FEP Awards 2021 – Full Rules

Dates

Call for Entries: November 1st, 2020 – January 25th, 2021

Criteria

The FEP Awards are open to all professional photographers who are registered and resident in a European country (as defined by the Council of Europe), with no discrimination of sex, race, religion, nationality or ethnicity. The competition is open to both members and non-members of FEP associations.

Introduction

The competition is completely web-based; registration, hosting and judging are carried out online.

All entries will remain offline until the competition ends, they will be visible online only after the closure of the judging session.

Categories

There are 12 categories in the competition:


Image by Antonio BarrellaImage by Antonio Barrella

Advertising/Commercial

This category is for commercial images used to sell, market, promote or advertise a product, brand, service, or person(s).

Images pertinent to advertising campaigns, must not contain any text or graphic elements not part of the original exposure. Images containing text will be immediately disqualified.
Aerial, architecture, automotive, food, products, still life, self-promotion, music covers and corporate photography are all included in this category.

Composite, non-composite images and digitally manipulated images (Photoshop or similar) are allowed in this category. A large proportion of the images used to create the final picture should be taken by the photographer and not be stock images. If the Competition Chairman or a judge has any doubts as to the authorship of the constituent images, FEP reserves the right to examine the original files used to create the final picture.


Image by Patrizia BurraImage by Patrizia Burra

Digitally Created Images

Images that have been largely created/generated using digital technology/3D modelling/editing/CGI software should be entered into this category.


Image by Johanna SjövallImage by Johanna Sjövall

Domesticated Animals

Animals not in their natural habitat, tame animals, such as pets, farm animals or those kept in a zoo. Animal portraits can be taken in studio or on location.

It is allowed to carry out minor retouching, to crop, rotate, brighten and darken the image locally, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black and white, use grain and minor cleaning such as removing sensor dust and chromatic aberration. Entrants are permitted to use focus stacking and HDR for extended tonal range.

Composite images are allowed as long as the digital postproduction is not a significant part of conveying the natural appearance of the animal(s). Photographic works where the image manipulation or post production becomes a significant part of the final image must be entered into Illustration & Fine Art or Advertising/Commercial. Judges will consider the relevance of highly manipulated images.

The original captured image (RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the FEP. Otherwise the FEP reserves the right to disqualify the submission.

Note : Animals photographed in their natural habitat must be submitted in the separate Wildlife category.


Image by Laura SheridanImage by Laura Sheridan

Fashion and Beauty

Fashion is about promoting a lifestyle and to stimulate interest and/or purchasing appeal towards a product/business/fashion-brand by the observer.

Fashion:

  • Featuring clothing, other fashion items/accessories, makeup or styling.

Beauty:

  • Glamour-style portraiture, either artistic or commercial, emphasising someone’s or something’s beauty.

Images pertinent to advertising campaigns must not contain any text or graphic elements that were not part of the original exposure.

Images containing text not part of the original exposure will be immediately disqualified.

Composite, non-composite images and digitally manipulated images (Photoshop or similar) are allowed in this category. A large proportion of the images used to create the final picture should be taken by the photographer and and not be stock images.

If the Competition Chairman or a judge has any doubts as to the authorship of the constituent images, FEP reserves the right to examine the original files used to create the final picture.


Illustration and Fine Art

Illustrations of an idea or concept. Creativity, originality and story-telling within the composites are important features of this category.
They may be composites or multiple exposures. Photos heavily digitally post-processed are allowed.
Composite, non-composite images and digitally manipulated images (Photoshop or similar) are allowed in this category. A large proportion of the images used to create the basic idea behind the final picture should be taken by the photographer and not be stock images. If the Competition Chairman or a judge has any doubts as to the authorship of the constituent images, FEP reserves the right to examine the original files used to create the final picture.


 

Image by Martin RakImage by Martin Rak

Landscape

Landscapes, natural as well as artificial landscapes, urban landscapes, cityscapes and sunsets are allowed in this category.

Landscape photography is not a passive process it is the photographer’s control of natural light, composition and is above all, a creative process, an opportunity for the photographer to express themselves in the form of an individually crafted picture, utilising the creative elements of photography.

The content of the image must not be altered. Entrants are permitted to crop, rotate, perspective-adjust, brighten and darken the image locally, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black and white, remove chromatic aberration and sensor dust.

Images must be presented as single-frame images. It is also allowed to create panoramic images (photo stitching), use focus stacking, and multi-exposures in the camera, which are taken simultaneously in the same place (as a continuous sequence, seconds or minutes apart) or use of HDR for extended tonal range.

Entrants are not permitted to add, remove or move picture elements through, for example, cloning, patch tool, healing brush tools, motion-adapted filling (content aware), liquify, composite images or the like. Minimal removal of litter and other loose disruptive elements in the image is allowed.

