FMoPA International Photography Competition


1. People and Portraits 
2. Places and Landscape, and Drone Photography
3. Nature, Science, and Animals
4. Documentary/ Social and Political Photojournalism
5. Still Life
6. Abstract Photography
7. Conceptual Photography

Rules, Terms and Conditions

First some Plain English:

What to Enter 
There is no limit to the number of images you may enter.  Each photograph must be less than 6 megabytes (MB) in size and in either the preferred “JPG” format or alternatively, in jpeg, png or gif formats.
Entrants must not submit images that involve the willful harassment of people or wildlife, damage to the environment or property by the photographer or at the direction of the photographer, the taking of risks, inappropriate or otherwise objectionable material or images including material that infringes on the rights of any other person, as determined by FMoPA in its sole and absolute discretion. Images that violate these standards may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion.
Captions must accompany all submissions and must be included when the photograph is uploaded to the Contest site.
FMoPA has final approval of any caption language that appears on its web site with any of the photos and will not promote or endorse unauthorized third-party products or services.

How to Enter
Each photograph must be submitted electronically to the Contest site (FMoPA International Photo Contest) by the following method:
The Process is simple: 

That’s it! Then you can invite your friends to vote for your photo, view the submitted photos, or enter again!

Important: Format file name with artist name, underscores for spaces, followed by file extension:
        Your_Name1.jpg     Your_Name2.jpg
        John_Smith3.jpg    Tom_Johnson4.jpg

Eligibility and Judging
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. For each category, three winners will be selected. An overall winner will be selected from all submitted photographs. Each winning submission will be printed for exhibition in the FMoPA Community Gallery. Winning submissions are granted permission for full use by FMoPA including the sale of the printed work, use of the work for promotional purposes, and/or use of the work for marketing purposes.
To ensure eligibility for the Contest, entries must have a file size of 6MB or less. Images that are larger than 6Mb are not able to be uploaded and therefore will not be judged. File names that contain special characters or foreign characters will result in the image not being reviewed or displayed.
All images must be anonymous and cannot include identifying markings including but not limited to signatures, distinguishing watermarks, name stamps, company names, or photos of the artist. Applicants not in compliance with this requirement will be required to make adjustments to their applications / submittals. Refusal to do so will result in disqualification from the judging process.
Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license for use as set forth below (see "Your Rights" below). Upon request, you must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously.
The image must be the original work of the photographer submitting it to the Contest. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit, and as otherwise determined by the judge(s). Preliminary judging may performed by a panel of FMoPA designees. Final judging will be performed by the guest judge(s) identified on the contest page of with the winners chosen in his/her/their sole and absolute discretion. FMoPA shall have the right to substitute another judge(s) if for some reason the guest judge(s) identified on the contest page is unwilling or unable to serve.
FMoPA shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by FMoPA and the judge(s) are final. Winners will be notified by email. Winners who do not respond to this notification within seven (7) days or whose email address is invalid may be removed from the winners award list and a new winner will be selected in their place.

One popular "People’s Choice" winner will also be selected as the image with the largest number of popular votes. Every photo entered in the contest will be available to be voted on by both contestants and the general public. While it is difficult to predict the exact criteria used by the public to vote for a photo, it is common for the public to use the following criteria: originality, the emotional character, overall impact and artistic merit.
Voting requires a $1 per vote payment and a minimum of 5 votes. At the end of the contest, the most popular photograph as determined by total votes will be awarded as People’s Choice winner.
Contestants can solicit votes for each image submitted to increase their chances of winning.

In the event of a tie where more than one photo receives the same number of votes and is in the “top 3” of all voting totals per photo, final judging (tie-breaking) will be performed by FMOPA in its sole and absolute discretion. 

The Contest deadlines (start and end dates) can be viewed on the Contest entry page of The Contest deadlines may be extended at the discretion of FMoPA. Finalists and prize winners will be announced promptly after the Contest entry deadline.

