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2019 Rules


01. CONTEST

Italian cultural association dotART promotes the 10th edition of URBAN Photo Awards contest.


02. THEMES AND SECTIONS

The competition is open to all and features two distinct sections, one for Themed photos, one for Projects, Portfolios & Series. It is possible to participate in both sections.
The contest’s main theme is Urban Photography, that explores all photography forms set in the urban fabric. The star of the show: the City. Daily life in the city and in small villages, artistic views, architectural geometries, the fragments of colour that break the city greyness.

» SECTION #1 » THEMED PHOTOS

Section for single themed photos included in one of following thematic areas and categories:

STREETS

The many aspects of the urban fabric and the lives that inhabit it.

Categories

  • street photography
  • transport
  • urban life
  • sport
  • nightlife
  • events
  • urban jungle
  • contrasts
  • urban animals
  • unposed subjects
  • other

Post-production: allowed
Photo-editing: not allowed


PEOPLE

The human body, posing or caught fleetingly on the road.

Categories

  • portraits
  • fashion
  • kitsch
  • studio photography
  • wedding
  • boudoir
  • lifestyle
  • self-portraits
  • social
  • other

Post-production: allowed
Photo-editing: not allowed


SPACES

Urban spaces, buildings, streets, shapes and geometries, industrial archaeology.

Categories

  • architecture
  • buildings & structures
  • urban geometries
  • urban design
  • city landscapes
  • urban art
  • industrial
  • archeologia industriale
  • green life
  • drone / aerial
  • other

Post-production: allowed
Photo-editing: not allowed


CREATIVE

Artistic, experimental, visionary photos outside previous thematic areas.

Categorie

  • fine art
  • digital art
  • artwork
  • advertising
  • macro
  • minimalist
  • conceptual
  • abstract
  • visions
  • experimental
  • other

Post-production: allowed
Photo-editing: allowed


Each participant can submit as many photos as he wants, with no number limits per thematic area.
For each photo, the participant have to assign one of the four thematic areas and categories, to better categorize his work.
The author can compete with the same photo in several thematic areas (for the registration fees see Article 3).

» SECTION #2 » PROJECTS & PORTFOLIOS

Section in which you can propose a set of photos with Urban Photography subject: thematic portfolios, photojournalism and storyboards (sequences of images that tell a story). The photographer is free to choose the topic, style, setting and subjects they prefer. Along with the photos, will have to write a brief description of its project (in English – you can use Google Translate).
Portfolios must be made of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 photos. Participants can run in both sections. Photo editing and post-production are allowed. Each participant can submit as many projects as he wants.

For both sections please follow these rules:

  • We accept photos in colour or in black and white.
  • Post production is allowed. Software corrections are to be kept to a minimum.
  • Hard post production and photo editing are accepted only where explicitly indicated.
  • Pictures with visible signatures from the photographer will not be accepted.
  • We do not accept images or works with offensive content; decisions regarding content will be made by the jury and are to be considered final.

Technical specifications:

  • .jpg format (attention to file extension: NO to “.jpeg” extensions and not even TIFF, RAW, etc.).
  • RGB color method.
  • Files must be less than 10 MB each.
  • Minimum size on the smaller side: 2000 px / maximum size on the longest side: 6000 px.
  • In the Portfolio section, to be sure that the order of the photos is correct, add the numbers in the desired sequence to the file name (eg “filename01.jpg”, “filename02.jpg”, “filename03.jpg” …).

03. ENTRY

The competition runs from March 1st, 2019, until midnight of May 31st, 2019 (CET).

Single Photos

Early Birds (till 31/3/2019)

First Submitted Photo: 10 €
+ 5 € for each further submitted photo
(or for the same picture running in more thematic area)


From 01/04/2019

First Submitted Photo: 12 €
+ 7 € for each further submitted photo
(or for the same picture running in more thematic area)


Projects, Portfolios & Series

Early Birds (till il 31/03/2019)

30 € for each project
regardless of the number of photos that make up the portfolio
(min 3 photos, no more than 12)


From 01/04/2019

35 € for each project
regardless of the number of photos that make up the portfolio
(min 3 photos, no more than 12)


To apply for photos and projects just register in the User Area, follow the procedure on the form and pay the submission fee.
In the User Area you can upload, check, add or delete your photos and/or Projects & Portfolios, modify the titles and descriptions and manage the payment.


04. JURY

The presented works will be selected by dotART and judged anonymously in a final manner by a prestigious Jury. Jury President Martin Parr will personally choose and award URBAN 2019 Winner. The Jury and dotART reserve the right to award prizes to multiple works by the same author and change category to high ranked pictures.


