Dates and deadlines
Request for RAW files, TIF or JPEG high-resolution
and image descriptions
Deadline for RAW files, high-resolution and image
Notification of the winners
A - Landscape
Entries must capture scenes that are truly wild and awesome. They should
convey a sense of wonder and widerness.
B - Underwater worlds
Entries must feature sea or freshwater life.
C - Mammals
D - Birds
E - Other animals
C – D – E Images must
show memorable, unusual or striking behaviour. Portraits should capture the character or spirit of the subject and focus on it.
The key here is striking originality.
F - Plants and fungi
This is the category for pictures that highlight the beauty, diversity and importance of all forms of plant life.
G - Composition and forms
Pictures in this category must illustrate natural
subjects in abstract ways, and will be judged for
their aesthetic value.
H - Man and nature
Positive or negative aspects of human interaction with nature.
Alessandro Bee (Italy), wildlife photographer
Claudio Gazzaroli (Switzerland), underwater
Marco Ferrari (Italy), scientific editor of focus
Oriol Alamany (Spain), wildlife photographer
Theo Bosboom (Netherlands), wildlife photographer
1. The competition is open to amateur or professional photographers
of any age or nationality.
2. Enrollment fee for photographer is € 25,00.
3. Each submission is limited to 5 images for each category for a total
of 30 images.
4. Digital files and scan slides are accepted. Files editing is permitted
only if limited to a basic cleaning (removal of stains due to dust
on the camera sensor and noise reduction), slight saturation and
contrast or adjustment of tonal values and curves. Cropping is
allowed but must not exceed 35% of the original image area and
always taking into account the effects on the final file sizes. Borders,
signatures or watermarks should not be included into the images.
The colour space must be Adobe RGB (1998).
5 Digitally manipulated images are not accepted except the ones
complying with limits described in section 4). The image must
remain an intact and faithful representation of shapes, behaviours
or natural phenomena. The following actions are not allowed: a)
insertion or deletion of elements within the image, b) merging
two or more images (eg. photo stitching technique) or creating a
sandwich of two or more slides, c) multiple exposures are permitted
only if included in the camera’s original settings.
6. Participation is exclusively on-line. The registration to enter the
contest and the upload of images (initially only low-resolution
images must be uploaded) can be done on the website www.
asferico.com/concorso. Images in jpg format should have a size
of 1920 pixels on the longer side and weight not more than 3 MB.
Files must be renamed with the author’s name, category and a
consecutive number (eg. serrano.F_01.jpg).
Photographers whose images will be selected by the jury will
receive an e-mail including the instructions necessary to upload
RAW files and high resolution files, which are needed to enter the
final phase of the competition.
7. High-resolution digital files in TIFF or JPEG formats must have the
longer side measuring not less than 3000 pixels and the same
cut and colour of the jpg image uploaded during the registration
process. Original capture files as recorded by the camera with no
manipulation in RAW or DNG are also required. If high resolution
digital files and original capture files will not be submitted, the
participant will be disqualified.
Scanned files should have the longer side measuring at least 4000
pixels. The jury may require a copy of selected or winning images
with the original side measure. If a copy of the image with the
original side measure will not be submitted, the participant will be
8. Subjects must be photographed in their natural environment.
Photos of pets and animals bred in captivity as well as photos of
cultivated plants or landscapes including human made elements
will not be accepted. Restrictions listed above do not apply for
photos of category H whose natural subjects, however, must be
the main element of the composition.
9. Photos that have already won a prize (first, second or third prize) in
other competitions are not eligible to enter this competition.
10. All the rights on photos entering the competition must be author’s
property and be without bonds with agencies or publishers.
11. The magazine Asferico will be entitled to a free use of both
the winning and selected photographs that will eventually be
published in the journal, in the competition volume, on websites
or in brochures and calendars. Furthermore, photos may be
eventually showed in exhibitions related to the competition and
whenever the organizers of the competition will deem it necessary.
The names of images authors will always be mentioned.
12. There will be a pre-selection of the submitted images by a
committee appointed by the Editors of Asferico web. The committee reserves the right, at its sole discretion, not to accept
images realized causing harm to the portrayed species.