ABOUT WPOY

India’s Biggest Wedding Photography Awards are Back!

The very first edition of the Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards (BP WPOY) was initiated in 2009 as national level awards, inviting participation from every state in India. With the aim of both recognising extraordinary talent in wedding photography, and lauding the finest imagemakers in the field, the response to these awards surprised us. Beyond the bestowing of the title of "Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year" and the presentation of prizes at glittering felicitation events, the awards served a higher purpose. The winners and nominees were catapulted to new levels of success in their professional careers. In a field where the job was intensely tough, and recognition, if any, was fleeting and momentary, BP WPOY provided a stamp of legitimate, genuine recognition. More than this, Better Photography is proud to state that this was the very first national level wedding photography awards. In fact, for the very first time in India, wedding photography was recognised as a specific genre, providing its practitioners with a sense of identity and value.

With every subsequent contest, the awards grew in size and following, making it one of the biggest competitions of its kind in the world. Now in its seventh edition, the Canon–Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards 2017-18, promises to be bigger than ever.


What makes Wedding Photography so uniquely important?

K Madhavan Pillai, Chief Editor of Better Photography explains, "After the rings are exchanged, the pheras completed, the food is eaten... after mother and father have danced, close friends and cousins have toasted and laughed, and the elders bestowed their blessings... after the wedding is done... the only things that can be taken away and preserved are certain symbols of love, articles of faith, and the memories of the day."

"Decades later, when the kids have grown up, and mother and father have the passage of time etched on them, wouldn't it be just wonderful to see everything as though time stood still, as though it had only happened yesterday? Amongst all the photographs ever made in the world, including the legendary images that moved the masses, the ones that are most cherished... the ones that we hold close to our hearts... lie in family and wedding albums. This is the enormous responsibility that a wedding photographer needs to shoulder," he adds.

Wedding photography is an extremely challenging genre. A good wedding photographer needs to be technically adept within a number of shooting environments. Be it with portraiture, group or candids, or hugely varying lighting conditions, or in speed, timing, composition or in simply being at the right place at the right time, or even in terms of communication, business acumen, or process and workflow management... a wedding photographer needs to be good with all these areas to be successful. Be it a large or small wedding, all of this show through in the work.


What makes Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017-18 Awards huge this Year?

This year sees the addition of three special, new categories, in addition to the original six we have had for years.

“The Adobe Best Conceptual Digital Image Creation Award” seeks to recognize prowess by artists and photographers in the field of digital image manipulation by using an editing software… a category that is a first of its kind not just within Indian wedding photography, but across genres as well.

For the very first time, we also see the entry of two video categories into the Canon-Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the year Awards 2017-18. “The Best Short Wedding Video” is for any video of the duration of 2 to 12 minutes. A separate exclusive category “The Adobe Premier Pro Award For Best Video Editing” is a category specially meant for video editors who use Adobe Premier Pro as a tool for video editing. (More on this in the submissions guidelines section).

While these are special award categories, the Final Title of Canon–Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017-18 remains limited to the participants and winners of the original six categories, who then move into a spectacular, time-bound, no-holds-barred ‘Face-off’ round.

Indeed, getting into the Top 50, or becoming one of the 6 category nominees, or a category award is not easily achieved. The Final Title even less so. There are many rounds of anonymous judging before coming to the Top 50 and then the 6 nominees—initial eliminations, elimination validation, three rounds of category selections—before the nominees in each category are decided. Beyond this, there is an authentication process, and deciding the final category winners. Category winners will be involved in a face-off.

The final recipient of the grand title is then selected on the basis of final jury evaluations. We shall be inviting over 100 eminent judges from around India (some from around the world) to be involved in this process.


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, with stand-alone gear and accessory reviews. Over the years, the print edition has moved from being a hobbyist’s magazine, to a more serious dialogue on the art, practice, culture and people involved with photography. Delving into both contemporary and classic perspectives, styles, and viewpoints, the magazine features interviews with and opinions by famous photographers across genres and from across the world, and writings by the younger generation of artists as well. A section titled 'Great Masters' has been featuring the greatest of photographers from around the world, since the beginnings of photography, and, collectively, we have amongst the largest collections of features on these legends is Asia. Other special features, book reviews, curated showcases, and musings by some of the most prominent figures in the visual arts are regular features in the magazine.

Better Photography remains the only photography magazine in Asia to be inducted as a member of TIPA (Technical Image Press Association), the acclaimed worldwide body that confers the TIPA Awards.

Better Photography also conducts the annual Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards, where wedding photographers, professionals and novices alike are invited to participate. The Wildlife India Photography Awards were initiated in 2017, along with the Wildlife India Forum, a platform for understanding and learning about environment conservation through photographers and photography. The magazine also conducts numerous public and private workshops on photography, free-to-attend slideshows and talks, and monthly photography contests for both cellphone photographers and for those using conventional digital cameras.

Participate in the Canon–Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017-18 Awards today!

Registration Process

STEP-BY-STEP PARTICIPATION:

1. If you have participated or registered for any of the Better Photography contests you are automatically registered to participate in WPOY 2017-18. Please login using the same credentials. If you haven’t registered yet, click here to register.

2. There are 6 photography categories and 1 digital image creation and manipulation category. Into these categories, you need to upload your photos. There are 2 video categories into which you simply place YouTube links.

3. The winners of the 6 photography categories will battle it out in the final face-off round for the grand title of Canon–Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017-18. The 1 digital image creation category and the 2 video categories are stand-alone awards.


CLOSING DATE

All entries must be uploaded latest by 24 January 2018.

