natural world regulation

Natural World Regulation

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The “Natual World” Circuit consists of 4 Contest and 4 Themes and is sponsored by the FIAP, ISF, GPU, FIAF and UIF and is organized by the Photo Contest Club Association (Italy).

TEAM TROPHY (click here to go to the rules)
At this edition of Natural World you can also participate in the Team Trophy, organized exclusively for photoclubs. With a prize of US$ 1000,00.

Each photoclub can participate from a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 8 members.

To participate, just sign up for Natural World and registration for the Team Trophy is automatic and free. For the Regulation see below.


  • Gran Prix d’Autunno: FIAP 2021/479 – ISF 46/2021 – GPU L210174 – FIAF 2021M22 – UIF P-FI-11/2021-I
  • Gran Prix d’Inverno: FIAP 2021/480 – ISF 46/2021 – GPU L210174 – FIAF 2021M23 – UIF P-FI-11/2021-L
  • Gran Prix di Primavera: FIAP 2021/481 – ISF 46/2021 – GPU L210174 – FIAF 2021M24 – UIF P-FI-11/2021-M
  • Gran Prix d’Estate: FIAP 2021/482 – ISF 46/2021 – GPU L210174 – FIAF 2021M25 – UIF P-FI-11/2021-N


  • Deadline: November 10, 2021
  • Themes: Free Monochrome, Free Color, Environment Photo, Travel Photo.
  • File Format: 1920 pixels longest side or 1080 on the short side, Maximum 4 Mb.
  • Prizes: 410 and 3000.00 Dollars.
  • Fee: € 40.00 or US$ 49,00.


1) The Photo Contest Club Association, with the Patronage of FIAP-Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique, GPU– Global Photographic Union, ISF-Image Sans Frontiere, UIF– Unione Italiana Fotoamatori e FIAF-Federazione Italiana Associazioni Fotografiche, is organizing the  International Circuit of Digital Photography Contests: “7° NATURAL WORLD”, which includes the following events: Gran Prix d’Autunno, Gran Prix d’Inverno, Gran Prix di Primavera and Gran Prix d’Estate. Natural World is a cultural event in the field of artistic photography. The contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers worldwide. Entrants must own the copyright to all submitted photographs. The images must have been photographed in every part (even the smallest) by the entrant himself/herself.

2) The contest has three themes for digital images, referred to as:

  1. A) Free/Open Monochrome (Monochrome Digital)
  2. B) Free/Open Color (Color Digital)
  3. C) Travel Photo (Monochrome/Color Digital)
  4. D) Environment in the World (Monochrome/Color Digital)

You can submit up to 4 works for theme. For a maximum total of 16 Photos.
The same photo can’t be showed in different themes.
The color images can’t be presented as monochromatic photos. Photos that have participated in previous editions will not be accepted.
The images, of all themes, must be sent in JPG format with a size of 1920 pixels on the longest side, or 1080 pixels on the shortest side with a resolution of 300 dpi for a maximum of 4MB, both in black and white and in color. Files must be saved in RGB color space.
The length of the photo titles must not exceed 25 characters.

Each juror will use, for the initial vote, the HPCM (Hiho Photo Contest Manager) program for the management of photographic competitions provided by HIHO srl.
Each juror will express a vote, for each single photograph, from 3 to 9 according to their liking. Assigning a grade of 3 to off-topic works, 4 and 5 to the works, for him, not to be accepted, 6 and 7 to the works to be accepted, while 8 and 9 will be assigned to the works that the juror intends to nominate for a prize.
Considering that each jury is composed of 5 elements, we will have a minimum vote of 15 and a maximum vote of 45.
A contestant’s images will not be presented to the judges consecutively. The distribution of the images will take place in the same order sent by the participant.

3) All entries must be submitted through the specific form available on the website.

4) The subscription fee amounts to € 40 (for the Eurozone) or 49 US$ (for the area not subject to Eur) per entrant, regardless of the category and is valid for all 4 contests.
The amount can be forwarded through PayPal to the following e-mail: .
The works not accompanied by the participation fee will not be accepted and will not have the right to participate.

