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Deadline: December 09, 2013
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: From US$ 10 / AED 40

8th International Emirates Photo Contest

8th International Emirates Photo Contest The 8th International Emirates Photo Contest. Photographers from around the world are invited to submit their work to The Eighth International Emirates Photography Competition (EPC) 2013, which is being held under the patronage of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), the American Photographic Society (PSA) and the United Photographers International (UPI). Aimed at developing UAE photography, encouraging and attracting talented artists, and supporting professional photographers, the competition features specialised workshops, exchange meetings and seminars, and is complemented by solo and group exhibitions in the UAE and abroad. The competition displays artworks through all possible means, reflecting a diversified image of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, and their rich culture.

One of the world’s most important professional competitions, the EPC receives all types of creative work, whether modern or classic.Submissions include installations, panorama, modern technical artistic processes, digital photographic artworks and printing works.

Each year the competition features a main theme – encouraging photographers to research and work on new creative ideas – as well as general themes. There’s also a focus on young photographers.

This year’s main theme – ‘Decisive Moment’ – is inspired byTurkish artist YUSOF KARSH and his work, celebrating the importance of research, study and reflection.

Born in Turkey, YUSOF KARSH (1908-2002) lived in Canada and the US. He photographed a number of historical figures, including writers, actors, scientists and heads of states and brilliantly captured their personal traits – their strengths,weaknesses, love and hatred, fierceness and gentleness, in memorable photographs that have been repeatedly published by international newspapers and magazines, and are on display in many museums worldwide.

Carrying a total prize purse of over AED 1 million(US$ 270,270) – the highest in the world for such a competition – the grand prize is awarded to the best work that presents innovative creative ideas in the main theme, while golden, silver and bronze medals go to the first three positions submitted under each theme.

Honorary awards are granted to distinct artworks, while the Nour Ali Rashid Award is given to the Emirati photographer of the year, and the Emirati Photograph Award to a UAE-based photographer. The competition also awards 15 golden medals as part of the Arab Photography Award, and 10 golden medals to the best collective contribution by international photography associations and clubs.

Each year’s winners are invited to the Awards Ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The competition’s winning and distinct artworks are presented as part of an exhibition – considered by many as one of Arabia’s most important photographic art shows. An album featuring a wide selection of competition accepted entries is also produced yearly.


Main Theme – Decisive Moment – (PSA PJD)

“There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.” Cartier-Bresson. The ‘godfather’ of photojournalism, Henri Cartier Bresson, expressed the possibility of finding a decisive moment everywhere in this world; photographers need to use their intuition – take a photo with their heart and eyes before pressing the camera button. This theme does not ask for photojournalism in its documentary sense, but rather looks for artistic and creative photographs, where the value lies in the moment that comes after, during or before the actual shoot. For an idea, have a look at one of YUSOF KARSH’s most famous portraits, which depicts him snatching a cigar from the mouth of Churchill, creating a decisive and everlasting moment.

General Themes

1. Nature: Characterised by its diversity – from stunning natural landscapes tobeautiful flowers and plants and amazing animals andbirds- the natural world is full of rich images and provides a myriad of opportunities to capture stunning images.

2. Creative – Experimental: Creative and experimental photographs are one of the main components of all photography schools, and are very common in digital photography. Unlike traditional photographs, there is a certain ‘plot’ that is related to integrations and installations, showing the unfamiliar parts of the themes we tackle in an abstract way, even if they appear to be real.

3. Travel: Over the years, many photographers largely depended on shooting photographs while travelling. To the photographer, countries and cultures are an inexhaustible reservoir of visions. EPC is looking for your vision of the world – and your way of capturing artistic insights and narrating through images your photographic journey.

4. Colours: Colours are the foundation and joy of life, and are the spirit of any photograph. Explore their details, contrasts and variations.

5. Future Image by Future Eyes: This is a special category for participants under 21. The competition is divided into two sections: those who are between 16 and 21, and those under 16.

A. 16 year olds and under (born after 1997)

B. 16 – 21 year olds (born after 1992)

The theme of this category is open, and covers a wide range of topics including nature, people, landscapes, abstract, details or other styles of photography. All images should show the photographer’s creative or artistic ability, demonstrating the use of light, composition and creative vision that contribute to a photograph’s ability to portray a message or story. To enter this category the photographer does not need to use a professional camera, but can use any digital camera that shoots high quality photos. Images from mobile phones are not allowed. Participation as a group is also allowed if submissions are madevia a school, college, university or other educational institution.

6. Colour photo print (open): Open section for colour photo prints.

7. Monochrome photo print (open): Open section for monochrome photo prints.


Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Grand Prize AED 80,000+ Gold Medal
Best Portfolio Award AED 20,000+ Gold Medal

Main Theme Awards
First Prize AED 20,000+ Gold Medal
Second Prize AED 15,000+ Silver Medal
Third Prize: AED 10,000+ Bronze Medal

General Themes Prizes
First Prize: AED 20,000+ Gold Medal
Second Prize: AED 15,000+ Silver Medal
Third Prize: AED 10,000+ Bronze Medal

Colour Photo Prints Prizes
First Prize: AED 20,000+ Gold Medal
Second Prize: AED 15,000+ Silver Medal
Third Prize:AED 10,000+ Bronze Medal

Monochrome Photo Print Prizes
First Prize: AED 20,000+ Gold Medal
Second Prize: AED 15,000+ Silver Medal
Third Prize: AED 10,000 + Bronze Medal

Youth Awards
First Prize: AED 12,000+ Gold Medal
Second Prize: AED 10,000+ Silver Medal
Third Prize: AED 8,000+ Bronze Medal

2013 Emirati Photographer Award AED 30,000+ Gold Medal

Emirati Photo Award
First Prize: AED 20,000+ Gold Medal
Second Prize: AED 15,000+ Silver Medal
Third Prize:AED 10,000+ Bronze Medal

Arab Photo Award: 15thGold Medals.

Best Photographer Award:The Award is a FIAP Badge

Photography Clubs Award: Three prizes of AED 10,000 + Gold Medal

All winners from outside the UAE will get a five-day invitation inclusive of travel and accommodation costs to attend the award ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
• All winners will receive trophies and appreciation certificates.
• Distinguished works in all themes will receive certificates of appreciation.
• All participants will receive, by mail, a copy of the Competition’s book and a participation certificate.
• Prizes in each section will be paid to winners in UAE Dirham or the equivalent in other used international currencies. Prizes will be given to participants in person in Abu Dhabi or be transferred to their bank accounts on the date of award ceremony. ELIGIBILITY: Open to All

JPG format only. Size of the longest dimension (either length or width) must be 4000 pixels.The photograph must be high quality and at least 300 dpi. Maximum file size you can upload is 5MB. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Participants shall acknowledge the full ownership of their submitted works (comprising all the elements included in the photographs and creative ideas related to them) and declare that they are not plagiarised or adopted from, or do not include, any elements from works by other artists.

Participants also acknowledge that the rights related to their submitted photographs have not been assigned, sold, reserved or licensed in any way whatsoever to third party or subject to any restriction that may restrict their full freedom and associated rights. USAGE RIGHTS: Participants authorise EPC to exhibit their submitted photographs in exhibitions organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) inside and outside the UAE.

Participants authorise EPC to reproduce and publish or allow third parties to reproduce and publish all their submitted photographs through all types of international media outlets, while reserving the intellectual and material rights of the photographers.

The entrant permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This may include low resolution posting on a website.

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