Zooming in on Biodiversity: The First ASEAN-Wide Photo Contest on Biodiversity

Zooming in on Biodiversity: The First ASEAN-Wide Photo Contest on Biodiversity

Contest Rules:

  • Who may join
    The contest is open to all residents of ASEAN Member States:
    Brunei Darussalam
    Lao PDR
    Myanmar / Burma
    Viet NamStaff and immediate family members of the contest organizers (ASEAN Centre for  Biodiversity, European Commission, ASEAN Secretariat, and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication) are not eligible for the competition.Participation is free of charge.
  • Contest Theme
    The contest theme is “Zooming in on Biodiversity.”Entries should capture various images related to biodiversity (plants, animals, marine life, ASEAN Heritage Parks) or the many benefits that biodiversity brings to human beings, its importance, the threats biodiversity face (deforestation,  Climate change), or how biodiversity affects lives. Photos showing initiatives to protect biodiversity resources such as plants, animals, and marine  Species are also welcome.Photos can also depict:
    a)   Biodiversity as source of food (food and agriculture)
    b)   Biodiversity as source of medicine (health and medicine)
    c)   Biodiversity as source of shelter
    d)   Biodiversity and climate change
    e)   Aesthetic value of biodiversity
    f)    Biodiversity as source of livelihood
    g)   Biodiversity and ecotourism
  • Contest Categories
    The contest categories are:
    a.    Professional Category – Professional photographers who derive income from the  sale of photographs or provision of  photographic services
    b.    Amateur Category – Amateur photographers
    c.    Student category –High school and college/university students (must be 18 to 25 years old)
  • Contest Duration
    The contest begins on 22 May 2009 during the International Day of Biodiversity and ends at 12:00 noon (Philippine time) of 30 August 2009.
  • Contest MechanicsEntries must be exclusive to this contest, unpublished, and must not have been submitted as entries in previous contests.
    Each contestant can submit a maximum of three (3) photos.
    Only color photos are qualified.
    Contestants can enter photos taken using a digital or non-digital camera.
    Entries must be submitted in JPEG format (as .jpg files) and should have a minimum resolution of six megapixels (6MB) or a screen resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels.
    Digitally altered images will be disqualified.
    Traditional or standard photo enhancing must be limited to only photo resizing.
    Each photo entry should have the following information:
    Contestant’s name
    The category in which you are entering the photo (e.g., Professional, Amateur or Student Category)
    Short caption (maximum of four sentences) for the photo that describes the image.
    The place where the photo was taken
    Date the photo was taken
    Contestant’s e-mail address
    Home address
    Home, office and/or  mobile phone numbers
    If a student, name of school, address and contact number.  Also include a certification from the head of the school that the contestant is a student of that school.
    The title of the photo must contain the following:
    Photographer’s name
    Image name (title)
    Number of the photo entry (1 to 3)
    For example:  charmlee_thegrasshopper1.jpeg
    Method of submission. Methods of sending entries can be by post office (snail mail), courier services or e-mail (as attachment).
    By e-mail:
    Submit the actual image file, not a link or other type of file.
    Images should be sent as .jpeg attachment to aseanbiodiversityphoto@yahoo.com with “Photo Contest” in the subject line.
    An e-mail should contain one photo entry only.
    If an image file is not readable and cannot be downloaded, the entry will be disqualified.
    By mail, courier services:
    Photos must be stored in a compact disk (CD).
    Please address all entries to:The Public Affairs Unit
    ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
    UPLB Forestry Campus
    College, Los Baños, Laguna 4031
  • Judging
    Eligible entries will be judged according to the following criteria:
    Relevance to the theme – 40%
    Composition – 20%
    Creativity – 20%
    Technical excellence – 20%A participant can only win once
    The decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal.
  • Right to Use Entries
    All entries will not be returned to the contestants and will be retained by ACB after the completion of the contest.
    By joining the photo contest, the photographers grant ACB  the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display their photo entries, and to create derivative works from such photographs, in perpetuity, in any of ACB’s on-line, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for purposes of advocating biodiversity  Conservation and promoting ACB’s programmes, including, but not limited to, for editorial, advertising, publicity, and fundraising purposes, without payment of compensation unless prohibited by law.
    ACB reserves the right to crop the images, as needed.
    Contestants and winners grant ACB permission to provide their names and countries when publishing, reproducing or otherwise using their photos and when identifying them as an entrant or prize winner in the photo contest.
    The photographer will be properly acknowledged each time his or her photo is used. However, there may be circumstances when it is not possible to do so.  Subject to the rights granted ACB, the photographer retains the copyright and all other rights to future use of the photographs entered into the contest.
  • Prizes

A.    Professional

1st Prize:    $1,500 + travel, meals and accommodation to attend the awarding ceremonies in Singapore
2nd Prize:   $1050
3rd Prize:    $700

B.    Amateur

1st Prize:    $1,000 + travel, meals and accommodation to attend the awarding ceremonies in Singapore
2nd Prize:   $750
3rd Prize:    $500

C.    Student

1st Prize:    $1,000 + travel, meals and accommodation to attend the awarding ceremonies in Singapore
2nd Prize:   $750
3rd Prize:    $500

  • The first prize winners of the three categories will also be invited to the awarding ceremonies in Singapore.  ACB will provide for plane tickets, meals, and accommodations to all first prize winners. However, travel documents, taxes, and other travel-related expenses shall be the responsibility of the winner.Prizes are not transferable. Cash prizes can be claimed at the ACB Headquarters in the Philippines, or offices of ACB’s National Contact Points in the ASEAN Member States within 60 days from receipt of notification. Winners must present valid identification.Winners will be notified through phone, e-mail or registered mail by the Head of the Public Affairs Unit of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.
  • Awarding ceremonyFor the first prize winners of the three categories, the awarding ceremony will be held in Singapore on 21 October 2009 as a side event of the ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2009 (ACB2009).Other winners may attend the ceremony at their own expense.For the second and third prize winners, who cannot attend the ceremony, the cash prizes and certificates will be presented by ACB’s Governing Board Member and/or National Contact Point of the ASEAN Member State where the winner is a citizen.

For further information please visit  ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

About Kevin Hii

I'm a Wedding Photographer @ Sibu. I provide Photography Service of Wedding, Portrait, Event, Birthday, etc...

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