Rules

AEFONA Photo Competition

PHOTOGRAPHY for CONSERVATION

2nd Edition (2021)

Competition Rules

AEFONA, Spanish Association of Nature Photographers (www.aefona.org) announces the Second Edition of the AEFONA Competition Photography for Conservation, governed by these bases.

A photography contest that will have a jury made up of renowned photographers, endowed with more than € 8,000 in prizes and divided into 8 thematic categories:

  1. Mammals
  2. Birds
  3. Underwater
  4. Other animals (not included in categories 1st, 2nd and 3rd)
  5. Natural paradises (landscape)
  6. The quiet kingdom (plants)
  7. Art and Nature
  8. Man and Nature

We also have two categories of youth participation.

  1. Young photographers up to 14 years
  2. Young photographers from 15 to 18 years old

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CONSERVATION

The soul of the AEFONA competition: Nature Conservation.

Jacques Cousteau said that “Humans only protect what they love, and they only love what they know.” At AEFONA, we think that one of the best way to help all people – and especially the new generations – commit to Conservation our entire lives, is to make the beauty of Nature known through our photographs.

We take as a frame of reference the definition of nature conservation from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):

“The human use of the biosphere so that it yields the maximum sustainable benefit, while maintaining the potential necessary for the aspirations of future generations”,

And the definition of conservation of the current state law of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity:

“Maintenance or restoration in a favorable state of the natural heritage and biodiversity, in particular, of the natural and semi-natural habitats of the populations of species of wild fauna and flora, as well as the set of measures necessary to achieve it”,

Therefore, with this contest we seek:

  • Spectacularly beautiful images that, in addition,
  • inspire in the viewer the need to conserve the wonderful nature that surrounds us, and
  • contribute to environmental education and awareness.

Here are a number of examples – the list is not intended to be exhaustive – of image characteristics that could inspire the idea of ​​Conservation:

  • That it is of a threatened species, especially if it is classified as critically endangered by the IUCN
  • That it be an image of a sensitive space and protected areas, not only the most iconic on the planet (such as the Arctic, the Amazon …) but also of our protected natural spaces under greater pressure
  • Make it a particularly motivating scene of love for Nature

All participants will be asked to tell us, in the description in each image submitted to the Contest, that the authors themselves see their images, which inspires and helps Conservation.

Ecological complaint images will be evaluated primarily in the category of Man and Nature (Photojournalism).

Use of winning images for Conservation

The organization wants the winning images not only to inspire Conservation, without also working for Conservation. For this reason, AEFONA will use the winning images as the flagship of a campaign in networks that will be launched, to increase awareness of Conservation, in 2022.

Spanish Nature Special Award

To reinforce the Conservation message, this time applied to our closest natural heritage, the Contest awards a Special Prize to the best image of nature obtained in our country.

DATES FOR THE CALENDAR

  • May 21, 2021 – Opening of the period for submission of photographs to the contest.
  • July 5, 2021 (11:59 p.m.) – End of the period for submission of photographs.
  • First fortnight of July 2021 – RAW requests.
  • Second fortnight of July 2021 – Deliberations and decision of the Jury.
  • First days of December 2021 – Awards ceremony.

(If due to the development of Covid 19, AEFONA is unable to host a physical Congress in early December, an online awards ceremony will be organized).

RULE 1 – PARTICIPANTS

The AEFONA competition Photography for Conservation is a contest open to both amateur photographers and professional photographers, whether or not they are AEFONA associates, and of any nationality.

AEFONA members may participate for free.

Non-members will be required to pay a reduced membership fee to participate in the Contest.

Each participant will need to have a valid email address.

IMPORTANT NOTE: AEFONA associates must register as contestants with the email address with which they are associated with AEFONA, in order to participate for free. Otherwise, the Contest platform will not recognize them as associates and will ask them to pay the reduced membership fee.

The members of the AEFONA Board of Directors, as well as the members of the Jury, and their families, will not be able to participate in this contest.

