The KPS ‘National’ Competition

In February 2020 we have the KPS ‘National’ Competition that is ‘National’ only in that it emulates the manner in which a national comp is categorised, entered and judged.

The KPS National Night 2020 will have Monochrome, Portrait, Nature, Photojournalism and Scapes sections  and is held as a monthly image evaluation night  each year.

Only one (1) entry per section with max five (5) entries per KPS member overall.

Only Projected Images, ie NO prints.

PI names for the annual KPS National competition are required to have the suffix part changed to indicate the Section for which the image is being entered. The image files should be named as “KPS ID-Image Title-Section.jpg” e.g.A44-Beauty-Portrait.jpg
B55-Flying High-Nature.jpg
C66-Big Mountain-Scapes.jpg

Definitions(Updated April 6 2017)

Photojournalism images shall consist of pictures or sequences with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary and spot news. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable in Photojournalism.

Human Interest images depict a person or persons in an interactive, emotional, or unusual situation, excluding recreational or sports action.

Human Interest images depict a person or persons in an interactive, emotional, or unusual situation, excluding sports action.

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted.
The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.)A grayscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.

Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included.

A combining form extracted from landscape, denoting “an extensive view, scenery,” or “a picture or representation” of such a view, as specified by the initial element: landscape; seascape; cityscape; cloudscape; moonscape;  riverscape.
A scene as of land, sea, city, clouds, etc.

Some definitions from Dr Google.
Landscape By definition, landscape photography is just that: pictures of nature or landscapes. Very rarely does a landscape photograph have people in it. When it does, the person is there to show scale — how large or small an object is. 

CityscapeIn the visual arts a cityscape (urban landscape) is an artistic representation, such as a painting, drawing, print or photograph, of the physical aspects of a city or urban area. It is the urban equivalent of a landscape. Townscape and urbanscape are roughly synonymous with cityscape, though it implies the same difference in urban size and density (and even modernity) implicit in the difference between the words city, town and urban.

In urban design the terms refer to the configuration of built forms and interstitial space.
A seascape is a photograph, painting, or other work of art which depicts the sea, in other words an example of marine art. By a backwards development, the word has also come to mean the view of the sea itself, and be applied in planning contexts to geographical locations possessing a good view of the sea.



Nature photography is built on the premise of accurately portraying the natural world.

For the purposes of this competition this section generally follows the same conventions as “Nature” definitions used in many Nationals and Internationals, without the added constraints of their “Wildlife” definitions. So for example you can use photos of animals in a zoo, but not of a pet.

If you do not understand any of the requirements, please contact our image steward for clarification.

Images that do not comply with these requirements should receive a “1” score from a judge. In other competitions they might be summarily disqualified before judging.

Images can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant (not extinct) organisms as the primary subject matter.

This includes ALLOWING 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.

However photographs of human-created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, domestic animals, feral animals (i.e. those descended from domesticated stock), or mounted specimens are INELIGIBLE.

Human elements SHALL NOT be present, except where those elements are integral parts of the nature story (e.g. a wild animal making a home in a man-made structure).

Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals ARE permissible.

NO form of manipulation may be used that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

NO techniques may be used that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping.


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 (e.g. panoramas) are NOT PERMITTED.

Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome.

The KPS ‘National’ Competition involves a series of different judges judging the different sections of the competition by scoring the images as they pop up onto the screen. The scores are recorded by each judge on a series of keyboards all plugged into a computer with a spreadsheet active. All results are known by the end of the night and our ‘National’ has proven to be a great night that seems to be enjoyed by all.

Some images from our inaugural ‘National’ competition are below.

Images are projected onto the screen for the judges and the crowd to view.

Images are projected onto the screen for the judges and the crowd to view.


Adjudicating an image

Adjudicating an image


20140528: Boronia: KPS meeting 'National' competition where images were judged in real tme by in-house judges.

Rob, Margaret and Ron discuss an image.


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