OFFICIAL RULES

Sponsor

Sponsor is FotoWeek DC, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of photography's role in our world by recognizing photographic excellence, and ensuring that the celebration of this powerful medium is an accessible and inclusive experience. FOTOWEEK DC, 1050 17th Street, NW Suite 560 Washington, DC 20036

Ownership of Entries

Photographers retain ownership of copyright to their entries. Upon entering a photograph in the 2014 FotoWeekDC Competition, the photographer grants Fotoweek DC the rights to use said image for promotion of Fotoweek DC and for other FotoDC purposes only for a period of five (5) years from the date of entry. The copyright remains solely with the photographer. Fotoweek DC will in no way grant usage to any third party or use said image for any purpose other than for promotion of Fotoweek DC itself.

Entry Period

The FotoWeek DC International Awards Competition begins with the accepting of early-bird entries on October 10th, 2014 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and this early deadline ends October 20th, 2014 at 12:00 am EDT. All entries must be received by extended deadline of October 29th, 2014 at 12:00 am EDT. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and confirms that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules and that the decisions of the Curators are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Competition.

Who May Enter

All entrants must be 18 years of age or older as of October 29th, 2014. Members of the Fotoweek DC Inc. Board of Directors and members of the FotoWeek DC International Awards Competition Committee are ineligible. Advisory Board Members are eligible. The entries will be judged separately, in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined herein. Competition is void where prohibited.

Capture Devices

Images may be captured with any device, including mobile phones and tablets, toy cameras, film cameras and more.

Categories

(1) Single Image, Photojournalism: A single image with a documentary/reportage focus. This includes domestic and international spot or general news and issue reporting. Images may not be staged/posed, composites, multiple exposures, or misrepresent reality. Images must fall within acceptable standards of the photojournalism industry, as interpreted by the designated curators.

(2) Single Image, Fine Art: A single image that has been created to fulfill the artistic vision of the photographer. May include photo illustration, manipulated imagery, photo collage.

(3) Single Image, Photographer’s Choice: A single image that reflects today’s lifestyle and environment, photography that presents a fresh view of place, everyday activities, sports, relationships or emotion.  May include travel, portraits, events, and the natural environment.

(4) Series, Photojournalism: A series of related images (minimum 3, maximum 6) exploring the human condition to facilitate social change. Images should focus on the compelling issues of our time, and may include global warming, war, poverty, international justice and the environment. Images may not be staged/posed, composites, multiple exposures, or misrepresent reality. Images must fall within acceptable standards of the photojournalism industry, as interpreted by the designated curators.

(5) Series, Fine Art: A series of related images (minimum 3, maximum 6) that has been created to fulfill the artistic vision of the photographer. May include photo illustration, manipulated imagery, photo collage.

(6) Series, Photographer’s Choice: A series of related images (minimum 3, maximum 6) that reflects today’s lifestyle and environment, photography that presents a fresh view of place, everyday activities, sports, relationships or emotion. May include travel, portraits, weddings and the natural environment.

How to Enter

NOTE: Any image may be entered more than once and in different categories.

(1) A SINGLE IMAGE ENTRY & ENTRY FEES: Each SINGLE IMAGE ENTRY consists of an entry form, a single image and the appropriate entry fee. The discounted entry fee for 1-4 images is EARLY BIRD SINGLE PRICE per single image entry, EARLY BIRD 5-9 SINGLE PRICE for 5-9 images and EARLY BIRD 10+ SINGLE PRICE for more than 10 entries received before October 20th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT. The regular entry fee for 1-4 images is REGULAR SINGLE PRICE per SINGLE IMAGE ENTRY, REGULAR 5-9 SINGLE PRICE for 5-9 images and REGULAR 10+ SINGLE PRICE for more than 10 entries received before October 29th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT and after October 29th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT. For extended deadline, all entries received after October 29th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT and before November 1st, 2014 at 2:00 pm EDT will be subject to an additional fee: Cost will be EXTENDED PRICE per SINGLE IMAGE ENTRY.

TO ENTER: All entries must be submitted electronically, at the appropriate Dropbox entry instructions emailed to purchasers. There is no mail-in method of entry. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.  Images formatted in JPEG, TIFF or PNG measuring at least 1,000 pixels on their long dimension are preferred.

Online entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, Internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

Judging - Curation

The entries in each Class will be judged and selected separately, in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below.

Selected photographers will be notified by email on or about November 5.

Decisions of the Sponsor and Curators are final and binding.

Sponsor reserves the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by Sponsor and Curators in their sole discretion.