All photographers must submit their work online. Prints are not accepted as part of the competition.
Please complete all required fields in the submission form below.
Single Image – Submissions will be judged based on each, individual image
Series – Submissions will be judged based on the series of a minimum of 5 images
Digital images submitted should be saved as .jpg, in sRGB format and not exceed 2 MB per file, at 72dpi. All images must follow this format of naming, in lowercase: lastname_firstname_number.jpg
For example: James Tan entering 3 images –
tan_james_01.jpg, tan_james_02.jpg, tan_james_03.jpg
For submissions to the series category, place all images in a zip folder for upload. The zip folder containing all images should not be larger than 20MB.
Winners will be required to submit high-resolution image files to be printed for the Winners’ Showcase. High-resolution files should be at least 4,800 pixels at its shortest dimension, (approx. 50 cm x 40 cm size), and must be of exhibition quality.
Both photographers and filmmakers are welcome to submit related time-based works, no longer than 4:00 minutes in duration. Entries to this category must be submitted as a video – a URL link to the video, along with 5 still images from the video, should be uploaded. An entry to the Moving Image category is not eligible to be considered in any other category. These pieces may be short films, slideshows, music videos, etc., and may include dialogue and/or music.
Moving images submitted should be uploaded onto Vimeo or any other video-sharing platform and set to private with a link to the uploaded video attached to the submission. If there is a password to access the uploaded video file, please include it in the submission form under section C, in field C2 Entry Description.
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ABOUT NTU IPA 2017
The NTU International Photography Awards (NTU IPA) 2017 is jointly organised by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National Geographic Live Singapore (NatGeo Live). Taking the form of a biennial competition, it reaches out to imagemakers around the world and encourages amateur and professional photographers to contribute creative works in the forms of photography and moving images surrounding a central theme.
The NTU International Awards aims to establish itself amongst the best and the noted awards for photography, making it an annual event for the global community to look forward to in the future.
ART AND SCIENCE
The theme of NTU IPA 2017 is Art, Science and the Image and we are looking for imaginative works where artistry and scientific interests collide. Science has long inspired art and artists, especially in the realm of photography. From the mechanical conceptions of the camera obscura to the chemistry-heavy analogue photography processes, photographers of the past have shown how they harnessed the scientific zeitgeist of their times to advance their art. Fast forward to the 21st century and we see how science and technology have integrated seamlessly into our everyday lives. The ways in which art can engage with science are broadening and we are looking for fresh ideas and explorations that exhibit this crossover.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The competition is free to enter and open to all photographers. We welcome international submissions to three categories: Single Image, Series and Moving Image, under the Open and Student divisions. There will also be a special prize for 360° still images to be announced at a later date. The prestigious award comprises a total of SGD$46,500 (USD 30,000) in prize money and sponsored top-tiered cameras. The best submissions, selected by our panel of esteemed judges, will also be showcased in an exhibition held over December 2017 and January 2018, at the prime venue of School of the Arts (SOTA).
categories & prizes
The theme of NTU IPA 2017 is Art, Science and the Image and we are looking for imaginative works where artistic quality and scientific interests collide. We welcome international submissions to three categories: Single Image, Series and Moving Image, under the Open and Student divisions.
There will also be a special prize for 360° photography to be announced at a later date.
All prizes are in Singapore Dollar (SGD).
The NTU IPA competition is open to any living photographer, 18 years of age or older, from any country.
Submission of images will only be open from 15 May to 31 August 2017. All entries must be received by 2359 hrs GMT+8 on 31 August 2017.
Only shortlisted finalists and winners will be contacted by email.
Entry to the competition is free. Each participant is only allowed one submission to each category, under one division.
There are two divisions photographers may submit their works under, Open and Student.
The Open division welcomes all photographers, amateur and professional, from around the world.
The Student division welcomes all students from around the world, full-time or part-time, as of the submission deadline, 2359 hrs GMT+8 on 31 August 2017. A student studying any subject can qualify.
IDENTIFYING MARKS AND SIGNATURES
No signature, stamp or any other identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry.
USE AND OWNERSHIP OF IMAGES
Entrants warrant to the organisers that they own the work submitted, that the whole copyright in the work is vested in the Photographer or, if the copyright belongs to a third party such as an agency, that the Photographer has the right to submit the work free from encumbrances or restrictions and that if the work was commissioned for private and domestic purposes, it is submitted with the permission of the person who commissioned it.
Entrants warrant that, if their work is selected for exhibition, they have obtained the appropriate model releases from persons featured in their submitted photographs for all sales, marketing, educational and publicity uses and that no additional releases are required in respect of names, trademarks, designs or works of art depicted in the work.
Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer. Any photograph used by NTU IPA shall carry the photographer’s credit line. Use may include publication in any NTU IPA media sponsor publication. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by NTU IPA for marketing and promotional purposes including in any media such as exhibitions, print and digital media directly related to the NTU IPA competition, without further monetary compensation. Such free use shall only be in connection with the NTU IPA and its promotion. By winning or placing in the competition you are agreeing to be included in the winners’ exhibition and catalogue.
Entries may be disqualified if any of the above criteria are not adhered to. The judges’ decision is final.
Neither the Nanyang Technological University International Photography Awards, Nanyang Technological University, National Geographic Live Singapore, nor their associates, affiliates, or partners assumes any responsibility for photos submitted in violation of competition rules, or for those which violate copyright regulations. NTU IPA will investigate claims of copyright infringement to the best of its ability, and will remove and disqualify images that are clearly demonstrated to violate copyright and/or competition policies. NTU IPA will act to maintain the integrity of the competition and its affiliated entities, but is not responsible for any damages resulting from images submitted in violation with rules and regulations.
