In addition please note the following in relation to this award:
1.1 The Award is global and open to photographers of all nationalities who will be aged 18 or over on 28th March 2021.
1.2 It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that they have read and will abide by these rules and Photocrowd’s Terms and Conditions. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to these rules, that their entry complies with these rules, and that they will be liable to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Photocrowd and their licensees in respect of any damages or losses incurred as a breach of the rules.
1.3 Employees or agents of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Photocrowd, their families or other persons connected with this promotion (excluding the sponsors) are not eligible to enter. Also ineligible to enter are any persons having benefited (past and present) from the Foundation’s support, either directly or indirectly.
1.4 Proof of eligibility must be provided upon request. Use of a false name or other false details will result in disqualification.
2. Submission Rules
2.1 All entries must be submitted via the Photocrowd online platform, before the closing date of 23:59 (CET)/ 21:59 (UTC) on 28th March 2021.
2.2 Photographers can enter up to 5 images in each of the 3 categories, allowing therefore for a maximum of 15 images in total. Entry is free of charge. If any photographer is found to have entered more than 5 images into a category, all their entries will be invalidated and removed from judging.
2.3 Images (including similar images taken from the same series of photographs) are ineligible for entry if they have previously won a national or international photography award (including winner, runner-up, highly commended or equivalent) or are entered into a competition where the results are pending. This does not include Photocrowd free-to-enter contests.
2.4 Submitted images must have been shot within the past 5 years. The shoot date must be no further back than 22nd February 2016.
2.5 The same image can be entered into multiple categories, if the photographer considers that it fits the brief for each category it is entered into.
2.6 All submitted images must be free of watermarks, text, copyright symbols, logos and frames. Inclusion of any of these or similar additions to the image will invalidate the entry.
2.7 It is essential that submitted images include an image title, and additional information that will assist the Jury in making their decisions. When uploading images there will be the opportunity to add a title and description to each image.
Information should include, as a minimum, the species of animal being shown, where the image was taken, the date on which the photograph was taken, and anything that is known about the species that is relevant to the award. This might include issues that this species is facing, their conservation status, or the particular conservation efforts that are being shown in the image, or that are being carried out in relation to this species.
Images that do not include a title or additional information are unlikely to be considered by the Award jury.
Titles and edited text from the descriptions will be used in the Award exhibition and book.
2.8 There is a required minimum image size of 3000 pixels on the shortest side of the image, and whilst it is possible to submit an image smaller than this, it will not be considered by the Jury.
2.9 The welfare of the people, animals and habitats in any images submitted to the award is of great importance to the Foundation, our partners and the Jury.
Photographers taking part in the award are required to observe behaviour that is respectful of people, animals and the environment. By submitting an image to the awards you confirm that all subjects in those images were interacted with before, during and after the image-making process in a way that treated them respectfully and did not result directly or indirectly in them experiencing damage, distress, injury or death.
Any images of animals or habitats must also be in conformance with any existing legislation regarding permitted or forbidden interaction with that species or 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 animals and habitat before, during and after the shot was taken.
2.10 There are some restrictions on the use of digital manipulation of submitted images:
It is extremely important that submitted images must not deceive the viewer or attempt to disguise or misrepresent the reality of nature. Images show the scene and subjects as they were shot, and exhibiting behaviour that was not manipulated, staged or coerced by the photographer.
Images must not combine multiple different elements in one shot. Examples of this would be:
• multiple different animals shot separately then combined into one image to give the appearance that they were in the same place at the same time
• animals being cloned out of the background they were shot against and dropped into different backgrounds
2.11 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, environment or appearance of the animal(s) 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, when used in moderation.
You may crop your images in the interests of composition, correcting horizons, etc. But remember, your cropped image must be at least 3,000 pixels on the shortest side as we will ask for files at least this size should your image/s win or be shortlisted.
2.12 For any submitted images we reserve the right to ask for a copy of the original camera file and a screengrab of the cataloguing 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.
2.13 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.
Please refer to the prizing section on this website for details of prizes.
4. Award Judging
4.1 Once the entry period has closed, the jury will convene to determine the category winners, the grand prize winner (Environmental Photographer of the Year) and a shortlist of up to fifty images, across the three categories.
4.2 The shortlist will be announced on 15th April 2021. The winners will be announced on 1st May 2021.
4.3 Please refer to our Jury page for more information on the Jury members. The Jury’s decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decisions.
5. Copyright and permissions
5.1 All imagery MUST be the exclusive work of the submitting photographer and may not include any element that is the copyright of another, or shot or created by another.
5.2 The Copyright for each image entered will remain with the submitting photographer.
5.3 By entering the Award and submitting your photograph(s), you hereby grant the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Photocrowd Ltd, and the award’s sponsors a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use your photograph(s) for any purpose connected with the Award, including (but not limited to), promoting the Award within printed and online media, the inclusion within printed and digital versions of any Award book, the inclusion within printed and digital versions on any support, display at an Award exhibition, use in press, promotional and institutional materials, social media networks and for the promotion of any future photographic competition in both print and online media.
5.4 If recognizable individuals appear in submitted images, the author must have obtained their consent and, if the subject is a minor, the consent of the legal representative.
6.1 You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of Your name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation.
7.1 The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Photocrowd are excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to any of the winners arising from their entry into the Award or their acceptance of the prizes.
7.2 Entrants indemnify the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Photocrowd for all liabilities, including legal costs, in relation to any action or complaint taken by any third party against the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation or Photocrowd in relation to the entrant’s photograph(s).
8.1 The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Photocrowd reserve the right to cancel this Award at any time without further explanation.
8.2 The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Photocrowd reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions.
8.3 These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by English law.
8.4 When a photograph is submitted and the entry date has passed, the entry cannot be changed or withdrawn.
8.5 Entry to the Awards shall be deemed full and unconditional acceptance of the Terms & Conditions.
8.6 Any breach of these Terms and Conditions shall result in the exclusion of the photographer and their submitted images from the Award, without prejudice to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Photocrowd, or the Award sponsors.
9. The Promoter
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
16, Boulevard de Suisse
Tel : (+377) 98 98 44 44