The categories of the competition are to cover a spectrum of genres in photography open to amateur photographers who reside in Western Australia.

City of Kalamunda   

The theme is urbanisation. Explore the suburbs [Bickley; Canning Mills; Carmel; Forrestfield; Gooseberry Hill; Hacketts Gully; High Wycombe; Kalamunda; Lesmurdie; Maida Vale; Paulls Valley; Pickering Brook; Piesse Brook; Wattle Grove] within the City of Kalamunda, and capture the smaller, often gritter details of growth and changes towards a more urban environment. These can be a mix of architecture, industrial details and street scenes to create a visual story of the City of Kalamunda growth and changes.


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 cyclones/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.
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

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.



Landscape is a photograph of natural scenery with land and sky-based elements displayed in a pictorial fashion. Can include people and animals, though none of these elements are to dominate the image.

Seascape is a photograph of natural coastal scenery, a wave study, or a picture of the open sea, provided that the sea is the centre of interest in the photograph. People, boats and man-made structures may be present as incidental to the photograph.

Drone/aerial photography is permitted, and must comply with CASA requirements. Drone log files or any required permits may be requested.


A photograph that captures the feeling of a time and place, and portrays a land, a people or a culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations, images can be from domestic locations, or those world-wide.

Ultra-close-ups, which lose their identity, studio type model pictures or obviously manipulated work do not qualify as photo travel / destination, and should not be submitted

Pictorial (Open)

Any subject that is treated pictorially, embodying the elements of good design, composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.

The choice of subject is at the Photographers discretion. There is free interpretation of fine art photography. Show your technical expertise in capturing the image and creativity in the digital darkroom. ALL elements of the image are to be photographic and captured by the photographer.

Images can be either colour or monochrome. Monochromatic images must be toned with a SINGLE hue, or Black and White; for colour, must have 2 or more colours.

ALL images need to meet the rules of entry to be eligible. Any image that is deemed ineligible will be disqualified.


The judging, to select the finalists, is conducted by an independent panel of three professional judges. The judging will commence on 18th August. Finalists will be notified by 26th August. *this date is anticipated. There may be a delay if any unexpected episodes occur.  

Judges for 2019 are:

  • Steve Fraser – Steve Fraser Photography
  • Sue McLeod – Sue McLeod Photography
  • Paul Dowe – Paul Dowe Galleries