The submission of entries signifies acceptance of the following conditions:

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers who are residents of Australia or members of the Australian Photographic Society.  An entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and conditions.

The Exhibition Chairman, persons closely involved in the organisation of the exhibition, persons in charge of the handling of the exhibition software, and judges are not permitted to enter the exhibition.

Recognition: The exhibition is conducted in accordance with the recommendations of and approval  of the Australian Photographic Society (APS)  –  Approval number 2018/19.

Subject to the rules of the APS, acceptances in this exhibition are eligible for inclusion in applications for APS honours.

Image creation, authenticity and reproduction: Entries must originate as photographs (image captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally.

All final work must be on electronic file.

By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his/her own (aliases are not permitted).

The entrant permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This may include low resolution posting on a website. Note: Entrants who indicate that their images may not be reproduced or used may not be eligible for awards or inclusion in audiovisuals of the exhibition and could be subject to disqualification by the exhibition sponsor.

By submitting an entry the entrant certifies that in the process of capturing the image the entrant did not violate any of the standards of ethical practice of the APS.

Copyright: The copyright of each image entered always remains with the author of the image. The exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright.

Note: The exhibition committee reserves the right to check all accepted images for copyright violation.

Image alteration and computer generation: Except for the restrictions on Nature images described in the Nature definition, images may be altered, either digitally or otherwise, by the entrant. Artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated, provided that the photographic content predominates in a way that is obvious to the viewer. Images may not be constructed entirely with a computer and all photographic components must have been photographed by the entrant who holds copyright of the complete works submitted.

Image titles: Each image must have a unique title. Images without a title will not be judged.

Titles may not include file extensions such as .jpg or .jpeg. (or any other camera capture filenames). Words such as “untitled” or “no title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames or titles consisting of only numbers.

Titles must use the English alphabet and can contain no more than 30 characters (including spaces). Image titles may be in a foreign language, but the English alphabet must be used.

The titles should be exactly as you want them to appear in the catalogue.

No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the actual image.

Titles will not be announced at judging.

Email List 

By virtue of submitting an entry, the Entrant accepts that his/her email address will be used for communicating information about this exhibition and future Lake Macquarie National exhibitions. The Entrant may opt out of this email list by using the unsubscribe option at the bottom of each message sent. 

Warning: opting out of this email list before the exhibition catalogs are posted may result in the entrant not receiving important information about the exhibition.