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4 Nations

4 Nations Competition 2019


Represent Australia > No Entry Fee!

All APS members are invited and encouraged to enter this inter-country competition.

The 4 Nations competition is conducted each year between the photographic societies of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. The hosting of the competition changes each year. This year the host country is the Canadian Association for Photographic Art.

The aim of this competition is to promote excellence in photography around the world.  
The best 80 images from each society or association are submitted into four competition categories.


4 Nations Award
To the Society that wins the competition, cumulative of the four categories. 

4 Nations Gold Award
These are for individual Society members who had the highest scoring image in each category (One Gold Award for each category).

4 Nations Honourable Mention Certificates
For individual Society members who received Honourable Mentions (Up to three certificates for each category). 

Awards are e-certificates. Images are collectively judged by three internationally recognised judges who do not reside in any of the noted countries. 4 Nations is a team competition therefore overall country/competition results will be published in each category however individual scores will not be published.

Images entered in the Monochrome and Nature sections must satisfy the FIAP definitions.

To submit an entry for this competition:

1. Prepare images to the following specifications:
a. Maximum resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels 
(when viewed in correct orientation)
b. Maximum file size 2MB.
c. sRGB colour space.
d. JPEG file format.
e. File name in this format: Category_Society_Title of Image_Photographer Name.jpg (for example, NT_APS_Pelican_Mary Smith.jpg)
f. Maximum 30 characters in ‘Title of Image’.

2. Forward your entries to Pia Jessen
g. Send your images either by Dropbox, WeTransfer or Email to
h. Entries must be received by 30th April, 2019. Include your name and telephone number in the email.

Open - OP
Monochrome - MO
Nature - NT
Our Country – OC

Although you may submit several images for possible selection, only one image can be chosen from each member for the Australian entry of 80 images. The selection of images for the Australian entry will be made by a panel of qualified judges.

Please note that any image previously selected for any 4 Nations competition may not be entered again.

If one your images is selected, you will represent Australia under the umbrella of the Australian Photographic Society Inc.

Images may be acquired on traditional film and scanned to an electronic file or acquired electronically with a digital camera. All processing procedures performed on the digital image must be done by the photographer.

As photographers, all elements must be photographic - if graphic elements are included they should enhance the photographic image, not take over from it. Entrants must hold the copyright for their image.

Individual entrants must hold, and will retain, the copyright of their images. By entering this competition, the individual entrant agrees that images accepted as part of the APS entry may be used for publicity and promotion purposes of the 4 Nations Competition in publications and on websites of all four participating Societies.


Nature as defined by FIAP (Federation Internationale de I’Art Photographique) and PSA Photographic Society of America.

Monochrome is defined by FIAP (Federation Internationale de I’Art Photographique) and PSA Photographic Society of America.

Any pictorial treatment of a subject which contains the element of good arrangement of composition and reflects the interpretation of the photographer.

Our Country (Australia)
 Is open to the member’s discretion. However, wild animals/birds can only be included in this category provided that the animal/bird does not occupy more than 25% of the total picture area.

To assist you in seeking out the best ‘Our Country’ image for this competition, we have included below some ideas:

  • Cultural heritage
Geographical uniqueness

  • Historical events or locations

  • Iconic landscape/city scape

  • Uniqueness of Australian landscape


The host national will produce the following sections within the catalogues.
Section 1: 2019 – Per Society: Awards and Entries per category.
Section 2: 2019 - Overall catalogue: Judges details, Awards and entries per category.


Coordinator, APS 4 Nations.

Copyright and use of individual images.
Individual entrants must hold and will retain at all times the copyright of their image. By entering this competition the individual entrant agrees to use of their image for publicity and promotion purposes of the 4 Nations Inter Society Digital Image Competition in publications and websites of all four participating Societies.