Rules for the 2012 Club Photo International Photo Competition



How do you see time? What does time mean to you?

Time past, time present, time future. We are ruled by time in its myriad forms. We all go through a life cycle–being born, growing up, growing old. And not just living beings–buildings and other inanimate objects are also created, reach their peak and go into decline. Seasons come and go, like tides.

Is a clock a tyrant, having us dance to its tune? Every minute is crucial when running to catch a bus or baking a cake. But time is both rigid and elastic–minutes fly by when you’re having fun, or drag on when you’re waiting. Less than a second can make the difference between an Olympic gold and silver medal, but generations are separated by years.

Time is the one constant we have in our lives. We would like you to show us what it means to you. Send your photos to us with a line or two about them.


For queries regarding the competition rules, please contact

1.1 Participation is free of charge.

1.2 The competition will close on on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Entries received after that date will not be considered.

1.3 The competition is open to staff members of the UN system in Geneva, staff of Permanent Missions to the UN, accredited NGOs and members of CPI.


2.1 There will be two categories in the competition: artistic and documentary. Participants may submit up to two photos in each category.

2.2 Artistic: Photos submitted in this category will be judged mainly on their aesthetic value

2.3 Documentary: Photos submitted in this category will be judged mainly on their socio cultural relevance


3.1 Professional photographers are excluded from the competition.

3.2 For the purposes of this competition, we define a professional photographer as someone who makes a living from selling their photographs or who works as a photographer for either profit or non-profit organizations.

3.3 Registration: Participants must register on the CPI website ( by filling in an electronic entry form. Participants may submit up to two photos in each category and will be asked to provide the following information: name of photographer, organization, email, and the file name, title and category for each photo (see 3.4).

3.4 Submissions: After registering, participants should submit their photos electronically to the CPI email ( To avoid exceeding the maximum message size limits associated with most e-mail accounts, we recommend using the service WeTransfer at The service is free and does not require registration.


4.1 Only digital photos, in colour or black and white, will be accepted.

4.2 All photos must have a minimum pixels dimension of either a 1600 pixels width and/or 1200 pixels height (approximately 3 megapixels) in a standard portrait or landscape aspect ratio. To find the pixels dimensions of an image, Mac users can control-click on an image and select Get Info from the pop-up menu. For PC users, right-click on an image file, select Properties from the pop-up menu, then select the Summary tab and click on the Advanced button.

4.3 Photo files must be submitted in JPEG format.

4.4 All photos submitted must have been taken by the participant himself/herself.

4.5 Photos should neither violate the rights of a third party, nor contain offensive content.

4.6 Images must not be watermarked.

4.7 The organizers have the right to exclude photos if they do not conform to the above conditions.


5.1 Judging will be conducted by the President of CPI and professional photographers.

5.2 Photos in colour and black and white will be judged in the same category.

5.3 Judging will be anonymous.

5.4 The jury will select three winning photos in each category, ranked from the first to the third place.

5.5 The jury will also select the best photograph of each participant for an exhibition that will take place after the photo competition (see 6).

5.6 The jury’s decisions are final.

5.7 The results of the competition will be announced on the CPI website and participants will be notified by email. The six winning photos will be displayed on the website, as well as the photos selected for the exhibition.

5.8 The winning photos will also be published in UN Special magazine.


An exhibition will be held in the Palais des Nations in early 2013.


The copyright of submitted and winning photos will be owned by the participating photographers. The winning photos will be released for the “non-exclusive” use of CPI. Such use will be restricted to promotion, publicity, news, informational education relating to CPI activities. Competition photographers will be identified as the authors of the photos to which they will retain the copyright.

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