FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Do I have to pay a registration fee to participate?

No, participation is completely free of charge. You just have to register, which means accepting the contest’s Rules and General Regulations. It also confirms you as the author of any photographs you publish.

2. Do the photographs have to be taken during the contest period?

No. You can take part with photos taken at a previous date, but make sure you have located the photograph’s RAW file (in the Professional modality).

3. Do the photographs have to be taken in the Canary Islands?

Yes, the photographs have to be taken in any of the Canaries archipelago islands. When uploading each photograph, the system will ask you to choose the island where it was taken.

4. Can I take part with photos already entered in other contests?

Yes, provided you hold all rights to the photographs.

5. Can I participate in both modalities (Professional and Amateur) at the same time?

No, you can only participate in one modality.

6. What distinguishes the Professional from the Amateur modality?

In all the categories of the Professional modality, entrants will be asked for the RAW file, whereas in the Amateur category (Amateur modality) you don’t have to submit the RAW file.

7. Which are the categories in the Professional modality?

Portfolio, Diving, Wildlife, Wide-Angle Lens and Macro.

8. How many photographs can I enter in the Amateur category?

You can take part with a maximum of twelve photographs if you enter them in the first month of the contest; ten if you upload them in the second month; and eight if you participate during the third month (the contest is open for three months).

9. In the Amateur modality do the photographs have to be entered in a specific category?

No. In the amateur modality there is only one category, Amateur, where you have a free choice of subject and you can enter both angular and close-up photographs.

10. In which category can I enter a collection of photographs?

In the Portfolio category (Professional modality).

11. Can I repeat photographs in Portfolio and in other categories?

No, a photograph in Portfolio may not be included in another category.

12. Are black and white photographs accepted?

Yes, the photographs can be both in colour and in black and white.

13. Can I take part in the Portfolio category and in the other professional categories? And at what time?

Yes, in the Portfolio category you can participate by publishing a series of five photographs uploaded at the same time. In the rest of the categories you can upload the photographs at different times and you don’t have to publish in all categories.

14. Can the photos be edited?

The General Regulations (Characteristics of the photographs entered in the contest) specify the permitted adjustments. Photographs selected for the Professional modality have to be entered with a RAW file. The Organising Committee will assess whether the adjustments used are correct by comparing the resulting photograph with the original. Editing them may not distort the reality of the subject matter nor exhibit essential changes to the original, nor can elements be added to or removed from the photograph.

15. Do I have to resize the photographs?

Yes, participants have to resize the photographs to prevent automatic processes with the resulting loss of quality. The resolution of the photographs should be 800×1200 or 1200×800, 72 ppp (preferably with sRGB colour space).

16. Can I sign the photographs?

No, photographs are entered in the contest anonymously, which means no photograph may carry a signature, name, logo or watermark of any kind. If they do, they will be rejected. The published photographs will be on view with the competition logo.

17. Will I be able to see my photographs published on the web once they are entered in the contest?

Yes but not immediately, since each photograph will first be checked by the Organising Committee to confirm that it meets the conditions demanded in the contest and that it is entered in the right category. Once validated they will be entered in the contest and published, after which all users will be able to view them.

18. Can I share the photographs I like on social media?

Yes, each photograph will carry several links at the bottom so that you can share them effortlessly on the various social media.

19. Which is considered to be the “Wide-Angle Lens” category?

These are photographs taken with a wide-angle lens. In this category we will publish photographs portraying underwater seascapes without the presence of divers, or photographs of wildlife taken with a wide-angle lens.

20. Which is considered to be the “Diving” category?

Photographs taken with a wide-angle lens. In this category we will publish photographs portraying underwater environments with the presence of one or more divers both with scuba diving gear and in free dives. Only underwater photographs will be accepted; in no case any taken outside the water.

21. Which is considered to be the “Wildlife” category?

This includes vertebrates and invertebrates, either close-ups or angular photographs where the main theme is marine wildlife of both an individual or a group. No divers may be shown in this category.

22. Which is considered to be the “Macro” category?

The Macro category includes close-ups and detailed photographs of both small marine life and of details or textures. Photographs of fish, invertebrates and algae can be entered.

23. Which is considered to be the “Portfolio” category?

Portfolio is a series of five photographs portraying the beauty and diversity of the Canary Islands sea beds. This should be a balanced collection of different photographic techniques of both angular and close-up photographs.

24. Do you accept photographs taken outside the water?

No, they should be submarine, shot underwater and at least 50% of the photograph should be under water.

25. Do you accept double exposure?

No double exposure, multi-exposure or multiple exposure photographs will be accepted.

26. Do you accept photographs of cetaceans or marine mammals in general?

Yes, provided they are not captive and the photographs do not result from the manipulation of the marine environment, from feeding any species or from damage to the ecosystem and marine species.

27. Can the decision of the judging panel be appealed?

No, the verdict of the Judging Panel is final.

28. Can I take part with photographs taken with GoPro-type action cameras, Reflex cameras and compact or EVIL cameras?

Yes, with any of them. But it should be kept in mind that, in the Professional category, you have to submit the RAW file for any photos that qualify.

29. Why do you demand the RAW file in the Professional modality?

The simple reason for this is to assess the level of editing before and after each photograph compared to the original take. If we shoot two photographs of the same subject, one in JPG with low data compression (high-quality) and another in RAW, the one taken in JPG will probably give a better view: it will be sharper/more focused, with better contrast, better lighting and the colours will be truer to life. This is because a digital camera tends to apply different digital filters to improve the image. However, the RAW format shows us the photo exactly as it was captured by the sensor, with no filter to improve it. The colours will appear more neutral, less saturated, with a softer focus and lighting that will depend on the exposure we are using, more visibly over- or under-exposed, as the case may be.

30. What happens if I qualify for the Professional modality but cannot submit the RAW file?

You will not be eligible for the prize, which would go to the next photographer on the shortlist. RAW is only required in the Professional modality.

31. Can I take part if I am under 18 years of age?

No, the contest is only open to photographers over 18.

32. Do I have to participate with the total number of permitted photographs?

No, participants can enter from a single photograph to the maximum number permitted in each category and time when they are entered.

33. If the photograph was taken in La Graciosa, which island do I select?

Lanzarote.

34. If the photograph was taken in Isla de Lobos, which island do I select?

Fuerteventura.

35. In the Professional modality can I put all the photographs in the same category, for example in “Wildlife”?

Yes, but of course this means that you will only be eligible for the prize of that category, although with more chances.

36. What do I do if I can’t remember on which island I took the photograph?

It is mandatory to give the island where the photograph was taken. If it’s of any help, you can always view the EXIF data on the photograph to give you an idea by date and other details. EXIF (short for Exchangeable Image File Format) is a standard created for storing metadata of photographs taken with digital cameras.

37. Do you accept photos taken in aquariums?

No, any photos taken in an aquarium or of captive species are totally forbidden.

38. What advantage do I have if I publish the photographs in the first month of the contest?

Participants who publish their photographs in the first month of the contest can enter 12 photographs, 10 if they enter them in the second month and 8 if they do so in the third month (the contest is open for three months). In other words, in the Professional modality you can publish the 5 photographs of the Portfolio category, plus 12, 10 or 8 photographs distributed among the rest of the professional categories (Diving, Wildlife, Wide-Angle Lens and Macro).

39. How will I know if I have won?

The winners and their photos will be announced on this website. On the established dates, they will also be notified individually via the email address provided in the registration for the contest.

40. How are the prizes presented?

The winning participants will receive their prize in euros in the manner and at the time announced to the winner individually. The prizes will be subject to tax and own costs under applicable law.