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Images that become part of the Best of the Best internationally MUST set the highest standard and demonstrate a strong photographic foundation supported by post production enhancement opportunities. Images, to become part of the Top Ten in each category must be of unsurpassed quality in ALL aspects of original capture, retouching and creative enhancement, technical and artistic excellence.

 

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Commercial

Images with an intended use by a commercial client to promote or brand a product or company. Advertising, fashion, beauty, still life, food, architecture, corporate photography are all included in this category. Composite and non-composite images, and highly manipulated images (Photoshop or similar), as well as the use of computer generated images (CGI), are allowed as relevant in this category.

3 images will be selected from submissions to represent WPC Team Australia in this category

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Illustration/Digital Art

An Illustration is a graphic depiction of any concept or subject. The main principle of an Illustration is to elucidate or define a concept, story, literature, activity etc. in such a way as to provide a visual representation of the story, title or concept. Composite and non-composite images, and highly manipulated images (Photoshop or similar), as well as the use of computer generated images (CGI), are allowed as relevant in this category.

3 images will be selected from submissions to represent WPC Team Australia in this category

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Nature (landscape)

This category is for photography that is devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, cityscapes, plants, flowers, trees and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. Aerial, macro and astrophotography are included in this category. It is allowed to crop, rotate, selective dodging and burn, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black-and-white, apply grain and minor cleaning jobs like removing sensor dust or chromatic aberration. It is also allowed to combine several photos to one (photo stitching, focus stacking, multi-exposure, etc), shot at the same time and on the same place as a consecutive sequence, seconds or minutes apart). It is NOT allowed to add, delete or move elements by cloning, healing, patching, content aware fill, liquify or similar tools. The original captured image (in RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the WPC.

3 images will be selected from submissions to represent WPC Team Australia in this category

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Nature (wildlife)

Images must illustrate the astonishing diversity of wildlife from all parts of the world showing images of actual wildlife in a natural habitat. It is allowed to crop, rotate, selective dodge and burn, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black-and-white, apply grain and minor cleaning jobs like removing sensor dust or chromatic aberration. It is also allowed to combine several photos to one (photo stitching, focus stacking,
multi-exposure, etc), shot at the same time and on the same place as a consecutive sequence, seconds or minutes apart). It is NOT allowed to add, delete or move elements by cloning, healing, patching, content aware fill, liquify or similar tools. The original capture image (in RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the WPC

3 images will be selected from submissions to represent WPC Team Australia in this category

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Portrait/Illustrative

Images where styling, creative photo techniques, extensive makeup or props are allowed. Post production techniques are encouraged and may be an essential part of the final story in the photograph. Entries in this category would include images that have been highly manipulated or stylized.

3 images will be selected from submissions to represent WPC Team Australia in this category

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Portrait/Natural

Images where lighting, posing and highlighting of the person’s NATURAL appearance, essence, personality and character is key. Images should tell a story about the personality/ies and possibly their culture or traditions. Images that use extensive makeup or props to transform the natural appearance, must be entered in Illustrative Portrait or Illustration/Digital Art categories. Post production techniques are not to be an essential part of the final story in the photograph.

3 images will be selected from submissions to represent WPC Team Australia in this category

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Reportage/Photojournalism

Images that illustrate an actual public or non-public event, life, an area of human interest, telling news that have meaning on the context or record of events, high impact and/or lasting emotional response. Images that illustrate sporting events are included in this category. Basic color and brightness adjustments, cropping, dodging and burning in are allowed. Only single-capture images will be accepted. Composite and multiple exposure images will not be accepted. The original captured image (in RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the WPC.

3 images will be selected from submissions to represent WPC Team Australia in this category

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Wedding

Entries in Wedding must be done in connection with an actual wedding event (not a commercially created image). Images must reflect the personality of the subject(s) and/or illustrate the story of the event. They must include some visual reference(s) that defines the wedding event (traditional clothing, church flowers etc.). Composite images are allowed as long as the digital postproduction is not a significant part of displaying the essence or the personality of the subject(s). Commercial, Illustrative and Fashion images are not permitted in the Wedding category and instead must be entered into Commercial or Illustration categories. Judges will consider the relevance of highly manipulated images and the spirit of intent of the rules as it relates to the category.

3 images will be selected from submissions to represent WPC Team Australia in this category