Naming Natural Images
When you name a natural image within a Nature or Wildlife section it is usual but not compulsory to include the Latin name for the subject as well, for example,
MUTE SWAN - MUTUS FUERAM by John Smith.jpg
If you include the Latin name on a Pictorial image, you run the risk of it being judged, and possibly disqualified, as a Nature or Wildlife image.
This is not likely to happen in an in-house club competition or inter-club battle (though it may be remarked upon by the judge) but be aware of this when entering into external competitions.
Is it Nature, Wildlife or Pictorial?
Because of the over-use of photo editing of natural images, there are now strict rules of what can and what can’t be entered
into a Nature or Wildlife section of a competition. These rules are quite lengthy and only a very short version is shown here.
Download or view a PDF of the full PAGB rules.
If your picture does not conform to these rules, enter it into the Pictorial section instead.
Nature photography... allowed
Photos in zoos, falconry centres, botanical gardens, etc. provided the subject is a creature that naturally occurs in the wild.
Scientific bands, tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
Enhancing the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story is permitted. Dust spots and digital noise can be removed.
Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
Nature photography... not allowed
Human elements shall not be present, except where they are integral parts of the nature story. Cultivated plants, feral, domestic animals or mounted specimens are ineligible.
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. You cannot add canvas, nor improve an image by removing so much as a small leaf or a blade of grass.
Infrared or stiched images are not permitted.
Wildlife photography... not allowed
Everything as Nature but not including zoological or botanical species living under controlled conditions such as in zoos or aquariums. They must be free and unrestrained
in a natural or adopted habitat.