Photographer of the Year 2021 - Terms And Conditions

POTY 2021

ENTRANT ELIGIBILITY 

1. All categories are open to amateur photographers only. For the purposes of this competition an amateur photographer is defined as someone who has not completed their final year of study in a tertiary-level, multi-year photography qualification, and who has not earned more than $5,000 from photography (including videography) in any 12-month period in the previous five years, dating from the time of entry. This includes money earned from photo sales, photo education, photography tours, commercial work, and photo competitions. (For the purposes of this competition, non-cash prizes won in photography competitions, such as camera equipment and travel, are not considered earnings.)

2. Photographer of the Year is open to citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand. For the purposes of this competition a resident is described as someone who has lived in Australia or New Zealand for at least six months at the time of entering this competition. 

3. In order to receive a prize, winners must supply an Australian or New Zealand mailing address. 

4. The ‘Junior' category is open to photographers who are aged under 18 years old at the time they submit their entry.

5. Employees of Yaffa Media Pty Ltd are not permitted to enter the competition.

6. Freelance writers and photographers who have been paid to contribute to Australian Photography or Capture since 30 June 2020 are not permitted to enter the competition.

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS

7. Images must have been taken after 1 January 2019. If the EXIF data attached to an image shows the image was captured before 1 January 2019, the entry will be disqualified.

8. Images entered in previous Photographer of the Year competitions are not eligible.

9. Images should not include watermarks or other branding. The competition organiser reserves the right to disqualify any entry with a watermark or other branding.

10. Images must be in JPEG (.jpg) format.

11. Images must be at least 2000px on the longest edge.

12. Individual images must be no larger than 5MB. 

DIGITAL MANIPULATION

13. Digital manipulation – all categories except Creative: Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

14. Digital manipulation – Creative: There are no restrictions on the use of post-production, though images must be wholly photographic in origin. Images may be single-capture or composite.

15. Any post-production and editing must be the work of the entrant. 

CATEGORIES

Portfolio Categories

16. Landscape:  May include images of the natural or built environment. Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

17. Animal & Nature: May include images of fauna and flora. Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

18. People: Images may be posed or candid. May include one or more people. Portraits of animals should be entered in the Animal & Nature category. Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

19. Black & White: Includes images photographed in black-and-white, as well as digital black-and-white conversions and 'toned' images (such as sepia, selenium, etc). Images with more than one tone, spot-colour images and colour images are not eligible. Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

20. Aerial: Images shot from an elevated position. Images may be shot with a drone or with a camera from an aircraft. Australian Photography supports the safe and legal operation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs), including drones. All entries captured with an RPA must comply with local rules and regulations. Any images suspected of being captured illegally will be disqualified. In order to be eligible for a prize, entrants must be able to provide verifiable EXIF data including drone type, position (latitude and longitude) and altitude information. Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify any image they suspect may have been captured illegally. Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

Single Image Categories

21. Photo of the Year: This is an open-themed category. Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

22. The Mobile category is a single image category in 2021. Images must be captured on a mobile device or tablet to qualify for this category. This is an open-themed category. Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

23. Junior: Entrants must be aged under 18 at the time of entry. This is an open-themed category. Images may be processed in post-production to adjust photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast, including dodging and burning and black-and-white conversions. Lens and perspective corrections and minor cloning to remove distractions are allowed. Images must be single capture, not composites, with the following exceptions: stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (in these cases multiple images may be captured at the same location and merged to form a single image). Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify an image if they feel it lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

24. Creative: This is an open-themed category. There are no restrictions on the use of post-production, though images must be photographic in origin. Images may be single-capture or composite.

DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY

25. Australian Photography supports the safe and legal operation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs), including drones. All entries captured with an RPA must comply with local rules and regulations. Any images suspected of being captured illegally will be disqualified. In order to be eligible for a prize, entrants must be able to provide verifiable EXIF data including drone type, position (latitude and longitude) and altitude information. Competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify any image they suspect may have been captured illegally.

COPYRIGHT

26. Each photographer retains copyright of their images. The entrant provides Australian Photography a limited-use authorisation to display, print, and distribute their photographs for the sole purpose of promoting Photographer of the Year. Images will be credited with the name of the photographer if used by Australian Photography.

27. The entrant must be the creator of any images they enter into the competition.

28. The entrant must be the copyright owner of any images they enter into the competition.

CLOSING DATE

29. Closing date for entries is 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sunday 7 November 2021.

JUDGING

30. Entries will be shortlisted by staff of Australian Photography, published by Yaffa Media (ABN 54 002 699 354), 17-21 Bellevue Street, Surry Hills, Sydney.

31. A panel of leading photographers, selected by the staff of Australian Photography, will judge the shortlisted entries and vote on a winner in each category. The overall Photographer of the Year will be judged from one of the five portfolio category winners.

32. Judges' decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

WINNERS’ ANNOUNCEMENT

33. Winners, runners-up and finalists will be announced on www.australianphotography.com in February 2022 and published in the February 2022 edition of Australian Photography magazine. 

PRODUCT PRIZES

34. Product prizes are subject to availability, not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. If a prize is unavailable, the competition organiser reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value or specification.

35. The competition organiser takes no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit. 

GENERAL

36. Entry fees are non-refundable.

37. The entrant indemnifies Yaffa Media Pty Ltd against any claim, legal or otherwise, that may arise out of publication of images.

38. Yaffa Media Pty Ltd reserves the right to disqualify any entry deemed to be in breach of these Terms and Conditions.

39. The information in these terms and conditions supersedes information in other parts of this website.

39. By entering images into this competition, the entrant warrants that all of the above Terms and Conditions have been met. Any entry found to breach the above Terms and Conditions will be disqualified and all prize money and product prizes must be returned to Yaffa Media Pty Ltd.