Our World In Focus – 2019 ‘Perfect Moment’ Photo Contest

Our World In Focus is proud to present the 2019 ‘Perfect Moment’ Photo Contest! Our inaugural 2019 ‘Perfect Moment’ photo contest is focused on showcasing the best images across all genres. The beauty of photography is that the ‘perfect moment’ has a different meaning for each and every photographer. We want to see your definition, we want to see the world through your lens.

Submit your best shots between February 1st and May 1st, 2019. There are no limitations on photographic genre; you can submit a pristine mountain landscape, a cityscape, or wildlife. If you think it’s a great shot, we want to see it. We have over $5,000 in cash & prizes up for grabs and the top 5 images will be awarded!

Total Prize:
$5,000
Deadline:
1 May, 19

Swiss Original Handmade Creative Project (Awards Eur 36,000)

For centuries, the Swiss tradition of Emmentaler AOP cheese production has focused on the art of cheesemaking, on artisan skills and on HAND MADE expertise, all underpinned by a caring attitude towards nature, time, materials, know-how and the vital energy of the environment we live in.

In order to be able to continue to read, refresh and interpret its own values in an innovative, contemporary and disruptive way, from the outset Emmentaler Switzerland has always been very keen and interested in engaging, supporting and promoting the world of art, talent and creativity for all.

As was the case in past competitions, exhibitions and communication initiatives, Emmentaler Switzerland is launching a new open creative competition for the collection, valorisation and exhibition of a broad selection of works and thematic artworks.

THE SWISS ORIGINAL

As part of the new globalisation of recent decades, we have learned to appreciate not only certain values and products shared by many civilisations, but also values and products expressly linked to the geographical, historical and cultural origins of specific local areas.

This competition aims to collect, valorise and exhibit artworks that tell stories of Swiss originality. Originality intended in terms of both methods and content that are more specifically and quintessentially “Swiss”, as well as those that are more ironic, interpretative and disruptive.

For all information: https://bit.ly/SwissOriginal

CONTEST TIMELINE

Upload phase: 29th April 2019 – 5th September 2019

Community Vote: 5th September 2019 – 19th September 2019 (1.59 PM UTC)

Jury Vote: from 5th September 2019

Winner announcement: during the Exhibition-Event, in November 2019

AWARDS

The total award pool amounts to €36,000.00, split into 6 awards and 6 special mentions.

Entering the competition is free and open to everyone over the age of 18 on the date of registration, without any limit of nationality, profession, education, expertise or other form of restriction, except for being 18 at the time of participating in the contest.

Contest under the patronage of Brera – Accademia di Belle Arti and with the support of Cumulus Association

EXHIBITION – EVENT

In the first half of November 2019, a major Exhibition-Event will be organised in Milan featuring the winning projects, the projects that receive mentions and a broad selection of those deemed to be of high quality and pertinent in consideration of the general objectives of the competition.

PANEL OF JUDGES

Andrea Amichetti, Zero – Founder

Stefano Aronica, Consortium Emmentaler AOP

Giovanna Frova, Switzerland Cheese Marketing Italy

Maria Cristina Galli, Accademia di Brera – Vice Director

Michael Krohn, ZhdK Zürich Hochschule der Künste – Cumulus Association

Stefano Maffei, PoliFactory – Director

Massimo Bruto Randone, SosDesign – Founder

Antonio Riccardi, SEM – Editor and Poet

Toni Thorimbert, Studio Thorimbert – Photographer

DESALL

Desall.com is an open innovation platform dedicated to design and innovation, that offers to companies a participatory design tool involving in the creative process an international community coming from all over the world. To date Desall gathers more than 100000 creatives from over 210 countries and has collaborated with international brands like Luxottica, Whirlpool, Electrolux, ALESSI, Enel, Leroy Merlin, KINDER, Barilla, illy, Chicco, Mondadori and many more.

Thanks for the contamination of different cultural backgrounds and creative industries, the Desall community is able to provide high-quality project solutions for every product development phase requested by the client, from concept to product design, from naming to packaging.

Total Prize:
36000
Deadline:
5 Sep, 19

Creative Landscapes Photo Contest Win Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Here at ViewBug we love our amazing planet. In order to minimize our impact we’re proud to present the Earth First contest series, which awards top-end gear that was lovingly used by another creative individual. Providing high-quality, pre-owned prizes puts less strain on the planet, and allows us to offer even bigger prizes. Classic win win!

Everybody wants to see your new photos. Only images uploaded recently are eligible for this contest, so keep uploading great new stuff. Increase your chances for awesome prizes and bragging rights doled out. Moral of the story – upload awesome images every month!

Total Prize:
Total prize value of $ 3200
Deadline:
27 Jun, 19

Nikon Small World 2019 Photomicrography and Video Competition

Nikon’s Small World

Celebrating 44 years of images captured by the light microscope

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

Recognizing Excellence in Photography
through the Microscope

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.

The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. Truly international in scope, entries have been received from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

The subject matter is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques. Entries submitted to Nikon are then judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in the area of photomicrography and photography. These entries are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.


Exhibition Tour

Each year, the top 20 prize-winners are exhibited at numerous museums and science centers throughout the United States and Canada. Many winning images are also featured on the covers of prestigious scientific and industrial journals.


Small World Gallery

The Nikon Small World Gallery gives you a glimpse into a world that most have never seen. It is a window into a universe that can only be seen through the lens of a microscope. Included in the Small World Gallery are images from the most recent competition and winning photomicrographs dating back to 1977.

Nikon Small World Contest Rules

Deadline for entries is April 30, 2019

  1. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible, with the exception of employees of Nikon, their families, the contest judges, and individuals engaged in the manufacture or sale of microscopes, related accessories or photographic equipment.
  2. Former first prizewinners are ineligible to win first prize in the three contests immediately following the contest they won, but can win other prizes.
  3. Any image that has won any other photomicrography competition is not eligible.
  4. Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope, such as one of the Nikon series of microscopes. All types of light microscopy and specimens are acceptable. Electron and any other microscopes that do not capture imagery using optical light technology are not permitted.
  5. Macro Photography is not permitted.
  6. The use of Nikon equipment is not required.
  7. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
  8. Images must be submitted as follows:
    1. Digitally: Uploading to the Small World Competition entry area here. Images must be in jpegpngpsd, or tiff format and videos in flvmp4mpgwmvavimov format. (Please submit the highest quality image with regard to file size, bit depth, and resolution.)
    2. For images on film, a 35mm mounted transparency will be accepted. Glass mounts are not accepted.
  9. Small World in Motion entries are further limited to:
    1. Movie length of no more than 60 seconds
    2. The use of sound is not permitted
    3. It is not permitted to add graphics of any kind

    Nikon reserves the right to edit winning movies for format and length for promotional purposes.

