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OPEN CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Open call for photography submissions on the topic of post-Socialist microdistricts (a.k.a.'microrayons') taken in any of the former Socialist states. The images should deal with the urban context of the microdistricts. We are interested in recent images as well as photographs taken in the past, including:
      DEADLINE: 15.02.2020
      • panoramic images of the microdistricts
      • images that reflect the urban context
      • images of unique buildings, or other esthetically characteristic objects
      • images that reflect contemporary transformations, adaptations of the built environment or vernacular architecture
      The winners will be awarded:
      • two prizes of 500€ and 200€ for first and second place
      • publication of the best photographs
      • presentation of photographs at urban festivals like CANactions International Architecture Festival, Tbilisi Architecture Biennial
      Currently, up to 50% of urban residents in the post-Soviet countries live in large housing estates or so-called 'microrayons', which were often built on the empty periphery of Soviet cities. Nowadays these districts are undergoing polarizing and difficult development processes. With the current decay and threatening collapse of supply and mobility infrastructures as well as the construction of new residential and commercial buildings the districts face rapid and destructive elitist densification.
      Dates
      Final date for submissions is 15.02.2020
      The finalists and shortlisted images will be announced in April 2020.
      Who can apply?
      Everyone over 18 from any country in the world.
      Participation fee
      No fee is required
      What to submit?
      All the images submitted for the Competition should match the main topic of the Competition, that is Microrayons (Microdistrics - wikipedia) which were planned during the Soviet Union on its former territories and in Eastern European countries.

      See our Image Guidelines for further detail.
      How many images can I submit?
      You can submit up to 5 separate photos or 1 (one) series of 3-5 photos.

      Every single photograph needs to have a title (75 characters max),and a description of up to 400 characters. Every series needs to have a title for each individual photograph (75 characters max) and a description of the whole series of up to 400 characters.
      Judging
      The overall winners will be chosen by a judging panel, selected by Dekabristen e.V.
      Judges are not permitted to enter into the competition.
      The judging will be completely anonymous.
      Please carefully read our Terms and Conditions before submitting an application.
      The application period is over.
      The educational project ACT|UP 2019-20 offers an advanced training on the revitalisation of peripheral large housing estates for 80 young urbanists and multipliers from Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Belarus. The activities include a study trip, workshops, round tables, public events with international experts and presentation of the results, with the goal of reaching and informing approx. 1200 actors from urban civil society, education, research, urban planning and culture sectors.
      Image Guidelines
      - All the images submitted for the Competition should match the main topic of the Competition, that is Microrayons (Microdistrics - wikipeida) which were planned during the Soviet Union on its former territories and in Eastern European countries. The images should deal with the urban context of the microdistricts. We are interested in recent images as well as photographs taken in the past, including:
      • panoramic images of the microdistricts
      • images that reflect the urban context
      • images of unique buildings, or other esthetically characteristic objects
      • images that reflect contemporary transformations, adaptations of the built environment or vernacular architecture

