FAQ

‘Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year’ Photo Competition

(Open & Youth Category)


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1. Who are the organisers of this competition?

This competition is organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) with other sponsors including Nikon and The Photographic Society of Singapore.

2. How do I know that you've received my entry?

You will receive a confirmation email from NParks.

3. I didn't receive my confirmation email. Why not?

Some Internet service providers (ISP) have filters that block or filter emails sent from unknown addresses. If you have a "junk mail" box, please check to see if the confirmation email is there. If you use software to monitor your email, make sure your settings aren't blocking your emails.

4. How many times can I submit the entry form?

Under each theme, you can submit the entry form as many times as you want. Only a maximum of 10 photographs per theme per participant is allowed.

5. Why is it that I can't upload my photo?

Do make sure your photograph meets the following requirements: 
• JPG or JPEG file format 
• Total file size must be no larger than 2 megabytes (MB) in size

6. Why must participants declare the locations where the photos are taken through their captions or by tagging the locations in photo map?

This would help us identify if the photographs submitted by participants are taken in Singapore.

7. How will my photograph be judged?

A panel of judges, comprising representatives from the Photographic Society of Singapore, NParks as well as our main sponsors for the competition will select the winners in each theme from among all eligible entries.  The judges will collectively select an overall best from among all the winners in the Open Category.

8. When will winners be notified?

Winners of each theme for the Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year will be announced about one month after the judging date and will be notified by email.

9. Where and when will the winning entries be displayed?

The winning entries and selected merit winners for each theme will be exhibited at selected parks and events. More details will be shared closer to the date.

10. Who can I contact to request for more information on this competition?

You can send us your enquiries using the feedback form.

11. I'd like to enter a photo that has previously won a contest. Is that allowed?

This is not allowed. We do not accept submission of photographs that has won other competitions before.

12. Is image manipulation allowed in the photo contest?

Basic fixes and colour correction are acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are NOT acceptable. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions. We trust our participants to keep it real and submit unaltered files as we cannot research every photo entry.

13. Is flash photography allowed?

While the use of flash photography is part and parcel of photo taking, participants should practise good photography etiquette and refrain from harming or stressing any animal, or humans, in an attempt to photograph the subject. The top entries will be scrutinised closely. Any entries which the judges or organiser believe to have been taken using unethical practices will be disqualified.

14. I accidentally uploaded the wrong photo. Can I delete my entry and submit new photos?

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of photos submitted to the contest, we seek participants' understanding that all entries are final and cannot be replaced or modified.

15. When I submit a photo for this competition, what rights does NParks have to my submission?

NParks reserves the right to use, reproduce, edit and distribute any materials submitted for this competition for publication and/or display in any media format and any media channels without obtaining further prior permission and payment of any fees or royalty to the participant. The materials may be used for the following purposes:
i. Operating, administering and promoting the competition, before and after the competition has ended;
ii. Displaying the participant's materials on the competition website and/or the organiser and sponsors' websites;
iii. Issuing a media release or making media pitches with materials regarding the winning entries;
iv. Usage of the participant's materials during the organiser's roadshows, exhibitions and in publications both printed and online, for purposes which are non-profit in nature, such as for the promotion of nature awareness in Singapore.

It is the participants' responsibility to read through the official photo competition's Terms and Conditions for further information on the rights you grant when submitting a photograph to the Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year.

16. What should I include in the description of my photo submission?

A short Title is a good way to increase engagement with your audience. 

17. Is it possible for an entry to win a prize for both the Open and Youth Categories?

Yes, photos submitted under the Open and Youth Categories are also eligible to win a prize each. 

18. I have a photo that I would like to submit for the Open as well as the Youth Category. How do I go about doing it?

You will need to submit the same photo under the Theme (Open), and again under the Theme (Youth) in the submission form.

