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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.

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Please visit our blog to learn more about this competition. There will be regular articles posted about conservation and photography by some of the world’s top conservation photographers.

Know the winners

Thanks to these amazing photographers we'll be able to continue supporting different conservation causes.

Karine Aigner


United States

Our Changing Planet
First Place

Claudio Contreras Koob


Mexico

Behavior
Specially Commended

Luis Javier Sandoval


Mexico

Underwater
Specially Commended

Sergi García Fernández


Spain

Our Changing Planet
Second place

Arnfinn Johansen


Norway

Portraits
First Place

Jeffrey Kerby


United States

Portraits
Second place

Richard Packwood


United Kingdom

Animals in their Environment
First Place

Audun Rikardsen


Norway

Animals in their Environment
Second place

Steve Winter


United States

Conservation Photographer of the Year
First Place

Kalyan Varma


India

Behavior
First Place

Majed Sultan Al Zaabi


Kuwait

Behavior
Second Place

Francis Pérez


Spain

Underwater
First Place

Richard Herrmann


United States

Underwater
Second place

Filippo Borghi


Italy

Micro Nature
First Place

Thor Edmundo Morales Vera


Mexico

Short Video
First place

Audun Rikardsen


Norway

Wild Habitat
First place

Orsolya Haarberg


Norway

Wild Habitat
Second place - Honorable Mention

Ashleigh Scully


United States

Youth category: 10 to 13 years of age
First Place

David Rosenzweig


United States

Youth Category: 14 to 17 years of age
First Place

Juan van den Heever


South Africa

Youth Category: 14 to 17 years of age
Second place

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:

National Geographic Society:


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.

Islands Conservation and Ecology Group (GECI):


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).

Awards

Por El Planeta awarded USD $300,000 in prizes for the best photos of the 2015 competition.
Special Prizes:

Overall Winner

Best picture of the competition
First Place
US $100,000
See Winning Photo

Best Photograph from Mexico

Best Photo taken in Mexico
First Place
US $15,000
See Winning Photo

Public’s Choice Award

Winner Selected by the Public
First Place
US $10,000
See Winning Photo

Jury

OUR JURY COMPRISES A TEAM OF SOME OF THE MOST RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHY PROFESSIONALS IN THE WORLD

Por el Planeta Photo Competition 2015

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:

28,578

Photos

2,949

Photographers

88

Countries

11,099

Photos in Mexico

Competition Rules

The following information was considered to participate in our 1st edition.

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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.

  1. Animal Portraits.The judges will be looking for an image that captures the character or spirit of the subject in a creative or imaginative way.  Images should communicate a sense of the animal’s likeness, personality or mood. All terrestrial species are included: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Underwater or macro images will not be accepted in this category.
  2. Animal Behavior.Images should show wildlife behavior or action in an aesthetic way.  Entries should depict interesting, dramatic, amazing or unusual behavior, or show a familiar activity in an innovative way. The judges will look for entries that depict an animal actively doing something. All terrestrial species are included: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Underwater or macro images will not be accepted in this category.
  3. Animals in their Environment.Images entered in this category must show the relationship between an animal and its habitat in a powerful or memorable way. A sense of place and atmosphere is important. The judges will be looking for images that show the subject as an integral part of its environment. All species are included – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Underwater or macro images will not be accepted in this category.
  4. Wild Habitat. Entries to this category should celebrate the beauty and importance of any environment that supports wildlife. Images can include habitats on a grand scale (e.g. landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes), medium scale (e.g. forests and wetlands), or micro scale (e.g. individual plants, mosses or fungi). They may be wild and remote or urban and intimate. This category also includes images showing the power of the natural forces that shape our planet (e.g. volcanoes, glaciers, tides and other natural forces). Images should not include animal life.Stitching[1] will be accepted in this category.
  5. Underwater. The judges are looking for images that reveal marine and freshwater wildlife in their natural environment. Pictures should have both interest and artistic merit, and may be portraits, capture behavior or depict the subject in the context of its habitat. All shots must have been taken underwater. No macro images will be accepted in this category.
  6. Micro Nature.This category encourages photographers to explore the beauty of the smaller aspects of nature through both macro and close-up photography. Entries may show any flora or fauna, or aspect thereof, terrestrial or underwater, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. The judges will look for innovation and creativity.