      - There is no time or date restriction on when the image was taken.
      - No signatures, stamp or any other identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry. Photographer's name or company should not be mentioned at the captions.
      - All images should be the result of a single image. Photographers may make reasonable use of digital darkroom techniques which enhance quality but do not distort the photograph. Any major alterations should be avoided.
      • Adjustment to levels, curves, colour balance, colour saturation, dodging and burning, selective adjustments using layers and blemish and dust spot removal are all examples of acceptable manipulation.
      • Excessive cloning out/removal of elements within the image, merging two images or more and replacing backgrounds are all examples of processes that will invalidate an entry in all categories.
      - Photographers may submit both black-and-white and color photographs.
      - Both analogue (negative and positive scans) and digital images will be accepted.
      - All images must be in Jpeg (JPG) format.
      - The minimum size of the image is 2000px on the long edge.
      - Photographers can apply up to 5 separate photos or 1 (one) series of 3-5 photos.
      - Every single photograph needs to have a title (75 characters max),and a description of up to 400 characters. Every series needs to have a title for each individual photograph (75 characters max) and a description of the whole series of up to 400 characters.
      - The country, the place and the date of the photo was taken should be also mentioned but will be added separately.
      - No content may be copied, distributed or used in any kind without authorization from the copyright owners.
      Terms and Conditions
      1. The Contest is inclusive and we welcome the full-time professional photographer and the keen amateur using a mobile phone aged at least 18 years old from any country in the world.
      2. The application is free of charge.
      3. The 50 finalists and the overall winner will be announced on our website in April 2020.
      4. Photography captions must be written in either English, German or Russian. Please kindly check the captions before uploading your photos.
      5. All images submitted for the Competition should match the main topic of the Competition, that is 'Microrayons' (Microdistrics - wikipedia) which were built during the Soviet period on the former territories of the USSR and in the former Socialist states.
      6. There is no time or date restriction on when the image was taken.
      7. No signatures, stamp or any other identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry. Photographer's name or company should not be mentioned in the captions.
      8. All images should be the result of a single image. Photographers may make reasonable use of digital darkroom techniques that enhance quality but do not distort the photograph. Any major alterations should be avoided.
      • Adjustment to levels, curves, color balance, color saturation, dodging and burning, selective adjustments using layers and blemish and dust spot removal are all examples of acceptable manipulation.
      • Excessive cloning out/removal of elements within the image, merging two images or more and replacing backgrounds are all examples of processes that will invalidate an entry.
      9. Dekabristen e.V. reserves the right to request from the entrant a copy of the original file.
      10. Photographers may submit both black-and-white and color photographs.
      11. Both analog (negative and positive scans) and digital images will be accepted.
      12. All images must be in Jpeg (JPG) format.
      13. The minimum size of the image is 2000px on the long edge.
      14. Photographers can apply up to 5 separate photos or 1 (one) series of 3-5 photos.
      15. Every single photograph needs to have a title (75 characters max),and a description of up to 400 characters. Every series needs to have a title for each individual photograph (75 characters max) and a description of the whole series of up to 400 characters.
      The country, the place and the date of the photo was taken should be also mentioned but will be added separately.
      16. In submitting materials to us you confirm:
      - To grant Dekabristen e.V. a royalty-free license to use the submitted image for publicity surrounding the competition and its events and projects.
      - To any moral rights in the material submitted.
      - That we may disclose your name to any third party making any claim or assertion of any kind in relation to your material.
      17. In submitting material to us, you warrant that any material you submit:
      - Is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
      - Is not obscene, threatening, menacing, offensive, defamatory, abusive, in breach of confidence, in breach of any intellectual property right (including, without limitation, copyright) or otherwise in breach of or violates any applicable law or regulation or code, and you shall indemnify us and keep us fully indemnified against any third party liabilities, claims, costs, loss or damage we incur as a result of publishing material you submit to us, including consequential losses. We may choose to publish or not publish any material you submit to us and exercise our rights in relation to that material in our absolute discretion. We accept no liability for any content submitted by you or other users and third parties. We reserve the right to remove, at any time and without reason or prior notice or any liability any material submitted by you or other users and third parties.
      18. Dekabristen e.V. accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed due to a technical fault (technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure) of any kind.
      19. The opening date for entries is 01/01/2020. The closing date of the competition is 15/02/2020. Entries received after this time will not be accepted.
      20. The overall winner(s) will be chosen by a judging panel, selected by Dekabristen e.V.
      21. Judges are not permitted to enter into the competition.
      22. The judging will be completely anonymous.
      23. The winners will be notified by email (using the details provided at entry) on the day of judging.
      24. If a winner does not respond within 7 (seven) days of being notified, then the winner's prize will be forfeited and the Judges will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
      25. All photographs displayed on this website belong to the copyright owners.
      26. No content may be copied, distributed or used in any kind without authorization from the copyright owners.
      27. Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. Dekabristen e.V. reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
      28. Dekabristen e.V. reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the Competition where it becomes necessary to do so.
      29. Winners may be asked to participate in publicity related to the prize draw which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media. Selected works will be displayed at a number of Dekabristen e.V. events including but not limited to the Competition.
      30. The Promoter of this competition is Dekabristen e.V., Ahlbecker Str. 3, 10437 Berlin.
      31. By entering the competition participants will automatically receive Dekabristen e.V.'s occasional newsletter, which may be opted out of at any time.
      DEADLINE: 15.02.2020
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