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  RULES 2016

R U L E S

PARTICIPANTS

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.

CATEGORIES

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: 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.

PHOTOGRAPHS

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).

PRESENTATION

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 http://www.memorialmarialuisa.com/ 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 1 December 2016

DELIVERY

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.

JUDGES

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.

VERDICT

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.

PRIZES

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 euros, Trophy and Diploma.

* These amounts are subject to tax deductions that apply.

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.

PROJECTIONS AND PRIZE-GIVING

A selection of the photographs submitted to the competition will be projected on Saturday 13 May 2017 after the prize-giving ceremony, at a time and place to be designated by the Organization. The Organization will provide free accommodation for the winner and a companion.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Developing the photographs, the typical adjustments of digital developing (white balance, exposure, levels, contrast, colour saturation, focusing, vignetting removal...) will be admitted; also the cleaning of particles, and slight cuttings. Alterations or manipulations of the image or even of part/s of the image, which imply that the photograph shows a different reality from the photographed reality, will not be admitted.

The authors of short-listed photographs may be asked to provide such clarification regarding the image as may be deemed fitting. The technical committee may reject those photographs which do not comply with the present rules, subjects and categories.

Also, and in any case, entrants will be asked to provide the camera primary files (RAW), not providing such files implies the disqualification of the photograph.

The Organization reserves the right to make such copies of all award-winning photographs as may be required for exhibitions, projections or publications related exclusively to the activities of the present competition, without limits in time, geographic location or mediums, and always crediting the authorship of said photographs. As it sees fit, the Organization may request a copy of the original file with maximum quality and size. Without prejudice to the above, the authors of the photographs will retain all legal rights to the same for any future use.

The Organization of the competition will refuse any request that may be received from third parties with commercial interests, such as the concession, loan, exploitation, sale etc. of the personal details of participants and of the images submitted by them for the purposes of the competition. If we had knowledge of the existence of a claim to purchase an image or its rights, the organization would directly put in touch the author of the photograph with the person who showed interest, so that they can make a convenient deal.

The participant must be the sole owner of the rights to the photographs and will accept full responsibility for assuring that no third party rights to the works submitted exist, and for any claims by such third parties as may arise.

Participants entering the section for Young Photographers may be required to provide documental proof of their age.

The digital material submitted will not be returned as the CDs/DVDs will be destroyed at the conclusion of the competition.

All personal details provided by contestants for the purposes of the competition will be treated according to the stipulations of the Personal Privacy Protection Act 15/1999 of 13 December, said contestants having the right of access, rectification or deletion.

The act of participation in the competition implies acceptance of the present rules in their entirety. The Organization reserves the right to decide on any case not contemplated in these rules.

INSTRUCTIONS AND ADVICE

The MML is a mountain, nature and adventure photographic competition with no commercial interests and a non-profit organization. The rules by which the same is governed have the backing and recommendation of AEFONA – The Spanish Association of Nature Photographers.

Participation in the competition is open equally to all photographers, both amateurs and professionals, with no limit whatsoever to their geographical origins. The participation fee must be always paid by credit card, or PayPal, via on-line from the website of the Contest.

Besides the absolute award, totaling 3,000 € each, one prize for each of the eleven categories that make up the contest will be awarded, as well as several honorable mentions.

Submissions will preferably be made online via the competition Website www.memorialmanrialuisa.com or alternatively through the media of CD or DVD. Under no circumstances must the two options be used simultaneously. Leaving submissions to the final days (December 1st, 2016) is not recommended, as during these days the system is usually much more saturated.

From the same Website it is also possible to reserve the book portfolio for the XXVII Edition.

Read the rules. Prepare and adequately distribute the photos within the fourteen theme categories before uploading them online. Bear in mind that a photograph which does not fit with the theme of the category in which it is entered could be rejected by the competition technical management. The jury can transfer images from one category to another in order to enhance its value.

Online submission of the photos is very simple. It consists of two stages: A/ the registry of the competitors details and, where appropriate, payment of participation rights. B/ submission of the photos. Once registered you will have a password via which you may subsequently access the system.

Each competitor will have to provide the organization with a valid email address, given that all notifications are made through that medium. We will always contact you from e-mail accounts: certamen@memorialmarialuisa.com, concurso@memorialmarialuisa.com, and mml-photo@memorialmarialuisa.com . It is very important that you add them to your contact list to avoid potential blockage and rejections from antispam systems.

Do not forget to use the button “close participation” in the application as soon as you finish uploading all the photographs you wish to enter. Before the closing date you will be able to upload photos at any moment, up to a maximum of five for each of the themed categories (5x14).

Save the native camera file (original RAW or JPG) as it may be required by the technical management or jury for the exhibition in order to be compared with the participating file. To this end DNG files will also be permitted as long as they have been those used by the camera to register the image origin.

No manipulation or touching up may be used in the editing of photos apart from those permitted, given that otherwise the photograph may be rejected.

Multiple exposures will be permitted, as long as they have been registered on the camera in a single primary file. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the use of HDR is permitted and also the technique of static/dynamic exposure, although the jury will consider the need of using such exposure techniques. Panoramic photos are admitted, as well as the Stitching and Stacking techniques, provided that the photos have been taken at the same location and consecutively.

Equally images converted to grey scale (B and W) and sepia toning will be permitted. Images with selective conversions of parts of the same will not be permitted.

Images of animals in captivity, models or pets will not be admitted, nor those of houseplants. Studio photographs are also excluded.

Use tools for white balance, colour saturation, contrast, focus, etc. with moderation... The elimination of a vignette is permitted.

Do not compress the photographs using Zip, Rar, Sitx or similar. Avoid using borders, frames, signatures, watermarks, etc.

Add a comment to the photo and explain the techniques employed in its creation. Give a geographical location. The EXIF metadata of the camera must be kept on the file.

Bear in mind when choosing the photos to enter that the jury will always look for images with meritorious composition representing a single action which have been taken with due technique and produce a notable visual impact. Participate with new and original images, and avoid those that are already well known.

We hope that the images in this competition represent the fascinating beauty of the mountain and nature, that they evoke feelings, emotions and admiration in the spectator, which will only happen when they are certain of their authenticity.

*Asturcón – An ancient breed of pony from the region.

INFORMATION AND ENQUIRIES

Website: http://www.memorialmarialuisa.com
    E-mail: certamen@memorialmarialuisa.com
    Telephone: +34 644 427 714

“Memorial María Luisa”
    Certamen Internacional de Fotografía de Montaña y Naturaleza.
    Apartado de Correos 19
    33530 - Infiesto - Principado de Asturias
    Spain

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