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Last Date: 14th October 2016


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 sixth edition, the Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards 2016, 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 2016 Awards huge this Year?

The title of Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year is not easily earned. There are many rounds of anonymous judging before coming to the 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. In all, there will be over a 100 eminent judges involved in this process, from all over the country.


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.

Participate in the Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2016 Awards today!

Registration Process

STEP-BY-STEP PARTICIPATION:

1. Register yourself on our contest page www.betterphotography.in/wpoy and sign in. Alternatively, you can also login with your previous year’s credentials.

2. There are six categories to upload your photographs to.

3. The entries will be judged by a panel of 100 judges. Six category winners will be selected, who will battle it out for the grand prize in the final face-off round.


CLOSING DATE

All entries must be uploaded latest by October 9, 2016.

Awards Category

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

Bride & Groom Portraiture

Family and Friends

Emotions

Behind the Scenes or Offbeat

Finer Wedding Details or Still Life

Photoseries on a Single Wedding

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 themes (up to 4 images per theme, or a entry comprising a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 images in the photo-essay 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 14th October 2016.

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 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.




Prizes

Grand Prizes

CANON EOS 5D MARK III DSLR Kit (with EF 24–105mm f/4L IS USM Lens)
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III features a newly designed 22.3MP CMOS sensor, a Canon DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and a shooting performance of up to 6fps, to provide exceptional clarity and sharpness. The camera also introduces a fast 61-point AF system to the lineup, with 41 cross-type sensors and five dual cross-type points, and performs great at high ISOs ranging from 100–25,600. MRP Rs. 2,49,995
BENQ SW2700pT (27-inch High Gamut QHD Photographer’s LED Monitor)
The BenQ SW2700PT features a 27-inch monitor that directly targets the discerning professional photographer. It has a true 10-bit display, which ensures that tonal gradations and colour transition is smooth, and offers 109 pixels per inch for stunning clarity. Users can also shuffle between a set of preset buttons—Adobe RGB, sRGB and B&W views, where a quick switch to the sRGB view helps proof images for the web, and a one-touch B&W conversion can help previsualise where a certain frame works in monochrome. MRP Rs. 75,000
Elinchrom D-Lite FX 2 kit (with Two Digital Flash Heads & Accessories)
The Elinchrom D-Lite FX 2 is a semi-professional and easy-to-use unit which features an intelligent pre-flash detector system, and has an output of 200W. The flash unit is also compatible with many light shapers and features a power auto-dump, which automatically adjusts the flash power when reduced to a lower value. MRP Rs. 22,995
ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD (Complete One Year Membership Plan)
The Adobe Creative Cloud offers an entire collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps, including Premier Pro, After Effects and Audition. You will also have your own portfolio website, with premium fonts, and access to 20GB of cloud storage. A yearly membership of the plan costs Rs. 40,584.

Category Prizes

CANON PIXMA G1000 (Ink-tank Based Photo Quality Printer)
The Canon Pixma G1000 is a 4-colour A4 printer integrated with a flatbed scanner, and is the first from Canon to incorporate refillable ink tanks. Users can enjoy a high yield of up to 7000 pages, without having to worry about running low on ink. MRP Rs. 9595
BENQ BL2420PT (23.8-inch Professional Qhd Designer Led Monitor)
The BenQ BL2420PT features a 23.8-inch monitor that directly targets professionals in video editing and graphic arts for ultra-precise colour rendition. It has an 8-bit display and also features the Auto-Pivot function, which detects the movement of the monitor and dynamically rotates the contents displayed for flexible landscape or vertical viewing, making it ideal for photographers. MRP Rs. 28,000
Elinchrom D-Lite FX ONE KIT (with Two Digital Flash Heads & Accessories)
The Elinchrom D-Lite FX One is an entry level easy-to-use unit, ideal for any beginner interested in flash photography. It delivers twice the power of speedlights and has a power range of 100W to 6W. The flash unit is compatible with many light shapers and features a power auto-dump, which automatically adjusts the flash power when reduced to a lower value. MRP Rs. 22,995
ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD (Photography One Year Membership Plan)
The Adobe Creative Cloud photography comes equipped with Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. In addition to this, it will give you access to all the essentials required to organise, edit and share photographs on your desktop and mobile devices. Users will also have their own portfolio website. A yearly membership of the plan costsRs. 8112.
Manfrotto MK190XPRO3-BHQ2 (3-Section Tripod & XPRO Ball Head)
The Manfrotto MK190XPRO3-BHQ2 tripod offers a 90° column system, along with a Qucik Power Lock system, and an XPRO ball head for faster composition and shooting. It has a maximum height of 171.5cm and a minimum height of 9cm and weighs 25kg. MRP Rs. 17,560.
Manfrotto PIXI EVO (2-Section Mini Tripod)
The PIXI EVO is a sturdy and lightweight aluminum tripod that tilts to a full 90°, thus enabling photographers to shoot in the portrait mode. It can support up to 2.5kg in weight. MRP Rs. 3358 Moreover, as a token of appreciation, Manfrotto will be giving away 10 pieces of the MTPIXI-WH PIXI Mini Tripod worth Rs. 1688 eac




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 theme in which you would like to submit your entry. 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 Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2016 Awards is 14th October, 2016.

  • 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! You can participate in all 6 categories/themes of Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2016 Awards. You can submit up to 4 images per theme, or a entry comprising a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 images in the photo-essay theme.

  • 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?
    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 WPOY, 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.

  • 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 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 “Submit Entries” page. You can click on the relevant theme/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 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.




Contact






Feel free to write to us on contest@betterphotography.in