*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.

  1. Our Changing Planet. Entries to this category should show how our planet is changing due to human impact, in both negative and positive ways. The judges will be looking for images that highlight human interactions with nature, threats and issues, show our dependence on nature for life, and depict active conservation and enriching interactions with wildlife. Images can be graphic or symbolic, but must be thought provoking and encourage respect, concern or hope for the planet.  In this category pictures of restrained or captive animals will be accepted only when they transmit a powerful conservation message. For the Our Changing Planet, no more than 5 photos are allowed. Open to Adults and Under 18s.
  2. Conservation Photographer of the Year (portfolio). Each photographer may enter one portfolio of five unrelated images of nature and/or conservation. Images should be your strongest work, showcasing a range of technical and artistic skills and representing a variety of different conservation issues, threats or actions. Images should not be a story or a sequence. Every image should have stand-alone impact, but you will be judged on the strength of your portfolio as a whole.  For the Conservation Photographer of the Year, participants may enter up to one portfolio with exactly five (5) images. Open to Adults only.

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.

  1. Six Frames for Change (photographic essay).Series of no less than 6 and no more than 10 related images that tell the story of any ecosystem or species, anywhere in the world, accompanied by a brief essay (maximum 100 words) conveying the message behind the story and all information regarding the creation of the images (caption, date, place, country, etc.).  Participants may enter up to three series.
  2. Short VideoA short sequence –lasting from 30 to 90 seconds– that tells the story of a wild species in its natural habitat, or the threats faced by a species or ecosystem. Participants may submit up to 2 videos without credits in order to preserve the impartiality of the competition.

 

[1] Stitching: the process in which a series of images are combined to produce a panoramic picture.

 

22 TOTAL AWARDS

SPECIAL AWARDS

  • A first place for the best picture registered in any category for US $100,000
  • A first place for the best picture in any category taken in Mexican territory for US $15,000
  • A first place for the picture voted by the public through the internet from a list of 25 images selected by the Jury for US $10,000

OVERALL WINNERS BY CATEGORY

  • A first place for the best picture submitted to the Animal Portraits category for US $10,000 and a second place for the next best picture submitted to the same category for US $2,500
  • A first place for the best picture submitted to the Animal Behavior category for US $10,000 and a second place for the next best picture submitted to the same category for US $2,500
  • A first place for the best picture submitted to the Animals in their Environment category for US $10,000 and a second place for the next best picture submitted to the same category for US $2,500
  • A first place for the best picture submitted to the Wild Habitat category for US $10,000 and a second place for the next best picture submitted to the same category for US $2,500
  • A first place for the best picture submitted to the Underwater category for US $10,000 and a second place for the next best picture submitted to the same category for US $2,500
  • A first place for the best picture submitted to the Micro Nature category for US $10,000 and a second place for the next best picture submitted to the same category for US $2,500
  • A first place for the best picture submitted to the Our Changing Planet category for US $10,000 and a second place for the next best picture submitted to the same category for US $2,500
  • A first place for the best trajectory portfolio submitted to the Conservation Photographer of the Year category for US $15,000:
  • A first place for the best storytelling portfolio submitted to the Six Frames for Change category for US $12,500 to the photographer and an additional US $50,000 to finance a photography project in a Mexican biome
  • A first place for the best video submitted to the Short Video category for US $10,000
  • A first place for the best picture submitted by someone in the 10 to 13 years old category, in the Under 18 age group category for a round trip with paid expenses to Mexico City for the photographer and an adult
  • A first place for the best picture submitted by someone in the 14 to 17 years old category, in the Under 18 age group category for a round trip with paid expenses to Mexico City for the photographer and an adult

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:

  • The impact of the conservation message.
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Composition
  • Technical and artistic considerations

 

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.