KARNATAKA TOURISM MONTHLY PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST 2017

NOTE CHANGES IN PICTURE SIZE REQUIREMENT

New picture size requirements apply from August 2017.

  1. The Maximum Size for the longer side is now 1920 pixels, increased from 1024 pixels specified earlier.
  2. Now there is also a Minimum Size for the longer side. The longer side should be a minimum of 1024 pixels.Any picture less than this size will be rejected.

Terms & Conditions for participation


  1. The Contest is open to all photographers, whether amateurs or professionals or tourists, from India. Members of the jury cannot participate.
  2. There is no entry fee.
  3. The Categories for the Contest and associated Terms and conditions can be found below.
  4. There is a maximum limit to the number of photographs that can be uploaded under each section. Please check the upload page for information. This number will be enforced.
  5. Each Photographer can participate only once and submit only one set of photographs. Please do not login under different emails and submit pictures under each email.
  6. Photographs should be in JPEG format. The Photograph uploaded should be resized not to exceed 1920 pixels on the longer side. Also photographs with less than 1024 pixels on the longer side will not be allowed. The maximum file size allowed is 4MB. Images will be presented to the jury in the same resolution in which the image was uploaded.
  7. Since the selected photograph(s) would be displayed as large hoardings, the Photographer of selected picture will be required to submit a full resolution picture of not less than 4500 pixels on the long side, preferably in 16 Bit TIFF format. Before submitting the picture, please ensure that this requirement can be met.
  8. Uploads with your name in the Picture or Title or File Name will not be considered.
  9. If the picture submitted has recognizable faces in prominence, the entrant submitting the picture should have the concurrence of the person(s) in the photograph for use in promotional material. The entrant agrees to indemnify Karnataka Tourism against any claims from such persons.
  10. The Photograph should not contain Title or Name or Watermark or any other form of identification on the face of the image.
  11. It is the responsibility of the participants to upload the photographs under the correct section. Photographs not matching the section under which they are uploaded will not be considered for the contest. If in doubt, please refer to the definition of the categories provided below.
  12. Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) captured by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally.
  13. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his own (aliases are not permitted). The entrant indemnifies Karnataka Tourism against all claims arising from originality and ownership.
  14. The entrant permits the sponsors, the Karnataka Tourism Department, to reproduce all or part of any of the photographs entered for the contest free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to any activities of the sponsors. Entrants who indicate that their images may not be reproduced or used “will not be eligible for participation and awards”.
  15. All matters related to usage of photographs submitted through this website for the contest, must be taken up with Department of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka. Youth Photographic Society, as hosts for the contest, cannot be held responsible for any matters related to usage of the photographs by anyone.
  16. Only entries submitted through this website will be considered for the contest. Photographs received through emails or other means will not be considered for the contest.
  17. While filling up the entry form, enter full Image Titles and your Name and Surname as you want them to appear in the publications, cheques and certificates. Titles like "Untitled" or "No Title" or File name of the image or just numerals are not allowed and may lead to disqualification. It is also mandatory to provide valid contact number.
  18. There are no restrictions as to subject matter except as outlined in the rules and definitions of specific sections, or specified by law in the country where the exhibition is held.
  19. The only permissible alterations to the photographs uploaded are by way of resizing, cropping, selective lighting or darkening, sharpening, and any technique for restoration of original color of the scene. Any adjustments must appear natural.
  20. Judging results will be published on this web-site. Individual emails will not be sent to the participants.
  21. It is the intention of the sponsors to display the Award winning photos on hoardings to be displayed in various places. Due credit would be provided to the photographer when such display is undertaken.
  22. Participants are requested to upload their entries well ahead of time to avoid last minute rush. Late entries will not be entertained.
  23. The decision of the Panel of Judges is final and binding, no further appeal will be entertained.

Sections & Rules


The subject for images entered in all sections must satisfy the definitions and rules given below:

Fairs and Festivals

Max Pictures under this section : 4

Submit pictures bringing out the best of Karnataka"s Fairs and Festivals

  1. The picture should have been shot in Karnataka. At the time of submission of the picture the photographer would be required to declare the location and confirm the correctness of the location. Prize will be withdrawn and the Photographer will not be allowed to participate in future contests, if it is established that the picture was no taken in Karnataka.
  2. Pictures matching themes already covered in Karnataka Tourism Contests in 2017 will not be considered. Please look into the Hall of Fame page to understand past themes,
  3. If the picture submitted has recognizable faces in prominence, the photographer submitting the picture should have the concurrence of the person(s) in the photograph for use in promotional material.
  4. While editing the photograph, adding, relocating, replacing or removing of elements is not permitted. Cropping is permitted.
  5. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.
  6. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
  7. Stitched images are permitted.
  8. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.
  9. Images can be in Color or Monochrome.
  10. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.