Competition Rules

By entering the competition you hereby accept these Rules and Terms and Conditions
  1. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards recognises that you retain full ownership of the copyright in each entry
  2. There is no restriction on the date of origin of entries or the number of entries per entrant.
  3. There are 11 categories to select from during the entry process. Choose the category which best fits your image.
  4. The IWPOTY is open to all photographers, professional and amateur.

THE COMPETITION

  1. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year awards is open to all photographers.
  2. By entering the Competition You hereby accept these Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions
  3. Closing Date: Entries will be opening soon. Closing date will then be announced.
    1. The Entry fee is US$18 for 1 image. There is no limit to the number of images you can enter. During the earlybird entry period you will receive 20% off for entries with more than 4 images entered at the same time. Entry fee includes GST for Australian entrants. eg. you log in, submit 5 images to one or multiple categories, proceed to confirmation and receive a 20% discount applied to your total entry = $72 instead of $90
    2. Entries to the Album Category are US$28 per entry. There is no limit to the number of album designs you can enter. Each design entered attracts an entry fee of US$28. During the Earlybird entry period you will receive a 20% discount for entries with more than 4 albums entered in a single transaction. Entry fee includes GST for Australian entrants. eg. you log in, upload 5 album designs at the same time = $112 instead of $140
  4. By entering the Competition, You agree and acknowledge that The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards is permitted to receive Your registration data. All personal information will be used by The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards in accordance with its Privacy Policy
  5. To enter, you must upload your image(s) and/or Album Design via the following website: https://iwpoty.com (the “Website”), following the on-screen instructions carefully.
  6. Entries will be judged by nominated judges.
  7. Each Image will be scored by 6 separate judges.
  8. The 6 scores will be averaged to produce a final score. The highest final score within each category will be deemed the category winner.
  9. In the case of a category tie the 6 individual scores will be added together to produce a score tie calculation. The image with the highest score tie calculation will be deemed the winner.
  10. The 3 highest scoring images from each category will also continue through to the final round of judging – consisting of 30 images from the 10 categories (the Album Category is not eligible for the overall title and is not included in the final round of Judging)
  11. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year will be the photographer of the highest scoring image from the 10 categories after the final judging round. The next highest scoring image will be deemed the Runner Up.
  12. The Overall Winner of The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards, The Runner Up and each Category winner will be announced on-line on a date to be determined. All Winners will also be notified by email addresses provided by you when entering.
  13. Album Category – The Album Category is not eligible to receive the overall title of The International Wedding Photographer of the Year. The winner of the Album Design Category will be deemed the International Wedding Album Design of the Year within the International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards. The Second highest scoring album design will be deemed the Runner-Up Album Design of the Year.
  14. Prizes – All prizes are not redeemable for cash, are not transferrable and are final. All vouchers and credit must be redeemed or subscribed to, within 12 months from date of delivery.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any entry that does not comply with the following requirements. You warrant and represent, in respect of each entry submitted by You (“Entry”), as follows:

  1. You are the sole owner and author of each Entry
  2. The image presented for judging must be 100% photographic in origin, generally this means using a camera or similar device
  3. You have the right to make Your entry available to the Competition
  4. Each entry does not contain personally identifiable information about You or any other person(s)
  5. Each Entry does not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content
  6. Each Entry does not contain any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law
  7. Each entry does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity
  8. Your Entry does not include:
    1. trademarks owned by third parties
    2. Copyrighted materials owned by third parties (including movie dialog or musical compositions)
    3. Names, likenesses or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead
    4. Entries in which You have purchased or secured the rights to use stock images
    5. Entries which contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service other than that of the The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards.
    6. Entries containing screen credits
    7. Entries from styled shoots for editorial purposes, images of hired talent / models and images created at workshops or education seminars are not eligible for entry.
  9. With the exception of the “Non-Wedding Day / Engagement Session” Category all image(s) must have been taken on a Wedding Day. A Wedding Day is defined as the day a Marriage / Civil Marriage occurs. A civil marriage is a marriage performed, recorded and recognised by a government official. Such a marriage may be performed by a religious body and recognised by the state, or it may be entirely secular.
  10. Album Designs may contain images from days surrounding the actual wedding day. Eg..it’s a destination wedding and you’re there in the lead up shooting a pre-wedding shoot or post wedding event and you incorporate this into the album design.

