More on FAQ #1103
1103. Why are images depicting things captured in ranges outside of human vision disqualified by Q1?
On a philosophical level, Q1 reflects TCQ’s commitment to celebrating human seeing — “what one person saw, in one small corner of the world, at one unrepeatable moment in time,” as it says in #20 of the Summary page.
But there is a very practical reason as well: most of the general public is not photographically literate enough in all parts of the non-visible spectrum to be able to judge what is “misrepresentative” for all varieties of that imaging.
But the general population is not at all familiar with many varieties of “non-visible-spectrum imaging” (for example, it usually takes a trained specialist to read an MRI scan without misinterpretation).
Q1 reflects the reality that there are few forms of non-visible-spectrum imaging that the average citizen is adept at “reading” and interpreting.