George Glennie Nature Competition 2013


The Merrimack Valley Camera Club is pleased to invite the Lancaster Photography Association to participate in the 33rd George W. Glennie Nature Salon photographic competition.  The salon is open to camera clubs and photographic associations worldwide.  Last year, almost 100 clubs submitted images for competition, including four countries (plus the United States).

This is a premier, international all-nature club competition of digital images known for its diversity of subjects which range from animals to botany to landscapes.  In the animal categories, birds and mammals are usually well represented, but each year about a third of the entries are invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians or marine & freshwater life.

We are will select the images like last year: Entries will be online in the Lancaster Photography website competition upload area. All LPA members who enter this competition will vote which images will be selected. The end for submissions for this competition is by February 21.  Judging will be February 22 to February 28. All images should be selected for this competition by March 1, 2013. Each person may enter one image, no larger than 1024x768 and 1 MB. Entries are due to the Merrimack Valley Camera Club by March 8, 2013.


  • Botany
  • Landscape
  • Animals: Birds, Mammals, Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians, Marine and Freshwater Live

Awards: Best of Show, Best Wildlife, Best of Category (Birds, Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals, Marine and Freshwater Live, Botany and Landscape), Subcategory and Honor Awards depends on number of entries. Last year there were 27.

Nature Definition (per George Glennie Nature Competition):

“Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining a high technical quality.

"Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

"No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photography without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural."

Images submitted for consideration for the Best Wildlife award must meet the additional definition for Nature Wildlife Photography:

“Authentic wildlife is defined as one or more organisms, living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore landscapes, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or any living subject taken under controlled conditions are not eligible for the Best Wildlife award."

Judges will be guided by the recently revised PSA definition of Nature:

Do not worry about which category your image fits into. Just send your best image, and if your image is selected, the placement will be handled by Lancaster Photography Association or possibly by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club.

Last year’s results may be found at this link (see some of our LPA member’s images there):

Nan Carder, PPSA

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