WORLD SHOOTOUT
Underwater Photo Grand Prix
15 Years | 667 Winners | $267,000 Cash

RULES


Registering to the competition automatically implies the photographer’s agreement and acceptance of all competition rules
as set and stated by the competition production below.
 
2019 ShootOut Categories
1. 5 Best Images
2. Wide Angle
3. Macro & Super Macro
4. Amateurs
5. UW Fashion
6. Black Water NEW
7. Underwater Photography Global Championship
8. Video Clips of the World
 
Registration and upload images can be carried out until November 1st, 2019.
 

 Categories and Participation Fees are as following:
1. Participation Fees for each category and number of sets are listed on the registration page.
2. Submission fee for each additional set of images (up to 3 sets) on each of the categories is 10 Euro.
3. SPECIAL BONUS - Participants who register to any of the categories (excluded Video Clip and Championship) before August 1st, get the second set FREE
4. Cancellation Policy: Any participant withdrawing from registration before October 2nd, 2019, will receive a full refund of submission fees.

 
Upload Images 
1. Images submitted to any of the categories should comply with all category requirements, as described in details on the specific category’s page.
2. Final images can be submitted until November 1st, 2019.
3. Images must be saved in jpeg format and should be sized up to 1.5 MB
4. Participants reaching semi-final stages during the judging process will be asked to provide original image files in RAW and JPEG using any of the online transfer services. Note that these files are requested for validation purposes and participants who fail to provide these original files as requested will be disqualified.
 
General Rules
1. Only images featuring a date stamp of November 2nd, 2018 - November 1st, 2019 will be accepted to the competition.
2. Competition registration and images submission must be completed through the competition website no later than Friday, November 1st, 2019.
3. Upon registering to the competition, each participant will receive a participation number, which later on should be used in order
to login and upload the images submitted to the competition.
5. All competition categories are open to all participants, aside from one exception, according to which images taken with DSLR
or Mirrorless camera systems cannot be submitted to the Amateurs category.

6. Images submitted to any of the categories should comply with all category requirements, as described in details on the specific category’s page.
7. Images submitted to the competition must be taken either underwater or half-half.
8. Participants must shoot in RAW format in addition to corresponding JPEG files (please consult with the organizers upon registration if this option is not available for you).
9. Minor editing of images using any imaging software is allowed: This includes color and contrast enhancements, backscatter removal, up to 15 % cropping allowed, minor flaws fixes and background consolidation. Image editing that alters the main content of the image, such as moving, removing models and/or implanting foreign elements, is not permitted. 
10. The organizers and the judges have the authority to determine whether a photo has been manipulated according to their judgment. The decision of the Jury to disqualify a photo or a photographer is final and indisputable.
11. Upon registering to the competition, each participant signs an environmental conservation commitment, according to which he/she are obligated to follow environmental conservation regulations and to share respect to the underwater world while shooting images or videos underwater. This applies to any participant, wherever they might be scuba diving, free diving or snorkeling. As per this commitment, the photographer understands that he/she are the only one responsible for their behavior underwater while capturing images. Any damage to the protected underwater world, including the disruption of the natural habitat of creatures, provocation through touching, feeding or annoying, is prohibited and might disqualify the images or the photographer. 
12. The production is entitled to disqualify a participant who acts against the rules, acted in any way that is contradictory to the spirit of the competition, or for any other reason that the production team seems fit
13. It is absolutely forbidden to submit images in the name of a photographer that hasn’t captured them. The competition is conducted individually and rules of ethics must be adhered to.
14. The decisions made by the jury panel are final in all aspects of the competition and may not be challenged.
15. Legal issues of any kind, if result in lawsuits, shall be solely held at the Tel Aviv courthouse.
 
 Prizes
1. The final list of prizes will be published on the competition website only on January 2nd , 2020. Prizes published prior to this date may vary and cannot be considered as final.
2. Prizes are awarded to the winners in person and only the winners themselves are permitted to make use of them. It is prohibited to attempt selling prizes.
3. Dive safaris and trips awarded as prizes do not include air travel, taxes and other expenses, unless stated otherwise by the relevant sponsor.
4. Prizes do not include shipment and potential import tax fees in the respective home countries of participants.
5. For the sake of eliminating possible misunderstandings, at the time of the winning ceremony, only symbolic vouchers or letters will be awarded to the winners. The actual prize will be provided later in accordance with the voucher sponsor.

Use of Photographs
By enrolling the competition, participants agree that the submitted photos and videos in all categories may be used or reproduced for the media coverage of this event and for the promotion of future competitions in all media channels, including TV, Internet, written publications and more.
Competition organizers reserve the right to make use of images and videos submitted to the competition for the purpose of publishing a competition album, calendars, and any other use that promotes future competitions or found useful by the production.
Submitted materials shall indefinitely remain in the producers' archives without the requirement of further permission for usage.
Photo and video credits will be given to the photographer when applicable.
Submission of materials and participation in the competition entails an automatic acceptance of all the above.
Use of images as described above will require no additional written or verbal permissions from the photographer.

Rights of Materials
I hereby declare that I'm the rightful owner of all the copyrights to the aforementioned images submitted to World Shootout competition. This image was produced by me, and I own the rights to sell, distribute, rent or broadcast it in any way or form, including private and commercial use, anywhere in the world. 
In case of images featuring models, the photographer must have a signed model release, which permits World ShootOut to make use of these materials for promotion purposes in all media channels.
Signing the official competition registration form states the photographer’s agreement to the rules stated above. 
 

 
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