Judge: PSNZ
(External Competition) To encourage creativity and no prescriptive definition of “landscape” has been specified for the Laurie Thomas Landscape competition

The Laurie Thomas Landscape competition is hosted by the Christchurch Photographic Society. Entries usually close around May. 

This is open to everyone. 


To encourage creativity no prescriptive definition of “landscape” has been specified for the Laurie Thomas Landscape competition.

Wikipedia’s definition of “landscape” suggests the prevalent content of landscape images the:

“Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.”

Prescribing the nature of what might constitute a natural or man-made “landscape” would restrict photographers’ freedom of artistic expression. While we would not expect significant alterations to the physical facts we do wish to encourage entrants to present their own interpretation of their chosen subject matter.

General Rules of the Salon

1      The Laurie Thomas Landscape Salon is open to the Public

2      There is only one section in the NZ Laurie Thomas Landscape Salon: Digitally Projected Images.

A Champion Trophy will be awarded to the top image.

3      You may enter between 1 and 4 digital images. No slides will be accepted.

4      Only New Zealand landscapes are eligible. This year's Selection Panel will particularly look for images that generally depict the New Zealand landscape.

5      Any images not taken in New Zealand will automatically be disqualified.

6      No image that has previously been successful (e.g. Accepted) maybe re-entered.  No cropped portion of any image that has been previously accepted in the Laurie Thomas Salon may be re-entered.

Image Manipulation

7.       No image may be manipulated during processing in any way that materially alters the facts of the landscape at the time of exposure.

8.       Minor enhancements such as correcting exposure or colour balance, adjusting contrast and sharpening of the image are  acceptable. All other manipulation is prohibited under Rule 7.

9.       The salon organisers reserve the right to request the raw file of an image to verify compliance with the salon rules.

Format for Digital Entries

10.     Digital entries must be JPEG image files only and no more than 1620 x 1080 and 2MB in size. Digital entries submitted in any other file format or larger size will not be accepted. Maximum of 35 characters in title and must not include author's name. No title, logo or identification of the author shall be written anywhere on the face of an image.

11.     Digital images should be provided in the sRGB colour space.

12.     Digital entries must be submitted online www.lauriethomassalon.com

All Entries

13.     Christchurch Photographic Society will be entitled without payment of any fee to the exhibitor to copy any image for:

   a.       Archives or recorded lectures of the Society and/or the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) or for a (screen resolution) DVD of successful entries.

   b.      Reproduction in any Laurie Thomas NZ Landscape exhibition or catalogue.

   c.       Reproduction in newspapers, magazines or elsewhere in promoting the Laurie Thomas NZ Landscape Salon.

14.     Any dispute concerning these rules may be referred in writing to the Christchurch Photographic Society whose decision will be final and binding.

15.     Submission of entries implies acceptance of the above rules and conditions.

So please submit your images if you'd like some critique on them. A session will be arrange closer to the time.