I found this interesting set of guidelines for a Salon for Creative Photography in Australia. Fairly straight foreword and to the point. What you might expect from an Australian Salon. No Nonsense!
What is ‘Creative’ Photography?
Creative photography is an extension of conventional photography into creative art.
Its purpose is to stimulate creative thought and encourage experimentation with new ideas
that go beyond a simple photograph. Images must originate as photographs taken by the
photographer. The final result must be based on and have some resemblance to the
photographer's original photographic work, and be modified exclusively by the photographer.
After manipulation enough of the original image must remain to be discerned.
What is a ‘Creative’ Image?
Any image can be considered creative.
Creative does not have to mean ‘Photoshopped’. Perhaps the subject or perspective is creative.
Or it may be an artistic interpretation of a scene, the photographer may be the best person to decide this.
If they feel they did something different to make an image fit their own interpretation, they may feel it is a creative image, and it should be judged as such.
Creative is “Artistic Interpretation”
The image may be made completely within the camera if the subject or perspective are
unusual, dramatic or intriguing. Or the image may be modified by the photographer to reflect
their artistic interpretation of the original scene, creating an altered reality. Such images may
display obvious change in natural colour, form, shape, or any combination of these three.
Creative images are often montages (a blending of or multiple images).
The original image must be made by the entrant captured digitally or on photographic
emulsion. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone
else. Original images must be altered only by the photographer. Artwork or computer graphics
generated by the entrant may be incorporated, providing the original photographic content
predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer (i.e. IT STARTS IN A CAMERA).
It is necessary that the image’s core content be identifiable.
Any respectable subject matter is acceptable as long as these Artistic Interpretation guidelines