  10. Each entrant may submit up to three images in each contest for judging. A completed and signed official entry form, facsimile, or complete Internet entry form must be used. A separate entry form must be used for Small World and Small World in Motion.
  11. Entries will be judged on:
    1. Originality
    2. Informational Content
    3. Technical Proficiency
    4. Artistic and Visual Impact
  12. Entries must be received no later than April 30, 2019. Entries received after that date will be automatically rolled in to the following year’s competition.
  13. Please send correspondence to Nikon’s Small World Competition, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747-3064 USA or email info@nikonsmallworld.com
  14. Prizewinners will be notified by August 15, 2019.
  15. The judging panel for Nikon Small World Contest is selected solely by Nikon Instruments Inc and is final. The decision of Nikon’s panel of judges is final.
  16. All files will be retained by Nikon Instruments Inc., and will not be returned.
  17. By submitting an entry to either or both of these competitions, you agree that:
    1. If your entry is selected by Nikon as a winning image, (either: top 20, Honorable mention or image of distinction) you give Nikon non-exclusive irrevocable, worldwide rights to use your name, likeness and the winning movie/image in connection with the competition as Nikon sees fit.
    2. You certify and warrant that you hold the rights to grant such permission and agree to hold Nikon harmless in any disputes that arise out of image ownership/rights.
    3. Image copyright remains the property of the artist/photographer even though permission to use imagery is given to Nikon.
  18. Winning images will only be used in connection with the Nikon Small World Competition and accompanying publicity and will include appropriate photo credits.
  19. Should submitted images have more than one individual to be credited, the names must be provided on the entry form. Individual entering the competition also warrants that they have the right to enter the image on the other parties behalf and holds Nikon harmless in any disputes that arise thereof.
  20. All reasonable care will be taken in handling photos and digital files, but Nikon Instruments Inc. does not assume responsibility for their loss or damage.
  21. Void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by local laws.
  22. Taxes, if any, on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner.
  23. This contest falls under any rules and regulations for such contests by the laws of the United States. Including Copyright laws
  24. Failure to comply with and accept all of the preceding rules will disqualify any entry and Nikon reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for any reason at Nikon’s sole discretion.
  25. Nikon reserves the right to change or modify the rules at any time without notice.

Top 20 prize winners are selected and ranked by Small World Judges.

  •  1st Prize – $3,000
  •  2nd Prize – $2,000
  •  3rd Prize – $1,000
  •  4th Prize – $800
  •  5th Prize – $600
  •  6th Prize – $400
  •  7th-10th Prizes – $300 each
  •  11th-20th Prizes – $200 each
  •  Honorable Mentions – $100 each
  •  Images of Distinction – Nikon Backpack (or equivalent)

Prizes for top 3 winners are paid by check in US funds and other prizes are paid by Visa gift card also in US funds. Winners responsible for all applicable taxes.

More: nikonsmallworld.magnet.fsu.edu

 

Total Prize: $3,000

Creative Conscience Awards 2019

 

The Creative Conscience Awards welcome projects by students and graduates (of up to two years) from any creative discipline. The deadline for 2018 has now passed, but we’ll be launching the 2019 awards at the end of this year. The awards are the perfect opportunity to push your curiosity and create the change you want to see in the world. You can enter the awards solo or in a team (of up to six), and can choose your own issue to tackle or work from one of our exciting briefs.

Example Briefs

Our awards scheme searches for exciting projects with a focus on social impact. You can enter anything you like, as long as the project fits into one of our Impact Themes. We also have some exciting briefs that give a starting point if you feel you need it, tackling some of the most relevant issues that our world faces today. This years deadlines have passed, but feel free to download the briefs for your own personal projects, or to start working early on an entry for the 2019 awards. Shortlisted projects are judged by a panel of industry experts based on your creative approach and the potential impact of your project.

Open Brief Background

If you have an issue that you are passionate about, that you believe could help change the world in a positive way you could enter it under our Open Brief. You could identify something that isn’t working for you about the world around you and look for a solution. We’re interested however big or small your ideas are. We are looking for solutions and provocations that will call people to action and can lead to genuine impact. Projects can be conceptual or have the potential to develop into real life-changing solutions. The themes you might wish to explore can be broad and varied. Past projects have included design solutions for food waste, humanitarian aid, education, water shortage, energy efficiency, inclusivity, campaigns & products against FGM, bullying, inequality, poverty, homelessness, child abuse, over-consumption, mental illness, urban living – to list just a few subject areas.

Open Brief Challenge

The Open Brief is your chance to create a project that deals with any issue you’re passionate about solving. Identify something that isn’t working in the world around you and look for a solution, however big or small. We’re looking for solutions and provocations that have the potential to provoke action and have a genuine impact. Projects can be conceptual or have the potential to develop into real life-changing solutions. Past projects have included creative solutions for food waste, humanitarian aid, education, water shortage, energy efficiency, inclusivity, bullying, inequality, poverty, homelessness, child abuse, over-consumption, mental illness, urban living and much more.

Mental Health Background

Negative experiences happen in all of our lives: difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, or a significant setback for example. Mental health can affect anyone. There are many ways we can cope with mental illness: establishing and maintaining relationships, discussing our issues and taking action when possible, however there are stigmas surrounding mental health that we unfortunately need to tackle.

Mental Health Challenge

How can you use your creative skills to aid those with mental health issues? If your life or the life of those around you has been touched by mental health issues, then use these experiences as possible entry points into the brief and as a means of research to explore potential routes and solutions. The challenge really is boundless in however you want to approach it, all we ask is that the outcome is optimistic and empowering towards the audience. Let’s open up and tackle this issue head on to create some real positive change in the world. Here are some useful links to start you off: Movember Onemindinstitute CentreforglobalmentalhealthMind.org.uk

Equality Background

Equality is a human right. Both men and women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from want and from fear. Whether this be gender equality as a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty: empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole communities, improving the prospects for the next generation. Or more general human rights for minorities, those under threat of being suppressed or living in fear because of who they are or what they believe.

