Memorial María Luisa International Mountain and Nature Photo Contest

Publish Date: Oct 07, 2016

Deadline: Dec 01, 2016


After more than two decades promoting the artistic work of photographers and at the same time spreading the natural environment and its necessary protection, the Memorial Maria Luisa of Photography announces what will be the twenty-seventh edition of its photo contest.

Mountain, nature, wildlife, mountaineering, climbing, landscape, underwater world, biodiversity, flora, extreme and adventure sports, etc. will be the photographic reference of the edition one more year. In addition, in this occasion a special category has also been created, it is dedicated exclusively to the Arctic, Antarctic and all other cold regions of the planet.

Year after year photographers from all over the world take part in this contest, having done it already from 80 different countries. With the passing of the years has become a meeting place not only for widely recognized international photographers, but also for undiscovered talent and new photographers.


 All photographers who so desire, amateur or professional, may take part.


The participation fee for this year will be 18 euros for adult photographers, a single payment will allow competing in all categories; for the novice-under 20, participation is free.


A/ Mountain Landscape: Captions showing mountains and their environment, in any of their forms.

B/ Alpinism: Captions showing alpinism, climbing on ice, mountain ski and the world of heights from a sports point of view, as well as the rest of the sports typical of high mountain and winter mountain.

C/ Mountain climbing: Captions showing rock climbing, bouldering and the vertical world.

D / Adventure and extreme sports: the purpose of this thematic category will be the photographs of all types of adventure activities and extreme sports which are practiced in the area mountains and nature, other than those referred to in paragraphs B / and C /, such as kayaking, highline, mountain biking, paragliding, mountain running, caving, cave diving, scuba diving, wingsuit, surf, etc.

E / Man in the Mountain and / or Nature: the photos showing a socio-cultural content referred to the native people of the mountains and to natural environments, as well as to their customs, traditions and ways of life, also those representative of hiking and trekking activities which can take place in these natural areas will fall within this category.

F/ Animal World: Any animal photographed in their environment.

G/ The world of birds: any bird photographed in their environment.

H/ Vegetal world: Any vegetal species photographed in its environment. Fungi are included.

I / Submerged World: The theme of this category are the photographs of fauna, flora and ecosystems characteristic of the submerged areas, both freshwater and saltwater.

J/ Biodiversity: captions in this category will show animals or plants in their natural habitat. Judges will take into account the link between the different species and their environmet and, also, the image composition criteria on the environment.

K/ Nature landscapes: Rest of landscapes not included in the A Category.

L/ Creative photo: Captions where forms, textures, colours, etc, are determining in the composition. Abstract and creative photo.

M/ Macro picture: the world of the smallest ones. Macro photography

N - Topic of the year: The Arctic, Antarctic and all other cold regions of the planet. Its fauna, flora and ecosystems as well as life forms that peculiar to them and also any of the sports practiced in them.


Irrespective of the support employed in their execution, the works will be presented as digital archives in JPEG format, preferably with colour profile Adobe RGB 1998 and must be 1,920 pixels wide in its largest side, and a maximum weight of 2 MB (72ppp), no addings such as frames, borders or foot notes allowed. There is a limit on the number of entries per person: a maximum of five photographs per entrant in each category entered (5x14).


There are two different ways to submit the photographs, any of the two can be used but not the two of them at the same time.
1st (Preferably) To enter, visit/ and follow the instructions given in that site.
2nd (Subsidiary) Send your photographs by ordinary mail in a CD or a DVD and include a card with your full name, postal address, telephone number, email address (very important), and a numbered list of the photo captions mentioning their titles, there will be a list per each Category.

Admission Date

Until 1st December 2016.


When you opt for postage mail, please send them to: "Memorial María Luisa" / Concurso de Fotografía de Montaña y Naturaleza / Apartado de Correos 19 / 33530 Infiesto (Principado de Asturias) - Spain.
The organization will inform each contestant by e-mail of the
reception of the photographs submitted.


The panel of judges will be designated by the Founders Board of the "Memorial Maria Luisa" from amongst mountain and nature photographers of recognised prestige. Its verdict will be final and it will also decide on any complaints or other incidents which could arise. Judges will always assess the photographs submitted for the contest in an anonymous and individual way, based on the alphanumeric code which the computer system assigns each photograph from the very moment they are sent to the contest.


The decisions of the Judges Panel will be made public on 1 March 2017, through announcements in the press and specialized magazines, without prejudice to immediate communication to the participants.


  • The Overall Winner of the "XXVII Memorial María Luisa", the Golden Asturcon Award of photography, will be awarded a cash prize of 3.000 Euros, a Trophy and a Diploma. The Overall Winner will be chosen from the fourteen category winners; the Jury will give the Prize to the most memorable & shocking caption. The overall winner will receive a cash prize 3.000 Euros, including the amount corresponding to his/her category.
  • Winner Prize of each Category: € 300, Trophy and Diploma.
  • Young Photographers Prize: a Premium Tablet Samsung, a Trophy and a Diploma will be awarded to the best photograph submitted by contestants not having reached the age of 20 years on 1 December 2016.

Special award for the theme of the year: it will be a BN008 Citizen Watch, trophy and diploma.

  • The Judges Panel will also grant the consolation prizes or honorable mentions as it deems pertinent in each of the thematic categories.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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