All photographs must be of natural fauna, flora or wilderness and must have been taken in the ANZANG bioregion (Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region). The region of New Guinea is limited to the west by the Wallace Line (the bio-geographical line extending between Bali and Lombok northward through the Makassar Strait between Borneo and Sulawesi). To the east the New Guinea region includes the Bismarck and Solomon Archipelagos and islands of the South West Pacific.
There are ten sections in the Competition:
1. Animal Behaviour – the subject(s) must be engaged in natural activity.
2. Animal Portrait – the subject must be photographed close up, occupying at least 30% of the frame.
3. Botanical – this may be a portrait or habitat shot.
4. Underwater – this may be a portrait or habitat shot.
5. Wilderness – the landscape or seascape must have minimal evidence of human interference.
6. Threatened Species – the subject(s) may be photographed in any of the following ways: in portrait, engaged in natural activity, or in its natural habitat. All entries selected in this category (flora or fauna) must be verified by an official reference, valid for any of the previous five years prior to the date of close of entries. This can be obtained from the country’s state or federal government agency concerned with verifying the subject’s threatened, rare, vulnerable or endangered status.
7. Black & White – the subject(s) must be chosen that would qualify for any of the first six categories. This category includes all monochrome photography including sepia-toned and infrared photographs.
8. Interpretive – the subject(s) must be chosen that would qualify for categories 1 to 6. Entries in this section must have their origins in nature photography, but can be manipulated in any way. Photographers are encouraged to experiment graphically with their images. There is no limit to the number of exposures used, or to the graphic treatments applied in this section.
9. Our Impact – the image must depict human impact on the natural environment, be it terrestrial, marine or atmospheric. This impact may be negative or positive. The choice of subjects is broad, including any subject that would qualify for categories 1 to 6, or may extend beyond these to subjects relating to pollution and climate change.
10. Junior – the entrant must be under 18 years of age at the date of close of entries. Entries must fit the criteria of any of the other nine categories. Junior photographers are welcome to enter in any of the other nine categories instead of the Junior category.
Up to four images may be entered in each of the ten sections. The judges will choose a winner and runner-up for each category. Entries not placed but of a particularly high standard will form the basis of the subsequent exhibition.
Contest Prize & TERMS
Each of the first 9 category winners receives $1,000 plus a certificate each and the runner-up of each section receives $500 plus a certificate;
There is a $1,000 prize plus a certificate for the best portfolio of six or more entries;
The junior section winner receives $300 plus a certificate and the runner up receives $100 plus a certificate
The people’s choice winner receives $500.
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COPYRIGHT: Each Entrant warrants to the Organiser and AG that each Entry is an original artistic work of the Entrant which does not infringe the rights, including copyright and privacy rights, of any third party.
USAGE RIGHTS: Any winning or shortlisted Entry may be used by the Organiser or AG (and any person authorised to do so by either of them) solely for the purpose of marketing and promoting the Competition and the Exhibition or future Competitions and Exhibitions, without further remuneration or reference to the participant. The inclusion of any such feature (including but not limited to creative control of the feature) will remain with the Organiser or AG at all times, including for the purpose of:
a) judging the Competition;
b) displaying the Entries on the Competition’s website, AG’s website and websites of partners;
c) displaying the Entries at the Exhibition;
d) displaying the Entries in a book, magazine or similar published work;
e) publishing the Entries on posters to promote the Competition or the Exhibition;
f) publishing the Entries on postcards to promote the Competition or Exhibition;
g) cropping and re-sizing the Entries as necessary to fit pre-defined formats to promote the Competition and Exhibition;
h) sub-licensing the Entries to the media for reproduction in connection with the Competition and the Exhibition;
i) including the Entries within any materials promoting the Competition or the Exhibition; and
j) including the Entries in any compilation publication published to celebrate any anniversary of the Competition.
Each Entrant grants the Organiser and AG a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence in each Entry throughout the world in all media for the uses described in rule 30 for 2 years following the date of announcement of the winners on 3 October 2013.