Equality Challenge

Can you think of a way to change current behaviours and inspire people to understand the value brought by treating everyone equally? You may simply want to raise awareness, or perhaps you can think of a way to actively change human behaviour and understanding. Here are some useful links to start you off: Global Goals Rightsinfo Cause2create Creativeequals

Refugee Crisis Background

This brief has been set in partnership with Help Refugees The most basic requirements for refugees to regain their independence are housing, language and employment. Without housing, people become destitute; without the ability to speak the local language, it is very difficult to get a job; without employment independence is almost impossible.

Refugee Crisis Challenge

How can we creatively support the empowerment of refugees in host countries, and improve their access to opportunities? Local language: classes can be expensive and restrictive in terms of the amount that you can study, when and where. What creative solutions could help with this? Employment: refugee unemployment in the UK is 50%, and many refugees are overqualified for the jobs they take. How can we find creative ways to increase people’s chances of finding meaningful work quickly? Integration: how can we build bridges with local communities? Can you find ways to keep community at the heart of these proposals? Empowerment: Can you consider innovative ways for Help Refugees to raise more funds to allow us to do more for empowerment projects? *96p from every pound raised already goes straight to our projects on the ground.

Conscious Consumption Background

We can’t continue to consume and buy ‘stuff’ at our current rate without serious consequences. ‘The story of stuff’ tells us why.

Conscious Consumption Challenge

The Conscious Consumption brief is an opportunity to create solutions to help re-direct our worlds trajectory towards self-destruction. This could explore themes on not just what we consume, but how and why. Where do the things we consume come from, and what are their impact e.g. environmental, psychological and/or societal. What methods could we use to design products that are sustainable and have a minimal or even positive ecological impact? And what would these products be? How could mindsets be shifted (especially in first world countries) away from misguided, and damaging purchasing habits? Why do we consume, and what are the often overlooked motivations for consumption – and are there ways we can nurture or redirect these energies? The solutions to these questions should aim to educate, inspire, excite and encourage new behaviours, so we can consciously consume.

Examples

  • Creating materials/products that do not cause harm to us and our environment (e.g. cradle to cradle)
  • Designing new systems (Donut and sharing economies are examples of this)
  • How can we educate and inform people about their choices in a fun, exciting and positive way.

Reference brands: Patagonia, Fairphones and Rubymoon

The awards ceremony and beyond

If you’re a winner you will receive an invite to our awards ceremony, hosted in London in July. At the ceremony you’ll get to mingle with creatives and professionals from complimentary organisations as well as other winners. Your winning work will be displayed on our site, plus you’ll be invited to be part of the Creative Conscience Collective – a platform to communicate with other winners, past and present, and where exclusive events and opportunities are shared. Beyond the awards, we also help to bring the brightest and most innovative projects to life though our Impact scheme. Providing contacts and mentorship, we support you with your project helping to create tangible impact in the world.

 

More: creativeconscience.org.uk

 

Communication Arts 2019 Photography Competition

2019 Photography Competition

Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography, the Communication Arts Photography Competition. Any photograph first published or produced from March 2018 through March 2019 is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication ArtsPhotography Annual, in print and digital editions, and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the photographers represented.

Each winning entrant will receive a personalized Award of Excellence, milled from solid aluminum, and award certificates issued for firms, individuals and clients.

CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession.

What to Enter

Any photograph first published or produced from March 2018 through March 2019 is eligible. Entries may originate from any country. Explanation of the function in English is very important to the judges. Submission of entries acknowledges the right of Communication Arts to use them for publication and exhibition.

Photography Competition Categories
These categories are judged by the Photography jury and will appear in the Photography Annual. For a list of fees, please download the category PDF:

Advertising: ads, posters, music and product packaging, etc.
Books: covers, jackets, interiors, etc.
Editorial: consumer or trade magazines, newspapers, etc.
For Sale: posters, prints, greeting cards, licensing/stock, gallery sale, online store, etc.
Institutional: company/association publications, annual reports, catalogs, client websites, blogs, etc.
Motion/Cinematography: time-based media for film, television, video or web, etc.
Self-Promotion: promotion for photographers, design firms, ad agencies, art schools, printers, paper companies, etc.
Unpublished: experimental/personal work not published.
Student Work: photography or cinematography projects created for school assignments.

Late Fees

Entries must be registered no later than Midnight (Pacific Standard Time), March 8, 2019. Entries registered after that date require a late fee of $10 per entry. No entries can be registered after March 22, 2019.

Each photograph is a single entry. A printed piece with several photographs must have a dot or some other mark indicating which specific single photograph is to be judged. If a single photograph isn’t indicated, the entry will be disqualified.

Campaigns or series are limited to five photographs. If the entry has more than five photographs, indicate which five are to be judged. If this isn’t indicated, the entry will be disqualified.

How to Enter

All competition entries are processed through our online competition system.

Before you begin the process of entering a competition, please have the following information and materials ready. This will make the process go quickly.

• Your contact information for registration and notification.
• Title and basic credits for each project.
• Printed copies or digital files of work you want to submit. See below for file specs.

Please submit only one version of each entry (i.e.: do not send printed copies if you already uploaded digital files of the same entry). Entries can be submitted in the following formats:

Print Entries: Must be unmounted and sent to our office by mail/courier. Each photograph is a single entry. A printed piece with several photographs must have a dot or some other mark indicating which specific single photograph is to be judged. If a single photograph isn’t indicated, the entry will be disqualified. Campaigns or series are limited to five photographs. If the entry has more than five photographs, indicate which five are to be judged. If this isn’t indicated, the entry will be disqualified. Do not tape series together. Any project over 18″ x 24″ must be submitted as digital images.

Digital Images: Must be RGB in JPG format with a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels at 72 dpi. NO EXCEPTIONS. Digital images will be projected for the judges using an HD projector on a 6′ x 4′ screen.

