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APS National Exhibition – Digital

  • General
  • Calendar
  • Awards
  • Judges
  • Image Format
  • Definitions

General Rules & Requirements

  • Entries will be accepted from residents of the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories and from APS member's resident overseas.

  • Unless otherwise specified, permission to reproduce entries in the catalogue for publicity and distribution purposes will be assumed but the author retains the copyright to their images.

  • Each entrant will receive a report and details of acceptance or awards. The report and catalogue as forwarded will be available on the website in PDF format and the report details will be forwarded to the email address supplied on the entry form.

  • A maximum of FOUR IMAGES may be submitted in each section. No Image shall be entered in more than one section of the exhibition.

  • An image accepted in a previous APS National Exhibition may not be entered in the same or a different section of a subsequent APS National Exhibition.

  • All images must have been taken by the Entrant.

  • Images must have a photographic origin and the entrant must hold the copyright for the images.

    Entries and entrant details can only be accepted electronically via the entry form on the website.

  • Entries submitted by email or CD's cannot be accepted.

  • The organising committee reserve the right to call for the original digital image file if any doubt arises to the authenticity of any submitted photograph. Failure to acknowledge the committees request or submit the image may result in the disqualification of that entry.

Entrance Fee

  • Entry is free for current FIN members of the Australian Photographic Society.

  • For non-members of APS an entry fee of $20 applies.

Contact Information:

For any enquiries relating to the exhibition rules or information please contact:
Exhibition Director - Pia Jessen EFIAP/s MAPS Email Pia >>

For any enquiries relating to questions or difficulties with the upload system please contact:Dennis Nolan Email Dennis >>

For any enquiries relating to the entrance fee please contact:
Stella Fava APS Secretary Tel. 02 9890 9795 or Email the Secretary >>
The APS wish to thank the co-ordinators of this exhibition:
Exhibition Director - Pia Jessen EFIAP/s MAPS
Upload System Developer and Data Administrator - Dennis Nolan
DVD Production - Pele Leung
APS Website/Poster Design - Stella Fava


 Open  11th June 2016
 Close  10th July 2016
 Judging completed by  13th August 2016
 Reports emailed by  10th September 2016
 Exhibition APSCON Adelaide
12th - 16th October 2016
Catalogue & Awards 30th November 2016


  • Presented to the first and Second place in each section (Herbert Medallion).

  • APS Silver plaque for the most successful exhibitor.

  • At the discretion of the judges up to 10% of acceptances in each section that have not received a placing, may be awarded Merits.

  • VIRTUAL JUDGING will be used with judges in different locations within Australia.

  • Acceptances gained in this exhibition may be applied towards APS honours.



Judging Panel

 Open Damian Caniglia Professional Photographer
Frank Dalgety AAPS
Leanne Butterley Professional Photographer

 Nature Ann Smallgange EFIAP/b FAPS
Lesley Clark LAPS

 Creative Carol Robinson Experienced Photographer
Phillipa Frederiksen EFIAP FAPS SSAPS 

 Photo Journalism John Stein EFIAP/s GMAPS
Laki Anagnostis AFIAP AAPS PPSA
Lorraine Jones EFIAP/s GMAPS

 Monochrome Lisa Kurtz Professional Photographer
Mihai Florea Experienced Photographer

Image Format

• The filename must not have more than 48 characters including spaces and the .jpg extension. Do not include any other information in the filename or on the image.

• The maximum horizontal dimension is 1920 pixels and the maximum vertical dimension is 1200 pixels for each image, inclusive of any border.

• Each image file should be in the sRGB. JPEG-format and a maximum of 2mb in file size.

• IMAGES should NO SMALLER THAN 1920 PIXELS in the horizontal and 1200 PIXELS in the vertical.

• For judging purposes images will be displayed exactly as submitted and as such the image should be uploaded in the correct orientation. Organisers will not alter, resize or rotate images. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure uploaded images and accompanying data are correct. Images and their accompanying entry details which do not meet the entry criteria may be rejected for judging.



A photograph is a visible image originating from the action of light or other forms of radiant energy upon a photosensitive medium or device.

Open - Any subject that is treated pictorially, embodying the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.

Creative - (Altered Reality) Creative covers photographs that display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and /or viewpoint. They are images that have been modified during or after exposure. The image must have a photographic base with the original work being exposed by the entrant.

Monochrome - Any photograph containing shades of only one colour. If toning is carried out, it must be over the total photograph - partial toning and/or the addition of one extra colour is not acceptable as a monochrome section.

Photojournalism (PJ) - Story-telling photographs such as are seen in the news media and periodicals, which may include documentary, contemporary life, illustrative, spot news or human interest. In the interest of credibility, contrived situations or photographic manipulations which alter the truth are not acceptable. The story telling value of the photograph shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality.  
 Photo Travel (PT) - A photograph that captures the feeling of a time and place, and portrays a land, a people or a culture in its natural state.  Photo Travel has no geographical limitations.  Ultra close-ups which lose their identity, studio type model pictures or obviously manipulated work do not qualify as Photo Travel and should not be submitted.  Photo Travel is not limited to other lands or countries and may include pictures of domestic origin.

Nature  -   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 exhibitions 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.

Wildlife - 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 Exhibition’.




The new Nature definition will be used from 1st January, 2015, and some exhibitions/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.







Anything to do with natural history (the study and description of organisms and natural objects), except anthropology 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)


Same as Nature.

Same as 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.


Animals, birds, insects that are free and unrestrained in 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).







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.


Same as Nature.

Same as 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)


Same as Nature.

Same as 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.


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.