All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES 

  1. Photojournalism / Single Capture – Photojournalistic photos are ‘documentary’ or ‘story-telling’ in nature. They are candid, unposed photos of the wedding as it really happened. All images must have been found, not created. The photographs must be unposed and without the intervention of the photographer. The image has been observed, not fabricated or created in any way by the photographer. If the photographer asks or directs someone to stand or sit in a particular location or pose, this would be considered ‘created’ and should be entered in another more relevant category. The entry must be single capture images with no retouching that materially affects the authenticity of the ‘document’. Traditional adjustments for exposure, contrast and colour are permitted. If your entry is deemed unsuitable for this category, the Committee reserves the right to either disqualify your entry or move it to a more appropriate category.
  2. From Above  – A photograph taken from the perspective ‘from above’ the subject within the photograph – this can include photographs taken by drones as well as hand held cameras. It also includes from fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. (or trees, off the side of buildings, rooftops etc. ) Can be from a chopper, building, ladder, imagination and gravity are the only limitations.
  3. Black and White – A B&W photograph has no color. Black, White and every shade of grey in between. Toning is permitted.
  4. Epic Destination – A wedding or elopement photograph that you feel fits the bill of Epic. Adventurous and grand, awe inspiring scenery.
  5. Solo Portrait – A portrait of any singular person attending the wedding, taken on the wedding day.
  6. Dance Floor / Party Time – Celebrating the release and relief of the big day that Weddings generally are, this category is all about the party, the dance, the fancy reception and everyone celebrating an epic wedding day. It can include any part of the Reception, from sparkler exits and fireworks displays,  to dance floor antics to all-in wedding night pool parties..pretty much anything goes, as long as it’s from a wedding day.
  7. Bridal Party –  It can be a struggle to create a unique and memorable perspective with the whole Bride Tribe / Bridal Party so this category is all about the Bridal Party. A bridal party consists of the wedded couple with their attendees (bridesmaids and or groomsmen) It does not have to include them all, it may be only the bride and her maids, or the groom and his groomsmen, but needs to be more than just the bride and groom only.
  8. Wedding Album Design – Paying homage to the art of wedding album design and presentation, we want to see your greatest album designs. Show us your storytelling journey of the Wedding. The design can include images from days surrounding the wedding day, such as a pre-wedding shoot the day before, the recovery party the day after etc (eg. destination wedding that’s a 4 day event)
  9. Couples -A couple portrait includes bride & groom, bride & bride or groom & groom together in the same image. There is no boundary on whether it is a close up of the couple or a wide landscape with them within it, it just needs to be “the couple” who’s wedding day is being celebrated.
  10. Pre/Post Non-Wedding Day shoot or Engagement Shoot – Entries to this category are for those shoots undertaken for clients before or after a wedding day, or as an Engagement Session. The couple must be a real couple, not models hired for a styled shoot for editorial / advertising purposes.
  11. Film Photography – Wedding Day – Celebrating Film Photography in Wedding Photography – any photograph captured on a Wedding Day, using an Analog Photography process whereby light exposes photographic film using a camera.

 

JUDGING

    1. Judging will be ‘blind’. No names or other indicators are allowed in or on the Entry that could indicate who is the author of the Entry.
    2. Nominated judges will judge entries. 6 separate judges will score each Entry.
    3. The judging process is as follows:
      1. Each Entry will be judged in its category and the 6 judges scores will be averaged to produce a final score
      2. The Entry with the highest final score within each Category will be deemed the Category winner. 
      3. In the case of a category tie, the judges’ 6 individual scores for each Entry will be added together to produce a score tie calculation. The Entry with the highest score tie calculation will be deemed the winner.
      4. In the event that Entries in a Category are still tied at the end of the judging process, those images will be re-judged by a further independent judging panel to produce the winner
      5. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Highest Scoring Entry from the 10 ‘single image’ categories (not including Album) will be collected and those 30 Entries will be rescored by the 6 judges. The Highest scoring image from those 30 entries will be deemed the Overall winner and International Wedding Photographer of the Year. The 2nd Highest scoring entry will be deemed the Runner-Up International Wedding Photographer of the Year.
      6. Winners will be published on-line at iwpoty.com and via social media avenues and press releases.
      7. The winner from each category will be announced on a date to be determined and notified by email.