The subscription fees for groups are as follows :

  • From 10 to 20 Participants: 36,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 45,00 (Other Areas)
  • From 21 to 30 Participants: 34,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 43,00 (Other Areas)
  • From 31 to 50 Participants: 31,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 38,00 (Other Areas)
  • From 51 to 100 Participants: 29,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 35,00 (Other Areas)

5) The jury’s final decision is unquestionable and incontestable. The organizers shall send the unclaimed prizes at their own expenses but at the recipient risk.

6) Awards

Awards for the Circuit:

The Best Author award will be awarded to the author who has obtained the highest number of accepted works. In the event of a tie, the total score obtained by the accepted works is valid. In case of further equality, the number of prizes obtained by the accepted works will be valid.
“Absolute Author of the Circuit” and “Best Absolute Female Author of the Circuit” are NOT cumulative

  • Absolute Best Author of the Circuit: Trophy and reimbursement of US$ 500,00 in Amazon vouchers
  • Best Female Author of the Circuit: Trophy and reimbursement of US$ 300,00 in Amazon vouchers

For the Team Trophy awards see below.

Prizes for each Contest:

  • Best Author of the Contest: FIAP PIN and reimbursement of US $ 200,00 in Amazon vouchers
  • Best Photo of the Contest: FIAP Gold Medal and reimbursement of US $ 100,00 in Amazon vouchers.

Prizes for each Theme of each Contest:

All medals will be engraved with the name of the author and the contest.

  • Free Monochrome Theme
    • 1 Gold Medals (FIAF)
    • 1 Silver Medal (FIAF)
    • 1 Bronze Medal (FIAF)
    • 3 Special Jury Prizes (ISF Diploma)
    • 12 Honorable Mentions (HM Ribbon)
    • 6 Special Mentions (Natural World Diploma)
  • Free Color Theme
    • 1 Gold Medals (GPU)
    • 1 Silver Medal (GPU)
    • 1 Bronze Medal (GPU)
    • 3 Special Jury Prizes (ISF Diploma)
    • 12 Honorable Mentions (HM Ribbon)
    • 6 Special Mentions (Natural World Diploma)
  • Travel Theme (Color / Black and White)
    • 1 Gold Medals (ISF)
    • 1 Silver Medal (ISF)
    • 1 Bronze Medal (ISF)
    • 3 Special Jury Prizes (ISF Diploma)
    • 12 Honorable Mentions (HM Ribbon)
    • 6 Special Mentions (Natural World Diploma)
  • Environment in the World Theme (Color / Black and White)
    • 1 Gold Medals (UIF)
    • 1 Silver Medal (UIF)
    • 1 Bronze Medal (UIF)
    • 3 Special Jury Prizes (ISF Diploma)
    • 12 Honorable Mentions (HM Ribbon)
    • 6 Special Mentions (Natural World Diploma)
    • For a total of 410 Rewards and $ 2,000.00 in Amazon Coupons

7) Prizes can not be combined in the same section of each contest but can be in different sections of the same contest. The only exception is the Best Author who can also receive awards for individual photos.

8) Calendar

  • Expiry date: November 10, 2021
  • Juries deadline: November 22, 2021
  • Submission of Results: November 30, 2021
  • Award ceremony: January 15, 2022
  • Catalog and Awards Submission: February 15, 2022

9) Juries

  • Gran Prix d’Autunno
    • Sabina Broetto, EFIAP (Italy)
    • Agatha Bunanta, EFIAP/p (Indonesia)
    • Anne-Marie Etienne, EFIAP (France)
    • Husna Khot, EFIAP (India)
    • Anne-Marie Vermaat, MFIAP (Netherland)
  • Gran Prix d’Inverno
    • Ann Joyce Bastion, MFIAP (New Ziland)
    • Andriana Malekides, EFIAP (Cyprus)
    • Alison J Fryer, EFIAP/g (Great Britain)
    • Guo Jing, EFIAP (China)
    • Leena-Maija Lindqvist, EFIAP/s (Finland)
  • Gran Prix di Primavera
    • Elisabeth Aemmar, AFIAP (Switzerland)
    • Najla Angawi, EFIAP/S (Saudi Arabia)
    • Gracia De La Hoz, MFIAP (Spain)
    • Sara Gabriels, EFIAP (Belgium)
    • Gulay Tansu, EFIAP/b (Turkey)
  • Gran Prix d’Estate
    • Maria-Evangelia Aslanoglou, AFIAP (Greece)
    • Kerry Boytell, EFIAP/s (Australia)
    • Ursula Broder, EFIAP/p (Germany)
    • Andreja Ravnak, EFIAP/p (Slovenia)
    • Julianna Szepesi, EFIAP (Hungary)

