Sunday, September 14, 2008

Join the Photo Contest on 'Climate Change'!

An invitation to photojournalists and photo enthusiasts !

The Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, together with the Philippine Center for Photojournalism, Inc., invites all photojournalists and photo enthusiasts to submit entries for a photo contest on the theme of "Climate Change". Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines said that the photo contest is being launched in line with the European Union's commitment to address the global challenge of climate change.

Ambassador MacDonald said that this photo-contest in the Philippines will help draw public attention to the challenge of climate change, and to the need for global and local action to address this issue, and to protect the futures of generations to come.

An exhibition of the winning and outstanding photographs is foreseen to be held in universities and malls such as The Podium and SM . An online version of the exhibition will also be uploaded to the websites of the sponsoring organizations.

The following rules will apply to the contest:

Who may join:
The competition is open to all Filipino (a citizenship verification system should be made or should be in the entry form) photojournalists and photography enthusiasts except for staff of the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines.

Coverage/theme:
Photographs, published or unpublished, taken in the Philippines from June 2007 to November 2008 covering the theme "Climate Change in the Philippines" are eligible as entries. The pictures shall illustrate either the effects, and/or the causes and/or the responses to this phenomenon:

  • The effects of climate change: pictures of weather-related disasters, droughts, degraded soiled effects of communities in disaster-prompt areas (e.g. coastal communities) , etc.
  • Thecauses of climate change: Pictures of deforestation, landscape change, heavy urbanization, transport pollution, fossil foils emissions sources (e.g. coal & petrol plants, etc).
  • Theresponse to climate change: Pictures illustrating renewable energy initiatives, energy efficiency, climate change adaptation measures (disaster preparedness, soil protection, etc)".

A maximum of ten (10) stand alone single photos may be submitted by a participant. In addition, participants may submit up a maximum of five (5) photo stories comprising 5-12 images per photo story. All images in the photo stories will also be considered as single photo entries.

Entries should be taken with any camera using at least 135 mm film and/or digital camera with at least four (4) megapixel in size and set at the largest image capture mode.
Entries taken with a film camera must be digitized and all entries must be saved in a compact disk recordable (CDR) for submission.

Filename system should be as follows:
  • For single images: (Initials of photographer_ (Photo #-Total No. of Entries) – Example-- JAD_Photo1-8; JAD_Photo2-8, etc.
  • For photo stories: (Initials of photographer) _(Photo Story #)_Photo#-Total number of photos in the photo story) – Example—JAD_PS1_Photo1- 12; JAD_PS1_Photo2- 12, etc.
Participants who will be included in the final selection process may be asked to submit their negatives and/or raw digital files.

Digitally-altered images will be disqualified. Traditional photo-enhancing must be limited to acceptable dodging, color level and contrast adjustments.

Contestants must enclose a paper containing the following details of his/her entries:

Photo File Name
Photo Title/ Photo Essay Title
Date(s) and Place(s) Taken
Name of Participant
Complete Mailing Address
Contact Phone Numbers
Email Address


The Board of Judges will be composed of respected photojournalists/ artists as well as officials from the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, Philippine Center for Photojournalism, Inc. and partners.

General criteria for judging the single photos will be:
  • Relevance to the topic and theme – 50%;
  • Technical excellence – 25%;
  • Visual perception and creativity – 25%.
  • In addition, the photo stories will be evaluated on their strength in terms of the flow and cohesiveness of the included single images arranged as a visual narrative.

All entries must be submitted on or before 12 noon on 6 November, or postmarked not later than 3 November 2008, to either of the following:

EC-PCP Climate Change Photojournalism Contest 2008
The Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines
30/F Tower II, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Phone: 8595100

EC-PCP Climate Change Photojournalism Contest 2008
The Philippine Center for Photojournalism
c/o European Press Photo Agency
Unit 2-D, Michel Apartment
Mabini Street, Malate 2030 Manila.

Copyright ownership of the photographs entered into the competition remains with the photographer. By entering this competition, the photographer agrees to share certain rights regarding their photograph entries with the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines for fair use in the latter's publications and including usage for events/activities, for non-commercial purposes and without additional remuneration to the photographer for a period of two years starting on the deadline of submission of entries. The photographer will be adviced accordingly prior to the usage of the photograph/s.
14. Awarding of prizes will coincide with the opening of the exhibit of winning and outstanding entries in the early part of November 2008, at a date and place to be announced.

All winners will each receive a trophy plus in-kind prizes as follows:

First Prize
(Singles); € 1,000
Second Prize (Singles): € 800
Third Prize (Singles): € 600

10 Honorable Mentions: Trophies or Certificates
Special Prize (Photo Story): € 800
Five Honorable Mentions (Photo Story) Trophies or Certificates
Special Prize for a Photo on EC response to Climate Change: € 800
In addition, all winners may receive special prizes from the European Commission and partners.

Prizes not claimed within 30 days after the awarding ceremony shall be forfeited.

For further information, please refer to posters and to the website of the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines or to the website of The Philippine Center for Photojournalism, Inc.:
http://philippinecenter4photojournalism.org/

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