What we, the human species call our own, begins and ends with the wild. Intimately, interminably, inexorably... the future survival of the human species depends on not just coexistence, but our understanding, support and efforts at conservation.

The Better Photography Wildlife India Photography Awards (WIPA 2017) have been initiated with this in mind.

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ABOUT WIPA

What we, the human species call our own, begins and ends with the wild. Intimately, interminably, inexorably... the future survival of the human species depends on not just coexistence, but our understanding, support and efforts at conservation.

The Better Photography Wildlife India Photography Awards (WIPA 2017) have been initiated with this in mind.


WIPA 2017


WIPA has an open theme across genres and types of wildlife photography. Only photographs of wildlife inhabiting India are eligible for the awards. The Jury will consist of some of India’s most renowned wildlife photographers.

WIPA 2017 Main Contest Theme
WIPA has an open theme across genres and types of wildlife photography.
The Jury will consist of some of India’s most renowned wildlife photographers.

WIPA 2017 Emerging Photographer Award
This is a separate award for photographers of under 28 years of age.
Participation is on the basis of submission of a portfolio.
The winner will be awarded a fully paid admission into the 7-day Wildlife Photography Masterclass in Kenya.


WIPA 2017 IS ASSOCIATED WITH...

The Wildlife India Forum: A symposium on Indian wildlife conservation and photography, where the final awards shall be announced, along with a special coffee-table book.

The Best of Indian Wildlife Coffee-Table Book: An annually published book showcasing the best images from the Awards. All proceeds from the sale of this book shall go to an active, on-field wildlife conservation effort.


Kenya Wildlife Photography Masterclass: The top two winning entries shall win the opportunity to attend an exclusive wildlife photography masterclass in Kenya. To discover the magical world of Kenya, visit #KenyaKalling


About Better Photography

Better Photography is India’s most widely read magazine on the art and practice of photography. It is also the leading technical authority, with its own test bench, buyer’s guides, annual product awards, and how-to resource for beginners, avid enthusiasts and professionals. Apart from gear and accessory reviews, the magazine also contains tutorials and techniques, assignment and subject related stories, a special cellphone photography segment, a history segment, interviews with legendary photographers, a section entitled 'Great Masters', special features, a showcase of the best images from the mainstream media and readers’ galleries.

Better Photography also conducts one of India's largest annual photography contests — the Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards, where wedding photographers, professionals and novices alike are invited to participate. The magazine also conducts numerous public and corporate workshops on photography, and free-to-attend slideshows and talks with eminent photographers, all year round.


Registration Process

STEP-BY-STEP PARTICIPATION:

1. Register yourself on our contest page www.betterphotography.in/wipa2017 and sign in.

2. Submit your images in the appropriate theme.

3. The entries will be judged by a panel of eminent judges.


CLOSING DATE

All entries must be uploaded latest by February 28, 2017.

Awards Category

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

 

WIPA 2017 Main Contest

WIPA 2017 Emerging Photographer Award



ENTERING THE COMPETITION


  • All photographs need to be of Indian wildlife only.
  • All entries need to be made online as uploads after logging in to www.betterphotography.in/wipa2017 and filling up the registration form in detail.
  • Entrants are allowed to upload max 5 images for WIPA 2017 Main Contest and 20 single images for WIPA 2017 Emerging Photographer Award.
  • Entrants must be below 28 years of age as on Feb 28, 2017 to participate in the WIPA 2017 Emerging Photographer Award.
  • 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 for modification or 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 28 February 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.
  • Entrants with the top ranking images in each category will need to make themselves available for a Wildlife India Forum 2017. Failure to be available to participate in this, will automatically eliminates the entrant from being a winner. The entrant with the next highest number of points will then be automatically selected.
  • 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 this site for any updates.




Prizes

  • 1st & 2nd Prize: Admission into an Exclusive 7-day Wildlife Photography Masterclass in Kenya
  • Emerging Photographer Award: This is a separate award for photographers under 28 years of age. Participation is on the basis of submission of a portfolio.
    The winner will be awarded a fully paid admission into the 7-day Wildlife Photography Masterclass in Kenya.
  • Top 10 Wildlife Photographs: Special Citation & Inclusion in ‘The Best of Indian Wildlife’ book
  • Top 100 Indian Wildlife Photographs: Certificate of Merit, Print Exhibition & Online Showcase




FAQs

  • How do I participate in the contest?
    Participating in the contest is easy. Log in to www.betterphotography.in/wipa2017 and sign in. If you have not registered before, create your account by registering yourself. Simply upload your entry into the contest.

