Images must be in jpeg format, no more than 1920 pixels wide, and no more than 1200 pixels high. The recommended color space is sRGB. Images may be color, infrared, or monochrome. All images must have been taken by the maker.

Think of Nature as a specialized form of photojournalism. It is about  “telling a nature story” as accurately as possible. Just like in Photojournalism, editing techniques should not be used to change what you saw when the image was taken. Dust spots and small distracting elements may be cloned out. But a new element - like a bird, or a sky from a different image, may not be added. Dodging and burning, spot adjustments, HDR, and other common types of post processing methods are allowed, but should only be used sparingly

Images should be of natural landscapes, plants, insects or wildlife as they are found in a natural looking environment. Animals in zoos are acceptable if the man-made environment is not obvious. People or domestic animals are not allowed. Formal gardens and fields of plants such as tulip fields are not allowed. However close up photos of flowers are acceptable.

Long shutter speeds may be used to blur the motion of water, or for taking images at night.

Man-made objects may be visible as long as they are minor, (take up only a small portion of the image) and they are not the subject of the image. Examples could include -

  • a bird with an ID tag
  • a bird sitting on a dock or post, but only an insignificant portion of the man-made element is visible beneath its feet.
  • a mountain scene with a barely noticeable fence or a portion of a trail in the background. But the man made element should not draw your attention, or be an element of the composition. 




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