IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2019

Publish Date: Oct 12, 2019

Deadline: Nov 25, 2019

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 

This year’s IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is now accepting submissions. The 2019 award theme is “Reclaiming the Future”.

Submission Requirements

Each applicant may submit 10 to 20 images related to the award theme, either in the form of a photo-essay or as a collection of single images.

Applicants must be 30 years old or younger on November 25, 2019 OR enrolled in part-time or full-time education on November 25, 2019 (proof may be required).

The majority of images should have been made during 2018-2019. However, at the discretion of the judges, images made earlier than 2018 will be allowed if they form part of a photo-essay continued during 2018-2019.

Photographs must be submitted via the online submission system on the submission page. A username and password are required to enter the award. Once you have completed the registration process, you will be sent a confirmation email.

You are able to make as many changes as you like to your submission before the final deadline of midnight on November 25, 2019 (Greenwich Mean Time – GMT). Once the submission deadline has passed, the images currently uploaded to your profile will be the images that are entered into the competition.

Only entries submitted via the award website will be accepted. Entries submitted by email, or by post on a USB or CD, will not be accepted.

We accept high-quality scanned images of non-digital photographs. We do not accept hard copies (prints) of photographs.

Though every effort will be made to contact applicants with incomplete submissions, if a submission is incomplete (e.g. the images have not been uploaded correctly), it will not be considered by the judges. We are not responsible for incomplete entries.

Images must be uploaded in a zipped (compressed) folder. Instructions on how to upload a compressed folder of images are available on the Image Upload page.

Project Description and Photographer’s Biography

Along with your images, please submit a project description about the photo-essay / portfolio of images entered into the award and how it relates to the project theme of “Reclaiming the Future” (see below for more information). Your project description should be no more than one A4 page in length (approximately 500 words).

Please also submit a short biography of the photographer (approximately 100–300 words).

2019 Award Theme – “Reclaiming the Future”

We hope the broad nature of this theme inspires submissions from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives which explore the challenges that we face in the twenty-first century.

Story Proposal

Please submit a story proposal for an assignment that you would undertake if you were to win the award. The story proposal must be uploaded via the online submission system during the registration process. Your story proposal should be no more than one A4 page in length (approximately 500 words). Your story proposal should demonstrate that you have researched the subject and should include a breakdown of your budget. Please include references and links to information regarding the subject. The story proposal is an important aspect of your submission, and will be carefully considered by the judges.

Important: The story proposal can be a continuation of the submitted photo-essay / portfolio of images entered into the award. Though the submitted images/portfolio must be related to the award theme, with 2019’s theme being “Reclaiming the Future”, it is not necessary for the submitted story proposal to be related to the award theme.

Size and Quality

Images must include your full name and image number in the file info. For example, 01_firstname_surname.jpg

Images must be saved in jpg / jpeg format (medium to high quality).

Images should be saved at 300 dpi.

Images should be saved at 3000 pixels on the longest edge.

Images should be no more than 10mb per image. If your images are larger than 10mb, please adjust your quality settings.

An embedded ICC profile is needed. Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for colour images. Gamma 2.2 is recommended for black and white. No CMYK.

Both black and white and colour photographs are accepted.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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