Deadline for entries:       April 13, 2018 - 5:00 pm
Note: All referenced times are Eastern Time Zone (UTC-04:00)
Winners announced:       May 4, 2018
Exhibition dates:             June 1 – July 23, 2018

Winning Photos
Winning submissions will be notified by May 4, 2018 and must respond to a winning notification by May 6, 2018 at 5:00pm.
It is the responsibility of the Photo Owner to provide FMoPA with a high resolution file of the photo(s) selected as winners.
Should a winning photo owner not comply with either the notification response period or a high resolution file of the winning photo(s) - the next leading photo shall be selected by FMoPa in its place.
Winning submissions will be printed, matted, and framed by FMoPA for exhibition.
The preliminary judging panel will select up to 100 photos to be viewed by the guest judge(s) who will determine the contest's winners. Winners will be displayed in a group exhibition in the museum. Selected winning photographs will be awarded prizes as indicated below:

Best in Competition:

Best in Category:

Your Rights
Your photographs help FMoPA perform its mission. Thank you for helping!
You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit -- including ownership, if applicable, subject to museum use as stated below. You hereby grant FMoPA the nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to: Publish the images for FMoPA’s purposes in any format, including on FMoPA’s website, social media platforms, and in FMoPA’s publications or presentations, such as newsletters, brochures, fundraising appeals, public service announcements, grant proposals, reports, awards, thank-you cards, displays, mailings, invitations, and any other uses for museum related purposes as determined by FMoPA in its sole and absolute discretion.
Provide images to other individuals and organizations for FMoPA-related use in news stories, newsletters, marketing support, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, and otherwise. This includes the contest site provider,
Use, in connection with your submission, your name, city, state, and country of residence.
Archive the electronic files for FMoPA or contest site provider related use.
Identical rights to those granted herein to FMoPA are also granted to, the contest site provider.

Questions and inquiries about contest rules and legal conditions can be emailed to

Legal Conditions
The FMoPA photo contest is operated and hosted by MulaBula, LLC ("Website Provider", "Contest Site", "Contest Site Provider"). 
By entering this contest, you agree to certain legal conditions stated in this document.
By entering, participants agree to protect, indemnify, defend and hold harmless FMoPA, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, judges and representatives including the contest website provider (MulaBula, LLC) from any and all third party liability for any and all liabilities and expenses (including without limitation, fees of attorneys, investigators, and experts) injuries, loss, claim, action, demand, or damage of any kind which may be asserted against, imposed upon or incurred from or in connection with the competition (collectively, "Losses"), including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity right. The Contest is void where prohibited by law.
Each entrant in the Contest ("Entrant") is responsible for ensuring that he or she has the right to submit the photos that he or she submits to the Contest per these rules.
You, as Entrant or site user/visitor, agree that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved with FMoPA and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, before a court of competent jurisdiction located in Tampa, Florida, which court shall apply the laws of the State of Florida without regard for rules of conflicts of law. IN ANY SUCH DISPUTE, PARTICIPANT SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ATTORNEYS' FEES, OR ANY DAMAGES OTHER THAN PARTICIPANT'S ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES (IF ANY) ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST. YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE THAT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF ANY MONIES AWARDED TO YOU CAN NOT EXCEED THE ENTRY FEE PAID. YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR INCREASED. The Contest, Contest Site and FMoPA’s web site are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied.
FMoPA and/or MulaBula, LLC are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by web site users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the photo competition, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the photo competition, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. FMoPA and/or MulaBula, LLC assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. FMoPA and/or MulaBula, LLC ARE not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any communication network or lines, computer equipment, servers, providers, computer on-line systems, software, or failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any web site, including injury or damage to participant's or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or uploading images or information in the photo contest.
If, for any reason, the photo competition is not capable of completion as planned, including but not limited to, any reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the photo competition, FMoPA reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, extend, modify or suspend the photo competition.