2019 Nature Photography Exhibition

2019 Nature Photography Exhibition - Terms and Conditions 


Thursday 25 April 2019 11:59pm 

Thursday 2 May 2019 between 6.30pm—8pm 

 (or by prior arrangement with Exhibition coordinator)


Thursday 16 May 2109 at 8pm

Saturday 18 May & Sunday 19 May 2019, 11am-4pm 

Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May 2019, 11am-4pm 

Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2019, 11am-4pm


Prints can be collected from 6 June from 6.30 to 8.00pm (or by prior arrangement with Exhibition coordinators). 


  • Read nature definition below.
  • Complete registration ENTRY FORM  by midnight Thursday 25 April 2019.
  • Drop off your work/s to the Melbourne Camera Club on 2 May. Each work must be ready for installation.
  • Work must be labelled on the reverse with your name, work/s title, and your contact details. Every endeavour will be made to hang all work submitted.
  • Collect your works on the specified date after the exhibition from The Melbourne Camera Club.





  • Nature photography for the purposes of this exhibition will follow the definition as determined by Australia Photography Society (APS). See Attachment 1.
  • Exhibitors will need to elect whether their image is to be exhibited in the Nature or Wildlife section. (See below). The Melbourne Camera Club reserves the right to move an image to another section or not hang if image is deemed not to meet Nature definitions as outlined below.
  • The number of entries is limited to a maximum of 5 prints per person.
  • Changes to artwork or titles will not be accepted after entry forms and works have been submitted.
  • This is a free exhibition. There is no entry fee. 
  • Entrants are invited to submit a 1 MB JPEG of their entry to be used for the promotion of the Nature Photography Exhibition on the Melbourne Camera Club Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages via email to  mcc-exhibitons@melbournephoto.org.au
  • Please also note that the Melbourne Camera Club may or may not use your image for promotion
  • All work submitted must be available for display across all dates of the exhibition.
  • All work must meet the nature definition below.
  • Work submitted will not be for sale as there are no retail facilities available in the gallery.
  • Artists with a series consisting of two or more images must provide instructions for the installation of their work.
  • We have an all care, no responsibility policy. With such a large number of works to install, although we take all care, we cannot take responsibility for damage made to work submitted to the exhibition.
  • All works must be ready for installation when dropped off.
  • We encourage unframed work on paper; ideally with mat board or backing. 
  • Works must not exceed 400mm x 500mm (this includes mats).


  • Works must arrive at the Melbourne Camera Club on or before Thursday 2 May 2019 between 6.30pm to 8pm.
  • Dropping off work before 2 May is only by prior arrangement with the Exhibition Coordinator.  
  • Please clearly label all work on the back with artist’s name, contact details and title of the work.


  • Works are to be collected on Thursday 6 June 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm or by prior arrangement.


  • There will be a prize for a People’s Choice award for the 2019 Nature Photography Exhibition.
  • The Artist’s work with the most votes, will be awarded the winner of the People’s choice award.  
  • Every person who visits the exhibition is entitled to one vote. Multiple votes per person will not be valid. Only valid votes will be counted. 
  • People’s Choice Prize winner will be announced the next business day, after the final day of the exhibition on social media.


  • The Melbourne Camera Club Exhibition Coordinators reserves the right to make selections for the exhibition that may be determined by available space.
  • All entries displayed (subject to space) must meet the nature definition in Attachment 1.
  • All entries will be displayed (subject to space) unless deemed offensive, too fragile, dangerous or not ready for installation.
  • Insurance is the sole responsibility of the entrant
  • All care will be taken; however, The Melbourne Camera Club will not be responsible for any loss or damage caused to the work, however caused.



For the purposes of the Nature Exhibition, the following definition of nature photography as used by the Australian Photography Society (APS) has been adopted.


Nature images in all APS approved national and international competitions are required to comply with the FIAP Nature Photography definition. From 1 January 2015 the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), The Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) will use a common definition of Nature Photography. That definition is:

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and 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. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. 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.
Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat.  Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections.  Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.


The new Nature definition will be used from 1stJanuary, 2015, and some competitions will have both a Nature and a Wildlife section. While it is permissible to enter Wildlife images in the Nature section, there are additional requirements for images entered in the Wildlife section. When deciding whether or not a particular image meets the requirements of the Nature and/or Wildlife definitions you need to consider the following factors.

NATURE Anything to do with natural history (the study and description of organisms and natural objects), exceptanthropology or archaeology.

Subject matter must be identifiable.

Anything that is classified as anthropology (the study of humans) or archaeology (the study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures)
WILDLIFE Same as Nature. Same as Nature.
NATURE All extant (not extinct) organisms (plants, animals, etc); landscapes, geological formations, and weather phenomena. Human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, mounted specimens of plants and animals.
WILDLIFE Animals, birds, insects that are free and unrestrainedin a natural or adopted environment. Carcasses of extant species. Landscapes and geological formations. Animals, birds, insects, etc that are in captivity or under controlled conditions. Botanical species under controlled conditions (such as plants growing in a hothouse).
NATURE Human elements that are

an integral part of the nature story (such as birds nesting on a man-made structure).

Scientific bands, tags or collars.

Human elements (such as buildings) that are not part of the nature story being told by the image.
WILDLIFE Same as Nature. Same as Nature.
NATURE Cropping. HDR techniques. Focus stacking. Removal of dust spots, digital noise or scratches on film.

Subject must be presented honestly.

Anything (such as cloning) that alters the content of the original scene by adding, moving or removing image elements. Stitching together multiple images (e.g. to create a panorama)
WILDLIFE Same as Nature. Same as Nature.
NATURE Techniques (such as contrast adjustment) that enhance the image without changing the nature story, or altering the pictorial content of the original scene.

Grey-scale monochrome images.

Adjustments that change the nature story, such as turning a daylight scene into a night scene.

Toned monochrome images.

Infrared images.

WILDLIFE Same as Nature. Same as Nature.


  1. Images are expected to be of high technical quality.
  2. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality