Rules of the competition
To date, 884 million people in the world have no regular access to clean water, and 2.6 billion individuals have no access to basic sanitation facilities. With the onset of climate change and the naturally unequal distribution of water on earth, rainwater harvesting is an alternate but effective way of increasing the availability of resources as well as reducing the risk of flooding. Rainwater harvesting can also decrease the impulsive and wasteful use of water by individuals and businesses alike. It has the double benefit of preserving natural resources while helping to mitigate against climate change.
The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance, the IRHA, ever concerned with highlighting the benefits of rainwater harvesting to the public, is launching the third edition of its international competition that links art to development. For the first time this competition will be the result of close collaboration between the IRHA and the very reputed Photojournale, with their “Rainwater/Eau de pluie/Agua de Lluvia project”.
Through this competition we aim to make the public, too often insufficiently informed, aware of the various advantages that rainwater harvesting offers by providing sustainable access to water. It is in this context that the IRHA invites photographers, professional and amateur, to present their vision on the benefits that this celestial resource can have for both humans and nature.
Article 1 – Definition
The competition entitled “The Best Photographs on the Advantages of the use of rainwater, Raindrops Geneva Award 2011” (the under listed rules of the competition) is aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of “blue gold” in the modern world.
The competition “The Best Photographs on the Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting, Raindrops Geneva Award 2011” is organized by the IRHA in conjunction with Photojournale’s Rainwater/Eau de pluie/Agua de Lluvia project.
The best three artistic works will be rewarded.
Article 2 – Participation
1. All and sundry is legible to participate in the competition, without references made to age, nationality or profession. The members of the Secretariat and of the Directorate Committee, as well as family members of the IRHA are excluded from participating in the competition.
2. The participants must submit their photograph along with the ad hoc forms.
3. The deadline for submission of photograph is on the 31st October 2011 at 12.00 p.m. (midnight) Greenwich Mean Time. ( Submissions are now closed)
4. The Photojournale community is developing and producing www.thethirstyplanet.com (Rainwater/Eau de pluie/Agua de Lluvia project) as an online showcase of photographic works surrounding the subject of Rainwater, and ancillary projects that include publications and exhibition. All photographic work exhibited through this website in adherence to these submission rules are eligible for the “The Best Photographs on the Advantages of the use of Rainwater – Raindrops Geneva Award 2011”.
5. All photographic work submitted to “The Best Photographs on the Advantages of the use of Rainwater – Raindrops Geneva Award 2011” through the IRHA website, www.irha-h2o.org, in adherence to these submission rules, are eligible for selection and exhibition on the website www.thethirstyplanet.com (Rainwater/Eau de pluie/Agua de Lluvia project) and ancillary projects that include publications and exhibition.
6. Members of the Photojournale Editorial Committee are open to submit work, however, are not eligible for prizing and the inclusion of their work for the ancillary projects of exhibition and publication is subject to nomination and approval of other members of that committee.
Article 3 – Photographs
Participants can submit a broad range of images.
Photography can be both horizontal (landscape orientation) and vertical (portrait orientation) images.
All images selected for the prize, exhibition and or publishing will need to be supplied at least as 2000px (long edge), 300 DPI full quality JPG or TIF unsharpened.
Note# Photographers must ensure that they possess source copies of their photography that conform to this requirement. If the work is selected for a prize, the exhibition or publication the failure to provide the work to this specification will disqualify the work for eligibility for inclusion in the prize, ancillary events and projects.
Black & white and colour images are acceptable.
The IRHA and or Photojournale reserve the right to crop images if necessary.
Any use of Photoshop or touch ups should be limited to traditional darkroom techniques.
Use of cloning or other digital effects is forbidden and any images thought to be manipulated will be deemed ineligible.
Images shot in a photo studio will not be accepted.
All images need to be accompanied with a text document properly captioned in the following way:
Photographer’s name: “First name, Family name”
Location: “Country and Place”
Image name: “Title”
Image description (limited to 20 words or less): “photo explanation”
Please name your image files in the following way:
E.g. John Smith’s entries would be named Smith_01.jpg
2. The jury is composed of: two members of the IRHA Secretariat, two members of the Photojournale Editorial committee, as well as representatives of the event’s sponsors.
3. The election of the winners will be considered on majority votes of the jury. However, in case of equal merits, the votes of the IRHA members and the Photojournale Editorial committee are considered as casting-votes.
4. The non exhaustive list of criteria on which the selection committee casts its decision is:
a. The force and artistic value of the message including technical and aesthetic considerations;
b. The clearly expressed advantages for mankind and nature of the use of Rainwater Harvesting;
c. The pertinence of the presented experiences/examples of realizations in the field of Rainwater Harvesting.
Article 5 – The Award
1. The notification of prizes will take place in December 2011/ Jan 2012.
2. The three best photographs will be awarded prizes as follows:
- The first winner will be awarded CHF 1000
- The second winner will be awarded CHF 600
- And the third winner will receive CHF 400
Article 6 – Right of Ownership
The photographer grants to the IRHA and Photojournale a free, non-exclusive, non-assignable and non-sub licensable right to Reproduce the submitted photography, solely to the extent explicitly stated in this agreement to the rules. Photographers of photography awarded the prizes in Article 5 grant the IRHA a free, exclusive, non assignable and non–sub licensable right to Reproduce their work in perpetuity.
Copyright. No ownership or copyright in any photography shall pass to IRHA or Photojournale by the agreement to the rules.
All photographs submitted for the contest can be used by the IRHA and Photojournale in promotion of the “Best Photographs on the advantages of the use of rainwater - Raindrops Geneva Award 2011” and “Rainwater/Eau de pluie/Agua de Lluvia project”, their ancillary events and projects for a period of five years.
Credit Lines for Editorial Use. If any photographs are reproduced in an editorial manner, the photographer’s name or such credit information, if any, set forth in the submission requirements must appear adjacent to the photography in the credit line accompanying the photography.
Article 7 – Warranty
The photographer warrants that: (i) they have all necessary rights and authority to enter the “Best Photographs on the advantages of the use of rainwater - Raindrops Geneva Award 2011” and or “Rainwater/Eau de pluie/Agua de Lluvia project”. The IRHA’s and Photojournale’s use of the photography in its original form, and when used in accordance with this agreement to the Rules will not infringe on any copyright, moral right, trademark or other intellectual property right and will not violate any right of privacy or right of publicity.
Article 8 – Appeal
All legal claims are exempted.
Article 9 – Submissions
Submissions to the “Best Photographs on the Advantages of the use of Rainwater – Raindrops Geneva Award 2011” can be made directly to the IRHA by submitting the photos and ad hoc forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternately Photographers participating in the Photojournale “Rainwater/Eau de pluie/Agua de Lluvia project” can submit their work directly through the www.thethirstyplanet.com website.
Participation in the competition declares the agreement on the rules presented above.