The original captured image (RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the FEP. Otherwise the FEP reserves the right to disqualify the submission.


Image by Daragh MuldowneyImage by Daragh Muldowney

Nature

This category is for photography that is devoted to displaying natural elements such as plants, flowers, trees and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. Aerial, macro and astrophotography are included in this category.
The content of the image must not be altered. Entrants are permitted to crop, rotate, perspective-adjust, brighten and darken the image locally, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black and white, use grain and minor cleaning such as removing sensor dust and chromatic aberration. Images must be presented as single-frame images.

Entrants are permitted to create panoramic images (photo stitching), use focus stacking, and multi-exposures in the camera, which are taken simultaneously in the same place (as a continuous sequence – seconds or minutes apart) or use of HDR for extended tonal range.

Entrants are not permitted to add, remove or move picture elements through, for example, cloning, patch tool, healing brush tools, motion-adapted filling (content aware), liquify, composite images or the like. Digitally cleaning the background from dirt and creases and other loose disruptive elements is allowed.
The original captured image (RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the FEP. Otherwise the FEP reserves the right to disqualify the submission.


Image by Laila VillebeckImage by Laila Villebeck

People & Portrait

This category is for photographs where people are the main subject, whether a single person or a group, showing the human aspect of life in all its wonderful variety.

Portrait

Adults, youth, children, newborn, babies, toddlers, families, self-portraits: artistic images specifically capturing the unique personalities and characteristics of a person or group of people as well as the personality, artistic and technical skills of the image-maker.

Culture

Images that tell a story about a people and their culture or traditions.

Lifestyle

The art of ‘everyday’, photos showing real-life events or milestones, people and their way of life.

Entrants are permitted to execute minor skin retouching, crop, rotate, perspective-adjust, brighten and darken the image locally, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black and white, use grain and minor cleaning such as removing sensor dust and chromatic aberration.

Composite images are allowed as long as the digital postproduction is not a significant part of conveying the personality of the subject(s). Photographic works where the image manipulation or post production becomes a significant part of the final image must be entered into Illustration & Fine art or Advertising/Commercial. Judges will consider the relevance of highly manipulated images.

Entrants are permitted to make multi-exposure images taken simultaneously in the same place (as a continuous sequence, seconds or minutes apart) or make use of HDR for extended tonal range.

Images that have been largely created/generated via computer algorithms are NOT allowed and must be submitted in the Digitally Created Images category.
The original captured image (RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the FEP. Otherwise the FEP reserves the right to disqualify the submission.


Reportage/Photojournalism

Images or a series of images that illustrate an actual event, life, areas of human interest, a public or private occasion or news that has high impact and/or a lasting emotional value, without the photographer’s interference.
General news, contemporary issues, political, social, environmental, traditional and cultural events, wars and conflicts, feature story, photo essay…
This category is for images usually meant to accompany text, illustrate a story, article, or an idea within the context of a publication, and can cover a wide range of subjects.

NOTE: Wedding pictures: images featuring people and activities relating to wedding or engagement ceremonies, celebrations or traditions must be entered in the separate Wedding category.

The content of the image must not be altered. Entrants are permitted to crop, rotate, brighten and darken the image locally, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black-and-white, apply grain and minor cleaning jobs like removing sensor dust or chromatic aberration.

Entrants are not permitted to combine several photos into one (panorama, multi-exposure, etc), or add, delete or move elements by, for instance, cloning, healing, patching, content aware fill, liquify or similar tools.

The original captured image (RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the FEP. Otherwise the FEP reserves the right to disqualify the submission.


Image by Colin BristerImage by Colin Brister

Sports

This category is for all sports-related photography, editorial or artistic, featuring any competitive or recreational sport.

The content of the image must not be altered. Entrants are permitted to crop, rotate, brighten and darken the image locally, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black and white, use grain and minor cleaning such as removing sensor dust and chromatic aberration and use HDR for extended tonal range. Multi-exposures in the camera are allowed, if taken simultaneously, in the same place, as a continuous sequence, seconds or minutes apart.

The original captured image (RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the FEP. Otherwise the FEP reserves the right to disqualify the submission.


Image by Thibault ChappeImage by Thibault Chappe

Wedding

Images must be from an actual wedding, either on the day of the event or very close to the day of the ceremony. Wedding reportage should reflect the atmosphere of the event, the personality/personalities of the subject(s) as well as a personal style, illustrating the artistic and technical skill of the image-maker.

Entrants are permitted to carry out minor skin retouching, crop, rotate, brighten and darken the image locally, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black and white, use grain and minor cleaning such as removing sensor dust and chromatic aberration and use of HDR for extended tonal range.

