Categories

Category definitions and eligibility are covered here.

Submission & Award Categories:

 Click the category titles below to open up the descriptions.

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Natural World

Images of wildlife, flora, fauna, landscapes, seascapes, drone work and images of a similar nature should be entered here. Minor retouching is permitted.

Animals held in captivity cannot be entered into this category, they must be placed into a Pet category, whether they are seen as pets to the public or not.

Human

Entires of humans without animals, including classic portraiture of children, families, newborns and more should be entered here.

If retouching is extensive to augment the original nature of the subject, the image should be entered into the Open category.

Documentary / Street

Images captured in living moments, unposed and unchoreographed, should be entered here.

No manipulation of the image is permitted aside for cropping, white balance, exposure, sharpening, conversion to black and white, and sensor spot removal.

This list is exhaustive.

Commercial

Any images shot for commercial campaigns, advertising, including architecture and exhibition work should go here.

Sport

This category is for all sports-related photography, editorial or artistic, featuring any competitive or recreational sport including but not limited to motor, extreme, team, winter or summer sports.

Sports involving animals can be entered into this category and/or the Pets Action category.

Wedding

The Wedding category is open only to images taken in real weddings, during the cermony period and ideally, on the day that the register was signed.

Images taken on portfolio days, pre- or post-wedding sessions or through workshops are not allowed.

Open

This category is home to Fine Art, Illustrative and conceptual pieces. If the image doesn’t fit into another category, it should be here.

If your image contains a large amount of retouching but would usually fit into another category, it belongs here too.

Pets - Pet Portrait

Any portrait of a domesticated animal can be entered here. The image can be taken indoors, outdoors, with or without artifical light. Studio images are accepted here.

  • The subject should be stationery. If the subject is in motion, entries should go into Pet Action instead.
  • There should be no humans in the image. If humans are in the image, the entry shoud go into Pets & People.
  • If retouching drastically changes the original situation of the animal, the entry should be placed into the Open category instead.
Pets - Pet Action

Any action photograph of a domesticated animal can be entered here. The image can be taken indoors, outdoors, with or without artifical light. Studio images are accepted here.

  • The subject should be in motion. If the subject is stationery, entries should go into Pet Portrait instead.
  • There should be no humans in the image. If humans are in the image, the entry shoud go into Pets & People.
  • If retouching drastically changes the original situation of the animal, the entry should be placed into the Open category instead.
Pets - Pets & People

This category aims to find the best image in the world showing the relationship and companionship between pets and their humans.

Images must have a human clearly in shot along with at least one animal.

Pets - Natural Pets

This category aims to find the best un-edited image in the world of a domesticate animal. The only retouching allowed for submissions in this category are

  • White balance correction,
  • Exposure,
  • Contrast (shadows, highlights, whites, blacks),
  • Cropping,
  • Black and white conversion and
  • Removal of sensor spots.

No other retouching, editing or alterations are allowed, this includes anything involving masks, cloning or healing. This list is exhaustive.

RAW files may be requested for checking.