REGULATION

REGULATION

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the contest is to contribute to the dissemination of photographic and video culture, and is aimed at all those who enjoy confrontation and challenges while pursuing a single goal: growth.

The contest is non-profit, and all entries will be used for the social purposes of the sponsoring organization.

CANDIDATES

The contest is open to all professional photographers and videographers, students and amateurs, Italians and foreigners, without discrimination of race, religion, nationality or ethnicity.

CATEGORIES

The competition is divided into fifteen(15) categories

1. Architecture & Urban spaces: buildings, cityscapes, interiors, industrial.

Cities, monuments, hamlets and all other man-made elements can make excellent photographic and video subjects. In photography as in architectural shots, the man-made element is the main subject of the photo, occupies a large part of the composition, and is often single: a square, a building, a complex of buildings. Other possible buildings or the urban/natural landscape serve at most as a background to the main subject. In architectural photography, finding the right composition is more difficult than one might think, so it is necessary to move around the subject, look for the best angle, and work with the zoom (one can shoot a single detail, such as a stained-glass window, or widen the angle by giving space to the sky and background).
A relatively recent activity that we can bring under the genre of urban photography/video is the accompanying activities of the movement called Urbex, a contracted form of the English expression "Urban Exploration," which in Italian takes on the meaning of urban exploration. This activity deals with the exploration of civilized environments in off-limits areas, often decaying and now disused environments. The author's goal is 'urban exploration, to tell, through images, the story of those places through the silence of the environment or what used to happen inside it and thus also represent the void to tell its story and make it immortal. A side of the world is shown that is almost never treated.

2. People & Street Photography: culture, Lifestyle, Daily Life

Images that depict real, as well as spontaneous, subjects and situations in public and non-public places for the purpose of highlighting aspects of everyday life are eligible for this category. Images depicting a decisive unplanned moment; in other words: making the extraordinary extraordinary the extraordinary!

3. Portraits: portraiture, family, children, newborn, pet portraits.

Portrait Photography is photography of a person or group of people made for the purpose of visualizing their expression, personality and mood. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of portrait photography is usually the person's face, although in some cases the background and body of the subject also become part of the shot. When doing portrait photography one tends to capture the subject's eyes and face in focus, leaving the rest of the less important elements out of focus. In other cases, portrait photography may focus on different details, such as the subject's hands, eyes, or part of the torso. Portraits of the following types are allowed in the competition: constructionist that is, when the photographer builds an idea around the portrait: a happy family, a romantic couple, a reliable executive
It is the approach used mainly in the studio and related to social photography; environmental that is, when the photographer portrays the subject in his or her environment: that of work, leisure, family, subjects are often photographed while they are intent on doing something. The images photographed following this approach can have historical and social significance: as mentioned lim important is the context in which they are made, such as historic buildings or settings that can evoke special memories; candid is where people are photographed unbeknownst to them as they go about their daily work; creative is where digital manipulation is exaggerated, allowing the photographer to produce beautiful images of the subjects photographed

4. Pet Portraits and Wildlife: portraiture, domestic and selvatic animal.

Whether in the wild or at home, animals are increasingly a part of our lives. The theme of the photocontest is very broad and allows for maximum freedom of interpretation.
The lives of many of us are often enriched by the presence of an animal to which we devote care and time, whether it is a pet, farm animal or wild animal. At the same time, simply observing animals, their world and behavior can surprise and excite.
The purpose of this competition is to document the lives of animals near or far, in relation to the environment and, therefore, also to humans, through the eyes of students. In addition, loss of observation and the search for an instant in the life of an animal that can tell us something new, will be a more conscious way of approaching animals and can take on a scientific value.

5. Wedding: classic, unconventional, reportage.

All commissioned photos/videos taken either before, during or after the ceremony are eligible for the contest. The wedding is a big stage, so it will have a behind-the-scenes and therefore a more reportage phase covering the couple's preparation, a more intimate and reflective phase, and a more playful and festive phase, the details and storytelling of the day. For those who turn it upside down, images contextualized in an urban setting are also, admitted to the contest, images in which the aesthetic value of the bride who becomes herself a monument is exalted, inserted in an architectural setting, where there is a tendency to exalt the various points of view, rather than the subjects, or the same become protagonists in fashion, budoir, glamour. Images with editing are allowed in the competition.

6. Newborn & Maternity: portraits.

From shooting in the photo studio to shooting outdoors, from handling the newborn to shooting points, from props used for a regulation session to post-production of the shots, the workshop guides participants through the various aspects of newborn and pregnancy photography.

7. Nude: artistic nude, fineart nude, glamour nude.

Artistic nudes and fine-art nudes are the classic shots you see in an art gallery. Many fine-art images are done in black and white, although lately color is also beginning to make an appearance. The poses for fine-art images tend to be more conservative than other types of nude photography. There is often a tendency to avoid the pubic area as well as eye contact with the subject (i.e., the model looking at the lens). Glamour nudes are mostly seductive images of beautiful women. You know Playboy or all the glossy magazines (not the pornographic ones, of course!)? Here, a good portion of those photos are glamour photographs.

8. Product Photography: food & still life.

"Still Life" actually refers to anything inanimate. What you must keep in mind is always the need to focus almost exclusively on the product/object in the foreground: the background must not distract the user, it must be something extra, an artistic touch, a filler. This technique allows us to take a photo for multiple uses, although it tends to be most used for advertising communication combined with a catalog, e-commerce site and the like. In short, if Still Life once referred purely to food to be immortalized, today this type of photography influences any type of product to be sold or shown; It is called "product photography". All images that reflect these characteristics, whether food or products, are eligible for the contest.

9. Advertising: Beauty, Fashion, Music, Product, Self-Promotion.

The technique of filming can be put at the service of production and commerce in order to convey a message. This gives rise to photography and video advertising, which are used in various fields from fashion to music to promotional products.
It is basically the realization of a perfect marriage of photography or video and advertising, aimed at conveying a verbal message through the use of image. The 'advertising once identified with still life, that is, the image of the product, today has changed. The product is no longer the protagonist, the product is no longer the means of self-promotion, the product today is only the reason to achieve an end, a personal goal of the target audience, of the life of each of us. The product, today, in the world of advertising, very often gives way to the creativity, the claim, the testimonial. It is the creation of an image designed in total synergy with the advertising message that the company intends to convey through the sponsorship of the object. In this case, limmagine similarly to the message is aimed at capturing the viewer's attention and thus enticing the potential consumer to purchase, either directly with the inclusion of the product or indirectly without it being an obvious part of it.

10. Conceptual: ricerca & digital art.

Conceptual Photography and video is a type of photographic art that is initially conceived in the photographer's mind and then staged to realize and communicate that vision. This type of production is the opposite of photojournalism, in which the photographer captures real images as they occur at that moment, without any manipulation. Technology has allowed conceptual photography and video to become more surreal, allowing the photographer to combine images and objects that otherwise could not be juxtaposed... Editing software is often used to blend various objects in a photograph, but many photographers use only what appears in their shot.

Whatever technique is used, photography and conceptual video are known to be one of the most creative genres of communication/art. All images that have these characteristics, whether made with traditional systems or computer graphics, are allowed in this section.

11. Nature: Aerial, Flowers, Landscapes, Panoramic , Pets, Seasons, Sunset, Trees, Underwater, Wildlife.

Nature photography, by definition, is a genre that focuses on the beauty of wildlife immersed in their natural environment. Thus, this type of photography focuses on portraying the landscapes that nature offers us as they are, without the slightest trace of human presence. The author's task is to be able to capture the beauty that place offers, without leaving out anything important, selecting the elements of the landscape that deserve to be included in the photograph, since one does not have the opportunity to shoot everything.

12. Sport: In sports and action photography and video, speed is everything. All those products that can tell the story of the moment will be allowed. The moment when the ball swells the net, the snarl on a basketball player's face as he dunks, the plasticity of a gymnast at the apex of a development are the moments we want and need to be able to capture to best describe the event we witnessed.

13. Story-Telling: a story in images, made with a min of 07 to a max of 10 photographs, While for the video a max of 5 minutes

In this category you can submit a series of photos with a free theme: photojournalism and storyboard (sequences of images that tell a story about nature, wildlife, the ethology, natural environments and the territory, etc...) The photographer is free to choose the topic, style, setting and subjects of his/her choice. The section requires five or more images tied together by a narrative sequence. Photos may be taken in sequence or at different times, as long as they are closely related. Eligible for this category are not only photojournalistic, editorial, but also conceptual storytelling photos.

