Competition Rules

Below are the Competition Rules and FAQ’s. Please go through them to familiarise yourself with them, and if there are any further questions, please contact us.

How to enter?

Please visit the Entry page, complete the form and make payment via Paypal, either using your Paypal Account or your Credit Card (SSL secure payment gateway provided)

What is the Competition Period?

The Animography Awards begins at 12:00 am Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) on January 1, 2020 and closes at 11:59 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) September 30, 2020.

Who may enter the Competition?

The Animography Photography Awards is open to all photography enthusiasts and professionals alike worldwide, except employees of Animography Awards, the Conservations Organisations taking part in the Competition, and the Sponsors of the competition. The Animography Awards reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility.

What are the costs to enter the Competition?

You may enter as many photos as you like. Pricing is one (1) photo for $15 per entry.

There is no limit to the number of photos you may submit.

$5 of the entry will go directly back into conservation.

What are the submission guidelines?

Entrants are encouraged to think about the ethos of the Competition, and to document the natural world in a
way that is both creative and truthful. Adjustments should always be compliant to
the principles of the Competition.

Images should have caption information submitted with the following:
Description of the behavior pictured and the background story, the exact location,
and if the species is scientifically noteworthy. Please feel free to include details on
the gear used to capture the image. Entrants should not include their name in the caption or on the image itself.

EXIF details should be kept intact (e.g. camera, lens, exposure etc).


What are the Competition Categories?


Images submitted must clearly show some reference to a river ecosystem, or an animal species which either lives in a riverine habitat during some of its life.



Images submitted must clearly show some reference to a savanna ecosystem, or an animal species which either lives in a savanna habitat during some of its life.



Images submitted must clearly show some reference to a forest ecosystem, or an animal species which either lives in a forest habitat during some of its life.



For the purposes of this competition, we are strictly referring to the term Pachyderm, which commonly used to describe elephants, rhinoceroses, tapirs, and hippopotamuses.



For the purposes of this competition, we will accept photos of any bird species found around the World.


Coral Reefs:

Images submitted must clearly show some reference to a coral reef ecosystem, or an animal species which either lives in a coral reef habitat during some of its life.



For the purposes of this competition, we will accept an image of a shark taken any where in the world, but must be in its wild habitat. The image can include other species, but the main species must be a shark.




Can I enter the same photograph in more than one category?

No. Images can be entered into one category only.

What format should the image files be submitted?

Each image file must be submitted in .JPG format (adobeRGB format) and cannot exceed 4 MB in size. Entries can only be submitted in digital format.


Scans of transparencies or negatives are also accepted. No allowance will be made for poor quality scans.


Detailed Image Specifications
For judging purposes submitted images must meet the following qualifications:
1. Submitted as JPG or JPEG files in Adobe RGB
2. Must be 120 dpi
3. Images should be a minimum 1920 px on the long edge and maximum 3000 px
4. No borders, watermarks or signatures allowed. Your image will be immediately disqualified if these elements are included.
5. For proof of authenticity, original digital camera RAW files (e.g. CR2, NEF, ORF, etc.) will be requested if your image is elected as a winning image. Original
transparencies or negatives are accepted. DNG files are acceptable only if that is the native recording format of the camera. Digital images captured as JPEG are allowed, providing the original un-retouched JPEG is available for inspection.
6. For printing in all media and for possible inclusion in an exhibition, a full-res and uncropped image (preferably TIFF) will be requested if your image is selected as a
finalist or winner. This should be 8-bit or higher file at 300 dpi. If interpolation of an image is required for printing, it will be undertaken by the selected printer.

Can I enter an image that’s been entered into another competition?

Yes you can, so long as it did not win a prize. Specifically, a picture that has already won a prize (winner, runner-up, or commended) in a major competition – which we define as one receiving more than 500 images cannot be entered in The Animography Awards. Images that have been entered into a major competition where the results are still pending are eligible for entry.

What are the image editing guidelines?

The objective of the Competition is to remain faithful to the original experience, and to never deceive
the viewer or misrepresent the reality of the natural world. Tame animals, baited animals, animals not in their natural environment, or images that have been staged, will immediately be disqualified.


Localised adjustments should be used appropriately. Allowances will not be made for poorly color-managed,
over-saturated, or over-sharpened images.

Removal of: sensor dust spots, chromatic aberration, and background noise.
Adjustments to: levels, curves, color, saturation, contrast work, shadow and highlights, sharpening, dodging, burning, toning, neutral density gradients
and removing of lens vignetting.
Cropping is permissible in moderation (limited to 25% of the frame).
Stitching for panoramic.

Composites and sandwich shots that add elements.
Removing elements from the scene.
Use of the cloning, stamping, and healing brush tools.
Multiple exposures.
HDR composites.
The use of artistic digital filters and effects which do not show the scene in its natural way.
All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard adjustments
will be disqualified.

Do I need to obtain model release forms if my pictures include people?

Yes. If your image includes a recognisable person then you will need to supply a model release form if your picture is shortlisted. We will ask for this if we need it. You do NOT need to submit a form when uploading your entry for the first stage of judging, unless we ask you for it.

When will judging take place?

All Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence,
composition, overall impact and relevance to the category entered.

The Judges will be required to agree to terms of conduct consistent with ensuring
that the spirit of the Animography Awards is maintained throughout. All decisions by the judges will be final and binding.

Judging will take place during October 2020, to have the final winners ready for announcement, in November 2020.


What are the prizes?

At this point in time, there will be one prize per category.

Category Prizes:

Winner – travel-related prize.


The overall winning prize:

Cash prize, together with a travel-related prize.


Top 5 images from each category:

Certificate of Recognition

What are the Animography Awards Images usage rights?

Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to submitted photographs subject to
the following: By entering the Competition, each Entrant grants to the Animography Awards a
non exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and display submitted images
in all media throughout the world directly in relation to the Competition in perpetuity.
This includes but is not limited to use in the context of the Animography Awards website and social
media sites, the exhibition of winning images at the sites selected, and promotional and
marketing materials regarding the Competition and Exhibition.
By entering the Animography Awards, each Entrant grants to the Awards a non-exclusive irrevocable
license to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and
exhibit their submitted image(s) and copies of their submitted image(s) in all media
throughout the world in relation to the Animography Awards and an exhibition on the
Animography Awards  (the “Exhibition”) including but not limited to all use in the context of:
1. Judging the Animography Awards
2. Display in an Awards Ceremony
3. Display in the Exhibition
4. Inclusion in a Book or other publication of Animography Awards
5. Inclusion within the Animography Awards Websites, including within interactive elements
associated with the Animography Awards and/or Exhibition (now known or hereafter created)
6. Inclusion in promotional, press and marketing materials relating
to the Animography Awards and/or an Exhibition
7. Inclusion in merchandising associated with the Animography Awards and/or the Exhibition
8. The rights granted herein include the right of the Animography Awards to sublicense the
right to display the Animography Awards Exhibition, including entrant’s images, in other venues.

In other circumstances, commercial opportunities may exist for awarded photographers to benefit from the use of their image, such as print sales
or merchandise: where a commercial benefit is likely to arise, permission will be sought in advance and terms and conditions will be agreed upon
with the photographer.

When & How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified 14 day prior to the Awards ceremony. Winners will be notified via email.