Photo competition


Prizes Rules

2018 International Wildbird Photo Competition’s rules



This online competition is open to everybody, amateur and professional photographers, of whatever nationality. The Festival’s team and the jury members are not allowed to join in.
A specific category is dedicated to photographers aged 15 to 17 years.

This competition is an ethical contest : Any participant guarantees that the images they submit have been conducted in full compliance with laws related to the preservation of wildlife. They are expected to keep in mind the wellbeing of the birds and their environment and to avoid injury or distress to the birds or destruction of their habitat.
Pictures of domesticated, trained or captive bird, photographs showing stressed or harassed bird; photographs taken at nest taken with macro lenses, birds of prey lured with live bait or nocturnal birds taken at night with a flash; are prohibited.


5 categories reserved for photographers over 18:

Bird in its environment
The photographs submitted in this category must describe the close relationship between the bird and its natural environment, include it in its familiar landscape (examples: diving dipper at the foot of a waterfall, woodpecker hacking a tree, camouflaged nightgown in the dead leaves ..)
Fashion design
This category must present bird as a «nature masterpiece» : posture or attitude emphasizing the grace and elegance of the subject, putting forward aesthetic or morphological details (this can range from a part of the body close-up to a macro picture of the feathers). The aesthetics of the image and the creativity of the photographer will be the essential criteria of the Jury.
Bird in danger
Photos submitted in this category should illustrate a species on the IUCN Global Red List, regardless of its degree of threat. List available on the IUCN website:
Water games
Photographers must submit photos of birds taken during aquatic activities (immersion, swimming,fishing, bathing, watering, etc …) or play with this element to highlight their subject.
The 3 images in this category must tell a story and have a common theme (species, attitude, color, season, place…).
Photos should be in the format indicated in the boxed article below, in the same orientation (all vertical or all horizontal), and submitted as a zip file.
Please note that the order of the photos must be indicated in the files names (ex : File-1, File-2, File-3)

The Jury reserve the right to change the category of an image if it seems more appropriate.

A special category is dedicated to young photographers aged 15 to 17 years (legal age as of November 30th, 2017 at midnight), and has for unique theme Wildbird.


Regarding the categories reserved to photographers over 18:
Each participant may submit a maximum of 10 photographs, either in the same or several categories (the miniseries category counting as a single photograph).
Registration fees: €2 / photo – Payment will be made online with a debit or credit card or via Paypal. (This is a competition and not a commercial lottery, the participation fee will not be refunded).

Regarding the category for photographers aged 15 to 17 years:
Each participant must have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter. They may submit up to 5 photos. No registration fees for this category.

You must register and submit your pictures online on the Festival website at this address:
When registering, you must provide a valid email address to be contacted.

Dates and deadline: From September 1st to November 30th, 2017, midnight (Paris time)

To avoid technical problems, we deeply recommend you not to wait until the last minute.

Files shall be submitted in:

  • JPEG format
  • free of margin, frame or signature
  • 3:2 ratio
  • exactly 3,500 pixels on its longest side (the shortest side should be of about 2,333 pixels)

Only minor adjustments such as tone adjustment, contrast adjustment, brightness adjustment, cropping, sharpening, black and white processing, noise reduction, localized retouching, minor cleanups are allowed. These adjustments must not deceive the viewer or give a false picture of the realities of nature.

Entering award-winning picture from a previous edition of the competition is forbidden. A picture can compete in only one category.


The final selection will be made on  January 18th and 19th, 2018 by a jury composed of photographers, naturalists and ornithologists, in order to designate the winners and choose the photos to be exhibited during the Festival.
The Jury will proceed in accordance with the rules of anonymity.

After the end of deliberations, the winners will be notified by e-mail and invited to send TIFF (8-bit) or JPEG high resolution at 300 dpi, and RAW or original files.
These files must be provided by mail return. If it turns out that a winning image has not complied with these rules, it will officially be downgraded.
Results will be communicated by email and will be available on the Festival’s website.


Prizes can not be the object of a counterpart in cash nor of whatever nature and are not transferable.

  • A Grand Prix to the overall winner awarded with an amount of €1,500
  • A 1st Prize in each category awarded with an amount of €800
  • A 1st Prize for the category «Young Photographers» rewarded by material endowments
  • A Public Prize awarded to the picture which has totalized the more votes from the visitors of the exhibition, endowed by the Festival’s partners.

Every competitor can only be awarded for a single photograph except for the Public Prize and any Special Mentions awarded by the Jury.

The Jury reserves the right to change the prize list depending on the quality of the works in competition, and assign additional «Special Distinctions» .

Each winner will be invited to the Award Ceremony on Saturday 28 April 2018 at the Municipal Theater of Abbeville. It will be offered for 2 persons: 1 night hotel with breakfasts / a first-class return train ticket Paris-Abbeville-Paris (SNCF 1st class) or the equivalent in cash * / a meal with nominated entrants (directors, producers and photographers).
(* Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the Festival on this basis by check or bank transfer.)

Prizes will be awarded to winners within a maximum of 8 months by bank transfer or check.


By entering, the photographer declares being the sole author of the submitted image and fully agrees to the competition rules.

The author of a selected or a winning photograph grants to the Bird and Nature Festival, the right to reproduce and publish his/her images to promote the Photo Competition and/or the Festival.
This includes:

  • production and distribution of a video clip on the Photo Competition,
  • publication of the results on the internet and in the press,
  • publication in a portfolio edited by our partner Nat’Images,
  • promotion of the competition and the current edition of the Festival,
  • reproduction for exhibiting during the Festival.

The Festival will not transfer the exploitation rights to any other third party and will not make any other use of the work without prior agreement of the author.


In order to realize the Photo Competition exhibition, a professional lab will be appointed to print the selected photos on the basis of the sent files.
During the exhibition, visitors will vote for the photo of their choice to award the Public Prize.
Photographers having one or more photos exhibited will benefit from 2 complimentary exhibition tickets.
After the event, the winning photos and a selection of the best pictures will constitute a nonprofit touring exhibition to promote the Festival.


The competition entry being processed through the Internet, it implies knowledge and acceptance of the limits of the Internet, especially regarding technical performance, highly variable flows, loading time, lack of protection of certain data against misuse and risk of contaminationby viruses circulating on the network.

Consequently, the Festival cannot be held liable.

This regulation shall be filed with the lawyer Me CARTON in Abbeville.

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