 2, Apr 2014
PAGB Competitions are not Wildlife Competitions, unless otherwise specified, and
Nature photographers frequently take pictures of animals under “controlled
conditions” in order to record species or behaviour that would be very difficult or
impossible to record in the wild. This might even include microscopic subjects,
which have to be anaesthetised. Such photographs are eligible for entry to PAGB
Animals in reserves and wildlife parks and zoos, are permitted provided there is
minimal evidence of humans. So too are "falconer's" birds although, of course, only
minor retouching is permitted which would not, for example, include removing
jesses in post processing. Also permitted are pictures of “wild” flowers growing in
parkland or “wild” gardens provided these have not been modified by such
It is obvious that creatures showing poorer condition because of their captivity are
likely to be marked less favourably by nature judges.
Domestic pets should not be entered into our Natural History competition.
If you would like to indicate that your image is wild and free, as opposed to in a reserve for example, mark your image with a 'w'. For example 'lion (w).jpg'.
Your photo journalism images must tell a story. It can be an actual news item, a personal event in your life, or a sporting or cultural event.