Composite images are allowed as long as the digital postproduction is not a significant part of displaying the essence or the personality of the subject(s). Photographic works where the image manipulation or post production becomes a significant part of the final image must be entered into Illustration & Fine Art or Advertising/Commercial.

The original captured image (RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the FEP. Otherwise the FEP reserves the right to disqualify the submission.


Image by Torleif LieImage by Torleif Lie

Wildlife

These images should illustrate the astonishing diversity of wildlife from all parts of the world.
Pictures of actual wildlife in a natural habitat, underwater photography, macro photography…
Entries must not deceive the viewer or attempt to disguise and/or misrepresent the reality of nature.

NOTE: animals NOT in their natural habitat, such as pets or farm animals or those kept in a zoo, should be entered in the DOMESTICATED ANIMALS category.

The content of the image must not be altered. Entrants are permitted to crop, rotate, brighten and darken the image locally, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black and white, use grain and minor cleaning such as removing sensor dust and chromatic aberration. Images must be presented as possible single-frame images. Composite and multiple exposure images are unacceptable.

It is also allowed to use focus stacking and use of HDR for extended tonal range.

Entrants are not permitted to add, remove or move picture elements through, for example, cloning, patch tool, healing brush tools, motion-adapted filling (content aware), liquify, composite images or the like. Minimal removal of litter and other loose disruptive elements in the image is permitted.

The original captured image (RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the FEP. Otherwise the FEP reserves the right to disqualify the submission.


Images

Images that have been largely created/generated using digital technology/3D modelling/editing/CGI software should be entered into the Digitally Created Images category.

Submitted images must NOT have been awarded as FINALISTS in previous editions of this FEP Competition.

All submitted images must be anonymous. Images pertinent to advertising campaigns, must not contain any text or graphic elements not part of the original exposure. Images containing text will be immediately disqualified.

It is the responsibility of the participants to place images in the correct designated category. Images will only be judged in the category in which they are submitted. An image can only be entered in one category

Awards

The following awards will be issued:

  • The overall winner: FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2021
  • FEP European Digitally Created Images Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Advertising/Commercial Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Fashion & Beauty Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Illustration & Fine Art Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Landscape Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Nature Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European People & Portrait Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Domesticated Animals Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Reportage/Photojournalism Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Sports Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Wedding Golden Camera Award
  • FEP European Wildlife Golden Camera Award

A Silver Camera Award and a Bronze Camera Award will also be issued in all categories.

How to Enter

To enter one or more categories, photographers must register their personal data on the FEP website.
Entrants can log into the system using their europeanphotographers.eu username and password. Details of previous entries can be checked and amended. Users will only need to enter their personal details once.
Photographers may enter as many images into as many categories as they like. However, a minimum set of 3 images in the same category is required. Unlimited additional pictures may be submitted, but only the top 3 scored pictures in the same category will be considered for the allocation of awards. A picture can only be submitted in 1 category.
NOTE: If one or more pictures from a candidate in the same category are disqualified and the total of their remaining pictures in that category is lower than 3, the remaining pictures cannot compete for a Finalist, Bronze, Silver or Golden Camera award. They are still eligible for Single Image Awards.
FEP members, EPs, QEPs, MQEPs, EVs, QEVs or MQEVs are entitled to discounts or free entries.
To obtain the automatic discount for members of a FEP member association the candidate must specify their national association.
It is the responsibility of the participating photographer to ensure that personal data, including the spelling of their name, is correct. This data may be updated by the participant until the competition closes. Any certificates or awards that may be issued will be supplied based on this information as will any information communicated by FEP in all media referring to that photographer.

Technical Specifications

  • Images must be at least 4000 pixels on the longest side
  • Format: jpegs 10 or 12 (maximum quality) and maximum 32 megabytes
  • Embedded profile: sRGB, Adobe 98 or Greyscale

Entrants must certify that the entire process of production and post-production of any photographs submitted has been carried out by themselves or under their direction. It is not possible to submit two images of the same subject, unless the process of post-production results in two completely different images.

Images not considered admissible may be disqualified at the discretion of the jury.

Timelines and Schedules

The 2021 FEP Awards competition opens on November 1st, 2020.

Closing date for receipt of entries is midnight, January 25th, 2021.

Judging will take place immediately after, the first results will be announced approximately 30 days later.

Entry Fees

The standard fee per category is €30, which will allow the upload of the minimum three images required for that category.

Each additional image will cost €10 and there are no limits on the number of images that may be entered.

All photographers may enter all categories.

The discounts are as follows:

EP, QEP, MASTER QEP, EV, QEV and Master QEV

  • One free category, equivalent to a €30 discount.

FEP Association Members

  • One free image, equivalent to a €10 discount.

