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2016 RULES


Italian art association dotART promotes the seventh edition of URBAN 2016 Photo Awards contest.


The competition is open to all and features two distinct sections, one for themes photos, one for Projects & Portfolios:



Daily life in the city seen through street photography: real, instant images that capture moments, people, faces and other elements capable of telling stories woven into the urban fabric. The star of the show: the City.


Photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.


Photography that covers all types of sports, both professional and amateur, including extreme sports and urban sports.


Section in which you can propose a set of photos with a free subject: thematic portfolios, photojournalism and storyboards (sequences of images that tell a story). The photographer is free to choose the topic, style, setting and subjects they prefer. Along with the photos, will have to write a brief description of its project (in English - you can use Google Translate).

For the SECTION #1 » THEMES PHOTOS each participant may submit up to 9 works (3 for each theme), for the SECTION #2 » PROJECTS & PORTFOLIOS, portfolios must be made of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 photos. Participants can run in both sections.

None of the photos may have previously won an award in another major competition (the penalty for using previously awarded photos is the exclusion of the entry in question from the competition). We accept photos in colour or in black and white; post production is allowed. In SECTION #1 software corrections are to be kept to a minimum. In SECTION #2 post production and photo editing are accepted. In both sections pictures with visible signatures from the photographer will not be accepted. We do not accept images or works with offensive content; decisions regarding content will be made by the jury and are to be considered final.


The competition runs from February 14th, 2016, until midnight of May 31st, 2016 June 12, 2016 (CET).

For the SECTION #1 » THEMES PHOTOS, in order for the first photo to be accepted, the fixed € 10 entry fee must be paid; further photos may be entered at a cost of € 5 per photo.

For the SECTION #2 » STORIES & PORTFOLIOS, entry fee is fixed with € 30 for portfolio, regardless of the number of photos that make up the portfolio (min 3 photos, no more than 12). Each participant can submit a maximum of 3 portfolios.

Entries may be made by completing the Themes Photo form or the Projects form, where you will also be able to upload the photos. If simultaneous upload of several images gives you an error message, please upload the images one at a time.

To avoid upload issues please respect the following guidelines:

- ".jpg" format. NOT ".JPG" NOR ".jpeg";
- RGB colors;
- file dimension lesser than 7MB each;
- smallest side minimum 2000px / longest side no more than 6000px;
- no special characters in the "filename.jpg";
- to make sure to have the right order of the portfolio, please add to your filename a sequence number (e.g. filename03.jpg, 08filename.jpg, ...)


Prizes are divided as follows:


THEME #01 - “Street Photography”

  • 1st place: € 100 + Think Tank Photo Prize (value $ 199,75) + medal
  • 2nd place: medal
  • 3rd place: medal
  • 4th place: medal
  • 5th place: medal

THEME #02 - “Nature”

  • 1st place: € 100 + Think Tank Photo Prize (value $ 119,99) + medal
  • 2nd place: medal
  • 3rd place: medal
  • 4th place: medal
  • 5th place: medal

THEME #03 - “Sports”

  • 1st place: € 100 + Think Tank Photo Prize (value $ 164,75) + medal
  • 2nd place: medal
  • 3rd place: medal
  • 4th place: medal
  • 5th place: medal


Prizes will be awarded as purchase options on major international online shops (purchase value expendable on Amazon, Pixmania, Redcoon, Play.com and any other online store offering gift certificates or vouchers), net of tax.


» Offered by our partner Think Tank Photo

» Offered by our partner Figosa

» Offered by our partner Zavičajni muzej Poreštine (Poreč Museum), Istria (Croatia)

  • Three ranked projects from the "Projects & Portfolios" section – the Winner and two projects selected directly by the curators of the museum – will be displayed in Zavičajni muzej Poreštine, in Porec, Istria (Croatia), from July 21st to August 31st 2016 (forty days during tourist peak averaging 120,000 people in the summer time). Moreover, the Museum will release an official certificate of exhibition.

» Exhibits around the world

» Offered by our partner Street Photography Magazine

  • Street Photography Magazine will provide 1 free 1-year subscription to the web version of the magazine to all winners. For a total of 23 subscriptions. Value 23,88 USD each.

» Offered by our partner ViEWORLD - B&W Photomag

  • ViEWORLD editions in PDF (sets of 6 issues each): each of the finalists of both sections (3 overall Winners and 12-first three places that each section and theme have) will receive all editions of Vieworld B&W Photo Magazine in PDF for free. Value 15.00 USD each.


