Who Can Enter?
Open to professional and amateur photographers from any country worldwide shooting in all forms of color photography using traditional or digital methods.
How do you classify Professional or Amateur?
Professional category is for photographers whose occupation and income is made as a photographer. The Amateur category is for photographers who do not make their main income from photography.
How do I enter?
Create your online Portfolio, upload your images and pay entry fees. Your entry is submitted when entry fees are paid. You will receive an entry confirmation email upon payment of entry fees.
What is the Final Deadline for submissions?
All entries must be received by the Late Entry Deadline - midnight (PST) September 30, 2016. No entries will be accepted after this date.
What are the Early Entry and Early Closing Deadlines?
These early deadlines offer discounts on entry fees. Deadlines are subject to change and may be extended.
How much are entry fees?
Entry fees are $35 (Professional) or $30 (Amateur) for a single image entry. Entry fee Specials provide discounts up to 50%. Your fees are automatically calculated using the best discount at time of payment. Entry fees are non-refundable.
What are the Entry Fee Specials and how do I get them?
You can submit 2 single entries for the price of 1 with the "2 for 1" special (ended June 30, 2016).
You can submit 5 or 10 single entries for a discounted price with the "Pack" specials (ended August 19, 2016).
Entries do not have to be in same category. Upload all entries before paying entry fees.
How can I pay my entry fees?
You can pay by visa, mastercard, amex, paypal or check. All payments are processed in USD currency.
What is the Trade Discount and how do I get it?
Members of photography trade groups, associations, societies and clubs receive an extra 10% discount off entry fees. To qualify, click link at checkout and input your group's name.
What are Rewards in my Portfolio?
You receive 10% of your entry fees back as Rewards which can used to pay entry fees at next year's awards (Rewards are added to your Portfolio at the opening of new year).
How many images can I enter?
There is no limit to the number of images you can submit.
Can I enter the same image into multiple categories?
The same image can only be submitted into one category.
Can I enter work that has been published?
Published and unpublished work is accepted.
Can I enter an image that has won or been nominated before at the International Color Awards?
Winning and nominated images cannot be entered again.
Is there a time limit on when the photograph was taken?
There are no restrictions on the date of photograph.
What happens to the copyright of the images and how will the images be used?
Copyright remains with the owner at all times. Submitted images may be used to promote the awards. The photographer’s name will always be credited with an image. (See usage).
Your personal information remains private at all times. Only your name and country are shown publicly on the website. We respect your privacy and will never sell your data to third parties.
What size of files can I submit?
Digital images must be saved as jpg at 72ppi, 1024 pixels longest side in RGB. Files should be named lastname-firstname_title.jpg (no accented characters in the filename).
Can I submit prints, books or CDs?
We recommend submitting digital files. Prints are accepted and will be digitized and uploaded to your Portfolio. Books are not accepted. You can mail a CD of digital files. Prints and CDs will not be returned.
Can I have my logo or name on the photograph?
Images must not have any embedded marks, logos, names or borders.
Do you accept black & white images?
Photographs must be in color - no black & white images.
Do you accept digitally manipulated images?
Digitally manipulated images are accepted.
How do I replace or delete my entries?
You can replace any image by clicking on the image (give the new file a different filename). Entries where entry fees have been paid cannot be deleted, they can only be replaced.
How do I change the title, caption or category?
You can change the title, caption or category by clicking on the image.
What is the caption?
The caption is shown with the image in the Winners Gallery. The caption is for anything noteworthy about the photograph, such as when, where or why it was taken, subject, context, etc.
When are the Winners Announced?
Winners and Nominees will be announced at the live online Photoshow on February 18th, 2017.
I am a Winner or Nominee, what do I do now?
Prepare an Acceptance Speech to be posted on the website.