FAQ

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE?

The Competition opens for entries at 16:00 on 18 March 2016 and closes at 23:59 on 14 June 2016. The early bird deadline is at 23:59 on 18 April, giving 20% discount for entries during the first month. All times are Europe/London.

WHO CAN ENTER?

Everyone. Renaissance is an international photography competition open to all photographers worldwide. No restrictions. If you are under 16 you must have a parent or legal guardian’s permission to enter.

HOW MANY IMAGES CAN I ENTER?

As many as you like. You can enter as many images into the Single Image Competition as you like in any combination of the categories. (If you enter more than 10 single images at the same time, your entry fee will be calculated to give you the best price). You can enter as many times as you like into the Series Competition. Each series must contain between 5 and 8 images and a project statement about the work (100-250 words). You can enter images into both the Single Image Competition and Series Competition. You might get selected in one but not the other, so this can increase your chances.

I ENTERED LAST YEAR BUT I CAN’T LOGIN. HELP!

We don’t keep anyone’s data for longer than is necessary to run the competition. So when last year’s competition finished we deleted your records. Please just register again.

I AM HAVING DIFFICULTY UPLOADING MY IMAGE – HELP!

Images must be JPEG files not more than 5000 pixels in either dimension and not more than 5MB in file size. Images that do not fit all the requirements will not be accepted. Contact info@renaissancephotography.org if you have any questions about the competition or problems uploading your images.

WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

See the list of judges

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?

See the list of categories (for single image entry only). There is no category for submitting series. The categories are made to be open to interpretation, so feel free to enter your photographs in the category or categories you find suitably reflect your work.

I’VE ALREADY ENTERED BUT HAVE SOME NEW IMAGES. CAN I ENTER AGAIN?

Of course. You can enter as many times as you like before the deadline.

WHERE DOES MY ENTRY FEE GO?

All profit from your entry fee will be donated to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, a UK charity that supports younger women with breast cancer (charity number 1017658). Thanks to the support from our suppliers and sponsors, we are able to donate a large portion of your entry fee.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

See the list of prizes

WHAT IS THE EARLY BIRD DEADLINE?

If you upload and pay for your entries before 23.59 (Europe/London) on 18 April 2016, we will give you a 20% discount on your entry fee. This will be applied automatically upon check-out.

CAN I ENTER DIGITAL IMAGES OR IMAGES TAKEN ON FILM?

Yes, both are accepted. And by film we mean the good old analogue type, no videos are accepted.

DOES MY ENTRY NEED TO BE IN A PARTICULAR FORMAT?

All entries must be submitted online as JPEG files of no more than 5000 pixels on the longest side, and not more than 5MB in file size. This means that all digital entries must be taken at high resolution and resized (saved for web use). And if your entry is shot on film, you will need to scan the negative or transparency and submit the digital file.

CAN PEOPLE SEE MY ENTRIES ON THE WEBSITE?

All entries are confidential and work submitted will not be shown on the website. Only the finalist images will be shown on the website after the judging.

WHAT IF MY IMAGE IS SELECTED?

We will ask you to provide a high resolution 300dpi file of minimum 10MB. If your series submission is shortlisted, the curator will select 5 images from the series to be exhibited. If your series submission is selected to be exhibited, but not shortlisted, the curator will select 1 image to represent your series in the exhibition. In either case, we will ask you to send us all of your series in high resolution, and we reserve the right to edit the selection that goes in the exhibition and exhibition catalogue.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT THE RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION?

All entrants will be informed if their image(s) has been chosen or not for the exhibition, and/or shortlisted for a prize. Exhibitors and shortlist will be announced on the website immediately after judging. The winners will not be announced until the award ceremony, held during the exhibition in September 2016. The winners will be announced shortly after on the competition website, relevant press material and social media.

WILL I BENEFIT FROM ANY SALES IF I AM EXHIBITED?

The aim of Renaissance is to raise money for breast cancer care and so the first sale of your image will be donated to the charity. However if you sell more than one copy of your image you will receive half the net proceeds of subsequent sales. See the rules for more information.

WHAT IF MY IMAGE IS A DIPTYCH / TRIPTYCH?

If you can submit your diptych or triptych as a single digital file we will treat it as a single image.

WHAT IF MY IMAGE IS PART OF A LIMITED EDITION?

You allow the competition to print its own size for the exhibition. This can be in the same or separate edition, depending on the your limitations and wishes, but must be at the size and price determined by the competition. We will agree with you how many prints to make available for sale. See the rules for more information.

CAN I SUPPLY MY OWN PRINT FOR THE EXHIBITION?

Sorry, no. We will ensure all finalist photographs are printed to very high quality C-Type to archival standard, at our expense.

DO I KEEP THE COPYRIGHT OF MY IMAGES?

Yes, you retain the copyright. The Renaissance rules meet all the standards set out in the Artists’ Bill of Rights and the competition is therefore a recommended contest that respects photographers’ rights.

DO SPONSORS HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE MY IMAGES FOR PURPOSES UNCONNECTED WITH THE PRIZE?

No. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the Competition may be used by the Organisers for the sole purpose of promoting the Competition and their support for it. Please read the Rules and Privacy Policy for details.

IS THE JUDGING ANONYMOUS?

Yes. For a fair process and to respect the integrity of the photographers, the judging is anonymous. We do not include the names of the entrants when the judges see the work.

CAN I INCLUDE A WATERMARK (E.G. MY NAME OR STUDIO) ON MY ENTRY?

No. All images must be clear of any identifying information so that the photographer’s name is not revealed. The judging process is fully anonymous. Any images that depict the photographer’s name on the image, or any other watermark/copyright information, will be disqualified. Name and copyright information in metadata is permitted.