Photographer of the Year 2020 - Terms And Conditions

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 earned more than $5000 from stills photography in any 12-month period in the previous five years, dating from the time of entry. This includes earnings from photo sales, photo education, photography tours, commercial work, and competition prize money.

2. Photographer of the Year is open to citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand. In order to receive a prize, winners must supply an Australian or New Zealand mailing address. (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. The ‘Junior' category is open to photographers who are aged under 18 years old at the time they submit their entry.

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

5. Freelance writers and photographers who have been paid to contribute to Australian Photography or Capture since 30 June 2019 are not permitted to enter the competition.

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS

6. Images must have been taken since 1 January 2017. If the EXIF data attached to an image shows the image was captured before 1 January 2017, the entry will be disqualified.

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

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

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

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

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

DIGITAL MANIPULATION

12. 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.

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

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

CATEGORIES

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Travel: Images may be taken anywhere in the world, including Australia and New Zealand. Subjects may include people, places, animals, food, objects, or architecture. 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. 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.

21. Mobile. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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

24. 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

25. Each photographer retains copyright of his or her 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.

26. The entrant must be the creator of any images he/she enters into the competition.

27. The entrant must be the copyright owner of any images he/she enters into the competition.

CLOSING DATE

28. Closing date for entries is 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sunday 8 November 2020.

JUDGING

29. 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.

30. 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.

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

WINNERS’ ANNOUNCEMENT

32. Winners, runners-up and finalists will be announced on www.australianphotography.com in February 2021 and published in the February 2021 edition of Australian Photography magazine

PRODUCT PRIZES

33. 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.

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

GENERAL

35. Entry fees are non-refundable.

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

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

38. By entering images into this competition the entrant guarantees to Yaffa Media Pty Ltd 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. 


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