The competition is global and open to people of all ages and nationalities.
Any entrant under 18 when they enter the competition must gain the permission of a parent or guardian to do so. People under the age of 13 are not permitted to register on the Photocrowd platform.
It is the responsibility of each entrant (or the entrant's parent or guardian) to ensure that they have read and will abide by these rules and Photocrowd’s terms and conditions. By submitting an entry, each entrant (or the entrant's parent or guardian) agrees to these rules, that their entry complies with these rules, and that they will be liable to the Promoter and their licensees in respect of any damages or losses incurred as a breach of the rules.
The Young Bug Photographer contest is only open to persons aged 13-17 on the date of closure of the competition on 7th September 2020. Entrants aged 13-17 are also eligible to enter the main categories of the competition (standard entry charges will apply).
Employees or agents of Photocrowd, their families or other persons connected with this promotion (excluding the sponsors) are not eligible to enter.
Proof of eligibility must be provided upon request. Use of a false name or other false details will result in disqualification.
2.1 All entries must be submitted via the Photocrowd online platform. No entries will be accepted by email or post.
2.2 It is imperative that images submitted to the Bug Photography Awards do not feature creatures who have come to harm at the hands of the photographer.
By submitting an image to the awards you confirm that any creatures in those images were interacted with during the image making process in a way that treated them respectfully and did not result in them experiencing distress, injury or death.
Methods of stilling insects that involve freezing, chemically spraying, pinning or killing them for the purposes of taking an image are not permitted in submitted images for the awards.
It is recognised that creatures die of other causes in nature, and in the past have also been collected and kept in the name of science. Images of dead creatures are not therefore excluded from entry to the Bug Photography Awards.
Any images of creatures must also be in conformance with any existing legislation regarding permitted or forbidden interaction with that species or its habitat.
With these policies in mind, we reserve the right to ask for further information from the photographer about their photographic methods and the state of the creature before, during and after the shot was taken.
2.3 Images (including similar images taken from the same series of photographs) that have previously won a national or international photography award (including winner, runner-up or highly commended) or are entered into a competition where the results are pending, are not eligible for entry. This excludes free-to-enter Photocrowd contests. UPDATED: During the judging process it was decided to lift this restriction for the 2020 awards, to allow images that had previously won other awards. This restriction will now also not apply to the 2021 awards, to allow images to be entered that may not have been entered into this year's awards for this reason.
2.4 There are some restrictions on the use of digital manipulation of submitted images.
Images submitted to the Bug Photography Awards must essentially show the scene and subjects as they were shot. They must not combine multiple different elements in one shot.
Focus stacking and similar techniques necessarily require the combining of multiple images, and this is allowed. However images of fundamentally different subjects or backgrounds that have been brought together into one image are not allowed.
Examples of this would be:
- Multiple different creatures shot separately then combined into one image to give the appearance that they were in the same place at the same time
- Creatures being cloned out of the background they were shot against and dropped into different backgrounds (unless the backgrounds were very similar, or of no consequence to the overall effect of the image)
Photographers may make reasonable use of digital darkroom techniques which enhance quality but do not distort the photograph. Major alterations should be avoided, although the cloning out/removal of elements in an image is allowed, so long as this does not fundamentally change the likely interpretation of the behaviour of the creature in the image.
Adjustment to levels, curves, colour balance, colour saturation, dodging and burning, selective adjustments using layers and blemish and dust spot removal are all examples of acceptable manipulation.
You may crop your images in the interests of composition, correcting horizons, etc. But remember, your cropped image must be at least 2,500 pixels on the shortest side as we will ask for files at least this size should your image/s win and be selected for any printed material or exhibition coming out of the awards.
Any changes to the original Photograph not itemised here are unacceptable and will render the Photograph ineligible for a prize.
2.5 The Promoter reserves the right to request from the entrant a copy of the original camera file and a screengrab of their editing software showing other images from the same shoot, and to eliminate entries where such a request is ignored or where it is suspected that the rules have been infringed.
The Promoter and Photocrowd reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify or remove any entry that does not comply with the rules or the spirit of the awards, at any stage of the awards.