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Nature (Regular)

Maximum can submit 2 images

The Simsbury Camera Club adheres to the definition of Nature of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) as modified by the NECCC Nature Category Restrictions. Full details may be found on the PSA and NECCC websites as follows:

Members are urged to view and follow the PSA Code of Conduct for Nature Photographers, found at:

All images used in PSA Nature Division competitions and PSA-recognized Exhibitions must meet the PSA Nature Definition of Nature Photography as follows:

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. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. 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.

All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, 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.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above 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 of Exhibitions.

NECCC Nature Category Restrictions

18. All photographs must have been captured by light sensitivity, either digitally or on film. Slides or negatives may be scanned (by the photographer or commercially) for entry into the competition. The NECCC Electronic Interclub Nature Competition uses the PSA definition of nature that is posted on the PSA Internet site at

Our nature competitions are open nature competitions and entries do not have to meet the additional authentic wildlife definition that is also posted on the same Internet page. Note that a new definition will be effective on January 1, 2015; this definition will apply to NECCC interclub nature competitions after that date.

The following is a Checklist of Nature Adjustments from the PSA Website

Click on Digital Adjustments Checklist in the Nature Division Information section and it brings up a PDF with the following notes:

Nature Adjustments

ALLOWED in Nature Competitions

  • Exposure Adjustment (Selective and Global)
  • Adjust Highlight and Shadow Detail
  • Adjust Contrast
  • White Balance/Color Correction
  • NOTE: HDR allowed for any and all of the above
  • Black and White conversion (Greyscale only)
  • Adjust Saturation
  • Dust Spot Removal
  • Flare Removal
  • Straightening
  • Cropping
  • Reversing (AKA flipping Horizontal – Use caution on scenic)
  • Resizing
  • Sharpening (including focus layering)

NOTE: All allowed adjustments must look natural

NOT Allowed in Nature Competitions

  • Adding or removing image elements
  • Blurring backgrounds

For purposes of entering an image in the Nature Category: the Simsbury Camera Club uses the following list of domestic animals (which cannot be entered in the Nature Category) ...source Wikipedia:

  • Alpaca (Vicugna pacos)
  • Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus)
  • Bali cattle (Bos javanicus domesticus)
  • Cat (Felis silvestris catus)
  • Cattle (Bos taurus)
  • Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
  • Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Domestic canary (Serinus canaria domestica)
  • Domestic dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius)
  • Domestic duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)
  • Domestic goat (Capra aegagrus hircus)
  • Domestic goose (Anser anser domesticus)
  • Domestic guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
  • Domestic hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris)
  • Domestic muscovy duck (Cairina moschata domestica)
  • Domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus)
  • Domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica)
  • Domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
  • Domestic silkmoth (Bombyx mori)
  • Domestic skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
  • Domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
  • Domesticated red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
  • Donkey (Equus africanus asinus)
  • Fancy mouse
  • Fancy rat and Lab rat
  • Ferret (Mustela putorius furo)
  • Gayal (Bos frontalis)
  • Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
  • Guinea pig (Cavia porcellus)
  • Guppy (Poecilia reticulata some strains)
  • Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
  • Koi (Cyprinus carpio haematopterus)
  • Llama (Lama glama)
  • Ringneck dove (Streptopelia risoria)
  • Sheep (Ovis aries)
  • Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens)
  • Society finch (Lonchura striata domesti-ca)
  • Water buffalo
  • River buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)
  • Swamp buffalo (Bubalus bubalis carabenesis)
  • Western honey bee (Apis mellifera)
  • Italian bee (A. mellifera ligustica)
  • European dark bee (A. mellifera mellifera)
  • Carniolan honey bee (A. mellifera carnica)
  • Caucasian honey bee (A. mellifera caucasia)
  • Yak (Bos grunniens)
  • Zebu (Bos primigenius indicus)