Delaware Photographic Society

Policy on Artificial Intelligence and Photography

August 15, 2023


Artificial Intelligence is a comparatively new and developing aspect of producing images. As all elements of any of our internal and external competition entries must be captured by the author on camera, AI images contravene that basic rule. We feel that AI generated images are not in the spirit of competition. We trust members to not enter AI images and logistically we cannot ask for proof that every image is your own. However, if necessary, we reserve the right to ask the member to provide original images, complete with metadata, if required by the Projected Image or Print Directors. Please note:

1.    For the purposes of our competitions, a photographic image is defined “as being a captured image on a light-sensitive device/surface (e.g. photogram technique, film camera, digital camera, smartphone, tablet, etc…) and recorded on paper, film or in a digital format.”

2.    An artificial intelligence (AI) generated image, or element, is not deemed to be a photographic image because it was created from scratch by the AI system and contains no image captured by the entrant.  Therefore, this type of image will not be accepted into our competitions.

3.    Use of AI features contained within a post processing application (e.g. masking, sharpening, de-noise, enlarging, etc…) are permitted in our competitions provided they comply with a competition’s editing criteria and do not contain any elements which were not captured by the entrant (e.g. texture, sky, etc…). Potential winning images may be required to have supporting images (sky, texture, etc…which must have been captured by the submitting photographer) submitted on request by the Projected Image or Print Directors.

Taken from the Watford Camera Club in Hertfordshire, England



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