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Photo contest

As part of 2WSFC, we are running a photo contest! Photos should be related to congress themes and will be displayed in Hyatt Regency 1, Merida, for the duration of the conference. Voting will be done by ballot, with the winner announced at the banquet on Thursday, September 25th.


Aim of the contest

The aim of the contest is to highlight the nature of small-scale fishing and small-scale fishing communities, reflecting the social, cultural and economic importance of this sector to securing viable and sustainable livelihoods. Winning photos will be included in a ‘coffee-table’ photo book, produced as part of the Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) project.


The subject

Small-scale fishing and fisheries in all dimensions, both natural and human, but making visible the fishing activities itself throughout the value chain. This is to reflect the diversity, beauty and the efforts involved in this activity, and the specificities of fishing communities.


Rules and submissions

The contest is open to all photographers, professional or amateurs, including attendees to the 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (2WSFC). Each photographer may submit either a series of five photographs with a thematic nexus, or up to three individual images.

The series and/or single photograph, in its entirety, must be original materials taken by the contestant.  By submitting the photograph(s), the contestant warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the contestant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.


Formats and image size

The photos will be sent in digital format, JPEG files in high resolution with at least 3.500 pixels in their longest side. The images should be free from added margins on their sides. Global retouching should be minimal (adjust white balance, levels, cropping etc., is allowed), but not any major modification of the original composition. We will assume the general criteria about acceptable digital image manipulation used by National Geographic in their Photo Contest (http://goo.gl/oPLc8V). The images will be set to a limit of 20 Mb. each, to be sent by e-mail or similar electronic medium to toobigtoignore@mun.ca. They may also be sent using links to dropbox or google-drive. Scanned photographs or slides of high quality are acceptable. All photo submissions will be screened by a judging panel and only shortlisted photos will be invited to bring or send a hard copy for display at the 2WSFC, with a format of 40×50 cms or similar (glossy, high quality paper).


Identification of the images

Each image file should be named with the first letter of the author’s first name plus the author’s complete last name, an underscore and the number (from 1 to 5) of each image in the series, or with a letter for images individually. The identification will look like this: JSantana_1of5 (serial) or JSantana_A (B or C, individual images).

In addition, the contestant should also provide the following information to accompany each image and series in a text file: where and when the photo was taken, a title and a short description of the photo(s) (50 words max) and the EXIF information about the type of camera /lens used, that could be detailed in the exhibition. All submissions must be accompanied by a statement confirming authorship and the owner of the shortlisted photograph(s) will be required to submit the release form.



The deadline for the submission is July 31, 2014. The contestant will be informed whether his/her submitted photos are shortlisted for display at the 2WSFC by August 31, 2014.



A judging panel with experts both in small-scale fisheries and photography will be established. Also, a ballot box will be arranged, allowing congress participants to vote for the best photo.



The prize for the winning photographs will be the inclusion of their images in the book to be published by the TBTI Project about small-scale fisheries around the world. Every photo submitted will receive an official recognition, and shortlisted photographs will receive a certificate of participation in the public exhibition. The winners and exhibited shortlisted photographs will receive locally crafted gifts for their achievement.

Any conflict or legal litigation related to this photo contest will be dealt with by the correspondent tribunals of City of Merida, Yucatan State, Mexico.


Download 2WSFC Photo contest_final for detailed information about the photo contest.

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Important Dates

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014: deadline for extended abstracts

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