Special Note:

In any of the reality-based Divisions (Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism) techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the image, without changing the pictorial content*, are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. The removal, or manipulation, of colors contained within the original image to enable the production of monochrome images is permitted.

* Nature Story, Photo Travel Content, or PJ Story as appropriate.

Borders must not exceed 2 pixels in width and must be white or a shade of grey.

Photojournalism General (D):

Photojournalism images shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary, sports, and spot news. The storytelling value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, PJ images must not misrepresent the truth. No situations shall be set up for the purpose of photography.

Photojournalism Human Interest (D):

In addition to the requirements for Photojournalism General;

Human Interest images depict a person or persons in an interactive, emotional, or unusual situation, excluding sports action. Guidelines for Human Interest Images.