TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE UP PHOTO AWARDS PHOTO COMPETITION
This is a legally binding agreement between you and UP Photo Awards Photo Competition. By joining the UP Photo Awards Competition, you accept these terms as binding between You as the entrant and the UP Photo Awards Photo Competition.
WHAT IS THIS COMPETITION?
The title of the competition is “UP In the Time of Pandemic.” This is a digital photography competition about the University of the Philippines System as it undergoes the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The winning photographs will be exhibited both online and in such offline venues that the circumstances may allow, as well as form part of publications including a coffee table book.
WHAT IS THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES SYSTEM?
The University of the Philippines System consists of all the campuses of UP such as UP Diliman, UP Los Banos, UP Manila, UP Visayas, UP Mindanao, UP Cebu, and UP Baguio.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE COMPETITION?
The competition will run from November 15, 2021 up to February 15, 2022.
WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN?
The competition is open to all Filipinos who will submit photographs about any campus of the University of the Philippines in accordance with the categories.
WHAT PHOTOGRAPHS ARE ALLOWED TO BE SUBMITTED?
Any photograph that has been taken by a digital camera, smartphone or similar devices may be submitted. The photograph must be a single shot photograph. This means that the photograph should not have been manipulated by adding any other element from any other photograph. The photograph may be enhanced through changes in saturation, brightness, contrast, sharpness and the like.
WHERE SHOULD THE PHOTOGRAPHS BE SUBMITTED?
The photographs must be submitted at www.upphotoawards.com. The entrant must first register before submitting entries.
IS THERE A FEE TO JOIN THE COMPETITION?
There is absolutely no fee to join the competition.
WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES OF THE COMPETITION?
There are five categories in the competition. They are:
The People Category. This category shall be for people inside UP campuses. They may be images of the university’s employees, faculty, staff, utility workers, or just about anybody else inside the borders of the campuses.
The Architecture Category. This category is open for images of the university’s structures. They may be images of building edifices, complexes, and mostly empty hallways, lecture halls, and classrooms. We anticipate creative approaches in terms of rhythm and repetitions, patterns and shapes, as well as color and texture combinations.
The Nature Category. This category will feature images of the ecosystem of fauna and flora, and animals such as migratory birds, insects, and organisms that may be found inside UP campuses.
The News Category. The News Category is expected to be the most “action-packed” category, showcasing how UP dealt with Covid-19 beginning with long-term lockdowns. In this category, we expect photographs of UP Philippine General Hospital, and of events such as community pantries within the campuses, and rallies, among similar photographs.
The Pre-Covid Category. This category is for images captured from January 1, 2019 up to March 14, 2020, the day before the Philippine government instituted the first lockdown on March 15, 2020. This category is open for images that show the busy life on the campuses just before the lockdowns and quarantines.
HOW MANY ENTRIES MAY BE SUBMITTED?
There is no limit to the entries that may be submitted per entrant. The entrant may choose to submit a photo in as many categories so long as the photograph is reasonably compliant with the category. The entrant may submit as many single shots as he wants or, if the photos are related to each other in terms of theme, the entrant may submit the photographs as part of a series.
WHAT IS A PHOTO SERIES?
A photo series is a set of related photographs that are better submitted together to give a deeper perspective to the narrative that the photographer wishes to convey. For example, the photographer may submit in the News Category a series of photographs taken of the community pantry that shows the different facets of the event.
HOW MAY AN ENTRANT SUBMIT A SINGLE ENTRY OR A PHOTO SERIES?
When the entrant is submitting his/her entries, there is an option to submit the photo as a single entry or as part of a photo series. If the entrant is submitting a photo series, he/she must submit one cover photo for the series.
WHEN SHOULD THE PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE BEEN TAKEN?
The entries to the competition, with the exception of the “Pre-Covid Category,” should have been taken from March 15, 2020, the first day that the Philippine government declared a lockdown, up to the time the photographs have been submitted to the competition, and within the deadline. Photos for the “Pre-Covid Category” must have been taken from January 1, 2019 up to March 14, 2020.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE PHOTOGRAPH THAT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED?
Photographs shall be in JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg) or PNG (.png) format. Images must not exceed 4MB per file and a minimum of 1000 pixels wide. Please only use letters and numbers in the title of the image.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR THE COMPETITION?
Each category will have one winning photo. Each winning photo will be given a cash prize of Twenty Five Thousand Pesos (PhP25,000), a trophy, and a copy of the coffee table book that will be published containing the winning entries.
There will be photographs that will be given Honorable Mention awards. Each photo that will receive an Honorable Mention award will be given a copy of the coffee table book. If an entrant obtains more than one Honorable mention award, he/she will be given a copy of the coffee table book equal to the number of awards that he/she may obtain.
All photographs that won in each category and all photographs that won Honorable Mentions are qualified for the Best Photo Award. The award comes with a cash prize of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (PhP100,000), a trophy that indicates that the photo is the Best Photo awardee, and a copy of the coffee table book.
WHO WILL JUDGE THE COMPETITION?
Each category will have five (5) judges chosen from various fields and with a known background in visual arts, not necessarily photography.
AFTER ENTERING THE PHOTO, CAN THE ENTRANT MAKE CHANGES?
Once the entries have been received, they may no longer be changed. The entrant is encouraged to go through the submission process with care.
WHAT SHOULD THE ENTRANT SUBMIT ALONG WITH THE PHOTO?
The entrant should submit his/her complete name, the photograph in the allowed format and dimension, the title of the photograph, the kind of equipment used to take the photograph, and a short description of the photograph or the series.
WHO WILL OWN THE PHOTOGRAPHS ONCE THEY ARE SUBMITTED?
The copyright and all other rights remain with the photographer. By joining the competition, the entrant allows the University of the Philippines System and the organizers of the UP Photo Awards the non-exclusive use of the photographs for purposes of online or offline exhibition, promotion, and as part of any publication. The compensation for the use of the photographs are the awards and prizes. The right of the University of the Philippines System and the organizers of the UP Photo Awards to use the photographs for promotion and exhibition may be assigned.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE SUBMITTED PHOTOGRAPHS ARE NOT TAKEN BY THE ENTRANT?
The organizers will investigate claims of copyright infringement to the best of its ability and will remove and disqualify submissions that violate copyright and/or competition policies. The organizers reserve the right to strip any awardee of awards and claim for refund of any emoluments obtained in case a photograph is proven to have infringed any other person’s copyright.