The John Sowman Memorial Trophy will be awarded for the best Print of a nature subject.
The Bowker-Praed Challenge Trophy will be awarded for the best Projected Image of a nature subject.
Each Member may submit up to 3 prints and 3 projected images. See Projected Image information & Print information
Please read the following notes carefully.
Rule 1 - We define Nature as depicting living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural or adopted habitat. Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint or controlled conditions, zoo or game farm animals, wildfowl or other bird collections, as well as photographs of cultivated plants, ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks adapting to an environment modified by humans. Eligible wildlife is not limited to mammals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable subjects, as are carcasses of extant species in their natural environment.
Rule 2 - The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to cropping, minor retouching of blemishes, selective lightening and darkening, and must not alter the content of the original scene. Cloning is not permitted. Focus stacking is permitted. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort must be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.
Rule 3 - Accurate, brief, descriptive titles are recommended for nature photographs. In both of the above Nature Competitions the use of 'cute' or 'humorous' titles should be avoided.
Rule 4 - Entries should allow for a well-informed person to be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation.
Rule 5 - Entries will be subject to scrutiny by the Competition Secretary and two other well informed people to determine their eligibility under the above definitions. Members will be informed if an entry cannot be accepted and given the opportunity to substitute where possible.
Rule 6 - In order that the Competition Secretary can check eligibility of entries for the annual nature competitions under these rules, entrants are required to send to the competition secretary by the closing date a list of their entries in numbered order for the purpose of Rule 1.14, stating the title, species depicted and the location at which they were taken (place, county and country). If an entry is deemed ineligible for the competition, the competition secretary shall endeavour to inform the entrant in time for a replacement entry to be submitted.
Entries will be subject to scrutiny by the Competition Secretary and two other well informed people to determine their eligibility under the above definitions.
Members will be informed if an entry cannot be accepted and given the opportunity to substitute where possible.
Please note - Competition Sections do not apply to this Competition
The Judge will assess and be asked to comment on each image separately
The Judge will be asked to award 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
The judge may award as many Highly Commended's as merit it.
The total awards to be not more than one third of the entries.
Points will be awarded as follows;-
First Place – 6 points, Second Place – 5 points, Third place – 4 points, Highly Commended – 2 points
Bonus points will be awarded to those in Beginners and Intermediate sections.
1st, 2nd & 3rd - 2 bonus points. Highly commended - 1 bonus point.