World.Report Award 2019FAQs

1. HOW DO I SUBMIT MY REPORTAGE?

You can participate by uploading your work in the sections as shown here below, and by filling in the necessary documentation as requested in the form you can find at the following link:  https://www.festivaldellafotografiaetica.it/submit-world-report-award/

The forms to fulfill are different, according to the categories.

It is possible to repeat the procedure according to the number of works you’d like to submit.

All the pictures must be sent by uploading your work in a .zip, .rar or .7z file (one file only) and by filling in the necessary documentation as requested in the form you can find at the submission link.

The compressed archive in .zip, rar or .7z and the text file in .doc, or .pdf, must be named with the title of the project and a consecutive two digit number. (e.g.amazon_01, amazon_02…).

The maximum dimension for the images and the text cannot exceed 25MB. Heavier archives or archives in a different format will not be uploaded by the system.

If a photographer would like to submit more than one reportage to the same category, it is not possible to submit it using the same form. Separated uploads must be made as well as separate payments. If you’d like to participate to categories that require a different editing (Master Award, Spot Light Award, World Italy Award and Student Award require 20 to 40 pictures, while Short Story Award requires 5 to 10 pictures), you’ll be asked to upload a different archive for each editing.

2. CAN I SUBMIT MY REPORTAGE IN ANY OTHER WAY?

We do not accept submissions sent via e-mail, Dropbox, WeTransfer or any other way.

3. WHAT NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE .ZIP, .RAR OR .7Z FILE?

The images in digital format should be saved as .jpg, sized to shortest dimension at no more than 1,280 pixels and 72dpi with a compression degree of 10/12 or 90/100. The recommended dimension is max 500 kb per picture. The image files must be named with the title of the project and a consecutive two digit number. (e.g.amazon_01, amazon_02…).

The zip file does not have to contain the text presenting the project. It must be sent in a .doc or .pdf format and included in the reference field in the form.

4. WHAT DOES THE INTRODUCTORY TEXT DOCUMENT HAVE TO INCLUDE? HOW TO SEND IT?

A text file in .doc, or .pdf that includes the presentation of the project with a maximum length of 3,000 characters (including spaces), the title of the project, the place and the period of time in which the project was made. Also to be included are the indications on how to read the project.

The document must include captions, with a maximum length of 300 characters for each picture. The captions must be numbered in the same order as the pictures. The captions could also be included in the EXIF or IPTC data for each picture.

The material (text and captions) can be in Italian or English.

Please note: For the Single Shot category it is sufficient to include a short text in .doc or .pdf to explain what’s the project about. A caption, with a maximum length of 300 characters for every picture submitted, has also to be included, indicating the correspondence between image and caption. The captions can also be included in the EXIF or IPTC data for each picture.

The material (text and captions) can be in Italian or English.

The introductory text must be included in the reference field in the form.

5. DOES THE LIMIT OF 25MB INCLUDE ALL THE DOCUMENTS OR IS IT ONLY FOR THE PICTURES?

The maximum dimension of the .zip file is 25MB, meaning it includes all pictures and the documents (.zip, .rar or 7z files and the introductory text).

Heavier archives or archives in a different format will not be uploaded by the system.

6. WHAT’S THE DEADLINE TO ENTER THIS AWARD?

The deadline to submit your work is the 28th of May 2019 before 23:59 CEST.

We suggest, if possible, to send your work before the deadline as due to the high volume of submission on the last few days, there may be some technical problems while uploading the .zip file.

7. IS IT POSSIBLE TO SUBMIT MORE REPORTAGES TO THE SAME EDITION?

Yes, it is. The World.Report Award gives no limits in regards to how many works can be submitted by the same person. These are the options:

  • You can participate with one reportage in different categories or with different reportages in the same category (if one photographer would like to submit reportages to more categories and one of these is the Student category, please see question 12.1)
  • You can participate in different categories submitting different reportages

Please note: If a photographer would like to submit more than one reportage to the same category, it is not possible to submit it using the same form. Separated uploads must be made as well as separate payments.

8. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE MASTER CATEGORY?

Everybody can enter this category with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 pictures.

9. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SPOT LIGHT CATEGORY?

Everybody who did not win one or more of the following international contests: World Press Photo, W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, The Pulitzer Prizes, POYi Picture of the Year and World.Report Award by the 1st of April 2019.

Please note: If you have have received an honorable mention or won a Multimedia category in one of the above mentioned awards, you can still enter the Spot Light category.

To enter this category the reportage must have a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 pictures.

10. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SHORT STORY CATEGORY?