05. TIMELINE

1 March – 31 May 2019
Submissions open.

End of June 2019
Selected Photographers will be published on the website in alphabetical order (without ranking). They will have the opportunity to participate in exhibitions / summer previews.

Mid July 2019
Semi-finalists Photographers will be published on the website in alphabetical order (without ranking). Around 100 photos + 50 Projects.

End of July 2019
Finalist Photographers will be published on the website in alphabetical order (without ranking). Around 40 photos + 20 Projects.

Mid September 2019
Awarded Photographers will be published on the website in alphabetical order (without ranking): 12 photos + 3 Projects & Portfolios.

26 October 2019
Award ceremony and official announcement of URBAN 2019 Winner Overall, First Ranked and Honorable Mentions chosen and awarded by Jury President Martin Parr at Trieste Photo Days 2019. Final ranking will be published on URBAN website and Facebook page.


06. RANKING & PRIZES (currently updating)

The total prize value is € 9.000. Prizes are divided as follows:

» SECTION #1 » THEMED PHOTOS

URBAN 2019
Winner Overall

Personally cosen by the president of the jury Martin Parr among the 4 first ranked in each thematic area (Street / People / Spaces / Creative) during the awards ceremony on Saturday 26 October 2019 at Trieste Photo Days.

First Ranked
in each thematic area

The final ranking is calculated by averaging the votes cast by the jurors

  • Guest of Honor at Trieste Photo Days 2019 + 2 free nights for 2 in Trieste (€ 160 value*) for URBAN Photo Awards Final Ceremony
  • Guest of Honor at the gala dinner with Martin Parr and Nick Turpin
  • Winner’s Exhibition at Trieste Photo Days 2019
  • Publication: online and on a photographic volume
  • 1 Think Tank StoryTeller 10 bag (€ 85 value) or TurnStyle® 20 V2.0 – Blue Indigo (€ 99 value)
  • 3 Blow Photo magazine issues (75 € value)
  • 1 Stroppa strap (€ 33 value)
  • Medal

Honorable
Mentions
(8)

Assigned at the discretion of the jury, among the most representative photos by subject area and category.

  • Guest of Honor at Trieste Photo Days 2019 + 2 free nights for 2 in Trieste (€ 160 value*) for URBAN Photo Awards Final Ceremony
  • Guest of Honor at the gala dinner with Martin Parr, Nick Turpin and the Festival’s staff
  • Winner’s Exhibition at Trieste Photo Days 2019
  • Publication: online and on a photographic volume
  • 1 Stroppa strap (€ 33 value)
  • 1 Think Tank Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket™ – Black (€ 16 value)
  • Medal

» SECTION #2 » PROJECTS, PORTFOLIOS & SERIES

First
Ranked

The final ranking is calculated by averaging the votes cast by the jurors

  • Amazon Voucher: 1.000 €
  • Guest of Honor at Trieste Photo Days 2019 + 2 free nights for 2 in Trieste (€ 160 value*) for URBAN Photo Awards Final Ceremony
  • Guest of Honor at the gala dinner with Martin Parr and Nick Turpin
  • Winner’s Exhibition at Trieste Photo Days 2019
  • Publication: online and on a photographic volume
  • 1 Think Tank Spectral™ 10 bag (€ 120 value)
  • 3 Blow Photo magazine issues (75 € value)
  • 1 Stroppa strap (€ 33 value)
  • Medal

Honorable
Mentions
(2)

Assigned at the discretion of the jury.

  • Guest of Honor at Trieste Photo Days 2019 + 2 free nights for 2 in Trieste (€ 160 value*) for URBAN Photo Awards Final Ceremony
  • Guest of Honor at the gala dinner with Martin Parr and Nick Turpin
  • Winner’s Exhibition at Trieste Photo Days 2019
  • Publication: online and on a photographic volume
  • 1 Stroppa strap (€ 33 value)
  • 1 Think Tank Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket™ – Black (€ 16 value)
  • Medal

» URBAN 2019 BEST AUTHOR

The photographer who ranked first in multiple sections, thematic areas and / or categories demonstrating a marked authorial figure.

  • Amazon Voucher: 500 €
  • Guest of Honor at Trieste Photo Days 2019 + 2 free nights for 2 in Trieste (€ 160 value*) for URBAN Photo Awards Final Ceremony
  • Guest of Honor at the gala dinner with Martin Parr and Nick Turpin
  • Winner’s Exhibition at Trieste Photo Days 2019
  • Publication: online and on a photographic volume
  • 1 Think Tank Vision 13 – Graphite bag (€ 130 value)
  • 3 Blow Photo magazine issues (75 € value)
  • 1 Stroppa strap (33 € value)
  • Medal

* The prize consists in a 1-night stay for 2 people only on October 25-26, 2019 during Trieste Photo Days festival. On that weekend there will be URBAN Photo Awards Final Ceremony. If the winner is unable to come to Trieste he will not be able to redeem the prize differently.


