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The Conservation Photography Competition 2019

The Conservation Photography Competition 2019

“ Conservation Photography as a tool to spread awareness and help protect our Flora and Fauna”

The Conservation Photography Competition 2019 –is to promote awareness and
challenge perceptions of the natural world with the idea to help promote sustainability
and the conservation of our Country’s environment and the animals.

Three Categories

Best Adult Photographer – Rs. 50,000
Adult Photographer Runner Up – Rs. 20,000

Best Junior Photographer – Rs. 25,000
Junior Photographer Runner up – Rs. 10,000

Best Photographer Mobile photo - upload Rs.15,000

  • An independent panel of experts comprising a chair and 2 judges (‘the Jury’) will be appointed by WNPS to select and award approximately two (2) entries each, from the Adult, Junior and Mobile categories. A further fifteen (15) images (5 each) from the Adult Competition, Junior Competition and Mobile shots, will be selected and made available to the public for three (3) months minimum. These entries will be specially promoted including via social media and through any print or commercial partners of the WNPS and Sponsors

  • Successful entrants will be notified in strict confidence. It is a condition of entry that the entrant does not disclose the details of any shortlisted or winning entries to any third party until announced formally. Only three (3) entries per person

Guidelines of what is expected of a conservation photograph: Conservation photography deals with our impact on the environment wildlife, wilderness and the health of the planet in general. How human existence activity and enterprise impacts and sometimes threatens (with extinction) other species and alters the natural world. Adverse impacts such as poaching, overfishing, industrialization, Habitat destruction, garbage dumping, human-Wildlife conflict etc.

Domestic and farm animals as well as agriculture/Horticulture are excluded, unless the photo depicts how such husbandry destroys the natural landscape. 

Photos should be:

A) Impactful
B) Carry a Conservation message ( make us want to change what we see in the photograph) 
C) Have artistic merit
D) Be technically sound. 

Rules and Regulations of Competition

  • Closing Date - Mar 31st, 2019 – 12noon. Only 3 entries per person

  • Entries - One can enter by sending in their pictures along with their details (Name, contact number, Date of Birth) via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please be sure to mention if your picture was taken on a camera or mobile phone.
  • Entries maximum of three per person, must be either original digital images color or black and white JPG or JPGs format (Scans of black and white or color any format, prints and transparencies are NOT permitted). Up to 5 images may be entered into the competition. Only one image from a series is allowed. Pictures must have been taken within the period of May 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019.

  • WNPS Committee and their immediate family are disqualified

  • If an image reaches the final round of judging you must supply the following:

* RAW file (e.g. CR2, CRW), or original JPEG as captured by the camera. DNG files are only permitted if DNG is the native RAW format of the camera.

* All finalists will be required to provide full picture information, such as the species and where, when and how the picture was taken. Technical details are also required (i.e. camera, lens, exposure, speed, and other equipment used).

* We will contact you by email to request these on or before April 1st 2019. WNPS cannot be held responsible for emails that are not delivered due to the entrant’s email security settings or restrictions placed by their Internet service provider.

* Digital guidelines
Images should be submitted as JPEGS with no interpolation applied. Save JPEGs at the highest possible quality setting (e.g. 12 in Photoshop). Do not use subfolders when saving images onto CD/DVD/USB,…etc.

File size requirements For the initial submission, images must be 1400 pixels on the longest dimension. Images must have been taken on a sufficiently high resolution camera - at least six million pixels, on the highest setting.

Calibration and colour Images must be colour profiled/corrected using a calibrated monitor and utilising Adobe RGB 98 colour space before submission. Allowances will NOT be made for poorly colour managed/corrected images. Please ensure your images are not over saturated and faithfully represent the subject matter.
Compositing and multiple exposures are not allowed. Sharpening is allowed in apply overall image (but use sparingly – many images are ruined by over-sharpening). Cropping is allowed, but please be mindful of the effect of cropping on file size.

Adjusting your image Digital adjustments are only acceptable if limited to minor cleaning work (removing dust spots), levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work.

* Sharpening is allowed (but use sparingly - many images are ruined by over-sharpening). Cropping is allowed, but please be mindful of the effect of cropping on file size.

The faithful representation of what was captured at the time of the shot being taken must be maintained. Compositing and multiple exposures are not allowed. Sandwich shots, double exposures, photographs which consist in any way of more than one separate image and images that have been digitally manipulated outside of rule 5 are not eligible. Adding or removing animals, parts of animals, plants, distractions, people etc into/from the image is not allowed.

Labelling The file should carry your name, title and the key subject (e.g. Tyrone David. The This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please label all images using the same format. Full contact and picture details should be in the IPTC field (File>File Info in Photoshop).

* Black and white images are only permitted in the 'original Black and White' digital files only. (Pictures taken on original color digital image/s converted to a black-and-white file not allowed) Scans of transparencies, or scans of black and white prints cannot be submitted. Original RAW, JPG or JPGs camera files will be requested if your image reaches the final stages of the judging.

Intellectual Property

  • Each entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party and sole owner of the copyright in the entry(s) submitted.

  • Ownership of the copyright in any entry submitted to the Competition will remain with the copyright owner(s). The photographer will be credited (eg © photographer’s name). The photographer agrees that WNPS will not be liable to the photographer in the event of inadvertent omission of the credit.

  • By entering the Competition, the entrant grants to WNPS a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, exhibit and communicate to the public, by any means and in all media throughout the world . This license is granted only for use in relation to the Competition shall include (with the right to sub-license where necessary) - but will not be limited to - any of the following uses:

  •      * the process of judging the Competition
         * display at the 125th Year anniversary celebration at the Hilton on 12th May 2019
         * publication in other magazines or print media which the WNPS (or their official partners, supporters, or sponsors) may produce for up to 5 years from 12th May 2019
         * publication on relevant parts of the WNPS website, including within interactive elements available for viewing or download;
         * in publicity materials (including social media). 
  • All entries selected for the Exhibition are intended for inclusion in the annual Portfolio Book and possibly the Highlights Book of WNPS for which the photographers will be provided the WNPS standard acknowledgement.

  • Other commercial opportunities may exist for photographers to benefit from the use of any entry selected by the Jury. Where such a commercial benefit is likely to arise, permission will be sought by WNPS in advance. Examples include:

  •     * publication on the cover of the Portfolio Book
        * inclusion in merchandising associated with the Competition
        * third-party licensing

  • Awarded submissions may be used by WNPS for the purposes of promoting the Competition and / or any publication of WNPS from the date of notification of awarded submissions until the end of the Competition and thereafter WNPS may keep the awarded submissions within an archive (electronic or otherwise) provided that the submissions be used in connection with the Competition for a period of five (5) years following the notification of awarded submissions. To keep these submissions permission will be sought by WNPS from the entrant and from the entrant’s parent or guardian if the entrant is aged under 18 on the date entry closing date of the Competition.


Except where expressly stated elsewhere in the Rules, WNPS regrets that to the fullest extent permitted by law, they cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered by any entrant in relation to the Competition or the use of any prize.
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