The Puget Sound Camera Club bases its definition of a nature image on that of the Photographic Society of America. The PSCC amends and extends the PSA rules for club competitions only. Bird feeders, garbage cans, deck railings, or other man-made objects will be allowed in images with wild animals which populate an urban environment. These may include, but are not limited to, seagulls, crows, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, bears, coyotes, common songbirds, and opossums.

PSA Definition of Nature Photography

“Nature is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality. Human elements shall not be present, except (1) where the human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. (2) Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation, that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial element except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. (3) Any adjustments must appear natural.”

Digital Nature Images

“All digital images used in PSA Nature Division approved competitions and for competitions governed by PSA Nature Division rules must be considered Digital Realism. Makers may perform any enhancements and modifications that improve the presentation of the image that could have been done at the time the image was taken but that does not change the truth of the original nature story. Cropping and horizontal flipping (equivalent to reversing a slide) are acceptable modifications. Addition of elements, removal of elements other than by cropping, combining elements from separate images, rearranging elements or cloning elements are not acceptable.”