Natex 2013


The Kapiti Coast Photographic Society ( organised the NZ National Exhibition of Photography for 2013 — Natex 2013.

This was in association with the Wellington Photographic Society ( who hosted the 61st PSNZ National Convention in Wellington from 1-5 May 2013. For further information about the convention please see the National Convention website at as well as the PSNZ website at

Important Dates – Selection Has Taken Place and Results Advised and All Entries Returned

Entries for Natex 2013 opened on 7 January 2013.  They closed on 6 March 2013. (If you have any queries, please email

Selection for the Exhibition took place on 23-24 March. Individual results were distributed to entrants on 26 March, and full results to all entrants on 27 March.

See this PSNZ blog post from 28 March for an overview of Natex 2013 results, and this post from 29 March about Awards and images, with a link to the PSNZ webpage on the results.

The Exhibition was open from 5 pm on 1 May  through to noon on 5 May, and all print entries will be returned by 31 May.  It was available for viewing by the public from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday & Saturday 3 & 4 May.

UPDATE 30 April

  • Catalogues and selection card(s) if any were mailed today to all entrants not attending convention who had digital entries only.
  • Those entrants attending the convention will receive selection card(s) if any, along with their catalogue, as part of their registration material.  Note that prints cannot be retrieved at the end of the convention – they will be returned later.
  • Entrants not attending the convention, and with prints, will receive their selection card(s) if any, along with their catalogue, together with their prints when they are returned.

All prints will be packaged up for return on Wednesday 8 May, and then dispatched by courier probably on Thursday 9 May.



All prints were dispatched between Wednesday and Friday 8-10 May and should be back with the authors within a few days after that.


There are four sections. Entrants can submit up to four entries per section. The entry fee is based on the number of sections entered.

  1. Open Projected Images
  2. Open Prints
  3. Nature Projected Images
  4. Nature Prints


Open Prints

  • John Boyd Hon FPSNZ Hon PSNZ APSNZ (convenor)
  • Shona Jaray APSNZ
  • Sally Mason FPSNZ

Open Projected Images

  • Bruce Girdwood FPSNZ (convenor)
  • Cliff Threadgold FPSNZ ARPS
  • Peter Wise FPSNZ

Nature Prints & Nature Projected Images

  • Roger Thwaites APSNZ (convenor)
  • Ron McKie FPSNZ ARPS
  • Alice DuPont FPSNZ ANPSNZ (note – was replaced with Carl Thompson)

Entry System

Online Entry

An online entry system was available until 6 March 2013 but has now been disabled.

This is by far the preferred means of submitting your entry details, uploading your digital images (including digital versions of prints, if possible) and arranging to pay the entry fee.

The entry fee for PSNZ Members is $30 for the first section and $15 for each additional section.  For non-members of PSNZ it is $40 for the first section, and $20 for each additional section.

As explained in the online system, the entry fee can be paid in one of three ways.

  • Internet Direct Credit to 03-0732-0616556-000 (for Particulars enter Surname; for Code enter First Name; for Reference enter Phone Number)
  • A cheque payable to KCPS NATEX 2013, mailed to PSNZ National Exhibition, Hugh Scott, 22 Rosebank  Grove, Waikanae 5036
  • Secure online payment through PayPal, either from a PayPal account or using Visa or MasterCard (this enables easy payment of the NZ$ fee from overseas)

Where to Send Prints

Even if you have completed an online entry form, any prints will need to be posted or couriered to the following address. Please include a printed copy of the emailed acknowledgement of your online entry. Please also ensure that your name and address are on the outside of the package. Use of the “signature required” option is encouraged with couriers.

PSNZ National Exhibition
C/- Southward Car Museum
Otaihanga Road
Paraparaumu 5254

Hardcopy Form

A hardcopy form is also available to download from this link. It can be printed, completed and mailed if you wish. In this case, please follow instructions on the form for sending your prints and any Digital Projected Entries on a CD.

General Conditions of Entry

  1. Processing and printing: Entries may be trade processed, but must have been exposed by the entrant using photographic equipment. Any manipulation of images should be done by the author, or at the direction of the author.
  2. Electronically generated images : Images generated solely by electronic means, e.g. Fractals, are not eligible for entry into any section of the PSNZ National Exhibition of Photography.
  3. Packaging and return of entries: All entries must be packed securely in re-usable packaging for return delivery. The exhibition organisers will take all reasonable care of entries, but will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage. Entrants should arrange their own insurance. Entries will be returned by the cheapest method. Any CDs will not be returned and will be destroyed after the Exhibition.
  4. The organisers reserve the right to refuse to accept images which have been poorly presented. See Image Preparation below.

