The third edition of the Wildlife Panel Competition generously sponsored by our own Paddy Joe Ryan will take place on Wednesday next May 16th in the Athy CDP. Paddy Joe has been the foremost Wildlife photographer in the club for many years and has produced a wonderful collection of outstanding images. It is hoped that as many members as possible will participate. Even if you are not competing, the event is normally one of the highlights of the club calendar and you are encouraged to be present.
The hall will be open from 7pm. Contestants should have their panel erected and ready for judging by 7.45pm at the latest. Judging will commence at 8pm. The competition will be judged by Ms Ita Martin of Malahide Camera Cub.
- Entry restricted to current members of Athy Photographic Society.
- Each panel will consist of 6 (six) A4 sized mounted photographs.
- Images may be Colour or Monochrome or a mixture of both
- There are no restrictions to as when any of the photographs may have been taken
- We will adhere to the rules of Wildlife Photography as recognised by the Irish Photographic Federeation (IPF). The following is a summary of the most relevant rules ;
Wildlife Images are defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.
Wildlife photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict 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 certify its honest presentation.The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
The following are allowed
- Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
- Colour images can be converted to monochrome.
- 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. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.
- Techniques that remove elements added by the ea, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
The following are not allowed
- Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.
- Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, farm animals or mounted specimens are ineligible.
- No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Stitched images are not permitted.
- Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
- Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo, game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible
The full rules may be accessed at;
If you are doubtful of any image prior to the competition please contact Committee for clarification. If you require help or direction about printing, mounting or any issues please feel free to contact the Committee also. While this is an individual competition, the ethos of the club is to help one another.