Judge: Geoff Beals
MCC Trophy topic. Natural History (editing restrictions). You can submit up to 4 images for the Digital and Print MCC Trophy's.

The competition is NOT graded and NO points are awarded as per normal monthly competitions.  Images that have previously been entered into Open Competitions may be re-entered into the Natural History Trophy Competition.

Two trophies are awarded: 

  • The best print image (Brian Thwaites Trophy entries must be of NZ Natural History subjects only. 
  • The best digital image (MCC trophy for Natural History Digital Images) entries may be natural history subjects from anywhere in the world. 

All image titles MUST state the scientific/botanical or common name. If not present - the image will be unaccepted.

Images that have been previously entered in any MCC as "Open" may be re-entered into the MCC Natural History Trophy Competition. Up to two digital entries and two prints may be submitted

Two images per medium (prints and digital images) can be submitted for a total of four images - so a very unique opportunity.


  • Subjects shall illustrate untamed animals, birds, and uncultivated plants in their natural habitat, astronomy, geology and phenomena not produced by man.  Marine and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) and naturalised subjects are allowed providing taken under natural conditions. 
  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise are allowed.    Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. 
  • 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.
  • Cropping is permitted.


  • Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are NOT eligible. 
  • No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements.  Stitched images are not permitted. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not permitted.

Jan 2022 - there has been two significant changes to the PSNZ rules. The following are NOW allowed:

  • ZOO animal long as not domestic 
  • Man-made objects if necessary for the image.