Everybody can enter this category. The reportage must have  a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 pictures.

This category is aimed to give the opportunity to enter the context to those photographers who did not developed wide projects, but would like to present a short reportage characterized by powerful images.

11. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SINGLE SHOT CATEGORY?

The participation is open to all photographers with no limitations of any kind. Every photographer can submit as many works as one likes, provided that every upload does not exceed 5 images.

It is possible to participate with more than 5 photos, but they have to be uploaded in a separated submission form.

11.1 HOW CAN THE THEME ‘TO BE, TO THINK, TO ACT POSITIVELY’ BE INTERPRETED?

The theme “To Be, To Think, To Act Positively” covers a wide variety of topics, allowing the author to interpret it sharing his or her own vision.

We are looking for images that convey positive values to believe in, happy life situations and problems that have been solved.

11.2 HOW ARE THE IMAGES JUDGED IN THE SINGLE SHOT CATEGORY?

Every image will be judged individually.

The 5 shots submitted can be part of a series or they can be related to of 5 different stories.

12. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDENT CATEGORY?

This category is open to students currently enrolled in a school of photography or who graduated from a school of photography after January 1 st, 2018.

Reportages must consist of 20 images minimum and 40 images maximum.

In order to be considered valid, enrollment certificates or diplomas must be issued by a legally recognized school or by a course of photography that covered more than 60 hours. Workshops or courses of a shorter duration will not be considered sufficient to enter this category.

12.1 CAN I SUBMIT THE SAME REPORTAGE TO THE STUDENT CATEGORY AS WELL AS OTHER CATEGORIES (MASTER, SPOTLIGHT, WORLD ITALY)?

It is possible to participate in different categories with the same reportage, but the uploading has to be done separately, considering that the fee to be paid to enter the Student category is 10 euros, while the other categories have a different submission fee.

13. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE NON-PROFIT AWARD CATEGORY?

This category is reserved for the presentation of photographic works commissioned to photographers by non-profit organisations.

As submissions are only accepted from non-profit entities, only works presented by the organization itself as the commissioner will be considered. A representative of the non-profit entity has to fill the form and send the submission.

Submissions sent by photographers will not be considered.

Reportages must consist of 20 images minimum and 40 images maximum.

13.1 I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO COLLABORATES WITH AN NGO. CAN I SUBMIT THE REPORTAGE TO THE NON-PROFIT CATEGORY?

No, you can’t. The submission must be sent by a NGO representative.  

A photographer can suggest the NGO to submit the reportage and help the representative in the submission process.

13.2 WHAT THEMES DO I HAVE TO COVER TO SUBMIT THE REPORTAGE TO THE NON-PROFIT CATEGORY?

The reportage has to be related to the work of the non-profit entity and the context in which it operates.

13.3 IS IT POSSIBLE TO SUBMIT MORE REPORTAGES TO THE NON-PROFIT CATEGORY?

Yes, it is. However, due to technical reasons, every reportage must be uploaded individually fulfilling the form.

13.4 DOES THE REPORTAGE SUBMITTED FOR THE NON-PROFIT AWARD HAVE TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS?

Not necessarily. This category is open to all photographers, with no restrictions of any kind. The reportages can be undertaken by volunteers of the non-profit organization.

Projects where photography is used as an educational or therapeutical tool can be submitted.

Projects where the pictures are realized or used by the beneficiaries of the NGO’s activities, can be submitted.

13.5 WHAT’S THE PARTICIPATION FEE FOR THE NON-PROFIT CATEGORY?

The fee to be paid to participate in the WRA Non-profit category is 20 Euros per reportage.

13.6 CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE NON-PROFIT CATEGORY WITH A REPORTAGE I HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED IN THE PAST?

Yes, you can. However, the reportage must not have been already selected as a winner in one of the past editions or included in the official programme of exhibits of previous editions of the Festival.

14. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ITALY AWARD?

The category is open to all photographers with no limitations of any kind. (professionals, amateurs, Italian and foreign). Reportages must consist of 20 images minimum and 40 images maximum.

The category World Italy is dedicated to photographic projects about Italy, stories that talk about our complex nation, the people who inhabit it, the problems that affect the country, and the positive energies crossing it.

The reportages can focus on spot news; stories of our time or the past; the products of the land; landscapes that make Italy unique; historical and secular traditions.

The photographs can be taken in Italy as well as in other countries where communities of Italians live abroad and thrive or who maintain historical connections with Italy.

15. DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE WITH AN UNPUBLISHED WORK?

No, you don’t. This contest is not restricted to unpublished works.