Motion/Cinematography Entries: Must be in MOV, MP4 or MGPG format, with a maximum file size of 1 GB. Include 4 seconds of black, no slates or bars, at the beginning of each video and 2 seconds at the end.

No entries will be returned. NO EXCEPTIONS. CA is not responsible for damage or loss of any entry. All entrants grant Communication Arts the right to reproduce work selected in the Photography Competition on the Communication Arts website and in materials used to promote the magazine, the competition and/or future related promotions.

Preparation of Packages
All pieces sent in physical form must have an entry form taped to the back of the work. Do not send work in poster tubes as they are frequently damaged in transit. Non-United States contestants should mark each package “Materials for Contest Entry. No Commercial Value.” No provision will be made by Communication Arts for U.S. Customs or airport pickup. International entries should be sent by post or international courier. All entries must be received by the final deadline date.

Forms and Entry Fees
Once you have completed the registration process, a PDF with a receipt or invoice and entry forms for physical submissions will be generated. You must print, trim and attach the entry forms to the back of your physical entries. If the entry is a print-based campaign, you will tape an entry form to each piece included in the campaign. Entries on disk require an entry form taped to the outside of each disk case. Multiple digital files may be placed on a single disk. Please tape all applicable entry forms one on top of the other so we can flip through them to verify the contents of the disk. Do not send any entries without entry forms attached.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal through our online competition system. Charges for your entry fees will appear on your statement as (“Commarts”). We also accept checks, international money orders and wire transfers. Make checks payable to Communication Arts. Non-United States contestants wishing to pay by check must send a check in U.S. funds drafted on a U.S. bank. Please include the check or money order with your entries if you are delivering them via mail/courier. If your payment is being sent under a separate cover, please include a note with your entries indicating that the check or money order is coming under separate cover. If you submit all of your entries online, please send a copy of the invoice you print out at the end of the entry process with the check or money order. Please note on wire transfers: We require an additional fee of $25 (U.S.) to cover fees charged by the banks to process the transfer.

Refund Policy
All entry submissions are final and entry fees are nonrefundable.

Mail entries to:
Communication Arts Photography Competition
110 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1107
USA

(Via United States Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. Entrants submitting from outside the U.S., please use an international courier.)

Notification of Acceptance
Only accepted entrants will be notified within two months after the final deadline date due to the number of entries we receive. Complete credits and any necessary material for the best possible reproduction in the Annual will be requested at that time.

Questions
If you have any other questions you can reach us at:

Email: competition@commarts.com
Phone: (650) 326-6040
Fax: (650) 326-1648

 

More: commarts.com

 

Belfast Photo Festival Open Submission 2019

2019 OPEN SUBMISSION

WHAT DO YOU WIN?

All submitting photographers will benefit from:

  • Submission review by Photo Industry Professionals
  • Opportunities for Immediate Exposure

Between 20 and 40 photographers / artists will benefit from:

  • awards and cash prizes (See Awards listed below)
  • exhibition exposure at the Festival’s main city centre gallery
  • exhibition exposure at the 2020 Photo Schwiez Festival (Switzerland)
  • inclusion in the special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine
  • long term Festival representation and promotion
  • an opportunity to participate in an Instagram Residency
  • exhibition alongside some of the biggest photographic names as part of the major photographic event
  • publication and inclusion in the Festival programme
  • inclusion in the Festivals marketing & PR campaign, which has an estimated reach of 20+ million
  • international press exposure
  • being seen by a substantial number of visual arts professionals and the media
  • dedicated feature on the Festival website and online gallery

All finalists who submitted photographs will have their work produced by the Festival for exhibition outdoors

AWARDS

Spotlight Award – €1,127 (e.s.t $1,286 / £1,000)

Years Free RPS Membership – Free membership for one year to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society

GUP Editorial Award – Full editorial presentation in an upcoming printed/digital issue of GUP photographic magazine

Abridged Editorial Award – Presentation in a special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine

COMPETITION DESCRIPTION

Being described as “One of the best photography festivals in the world” (Capture Magazine), the biennial Belfast Photo Festival provided the perfect platform for gaining exposure to an international audience, with previous editions having welcome over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

Belfast Photo Festival is offering artist’s/photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field of photography and have their work taken on tour to be exhibited at the 2020 Photo Schwiez (Zurich, Switzerland), with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazines Abridged and GUP. The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of €1,127 (est $1,286 / £1,000).

The theme has been left open to remove any restrictions; submissions must be photographic or lens-based but can include incorporations of other art forms with the photographic medium (i.e. performance, painting, sculpture, music, literature etc).

Individuals and collectives are welcome to apply; individuals should select and enter between 1 and 15 photographs from a particular series or body of work AND/OR submit their Photo-book for exhibition by providing a link to a single PDF (stored on for example: Google Drive or Dropbox)

(Note: You can submit both a photo-book and photographs of the same project, but a fee will need to be paid for both. If submitting only a Photo-book and not photographs, it will be your photo-book that will be selected for presentation and not photographic prints for exhibition)

Collectives are also welcome to apply; as a collective, you can submit up to 15 photographs (a €22 / €29 submission fee will apply for every 15 images submitted)

JURY

The Belfast Photo Festival has invited a panel of influential international experts in the field of photography to assist in the shortlisting and selection of artist’s alongside the Festival team. The Jury consist of:

Sarah Allen – Assistant Curator: TATE Modern (U.K.)

Michael Famighetti – Editor: Aperture Magazine (U.S.A.)

Emily Graham– Cultural Commissions & Partnerships Manager: Magnum Photo’s (U.K.)

Elizabeth Renstrom – Senior Photo Editor: VICE Media (U.S.A.)

Diane Smyth – Digital Editor: British Journal of Photography (U.K.)

Alexa Becker – Acquisitions Editor: KEHRER Verlag (Germany)

Deirdre Robb – Director: Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery (U.K.)

SUBMISSIONS

This year the Open Submission will be hosted by Picter. All submissions must be made via Picter.com. After registering on Picter, please ensure you follow the instructions outlined carefully otherwise your submission may not be valid. Submissions cost €22 / €29*

*The submission fee charged is in aid of the 2019 Belfast Photo Festival and directly contributes to the organisation and delivery of the Festival for the benefit of all participants. Belfast Photo Festival is a registered charity and non-profit organisation.