President of the Jury: Sabina Broetto, EFIAP – President of Photo Contest Club

General Chairman: Silvano Monchi, AFI, EFI, EFIAP/g, HonEFIAP

E-mail:  Telefono: 3355747028

Indirizzo: Via Roma 2, 50063 Figline e Incisa Valdarno (Italy)

10) The catalog will be produced in pdf, with all the winning works, the jury’s report and the list of admissible works and participants. And sent to all participants by email or for Wetransfer.

11) Statistics, minutes of the juries and both winning and admitted photographs will be published in the www.photocontestclun website and left there until the next edition. All entrants shall receive the results via email

12) The entrant shall be held responsible in handling any image rights or liberties of the subject matter of the photograph and shall irrevocably consent to the Promoters publishing the photographs.

By participating in the Circuit, the author authorizes the non-profit publication of his images (full or partial) on catalogs, screenings, websites, magazines and whatever else the organizers deem necessary for the promotion of the Circuit itself.

13) The jury decides exclusively on the admittance of photographs and prize – awarding.

14) Though the organizers will attempt to treat all submitted work with the utmost care, they are not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during the sending of entries, whatever the cause.

15) We inform you, according to the article. 13 and 14 of the EU Regulation 2016/679 of 04/27/2016, hereinafter referred to as GDPR (General Regulation for the Protection of Personal Data), that the personal data provided as part of the international Jewels Circuit, photography contest  will be collected and recorded by the Photo Contest Club – on paper, electronic and / or computerized and / or telematics media- protected and treated in ways that ensure security and confidentiality in accordance with GDPR regulations. We inform you that the data provided to us will only be used for strictly related and instrumental purposes to the event. To this end, as part of the Initiative, your data may be published online on the competition website ( or / and in the competition catalog. The data is required in order to be able to participate in the competition. We inform you that you may exercise in your capacity as an interested person, you have the rights referred to in art. 15 RGPD (including, by way of example, the rights to obtain confirmation of the existence of data concerning it and their intelligibly communication, the indication of the methods of processing, updating, rectification or integration of data, cancellation) by request without formalities to the Data Controller.
The owner of the data processing is the Photo Contest Club with legal headquarters in Via Della Vetreria 73 in Figline e Incisa Valdarno, Florence, through its own president, temporary, Sabina Broetto.

16) Provisions

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. FIAP official documents:

By entering this exhibition, you are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied, including email addresses, being held, processed and used by the exhibition organizers for purposes associated with this exhibition. You also explicitly consent to such information being sent to organizations which have accorded official recognition, patronage or accreditation to this exhibition.
You acknowledge and accept that entering this exhibition means that the status and results of your entry may be made public.
Your email address and contact information will not be made public.

18) Definition

Monochrome FIAP: 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.

Travel Photo: A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must appear natural.


Environment in the World Photo: Environment photography means all those images taken in any environment in the world, in any situation, with or without the presence of human beings. The photos can be taken both in small and large spaces, both in the open countryside and in urban centers.

19) Participation in the Contest implies the entrants’ total, unconditional acceptance and the acknowledgment of their entire understanding of these Regulations.


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1) The Photo Contest Club organizes an international prize within the Natural World Circuit  called “Team Trophy”. The prizes awarded to this trophy are different from Natural World awards and are intended for groups of photographers.

2) All participants of the Natural World Circuit can join the prize free of charge will communicate, through the registration form, to be part of a group below we will call Team.

3) Each Team can be composed of a minimum of six (6) to a maximum of eight (8) participants.

4) Each team has the ability to aggregate members from multiple photo clubs, the only condition is that the components reside in the same country.

5) The participation of the teams is free. Indispensable, for the validation of the final results, is that each member of the Team is up to date with the payment of the registration fee for the Circuit Natural World.

