Definitions in effect for the
NATURE and PHOTOJOURNALISM Divisions
in the 2019 GASO Circuit!
An Update will be Posted from time to time
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 sports ACTION.. Only cropping, resizing, lightening, or darkening and restoration of original color are permitted. Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
HUMAN INTEREST DEFINITION In Photojournalism!
Human Interest is defined as an image depicting a person or persons in an interactive, emotional or unusual situation, excluding sports action.
Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from 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 to certify as to 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 enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags, or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. 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 elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.
Informative Note: Human elements are not limited to people in the image. Artifacts made by humans, such as roads, fences, signs, and buildings (or parts of buildings), are also considered human elements. Jesses and thongs on legs of raptors and other birds are also considered human elements, not scientific banding and are therefore included in this prohibition. Sensor dust on digital captures and rounded corners of scanned images are not considered pictorial elements.
WILDLIFE DEFINITION; Authentic wildlife is defined as one or more organisms living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore, landscapes, photographs of zoo animals, game farm animals or any living subject taken under controlled conditions are not eligible for Wildlife competitions. Authentic wildlife is not limited to uncontrolled zoological subjects. Land and marine botanical subjects in the wild (including fungi and algae) are also eligible subjects, as are animal carcasses.