Here is an incredible opportunity exhibit your talent in a number of categories, each with its own set of challenges. Submit upto three of your best photographs. The most understanding images will be featured in Konica Minolta's annual calendar!
Last Date For Entries:
26 November 2017

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About The Contest

PICTURESQUE 2017 is an incredible opportunity for photographers to exhibit their talent across 12 varying categories. Winners and runners-up selected from each of these categories will be awarded Cash Prizes. The Grand Prize winners will also have their photographs published in Konica Minolta’s annual calendar for 2018. Participants can submit their photographs to as many categories as they like, but must limit their entries to three images under each category.

How It Works

Phase 1: The Competition

Step 1:

Register yourself on the contest page to participate. If you have participated in our earlier contest, you can use your existing id to login.

Step 2:

Upload up to 3 of your best photographs per theme, in any or all of the 12 themes.

To read more on the submission guidelines checkout our T&C page

Step 3:

Once the contest submission is over, our judging panel will select the winning entries and the nominees

PRIZE

Winners selected from each of these categories will be awarded Rs. 10,000 each.

The 1st runner up from each category will receive Rs. 5000 each.

The Grand Prize winners will also have their photographs published in Konica Minolta’s annual calendar for 2018.

Themes

To take part just send in your best photographs (up to 3 per theme) for any of the following themes:

ENTERING THE COMPETITION


  • All entries need to be made online as uploads after logging in to http://betterphotography.in/picturesque2017/ and filling up the registration form in detail.
  • Entrants are allowed to participate in multiple themes (up to 3 images per theme).
  • Entrants are allowed to enter the same image in multiple themes, if the image is representative of that category.
  • There are no print entries. Entries sent through email, prints, or through any other means, will not be considered.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR DIGITAL IMAGE FILES


  • Entrants must ensure that they use the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to register, login and upload entries.
  • Images must be in JPEG files with a minimum resolution of 2000 pixels on the shorter side. The file size should not exceed 5MB.
  • There must be no identifying marks, names, dates or copyright information on the face of the images uploaded. This will immediately eliminate that image as an entry.
  • While there are no restrictions on the type of camera used, uploaded images made with digital cameras of any sort must contain the original EXIF metadata information.
  • Scanned film or prints must contain scanner EXIF metadata information.
  • Once an entry is uploaded, the system does not allow the deletion of that entry. Entrants must ensure that they select their entries carefully before uploading.
  • Entrants are not allowed to register themselves more than once with different identities. Any entrant found doing so, will be immediately disqualified.

CLOSING DATE


  • All entries must be uploaded latest 26 November 2017.

JUDGING AND RESULTS


  • A panel of judges will be appointed by Better Photography to judge the competition during all its phases. Judging of entries will be anonymous, with no information about participants or images or videos available to judges. Entries will be judged on the basis of relevance, interpretation, expression, emotive content, creativity, technique and aesthetics of an image or set of images. Judging will occur on the basis of an automated system of points awarded for images moving into successive rounds of eliminations.
  • Entrants may be contacted for a high-resolution JPEG or RAW file of their image, original unedited footage, and other identification / age / residence documents, etc., for potential shortlisting purposes during the competition. Failure to produce such details within three days will eliminate an entrant from the shortlisting process.
  • Award nominees will be announced and showcased in one of the future issues of Better Photography. Keep following Better Photography and Overdrive’s websites, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the same.
  • The decision of the judges will be final. Network18 will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging or the organization of the competition.
*Timelines are subject to change. Keep a watch on future issues for information.


FAQs

PHOTOGRAPHERS

How do I participate in the contest?
Participating in the contest is easy. If you have not registered before, create your account by registering yourself. Select the theme in which you would like to submit your entry.

For photographers... Simply upload your entry into the contest under the relevant theme.

When can I enter the competition?
You can start uploading your entries right away. The last date for submitting entries for Picturesque 2017 is 26 November 2017.

Does it cost anything to enter the competition?
There is absolutely no entry fee. Better photography would like to ensure that there is an equal chance for everyone in India to participate and win.

How big should my photographs be?
Your digital image files should be jpeg files that have a minimum resolution of 2000 pixels on the shorter side and the file size should not exceed 5mb.

I don't currently read or subscribe to Better Photography magazine. Can I still enter?
Yes, of course!

I'm an Indian citizen living abroad. Can I still participate?
Unfortunately the competition is only open to individuals residing in india.

