If you have any burning questions then have a look at our FAQ first to see if the answer is already there!
- Why did you create yet ANOTHER competition? How is it different?
- This is the first year, are you sure the competition will run?
- Why is your entry fee so high?
- Where is my money going?
- How can I enter?
- How many photos can I enter?
- Do I need to remove metadata from the images?
- Will my edits break the rules on digital adjustments?
- Can I enter my ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) photographs?
- Can I enter if I am a professional?
- I’m not a popular photographer. Do I have a chance at winning?
- Are there limits on when the photos must be taken?
- What is the Project Award? How is that different to the overall winner?
Why did you create yet ANOTHER competition? How is it different?
There are lots of photography competitions out there but they tend to have similar rules with regard to image editing and certain styles have started to dominate. The aim of this competition is to create a showcase for those quieter styles of image making, which we think represent the very best of landscape photography! We have also written a dedicated section on this.
This is the first year, are you sure the competition will run?
We have a pretty conservative financial model that ploughs almost all of the entry fees back into prizes. Because we aren’t paying ourselves we also have low overheads. We are very confident the competition will run.
Why is your entry fee so high?
In its first year all of the entry fees will end up funding the competition itself, largely the prizes. Should that amount be exceeded then the judges will be paid a small amount for their time. If the competition proves very popular then we will be producing a high quality fine art book and providing it for free or at cost to all the photographers who have images that are selected for the book.
Where is my money going?
In the first year, the contest organizers will not receive compensation. All contest proceeds will be used for the following purposes:
- Judges – as soon as we are able, we will pay our judges for their time.
- Book production – We will produce an ebook but will upgrade to a high quality printed book if revenue allows.
- Limited overhead costs – including the website hosting, graphic design, etc.
- Marketing – predominantly social media advertising.
How can I enter?
Entries open on June 1, 2021. After that point it should be easy to follow the process but if you have any technical issues please contact us.
How many photos can I enter?
There is a maximum of 18 entries per person (plus two projects). This is to prevent someone from significantly increasing their odds of winning by submitting more images.
Do I need to remove metadata from the images?
No our system will handle this automatically.
Will my edits break the rules on digital adjustments?
The vast majority of landscape photography today would be allowed! In general material changes to the scene are not allowed (adding and removing subjects for example) unless those changes are almost inconsequential (minor cloning for example). Tonal, contrast and colour changes are all allowed and expected as long as the integrity of the subject is maintained. All of this is laid out in the rules.
Can I enter my ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) photo?
Yes, as long as it is recognisably a landscape photograph and passes all of the other rules.
Can I enter if I am a professional or amateur?
Yes. We do not distinguish between the two designations.
I’m not a popular photographer. Do I have a chance at winning?
Metadata will be completely stripped from images so noone will know whose image is whose. Aside from that there are hundreds of amatuers and less known photographers making incredible work independently.
Are there limits on when the photos must be taken?
There is no time limit on entries. If you have a digital image you love from 2008 then submit away!
What is the Project Award? How is that different to the overall winner?
The Project Award is a standalone part of the competition where photographers will be judged on a small body of work. This collection should have a link between the images and have some form of coherence either in colour/meaning/subject/location etc. This small portfolio of work is judged together as a collection.
In contrast, the overall winner (The Photographer of the Year) will be the photographer judged to have submitted the best 6 photographs that show artistry, craft and variety of approach or subject matter. These photos may be submitted to different categories. If you submit 6 or more images then you will automatically be considered for the overall title, you do not need to separately enter for consideration.
Can I enter to compete in both the Project Award and the overall competition?
Yes; however, they are separate submissions. For example, if you have six images you’d like to enter for the Project Award and you’d like to enter those same six images for the overall competition, you’d enter them in both separately.
Who are the judges?
You can see our judging panel here. All our judges are exceptionally talented landscape and nature photographers in their own right. We have a mixture of the old and new guard and a whole variety of artistic approaches.
What are the judging criteria?
We will be setting out the way the judges will be briefed in the near future but to summarize, we will try to create a system where composition, light and moment are balanced against sufficient technical expertise to bring them into a successful image. Additionally, all stages of judging will be accessible by the headline judges but the organisers will help to pre-judge all submissions where appropriate.
What are the benefits of entering this competition?
Aside from the prizes we hope that the competition will act as a meaningful showcase of some of the best landscape and nature photography internationally. Our judging panel and rules should ensure that we see a completely different selection of images to other competitions that shows the world at its natural best!
Do I get critique for my images?
This is something we are very keen to provide in future years, but since this is the first year we are trying to keep things simple!