Santa Rosa Photographic Society


Please read the full set of competition rules! This guide is a summary and doesn’t replace your need to read and understand the official SRPS rules.

Certain image types are allowed depending on the category:

Image typePictorialMonochromeJournalismNatureCreativeTravel
Monochrome –

Monochrome –
sepia, cyanotype,
single color tones

Devisions into
sections (eg triptych)

Pictorial and Monochrome: Emphasis on interest, visual impact, composition and technical excellence. Not confined to any specific subject, type, or style of photography.

Creative: Use of imaginative skill or originality of thought including the altering of reality. No image should be eliminated from competition simply because it looks realistic, provided it shows originality of concept.

Journalism: Informative content and emotional impact; human interest, documentary and spot news. No set up of situations. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality.

Travel: Images must express the feeling of a time and place; portray a land, its distinctive features or culture. Must appear natural.

Nature: The informative/story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality, while maintaining high technical quality:

Allowed: Landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. Controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums, any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on humans for food are allowed.

Not Allowed: Anthropology, archeology, mounted specimens. Cultivated plants or human-created hybrid plants (even if those plants are found in the wild). Domestic or formerly domesticated animal species, even if living in the wild, or feral animals. This prohibits honeybees, “wild” horses, and a lot of plants that appear in our natural environment.

Limited human elements may appear: wild animals with tags/bands/radio collars; as part of the nature story; within situations depicting natural forces (like hurricanes, tidal waves, etc).

Non-Compete: Any image “in good taste”; for members to receive feedback without competing. Member must be present for image to be shown.

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