What is out of the water? This is an interesting topic. I practice C&R. I use barbless hooks and do take pictures of fish with bellies and part of gills in the water. I believed this was a good practice. Then I am fishing and was informed by a tropper that the fish pictures we had taken "fish partially in the water" like described above were out of the water. He informed me the fish had to be entirely in the water.
Now, if this is statement is true we had better watch if we lift the head out of the water to release the fish. I try to leave the fish entire in the water while releasing but I do get pictures of a few fish each year that are quality to me. This isn't evey fish just a chosen few.
So my questions arise.
What is considered "Removed from the water"?