Rules & Regulations

HOW TO ENTER
To enter a section, photographers should complete the entry form online. Entrants must submit a set of 3 images in the same category. Only one set of 3 images per category in each of the 6 categories (18 images maximum) may be submitted. Students & Young Photographers may enter only their special section.
Entrants who are members of a FEP member association will have to indicate the national association of which they are members.
Students must indicate their relevant photographic institute.
Assistants must indicate the name of the photographic studio where they are employed.

Submitted images must not have entered other FEP Competitions or previous editions of this FEP Competition.

Submitted images must not have WON other international competitions.

Submitted images must be larger than 1200 pixels on the longest side, and less than 2MB in size. As an approximate guide, an image size of around 2400 pixels (on the longest side) and a .jpg compression setting of 10 (on Photoshop’s scale) will give a suitable file.

Entrants have to certify that the entire process of production and post-production of any photographs submitted has been carried out by the entrant or under his/her direction. It is not possible to submit two images of the same subject, unless the process of post-production results in two completely different images. Images not considered admissible may be disqualified at the discretion of the jury.

The images must be anonymous and in the case of images pertinent to advertising campaigns, they must not contain any text or graphic elements, which were not part of the original exposure. Images containing text will be immediately disqualified.

Closing date for receipt of entries is February, 6th, 2014.

ENTRY FEES
For photographers who are members of FEP member associations, an entry fee of 15,00 Euro for each series of 3 images is mandatory. They can enter all the 6 categories.

QEP and MASTER QEP holders can enter one category for free, then, should they like to enter other categories, they have to pay 15,00 Euro per category, if they are still member of a FEP member association, or 30,00 Euro if they are no longer members. They can enter all the 6 categories.

For European photographers who are not members of FEP member associations, an entry fee of 30,00 Euro is mandatory for each series of 3 images. They can enter all the 6 categories.

For Students & Young Photographers an entry fee of 5,00 Euro is mandatory.
ATTENTION PLEASE: They may enter only their special section.

Entrants are required to pay the entry fee to the FEP through PayPal (a safe system for credit cards).

PRIZES

FOR SINGLE SUBMITTED PICTURES
All images entered will be assessed by an international FEP jury
• The image achieving a score between 70/100 and 79/100 will be presented with a Bronze Award Certificate.
• Those obtaining a score between 80/100 and 89/100 will be presented with a Silver Award Certificate.
• Finally, those obtaining a score of at least 90/100 will be presented with a Gold Award Certificate by the FEP.
Then, the system proceed with a normalization of the scores to equalize categories, assigning, to obtain the final results, 100 points to the top ranked picture in each category and scoring all other pictures accordingly.

The IMAGES and the photographers’ names of the award winning pictures will be published on the FEP website.

FOR THE ENTRANTS
All participants will receive the official results by e-mail.

FINALISTS
The top 10 photographers in each category and in the Student's special section will be presented as "finalists".

The award classification will be determined by adding the scores achieved of all three images submitted. All the finalists will receive a “finalist” certificate. The top 3 "finalists" will become the Golden, Silver and Bronze Cameras (so at the end the finalists in each category will be 7)

CATEGORY WINNERS
The photographers who achieved the top score in each category will be presented as FEP GOLDEN CAMERAS for the relevant category. The photographers who obtained the Second and Third place in each category will be announced as “FEP Silver Camera” for 2nd place and “FEP Bronze Camera” for 3rd place. All the authors winners/second and third in each category will receive a certificate and they will also receive a trophy. They will be presented with their trophies at a special ceremony which will be held in Cologne, Germany, at PHOTOKINA 2014. Winners who cannot come to the ceremony to withdraw personally their trophies and certificates may ask to receive them by post, but, in this case, the expenses of the shipment will be in charge to the photographers.

OVERALL WINNER
From the 6 category winners the jury will then select an Overall Winner, and the author who achieves the highest number of votes will be presented as the “FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year”. He/she will receive a certificate and a special trophy.
In the event of a draw, there will be a re-vote by the jury and an overall winner will be chosen between the two or more authors.
The overall winner will receive the certificate and the trophy at the annual award ceremony.
The IMAGES and name of the overall winner will be published on the official FEP website.

PRESENTATION OF THE AWARDS
Awards will be presented at a special ceremony which will be held at Photokina 2014, Cologne, Germany.
The presentations will consist of certificates and trophies.
The IMAGES and names of all successful candidates and finalists will be published on the official FEP website.
Prints may be made of the top 3 sets per each category, as well as the special section, for inclusion in the official exhibition at the annual award ceremony.

COMPOSITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY
The judging panel will include a non–voting Chairman and 7 members, of different nationalities, selected among, Master QEP photographers and other photographic experts nominated by the FEP board. The Chairman of the Jury may choose to use more than one panel of judges. Each panel of Judges will then judge one or more Categories. All Judges will be asked to vote to elect the Overall Winner. The sponsors of this competition may be asked to nominate a judge for inclusion in the Jury. Judging will take place on- line.
The names of the judges will be published on the FEP web site.

JURY FUNCTIONS
The Chairman of the jury, in cooperation with the FEP CEO, will monitor the voting procedure. He may also call the jury to re-examine an image or a set of pictures should he feel necessary or if there is great discrepancy in the scores awarded.
Should a judge know who created an entered image, the judge should refrain from judging the specific image. When in doubt, the Judge should consult the Chairman of the Jury. Judges cannot enter the Competition.
The FEP CEO assists the Chairman, records the scores and signs the official jury report, which is also signed by the Chairman.

JUDGING CRITERIA
The Jury will assess the images for visual impact, composition, originality, technique, creativity, the ability to communicate a message, a feeling, or an emotion…

RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
All rights relative to the images entered in the competition remain property of their owners. The competition’s organizers reserve the right to reproduce images entered, for the purposes of promoting the event or for educational reasons. FEP cannot be held responsible for 3 parties misuse of images.

FEP and the official sponsors of the competition may ask the winners for permission to use the photographs for promotional purposes for one year, publishing the name of the author and the event together with the winning images.

It is the responsibility of the entrants to obtain the necessary permits for all photographs entered, including model releases and permission from copyright holders (when this is not property of the photographer), in order to allow their participation in the competition and possible publication, within the limits described in the paragraph above.

By completing the entry form, the entrants agree that they accept in full the competition’s rules. The organizers of the competition and the Chairman of the judging commission will interpret the correct application of these rules and will arbitrate on any situations not expressly covered by them. The decision of the jury is final; however, constructive criticism, suggestions and comments are welcome.

The participants’ personal information will be for internal organizational use only, in respect of national and international privacy laws.

 

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