Any subject matter in any presentation.

Altered reality; a departure from realistic representation.

Photographic Society of America rules are used for Reno Photo Club nature division competitions.

Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photo process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except Anthropology and Archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject matter and certify to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph will be weighed more than the pictorial quality. Human elements shall not be present unless, on the rare occasion, when those human elements enhance the story and are unobtrusive. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, obviously set arrangements, derivations, are ineligible as is any form of photo manipulation that alters the truth, are ineligible.

No elements may be moved, clones, added, deleted, rearranged or combined. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening and restoration of the original color of the scene.

Important Nature Hints:

  • Nature Division entries may be cropped and polarizing filters are allowed.
  • Descriptive titles are recommended.
  • Name the flower, plant, bird, insect, etc.  For example:
  • “Prickly Poppy”, “Rabbit Brush”, “Monarch Butterfly”.   Not “Spring Flower”

Domestic animals, cultivated or horticultural plants are not wild.

Field guides for many subjects are available and are very useful in identifying nature subjects you are unsure of. Wild horses and wild burros have been living wild long enough to be generally accepted as wild. But since some judges may not be familiar with them, it is best to identify them as wild in your descriptive title. Avoid roads, tire tracks, fences, people, telephone lines, etc. in nature division photos. Captive wild animal photos are acceptable, but the setting must look natural.

An uncultivated herbaceous or woody flowering plant grown in the wild. Some habitat should be included to demonstrate its environment, with the exception of detailed micro or macro photographs.

Introduced, cultivated and artificially produced hybrid flowering plants, and obviously set arrangements are ineligible.

Images must express the feeling of time and place, portray a land, its people, or the culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations. Ultra close-ups which lose their identity, studio type models, or photographic manipulations which represent the true situation or alter the content of the image are unacceptable in Photo Travel.

A storytelling picture, of human interest, documentary or news value, such as is seen in the news media.

A monochrome print is defined as having no more than one color, but it may be any color.