Awards Category

To take part just send in your best photographs (up to four) for any of the following categories:

ENTERING THE COMPETITION


  • All entries need to be made online as uploads after logging in to www.betterphotography.in/wpoy and filling up the registration form in detail.
  • Entrants are allowed to participate in multiple categories. Entrants are also allowed to enter the same image/video in multiple categories, if the image/video is representative of that category.
  • In the first five single image categories for photography (counted left to right), and in the digital image creation category, up to 4 images per category is allowed by each entrant, with each image being judged separately as a single entry.
  • The sixth photography category is a photo series, with a single entry comprising a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 images, to be uploaded in order of viewing.
  • A maximum of 2 YouTube links can be placed by each entrant into each video 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.
  • In the photo series category, select and upload each image of your essay in viewing order carefully. The system does not allow changing of the viewing order once uploaded.
  • Entrants are not allowed to register themselves more than once with different identities. Any entrant found doing so, will be immediately disqualified.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR VIDEO ENTRIES


  • Video filmmakers can submit the film of minimum of 2-minutes to maximum of 12-minutes long.
  • Videographers can upload their video entries onto their YouTube page (or create a separate YouTube page), and submit the link on the entry page of the video categories.
  • Maximum 2 videos per category are allowed.
  • Videographers can add captions in the films. The videographers should copy paste the YouTube URL in the provided box.
  • Videographers are instructed to keep their videos under “unlisted” category on YouTube.
  • There must be no identifying marks, title credits, names, dates or copyright information on the video uploaded. This will immediately eliminate that video as an entry.
  • 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 24 January 2018.

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 videos or set of images or videos. 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 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. 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.








FAQs

  • How do I participate in the contest?
    Participating in the contest is easy. Log in to www.betterphotography.in/wpoy and sign in. If you have not registered before, create your account by registering yourself. Select the category in which you would like to submit your entry. Simply upload your entry into the contest.
    Photographers can simply select the category in which you would like to submit your entry. Simply upload your entry into the contest. 
    Videographers create a Google account if you do not already have one (as simple as signing up for a Gmail id), create your personal YouTube channel, simply upload your video under the ‘unlisted’ category, and paste the YouTube link in the box provided under relevant category.
  • When can I enter the competition?
    You can start uploading your entries right away. The last date for submitting entries for the Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017-18 Awards is 24 January 2018.
  • 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!
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  • 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. 
  • How long should my videos be and at what resolution?
    Your videos should be a minimum of 3-minutes and a maximum of 12-minutes long. It needs to be in full hd, at a resolution of 720p.
  • 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 24 January 2018. 
  • Can I enter in all the categories, or both as a photographer and filmmaker?
    Absolutely! You can participate in all categories and if you wish, both in the stills and videography segments too. However, depending on the quality of your entries, our panel will then take a final decision about selecting you as a nominee in either filmmaking or photography, for the next round.
  • Can I enter the same photo into multiple categories?
    You can do that. However you need to ensure that your photographs represent the various contest categories well. 
  • 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/videos?
    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 category. Should I still enter it?
    The categories of our contests are largely interpretative. As long as a photograph connects to a category in some way, you can submit your entries.
  • How much image editing or video enhancements do you allow?
    We recognise that digital photographs or videos need some amount of post-processing to look their best. Hence, we will accept corrections or enhancements for colours, contrast and brightness, and the use of filters or editing software. The use of creative editing, filters and effects as enhancement would also be acceptable. However, any entries that are deemed to be excessively manipulated, or unaesthetic because it is done poorly, may be disqualified. This will be based on the final decisions by the judging panel.
  • Do I retain the copyright of my images or videos?
    Absolutely! Every entrant will retain copyrights of his/her images or videos in the Phase 1. For photos / videos shot during face-off phase copyright will be jointly shared between the photo/videographer and organisers.
  • Why do I need to be logged in to the site in order to submit a photo or video?
    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 or videos be judged?
    Better Photography will appoint a panel of judges to determine the winning images or videos. 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 or video.
  • When I submit an image or video to the contest, what rights does Better Photography have regarding my submission?
    By entering your images or videos 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 or videos will be reproduced with due credit to the photographers. This essentially means that your images or videos may be exhibited, used for promoting BP WPOY, or used for editorial and/or educational reasons. Your images or videos will not be sold or misrepresented. 
  • Are release forms required when submitting a photograph or videos to the contest?
    The entrant must be the sole creator of his/her images or videos 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/video that has previously been published. Is that allowed?
    Yes. 
  • How old can my photograph or video be?
    There are no restrictions regarding when the image or video has been shot, just that it must be shot by the photographer or videographer uploading the images or videos.
  • Will my entries be visible online to others?
    No. This website only allows you to upload images or links of the videos. 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 or video 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 or video 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 or link. Can I delete my entry and submit a new photo or link?
    Once a photograph or video link has been uploaded, you cannot edit or delete it. However, you can login multiple times to upload more entries in all categories till you've exhausted the limit of that category.
  • I can't remember which photographs / videos 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 category 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

LEGAL RESTRICTIONS
  • The entrant must be the sole creator of his / her photographs or videos and must also own the copyrights / rights to reproduction of all images or videos 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 or videos 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 videos or disqualification from participation.
RIGHTS OF USAGE
  • Every entrant will retain copyrights / rights to reproduction of his / her image or video.
  • By entering your images or video 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 or videos 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 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 or videos. Judging will occur on the basis of an automated system of points awarded for images or videos 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 or videos 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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