More: belfastphotofestival.com

 

Total Prize: £1,000

RHS Photographic Competition 2019

Categories for 2019

There are nine different categories in the competition, designed to have a broad appeal to aspiring entrants and cover different gardening-related topics.

Celebrating gardens: whether in your own private space or a spectacular RHS garden, a tiny city patch to a formal domestic outside haven – get out and about photographing the very best of any style of garden. Consider elevated overviews from an upstairs window or simply images that capture the enjoyment people get from being in an outside space. Let your photographic imagination flourish and celebrate the essence – and beauty – of a garden.

Welcoming garden wildlife: beautiful photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or garden surroundings. Images can be close up details or wider views of wildlife enjoying the outside environment.

All about plants: if you love capturing plants, showing them happily growing in their location, then this is the category for you. Submissions should show a plant, tree or shrub as a whole entity – macro photography or tiny details aren’t right for this category. Instead, photographs could include the flower, stem and leaves of one single plant, or a clump of plants in their natural environment. Show us the beauty of plants and how they grow outside – make us think about why we should all consider growing more plants.

Abstract: let your imagination, originality and creativity go wild – submissions can be a close-up of a plant or an abstract view of plants or gardens. Image manipulation and graphic approaches are also welcomed. We want to be wowed by amazing images that challenge and make us think.

Urban gardening: whether you live in a flat, shared space or have a small outside terrace, all types of gardening can be undertaken in a city or town. Supporting the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, photographs could be a view of a windowsill in an urban flat or a small planted area in the suburbs. Photographs may include people as much as plants, as we want to celebrate the importance of an outside space in urban areas.

Social media: any image can be entered into this category that is related to anything horticultural, gardening or wildlife. Images should be submitted via RHS TwitterInstagram or Facebook accounts using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp. The monthly shortlist will be selected by the RHS social media team and an RHS judge, and the winner will be voted for by our social media followers. Each monthly winner will then be fed into the competition judging for overall category winner.

Under 18s (age 11-17): any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.

Under 11s: any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.

Portfolio: this unique category is judged for RHS medals and entrants must supply six images in a series, or based on a common theme or style. Shortlisted portfolios will be hung and displayed at an RHS Show in 2019, and will be judged as a display at the show. This category is open to both amateur and professional photographers.


NB: Submissions to the Social Media category must be via either Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and not via the RHS website. Images submitted in the Portfolio and Social Media categories do not preclude being entered into the other seven competition categories.

Competition rules

Terms and conditions of the 2019 RHS Photographic Competition

1    About the Competition
1.1    The RHS Photographic Competition is owned and run by the charity Royal Horticultural Society.
1.2    The competition is a multi-category, free to enter annual competition aimed at garden lovers, horticulturists and photographers alike.
1.3    The aim of the competition is to promote high quality and beautiful photography; and the RHS wants to inspire everyone to grow by encouraging people to share their two passions of gardening and photography.
1.4    The RHS Photographic Competition is free to enter.

1.5    Categories
1.5.1    Celebrating Gardens
1.5.2    Welcoming Garden Wildlife
1.5.3    All About Plants
1.5.4    Abstract
1.5.5    Urban Gardening
1.5.6    Under 18s (age 11-17)
1.5.7    Under 11s
1.5.8    Social Media
1.5.9    Portfolio

1.6    Dates
1.6.1    Competition opens for entries on 12 noon, Sunday 8 July 2018.
1.6.2    The deadline for the entries is 10am, Friday 1 March 2019.
1.6.3    Winners of categories 1-8 will be announced and exhibited at an RHS Show in summer 2019.
1.6.4 Medals for category 9 (Portfolio) will be judged and awarded at an RHS Show and a ‘best in show’ will be awarded.
1.6.5    After the RHS Show exhibition, a selection of images from across all 9 categories will be on display at RHS Gardens in summer 2019 – dates to be confirmed.

2    Conditions of Entry

2.1    Categories 1-7 entry (excludes category 8, Social Media, and category 9, Portfolio)

2.1.1    All entries must be submitted through the RHS Photographic Competition website.
2.1.2    Entrants are permitted to enter 5 images to the competition via the website. If the RHS deems the entrant has exceeded the image entry limit, through multiple accounts or by any other means, the RHS may disqualify the entrant from the competition.
2.1.3    Entries must be submitted digitally. Scanned negatives are accepted but must meet the criteria of digital image file requirements.
2.1.4    Image entry file size must not exceed 4MB, and is recommended to be at least 1200 pixels on the longest length.
2.1.5    A high-resolution image with a minimum of 6MB, preferably over 10MB, will be requested if entries are shortlisted and entrants may be disqualified at the judge’s discretion if high resolution images are not provided when requested (with exception for entries to the Under 18s and Under 11s categories.)
2.1.6    Images must be submitted by 10am, 1 March 2019.
2.1.7    Images must not include watermarks, borders, or signatures.
2.1.8    Black and white images are eligible for all categories.
2.1.9    No single image may be entered into more than one category. For example, an image cannot be entered into All About Plants and Social Media categories.

2.2    Category 9, Portfolio, entry
2.2.1    This category is open to both amateur and professional photographers and is judged for RHS medals.
2.2.2    Images must be submitted by 10am, 1 March 2019.
2.2.3    Entries which have been exhibited as printed photography at a previous RHS Show are not eligible.
2.2.4    Entry into Portfolio does not preclude the photographer entering other categories of the competition, however the same images must not be used.
2.2.5    To enter, send high-resolution digital files (minimum of 6MB) of your 6 images along with your name and email address using a file transfer tool such as WeTransfer to Photoportfolio@rhs.org.uk. Scanned negatives/prints are accepted but should meet the file size requirement
2.2.6     All entries will be reviewed by the Photographic Art Portfolio Judging Panel to create a shortlist. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to print, frame and display their photography series.
2.2.7     Shortlisted entries will be exhibited and judged at an RHS Show in summer 2019.
2.2.8     Shortlisted entrants must be in attendance on the morning of the RHS Show to hang and display their photographs and must also be in attendance on the last evening of the show to take down their photographs. More details about the dates of the Show will be confirmed early in 2019.

