Annual Changes

Each competition year may herald changes from the previous year.These are detailed here.


S4C essentially follows definitions used by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for its exhibitions, and updates its definitions as PSA's defintiions are modified. S4C, however, restricts or clarifies these definitions where necessary to avoid confusion.. Entrants to S4C competitions are advised to read the definitions and other entry requirements carefully to ensure that entered images are in conformance and are not DQed (disqualified).

Competition Changes for 2017-2018

The following outlines the changes approved by the S4C Board starting with the October, 2017 competition. Entrants are encouraged to read and famliarise themselves with the definitions in detail.

  • General Requirements: The General Requirements now allow certain commercially produced textures to be used in Pictorial sections within defined limits.

  • All Pictorial Sections: The definitions have been expanded to clarify that an image eligible for Pictorial Creative is also eligible for entry into any other Pictorial Division section, provided it meets the requirements of that section.

  • Pictorial Creative: The definition has been clarified to define what constitutes a good creative image, namely one that surprises the viewer with its originality of expression, its uniqueness, and its imaginative content.

  • Pictorial Arranged: The definitions of Pictorial Arranged Color and Pictorial Arranged Mono have been expanded to make it clear that (i) arranged elements do not include elements introduced in the post-processing of the captured image; and (ii) flora shot in natural settings with just the use of diffusers or reflectors are not considered to be arranged images.

  • Nature General/Wildlife: Because of the extreme difficulty for judges and entrants to distinguish  hybrid flowers from non-hybrids, flowers or plant blossoms can no longer be entered into either Nature section unless they are acting as an adopted habitat for other eligible living organisms. Most flower images on their own do not convey a strong Nature story - a requirement for success in the Nature Division - and are better entered into one of the Pictorial Division sections.

    Also, a note has been added to the exceptions allowed to the requirement that human-elements not be permitted to clarify what is meant by "situations depicting natural forces, such as hurricanes or tidal waves."