NANPA Showcase Q&A

As we add new features and rules to the annual Showcase competition, questions are bound to arise that we did not address directly elsewhere. These are a few examples and we’ll be adding more as we learn more. If your question is not covered here, please contact the Showcase coordinator at

Q: When do the images need to have been taken? Is there a time limit?
A: There is no time limit as to when photos were taken.

Q: What category do underwater photos belong in?
A: Underwater seascape images go in the Scapes category unless the subject is wildlife (fish, invertebrates, etc.) or tiny animals underwater. Put fish, invertebrates and tiny underwater animals in Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife.

Q: Can I enter my photo illustrated image in the conservation category?
A: No. Photo illustrated images are not allowed in the conservation category.

Q: I have a photo of an insect, close up, within its rainforest habitat shot at ground level. I can see this going in Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife, but it could just as easily go in Scapes since it shows the insect’s habitat. Do you have a preference?
A: Consider entering it in Scapes when habitat is a strong element of primary interest of the image. It wouldn’t be wrong in either category, so you must use your judgment.

Q: I have a photo of my daughter fishing in the Firehole River in Yellowstone. What category should I put that in?
A: Entries in any category can include people interacting with or in the vicinity of the category subject as long as the people are not the primary interest. The larger view of these images would go into Scapes…provided they show the landscape and the people and their activity are not the primary point of interest (people images are not otherwise accepted into the competition). For your particular image, if the river is prominent and the setting is wild, then you could put the image in Scapes. Other image examples: a foggy morning and a loon pair on a lake with a man looking out on the scene from a chair on the dock with his feet in the water (this image could go in Scapes or Birds if either is prominent); mountain climbers ascending Mt. Rainier (also, Scapes); a photographer on the hood of a moving vehicle filming running cheetahs (Mammals if the cheetahs are prominent).

Q: I have abstract images that I’d like to submit but they are often blurs with no indication that they are animals, plants or minerals. What category should I submit these in?
A: If the actual subject is a scape, submit the image in Scapes; if it is a mammal, bird or other wildlife, submit in Mammals, Birds or Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife. The blurred style might also fit the Altered Reality category if the image is also transformed or enhanced. Many successful entries in that category make use of more than a single technique or filter.

Q: What happens if I submit on two occasions? Can I get 6 for the price of 5 at $50 each time?
A: You receive that bonus 6th image with every purchase of 5 images, no matter how many images you submit – as long as you enter them all at the same time. You only get the discounted price (6 for the price of 5) when groups of 6 are entered at the same time. You cannot enter 2 images and come back the next day and enter 4 images and get the 6 for the price of 5 discount.

Q: Where should I put my photograph of a bear in its Alaskan habitat?
A: If the bear is a small part of the image and the landscape is outstanding, put it in Scapes. Here’s why: The landscape sounds like it is important to the feel of the image, and since this competition receives a lot of bear images – lots and lots – you might do better in Scapes. Who could resist a spectacular landscape with the surprise of a bear in the image?

By the way, the judges have the option of moving an image from one category to another if it is clear to them that it does not belong in the category in which it was submitted. That doesn’t happen often, and re-assigning categories is not the responsibility of the judges; an improperly categorized image could just as easily be disqualified.

Q: Is it permissible to remove an offending leaf or piece of grass?
A: Since the rules state that “entries that do not accurately reflect the subject matter and scene as it appeared when captured with the camera must be designated as Photo Illustration,” when content is removed from an image, it must be designated as a photo illustration when you enter it. It’s okay to touch up dust spots or scratches (from film). It may or may not be possible for you to crop out the leaf or piece of grass, but that’s another option.

Q: As there are to be no identifying marks or embedded IDs, do I need to eliminate the IPTC info?
A: No need to eliminate IPTC info. Our only concern is that when judges view images there are not embedded photo credits or other identifying info. You’d be surprised how often that happens!

Entries will be accepted until 11 pm EDT on September 21, 2020.

To enter, login to the Members’ Area and click “Annual NANPA Showcase Entries.”

Additional Showcase Resources

For further information about Showcase, contact the Showcase Coordinator at