#PhotographyMatters competition
  • Home
  • #PhotographyMatters competition

#PhotographyMatters competition

Let's celebrate the world as we truly see and experience it.

In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) can generate images that challenge our perception of reality, the art of photography stands as a beacon of authenticity and truth. The #PhotographyMatters competition is more than just a contest - it's a movement. It's about celebrating the irreplaceable value of capturing moments through the lens, moments that are real, raw, and infinitely diverse.

Why #PhotographyMatters now more than ever

As we navigate through a digital age saturated with manipulated images and synthetic creations, the genuine essence of photography becomes increasingly significant. Photography is not just about capturing what we see - it's about showcasing perspectives, telling untold stories, and preserving moments that otherwise would be lost in time. It's a testament to the human experience, unaltered and real.

About the competition

We believe in the power of photography to inspire, inform, and influence. In a world where fake imagery is at our fingertips, we stand for authenticity. We're calling photographers from around the globe, both amateurs and professionals, to join us in this celebration of true artistic expression.

The #PhotographyMatters competition is a chance for you to share your vision, your moments, and your stories. There are no categories or restrictions on subject matter – if your photograph speaks to the authenticity and importance of the moment it captures, it belongs here.

Why enter?

  • Showcase your work: This is your chance to have your photography seen by a wide audience, celebrated for its authenticity and power.
  • Join a movement: Be part of a global community of photographers who are championing real moments in a world of digital distortion.
  • Feature in our exclusive showcase: Winning and shortlisted entries will be prominently featured in a dedicated showcase in Issue 7 of the Captivating Photography Journal, celebrating the best of authentic photography.

How to participate

Submissions are open from 1 April to 30 April 2024, 11.59pm NZT.

Your first entry is free. Additional entries are $10/entry.

We encourage you to share photographs that you believe embody the spirit of #PhotographyMatters. For more information and to enter, visit our submission page.

Read Terms and Conditions below.


Stand for authenticity

In embracing the #PhotographyMatters competition, you're not just entering a contest - you're affirming that in the age of AI and fake imagery, genuine, unaltered photography is more crucial than ever. It's about pushing back against the tide of digital manipulation and celebrating the world as we truly see and experience it.

Join us. Let’s celebrate the power of photography and ensure that these authentic moments are seen, appreciated, and remembered.


Terms and conditions

  1. Eligibility: The competition is open to all photographers, amateur and professional, worldwide, except for those directly employed by Excio and Captivating Photography Journal and those judging the competition. Entrants under the age of 18 must have parental or guardian consent to enter.
  2. Entry period: The competition opens on 1 April 2024 and closes on 30 April 2024, 11.59pm NZT. Entries submitted outside this period will not be considered.
  3. How to enter:
    • Each participant is entitled to one free entry.
    • If submitting more than five photos, an additional entry is granted free of charge.
    • Entries must be submitted through the official form by the closing date and time.
  4. Submission guidelines:

Photos must be the original work of the entrant. Judges have the right to request the original RAW file.

There are no categories and any subject matter is welcome.

    • Digital post-processing is allowed, except for the use of AI replacement, auto-generative, and extension tools. The original image must be taken by the entrant.
    • Entries must not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane content.
  1. Judging and criteria: Entries will be judged based on the overall impact, originality, composition, technical excellence, and artistic merit. The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcomes.
  2. Prizes:
    • Shortlisted entries will be featured in Issue 7 of the Captivating Photography Journal on 1 June 2024.
    • There are no monetary rewards.
  3. Rights and permissions:
    • By entering the competition, entrants grant Excio and Captivating Photography Journal a royalty-free, non-exclusive license to display the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for the purpose of this photo competition only, including advertising and promotion of the competition.
    • Any photograph featured will include a photographer credit. Excio and Captivating Photography Journal will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
  4. Data protection: Personal data received in the course of the competition will be processed in accordance with applicable data protection laws and will only be used for the administration of the competition.
  5. Indemnity: By entering, participants agree to release and hold harmless Excio and Captivating Photography Journal and its affiliates, from any claim, action, liability, loss, injury, or damage arising from participation in the competition or receipt or use of any prize.
  6. Amendments: Excio reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions at any time. Any amendments will be posted on the competition website.

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions: By submitting an entry to the competition, the entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.