This is broader than the original term Natural History. It includes weather characteristics, landforms not materially affected by Man, geology, plant associations and botanical specimens showing anatomical detail. Where Nature takes over a man made environment, this could be included. It would not normally include domestic plants or animals unless showing extreme detail, but photographs taken in the zoo are allowed.
It includes the description for Natural History – wild animals and birds taken in their natural surroundings, reptiles, fish, insects, wild flowers and plants, including anatomical details of flowers, botanically titled. The latter is super macro work at more than life size. Tame or domestic animals and ‘portraits’ of cultivated plants should be included in the Pictorial or Illustrative competitions. With reference to the use of digital manipulation, we have agreed to use the PAGB conditions of entry.
DEFINITION OF NATURE TO BE USED IN PAGB COMPETITIONS
Note that images already meeting the separate FIAP Definition of Nature will satisfy this less restrictive definition. 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. 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. Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement. Images entered as Nature can have landscape, 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. Access to biological subjects may be restricted. By entering a PAGB event, Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.
Guidance Guidance on implementation and interpretation of the PAGB Definition of Nature is available separately, and may be read in conjunction with this Definition.
Wildlife Images entered in Wildlife sections 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.
This definition applies to UK national exhibitions such as the PAGB and the L&CPU competitions, BUT BEWARE- if you want to enter an image in an international exhibition with FIAP patronage or PSA recognition, you must follow the FIAP/PSA rules which can be found by clicking here. THIS MEANS NO CLONING ALLOWED. If you want an image to be entered for the PSA Inter-Club Nature Competition then you must follow PSA/FIAP rules