Unless stated otherwise under the category rules & requirements the following applies to all entries:


• Entries must be 100% photographic in origin.
• All elements in an image must be the work of the photographer.
• The use of stock photography, purchasable digital backgrounds, skies, borders and textures is prohibited.
• Images must be from original exposures made within the last 24 months of the closing date of the Awards
• The category rules and requirements accompanying the category descriptions in this document (pages 11 to 26) form part of the rules.
• All Images taken over the duration of a workshop, tutorial, or similar where the primary focus of the event is for education are ineligible. This is irrespective of whether the image submitted was captured or created under the direct instruction of the educator/presenter or not. This rule only applies to attendees of workshops, tutorials and educational/training events. Instructors, student, emerging members and attendees of photo-tours where the primary focus is not educational are exempt.


• No two images entered are to contain the same subject. The intent of the awards is to produce four unique, content diverse images.
• Images entered must have been taken on different occasions and of different subject matter.
• If two images are considered to be of the same subject, we will attempt to contact the photographer to discuss this, but if contact cannot be made, we will retain the first image uploaded in the entry process as identified in the barcode number and disqualify the other(s) so that judging can take place.
• The Awards Team decision is final, and no discussion will be entered into.


• Prints must be created by the entrant or under the entrant’s direct instruction, including all post production and printing work.
• Photographs that have been plagiarized will be disqualified. Knowingly or sub consciously copying a photograph where ALL or the majority of the elements are the same (i.e., same subject matter, pose, location, concept, crop, finishing etc.) may be considered plagiarism if not enough elements are considered different or treated differently enough to be considered a homage. Recreating or emulating paintings, sculptures or other non-photographic works of art either in their entirety part there of in an entry is not considered plagiarism as the execution to achieve the desired result is of a different artistic discipline. Copying or emulating a pose, style or a concept is not considered plagiarism.
• Entrants MUST acknowledge the printer, retoucher and/or other creative contributors on the online entry form.
• Where further digital manipulation is allowed, digital technologies can be used to assemble images, manipulate and adjust photographic elements in any manner, but not to create new elements.
• Re-photographing existing photographs or images for any purpose other than creating a supporting element or background will be disqualified, unless the existing image is the work of the entrant, 100% photographic and was taken within 24 months prior to the close of entry.
• Re-photographed images to create supporting elements or backgrounds either created by the entrant or by a third party (such as purchased physical backdrops, publicly displayed advertising, photographs or paintings) may help contribute to the narrative of the entry however they must not be the main subject or focus of the image. E.g.. a portrait of a soldier taken in front of a print of a WW11 soldier may be acceptable, but entering a re-photographed print of the WW11 portrait in its entirety is prohibited.
• Composite/component elements of an image must be 100% photographic in origin, be the work of the entrant and have been shot within 24 months prior to the close of entry.
• Unless otherwise stipulated in the individual category rules and requirements all borders and textures must be 100% photographic in origin and captured by the entrant.
• All entrants must be able to provide evidence of a legal and or moral right to use all of the elements depicted within the entry. Failure to provide such proof may result in the disqualification of the entry.
• All entrants must be able to supply a copy or proof of each element used to create the final image to prove its photographic origin if requested. Failure to provide such proof may result in the disqualification of the entry.
• No titles or marks which identify the author are permitted on the front of the entry; this includes the mat board. Nonphotographic copy/text may only be included when stipulated in the category rules and requirements.




This category is for Landscape images that depict the natural or urban environment. 

Entries may be interpretative, in other words, they need not be a literal image of a scene. 

Judges in this category are asked to consider, both traditional and contemporary values, camera technique, print quality composition, and light.

This category will be judged in two sections: 

  • Landscape Single Capture
  • Landscape Open


In addition to the core rules and requirements stipulated above

  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
  • Photographs must depict or imply the natural or human/urban environment. 
  • Landscape Open entries may utilise all post production techniques, including the use of multiple images or elements to produce the entry.
  • Landscape Single Capture entries may utilise all post production excluding the addition of any new elements to the original capture, this includes borders and textures.
  • In camera multiple exposures may be entered.

Although the Category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment, there is only one Award.