What are the contest categories?

There are 3 categories: 1) Wilderness. 2) Humanity. 3) Energy.

Who can enter?

The PhotoX Awards are open to all ages and nationalities.

Any entrant under 18 on 6th May 2018 must gain the permission of a parent or guardian to enter the competition. Entrants under the age of 13 on 6th May 2018 are not permitted to enter.

You can find other eligibility criteria here

What are the key dates?

The closing date for entries is midnight (UTC) on 6th May 2018.

A shortlist of images that will appear in the exhibitions will be announced on the 28th May 2018. These are the images that are in contention to win each category, and the overall prize.

The winners will be announced at the exhibition opening on the 10th July 2018 and will appear on the website soon after.

How many images can I enter?

You can enter up to 3 images in each of the 3 categories.

How much does it cost to enter?

The cost is based on the number of images you want to enter. Entries are bought in advance and can then be used at any time before midnight UTC on the 6th May 2018. The following entry bundles are available, and entries can be used across any of the X main categories:

1 image - £15 (£15 per image)

3 images - £30 (£10 per image)

9 images - £75 (£8.33 per image)

A discount on the price of entry bundles of 5%, 10% or 20% is available for Photocrowd Challenger, Pro or Master subscribers, respectively.

Multiple bundles can be purchased (eg 3 x 1 image bundles = 3 total entries) but the maximum number of entries that can be made across all 3 categories is 9 (3 images per category).

Can I enter the same image into multiple categories?

Yes, the same image can be entered into multiple categories, if you consider that it fits the brief for each category you enter it into.

How many times can I enter the awards?

Each photographer can enter the awards once, using one Photocrowd account. More than one image bundle can be purchased, but there is a maximum of 9 images that can be entered by each photographer – 3 into each of the 3 main categories.

Can I withdraw or swap an image once I’ve entered it?

If the awards are still open for entries then at any time you can remove an entered image and enter a different one in its place. Once the deadline for entries has passed, and judging is underway, images cannot be removed or swapped out for other images.

Do I have to sign up to Photocrowd to enter?

Yes, there’s a simple signup process to register on Photocrowd, which will then give you full access to the PhotoX Awards.

Can images be taken on a phone?

Yes, images can be taken on any device capable of producing a digital image of sufficient size for entry. For full guidelines on minimum image requirements see the Preparing Your Images page.

Is there a minimum size for images?

There is a recommended minimum file size of 2500 pixels on the shortest side. Full guidelines on image requirements are provided on the Preparing Your Images page.

Can I submit retouched images?

There are no restrictions on the use of digital manipulation. More information on image requirements are provided on the Preparing Your Images page.

How should I prepare my images for submission?

Full guidelines on image preparation are provided on the Preparing Your Images page.

How is my image printed for the exhibition?

Every shortlisted photographer selected for the exhibition is entitled to the subsidised professional fine art printing and mounting package sponsored by Genesis and supported by Fujifilm. Photographers of course can choose to send in their own prints framed and mounted as they wish, to be received one week before the exhibition opening.

Will my image be made available for sale at the exhibitions?

Yes, all images shortlisted and so appearing in the exhibitions will be available for sale, at a price that the artist can set themselves. If your image is shortlisted you’ll be contacted and asked what you’d like your sale price to be. A 40% commission on the sale price will be retained by the PhotoX Awards to cover exhibition costs.


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