RULE 2 – CATEGORIES

The theme of the contest will be nature photography in all its areas and with the restrictions that appear in these rules.

The following eight thematic categories are established:

  1. Mammals
  2. Birds
  3. Underwater
  4. Other animals (not included in categories 1st, 2nd and 3rd)
  5. Natural paradises (landscape)
  6. The plant kingdom (plants)
  7. Art and Nature
  8. Man and Nature

In the new category of Art and Nature, images must be proposals of new realities of the natural world that go beyond the obvious. Through a visual language focused on colors, shapes, tones and textures, the objective of this category is to awaken emotions and seduce to indulge in contemplation.

The new category of Man and Nature, will be looking for images that investigate the relationship between humans and the natural world. Images can be challenging, uplifting, provocative, or revealing, and should illustrate how our attitudes, decisions, and actions impact the natural world. This new category of Man and Nature will be judged by Britta Jaschinski and Jasper Doest, two of the most acclaimed nature photographers in Europe.

In addition, two specific categories are established for young photographers:

  1. Young photographers up to 14 years old
  2. Young photographers from 15 to 18 years old

Any image taken in any location on the planet can be submitted to the competition, although there is a special prize reserved for the best photograph that has been taken in Spain.

The organization of the contest reserves the right to reject the registration of any image that is presented without complying with these rules or because it is considered off-topic.

RULE 3 – CODE OF ETHICS

This contest follows the AEFONA Code of Ethics, which is available to all for consultation and download at www.aefona.org.

RULE 4 – AWARDS AND SPONSORS

The following prizes are established for this 2nd Edition of the AEFONA Contest.

  • An AEFONA Photography Grand Prize for Conservation, endowed with OLYMPUS photographic equipment – offered by the OLYMPUS brand – with a RRP between 2,000 and 2,500 euros.

  • A Special Spanish Fauna Award, endowed with SONY photographic equipment – offered by the SONY brand – with a RRP between 2,000 and 2,500 euros.

  • A Mammals Thematic Category Award, endowed with a prize in kind (photographic experiences such as hides or observation tours) offered by IBERIAN LYNX LAND with a RRP of more than 350 euros.

  • An Underwater Thematic Category Award, endowed with a prize in kind (underwater photography equipment) offered by KANAU with a RRP of more than 350 euros.

  • A Man and Nature Thematic Category Award, endowed with 500 euros in cash, offered by FOTOGRAFIARTE.

  • A Landscape Thematic Category Award, endowed with a prize in kind (the most modern tripod of the VANGUARD brand, recently launched), with a RRP of over 350 euros.

  • Four Thematic Category Awards, for the remaining four categories not mentioned in the previous four awards, endowed with prizes in kind (photographic experiences – hides or observation outings) offered by WILDWATCHING SPAIN with a RRP of more than 350 euros each.

  • Two Young Participation Awards (up to 14 years old, and 15 to 18 years old), endowed with a prize in kind (photographic experiences – hides or observation trips) offered by WILDWATCHING SPAIN with a RRP of more than 350 euros each.

  • HONORABLE MENTIONS – An Honorable Mention will be awarded for each of the eight thematic categories of the contest, and for the two categories of youth participation.

  • FINALISTS – At least two finalists will also be named for each of the eight thematic categories of the contest, and for the two categories of youth participation.

  • Special mention NEARBY NATURE. It may be awarded to a photograph submitted to the contest made in nearby environments, including urban areas, which focuses on the most common and common species and natural values. In particular, photographs of fauna closely linked to landscaped spaces, peri-urban parks, metropolitan natural spaces could be the object of this recognition.

  • Special mention CULTURAL NATURE. It may be awarded to a photograph submitted to the contest (Landscape category, and Youth categories) taken in rural territories with high natural values, in which the positive relationships between nature and certain uses and cultural activities are illustrated. They could be the object of this mention, especially, photographs of rural spaces and cultural landscapes with high natural values ​​such as, for example, salt flats, meadows, traditional crops.