19. What should I take note of while taking photos in parks and gardens?

When taking photos for this photo competition, please observe the following:
a. Do practise etiquette and courtesy when taking photos in public areas.
b. Do not disturb your subjects, or disrupt the activity they are engaging in.
c. Do not cut or remove any flora that may in the way.
d. Do not feed any animals in our parks and nature reserves.
e. Avoid making artificial calls and lures to attract animals.
f. Respect the personal space of your subjects and keep a distance; refrain from doing anything that may endanger or cause them discomfort or inconvenience.
g. Be considerate and put yourself in the shoes of your subjects before taking a shot to ascertain whether consent is needed.
h. Be guided by our respect and love for nature photography, and consideration for the subjects.
i. Have a good understanding of the environment you are in, act ethically and observe all laws.

20. How is this competition different from the "City in a Garden" photography competition, which NParks launched in 2011?

The 'Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year' photo competition features an Instagram category to reach out to social media users.

21. Are photographs taken with a drone eligible for the SGPY photo competition?

There are no restrictions on the use of drones or any other types of cameras to take photographs for the SGPY photo competition. When flying a drone to take photographs, please take the necessary safety precautions. Also, please ensure that you have the relevant permits and your flights do not cause any inconvenience to others.

22. What is the definition of Youth in the SGPY photo competition?

For the purpose of the SGPY 2019, where more young people are encouraged to participate in the photo competition, "youth" is defined as a person between the ages of 15 and 24.

23. Can the "Our BiodiverCity" Theme include photos of non-native species taken in Singapore?

"Our BiodiverCity" refers to the diversity of flora and fauna found in our City. All these species, which includes native and non-native species are part of our biodiversity and can be included.



‘Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year’ Photo Competition

(Instagram Category)

 

1. How many photos may I submit?

There is no limit on the number of entries. You may submit as many photos as you like for each theme. However, do note that irrespective of the number of winning photos, one participant can only win one prize per theme.

2. How will my photograph be judged?

Judging will commence after the submission deadline for each theme. A panel of NParks judges will select the winners for each theme from among all eligible entries.

3. When will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified via email or post after judging of each theme. All prizes must be collected in Singapore within one month from the Prize Presentation Ceremony. The organisers reserve the right to dispose any uncollected prizes in a manner they deem fit.

4. How do you know that the photographs submitted by participants are taken in Singapore?

Participants have to declare the locations where the photos are taken either through their captions or by tagging the locations in photo map.

5. When I submit a photo to the photo contest, what rights does NParks have to my submission?

NParks reserves the right to use, reproduce, edit and distribute any materials submitted for this competition for publication and/or display in any media format and any media channels without obtaining further prior permission and payment of any fees or royalty to the participant. The materials may be used for the following purposes:
i. Operating, administering and promoting the competition, before and after the competition has ended
ii. Displaying the participant's materials on the competition website and/or the organiser and sponsors' websites;
iii. Issuing a media release or making media pitches with materials regarding the winning entries;
iv. Usage of the participant's materials during the organiser's roadshows, exhibitions and in publications both printed and online, for purposes which are non-profit in nature, such as for the promotion of nature awareness in Singapore.

It is the participants' responsibility to read through the official photo competition's Terms and Conditions for further information on the rights you grant when submitting a photograph to the Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year.

6. What should I take note of while taking photos in parks and gardens?

When taking photos for this photo competition, please observe the following:
a. Do practise etiquette and courtesy when taking photos in public areas.
b. Do not disturb your subjects, or disrupt the activity they are engaging in.
c. Do not cut or remove any flora that may in the way.
d. Do not feed any animals in our parks and nature reserves.
e. Avoid making artificial calls and lures to attract animals.
f. Respect the personal space of your subjects and keep a distance; refrain from doing anything that may endanger or cause them discomfort or inconvenience.
g. Be considerate and put yourself in the shoes of your subjects before taking a shot to ascertain whether consent is needed.
h. Be guided by our respect and love for nature photography, and consideration for the subjects.
i. Have a good understanding of the environment you are in, act ethically and observe all laws.

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