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The contest is open to amateur as well as professional photographers from around the world who create and display all the variety of photographic expression that is covered by the field of nature and wildlife photography.

Nature Photography of the Year

Nature Photography of the Year

Regulations

Awards

List of Authors

Results

Entry Form - UPLOAD

“How sad to think that nature speaks and mankind doesn’t listen.”

Victor Hugo

Contest

The aim of the competition is to show and promote great wonders and beauty of the Nature in order to be better understood and more appreciated by the people. It’s one and the only we have on our planet and we crucially depend on it. With this contest we would also like to show, how powerful can nature photography be when reaching for those aims.

General information


The contest “Magical Nature” is hosted by Association of Slovenian Nature Photographers (ZNFS). The contest is open to amateur as well as professional photographers from around the world. Members of the jury, members of the competition management group and their nearest relatives are not eligible for participation. Every participant can submit up to 20 digital photographs. They can be distributed at her/his wish, but no more than 4 in each category. The same image can not be submitted to more than one category.


Categories


1. Mammals

2. Birds

3. Other animals (except mammals or birds)

4. Plants (including lichens, mushrooms, etc.)

5. Natural Landscapes

6. Man and nature (examples of positive or negative influence of man on nature)


Participation


The competition can be entered only online, over www.photonature.si

First you upload pictures in jpg format with 1920 pixels on long side. A single file must not exceed 1Mb and it must contain original metadata added by camera.

Original files (RAW or original JPG) will be requested for entries reaching the final stage. Instructions will be send with the request. Pictures which original files will not arrived until original files dead-line will be eliminated from the contest.


Calendar


Entry start date: November 2017

Entry dead-line: 31 January 2018

Judging: 20 - 28 February 2018

Request for original RAW files start date: 28 February 2018

Request for original files dead-line: 10 March 2018

Contest results: 20 March 2018

Award ceremony: scheduled for May 2018


Selection process and awards


Jury will select 180 images (30 from each category), which will be presented in public slide-show on award ceremony. Those will be officially accepted images of the contest.

The jury will select one winner in each category who will receive a prize money of 300€ and 9 runners-up, who will receive Highly Commended award. The winning photographers from each category will have to send a short description of circumstances in which she/he took the picture, to be included in book.

Among winning images jury will select one overall winning image and one winning image made by a Slovenian author, which will receive a title “Nature Photography of the Year” and/or “Slovenian Nature Photography of the Year”.

Author of Nature Photography of the Year will receive a prize money of 500€.

Authors of all 60 winning images (winning and commended) will be asked to send full resolution (at least 3000 x 2000 pixels) images, which will be printed in book.


Entry Fee


A one-off non-refundable entry fee of €30.00 is required from each entrant. Entries received without entry fee will not be judged.

The Entry Fee will be used exclusively for the production, printing and sending of a high quality hard covered book that will receive each participant of the contest.

Payment must be made through PayPal system on address contact@photonature.si

or directly on Bank Account: SI56192005013124710, Deželna Banka Slovenije d.d. Kolodvorska 9, Ljubljana.


The Jury


Selection will be made by international jury of renown nature photographers:

Davorin Tome, Slovenia - Nature Photographer - Chairman of the Jury

Marjan Artnak, Slovenia - Nature Photographer

Gunther Riehle, Germany - Nature Photographer

Pierluigi Rizzato, Italy - Nature Photographer


Detailed Rules as PDF here>







Note: English translation is made only for the purpose of guidance. The organizer can not be held responsible for any misunderstanding, regardless what cause it. In case of doubt, please, contact us!

Photo: Simon Kovačič

Photo: Marjan Artnak

MAGICAL NATURE