The subject must be
in its natural environment. Photographs of animals and birds living freely
within conservation or nature reserves are also acceptable. Naturalised
subjects are allowable, providing they are photographed under natural, not
Examples of naturalised subjects are deer, black swan, monarch butterfly, briar
(not cultivated) roses.
Minimal evidence of human influence is acceptable for some nature subjects
where they have adapted to an environment modified by humans. Some examples are
welcome swallows, shags and harrier hawks.
The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable.
The accurate record of the subject and the natural environment are the prime
factors. All images must maintain a faithful representation of a natural form,
behaviour or phenomenon as captured in the original image.
No elements within the original image may be moved, cloned, introduced,
deleted, rearranged or combined. No artificial, false or substitute backgrounds
are to be used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is
limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the
Resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening and restoration of the
original colour of the scene are also acceptable. Digital techniques that
extend the capability of the camera may be used as long as they honestly and
accurately represent the original nature story or event at the time of capture.
Images in New Zealand Nature must have been taken in the natural environment of
New Zealand or its
For all Nature images, scientific or common names must be included in the