RULES OF THE CONTEST

1. Wide Angle with DSLR & Mirrorless cameras (W_DM)
A single image featuring a wide angle composition or taken with a wide angle lens with or without diver. Over/under shots that cross the surface boundary, wide-angle close-focus, Wrecks, Caves are included in this category also.
2. Macro with DSLR & Mirrorless cameras (M_DM)
Smaller subjects typically 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5cm) shot on macro settings or with macro equipment
3. Wide Angle with Compact cameras (W_CC)
A single image featuring a wide angle composition or taken with a wide angle lens with or without diver. Over/under shots that cross the surface boundary, wide-angle close-focus, Wrecks, Caves are included in this category also.
4. Macro with Compact cameras (M_CC)
Smaller subjects typically 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5cm) shot on macro settings or with macro equipment
5. Conceptual & Fashion with DSLR, Mirrorless cameras or Compact cameras (CF)
Photos entered in this category can be taken in any underwater environment – including controlled environments (e.g., pools). The main object should be a model. There are no post-processing restrictions in this category.

RULES FOR PARTICIPANTS

All photographers from all over the world, amateurs and professionals, have the opportunity to participate.
Each photographer can submit up to 5 photos in each of the five categories.
Images must be in JPG format, sRGB color space, with a long side size of not less than 3000 px, up to 10 MB.
The online registration in the competition automatically means the participant agrees and accepts all rules of the competition.
Photos can be color or black and white.
No photos of live nature taken in an aquarium are accepted.
Watermarks are not allowed.
Award winners from first to third place will be required to submit a RAW file to the jury.
A participant who receives more than one award in one category receives the biggest, and all other awarded photos are included in the final exhibition and print catalog.
Photos already won first, second and third place in similar competitions are not allowed.
Adjustments in sharpness, contrast, crop or shrink up to 30%, removal of backscatter are allowed.
Photo editing that alters the main content of a photo, such as moving, deleting objects, and / or inserting foreign object is not allowed.
All changes, modifications, and post-processing are allowed in the conceptual section.
Participants are required to comply with environmental legislation and protect the underwater world during shooting, no matter where they are underwater. All photos showing disruption of the natural habitat of beings, provocation by touch, food or harassment (prohibited by law) will be disqualified. It is absolutely forbidden to use non-author photos.

REGISTRATION

The registration is made online through the entry form of the contest. You must enter the entry form. Then you have to select the number of images you want to send. Upload your pictures and then pay the required entry fee.
Registration method
The name of the photograph should be written as follows:
Category_Section_Name_Surname of the author _ Name of the photo.jpg
For example : M_DM_John_Miler_Macroworld.jpg
Once you have successfully registered, the organizers will configure your photo names in a six-digit code.
Members of the jury will not see image titles or other references to photographers.
Fee for participation and payments 5 EURO per uploaded photo through the entry form.
Optional :
20 EURO – Printed luxury catalog of the competition, size 22×23 cm including postal delivery to the address declared by the participant. The catalog will take about 100 photos including all award winners by sections and categories as well as their sub-rankings up to tenth place.

COPYRIGHT

The participants authorize Photography Competition Protey to publish their photos entered in the photography competition and the catalog through any international media means only for the purpose of promotion and advertising of the Photography Competition Protey, while the intellectual and material rights of the photographers are preserved.

AWARDS

Statuette, honorary competition diploma, luxury catalog of the competition and awards from the organizer for first, second and third place for each category and section.
Honorary mention of the runner-ups for each category and section.
Special prize for the best-represented author. / the best of show /
Special prize for the best-represented Bulgarian author.
Prizes will be awarded personally to the winners from Bulgaria, and for everyone else, they will be sent to an address specified in the entry form at the expense of the winner.
Due to the complicated international situation caused by COVID-19, this year the winning photographers won’t be invited to the opening of the exhibition and the award ceremony.

CALENDAR

Deadline for receiving photos: 31.12.2020
Jury: 25.01.2021
Notifying of participants of the results after 15.02.2021
Award ceremony and exhibition: 04.03.2021 or 11.03.2021
Sending of the contest catalog and prizes after 01.04.2021