14. Sintografie: images made with AI artificial intelligence (photos only).

Rather than confronting us with the crisis of art, Midjourney and Related should make us reflect on the role that conceptual crafts have within our society, which ones are destined to become extinct and which ones will be able to be enhanced by the right use of new technologies. Wanting to extend these considerations to a higher context, perhaps it would also be a case of reflecting on what are the ultimate goals we want to achieve through the use of artificial intelligences, that is, what is the fundamental idea of progress propagated by the societies with which we inevitably interact.
In the end it all boils down to shaping your own vision. "If you provoke a reaction in the audience, you have created art," which is the mood of OF2024, puntum! As Roland Barthes quoted, what that work or image conveys to the individual, artificial intelligences are not able to stifle art or photography, only a world without visions would be able to do that.

15. NO MORE!!!: Theme category

This category includes, all those images, or micro stories, that address the theme of women's violence, in all its forms, from repression, psychological, physical, economic violence, abuse at work, to awareness, rebellion, rebirth.

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION for PHOTOGRAPHERS.

To participate you must submit through this site by 25 febbraio 2024 (deadline extended), single images, in the various categories, (up to a maximum of 9 images per category) he long side must be 1080px at 100 dpi saved in JPG quality 5.

All images must have been taken within the last three years.Participants warrant under their own responsibility that the entire production and post production was done directly by or under the direction of the applicant. Images not considered eligible may be disqualified at the discretion of the jury.

SUBMISSION OF IMAGES

Images should be uploaded directly to this site at the time of entry.

Each photographer may submit single or multiple photos in all categories, and/or replicate the same photo in multiple categories.

For the story-telling category only, a maximum of 10 images can be submitted.

Registration for the contest is through the site only.
The website address is: https://awards.fiof.it

Registration through paper forms or by sending emails is not accepted. The purpose of registration is to obtain the author code.The author code will be used for all stages of the contest.
Participating photos are renamed with a text string containing the author code.
After submitting the entry form, a summary page will be presented.
Check that the data entered is correct.To make any changes click back. To confirm press enter. A few minutes after sending the form, the system will send an email to the indicated address.
In case you do not find it, also check the junk mail box.
For a possible search the sender of that email is: awards@fiof.it

VIDEO AWARDS

NEW for this edition, is the possibility to participate, even with reel max 60 seconds and video max 5 minutes, in all the categories above, including the thematic one. To participate you must submit by Feb. 20, 2024, individual reels, in the various categories, (up to a maximum of 8 reels per category), format 1080 pixels x 1920 pixels, or 1080 pixels x 1080 pixels (vertical or square). Videos, video format .mp4 - h.264 - mov with resolution: 1280 x 720 for HD resolution, 1920 x 1080 for Full HD resolution. Reels and videos, must not have names, acronyms or indications that can be traced back to the author, under penalty of exclusion. The audio used must be copyright-free. They must all have been made within the last three years. Participants warrant under their own responsibility that the entire production and post-production stage was carried out directly by or under the direction of the applicant. Images not considered eligible may be disqualified at the discretion of the jury. Professionals, amateurs and students may participate, indicating in the email submission

The reels and videospots, should be sent by wetransfer to awards@fiof.it, requesting by email, confirmation of receipt. awards@fiof.it,
They will then be encoded and posted on our youtube channel, privately for evaluations.

SUBMIT

Contributo di spesa per la partecipazione, nella sezione foto e video, per professionisti, amatori e studenti:

The cost of participation is as follows:
• n. 01 photos /reel/spot € 30,00
• up to 03 photos/reel/spot € 60,00
• up to 05 photos/reel/spot € 90,00
• up to 07 photos /reel/spot € 120,00
• up to 09 photos /reel/spot € 150,00
• max 10 photos cat. storia /reel/spot € 70,00

PLEASE NOTE THAT videos/reels CAN BE ENTERED IN EACH CATEGORY, even made with mobile, drone and camera.

(e.g. up to 5: you can enter a single photo in portrait, nature, street, newborn, wedding, or 3 photos in newborn, 2 in wedding etc.)

It is not possible to send photos and reels in one package.