2.3    Category 8, Social Media, entry 
2.3.1    Entries to the Social Media category must be submitted via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #RHSPhotoComp
2.3.2    Any images shared on social media platforms using #RHSPhotoComp are subject to these Terms and Conditions. Images which do not adhere to the Terms and Conditions may be disqualified from the competition.
2.3.3    The category will run monthly from August 2018 to 1 March 2019. Each month’s draw will open and close at midday at the beginning and end of each month.
2.3.4    Any Social Media entries submitted during July, when the RHS Photographic Competition officially opens, will be entered into the August competition.
2.3.5    Each photographer is limited to submitting a maximum of 5 images in total  per month
2.3.6    Each entrant may only win one monthly social media vote. Additional entries will not be selected for public voting.
2.3.7    Images cannot be resubmitted into more than one monthly competition. For example they cannot be entered into the following month’s draw or any thereafter.
2.3.8    Entries to the Social Media category do not account for the submissions limit via (up to five images) in the rest of the RHS Photographic Competition.
2.3.9 Entrants cannot enter the images submitted to the Social Media category into other categories, but are allowed to enter different images as they desire.
2.3.10 Images are permitted to have watermarks but the entrant will be required to provide a non-watermarked high res version if they are monthly winner.

3    Eligibility
3.1    The RHS Photographic Competition is open to all – apart from anyone associated with the competition including RHS employees (and their partners and family), board and committee members, ambassadors, media sponsor and judges.
3.2    The entrant must be the original artwork creator and solely hold the copyright.
3.3    Images must not be licenced or disposed of any rights that will conflict with the competition. Images that have been made available on stock libraries and that may have gained publicity from this may be disqualified at the judges’ discretion
3.4    Images that have won or been commended or received notable publicity in any major competition before the submission deadline or judging will be disqualified at the judges’ discretion.
3.5    Any submitted image must not be entered into any other competition after being entered into the RHS Photographic Competition until the results have been announced at an RHS Show 2019.
3.6    The RHS requires that prior permission be sought before submitting photographs of private property or private gardens.
3.7    Visitors to RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor and Hyde Hall are encouraged to capture and share photographic moments for personal, non-commercial purposes and do not require prior permission to enter the RHS Photographic Competition. Prior permission is necessary for any commercial and editorial usage of still or moving images.
3.8    It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary permissions are obtained from any person featured in a photograph.
3.9    Entrants for ‘Under 18s (11-17 years)’ must be between 11 and 17 years old on the day the competition closes.
3.10    Entrants for ‘Under 11s’ must be under 11 years old on the day the competition closes.

4    Categories
4.1    Celebrating Gardens
4.1.1   whether in your own private space or a spectacular RHS garden, a tiny city patch to a formal domestic outside haven – get out and about photographing the very best of any style of garden. Consider elevated overviews from an upstairs window or simply images that capture the enjoyment people get from being in an outside space. Let your photographic imagination flourish and celebrate the essence – and beauty – of a garden.

4.1.2    Visitors to RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor and Hyde Hall are encouraged to capture and share photographic moments for personal, non-commercial purposes. Prior permission is necessary for any commercial and editorial usage of still or moving images.

4.2    Welcoming Garden Wildlife    
4.2.1    beautiful photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or garden surroundings. Images can be close up details or wider views of wildlife enjoying the outside environment.

4.3    All About Plants
4.3.1    if you love capturing plants, showing them happily growing in their location, then this is the category for you. Submissions should show a plant, tree or shrub as a whole entity – macro photography or tiny details aren’t right for this category. Instead, photographs could include the flower, stem and leaves of one single plant, or a clump of plants in their natural environment. Show us the beauty of plants and how they grow outside – make us think about why we should all consider growing more plants.

4.4    Abstract
4.4.1    let your imagination, originality and creativity go wild – submissions can be a close-up of a plant or an abstract view of plants or gardens. Image manipulation and graphic approaches are also welcomed. We want to be wowed by amazing images that challenge and make us think.

4.5    Urban Gardening
4.5.1    whether you live in a flat, shared space or have a small outside terrace, all types of gardening can be undertaken in a city or town. Supporting the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, photographs could be a view of a windowsill in an urban flat or a small planted area in the suburbs. Photographs may include people as much as plants, as we want to celebrate the importance of an outside space in urban areas.

4.6    Social Media
4.6.1    any image can be entered into this category that is related to anything horticultural, gardening or wildlife. Images should be submitted via RHS TwitterInstagram or Facebook accounts using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp. The monthly shortlist will be selected by the RHS social media team and an RHS judge, and the winner will be voted for by our social media followers. Each monthly winner will then be fed into the competition judging for overall category winner.

4.6.2     Submissions to the Social Media category must be via either Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and not via the RHS website. Images submitted in the Portfolio and Social Media categories do not preclude being entered into the other seven competition categories.

4.6.3    Entries on private accounts Twitter and Instagram accounts cannot be seen and therefore will not be judged.

4.7    Under 18s (age 11–17)
4.7.1    any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.

4.8    Under 11s
4.8.1    any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.

4.9    Portfolio
4.9.1    This category is open to both amateur and professional photographers.
4.9.2 – This category is judged for RHS medals and is therefore not included in the judging for the overall winner of the RHS Photographic competition. A ‘best in show’ will be awarded.
4.9.3     This category is for a compilation of six images in a series or based on a common theme or style. You will not be able to change your submission at a later date.
4.9.4     This category is for a staged display of six pieces of photography.
4.9.5     Shortlisted entrants must print, frame and display their photography series.
4.9.6    Shortlisted photographs will be exhibited and judged at an RHS Show in summer 2019.

5    Ethics
5.1    Digital adjustments that maintain the integrity of the image are allowed.
5.2    It is not permitted to make any major physical change to the image apart from in the Abstract or Portfolio categories. You may not, for example add or remove plants, objects, animals, people, landscapes or any parts of animals, plants, people or landscape when submitting in the other seven competition categories.
5.3    Accepted digital adjustments include dodging and burning, changes to tone and contrast and cropping, as well as High Dynamic Range imaging techniques, stitched panoramas and focus stacking.
5.4    The RHS may request the RAW file(s) or original camera jpeg(s) for any shortlisted image, if it deems that image does not follow the restrictions on digital manipulation and reserves the right to disqualify any image that it feel lacks authenticity.
5.5    An image will be rejected if in the opinion of the judges it appears that the image has been taken in such a way that wildlife law or animal welfare requirements may have been breached; protected species or habitats have been compromised; or the image has been otherwise taken in an irresponsible manner.