 

ADDITIONAL RULES

  1. You agree to fully indemnify The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of  Your breaching any of the foregoing
  2. You confirm that each person depicted in the Entry has granted permission to be portrayed as shown. Any costumes, props or other materials used must be rented or borrowed with the permission of the owner, and all other relevant permissions must have been obtained
  3. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards, and its Event Partners, for marketing and promotional purposes of the event only. You hereby grant The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards a non-exclusive, irrevocable license in each Entry throughout the world in perpetuity in all media for any use directly or indirectly connected with the Competition, including, but not limited to:
    1. judging the Competition
    2. displaying the winning entries and runners up at public exhibitions promoting The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards and organized by The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards
    3. inclusion within the Website, an Awards book, magazine or similar
    4. inclusion within any materials promoting the Competition and / or any exhibition organized by The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards or its Event Partners, in the promotion of The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards inclusion on Competition and exhibition related products to be sold by The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards or any third party following the individual agreement by the author
    5. sub-licensing the Entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the Competition and any exhibition
    6. allowing viewers of the Website to view images on a computer screen, PDA or mobile telephone and store such pages in electronic form on disk or on a PDA or mobile telephone (but not on any server or other storage device connected to a network) for their personal, non-commercial use only
    7. being chosen and entered into promotional competitions by The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards or its Event Partners for marketing and promotional purposes
  4. Any photograph used by The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards uses its reasonable endeavors to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure
  5. You acknowledge that it is Your responsibility for protecting any Entry against image misuse by any third party, for example, but not limited to the insertion of a watermark. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards and its Event Partners assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse
  6. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition, and The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware or software failure of any kind, for lost network connections, garbled computer transmissions, other problems or technical malfunctions with regard to the Competition. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, corruption, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of Entries. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail addressed to The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Your or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Competition. If for any reason a contestant’s entry cannot be viewed or is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards assumes no responsibility.
  7. In no event will The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards, its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries and related companies, Event Partners, its advertising or promotion agencies, or its officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives or agents be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages arising out of any contestant’s access to and use of the Website. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, everything on the Website is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for purpose or use or non-infringement.
  8. You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of your name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation.
  9. Entries must comply with specifications, RGB, 8-bit, 3500 Pixels on the longest side, saved as a jpeg at a setting 10 or higher. All entrants must be ready to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in media, if asked
  10. Album Entries – To be uploaded as a single PDF. Maximum 60 page (30 spread) including front and back cover. Total file size must not exceed 30MB. Entrants may choose to photograph physical album spreads (images to then be combined in a PDF) OR upload a PDF of the Album Design as exported via Album Design software. Judges will consider impact, style, technique, lighting, posing, expressions, composition, design, creativity and the storytelling qualities of the album. Entry to this category is open to single or multiple photographer weddings  (ie. wedding albums containing images taken by the principal photographer + second photographer are allowed). Photographs within the design may contain pre-wedding shoots or days surrounding the Wedding Ceremony Day to give context to the story, but must also contain images taken on the scheduled wedding day.
  11. There are no prize alternatives available for prize winners. All warrantees associated with product prizes are subject to the Warranty of the Country of the sponsor / distribution. Eg. Nikon Australia, the D850 Warranty for Nikon D850 prize is an Australia/New Zealand Warranty.
  12. Winners will be published on-line at iwpoty.com
  13. No late entries accepted, all entries are to be entered, accepted and paid by the advertised closing date, no exceptions
  14. Entry fees and prizes are quoted in USD, currency conversions are on screen at point of entry. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards does not account or have any liability for any participant’s bank fees and charges that may be levied in currency conversion and currency transaction by the participating bank or institution. Prizes are paid in USD, currency conversions to local currency are at winner’s discretion at the time of conversion
  15. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards decisions are final. Right of rejection and or right of refusal are at the discretion of the event organizers and can happen at any time
  16. Entry receipts for the competition are stored in your account details. Your purchase receipt will be listed there
  17. Judges, sponsors, entry fees and prizes may be changed without notice up to the closing date of the competition.
  18. All entries are subject to the laws of the state of South Australia and the laws of Australia. All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

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