F8 Photography Competition

One cannot go back in time but it is said that a photograph is the only way to go back in time and convert a mortal moment into an immortal one. A picture may speak a thousand words but it is the extraordinary story behind it that makes it all the more interesting. Photography is a superlative art of capturing moments and emotions and is evidently one of the most beautiful means of expression. It shows that, which is not easily seen. As quoted by renowned photographer Sam Abell, “I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.

The year 2013, will witness nothing more than mere talent and precision with the announcement of the second F8 National Students' Photography Competition and Exhibition. F8 provides a platform to amateur photographers to showcase their talent and present their masterpieces in a competitive category.

The F8 National Students Photography Competition and Exhibition is an ancillary activity of “First Frame 2013- 5th International Students’ Film Festival” to be held on 2nd and 3rd April 2013 at Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House, New Delhi, India.

Rules and Regulations:

1. There is no entry fee for participation
2. F8 Photography Competition is open for entries only from India
3. Only individual student entries will be allowed
4. The theme for the ‘F8 National Students’ Photography Competition’ is Emotion- One thing you cannot hide
5. Proposed Awards for the Competition are:
a.       Best Photograph     (Cash Prize INR 10,000)
b.       First Runners-Up     (Cash Prize INR 7,500)
c.       Second Runners-Up (Cash Prize INR 5,000)

6. In addition, the jury has the discretion of conferring other special awards if need be.
7. The photographer must possess the negative/raw file/original format of the picture and should be able to present it, if required
8. Submission deadline is 11th March 2013. Entries received after this date will NOT be accepted for F8 National Students' Photography Competition and Exhibition.
9. Photographs must be printed on 300 gsm glossy/photo-paper. Prints should not be smaller than 8 x 10 inches or bigger than 9 x 12 inches. For panoramic entries, the shorter side must measure 8 inches. 
10. Entries in the form of prints should be unmounted and without borders. There must be no watermarks, copyright marks or identifying marks on the face of the photograph.
11. Photograph must be emailed to us in .jpeg/.jpg/.raw formats with a resolution of at least 2000 pixels on the shorter side. 
12. The CD/DVD be labeled clearly with the following details:
a.       Name of the Photographer
b.      Caption of each photograph

13. A hard copy of the application form and bonafide student certificate to be duly forwarded under the seal and signature of the Institute head/concerned authority. Both the documents must be scanned and emailed alongwith the photographs. The participant must possess the hard copy of the documents and should be able to produce it if required.
14. A maximum of 4 entries per photographer is allowed
15. For sending more than 1 entry, please use copies of the entry form
16. The photograph should be free from any manipulation either digital or manual
17. MBICEM reserves the right to accept or reject any entries without assigning any reason
18. Your submission will be a part of the First Frame library
19. Your entry may be used for Festival Promotional purposes
20. The top 3 photographs will be selected by a specialized jury and pictures for the exhibition would be selected accordingly.
21. Entries will be judged on the basis of interpreting and expressing the theme, along with the technical and aesthetic quality of the photograph. The decision of the jury will be final and binding.
22. In case of dispute regarding content of the photograph, photographer and the institute he/she belongs to would be responsible for it.
23. If it is discovered at any time (before, during or after the event) that any student has made an attempt to forge the photograph, for submission, of any other copyright owner, then the student and the institute will be blacklisted and debarred from participating in subsequent awards/events for all the times to come and such names will be listed on the website of First Frame. The said student or institution may also be liable for legal proceedings for deliberate misrepresentation of facts and cheating.
24. MBICEM will not be responsible for any postal/courier delays, or any kind of tampering with the courier. It is the sole responsibility of the participant/institute to assure the delivery on time.
25. Sending of online application form doesn’t confirm participation. All entries would be considered valid only when the courier, with all original documents, is received at MBICEM.

Eligibility Criteria:

Only students studying any media/mass communication/journalism/photogrpahy course in any recognized Government/Ministry approved institute/university can participate. 

How to Participate?

1. Download the ‘F8 National Students’ Photography Competition and Exhibition Application Form’. Click here to download
2. Fill the application form, print it, sign it and email it's scanned copy with your submission photograph(s) by 11th March 2013 at firstframe.info@gmail.com with the ‘Subject’: Entry for F8.
3. Take a printout of the ‘Bonafide Student Certificate’ by clicking here. It must be filled and signed by the Director/Principal of your institute. Scan the signed document and attach it alongwith your photographs in the email.

4. Send the following documents by courier:

a.  Printout of the filled-in ‘Application Form’

b.  Filled and signed ‘Bonafide Student Certificate’

c.  A CD/DVD containing the soft copy of the Photograph in .jpeg/.jpg/.raw format with minimum resolution of 2000 pixels on the shorter side.
d.  Photographs for submission printed on 300 gsm glossy/photo-paper. Minimum size: 8 x 10 inch and maximum size: 9 x 12 inch.

5. Please mention “Entry for F8- 2013” on the envelope

6. The courier should reach us latest by 11th March 2013 at the following address:

120-B, Madangir Village,
Behind Local Shopping Center,
New Delhi - 110 062

Phone: +91 11 29963720, +91 11 29963722