The ten category-winning images and the ten honorable mentions will also have their corresponding Diploma, and will be presented with a copy of the catalog of this Second Edition of the AEFONA Contest.

The ten winning category images and the ten honorable mentions and the twenty finalists will be part of the catalog of the contest.

The AEFONA Grand Prize and the Spanish Nature Special Prize will be chosen from the eight winning images of the eight thematic categories. If there are no images of Spanish fauna among the category winners, it will be chosen among the honorable mentions or among the finalists.

The AEFONA Grand Prize and the Spanish Nature Special Prize may not fall on the same image.

The prizes will be presented directly by our sponsors, OLYMPUS, SONY, WILDWATCHING SPAIN, KANAU, FOTOGRAFIARTE, IBERIAN LYNX LAND, and VANGUARD.

The amount of the prizes might be subject to withholding according to current tax legislation. The awarded photographers must provide their full name, tax address and NIF in order to collect the prizes.

After the awards ceremony, a gallery will be published on the Aefona website (www.aefona.org) with the winning images of the AEFONA Grand Prize and the Special Spanish Nature Award, and the best images in each category, including the winner, the honorable mention, and the finalists.

The prizes may be collected directly by the awarded photographers at the awards ceremony that will take place in early December 2021. They may also be collected by another person duly authorized by the awarded photographers.

The Competition Management does not rule out adding new prizes, in addition to those mentioned, which will be duly announced and published on the competition website.

Additionally, OLYMPUS makes a generous contribution in cash to finance the production and edition of the Contest catalog.

RULE 5 – MEMBERSHIP FEE

For AEFONA associates, participation is completely free – one more benefit of belonging to the Association.

Non-members of AEFONA must pay a membership fee of 25 euros.

Those under 18 years of age can participate for free in any case. They must have the pertinent authorization from one of their parents or guardians. They must not have reached the age of 18 on the closing date of the call for the contest (July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.).

The membership fee mentioned above is independent of the number of photographs submitted.

The membership fee will be paid by credit card or Paypal, following the instructions on the contest website.

RULE 6 – PRESENTATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS

Participation is exclusively digital, through the contest website www.concursoaefona.com

The photographs will be presented in JPG format, and must contain their metadata or “exif” data. This data is automatically encrypted and cannot be seen by the judges at any time, so it is not an obstacle that the data includes ownership or authorship of the image.

The JPG image must have a minimum of 1920 pixels on its long side and have the highest quality. There is no limit to the size of the image. It must be presented without frames or signatures or watermarks.

Contestants may, at the time of submitting their JPG to the contest, simultaneously submit the RAW of each image. This is voluntary and is not required for participation. Those who upload the RAW will not have to do it later, if their image is selected.

Each participant may submit a maximum of 20 photographs, being able to freely choose the distribution of the images between the categories.

The Participants agree to submit images of their authorship, over which there are no image rights (or any other type) of third parties. The Participants are liable to the organization for all pecuniary charges that may arise for it in favor of third parties due to actions, claims or conflicts derived from the breach of these obligations by the Participant.

The same photograph cannot be submitted in more than one category.

Images that on July 5, 2021 have obtained a first prize (absolute prize or category prize) in any of the main Spanish and foreign nature photography competitions will not be admitted to the contest.

Images of captive animals, models or pets are not allowed, as well as those of domestic plants.

Images that do not comply with these bases, themes and categories – and especially those that do not comply with the AEFONA Code of Ethics – will not be admitted to the contest. In particular, it is expressly forbidden to present images for which live bait has been used.

In the case of the photographs that reach the final phase, the jury may request, by any means, any clarification on the image that it deems pertinent to ensure compliance with the rules.

Each image must be accompanied by a caption, comment or description thereof.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the description of each image will include a brief comment by the author, explaining the reason why the image inspires Conservation, in line with what is commented in the preamble to these Terms and Conditions. The absence of this comment may lead to the disqualification of the image.

The photographs uploaded to the contest platform are initially in a ‘provisional state’ and may be modified or deleted at any time until the participant decides to close their participation, or on the closing date of the contest, at which time the images submitted provisionally they will be considered as final.

