An original photograph that has specific content as defined by the topic of the month. It is acceptable to submit an altered reality image provided, according to the judges, that the image is clearly consistent with the current assignment. The one exception, however, is Nature. Images submitted as Nature cannot be altered reality. More information on Nature can be found here.

The competition director reserves to right to determine if an image is appropriate for the assignment. If they determine that it is not, the image can be put in Open.