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2017 EPSON International Pano Awards

Open to all photographers worldwide.
Early Bird Deadline: July 9, 2017; Final Deadline July 23, 2017

Open Award Winner – Nature / Landscape ALEX NORIEGA, UNITED STATES Hibernation, Mount Rainier, Washington

Open Award Winner – Nature / Landscape
ALEX NORIEGA, UNITED STATES
Hibernation, Mount Rainier, Washington

OPEN AWARDS

  • Nature/Landscapes: $22USD Per Image (20% Early Bird Discount for 5+ images before Jul 9)
  • Built Environment/Architecture: $22USD per image (20% Early Bird Discount for 5+ images prior to Jul 9)

AMATEUR AWARDS

$18 USD per image (20% discount for 5+ images prior to July 9)

VR/360 AWARDS

$16 USD per image (20% discount for 5+ images prior to July 9)

About

The Epson International Pano Awards was founded in 2009 by Australian landscape photographer David Evans (2015 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year) with the support of Epson Australia, and has since grown into a collaboration between dedicated professional photographers, industry professionals and sponsors. It is a labour of love for all involved.

Our aim is to give the genre of panoramic photography its day in the sun, especially via the showcase of winning and top-scoring entries to media around the world.

Entry fees are in USD and are payable by credit card (via secure Stripe Payment Gateway) or Paypal. Please follow the prompts when finalising your entry. The ‘early-bird’ entry period closes on Sunday July 9th Midnight (UTC -11), 2017.
The late entry period closes Sunday July 23rd Midnight (UTC-11), 2017. You can add entries at any time until the competition closes, however once entries have been confirmed, they are unable to be changed. Multiple entry discounts will be unavailable during the late entry period.
 The EPSON International Pano Awards is open to all photographers. You retain copyright in each entry. Our sponsors, including Epson do NOT assume rights of use for commercial purposes. Images are used for display of winning and highest scoring images in relation to the competition only. Judging will take place in August, with results scheduled for announcement in September/October 2017.

All images must be panoramic format, defined for this competition as a minimum 2:1 ratio (long side : short side). Therefore, your entry files (Open and Amateur competitions) should be 3000 pixels on the long side, and NOT GREATER THAN 1500 pixels on the short side. Images not complying with the minimum ratio rule will be given the lowest average score. Please do not watermark your images. Click here for more information.

Open & Amateur Entries

Long Side: 3000 pixels (exactly)
Short Side: 1500 pixels (maximum)

VR/360 Entries

Long Side: 6144 pixels (exactly)
Short Side: 3072 pixels (exactly)

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

To be awarded Open or Amateur Photographer of the Year you are required to:

  • be a finalist (top 10)
  • AND have at least two other images place within the top 50 of a category in the same competition

This rule does not apply to any other place-getters or special awards. We want to ensure the coveted titles are awarded not only to a single high score, but a solid performance with a portfolio of images. In addition to the awarding of cash and the prize pool to the top places in each competition, scores will be scaled following final judging to award the following ratios of overall entries;

  • GOLD AWARDS; TOP 2%, SCORE 86 AND ABOVE
  • SILVER AWARDS; NEXT 10%, SCORE 80-85
  • BRONZE AWARDS; NEXT 33%, SCORE 70-79

Awards certificates will be made available to recipients online as PDF files. Take care when entering your name in the entry process as this will be used directly for any certificate you receive.

NOTE: Gold, Silver and Bronze awards do NOT denote a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. The top 50 placings in each category will also be acknowledged online by way of the Top 50 galleries.

During the entry process you will be prompted to indicate your eligibility to be considered for the various special awards, which are additional to the main judging/prize pools. Please tick all that apply to your entry.

For example, an entry in the Open competition may also be eligible for the Carolyn Mitchum Award and the Highest Scoring Film Capture.

THE CAROLYN MITCHUM AWARD

The Carolyn Mitchum Award will be decided by Jeff Mitchum from the top 50 eligible entries in either category in the Open competition. To be considered for this award, your entry must predominantly be created ‘in camera’. This means no HDR, exposure blending, composites or cloning are allowed. Minimal cropping, RAW global adjustments, B&W and minor dodging and burning are permissible. In keeping with the competition, images must be panoramic (minimum 2:1 ratio) and stitching is permissible. Finalists will be asked to show original RAW files or film scans to be considered for this award.

THE EPSON DIGITAL ART PRIZE

The Epson Digital Art Prize will be decided by the executive team at Epson Australia from the top 20 eligible entries in the Open competition. To be considered for this award, your entry must show excellence in digital post-processing as well as having exceptional photographic technique. Entries must be 100% photographic in origin and the sole work of the entrant, but there are no restrictions on the level of retouching allowed, including but not limited to; stitching, composites, exposure blending, HDR, cloning, cropping, dodging and burning. Images must be panoramic (minimum 2:1 ratio).

CURATOR’S AWARD

The Curator’s Award will be awarded by curator David Evans to his favourite image in the competition. To be eligible for this award, you need to score within the top 50 in any category of Open or Amateur, or top 20 in VR/360.

Images may be from single capture or stitching software, film or digital capture, but must be 100% photographic in origin.  Manipulation is allowed but excessive manipulation may be scored down by the judges if not well executed. Computer generated images and elements are not permitted.

OPEN AND VR/360 COMPETITIONS = ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS ELIGIBLE (INCLUDING NON-PROFESSIONALS)

AMATEUR COMPETITION = NON-PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

An Amateur is defined for this competition as someone who earns less than USD$20,000 per year from photography as an occupation.  Amateurs may enter the Open, Amateur or VR competitions.
All photographers earning more than US$20,000 per year from photography may ONLY enter the Open or VR/360 competitions. Winners in the Amateur competition will be thoroughly checked for Amateur status.

Amateurs and non-professionals may enter an identical image into the Amateur and Open competitions if they wish, as they are judged as separate competitions with different judging panels.

Entries in the Nature categories must be predominantly of natural subjects, although some man made objects within image are accepted. An example of this would be a jetty or a building within a landscape.

Entries in the Built Environment categories must be predominantly of man-made subjects, although some natural subjects within the image are accepted. An example of this would be a park within a city environment.

People, abstract/creative, B&W and vertical panoramic images can be entered in any category, with the exception of the VR/360 competition where vertical images are not accepted.

A Gigapixel image is defined as more than one billion pixels.  Gigapixel images are exempt from the minimum 2:1 ratio rule.

360 degree spherical images (also known as ‘little planets’) are also permitted, and are exempt from the minimum 2:1 ratio rule. Please select ‘Gigapixel’ in the entry process in order for the entry system to accept them.

Entering multiple substantially similar entries in the same category may be marked down by the judges.

There is no restriction on the date of origin of entries, or on the number of entries per entrant, however images entered in previous EPSON International Pano Awards competitions are not permitted.

Other Special Awards

During the entry process you will be prompted to indicate your eligibility to be considered for the various special awards, which are additional to the main judging/prize pools. Please tick all that apply to your entry.

Additional prizes will also be awarded in the Open competition for;

  • Highest Scoring IAPP member
  • Highest Scoring Gigapixel Image
  • Highest Scoring Image from Film Capture
  • Highest Scoring Stiched Image
  • Highest Scoring Vertical Image
  • Highest Scoring Aerial Image

Winners will be asked to provide proof in each case.

The Highest scoring IVRPA member across Open, Amateur and VR competitions will also be awarded.

Note: you are NOT required to be a member of the IAPP or IVRPA to enter the competition

Enter 2017 Awards

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