The current version of Exhibition By-law #11 is available on the PSNZ website in the downloads section:

Image Preparation


  1. Prints may be of any size to a maximum of 510mm x 410mm provided they are mounted on a base having a minimum size of 300 x 200mm. The maximum thickness shall be no more than 12mm. These dimensions are to include over-mount if used. Framed and/or glass covered prints will not be accepted.
  2. Prints may have a title on the face of the print or mount.
  3. On the reverse side, TOP CENTRE, each print must have the photographer’s name and address, title and number corresponding to that on the entry form
  4. Prints must be matted so they can be hung for display, and so that the images are securely held in the matt.
  5. If possible, please use the online system to submit a digital version of prints for potential use in publicity and the catalogue

Digitally Projected Images

  1. Images will be displayed within a 16:9 ratio at a screen resolution of 1920px horizontal and 1080px vertical in the sRGB colour space on a black background.
  2. Images must be saved as a jpeg with a maximum of 1920 px on the horizontal and 1080 px on the vertical side. Please ensure that you meet these size requirements.  If any images are sized incorrectly the organisers will endeavour to contact you and request a correctly sized version.
  3. It is recommended but not essential that images are saved in the sRGB colour space.
  4. All projected images MUST be named with the file name corresponding to the name and number on the entry form followed by .jpg For example: seagull nesting-01.jpg
  5. Projected image files should preferably be submitted using the online system.
  6. If mailing entries, the CD and CD case should clearly denote sections entered, number of images per section & name of author.


Please note that slides are no longer accepted for Natex.


Awards will be allocated in accordance with the By-laws of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. The selectors’ decision is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

1.  A Trophy and/or Medal is awarded for each of the following categories:

Open Section

Champion Monochrome Print Maadi Cup & PSNZ Gold Medal
Champion Monochrome Projected Image Arthur Bates Memorial Award & PSNZ Gold Medal
Champion Colour Print George Chance Trophy & PSNZ Gold Medal
Champion Projected Image Robinson Cup & PSNZ Gold Medal
Best Photojournalism Print Shirley Peverill Trophy & PSNZ Gold Medal
Best Photojournalism Projected Image Brian Brake Memorial Award & PSNZ Gold Medal
Best Landscape Print H.S. James Landscape Award & PSNZ Gold Medal
Best Landscape Projected Image Eric Young Trophy & PSNZ Gold Medal
Best Print entered by a Photographer under 25 yrs Ronald D. Woolf Youth Award & PSNZ Silver Medal
Best Maritime Print or Projected Image Richard Ratcliff Marine Award & PSNZ Silver Medal

Nature Section

Gold Medals for the best Print and Projected Image illustrating Nature if these images are not NZ Nature.

Best New Zealand Nature Print William C. Davies Memorial Trophy & PSNZ Gold Medal
Best New Zealand Nature Projected Image Geoff Moon Trophy & PSNZ Gold Medal

2.  Silver and Bronze Medals and Honours Ribbons are awarded in each section: Open Prints, Open Projected Images, Nature Prints and Nature Projected Images.

Notes Which Apply To Both Prints and Projected Images

Open Sections

Optically created images, conventional or digital, manipulated or enhanced by either darkroom or electronic processing or artworking, are acceptable for entry into the Open sections. Composite images must only be original work by the author. Images generated solely by electronic means (e.g., fractals, etc.) ARE NOT eligible for entry into ANY section of the Exhibition.

Nature Sections

Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs, from the depths of the ocean to the limits of the universe. Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible. Microscopic nature photography will be allowed if the subject shown cannot be depicted in any other way.

Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as Welcome swallows or Monarch butterflies adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like tropical cyclones or tsunami, reclaiming it. The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. Digital techniques that extend the capability of the camera may be used providing that they honestly and accurately represent the original nature story or event at the time of capture. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

Images in New Zealand Nature must have been taken in the natural environment of New Zealand or its offshore islands.

For all nature images, scientific or common names must be included in the titles.