RULE 7 – IMAGE MANIPULATION

Moderate editing of RAW photography is allowed: adjustments for brightness, contrast, saturation, levels, curves, color casts, etc. In any case, the adjustments should not substantially alter the appearance of the original image.

Cropping is allowed, with a maximum of 35% of the original photograph, as long as the result exceeds 10 MP without interpolation.

The removal of sensor dust spots, and lens distortion and optical aberrations corrections are allowed. Adding or removing anything from the image, or cloning, or similar manipulations is not allowed.

Multiple exposures are only allowed in the Art & Nature category. Multiple exposures must be taken with the camera, sequentially, in the same location, and at approximately the same time. The LIGHT and DARK modes are not allowed.

RULE 8 – JPG and RAW VERIFICATION

All finalist images will be reviewed by comparing the JPG file submitted to the contest with the original RAW file. Any finalist image for which no original RAW file is provided will be disqualified.

In order to achieve the maximum possible transparency in the image verification process, the most valued images in each category will be subjected to the RAW analysis established by IRCC Photographic Association.

The technical shooting parameters will be automatically extracted from the data embedded in the image file, therefore it is not necessary to detail them and they must be present in each JPG photograph presented.

RULE 9 – CALENDAR

The relevant dates are:

  • May 21, 2021 – Opening of the period for submission of photographs to the contest.
  • July 5, 2021 (11:59 p.m.) – End of the period for submission of photographs.
  • First fortnight of July 2021 – RAW requests.
  • Second fortnight of July 2021 – Deliberations and decision of the Jury.
  • First days of December 2021 – Award ceremony.

(If due to the development of Covid 19, AEFONA is unable to host a physical Congress in early December, an online awards ceremony will be organized).

RULE 10 – THE JURY

The jury is made up of photographers of recognized national and international prestige. All the information of the people participating in the Jury will be published on the AEFONA website and on the contest website.

The people who make up the Jury will carry out their evaluations individually on each image, without knowing the authorship of the work.

All decisions to nominate winners, honorable mentions, and finalists are made collectively. The Jury’s decisions are unappealable.

RULE 11 – CONTACT

The organization of the contest may contact anyone from the email address: concurso@aefona.org or through the contact form enabled on the contest website.

It is recommended to include this address in the email address book to prevent communications from being blocked by security and anti-spam systems.

All notifications and communications with contestants will be made through the contest website and by email addressed to the registration account of the participant.

The contest website has a Contact section for any questions or comments of a technical nature. It is also possible to contact the Arturo de Frías contest director at contest@aefona.org with more general comments or suggestions.

RULE 12 – COPYRIGHT

The participants must be the only holders of the copyright of the photographs and will be fully responsible for the absence of third-party rights in the works presented, as well as for any claim for image rights.

Of the photographs that are awarded or finalists in the contest, the organization reserves the right to make the copies it requires for their reproduction in exhibitions, screenings or publications of AEFONA and the Special Contest Collaborators, as well as their permanent inclusion in the competition website or the AEFONA website, the author assigning the non-exclusive rights to publish them for the sole purpose of promoting and disseminating the competition, always indicating the name of the authors.

The organization of the contest may also use them for the future promotion of the contest in other media and social networks. The winning and finalist photographs may be used in digital or printed format for the exhibition and for the publication of the contest catalog, always indicating the name of the authors.

The Contest’s Special Contributors are: Grávalos Aplicaciones Gráficas, Indómada Studio, and NCJ Media Solutions.

RULE 13 – CONDITIONS OF USE AND PRIVACY AND SECURITY POLICY

All participants declare that they have read, understand and understand the conditions of use and the privacy and security policy contained in the “Legal Information” section of the contest website, expressly accepting them.

RULE 14 – ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES

Participation in this Contest implies full acceptance of each and every one of these Rules and the Jury’s decision, which will in any case be unappealable. The organization of the contest may also resolve, with an equally unappealable character, any case not provided for therein.