07. PRIZES OFFERED BY OUR PARTNERS

» Think Tank Photo Prize
Our technical partner Think Tank Photo will offer its bags and packpacks for a total value of € 1,000.

» Stroppa Prize
Our technical partner Stroppa will offer 50 straps, one for each Finalist Photographer (€ 33 value each).

» Blow Photo Prize
Our technical partner Blow Photo will offer 27 issues of its prestijous magazine for the winners (€ 25 value each).


08. PRIZES: EXHIBITS

» Final exhibition and Award ceremony
The highest placing works with be published on the competition’s website and will be displayed in a collective exhibit on October/November 2019, in Trieste during Trieste Photo Days 2019 festival. The printing of the photos will be the responsibility of dotART. Some of the entered photos may in addition be selected for exhibits in Italy and abroad.


09. PRIZES: PUBLICATION

» URBAN website
A large selection of the ranked pictures will be published on the gallery page of this website.

» “URBAN unveils the City and its secrets – Vol. 05” photo book
The highest placing works will be admitted to the selection to realize the fifth edition of Urban unveils the City and its secrets. The photo book, edited in September, will be presented during Trieste Photo Days festival the last weekend of October, and distributed by Urban/dotART cultural association.

» Publication onmedia partner’s websites and magazines
TBA.


10. EXHIBIT PREVIEWS

The best ranked pictures (usually, 30% of the Selected photos – see Art. 5) could be chosen for “travelling” exhibitions around the world.


11. PAYMENT

You can pay in the User Area. We accept these payment methods:

  • PayPal to paypal@dotart.it or www.paypal.me/dotart.
  • Bank transfer to dotART – IBAN IT87 J033 5901 6001 0000 0010 209 / BIC/SWIFT Code: BCITITMX (please add text: “Urban 2019”. IMPORTANT: include the email used in the upload form);
  • Payment by hand at dotART, Via S. Francesco 6 – 2nd floor, Trieste, by appointment (info@dotart.it or Tel. 040 3720617)

Who participates in both SECTION #1 » THEMES PHOTOS and SECTION #2 » PROJECTS & PORTFOLIOS and wish to pay the subscription fee with PayPal will have to make two separate payments. If you wish to pay by bank transfer you can make a single payment specifying “Contribution to Urban Photo Contest 2019 section1 and section2 + Name + Email”.


12. COPYRIGHT

The participant, in regard to all of his/her ranked works, grants to dotART a complete, non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use. The association dotART reserves the right to use them within the scope of its own non-profit associational activities after sending an official communication to the author.

The Author, whose name will always be attributed to the work, maintains in any case his/her moral rights in regard to the work, in addition to the intellectual property rights to the same.


13. ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES / MODEL RELEASE

By entering the competition, the Author accepts the present rules and declares that he/she is the owner of the intellectual property rights and of the rights of use of the submitted image and of any necessary release notes. Documentation of rights ownership must be presented to dotART upon request.


14. RIGHT TO CANCEL OR TO SUSPEND THE COMPETITION

If for any reason the Competition cannot be run as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition, dotART reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) seen to have tampered with the entry process and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. If dotART elects to cancel or terminate the Competition, it will not retain any rights to the submitted photographs and it will return all entry fees.
dotART is not responsible for the cancellation or modification of the prizes offered by the partners.

Main Partners

partner tpd partner mp photographers partner sprea unicusano partners burn

Media Partners

ilfotografo URBANPhotoAwards/Mediapartners lounge partner lfi Insomnia Photography partner blow partner quo partners silvershotz partner prism cuatroscuro partner tpi apf dng image artofphoto fotopolis spm vphotomag student old fotopalyazat fstop doc partner click magazine partner espacio partners photosofia

Partners & Friends

abg studior sgsa beccherie ct

Technical Partners

thinktank partners innovatronix stroppa parners innovafvg

Venues

partner aeroporto walraum GALERIJA PRINCIPIJ School of Creative Photography partners OBOK partner alchemia partner betel partner konfederacka partner pierwszy partner pracownia partner szomszed partner partner castro partners bal partner relax partner cameral partner cps partners wavelove partner domliteratury partners wbb partners yaam partners lastriko partners carrots partners restauranpolet partners meduza partners polet partners superiore partners kisuzem partners leniviec

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