POR EL PLANETA IS NOT JUST A PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST; IT’S A MOVEMENT SEEKING TO TRANSFORM OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PLANET AND ITS WILDLIFE. WE BELIEVE PHOTOGRAPHY IS MORE THAN JUST LIGHT, BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OR PERFECT PROPORTIONS – IT IS ALSO A VEHICLE FOR REAL CHANGE.About
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Thanks to these amazing photographers we'll be able to continue supporting different conservation causes.
One of Por el Planeta Photo commitments was to donate all the funds raised during its registration stage, for two conservation causes. Thanks to the contribution of the almost three thousand photographers registered in the competition, Por el Planeta donated:
19,797.06 USD to support conservation projects of the Society. The National Geographic Society is one of the largest, and oldest (1888), nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.
19,797.06 USD to support the implementation of their National Seabirds Conservation Program, which includes population monitoring and active restoration actions for 31 seabird specimens, including three species of cormorants: Brandt (Phalacrocorax penicillatus), double-crested (Phalacrocorax auritus), and pelagic (Phalacrocorax pelagicus).
Por El Planeta awarded USD $300,000 in prizes for the best photos of the 2015 competition.
Thanks to you, we achieved to create a nature and conservation photography competition with one of the biggest impacts in the world. The results of our 2015 competition were:
Photos in Mexico
The following information was considered to participate in our 1st edition.
BIODIVERSITY*: Portraits or images that display the natural beauty and behavior of our planet’s wildlife in their ecosystem. Color and black and white images will be accepted in all of the following categories. These are open to Adults and Under 18s.
*No more than 5 photos will be allowed in any of the Biodiversity categories.
CONSERVATION: Portraits or images showing the challenges nature is facing and how animals and humans are reacting. Color and black and white images will be accepted in these categories.
STORY-TELLING: Humans are hard wired to communicate through storytelling. Visual storytelling captures the full essence of an issue, threat, behavior and conservation efforts. The following categories aim to encourage, celebrate and promote storytelling as a tool for appreciation and protection of our natural world. Color and black and white images will be accepted in these categories. Open to Adults only.
 Stitching: the process in which a series of images are combined to produce a panoramic picture.
22 TOTAL AWARDS
OVERALL WINNERS BY CATEGORY
How do I enter Por el Planeta?
To enter the Por el Planeta competition you have to register in: www.porelplanetaphoto.com. Upon registration, your images have to be uploaded through our website.
Are there any age restrictions?
Everyone can submit an entry. The contest will be divided between Adults and people Under 18 years old. Minors will have to be registered by their parents or guardians.
Do I have to pay to enter?
Yes, in order to enter you have to cover an amount of U$D5.00 for Under 18 and U$D15.00 for Adults. Bear in mind that 50% of the fees will be given to a conservation project related to People’s Choice Award image, and the other 50% will be given to conservation causes of the National Geographic Society.
How many entries can I submit?
Participants are allowed to register only once. Adults can submit up to 30 photos and 2 videos. Under 18 can submit up to 12 photos.
How many images may I submit per category?
No more than 5 images on each category, except for Six Frames for Change, which allows up to 3 series of 10 pictures each.
How do I know if my submissions have been received?
After you have submitted your images and videos, you will receive an email of confirmation. If you don’t receive the confirmation email, please check your spam or promotions folder. If you are certain that you did not receive it, write to [email protected] explaining your situation.
Is there a time limit in which my images and videos must have been taken?
Yes, we accept images taken no further than 5 years before the date the registration closes, which is March 27, 2015.
How is the competition judged?
Por el Planeta has a Jury comprised of a group renowned international professionals of the photography field who will select the winning images. They will meet in Mexico City and will judge the images and videos using the following criteria:
Are all submitted images eligible for the Best picture Por el Planeta Award?
Yes, regardless of the category the images were submitted into, every picture is eligible for the Best Picture Por el Planeta Award.
How should I prepare my files for submission to the competition?
We request that you change the size to be 1920 (on the long edge) pixels at 72 dpi. For the video category, all submissions (1Gb maximum) must be uploaded on the official website in .MP4, .MOV, .MPEG, .M4V formats, with no credits.
What forms of digital adjustments are acceptable and what are not acceptable?
Basic retouching (brightness, color saturation, sharpening and contrast) will be tolerated as long as the submission maintains a close relation with the original picture. Stitching is only accepted if it is a panorama of a landscape for the Wild Habitats category.
If an image is discovered to diverge drastically from the original after receiving the RAW file or the negative, it will be disqualified. Also composite, multiple exposures, HDR or any image built from a set of photos will not be accepted.
What if I’m not able to provide any RAW files, original JPEGs, original transparencies or negatives, when Por el Planeta request?
All short listed photographers must send the RAW files or negatives of their images upon request. The request is mandatory and all photographers must comply in order to continue in the process, otherwise they will be withdrawn from the competition.
If my original RAW files, original JPEGs or transparency is requested, when will it be returned?
The originals will not be returned, but can be destroyed upon request if the images were not awarded.
Can I submit a picture of a captive animal?
Images of captive animals, restrained animals, pets and farm animals will only be accepted on the Our Changing Planet category if they manage to transmit a powerful conservation message.
Why can I submit up to 10 pictures to a category called Six Frames for Change?
The judges will choose the best six images from the sequence and base their decision on those.
What’s the difference between an Honorable Mention and a Special Commendation?
Judges have the jurisdiction to assign Honorable Mentions (a distinction conferred on images of exceptional quality with a powerful conservation message but not warranting a monetary award) and Special Commendations (a recognition to those images or videos being worthy of regard) in each category.
Does legal permission need to be acquired for music use on the Short Video category?
Yes, participant must have a license for the music used in their videos.
Can I compete with images that feature people in them?
Yes, we need ‘model release’ forms for pictures that feature human beings.
Can I participate in the contest with pictures or videos that have been rewarded in other competitions?
Yes, Por el Planeta has no special considerations for material that has participated in other national or international competitions.
Can I submit pictures or videos that are currently participating in other competitions?
Yes, Por el Planeta has no special considerations for material that takes parts in other national or international competitions.
What is the form of payment?
The registration fee must be covered by using the PayPal system. You can use a pre-existing account or create a new one in paypal.com. It’s very easy and it’ll only take you 5 minutes.
Can I sign up even if I don’t a have a credit card?
The only form o payment is through the PayPal system. If you don’t have a credit card, there’s no need to worry, you can also use a debit card. Enter PayPal and open your account, it’ll only take you 5 minutes.
Who can participate?
Everybody is welcome to the competition: minors, adults, amateurs, professionals, people who are passionate about photography and/or nature regardless of language or country of origin.
When is the last day that I can sign up?
You have until march 27th, 23:59 CST, to send your images.