6) Each participant who signs up for the circuit and, by checking the appropriate box, will indicate a wanting to set up a team will be considered the reference person (hereinafter referred to as Team Leader) of that Team.
The circuit management program will generate a code for each team and will be taken care of by the Team Leader communicate the code received to the other team members in order to have one certain composition.
Circuit participants who wish to be part of a team at the time of their own registration to the circuit (or subsequently entering your profile again), they will have to select the appropriate box and indicate that you want to be part of a team by indicating the code provided by the Team Leader.

Once a team has been indicated through the code, it will not be editable.

7) A participant can only be included in one Team. It will be the responsibility of the Team Leader to ensure that the minimum number of members of a Team is reached. If a team, following the decision of one or more participants to no longer join that Team, does not reach the minimum number of 6 participants, the Team will not be considered constituted and will not be able to participate in the awarding of the “Team Trophy” award (however, participation in the Natural World circuit remains unchanged for all photographers regularly registered).

8) Each member will be assigned a score following a predetermined table, with differentiated values based on the results achieved (See Art. 9). To determine the rankings of the Team Trophy, the results obtained by the individual components of each Team in the 4 themes of the 4 competitions will be added together, considering the 6 best results and discarding the results of any seventh and eighth participant, who will naturally have lower scores. In the event of a tie, the seventh and eighth participant will be taken into consideration. In the event of a further tie, the best prize awarded among all the members of the Teams will prevail. The results of each team will be communicated in the same way as for the Natural World Circuit.

9) The scores assigned are as follows:

  • Best Author of the Circuit: 300 Points
  • Best Female Author of the Circuit: 300 Points
  • Best Author of each Contest: 200 Points
  • Best Photo of each Contest: 100 Points
  • Best Photo of each Theme: 80 Points
  • Gold Medal: 60 Points
  • For each Silver Medal: 50 Points
  • For each Bronze Medal: 40 Points
  • For each Honorable Mention: 30 Points
  • For each Jury Prize: 30 Points
  • For each Diploma: 30 Points
  • For each Photo Allowed: 10 Points
  • For each submitted photo: 5 points

10) The Team Trophy award will be awarded to the team that has obtained the highest score by adding the score obtained by its members (as indicated in art. 8). The Team Trophy foresees the awarding of the first 10 teams classified.

11) The prizes (Trophies and US $ 1000.00) will be divided as follows:

  • Team First Prize Trophy and US $ 400 plus Certificate of Award to all team members.
  • Team Second Prize Trophy and US $ 300 plus Award Certificate to all team members.
  • Team Third Prize Trophy and US $ 200 plus Award Certificate to all team members.
  • Team Fourth Prize (Honorable Mention) 100 US $ plus Certificate of Award to all team members.
  • 6 Special Mentions, Diploma to all team members.

For a total of 10 Prizes and US $ 1000.00.

12) For everything concerning the presentation of images, themes and deadlines, reference is made to the regulations of the Natural World Circuit.

Team Trophy FAQ

1) Q: Can I participate in the Natural World Circuit even if I am not part of a team for the Team Trophy?

A: Yes, of course.

2) Q: Can several photographers belonging to the same photo club form different teams?

A:Yes, several photographers belonging to the same photo club can form different teams.

3) Q: What must be done to participate in the Team Trophy?

A: First of all, you must register for the Natural World Circuit and be up to date with the registration fee. You must then indicate (during registration or later by logging into your account) that you want to be part of a Team and select the code of the Team you want to be part of.

4) Q: Are there any additional costs for the Team Trophy?

A: No, no additional cost, you must be in good standing with the Natural World Circuit.

5) Q: Do I have to send more photos for the Team Trophy?

A: No, you participate in Natural World like a normal circuit but you must, for the occasion, be part of a team.

6) Q: How many must be the members of a Team?

A: The team must have a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of eight (8) participants and the six (6) best results are counted.

7) Q: How should Teams be formed?

A: Teams can be made up of members of various Photo clubs, but they must all be resident in the same country.

8) Q: Can a member of a team be part of another team?

A: No, a person can only be part of one team.

9) Q: Who gives me the code for the Team?

A: The contact person (Group Leader) of a Team is the one who will indicate during the registration phase that he wants to establish a Team; the program will provide him with the code of the Team and it will be he who will take care of communicating it to the photographers who will want them to be part of that Team.

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