ENTRY INFO

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EARLY BIRD ENTRY PRICING UNTIL 30 MAY 2021

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ABOUT WILDERNESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 

Great Walks' Wilderness Photographer of the Year, presented by Nokia, is searching for the best outdoor images captured by Australian photographers.

Wilderness Photographer of the Year has been created to encourage you to get outdoors, explore the world by foot and share your photos of wilderness areas from Australia and around the world.

The best images, including winners, runners-up and the Top 20 in each category will be published in the December-January 2022 issue of Great Walks magazine, and on www.greatwalks.com.au.

Winners and runners-up will also share in a prize pool of over $14,000 including $4,000 cash, and prizes including the latest Nokia smartphones, a three-day walking tour of Tasmania's Three Capes with Life's an Adventure, an overnight Milford Sound Escape with Active Adventures, and a team entry into Oxfam Trailwalker.

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WHO CAN ENTER?

Wilderness Photographer of the Year is open to Australian citizens and residents. Check the Terms and Conditions for more information.

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS

Your image should be saved as a JPEG or PNG and be at least 2,500 pixels on the longest side. The overall file size must be less than 5MB. 

Don't use special characters in the filename (for example !, @, ", ', #, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), ©). These characters may result in the image not uploading properly. Hyphens (-) and underscores (_) are fine. If you find that one or more of your images has not uploaded correctly, email us at: photocomp@greatwalks.com.au

Don't add watermarks or text to your images.

WHAT IS WILDERNESS?

For this competition we've defined wilderness as any natural environment that has not been significantly modified by human activity. However, images that show the effects of human impact on the environment can be entered in the competition, in the context of illustrating the fragility or resilience of the natural world.

CATEGORIES

There are two categories in Wilderness Photographer of the Year, Places and People. It's pretty simple, the People category is for shots of the wilderness that include people in the frame, Places is for images that do not include people in the frame. If you're unsure which category to enter an image send us an email at photocomp@greatwalks.com.au.

PRICING AND DEADLINES

Entry pricing is:

Early bird: $20 per photo (29 March to 30 May 2021)
Standard entry: $25 per photo (31 May to 15 Aug 2021)
Late entry: $30 per photo (16 Aug to 5 Sept 2021)

Price is per entry. All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST. Entries close Sunday 5 September 2021 (11:59pm, AEDT).

IMAGE EDITING

In post-production you can adjust 'photographic' variables such as exposure, contrast, colour, noise and sharpness. Lens and perspective corrections, cropping and black-and-white conversions are also allowed.

Composite images are not allowed, with the exception of stitched panoramas, focus stacks and HDR images (where the camera captures several exposures from the same tripod location and those exposures are merged to form a single image). Cloning to remove distractions or add new elements to your image is not allowed. 

JUDGES

Great Walks' Wilderness Photographer of the Year will be judged by leading outdoor and wilderness photographers. Judges will be announced on this website in May 2021.

PRIZES

Winners and runners up will share in a prize pool of over $14,000 including $4,000 cash. Some of the prizes on offer from our amazing sponsors include: two Nokia smartphones (we'll announce the exact models when they're released later in the year); a three-day walking tour of Tasmania's Three Capes for two people with Life's an Adventure (valued at $5,000); an overnight Milford Sound Escape for one person with Active Adventures ($2,899); and a free team registration for Oxfam Trailwalker in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide ($796).

See more prize details here.

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RECOGNITION

Winners and runners-up will be revealed in Great Walks magazine (December-January 2022 issue), as well as on greatwalks.com.au and Great Walks' facebook page.

Top 20 images in each category will also be showcased in Great Walks magazine (December-January 2022 issue) along with a selection of judges' comments.

Also in December, Winners, Runners-up, Top 10, Top 20, Highly Commended, and Commended photographers will be notified via email with a certificate confirming their placing in the competition.

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MADE A MISTAKE?

We've got you covered. Whether you've uploaded the incorrect image or submited an entry to the wrong category, send us an e-mail explaining the problem and we'll do our best to fix it for you.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

You can find the full terms and conditions for Great Walks Wilderness Photographer of the Year 2021 here.


CONTACT US

E-mail us at photocomp@greatwalks.com.au

 

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