Methods of payment

Payment can be made by:

1. bank transfer
Made out to: Fondo Internazionale per la Fotografia Video e Comunicazione.
Bank details:
INTESA SANPAOLO
Filiale di Barletta, Corso Garibaldi – 76121 Barletta (BT)
Bank details IT02U0306964716100000007544
BIC SWIFT IBSPITNA032 For those participating from abroad.

2. credit card online at the registration page on this site.

3. Paypal all’ indirizzo: pay@fiof.it

4. Stripe all’ indirizzo: stripe@fiof.it

It is important to specify in the reason for payment: Awards 2024, First and Last Name, E-mail

PS: For foreign participants from ALBANIA, KOSSOVO, NORTH MACEDONIA there is a code for free participation, given the international agreements made, with the FOKUS AWARDS.

The same applies to participants from the Chinese Association, with which FIOF has had an agreement since 2009..

The code should be requested from the Association by email: awards.fiof.it, after providing identifying information and the foreign association to which they belong.

RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES.

All rights to the images submitted in the competition remain the property of the participants. The competition organization reserves the right to reproduce the images submitted in the competition for the sole promotional purposes of the competition itself or for educational purposes, in Italy and abroad, or for the promotion of FIOF and its events in any form and place, including on the Internet.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to obtain for all photos submitted the necessary permissions, including releases for the subjects portrayed, and any permission from the owners of the reproduction rights (when not owned by the photographer himself/herself), for the purposes of participation in the contest and their possible publication, within the limits indicated in the previous paragraph. The contest organization and the director of the judging committee will interpret the correct application of these rules and will decide on any matter not expressly provided for in the rules.

The decision of the jury is final, however, it is possible to send to the organization, suggestions and comments.
They must all have been made within the last three years. Participants warrant under their own responsibility that the entire production and post-production stage was carried out directly by or under the direction of the applicant. Images not considered eligible may be disqualified at the discretion of the jury.

Professionals, amateurs and students may participate, indicating in the email submission

PRE-SELECTION and FINAL

Authors of photos admitted to the final selection will be notified by email..

Finalists will be notified by Thursday, March 10, 2024. The prizes awarded to each finalist, will be communicated only and exclusively during the awards ceremony in Orvieto on March 16, 2024 I premi attribuiti a ciascun finalista, saranno comunicati solo ed esclusivamente durante le premiazioni ad Orvieto il 16 marzo 2024.

AWARDS

1. FIIPA will have one overall winner, named Italian Photographer of the Year 2024..
2. Each FIIPA category will have a first, second and third place winner with whom symbols such as: Gold Award, Silver Award and Bronze Award.
3. Deserving photos will receive "Special Mentions"
4. In the various categories individual photos will be judged and not the sum of the various photos submitted by the candidate, as the photo is judged not the author.
5. In the Story-telling section, a brief description of authorial intent would be helpful for better understanding. In addition, nominees may send a brief description of the project they created, a Story telling how, where and when it was made to awards@fiof.it

The overall winner, i.e. Photographer/Videographer of the Year 2024, will be declared the GOLD who received the highest score by the judging committee..
The overall winner of the professional section will be awarded a voucher/prize worth €2,000.00 for both the photographer and the videomaker, with the prestigious FIIPA TROPHY 2024..

Gold winners will be presented with the FIIPA 2024 trophy during the awards gala.

The winners of the silver, bronze and honorable mentions will receive their certificates by email by March 30, 2024. The images will be projected during ORVIETO FOTOGRAFIA 2024.

The overall winner of the amateur section will be awarded the prestigious FIIPA TROPHY 2024 and a voucher for free participation in the Orvieto Fotografia 2025 convention

The overall winner of the student section will be awarded the prestigious FIIPA TROPHY and a voucher for free participation in the Orvieto Fotografia 2025 convention.

The winners of the gold, amateur and student sections will be presented with the FIIPA 2024 certificate during the awards gala.
Silver, bronze, honourable mentions, in the amateur and student sections, will receive certificates by e-mail no later than 30 March 2024.

N.B.: During the awards ceremony, only those who have won GOLD will collect trophies and certificates, while silver, bronze and honourable mentions will be sent out by e-mail.
All winning images, i.e. gold, silver, bronze of the various sections (professionals, enthusiasts, students) will be screened

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