  • When can I enter the competition?
    You can start uploading your entries right away. The last date for submitting entries for the Wildlife India Photography Awards 2017 is 28th February, 2017.
  • Does it cost anything to enter the competition?
    Better Photography would like to ensure that there is an equal chance for everyone in India to participate and win. Participation in the contest is completely free!

  • 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?
    No, you cannot because the contest 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 14th October, 2016.

  • Can I enter in all the categories?
    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 28th February, 2017.

  • Can I enter in all the categories? (limitation on number of photographs)
    Yes! You can participate in all 2 categories/themes of Better Photography Wildlife India Photography Awards 2017. You can submit up to 5 images per theme.

  • Do photos have to be taken with a digital camera?
    Not necessarily. You can submit photographs shot by any camera-film or digital, basic or DSLR.

  • 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.

  • I have a fantastic shot, but I'm not sure it really fits a theme. Should I still enter it?
    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 enhancements for colours, contrast and brightness of an image, or the creation of a panorama. However, any entries that have been excessively manipulated will be disqualified.

  • 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.

  • Do I retain the copyright of my images?
    Absolutely! Every entrant will retain copyrights of his/her image.

  • 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 "Submit Entries" page. If you can see it there, that means we have received it.

  • How will my photograph be judged?
    Better Photography will appoint a panel of judges to determine the winning images. There will be over 100 judges on this panel. The parameters will include vision, composition, exposure, technique, message conveyed and the overall appeal of the image.

  • 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 to publish or display their photographs in print or electronic form in a future issue or issues of Better Photography, 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 BP WIPA, 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 Publishing, to ensure that the publication of the photographs by Better Photography does not raise any legal claims.

  • I'd like to enter a photo that has previously been published. Is that allowed?
    Yes.

  • 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 photographer uploading the images and should be shot in India.

  • 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.

  • 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 has been uploaded, you cannot edit or delete it. However, you can login multiple times to upload more entries.

  • 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 “Submit Entries” page. You can click on the relevant theme/category and see your entries there.

  • Can I submit photographs clicked out of India?
    No. As Award name suggests it is Wildlife India Photography Awards 2017, you are allowed to submit photographs clicked in India Only.

  • 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

LEGAL RESTRICTIONS
  • The entrant must be the sole creator of his / her photographs and must also own the copyrights / rights to reproduction of all images entered into the contest. It is the legal responsibility of the entrant, and not Better Photography / Network18, to ensure that publication of the photographs by Better Photography raises no legal claims.
  • Better Photography will appoint a judging panel to determine the nominees and winning images in each category, based on a final shortlist.
  • Nominees may be asked to provide valid international travel documents. Similarly identification, age, residency proof documents may be required. Entrants must ensure that they are able to provide relevant documents within three days of being asked for by Better Photography, or risk disqualification.
  • Noncompliance to the terms and conditions will result in immediate elimination of the image or disqualification from participation.
RIGHTS OF USAGE
  • Every entrant will retain copyrights / rights to reproduction of his / her image.
  • By entering your images into the competition, entrants agree to allow Better Photography to publish their photographs in print or electronic form, in a future issue or issues of Better Photography, for editorial and promotional purposes, without any payment.
  • The images will be reproduced with due credit to the photographers for all editorial use.
JUDGING AND RESULTS
  • There will be over 100 judges across the judging system. Judging of entries will be anonymous, with no information about participants or images 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 and other identification / age / residence documents, etc., for potential shortlisting purposes during the competition. Failure to produce such details or a high-resolution file 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’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the same.
  • Entrants with the top ranking images in each category will need to make themselves available for a Final Face-off challenge. Failure to be available to participate in this Face-off automatically eliminates the entrant from being a category winner. The entrant with the next highest number of points will then be automatically selected.
  • The decision of the judges will be final. Better Photography and Network18 will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging or the organisation of the competition.
*Timelines are subject to change. Keep a watch on this site for any updates.




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