6    Judging
6.1 – Categories 1-8
6.1.1   A panel of judges will be appointed by the RHS to judge a shortlist of entries from each  category
6.1.2    The competition judges will then choose from the selected shortlisted entries, to select winners of each category, an overall winner who will be chosen from the six adult category winners (Celebrating Gardens, Welcoming Garden Wildlife, All About Plants, Abstract, Urban Gardening and Social Media) and an overall winner from the two children’s categories (Under 18s and Under 11s).
6.1.3    In addition, second and third places will be awarded; and where considered appropriate by judges ‘highly commended’ and ‘commended’
6.1.4    Judges hold the right to move entries to another category.
6.1.5    The judges reserve the right not to make any award if, in their opinion, none of the entries meet the required standard.
6.1.6    The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6.1.7    The Social Media category will be judged in the following manner:
6.1.8    The monthly shortlist will be selected by the RHS social media team and an RHS judge, and the winner will be voted for by our social media followers. Each monthly winner will then be fed into the competition judging for overall category winner.
6.2 – Category 9 – Portfolio
6.2.1 All Portfolio entries will be reviewed by the RHS Photographic Art Portfolio Judging panel to create a shortlist.
6.2.2 Shortlisted entrants will be invited to print, frame and hang their entry at an RHS Show in summer 2019.
6.2.3 Judging of displayed entries will take place at an RHS Show and RHS medals will be awarded by the judges.
6.2.4 A ‘best in show’ will be awarded to the best overall entry.

7    Shortlist
7.1    Shortlisted entrants will be contacted by the RHS to send a high-resolution copy of the image in.
7.2    The high-resolution image will preferably be over 6MB.
7.3    This must be sent by the requested date – failure to do so may result in removal from the shortlist.
7.4    Monthly finalists from the Social Media category will be shortlisted for the overall winner.
7.5    For the Social Media category – the original image and photographer information will be requested from monthly finalists.

8    Winners
8.1    The overall ‘Winner of the RHS Photographic Competition 2019’ will be chosen from the six adult single image category winners (this excludes the two children’s categories, and Portfolio) and will receive both category and overall winner prizes.
8.2    The winners of each single image category will be chosen from the shortlisted entries.
8.3    The winners will be announced during an RHS Show in summer 2019.
8.4    The ‘Young Winner of the RHS Photographic Competition 2019’ will be chosen from the two children’s categories: from Under 18s (11-17) and Under 11s.

9    Prizes
9.1    Prizes will be awarded to winners of each single image category and to the Portfolio ‘best in show’
9.2    Second and third places will also win prizes in each single image category (excluding the Portfolio category).
9.3    RHS Medals will be awarded to the Portfolio category only.
9.3    Monthly winners of the Social Media category will not receive prizes.
9.4    The prizes are non-transferable.
9.5    The RHS reserves the right to substitute the whole or part of any listed prize with an alternative of equal monetary value (but the entrant shall not have any right to demand this).
9.6    The prizes must be claimed within one year of the competition winners being announced or will be forfeited.

10    Copyright and Usage
10.1    Entrants remain the copyright holder to any images submitted by themselves.
10.2    Awarded (including commended and medal winners in Portfolio) entrants agree to grant the RHS Photographic Competition and its partners and sponsors to a nonexclusive irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish and exhibit for any purpose related to the competition in any medium, including print and digital.
10.3   This includes, but is not restricted to; exhibiting, competition calendar, competition book, for use in press and on websites.

The RHS Photographic Competition and its partners and sponsors will not use awarded entries outside the scope of the photographic competition.

10.4    The entrants agree to RHS free usage sublicensing the shortlisted images for press articles or any other external communications related to the competition.
10.5    After the winners have been announced entries will be deleted, apart from those that have been shortlisted.
10.6    The RHS Photographic Competition will try to ensure the photographers will be credited on all mediums, but in the event of inadvertent omission of the credit, the photographer agrees that the Royal Horticultural Society are not to be liable.
10.7    The entrant is responsible for any claim made by a third party against the submission.

11    Disclaimer
11.1    The information given in these Terms & Conditions is correct, but the RHS reserves the right to change any of it without prior notice. By entering the competition, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these Terms & Conditions. Any breach of these Terms by an entrant will void their entry. If a breach has occurred, but is discovered after the award of a prize, then the organisers may require the return of that prize.

12    Data protection
12.1    In entering the RHS Photographic Competition, you agree to the RHS using your details to process your application, only.
12.2    By entering, you also agree that if selected as a winner of any prize or medal, the RHS may share your details with any potential future sponsor for the purpose of publishing the details of all winners (including the winning images), only.
12.3    Further information can be found in the RHS Privacy Statement. We respect your privacy and will never sell your data to any third party.

Prizes

Winner of the RHS Photographic Competition 2019

£5,000

Young Winner of the RHS Photographic Competition 2019

£750 Wex Photographic vouchers


Adult categories

First Place     £500 + RHS Gift membership
Second Place     £250
Third Place     £150

Portfolio category

Best in Show     £500 + RHS Gift membership
RHS Medals are awarded

Under 18s

First place     £150 Wex Photographic vouchers
Second place     £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
Third place     £50 Wex Photographic vouchers

Under 11s

First place     £150 Wex Photographic vouchers
Second place     £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
Third place     £50 Wex Photographic vouchers

 

More: rhs.org.uk

 

Total Prize: £5,000

BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition 2019

2019 Competiton Details

Open To All Photographers Worldwide

BigPicture is open to all photography enthusiasts and professionals alike worldwide to compete for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize. See eligibility restrictions below.

Competition Overview

Now in its sixth year, BigPicture encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to this competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. Chaired by award-winning conservation photographer Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes high-quality nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers around the world. Enter your nature, wildlife and conservation images for a chance to win cash prizes and be exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences.