16. DO THE PICTURES HAVE TO BE SHOT IN A CERTAIN TIME PERIOD?

No, there are no restrictions of any kind as regards the period of realization.

17. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE MASTER AWARD CATEGORY AS WELL AS TO THE SPOTLIGHT AWARD, WORLD ITALY AWARD, STUDENT AWARD AND NON-PROFIT AWARD?

Yes, you can. You are allowed to send the same reportage to these five categories or different reportages to each of them.

Please note: in order to participate to the Student Award and to the Non-profit Award see questions 12, 12.1 and 13.

18. CAN A REPORTAGE ALREADY PRESENTED BY A PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF THE WORLD.REPORT AWARD, BE SUBMITTED AGAIN TO THE CURRENT EDITION OF THE WRA?

Yes, it can. It is allowed to submit the same reportage already submitted to the past editions. It is also possible to submit the same reportage to the Non-profit Award, as long as it is submitted by the NGO and not by the photographer. Submissions sent by photographers will not be considered.

19. HOW MUCH DO I PAY IF I SUBMIT MY WORKS TO MORE CATEGORIES?

The fee to be paid to participate in the WRA Master, Spot Light, Short Story, European Photographers sections varies according to the following:

  • 20 Euros per one section (to be paid through PayPal or credit card)
  • 35 Euros per two sections (to be paid through PayPal or credit card)
  • 50 Euros per three sections (to be paid through PayPal or credit card)
  • 65 Euros per four sections (to be paid through PayPal or credit card)

When you fill in the submission form, the total amount will be automatically calculated taking into account the number of works and categories you’re applying for.

20. THE PICTURES HAVE NOT BEEN SHOT IN RAW, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

The winners of the Master, Spot Light, Short and  Student categories will be asked to provide the official jury with the RAW files that must be sent by July 1 st, 2019. In case the photographer doesn’t have the RAW files, the jury reserves the rights to ask and evaluate the JPG original files as recorded by the camera.

If the requested files will not be sent by July 1st, 2019 the jury is entitled to eliminate the reportage from the shortlist.

The official jury could also ask the selected NGOs for the Non-profit category to provide the RAW files or the negatives for further verification.

21. I SHOOT ANALOGUE, CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST?

Yes, you can. Please keep in mind the following for the Master, Spot Light, Short Story, World Italy and Student categories: when you submit, you’ll be asked to upload the scanned version of the negatives in a JPG format, in accordance with the size given for the digital pictures.

If your reportage is selected by the jury as the winner, you must send the original negatives to the jury. If this will not happen within the terms given by the award notice (July 1st, 2019), the jury will choose a new shortlister. The jury will not take into consideration any other material other than the original negatives.

22. IS IT MANDATORY TO GIVE CAPTIONS AND AN INTRODUCTION TEXT?

Yes, it is. In order to participate in this award, the photographer must send a file with the captions and a text containing all the necessary info as specified in the guidelines.

For this matter see question 4.

The works that will be submitted without an introductory text or without captions will not be taken into account by the jury.

23. CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH A REPORTAGE MADE COLLECTIVELY?

No, you can’t. As specified in our guidelines, the World.Report Award is reserved exclusively to single photographers. The participation is strictly done on individual basis and excludes all works produced by collectives of photographers.

The only exception is the Non-profit Award. The NGO can submit a reportage made collectively by several photographers on assignment in different periods for the same organization.

24. WHO WILL FORM THE JURY?

The members of the jury of the World.Report Award 2019 will be communicated shortly.

25. THE ONLY WAY TO PARTICIPATE TO THE FESTIVAL IS BY WINNING THE AWARD?

If the jury, at its own discretion, believes that some works are of high worth, it will propose, to the organization of the Festival of Ethical Photography to have them included in the official programme of the Festival 2019.

The photographer will be contacted by the staff of the Festival and will be offered the opportunity to be part of the official programme of exhibits. For this reason, the participation is highly encouraged as some works will be chosen and exhibited in the 2019 edition, enjoying an international visibility.

26. WHEN WILL THE WINNERS RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES?

The photographers will be granted their awards by the 31st of December 2020.

27. I CAREFULLY READ ALL THE FAQs, CAN I SKIP READING THE GUIDELINES?

No, you can’t. In order to prepare all the material to be submitted, you’ll need to carefully read the award guidelines. By participating in the award, you formally agree to all its rules and regulations.

These FAQs are to be intended as support only.

LINK to the guidelines: https://www.festivaldellafotografiaetica.it/contest-regulations-world-report-award-en/