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Welcome to MontPhoto 2022

INTERNATIONAL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

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Welcome to MontPhoto’s 2022 International Nature Photography Contest, open to amateurs and professional photographers and videographers from all over the world organised by the MontPhoto Association.

Our mission is to add value and help spread the art of photography in order to raise awareness and protect nature.

The contest rewards the photographic excellence of its participants. We seek innovative and inspiring images picturing original stories, unknown places, new perspectives, surprising behaviours or new interpretations of what is already known to us. We look for a glimpse that documents the diversity, the beauty, the mystery and the fragility of life on our planet.

MontPhoto is committed to respecting nature and that is why the work presented to this contest must show natural situations respecting the authenticity of the scenery, conserving the living beings in their habitat and by all means avoiding their suffering and the disruption or interference with their behaviour.

The MontPhoto Association is a non-profit organisation, in accordance with Spanish law, and can therefore not benefit financially from its activities. Any budgetary variation will always be used in that regard.

Contest sections:

INDIVIDUAL PHOTOGRAPHY:

A. MOUNTAIN ACTIVITY
B1.MAMMALS
B2. BIRDS
B3. OTHER ANIMALS
B4. PLANT LIFE
B5. LANDSCAPE
C. UNDERWATER WORLD
D. ECOLOGICAL REPORT
E. ART IN NATURE

PHOTOGRAPHY:

F. NATURE PORTFOLIO

ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE:

CHANGING PLANET (up to 25 years old) (See competition rules)

OPEN CALL:

MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING - Video (See competition rules)

AWARDS:
Prizes worth over 37,000 € will be awarded as following:

General Awards
· MontPhoto Award of Honor: 2.000€ + diploma (including category prize).
· First prize in each category: 500€ + diploma.
· Second prize in each category: 300€ + diploma.
· 5 Honorary Mentions in each category: Diploma.

Special Awards
· Special Award 'Counties of Girona': 300€ + diploma.
· Special Award 'Lloret de Mar': 300€ + diploma.
· Special Award 'OM System Be free': 300 € + diploma

Youth Awards
· 3 Awards in the youth category (15-17 years old) and 3 Awards in children's category (up to 14 years old)

Portfolio awards
· First prize: 1.000 € + diploma.
· 5 Honorary mentions: Diploma.
Every awarded Portfolio will have access to a commented review at the Festival and are elegible to be published in a magazine of great mass printing.

MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING awards
· First prize in each category: 500 € + diploma.
· 5 Honorary Mentions: Diploma.

AEFONA Awards
· 2 awards in each category for the two best qualified AEFONA members.

Every awarded participant - honorary mentions included - will receive a copy of the book 'Inspired by Nature', an invitation to the Awards Ceremony and a one night stay in a double bedroom with breakfast included.

ENTRY FEES:
PARTICIPATING WILL BE FREE FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE MONTPHOTO COMMUNITY (CHECK TERMS BEFORE REGISTERING!)

Payment should be made through PayPal or credit card, following the instructions on our website.

- GENERAL: General registration fee is 25 €.
- VIDEO MUTIMEDIA STORYTELLING: 15 € through FilmFreeway.
- YOUTH: Registration for photographers under 18 years old is free in every case.

Each participant can enter the contest with up to 25 images freely distributed in the general categories of the contest, and one portfolio with 10 to 15 images.

Participation in the 'Changing Planet' contest is free.


Closing Date: April 30 2022:
Registration will be online through the web www.montphoto.com.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Participation is exclusively on-line.
We highly recommend a thorough read of the competition rules.

The contest organizers will contact you from the following e-mail address: info@montphoto.com. Please, include it in your list of contacts to avoid any miscommunication.

COMPETITION RULES:
The MontPhoto competition rules have been supervised in collaboration with AEFONA (Spanish Association of Nature Photographers), the Catalan Nature Photographers’ Society (SCFN) and IRCC. The guidelines given by the IFWP, the CEF (Spanish Confederation for Photography), FCF (Catalan Federation of Photography) and FAF (Andalusian Federation of Photography) were also taken into account.

PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORIES:

Mountain
A-Mountain activity: Photographs that show sportive mountain activities such as alpinism, climbing, skiing, canyoning, white waters, caving or any other activity related to mountaineering.

Nature
B1-Mammals: Mammals, at any stage of their life.
B2-Birds: Birds, at any stage of their life.
B3-Other animals: Animals not included in categories B1 and B2 at any stage in life, such as amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, etc.
B4-Plant Life: Plant species in their original habitat, including fungus.
B5-Landscape: Landscapes with minimal human intervention.
C-Underwater world: Pictures taken using underwater technique (fresh or salt water) of flora, fauna and habitats.

