2018 CAPA Nature Definition and Guidelines for
Entry into CAPA Nature Competitions*
Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology. The image can include 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. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. 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.
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.
To avoid having your image disqualified as containing a human element, all entrants should review the following details prior to submitting their image for this competition:
Sky — No cables, telephone/power lines, jet streams, aircraft, etc…
Land — No man-made structures or paths, concrete, man-made stone, telephone poles, fences, posts, domesticated or cultivated plants/food, cut grass, organized or systematic laying out of planted trees, etc.
Elements — No cut trees or branches or stems, cut branches, tree stumps, man-made food, objects or background, etc.
Sea — No boats, ships, piers, docks, posts in the water, etc.
No Feral Animals***
Restricted Editing — 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. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images are not allowed.
* Edited version. For unedited version see CAPA website: capacanada.ca/nature
** “Extant” means “living”. Moose are extant, dinosaurs are extinct.
*** “Feral” refers to an animal that has escaped from domestication and become wild, such as “feral” cats.