Rules for Photographic Categories
Who can apply?
Photographers working for mass media are eligible to enter the contest.
The categories News, Reportage, Daily Life, Portrait, Sports, Environment and Nature, and World of Art are open for photographers with permanent residence in the Slovak Republic
The Long-Term Document category is open to photographers living in Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The category Students and Young Photographers up to 25 Years is intended for students and beginning photographers from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Austria and Ukraine.
The period during which the works were shot must be between 01 September 2017 and 29 August 2018, except for the Long-Term Document category, where this period is the past min. 3 years, whereas at least one picture from the series was shot in the course of the previous year, i.e. after September 2017.
The works will be admitted upon delivery via e-mail of a filled-in and signed registration form and a document proving the payment of the administrative fee. Full-time students are not required to pay the administrative fee, provided that they specify in the registration form the school they attend.
Registration for the contest
Photographers can enter their photographs via registracia.slovak-press-photo.sk. During registration, please, follow the instructions on the website.
Contestants are required to fill in all required data of the registration form. By filling in the registration form and by signing it they agree to the contest rules, conditions and personal data processing.
The registration number of the work is assigned on the basis of electronic registration.
Contestants are required to upload their photographs in the registration system in JPG/JPEG format in high quality and with min. 3,000 px resolution of the longer side of the image (adobe RGB, sRGB).
Each photograph must be assigned to a particular category according to the criteria defined for each category.
Photographers can enter a maximum of 9 works, i.e. single photographs and/or series, but not more than 2 works per category.
A series consists of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 9 images, except for the Long-Term Document category, where the series consists of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 images.
A photograph can be entered only once – either as a single or as part of a series.
Photographs admitted to the contest must be produced by single exposure.
Colour adjustments and the conversion of photographs into the grey scale will only be accepted if no changes are made to the original image.
Multiple exposures, panoramas composed of several images, the adding or removal of people and objects to/from photographs are not accepted.
In the case of doubts, the jury may request the author to present the original image or the image produced before or after.
Photographs should be uploaded by categories as:
single photographs – each image must have a title and a short description;
series (3 to 9 photographs, or 12 to 18 photographs for the Long-Term Document category) – each series must have a title and a short description, and the images in each series must be labelled with a number within the series.
Once the data is uploaded, the applicant is required to check all uploaded information and submit the registration. After the submission, no more changes can be made to the registration and the photographs.
By filling in the registration form, the applicant declares that the entered work is his/her exclusive work or the work of several authors listed in the registration form and that the author has the right to give consent to use it as a work entered in the contest in accordance with the SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO contest rules.
By filling in the registration form, the author also provides the contest organiser an exclusive unlimited licence unlimited in terms of time and space and consent to the use of the work for the purposes of the contest and subsequent exhibition(s) organised by the contest organiser and for the provision of works to other entities for the purposes of exhibitions related to SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO with no changes and for further processing.
Applicants grant to the contest organiser consent to the processing of their personal data in compliance with the personal data processing rules.
Winning works. The author grants to the organiser the right to convert, in the case of being awarded a prize, the electronic version of entered works – photographs – into printed format. The organiser undertakes to print the images without any adjustments, on standard photo-paper and in a format meeting the exhibition needs.
Where to send the registration form?
Once your registration is closed, the system will display a window for printing it. The registration form contains information and the account number for the payment of the administrative fee of €23.00. The administrative fee must be credited to the account by 29 August 2018 at the latest. Students are not required to pay the administrative fee.
As the next step, you are required to scan the printed and signed registration form and the document proving the payment of the administrative fee and send them to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 August 2018 at the latest; failing to do so, your works will not be admitted.
Deadline for applications
The deadline for entering the contest is 29 August 2018 at 23:59 o'clock. After this date, the registration system will be closed.
How will my photographs be judged?
Each photograph entered in a particular category as a single photograph will be judged as a piece of work with its specific aesthetic and informative qualities. Each series will be judged as an aesthetic and informative piece of work in its entirety, as edited by the author. In exceptional cases and upon mutual agreement, the jury has the right to choose a photograph from a series and award it as a single, but only in case the original series has not been awarded.
The photographs will be judged anonymously. The photographs must not be labelled in a visible place with the name of the author and of the medium or agency for which they were produced.
The photographs will be judged by a 5-member international jury appointed by the SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO contest organiser. The jury will judge the journalistic qualities of photographs (informativeness, readiness, topicality) and their aesthetic value. The photographs will be presented to the jury in electronic format by contest categories.
In each category, the jury will choose a maximum of five nominees from among singles and series and will appoint the winners. The jury has the right not to nominate any of the works in a category and not to appoint a winner.
Announcing the contest results and presentation of winning works
The main prize GRAND PRIX will be announced at the press conference after the jury meeting. The nominees will be announced at the latest one week before the awards ceremony. The final results with the names of the winners of SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO 2018 will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Mirror Hall of the Primate's Palace in Bratislava on 3 October 2018. The awarded works will be presented at the SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO 2018 exhibition at Dome umenia (House of Art), Námestie SNP 12 in Bratislava. For more information, please, visit www.domumeniabratislava.sk.