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About Contest

Welcome to the esteemed Photography Contest, proudly supported by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, providing a unique opportunity for photography enthusiasts to capture the essence of Agra, Hathras, and Firozabad. In compliance with the Government of Uttar Pradesh’s regulations, the contest centers around locations falling within the categories of Nature or Wildlife, Spiritual or Temple, and Heritage. Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of nature, seek divine inspiration in spiritual sanctuaries, and preserve the historical significance of our cultural heritage through your lens. Participate now to showcase your talent, compete for coveted prizes, and the chance to have your photographs featured in Government of Uttar Pradesh’s promotional activities. Join us on this exceptional journey to immortalize the splendor of our cherished cities!

Evaluation process

The evaluation process for our esteemed photography contest, showcasing the captivating historic places of Agra, Hathras, and Firozabad, will be carried out in two stages.

In the initial stage, a committee constituted by the organizing team will conduct the shortlisting process. They will carefully assess all the submitted entries based on the adherence to the contest guidelines and the depiction of the designated categories: Nature or Wildlife, Spiritual or Temple, and Heritage.

Once the shortlisting is complete, the Indian Missions in the respective countries will take charge of the final evaluation to determine three winners in each category. This country-specific evaluation process will ensure that the essence and significance of the historical locations are accurately represented in the selected entries.

In case of a high number of entries, a two-stage evaluation may be implemented, with a larger committee performing the initial screening. To ensure a fair and comprehensive evaluation, well-respected experts in the field of photography and heritage preservation may be involved in the final country-specific selection process.

After the submission deadline on 10th July 2023 at 17.00 hrs, the country-specific winners will be eligible for the global evaluation. The organizing committee, in coordination with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), will then evaluate and recognize the outstanding entries on an international platform.

Stay tuned for further announcements, including details about the prestigious Global prizes! Your participation in this captivating contest will help preserve the essence of these cherished historic places through the art of photography.

  1. Fill out the form by selecting your application category and filling in your details, as requested in the participation form.
  2. Upload your photograph.
  3. Click Submit.
  1. The entries can be submitted from 19th August 2023.
  2. The deadline for the submission of the entries is 27th Sept 2023 23.00 hrs.
  3. In order to participate in this contest, all the entries must be received by this deadline, as per the aforementioned guidelines.

Contest Terms and Conditions:

1. Participants must submit a photograph depicting the captivating historic places of Agra, Hathras, and Firozabad against a background, along with a short slogan/theme (not exceeding 15 words) that resonates with the photograph. The entry should also include the name of the historic place.

2. The photograph can be taken against various backgrounds, including Heritage Sites, iconic places, Scenic Nature, Tourist destinations, lakes, rivers, hills, forests, studios, or homes.

3. The contest is open to all, regardless of age, gender, profession, or nationality. However, employees of the organizing team and their relatives are ineligible to participate due to potential conflicts of interest.

4. Personal identity details such as name, caste, and country must not be disclosed in the photo entry.

5. Each participant can only submit one photo. Multiple entries or submissions will result in disqualification.

6. All entries/photos must be submitted in digital format and uploaded on the specified platform. The file format should be JPG/JPEG/PNG, with a file size not exceeding 20MB.

7. Submissions are accepted only through the form on this website; no other form of submission will be considered.

8. The deadline for submissions is 27th Sept at 23.00 hrs IST. The organizing team reserves the right to extend or shorten the deadline at its discretion.

9. Entries with incomplete or deficient information will be disregarded. Participants must ensure all provided information is complete.

10. Photos containing inappropriate, offensive, or unlawful content will be discarded and disqualified.

11. Attempting to influence the evaluation process in any way will lead to disqualification.

12. Participants must provide accurate information regarding their age. False declarations will result in disqualification.

13. Participants below 18 years of age may participate with the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

14. Decisions made by the screening committee and evaluation committee are final and binding.

15. Participants acknowledge that their submitted photos are original and do not infringe on copyrights or intellectual property rights of others.

16. By entering the contest, participants agree to the organizing team owning all rights, titles, and interests, including Intellectual Property Rights, in the submitted contents. Participants also consent to the usage of their entries for future promotional activities.

17. Copyright infringement will lead to disqualification and forfeiture of any prizes.

18. Shortlisted applicants may be required to provide additional information within 5 working days; failure to do so may result in disqualification.

19. Participants are responsible for any costs or damages incurred during the contest.

20. Participation in the contest is free of charge; no fees are required.

21. The organizing team holds the right to modify, extend, or cancel the contest at its discretion.

By participating in the contest, applicants agree to abide by these terms and conditions, and any decisions made by the evaluation committee and the organizing team.

  1. The personal information of all the applicants will be kept confidential.
  2. The announcements will only reveal the identities of the winners of the contest, with information such as name, age, gender, category of award, and city.
  3. By entering the contest, the participants provide the Ministry, the consent to use their names and basic information for contest-related announcements—such as the announcement of shortlisted entries, and winners.
  4. The Ministry does not bear any responsibility for any copyright or IPR infringement.
  5. Participants are solely responsible for any copyright infringement arising from their contest submission.
  6. The applicants may understand that their consent for the use of their entries, by MoA, for any promotional activities in the future, is inherent and included in their act of submission of their entries for this contest.
I hereby declare that the photograph submitted for the historic places photography contest is my original work, and I am the subject depicted in the photograph. All the information provided in the application form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. In the event that I am selected as a winner, I understand that any false information or copyright infringement in the photograph may lead to disqualification from the contest, and I shall have no right or influence on the decisions made by the evaluation committee. I also grant consent for the Ministry to use this photograph for future online promotional activities related to the historic places photography contest.

Please fill the below form to participate in the Photography Contest.

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