We are honoured to present our panel of jury, comprising of four esteemed judges who are exceptional in their fields of expertise.
Gwen Lee (SG), Artistic Director and Co-founder of the Singapore International Photography Festival and DECK
Gwen Lee co-founded the Singapore International Photography Festival in 2008 that is entering its 5th biennale edition in September 2016. In 2014 Lee co-founded DECK, an independent container art space in Singapore.
After 6 years of experience in the museum industry, Gwen Lee and her partners founded 2902 Gallery in 2008, a space in Singapore dedicated to photography. Under her directorship, 2902 Gallery is instrumental in showcasing contemporary Southeast Asian photography in Singapore and international art fairs. In 2010, she was nominated and awarded the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Culture award for her contribution to the art scene in Singapore. Lee has also contributed her time as an arts assessor and grant reviewer with the National Arts Council. In 2013, Lee attended a curatorial study trip in Germany organised by the Goethe Institut (Singapore) and organised a Singapore showcase at Lianzhou Photo Festival in China. She has curated various photography showcases in Asia, and has been invited as a jury member in Europe & Asia, and has been participating actively as a portfolio reviewer in UK, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore.
Yumi Goto (JP), Photography Curator, Editor, Researcher, Educator, Consultant and Publisher, also co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold in TokyoYumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.
She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events. She was also one of the judges for the 2017 World Press Photo Contest.
She is currently based in Tokyo and also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.
Munem Wasif (BD), photographer and one of the curators of Chobimela VII, International Festival of Photography. Munem Wasif’s stark black & white photography investigates complex social and political issues with a traditional, humanistic language, by getting close to the people, physically and psychologically, dealing with multiple questions and contradictions. Expressionistic in style and long-term in method, Wasif often experiments beyond the tradition, tests the possibilities of fiction, by borrowing a familiar documentary language. His interest is often on the concept of ‘documents’ and ‘archives’ and it’s influence on addressing politically and geographically complex issues. Teaching and collaborating with a new generation artists and curating experimental works is an organic and integral part of his own personal works, which keeps him on the edge of experimenting and extending the mediums, including video and sound.
Wasif won ‘Bengal Practice Grant’ (2015), ‘City of Perpignan Young Reporter’s Award’ (2008) at Visa pour l’image. Prixpictet commission (2009), F25 award for concerned photography from Fabrica (2008), Joop Swart Masterclass (2007). His photographs have been published in Le Monde, Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, Guardian, Politiken, Mare, Du, Days Japan, L’espresso, Libération, Wall Street Journal and many others. He had exhibitions worldwide including, Musee de elysee & Fotomuseam Winterthur in Switzerland, Kunsthal museum & Noordelicht festival in Netherlands, Angkor Photo festival & Photo Phonm Phen in Cambodia, Whitechappel Gallery in England, Palais de Tokyo & Visa pour l’image in France and Chobimela in Bangladesh.
Since 2008, he is represented by Agence Vu in Paris. He was one of the curators of Chobimela VII, International Festival of Photography. Recently he published his book on Old Dhaka by Clémentine de la Féronnière from France.
Silke Schmickl works as a curator at the National Gallery Singapore and is the co-founder of the curatorial platform Lowave. She studied Art History, French Literature and International Communications in Munich and Paris where she graduated from Panthéon-Sorbonne University. A specialist in contemporary photography, video art and experimental film, she has been a researcher at the German Art History Center for 15 years and has published over 60 art DVDs for Lowave. She has initiated and directed various research projects dedicated to emerging art scenes including the Middle East, Africa, India, Turkey and Singapore. Since 2008, she has curated contemporary art exhibitions in partnerships with museums and biennials in Singapore, Paris, Guangzhou, Beirut and Düsseldorf.
The NTU IPA Winners’ Showcase will be held from 15 December 2017 to 14 January 2018, at the School of the Arts (SOTA) Art Gallery.
Further information on the exhibition will be released nearer to the date of exhibition.
PRESS & NEWS
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NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU)
Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally (QS World University Ranking 2016). It is also the world’s top young university.
The university has colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and an Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous entities such as the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.
NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond.
Hailing from 80 countries, the university’s 4,300-strong faculty and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE SINGAPORE (NATGEO LIVE)
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The program, filmed in the headquarters of the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, is part of the society’s mission since 1888: to inspire people to care about the planet.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can enter?
When is the closing date for entries?
What is the entry fee for submitting my photographs?
Entry to the competition is free.
How many divisions/categories can I enter?
Each participant is only allowed one submission to each category, under one division.
How do I make a submission?
Create an entry via the online submission form on the left and fill in the necessary details – the category you are submitting to, entry information, your contact details and how you will be credited in the use of your image. You may submit your images via the file upload for the photography (single image/series) category and a link to your video on a video sharing website for the moving image category.
What size do I prepare my images for uploading?
How do I name my jpeg files?
For example: James Tan entering 3 images – tan_james_01.jpg, tan_james_02.jpg, tan_james_03.jpg
Can I enter one photograph into multiple categories?
Can I submit a screenshot from my Moving Image submission as a photography entry?
Do I need an email address for submission?
How can I upload my submission?
Can I submit images or videos that have previously been awarded prizes or recognised in other awards?
How do I know whether I have won?
USE OF WORK
How will my work be used?
You will be contacted each time we identify an image or video for usage – and briefed on what the usage will be. Your works are NEVER used for any purpose other than the promotion of the NTU IPA.
Where will my work be used/shown?
How will my work be credited?
Will I be compensated for the use of my work?
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