Regulation 2017

NATURAL WORLD 2017
International Circuit by Photo Contest Club 

REGULATIONS

Art. 1) ORGANISERS

The Photo Contest Club, with the FIAP’s Patronage n° 2017/489, 490, 491, 492, License GPU n° L170119, Label ISF n° 43/2017 and the IUP’s Patronage  n° 2017/045, the FIAF’s Patronage n° 2017M20, M21, M22, M23,, the “3rd Natural World”, is announcing a circuit made up of four international photography competitions called “Autumn Gran Prix”, “Winter Gran Prix”, “Spring Gran Prix” e “Summer Gran Prix” with “Open Colour”  theme (valid for the FIAP, FIAF, GPU, IUP eISF statistics) , “Open Monochrome” theme (valid for the FIAP, FIAF, GPU, IUP eISF statistics), with “Nature” as theme for digital color images  (valid for the FIAP, GPU, IUP eISF statistics ) and “Environmen” as theme for digital color and monocrome images (valid for the FIAP, GPU, IUP eISF statistics).
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

A) OPEN COLOR (Color Digital) Patronage FIAP, FIAF, GPU, IUP
B) OPEN MONOCHROME (Monochrome Digital) Patronage FIAP, FIAF, GPU, IUP
C) NATURE (Color Digital) Patronage FIAP, GPU, IUP
D) ENVIROMENT (Color/Monochrome Digital) Patronage FIAP, GPU, IUP

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

Art. 3) OPTIMISATION OF PICTURES

For each theme, you may submit up to 4 images (totaling a maximum of 16 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 member 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.

Art. 4) PARTICIPATION

All the participants must correctly fill out the form on the website www.photocontestclub.org; 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.

Art. 5) REGISTRATION FEE

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: pagamenti@photocontestclub.org.

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)

Art. 6) CALENDAR

  • Closing: 25 November 2017 , 12 midnight Greenwich.
  • Judging: rom 1st  till 10th December 2017.
  • Results: 18th December 2017.
  • Awards Ceremony: 20th January 2018.
  • Sending Prizes and Catalog: 20th February 2018 (pdf format by email or Wetransfer)

Art. 7) JURY

The  Jury is made up of the following member:

Autumn Gran Prix:

  • Broetto Sabina, AFI
  • Busi Riccardo, MFIAP, HonEFIAP
  • Macinai Michele, EFIAP

Winter Gran Prix:

  • Ballini Alessandro, EFIAP/s
  • Calosi Claudio, EFIAP/s
  • Righeschi Enzo, EFIAP/s, ESFIAP, AFI

Spring Gran Prix:

  • Bernardeschi Valter, AFIAP
  • Bernini Giuseppe, AFIAP
  • Cardonati Luciano, AFI, EFIPA/b

Summer Gran Prix:

  • Agnesoni Mauro, AFI, AFIAP
  • Mazza Franco, AFIAP
  • Salvini Alessandro, EFIAP

President of the Jury: Sabina Broetto (President of Photo Contest Club)

General Chairman: Silvano Monchi, AFIAP, HonEFIAP

Art. 8) AWARDS

Awards for Photo clubs:

  • To the Photo club with the biggest number of participants authors (Cost reimbursement :15% of the registration fee)
  • To the Photo club with the biggest number of admitted authors (Trophy).
  • To the Photo club with the biggest number of admitted photos (Trophy).

Awards for Chinese Photo Clubs:

  • To the Chinese Photo club with the biggest number of participating authors (Cost Reimbursement : 15% of the registration fee).
  • To the Chinese Photo club with the biggest number of admitted authors (Trophy).
  • To the Chinese Photo club with the biggest number of admitted photos (Trophy).

Awards for the Circuit:

  • Best Absolute Author of the Circuit, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 500,00.
  • At the Best Author of  Free Theme, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 250,00.
  • At the Best Author of Nature Theme, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 250,00.
  • At the Best Author of Environ ment Theme, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 250,00.
  • Best Photo of the Circuit at Free Theme, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 250,00.
  • Best Photo of the Circuit at Nature Theme, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 250,00.
  • Best Photo of the Circuit at Environmet Theme, Trophy and a cost reimbursement of US$ 250,00.

Awards for every Contest:

  • Best Absolut Author of the Contest (Pin)
  • Best Author at Free Color Theme (Trophy)
  • Best Author at Free Monochrome Theme (Trophy)
  • Best Author at Environment Theme (Trophy)
  • Best Author at Nature Theme (Trophy)

Awards for every Theme of every 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, Other Animals Photos, Macro’s and Micro’s Photo, Fishes’ Photos, Flora’s Photos (HM Ribbon)

Environment Theme (Color/Monochrome):

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

The Best Author will be who will have the biggest number of admitted works; 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.

Art. 9) CATALOGUE
The contest’s catalogue, which contains every winning photo, will be sent by mail (or by Wetransfer) in pdf format to every participant.

Art.10) IMAGE RIGHTS

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.

Art. 11) PRIVACY RIGHT

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 (www.photocontestclub.org) 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.

Art. 12) PROVISIONS

A) I hereby expressly agree to the FIAP Document FIAP 2014/317 E “Conditions and Regulations for the organization of international photographic events” and especially to its chapter II "Regulation for International photographic events under FIAP patronage” dealing under Section II.2 with the FIAP participation rules and 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 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 and 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. It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations

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.

Art. 14) DEFINITIONS

“Nature Photography” Definition

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, 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 must 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 photographic statement.

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove 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. Color 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.

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, 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 animals, 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 Photography” Definition

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.