Entry Fees

Each photographer can enter photos as follows:

$25 for up to 10 single image submissions in any category

$15 for 1 Photo Story submission (5–8 images)

Entrants are limited to up to 10 single image submissions per registered email address and may register an unlimited number of email addresses. Payment is made on a secure web page using a major credit card. Entry fees must be completed by the competition deadline (March 1, 2019) to be eligible to win. Images are not entered into the competition, eligible for prizes, or made viewable to judges until the contest fee is paid. Entry fees are used to provide the competition prizes and help the Academy in its mission and are non-refundable.

Competition Period

The BigPicture Photo Competition begins at 12:00 am North American Pacific Standard Time (PST) on December 1, 2018 and closes at 11:59 pm North American Pacific Standard Time (PST) March 1, 2019. Presented by the California Academy of Sciences.

Eligibility

BigPicture is open to all photographers worldwide, except employees, volunteers and Board Members of the Academy (as well as their sponsors) and the immediate families and individuals living in the same household as such employees, volunteers and Board Members. Academy reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility. Void where prohibited.

Image Rights

Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to submitted photographs subject to the following: By entering the Competition, each Entrant grants to the Academy a non exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and display submitted images in all media throughout the world directly in relation to the Competition in perpetuity. This includes but is not limited to use in the context of the Academy website and social media sites, the exhibition of winning images* at the Academy, and promotional and marketing materials regarding the Competition and Exhibition. In other circumstances, commercial opportunities may exist for awarded photographers to benefit from the use of their image, such as print sales or merchandise: where a commercial benefit is likely to arise, permission will be sought in advance and terms and conditions will be agreed upon with the photographer.

*Winning images include images designated as grand prize, first place, and finalist images.

Additional Information

Full Rules, Terms and Conditions

2019 Competition Categories

$12,000 in Cash Prizes to be awarded to the 2019 winners!

The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 for the best overall image in the 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition and be featured in the annual exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. The first place winners of the seven official categories will each receive $1,000 in cash and also have their winning images featured in the annual exhibit. This year we’re offering airfare to the Grand Prize and travel certificates for our First Place winners to attend our Awards Ceremony in San Francisco in late July—all thanks to United Airlines! Up to 6 additional finalists will be awarded a certificate of recognition for each category, with the exception of the Photo Series category. The Photo Series category will have one First Place awarded.

Art of Nature

Abstract expressions of nature and/or science. Life photographed out in nature or under the microscope. Images may include unusual close ups, angles, patterns, motion, or perspectives, black and white photography, and images created using scientific imaging tools. Artistic effects should not be the result of digital manipulations.

Aquatic Life

Marine animals including mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates (like corals and jellyfish) that spend the majority of their time in water.

Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora

Captivating images of wild places with a unique perspective, from landscape vistas of forests, deserts and mountains to the micro habitats of plants and other flora. Images may include water environments of oceans, lakes and rivers with images taken above or under water including waves, tide pools and other water scenes.

Winged Life

Birds or flying insects photographed anywhere in the world, in flight, perched or in action. This category includes flightless birds such as penguins, and ostriches.

Terrestrial Wildlife

Animals photographed anywhere in the world. Images may include land-based mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and non-flying insects whether they live in trees or on land.

Human/Nature

Images that depict the efforts of scientists, conservationists, and others working to sustain life on our planet or the complex relationship between humans and nature. Images should illustrate the impacts of humans on the environment and can be either positive or negative impact stories.

2019 Photo Story: Pushing the Limits

A 5–8 image submission with captions. Extraordinary adventures, remote locales, scientific expeditions, unusual conditions, and intense preparation—all to get the perfect shot on the edge of nature. This year’s photo series follows people (and their cameras) to the extreme ends of the earth, showing the human will to brave the elements and push through the unexpected in order to connect with the natural world. This series can be documentary or narrative in style. Photo stories can include people or focus solely on these environments. Please be respectful of the locations and obey all rules and laws.

 

More: bigpicturecompetition.org

 

Total Prize: $12,000

Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2019

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest  is open to participants aged 18 to 33. It aims to promote young photographers and support them in their strive for professional perfection.

The 2019 contest will showcase five categories for which young photographers can vie for awards:

1. Top News. Important events in the life of individuals and nations as a whole are the main subject of entries in the category: major political and social events; reports from war zones and places struck by natural disasters; decisive moments in people’s lives.

2. Sports. This category involves entries, which captured moments in sport: victories of athletes and dramatic losses; daily sports training; the beauty of sports competitions.

3. My Planet. This category involves entries reflecting the entire multicolored palette of topics and images from all over the world. The author’s task is to show an everyday life kaleidoscope in its timeless beauty and harmony, uniting scenes from everyday life; the life of big cities and small towns; nature pictures; ethnographic and religious holidays.

4. Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. This category involves entries such as individual or group portraits of people. Photos can be documentary and posed. The determining factor in this category is the author’s ability to reveal the inner world of his characters, express their mental qualities and character through the uniqueness of their appearance and looks as a whole.

5. Inspiration. The photos in this category focus on using the camera to capture the positive creative energy that accompanies the creative process. Any work that was inspired or became the manifestation of inspiration itself, whether it’s a landscape, a colorful genre or ethnic shot, or a portrait of a child or adult taken in different styles using various techniques, are eligible to participate.

Entries can contain a single photograph or series of no more than 12 photographs.  Minor cropping, or balance (white balance) or density (brightness, contrast) correction is acceptable. Framed images, collages, photos that have been significantly photoshopped, with parts of the image edited, deleted or replaced with a different image, will not be accepted.
Photos will be uploaded in the JPG format. The acceptable compression will not exceed 10. The image is to be no less than 2,200 pixels and no more than 5,700 pixels by its longer side.

The file name must contain the serial number of the photograph, name and last name of the author, title and year it was shot, separated by underscores, for example: 01_Smith_James_The_Spring_2011. The name of the file must be given in Latin script. The file size must not exceed 20 Mb. The file must also contain all the EXIF data.

Entries are uploaded and stored by the participant on his or her personal page at STENINCONTEST.COM. Photos can be added or replaced until the participant submits the entry. After the entry is submitted, photos can no longer be added or replaced.

Photographs must have been taken after January 1, 2018. In exceptional cases, series of photographs started in previous years are accepted. In such case, the last photograph of the series must have been taken in 2018 or 2019.

A complete list of requirements can be found in the Contest Rules.

 

 

More: stenincontest.com

 

Total Prize: $10,050