Speleo 2017 Photograph Competition
Welcome to the Photography Salon website for the 17th International Congress of Speleology (17th ICS),
Speleo 2017. This page describes the competition and how to submit photographs.
Entries open May 1 2017. Entries Close July 1 2017. (please remember that Australia is nearly a day ahead of most of the world, so perhaps, make your entry by midnight June 30 in your own time zone)

Salon Overview
This Photography Salon is hosted by the 17th International Congress of Speleology (17th ICS) - Speleo 2017,
being held in Australia in 2017.

The purpose of this salon and competition is to encourage and recognise new and experienced cave photographers. We will accept entries that depict any aspect of caving. In judging we'll be considering artistic, technical and aesthetic qualities. Prizes will be awarded to the overall winner in each category and the best overall in the show. A People's Choice award will also be made by popular vote of conference participants.

The Photo Salon is organised by the 17th ICS Organising Commission and co-ordinated by Brian Evans: speleo2017@gmail.com.

Individual photographs will only be accepted in digital formats (.jpg, .tiff). All images should be flattened, and saved at 8 bits/channel with a maximum dimension of 2000 pixels in any direction.
Entries in category E, the story series should be in mpeg, avi, or pdf formats and limited to 5MB. An audio track and/or descriptive text which meets the entry agreement may be included.

Any photograph will be eligible so long as it meets the Photograph Submission Agreement (see below) , and the entry payment (AUD2 per photograph) is paid. Payments should be made at conference desk.

Photograph Submission Agreement
All works entered for the competition must have permission of the rights owners for all data used in production of the entry. The copyright of all entries will remain with the authors. Entries may be reproduced for display during the 17th ICS. All reproduced entries will be credited. No further use will be made of any copies without permission. No rights will be conceded to sponsors or other parties without permission of the entrants, and entrants will be free to set terms for any such use.
Entrants agree to the following:
0. Definitions
0.1 Speleo
2017 used below refers to 17th ICS Organising Commission, Australian Speleological Federation Inc and International Union of Speleology, together with their members..

1 Copyright and Permissions
1.1 By submitting works to this contest you confirm that for each work submitted -
1. You alone are the author of your work and that it is your original work,
2. You are the sole copyright holder,
3. You have not licensed any rights in the work that conflict with the usage rights required by Speleo2017,
4. You have the permission of any persons in the work, or if they are under 16, the consent of their parent or guardian, to grant the usage rights required by Speleo2017,
5. You have permission from the owners of property shown in the work to grant the usage rights required by Speleo2017,
6. That it has not been a winning or shortlisted entry in any previous ICS,
7. You will be responsible for any claim made by any third party in respect of Your entry and You fully indemnify Speleo2017 and its sponsors in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person or entity by reason of Your breaching any of the foregoing.
1.2 Speleo2017 reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry that does not comply with any of the above, even after the entry is submitted.

2 Unacceptable Content
2.1 Speleo2017 reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry that contains threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libellous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content, or otherwise does not meet the competition's requirements
2.2 That contains any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.
2.3 You agree to fully indemnify Speleo2017 and its sponsors in respect of all costs owing to any person or entity arising by reason of Your breaching any of the foregoing.

3. Your Copyright and Moral Rights
1. Speleo2017 respects Your rights and does not claim copyright for works You submit to this contest, You will retain full copyright in each entry.
2. In addition your moral rights are respected. Whenever Your work is published by Speleo2017 You will be credited. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition.

4. Use of works
4.1 By entering this contest You agree that any work You submit may be used by Speleo2017 solely for marketing and promotional purposes of this contest or future contests and no other purpose, these uses include;
1. judging the competition,
2. displaying the entries to promote the competition,
3. displaying the entries at the congress
4. cropping and re-sizing the work may be necessary to fit pre-defined formats to promote the competition,
4.2 You hereby grant Speleo2017 a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence in each Entry throughout the world in all media for the uses described in 4.1 above for 10 years following the date of announcement of the winners.
4.3 You acknowledge your responsibility for protecting your Entry against misuse by third parties, by such means as the insertion of a watermark, for example, and by embedding ownership metadata. Speleo2017 and its Partners can assume no responsibility and are not liable for any misuse of your work by third parties. The organizer will make sure metadata is not stripped from displayed entries The visual display or entries to facilitate congress participants judging of the People’s Choice award will have metadata removed but will be protected from copying.
4.4 Should any uses of the work beyond those needed to promote the contest arise You will be contacted and given the opportunity to negotiate any such usage with the parties concerned independently of the competition.

The UIS and Speleo2017 support the artists Bill of Rights: http://www.artists-bill-of-rights.org/

Competition Categories
A Cavers in Action. Photographs of cavers doing what cavers do. This could be on the surface, or in the deep.
B Bugs, Beasts, Biology. Photographs of cave life of any kind other than humans.
C Caves. Photographs of caves. This can be chambers, passages, entrances or formation. A caver may be in the photograph, but is not the main feature of it.
D Dreamed. Fantasy or surreal photographs of caves or caving. Let your imagination run wild with a constructed image inspired by caving.
E Photo Story series. A series of 2-20 photographs arranged in any manner that tell a caving story.
F Fun and Humour. Photographs that depict the amusing aspects of caving. Bring out your irony and make our audience laugh!
All entries will be considered for Best in Show and People's Choice categories
Category and Best in Show judging will be by a panel of three accomplished photographers:
Rob Eavis UK Avid photographer and explorer of caves around the world, using a mixture of traditional and modern photographic techniques.
Peter Jones USA Peter has been a cave photographer for 48 years. Most of his photography is from the caves of the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico in the US, home to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and hundreds of other caves.
Al Warild Australia Al photographs while indulging in his passion for travelling the world to explore deep caves.

A further judge will act as a tie-breaker in the event of the three judges scoring more than one entry equally:
Norm Poulter, AM Australia Began caving in his home state of NSW in the mid-1960’s quickly becoming interested in
learning the art of speleo-photography, later honed in the caves of Tasmania, the Nullarbor Plain and Western Australia.
The recipient of numerous photographic awards, particularly in Macro-photography, he received the ASF’s Edie Smith Award and Federal Government’s Order of Australia Medal in 1999 in recognition for his services to speleology, scientific discoveries, conservation work and photographic achievements.

A sample of Rob's work
A sample of Peter's work
A sample of Norm's work
A winner and a Highly Commended will be awarded for each category. In addition, a Scurion light will be awarded to the judges' choice of Best in Show.
A People's Choice award will also be made by congress participants.
Entry Fees
AUD2 per entry. Please pay at the conference desk.
Category E story series is also $2 per entry.
Naming your photographs
Please us this convention in naming each photograph for upload. Please understand that failing to do this correctly may result in your photograph not being considered.
Upload File naming rules
Please use this convention in naming each photograph for upload. Please understand that failing to do this correctly may result in your photograph not being considered.
The upload process
1. Understand and accept the Submission Agreement. We support the Artist's Bill of Rights.
2. Name your file(s) according to the naming convention.
3. Move on to the entry form and complete it for each entry. (There's a link to the upload page on the entry form)
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