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1. Jetty life

2. Still Life

3. Spirit of Music

4. Landscape

5. Portraiture

6. Reflections

7. Noir'

8. Abstract

9. Patterns of


10. Tree Study

11. Wildlife


1. A photo of life around, under or on the jetty/pier but must include part of or all the jetty pier in the photo

2. A man-made arrangement of objects - Google Dutch Masters. The idea is to create a good composition and the objects used should be compatible with one another

3. A photograph capturing the excitement, rhythm exhilaration or other qualities of music.  Also, any photograph of instruments and musicians which is symbolic of such.


4. A picture of natural scenery which may include landforms such as mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds and the sea, and living elements of land cover including indigenous vegetation.

5. A study of a person ranging from head studies to full length portraits, taken anywhere.

6. A photo of any reflection of any genre

7. Noir is the French word for black, Noir photography is characterized my moody, dark, and dramatic images that look straight out of a crime scene filmed in the 60s. The images are emotive and have highly specific look to them in both lighting, contract, and composition.


8. A composition consisting of shapes which are not suggestive of any object. Natural or manmade objects may be employed provided that they are not readily recognisable.

9. A photo of any series or pattern or design in nature e.g. spiderwebs, soldier crab mounds.


10. A landscape in which one or more trees are the important feature. A study of a tree or portion of a tree

11. The Wildlife & Animal category is for documenting and capturing animals in their natural habitat or adopted environment. This includes any living, non-human creature in any environment including microscopic, underwater, domesticated, livestock and animals in the wild.

The photographer should not act upon any animal in a way that stresses, risks injury or death, or damages the habitat or environment of any animal in the taking of the photograph.

Photographing an animal that is already deceased or injured, stressed by human or natural occurrences other than the photographer or anyone directed by the photographer is allowable. 
* Description taken from the NIKON Australian Photography awards competition rules for Wildlife/Animals