Image preparation

Images may be “touched up” aesthetically with Photoshop or other photo editing software, but may not be edited so as to misrepresent the subject of the original image. Such misrepresentational editing will result in disqualification from the competition. Images cannot be larger than 5MB.

Digital photo files must be formatted as high-quality JPEG images at 5000 pixels at the longest dimension at 72 dpi, using sRGB profile. Each image must have a caption in the file’s metadata/exif caption field.


FOCI Photograph Submission Form

Contestants are eligible to submit up to three photos using the form below. In order to submit your photos, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions and follow the image preparation criteria.

Terms and Conditions

Qatar-America Institute (QAI) reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition should a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the competition. In such case, QAI may select the recipients from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by QAI.

QAI reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the competition or website or violates these Terms. Note “tamper” here does not refer to utilizing Photoshop or other photo editing software to improve the image aesthetically (see “Image Preparation” above) By joining, participants agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and represent and warrant that they meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein. In addition, participants agree to accept the decisions of QAI, as final and binding as it relates to the content.

Winner selection and notification: winners of the competition will be selected under the supervision of QAI’s selected judge panel. Winners will be notified online and/or via email within twelve (12) days following the winning selection and announcement.

QAI shall have no liability for a winner’s failure to receive notices due to winners’ spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for winners’ provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, fails to claim the prize within 15 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and releases as required, prize may be forfeited, and an alternate winner selected.

Copyrights & Usage Statement

By entering the FOCI competition, I declare that I am authorized by the holder of the copyright (or the right to copyright) to submit photographs to the 1st annual FOCI competition. FOCI, as an initiative of Qatar-America, recognizes and respects the copyrights held by the photographer. I grant permission to the Qatar-America Institute to use my submitted photographs in exhibitions, in publications, and in future promotions of the competition itself, and for educational, research, and historical record purposes concerning FOCI, as an initiative of Qatar-America Institute.

This usage includes, but is not limited to, slides/tapes, television film/tapes, videodisc, DVDs, CDs, websites, and any other type of mechanical, electronic, or digital dissemination system.

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