Prizes

For Single Images

All images entered will be assessed by an international FEP jury with an online voting system and awarded points out of 100.
Images achieving a score of between 77/100 and 84/100 will be presented with a Merit Award Certificate.
Those obtaining a score between 85/100 and 90/100 will be presented with a Distinction Award Certificate.
Finally, those obtaining a score of at least 91/100 will be presented with an Excellence Award Certificate.
Images and photographers’ names will be published on the FEP website.

For the Entrants

All participants will receive official results by e-mail.

Finalists

The top 10 photographers in each category will be presented as finalists.
Classification will be determined by adding the scores achieved by the first, second and third highest scored images submitted by a photographer in each category (compiled by computed results).
All finalists will receive a finalist’s certificate. The top 3 finalists will become the Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera Award winners.

Category Winners

Photographers who achieve the first highest score in each category will be presented as FEP GOLDEN CAMERA Winners for that relevant category. Photographers who obtain second and third highest scores in each category will be announced as FEP Silver Camera winners for 2nd place and FEP Bronze Camera winners for 3rd place. All the authors winners/second and third in each category will receive a trophy. They will be presented with their trophies at a special FEP Award Ceremony.

Overall Winner

From the 12 category winners (Golden Cameras) the jury will select an Overall Winner, and the author who achieves the highest number of votes from the full judging panel will be presented as the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year. They will receive a certificate and a special trophy.

In the event of a draw, there will be a re-vote by the jury and an overall winner will be chosen from between the two or more authors. In case of a second draw, the Chairman will have the casting vote.

The overall winner will receive the certificate and the trophy at the annual award ceremony.

The images and names of the winners will be published on the official FEP website, as well as the images and names of all successful candidates and finalists

Presentation of the Awards

Awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held on April 18th 2021 in Rome. The presentations will consist of certificates and trophies. Winners who cannot personally come or be represented at the ceremony to accept their trophies and certificates may ask to receive them by post, the expenses of packaging/shipment will be charged to the photographer. Signed certificates are also available for download.

Prints may be made of the top 3 authors of each category for inclusion in an official exhibition at the annual award ceremony.

Jury Composition

The judging panel(s) will include a non–voting Chairman and a minimum of 5 members, of different nationalities, selected from, Master QEP photographers and other photographic experts nominated by the FEP associations. The Chairman of the Jury may choose to use more than one panel of judges. Each panel of Judges will then judge one or more category. All Judges will be asked to vote to elect the Overall Winner.

The sponsors of this competition may be asked to nominate a judge for inclusion in the Jury. Judging will take place on-line. The names of the judges will be published on the FEP web site after the judging session is completed.

Jury Functions

The Chairman of the jury, in co-operation with the FEP CEO, will monitor the voting procedure. The Chairman may also call the jury to re-examine an image or a set of pictures should they feel it necessary, or if there is great discrepancy in the scores awarded.

If a judge knows who created an entered image, that judge must refrain from judging the specific image. When in doubt, the Judge should consult the Chairman of the Jury. Judges cannot enter the Competition.

The FEP CEO assists the Chairman, records the scores and signs the official jury report, which is also signed by the Chairman.

Judging Criteria

The Jury will assess the images for Impact, Vision, Technical Excellence and Composition.

Rights and Responsibilities

Copyright and Releases

The copyright of all images submitted remains with the copyright holder. However, the FEP reserves the right to use any of the images submitted, without payment or notice, for display and publicity purposes for this and future FEP awards or projects. It is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary permission from the client and/or the copyright holder and any relevant model release forms, where appropriate, before submitting the works.

FEP cannot be held responsible for the lack of doing so by an entrant photographer.

FEP cannot be held responsible for third parties misuse of images.

FEP and the official sponsors of the competition may ask the winners for permission to use the photographs for promotional purposes (other than the above mentioned) for one year, publishing the name of the author and the event together with the winning images.

By submitting pictures to the competition, entrants agree that they accept in full the competition’s rules. The organizers of the competition and the Chairman of the judging commission will interpret the correct application of these rules and will arbitrate on any situations not expressly covered by them. The decision of the jury is final; however, constructive criticism, suggestions and comments are welcome.

Participants personal information will be for internal organizational use only, in respect of national and international privacy laws.

Legal Terms & Conditions

For valid participation, the participants must sign the following statement:
I have read and understood the rules for registration and I will respect them in full. I declare that I have provided true information. I’m aware that if I do not respect the rules and/or if I have provided false information, I may be disqualified.

Instructions for Offline Payments

Entrants are required to pay all entry fees to the FEP through an online international system for credit cards.

If you must pay by bank transfer, please send your payment to

FEP vzw
IBAN: BE26 7340 4630 9829
BIC: KREDBEBB
KBC Bank NV
Eiermarkt 20
2000 Antwerpen
Belgium

Reference: FEP Awards 2021 (and your name)

Then, please send an email to secretariat@europeanphotographers.eu to inform them about your choice for offline payment.