Report
D-Ecological report: Pictures showing any element or activity caused by humans (or its consequences) which has a negative effect on natural areas (wild fauna and flora, land, water, air, climate or natural scenery). Pictures must clearly and unequivocally show the reported activity or element as the main element. Originality will be especially valued as well as the message delivered with the picture and the elements provided to trigger an environmental wake-up call. The author should describe the reported activity. It is highly advisable to enclose supporting facts and data that reinforces it. The jury will have access to this information during the selection stages.

Art
E-Art in nature: Creative compositions or abstractions based in the nature environment.

Portfolio
F-Nature Portfolio: An ordered collection of about 10 to 15 photographs with individual quality and combined narrative power. The portfolio must show coherence and harmony. The story can be inspiring, provocative or revealing about any area of the natural environment.

· Special Award 'Counties of Girona'. Pictures eligible for this award are those presented in all general categories of the contest taken in the area of Girona.
· Special Award 'Lloret de Mar'. Pictures eligible for this award are those presented in all general categories of the contest taken in Lloret de Mar.
· OM System Special Award 'Be free'. Any photograph that represents freedom of nature or the creative freedom of the author are eligible for this award. The images will be among those presented in all categories regardless of the camera used to take them.

To apply for the Special Awards, you have to tick on the desired option while registering.

AEFONA additional Awards:

· 2 awards in each category for the two best qualified AEFONA members

REGISTRATION AND FORMATS:
The competition is open to all amateur and professional nature photographers worldwide. None of the organizers of MontPhoto, volunteers, sponsors, members of the jury or members of their families will be allowed to take part in the competition.

Each participant can register only once with up to 25 photographs distributed across the general categories of the contest.

Payment will be made through Paypal or by credit card, following the instructions on the web.

*BECOME A MEMBER OF THE MONTPHOTO COMMUNITY: SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR FREE AND ENJOY ALL THE ADVANTAGES!*

- The first step is your online registration at www.MontPhoto.com.
- Once registered, you will have to fill in a formal application..
- Pictures can only be uploaded once the participation rights' payment is done.
- The uploaded images can be modified at any time until the deadline is due. Registration closes on April 30th at 23:59.

The picture format must be JPEG. The size of the file must be 1920 pixels on its longest side.

Organizers will request the RAW files of ALL the photographs that reach the final phase of the contest on June 11th, 2022. From this date, participants will have eight days to upload their RAW files (If your pictures reach the last stage of the competition and you know in advance that you will be out of reach within those days, please contact the organization in advance).
If necessary, RAW files might be demanded at any other previous stage of the contest. Should the raw files not be presented on time, then the image would be automatically disqualified.

Images that do not comply with the required format standards will be rejected.

Photographs needed for the exhibition will be handed over in the biggest possible size and quality in JPEG format.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Cropped images will be accepted as long as the crop is not excessive and the resulting image has a size of over 10 MP without interpolation.

Photographs consisting of multiple exposures on camera are allowed, provided they have been taken in the same sequence, place and time checking for that purpose the image metadata tags.

All checking, verification and accreditation of authenticity of the photographs submitted to the contest will be carried out by comparing the JPEG edited image to its original RAW and carrying out a complete diagnosis of the editing / development actions on the original, both globally and by zones.

Photographs won't be accepted if we detect the following:

- Modifications not allowed on the original photograph, such as distortion on dimensions or perspective transformation.
- Excessive global or partial processing values.
- • Alteration or modification of pixels in specific areas of the image (removing, cloning or manipulation).
- RAW obtaining options not allowed as “Overlay” or “Multiple Non-Sequential Exposure”.

Should MontPhoto detect a will on part of the participant to mislead the public in a malicious manner, all of the participant´s images submitted to the contest could be disqualified.

To evaluate the files, MontPhoto will use the IRCC analysis platform. Its diagnosis will remain non-binding but is aimed at helping the verification process and the results will be made available to the jury.

You will find more information about the IRCC tool on the website www.ircc.photo

GENERAL RULES:
  • Pictures of domestic and farm animals, as well as cultivated plants, are not allowed - except for category D (Ecological report) and F (Portfolio).
  • It is mandatory to specify whether the animal lives in captivity, has been trained or if any action has been used to induce a specific behaviour when the picture was taken.
  • Photographs must have been taken recently in order to show its content in a fashion as close to current reality as possible.
  • The contest rewards the originality of the work. Therefore, submitting images awarded in other contests is not recommended.
  • We recommend participants to avoid submitting similar images in different categories.
  • Photographs must not have frames, edges, water marks nor captions.
We recommend participants to include a caption when submitting an image in order to help the jury appreciate all the details and the possible background of the picture. Captions will be mandatory once the RAW files are demanded from the participants and, for that reason, special access will be granted for editing purposes.

Please, learn more about the values of MontPhoto, AEFONA’s decalogue of actions and IRCC’s Ethic Manifest. We highly recommend all participants to read and apply to these guidelines.
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