» Offered by our partner DNG Photo Magazine

  • DNG Photo Magazine will publish the 23 winning photos on DNG magazine. In addition to this visibility Photo DNG will give 1-year subscription to all 23 winners and 6 month subscription to their magazine in tablets/smartphones Apps to all participants.

» Offered by our partner APF Magazine

  • APF Magazine will publish interviews of the first 5 Portfolios, top 3 absolute winners and the top 3 first positions of each theme (street, nature, sports). For the same will be provided 1-year subscription to everyone.

» Offered by our partner Street Photography Magazine

  • Street Photography Magazine will publish the photos of the first place winners in each category in a special edition of the magazine. SPM will also interview the first place winner of the Street Photography category and make him the featured photographer of the month in the first issue following the announcement of the contest winners. August or Spetember 2016 (this is dependent upon SPM being able to secure an interview with the winner in enough time to meet publishing deadline for that issue. Otherwise SPM will run the interview in the next issue following the completion of the interview.

» Offered by our partner ViEWORLD - B&W Photomag

  • Only B&W winning pictures and portfolios will be published by ViEWORLD magazine if there are any ranked as overall Winners and within the first three places of each section. The same for the Projects & Portfolio section: only B&W portfolios will be published among the first three places. This B&W choice is due to the policy of ViEWORLD Photomag. Prizes will be as follows:
    - Pubblication of winning pictures on ViEWORLD after the announcement of the results (mid July):
    - ViEWORLD will present photos of maximum 12 finalists from the three themes: Street / Nature/ Sports (overall Winners and the first 3 places of each section)
    - ViEWORLD will present photos maximum 3 finalists from the category "Projects & Portfolios"
    - ViEWORLD will choose up to 5 photographers from the category "Projects & Portfolios" and will present them in the future issues of the magazine.

» Offered by our partner Lounge Magazyn

  • Lounge Magazyn will publish photos of winners (3 pics) and 1 portfolio of their choice.

» Offered by our partner Fotopolis.pl

  • Winning pictures will be published on Fotopolis.pl as a picture gallery and commentary. Best works within Themed Pictures section and Projects&Portfolios section can also be selected by Fotopolis.pl to perform an intervew or to get the gallery of the work.

» URBAN 2016 Catalogue

  • The best ranked pictures will be published on URBAN 2016 catalogue, avaible as ebook and print on demand.

» URBAN Website

  • A large selection of the ranked pictures will be published on the gallery page of this website.

05. JURY

The presented works will be selected by dotART and judged in a final manner by a prestigious jury. The jury and dotART reserve the right to award prizes to multiple works by the same author.
Results will be published before July 15th 2016.


We accept these payment methods:

  • - PayPal to paypal@dotart.it on Payment page;
  • - Bank transfer to dotART - IBAN IT87 J033 5901 6001 0000 0010 209 / BIC/SWIFT Code: BCITITMX (please add text: “Urban 2016”. IMPORTANT: include the email used in the upload form);
  • - Payment by hand at dotART, Via S. Francesco 6 - 2nd floor, Trieste, by appointment (info@dotart.it or Tel. 040 3720617)

Who participates in both SECTION #1 » THEMES PHOTOS and SECTION #2 » PROJECTS & PORTFOLIOS and wish to pay the subscription fee with PayPal will have to make two separate payments. If you wish to pay by bank transfer you can make a single payment specifying "Contribution to Urban Photo Contest 2016 section1 and section2 + Name + Email".


The highest placing works with be published on the competition’s website and will be displayed in a collective exhibit on October/November 2016, in Trieste during Trieste Photo Days 2016 festival. The printing of the photos will be the responsibility of dotART. Some of the entered photos may in addition be selected for exhibits in Italy and abroad.


The participant, in regard to all of his/her entered works, grants to dotART a complete, non-exclusive, irrevocable and indefinite license to use. The association dotART reserves the right to use them within the scope of its own non-profit associational activities.

The Author, whose name will always be attributed to the work, maintains in any case his/her moral rights in regard to the work, in addition to the intellectual property rights to the same.


By entering the competition, the Author accepts the present rules and declares that he/she is the owner of the intellectual property rights and of the rights of use of the submitted image and of any necessary release notes. Documentation of rights ownership must be presented to dotART upon request.


If for any reason the Competition cannot be run as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition, dotART reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) seen to have tampered with the entry process and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. If dotART elects to cancel or terminate the Competition, it will not retain any rights to the submitted photographs and it will return all entry fees.

dotART is not responsible for the cancellation or modification of the prizes offered by the partners.