I’m a foreign national living in India. Can I still participate?
Yes, the contest is open to anyone residing in India. However, all nominees and winners will be asked to provide a valid proof of residence. Entrants must ensure that they are able to provide it whenever asked for by Better Photography, after 26 November 2017.

Can I enter the same photo into multiple categories?
Yes, you can do that. However you need to ensure that your photographs represent the various contest categories well.

What are the other requirements to qualify as a nominee into the next round?
If you are selected, we need to authenticate your identity and your entry. For this purpose, you may be contacted by one of the members of the Better Photography team, and may be required to share identity proofs, original raw files, negatives or high resolution unedited jpegs. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Can I send a CD containing my photos?
No, we are not accepting entries in the form of prints or on a CD. You can only submit your entries online, as uploads, or as youtube links.

I have a fantastic shot, but i'm not sure it really fits a theme. Should I still enter it?
By all means, go ahead. The themes of our contests are largely interpretative. As long as a photograph connects to a theme in some way, you can submit your entries.

How much image editing do you allow?
We recognise that digital photographs need some amount of post-processing to look their best. Hence, we will accept corrections or grading or enhancements for colours, contrast and brightness, and the use of filters or editing software. For stills, the creation of panoramas or cropping for impact is also acceptable.

Why do I need to be logged in to the site in order to submit a photo?
You need to log in before submitting the entries so that we can tag your entries with your profile. Your email id acts as a unique identifier for the contest.

How do I know that you've received my entry?
Once you've sent your entry, you can cross view it in your "upload your entries" page. If you can see it there, that means we have received it. With videos, this is just a link that we shall receive the minute you post it into the box.

Do I retain the copyright of my images?
Absolutely! Every entrant will retain copyrights of his/her image in the phase i. From phase ii onwards copyright will be jointly shared between the photographer and organisers. For details read t&c

When I submit an image to the photo contest, what rights does Better Photography have regarding my submission?
By entering your images into the competition, entrants agree to allow Better Photography, Network18 and Konica Minolta the rights to publish or display their photographs in print or electronic form in a future issue or issues of the respective publications, to use the pictures for editorial and promotional purposes without payment. The images will be reproduced with due credit to the photographers. This essentially means that your images may be exhibited, used for promoting the contest, or used for editorial and/or educational reasons. Your images will not be sold or misrepresented.

Are release forms required when submitting a photograph to the contest?
The entrant must be the sole creator of his/her images and must also own the copyrights and rights to reproduction of all pictures entered into the contest. It is the legal responsibility of the entrant, and not Better Photography/ Network18 / Konica Minolta, to ensure that the publication of the photographs by Better Photography, Network18 or Konica Minolta does not raise any legal claims.

How old can my photograph be?
There are no restrictions regarding when the image has been shot, just that it must be shot by the participant uploading the images, and that they need to adhere to the submission requirements.

Will my entries be visible online to others?
No. This website only allows you to upload images. While you will be able to view your own entries, visitors of this website or other entrants will not be able to view your entries.

How will my photograph be judged?
Better Photography will appoint a panel of judges to determine the winning images. The parameters will include vision, composition, exposure, technique, message conveyed and the overall appeal of the image.

Will I be notified if my photo is chosen for the awards?
Award nominees will be announced and showcased in one of the future issues of Better photography. Keep following Better Photography’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the same. You will also be notified by telephone and / or email. There is a possibility that you may be required to submit additional details like identification documents or original image files before you are selected as a nominee or winner. In this case, please ensure that you respond immediately.

I accidentally uploaded the wrong photo. Can I delete my entry and submit a new photo?
Once a photograph is uploaded, you cannot edit or delete it. So please be sure of your submissions. However, you can login multiple times to upload more entries photos in all themes till you've exhausted the limit of that theme.

I can't remember which photographs I've already submitted. Can you tell me which of my photographs you've received?
Once you upload a photograph, your entries will be visible in your “Upload your entries” page. You can click "upload your entries" and see your entries there.

Still have a question?

If you still have a question which is not getting answered in the FAQs above, you can mail us your query at contest@betterphotography.in, we will get back to you soon.