Photographers must have complied with the PSNZ Nature Code of Conduct below.

PSNZ Nature Code of Conduct

When photographing nature subjects, there is always a certain amount of stress put on the subjects by the photographer. The Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) therefore has put together a series of principles for all members when they are photographing or even observing nature subjects, so that any stress is minimised.

The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph. This applies to geological as well as biological subjects. Any local or national conservation requirements must be obeyed. This includes getting appropriate permits and observing restricted areas. Permission should be sought from private landholders before venturing on to their land. There should be minimal disturbance to the surroundings. It is most important that the photographer has a reasonable knowledge of the subject before attempting to take any pictures.

For uncommon subjects this knowledge needs to be extensive. It is important that the photographer has a general knowledge of other associated subjects so that the process of photographing causes no risk or stress to them. This in particular refers to small life forms.

Compliance with the Code of Conduct

The aim of this code of conduct is to prevent any damage to the environment and subjects being photographed, and so members of the PSNZ are expected to comply with it. Compliance will be assisted by taking time to study the subject to be photographed so as to ensure that it is not inadvertently placed at risk. Where evidence of a serious and deliberate violation of this Code by a PSNZ member is drawn to the attention of a PSNZ affiliated Club or PSNZ member, it or they will refer the matter to the PSNZ Council for consideration.

The Final Image

Any nature picture should record the truth of what the photographer saw at the time the picture was taken and reflect the competence of the image as captured by the photographer. Digital techniques that extend the capability of the camera may be used providing that they honestly and accurately represent the original nature story or event at the time of capture.

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15 thoughts on “Natex 2013”

  1. Rebecca Bowater said:

    Is it okay that our dig entries are more than 1MB each ?

    • It is fine for image files to be larger than 1 mb.

      But please double check, and make sure each image is no more than 1080 pixels high, and no more than 1920 pixels wide.

      • Philippa Wood said:

        If it is a portrait view.. can it be 1920 high and 1080 wide?

      • Hi Philippa.

        NO. 1080 pixels is the maximum height.

        When the images are projected at the Convention we aren’t able to turn the projector on its side. 😉

  2. Heather Child said:

    Can I resubmit one image that I have sent as I have noticed a flaw I want to amend?

    • It is ok, within reason, to resubmit images prior to the closing date. But please email them to rather than using the online system, as using the online system will create a new entrant number, and cause problems.

  3. Peter Dudfield said:

    Do you have to have taken delivery of prints by the 6th of March for them to be a valid entry or is the registration and payment of the entry fee sufficient if the prints are couriered close to or on the closing date?
    Courier services from my area are slow and take 3 days to get anywhere.

    • So long as we have received online submission of the entry form by the time entries close (midnight Wednesday 6 March), it is understood that it may take a few days for any prints to arrive by courier after that (by Monday 11 March at the latest).

      For anyone not submitting an entry online, then a completed hard copy paper form must also reach us by 6 March.

  4. Stephanie Forrester said:

    Hi Neil

    when I try to upload my images they are listed with the source path of the drive they have come from as well as the file name – I presume I am doing something wrong. Can you please advise.

    • Hi Stephanie (and any others who may also wonder):

      That is perfectly alright, as that is the full path of the file on your system to be uploaded. When it arrives, all I get is the “simple” version of the filename such as “Sunset-03.jpg”.

      Regards … Neil

  5. Stephanie Forrester said:

    Thanks Neil.

  6. Bill Alp said:

    How firm is maximum print size guideline of 510mm by 410mm? I have some mats that are 445mm by 430mm, which are spares from my successful 2006 APSNZ set. Most of my images are square and I’m hoping that by saving more on the long side of the mat I can go a wee bit over the guideline on the short side.

    • Hi Bill.

      Sorry, but those requirements are hard and fast. This is to be fair to all other entrants who are following them, and also because of the size of storage boxes, etc., used as part of managing the hundreds of prints that we receive.

      Regards … Neil

  7. Lucy jordan said:

    Hello – Is it possible for any member of the public to visit the exhibition or is it only open to conference attendees? If it is open to all, is there a cover charge involved?

    regards Lucy 🙂

    • Hi Lucy.

      The exhibition is in the West Gallery of the Town Hall, and open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday.

      There is no charge, but there will be a box for a gold coin donation if you wish.