Regulation Natural World

International Circuit by Photo Contest Club 



The Photo Contest Club is announcing, with FIAP’s Patronage 2018/497/498/499/500, License GPU L180117, Label ISF 37/2018 and IUP’s Patronage 2018/038, and  FIAF’s Patronage n° 2018M24/M25/M26/M27, the “4° Natural World”, a circuit made up of four international photography competitions called “Autumn Gran Prix”, “Winter Gran Prix”, “Spring Gran Prix” e “Summer Gran Prix”, with “Nature” as theme for digital color images, “Free Monochrome”  Theme, “Free Colour” Theme and  Environmentalist Themes for digital monochrome or color images.
Photographers from all over the world can take part, regardless of whether you are a novice, amateur or professional.  All the pictures will be viewed and judged by 4 different juries each made up of 3 jurors.
Individuals (and their relatives) who are involved in the organization,  in any capacity, can’t take part.

Art. 2) THEMS

  1. A) OPEN COLOR (Color Digital) Patronage FIAP, FIAF, GPU, IUP
  2. B) OPEN MONOCHROME (Monochrome Digital) Patronage FIAP, FIAF, GPU, IUP
  3. C) NATURE (Color Digital) Patronage FIAP, GPU, IUP (NO FIAF)
  4. D) ENVIROMENT (Color/Monochrome Digital) Patronage FIAP; GPU; IUP (NO FIAF)

The same photo can’t be showed in different themes.
The color images can’t be presented as monochromatic photos.



For each theme, you may submit up to 4 images (totaling a maximum of 24 images). The images of all themes must have the longest side with at least 1920 pixels at 300 dpi, in extension jpg and color outline sRGB.
Each jury will use a 27-inch Acer Full HD (1920 x 1080) monitor connected to the central server by the program HPCM (Hiho Photo Contest Manager) provided by HIHO srl.



All the participants must correctly fill out the form on the website; next, it will be possible to upload the photos in the dedicated space, before proceeding to pay the registration fee as partial contribution to the costs. All those registering will receive a password linked to their registered email address. These can be used to modify personal data, or to add or change the photos submitted.



The registration fee, as partial contribution to the costs, is set  at 40,00€ ( or 45 USD) per participant, regardless of the themes you are participating in and the number of submitted images. The registration fee is paid when submitting the photos by using PayPal to the following email address:

Discounts for groups:

  • From 10 to 20 Participants: 36,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 41,00 (Other Areas)
  • From 21 to 30 Participants: 34,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 39,00 (Other Areas)
  • From 31 to 50 Participants: 32,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 37,00 (Other Areas)
  • From 51 to 100 Participants: 30,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 35,00 (Other Areas)
  • Over 101 Participants: 28,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 33,00 (Other Areas)



  • Closing date: 25th November 2018, 12 Midnight Greenwich
  • Judging: from 1st  to 10th December 2018.
  • Results: 18th December 2018.
  • Awards Ceremony: 19th January 2019.
  • Sending Prizes and Catalog (pdf by mail or 20th February 2019.


Art. 7) JURY

The  Jury is made up of the following member:

Gran Prix d’Autunno:

  • Baroni Roberto, AFI, EFIAP/b
  • Broetto Sabina, AFI, AFIAP
  • Fieni Eugenio, AFI, EFIAP/s

Gran Prix d’Inverno:

  • Armillotta Francesco, AFI, EFIAP
  • Sbrana Piero, EFI, EFIAP
  • Tagliani Roberto, EFIAP/b

Gran Prix di Primavera:

  • Del Ghianda Fabio, AFI, AFIAP
  • Mammuccari Claudio, AFI, EFIAP/s
  • Salvini Alessandro, AFIAP

Gran Prix d’Estate:

  • Di Candia Lorenzo, EFIAP
  • Semiglia Antonio, AFI, EFIAP
  • Tommi Massimo, AFIAP

President of the Jury: Sabina Broetto (President of Photo Contest Club)
General Chairman: Silvano Monchi, EFIAP, HonEFIAP


Art. 8) AWARDS

Awards for the Circuit:

  • Best Absolute Author of the Circuit, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 400,00 as Amazon purchase vuouchers
  • Best Author of Free Color Theme, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 200,00 as Amazon purchase vuouchers
  • Best Author of Free Monochrome Theme, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 200,00 as Amazon purchase vuouchers
  • Best Author of Theme Nature, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 200,00 as Amazon purchase vuouchers
  • Best Author of Theme Environment, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 200,00 as Amazon purchase vuouchers

Awards for each Contest:

  • Best Contest Author, FIAP PIN and reimbursement Fee of 200.00 US$ as Amazon purchase vuouchers
  • Best Photo at Free Color Theme, Trophy
  • Best Photo at Free Monochrome Theme, Trophy
  • Best Photo at Nature Theme, Trophy
  • Best Photo at Environmet Theme, Trophy

Awards for each Theme of each Contest:

  • Free Color Theme:
    • First, Second and Third Prizes (Medal)
    • 12 Honourable Mentions (HM Ribbon)
    • Special prizes: Architecture, Children, Journalism, Portrait, Sports, Travel (HM Ribbon)

    Free Monochrome Theme

    • First, Second and Third Prizes (Medal)
    • 12 Honourable Mentions (HM Ribbon)
    • Special prizes: Architecture, Children, Journalism, Portrait, Sports, Travel (HM Ribbon)

    Nature Theme (Color):

    • First, Second and Third Prizes (Medal)
    • 12 Honourable Mentions (HM Ribbon)
    • Special prizes: Mammals’ Photos, Birds’ Photos, Macro’s and Micro’s Photo, Fishes’ Photos, Other Animals Photos, Flora’s Photos (HM Ribbon)

    Environment Theme (Color/Monochrome):

    • First, Second and Third Prizes (Medal)
    • 12 Honourable Mentions (HM Ribbon)
    • Special Prizes: Landscape, Urban, Aquatic, Degraded, Human, Working (HM Ribbon)


The Best Author for each contest will be who will have the biggest number of admitted works  and will win  the special FIAP light blue pin (SLBP) ; in the case of equality it will be more important the awards’ number and quality; in the case of further equality it will be more important the admission level.



The contest’s catalogue, which contains every winning photo, will be sent by mail (or for wetransfer) in pdf format to every participant.



Received pictures will remain in the property of their author, who grants Photo Contest Club – by participating in the contest - the right to freely use the winning and submitted photos for publications in advertising, in any of its releases, in any volume relating to the award, in printed materials relating to award, on websites, in computerized formats or for the promotional display of the award itself, and whenever Photo Contest Club deems necessary, while every time citing the source and author of the published photos.


All parts of the image have to be photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted.



We inform you, pursuant to article 13 of Legislative Decree n°196 of  30 June 2003, (relating to the “personal Data Protection Code”, hereinafter referred to as the “Code”), that the personal data, provided as part of the “Natural World International Photo Contest”, shall be collected and stored by Photo Contest Club – on paper, electronic and/or computer and/or media devices –protected and processed with appropriate procedure to ensure security and confidentially in compliance with the provisions of the code. We inform you that the information you provide shall be used solely for purposes strictly related to and required for the competition. For this purpose, as part of the initiative, your data may be published on-line on the contest’s website ( and/or in the contest’s catalogue. Data’s conferment is essential to take part in the contest. We inform you that you may exercise your rights pursuant to article n°7 and seq. of e Legislative Decree  n°196/2003 (including, without limitation, the right to obtain confirmation of the existence of data concerning you – disclosed in an intelligible form – and of the processing method used,  as well as the right to update, correct, supplement or delete your data) by sending an informal request to the Data Controller. The data Controller is Photo Contest Club, with its registered office in Via della Vetreria, 73 in Figline Valdarno throughout  its own temporary president Sabina Broetto.



A) In Order To Have Legal Authority On Those Who Do Not Respect The Rules Of FIAP, All The Entrants Expressly Agree To FIAP Document 018/2017 « Conditions And Regulations For FIAP Patronage » And FIAP Document 017/2017 « Sanctions For Breaching FIAP Regulations And The Red List ». All Participants Are Particularly Aware Of Chapter II « Regulations For International Photographic Events Under FIAP Patronage » Of FIAP Document 018/2017, Dealing Under Section II.2 And II.3 With The FIAP Participation Rules, The Sanctions For Breaching FIAP Regulations And The Red List.”
B) By The Sole Act Of Submitting His/Her Images Or Files To A Salon Under FIAP Patronage, The Entrant Accepts Without Exception And With No Objection The Following Terms:
That The Submitted Images Can Be Investigated By FIAP To Establish If These Obey To FIAP Regulations And Definitions Even If The Entrant Is Not A Member Of FIAP
That FIAP Will Use Any Means At Its Disposal For This Undertaking,
That Any Refusal To Cooperate With FIAP Or Any Refusal To Submit The Original Files As Captured By The Camera, Or Failure To Provide Sufficient Evidence, Will Be Sanctioned By FIAP,
That In Case Of Sanctions Following The Non Compliance With FIAP Regulations, The Name Of The Entrant Will Be Released In Any Form Useful To Inform The Breaches Of The Rules.
We Recommend That You Leave The EFIX Data Intact In The Files Sent To Facilitate Any Investigation.


Art. 13) By participating in the photography contest, the participant demonstrates that he/she is aware of these terms and conditions and accepts them unconditionally.



Definition of Nature Photography:

Definition of Nature Photography Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographicstatement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove 6 pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Definition of Wildlife Photography:

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. landscapes (initial capital letter removed), geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to mammals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.
Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

Monochrome Photo” Definition

Definition of the black and white photography (monochrome) A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand: a black and white work, modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour, becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.

Defining the Environment photography

To photograph of Environment are all those pictures taken in any environment, in the world.
In any situation both with and without, the human presence.
Both in small and large spaces, both in the countryside than in urban centers.