Terms And Conditions

By participating in the PICTURESQUE 2017 Contest (hereinafter referred to as “Contest”), you (i.e., the “Contestant”) irrevocably and unequivocally agree to the following terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) between the Contestant and Network18 Media & Investments Limited (“Network18”):

1. Participation Criteria:
  • This Contest is open only to Indian Citizens who are resident in India at the time of conducting this Contest and above the age of eighteen (18) years. In the event that a person is below the age of eighteen (18) years and participates in this Contest, such Contestant shall be disqualified from the Contest notwithstanding whether such Contestant has won the competition. Any participation in this Contest shall be deemed as being voluntary.
  • Employees of Network18 Media & Investments Ltd and Konica Minolta Business Solutions India (“Konica Minolta”) and their relatives are not eligible to participate in this Contest or win any Prizes under this Contest.
  • Participation in this Contest/submission of images by the Contestant implies acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions of this Contest. Any violation of these Terms & Conditions shall automatically disqualify the Contestant from this Contest.
  • All entries submitted by the Contestant must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other similar photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each Contestant to ensure that any images they submit do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Contestants must warrant that the photographs they are submitting is their own work and that they are the sole owners of the copyright and all other related intellectual property rights in such photographs.
  • All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions.
  • The Organisers shall change the rules and terms and conditions of the Contest from time to time within the Term of this Contest and without any prior notice of whatsoever nature. The Contestant is advised to keep himself/herself updated by reviewing the said rules and terms and conditions from time to time. Continued participation shall imply acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. In case the Contestant wishes to withdraw from the Contest at any stage during the Term, he/she must intimate the Organisers forthwith of such desire to withdraw atleast 7 days prior to the phase off rounds.

2. About the Contest:

  • This Contest is organized by Network18 and Konica Minolta alongwith other associated partners (“Organizers”). Contest will be featured on Network18’s website namely http://betterphotography.in/picturesque2017/ , on print magazines and television channels during the Term at the sole discretion of Network18.

    • The Contestants shall be required to adhere to the following:
      • Participant can upload up to 3 of their best photographs to each of the 12 themes.

      • Each entry shall be deemed to have been issued by one person only. Entries must be sent by the individual themselves. Agencies and/or third parties are not eligible for participation in the Contest.

      • Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted by the Organisers.

      • The Organisers reserve the right to reject any entry by any Contestant without offering any justification for the same.

