During the first round of judging entries are judged on technical quality, composition and general presentation. Over sharpened images, Images with blown highlights, poor depth of field management, out of focus images and poorly presented images will be eliminated in the first round of judging.
Photographs that go through to the second round of judging will be technically superb both in editing and photography. The focus of the judging process will now shift to artistic merit and unique story telling. At this stage all images will have the potential to be a category winner. Original unedited raw files will also be requested for all images to be judged in this round.
The contestant’s talent must be reflected in his work. Keeping the photographs unique will increase the contestants chances of going through to the next round. Although NBPA encourage photographers to rethink the genre of wildlife and nature photography in creative ways technical improvements in cameras and lenses over the last decade allows for traditional themes to be show cased in superior ways. We would like to see these images!
The original file quality and the truthfulness of the photographs in the second round will determine whether an image will be able to progress to the final round. A creative, technically superb, well-edited image, supported by a great un-edited raw file will become a finalist.
Finalist images have a very strong change to either win the category or to be nominated as an honored photograph in the category. Top honored images along with the category winners will be published in a prestige publication to celebrate the third Natures Best Photography Africa competition.