Four Nations International Salon Submissions

Submission for this year’s ‘4 Nations’ competition will be invited soon.  

‘4 Nations’ is an international digital image competition between the following participating societies:

  • Photographic Society of New Zealand, 
  • Australian Photographic Society
  • Photographic Society of South Africa 
  • Canadian Association for Photographic Art.  

The competition is hosted by a different society each year.  This year’s host nation is New Zealand; the Photographic Society of New Zealand Inc.

Each society can submit images in the following categories:


Category Maximum no of images per society
Open Colour 35
Open Monochrome 15
Nature 15
Our Country 15

Entries are not open yet.  Dates will be advised as soon as they are confirmed.


There are no fees to enter. 

Image Sizes

Maximum size 1920 x 1080, jpg, (e.g. no wider than1920 and no higher than 1080).

File size no more than 2mb and the format must be jpeg. 

It is suggested that images be saved with the colour profile of sRGB IEC61966-2.1.


The judges for 2021 are from the UK and are.

John Chamberlin FRPS MFIAP 


Mike Martin AWPF AFIAP


4 Nations Award  

To the Society that wins the competition, cumulative of the four categories. 

4 Nations Gold Award  

These are for individual Society members who had the highest scoring image in each category (One Gold Award for each category).  

4 Nations Honourable Mention Certificates  

For individual Society members who received Honourable Mentions (Up to three certificates for each category).  

PSNZ Medals – For PSNZ Members only.

Medals can be awarded for the highest scoring PSNZ images. These medals are gold, silver or bronze. 

An image receiving 1st place in 4 Nations shall receive a PSNZ Gold medal. 

An image receiving 2nd place or an Honourable Mention, shall receive a PSNZ Silver Medal. 

The next highest score shall receive a PSNZ Bronze medal. 

Category Definitions


As defined by FIAP (Federation Internationale de I’Art Photographique) and PSA Photographic Society of America as follows: 

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.  

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct- captures or derivations are not allowed.  

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.  

Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.  


As defined by FIAP (Federation Internationale de I’Art Photographique) and PSA Photographic Society of America as follows: 

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.  


 Are to be the definitions endorsed by FIAP (Federation Internationale de I’Art Photographique) and PSA Photographic Society of America as follows: 

Any pictorial treatment of a subject which contains the element of good arrangement of composition and reflects the interpretation of the photographer.  

Our Country 

For the purposes of this competition, is open to the member’s discretion. However, wild animals/birds can only be included in this category provided that the animal/bird does not occupy more than 25% of the total picture area.  


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