      • The images must be in JPEG file format with a minimum resolution of 2000 pixels on the shorter side. The file size should not exceed 5MB.
      • Contestants should upload all the images online by registering on the contest page of http://betterphotography.in/picturesque2017/ only. Any entry/ submission received on a CD or in a print format or in any other format except as prescribed above, shall be disqualified
3. Intellectual Property Rights and Use of Images:
  • Intellectual Property Rights:
    • For the purpose of the Contest, the phrase ‘intellectual property rights’ shall mean and include all patents, trade secrets, know-how, copyrights, trademarks, logos, service marks, moral, termination, authorship and other proprietary rights to and in any service, product, technology, platform, source code, algorithms, invention or business method in relation to the Contest in any form whatsoever irrespective of the format they exist in.
    • All rights, title, claim and interest including intellectual Property Rights (including but not limited to copyright) in all images/videos submitted shall remain with the respective Contestant and the Contestant shall be the owner of such images. Notwithstanding the aforesaid, by virtue of their participation in the Competition, each Contestant agrees and accepts and accordingly grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Network18 and Konica Minolta to feature any or all of the submitted images in any format in any of their publications (across all formats), their websites and/or in any promotional material or media connected to this Contest. Accordingly, the images shot (‘entries’) by the Contestant may be used by the Organizers for their promotional and educational purposes and due credit shall be given to the participating Contestants and the Contestant shall not have any objection to the same of whatsoever nature.
  • Use of Images: Network18 and Konica Minolta will be entitled to use and share all the images submitted by the Contestants with the associate partners of the Contest or with any other third party. Provided however that, due photo credit will be given by associate partner or third party to such Contestant whose image has been shared by Network18. Such use may be across any format of whatsoever nature. The Contestant/Winner shall not dispute the use of images/videos by the Organizers or by any third party that has been provided such images/videos by the Organisers at any stage in any manner whatsoever. The Contestant hereby grants unto the Organisers/third party his/her permission to use the said images/videos.
4. About the Prize:
  • All decisions in respect to this Contest, including but not limited to the procedure of selection of Winner, time for announcement and delivery of the Prize shall be taken by Network18 Media & Investments Ltd and Konica Minolta and the same will be final and binding on all Contestants, without demur.
  • The Winner may additionally have to provide a declaration form. In the event that any of the selected Winner is unwilling or unable to give his/her acceptance to the declaration form or in the event the Winner is not willing to accept the terms and conditions provided therein, the Organizers may select another Winner.
  • Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or for any other prize. No request shall be entertained by the Organizers in this regard. The Organizers shall not be liable and shall have no responsibility whatsoever, for any Winner’s Prize in case of his/her non-confirmation.
  • Upon being declared a Winner, he/ she will be required to comply with the following pre-requisites prior to being handed over the Prize:
  • i. Furnishing his/her name, address, age, sex, contact number, registered mail id;
    ii. A copy of his/her Photo identity card, PAN card;
    iii. Any valid Proof of address;
    iv. Proof of the ownership of the contact number.
  • In addition to the above, in case the Organizers require any additional documents/ information, for confirmation, they shall convey the same to the Winner and the Winner will be required to comply with requirements of the Organizers. In case of non-compliance in submission of such documents/ additional documents/ information, Organizers may decide against giving the Prize to the Winner and the Winner shall have no objection to the same. The Organizers may share the information submitted by the Contestants/Winner with any authority or its officers and representatives or any third parties to the extent permissible by law. The Contestants specifically provides his/her no-objection to such sharing of information by the Organizers and shall not initiate any claims against them with regard to such information.
  • The Winner will be solely liable to pay any taxes, levies, charges, etc. that may be applicable on account of the Winner winning the said Prize.
  • Network18 and Konica Minolta shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that maybe suffered by the Contestant as a result of participating in this Contest or use or non-use of any Prize.
  • Winner will use the Prize entirely at his/her own risk and will indemnify and hold the Organizers harmless for any accident, harm, death, damages, costs and/or loss sustained by the Winner as a result of the possession or use of Prize won in the Contest.
5. Other Terms and Conditions
  • The Contestant/Winner hereby further undertakes to do any and all acts and execute any and all documents in such manner and at such locations as may be required by the Organizers in its sole discretion in order to secure, protect, perfect or enforce any of the rights of the Organizers pursuant to this Contest and/or Terms and Conditions.
  • In the event, the Contestant/Winner fails to do so within two (2) days of receipt of a request from the Organizers to do or perform an act or execute a document, Organizers shall be entitled to exercise the same in place of the Contestant as the lawful appointed attorney and the Contestant undertakes to affirm, ratify and be bound by such exercise of the right by the Organizers as mentioned hereunder.
  • Indemnity:
    i. The Organizers shall not be held liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage whatsoever that may be suffered, or for any personal injury that may be suffered by the Contestant, on account of participation in this Contest. ii. Contestant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Organizers and its/their respective partners, directors, officers, agents, employees, consultants and advisors from and against any and all losses, liabilities, claims, damages, demands, suits, actions, proceedings, costs and expenses, taxes, reasonable legal fees and disbursements in connection therewith, and/or costs incurred in the settlement of any of the foregoing, including pursuant to third parties actions, and which arise out of or in respect of, or result from or are payable by virtue of:
    • its gross negligence or wilful misconduct;
    • breach of any representation, warranty, covenants or undertakings made or given hereunder;
    • breach of any of the terms and conditions;
    • violation of any applicable Laws.
    • Any infringement, misuse, unauthorized use of any intellectual property right of any third party;
  • In case of any dispute or difference in respect of this Contest, Terms and Conditions, etc., the decision of the Organizers shall be final and binding on all concerned. No correspondence disputing this Contest, Terms and Conditions, decision relating to the Winner, any decision of Organizer’s management, etc will be entertained.
  • The Website of Network18 may provide hyperlinks and/or advertisements to third party websites. These websites are not owned or controlled by Network18. Please note that Network18 shall not be held responsible/liable for personal information that third parties collect, store and use through their website. Contestants should always read the privacy policy of each website visited by him/her.
  • This Terms & Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the applicable laws in India. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Terms & Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts at Mumbai only. The existence of dispute, if any, shall not constitute a claim against Network18 Media & Investments Ltd and Konica Minolta.
  • Network18 Media & Investments Ltd and/or Konica Minolta reserve the right to change/ modify, alter or cancel/withdraw or postpone the Contest and/or alter, delete or modify any/all of the Terms & Conditions and/ or eligibility criteria of this Contest at any time (including at any time after the declaration of the Winner) at its own discretion and without any prior notice/intimation to the Contestants and without assigning any reason and shall not be liable for any consequential losses/damages.
  • For all queries related to participation in this contest, and issues regarding submission of entries, please refer to the FAQs above. If you have any further questions, you can mail us your query at contest@betterphotography.in
  • Any complaints that the contestant may have with respect to this Contest shall be emailed to: complaint@nw18.com.

 


 

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