Calling all photographers: The 2015 CEPF Photo Contest begins tomorrow!


CEPF invites its grantees to enter our 2015 Digital Photo Contest.


Before submitting photos, you must read the following rules and legal conditions  (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, you agree to the Official Rules and warrant that your entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.




The CEPF Digital Photo Contest (the “Contest”) is open to all CEPF grantees, except employees of Conservation International and the immediate families of such employees. THE CONTEST IS VOID IN CUBA, IRAN, SYRIA AND WHERE PROHIBITED.




We are looking for striking digital images in two categories:

  1. Images celebrating people, species and Earth’s ecosystems – and their important connection to each other.
  2. Images demonstrating nature-based solutions to climate change – including examples of CEPF grantees taking innovative action to build climate resilience through climate change adaptation and/or mitigation activities (such as reforestation by planting native trees to help capture and store carbon).

Your images should highlight CEPF’s support in enabling civil society to participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. Hot topics include local people in our areas of investment, livelihoods of local communities, freshwater sources, agriculture, forest protection, technology used in the field, species endemic to the hotspots, or actual documentation of a CEPF-supported project in the process of being executed.


Please do not include photographs of pets or domestic or captive animals; or images of biodiversity being harmed. Images with people should not involve nudity and the individuals depicted must have consented to being photographed.


Photos should not be digitally altered, and should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.


Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel’s sole discretion.




All images must be submitted to our communications manager via email at mdevine@cepf.net​​You must put in the subject line “PC2015” and include the following details:

  1. ​Name of copyright owner/photographer.
  2. Name of grantee and project funded by CEPF.
  3. Caption for the photo, including the subject of the image.
  4. The location where the photo was taken.
  5. The category the image depicts (#1 General or #2 Climate change).

Each individual may enter no more than five photos, and they must be your own work and must be submitted with all of the information outlined above.




To ensure eligibility for the Contest all entries should submit the highest quality photo possible – ideally 300 dpi (2550 pixels wide by 3300 pixels tall), with a minimum of 150 dpi (1275 pix by 1650). Images should be between 5MB and 10MB in size. The preferred file format is JPEG, but TIFFs can also be submitted.


The CEPF judges panel will determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion, with a winner in each of the two categories selected. The CEPF judges panel will select the winner based on technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and quality.


Images will also be judged by fans on CEPF’s Facebook page based on the number of likes received to determine a “People’s Choice Award.” In the case of a tie, the CEPF judges panel will select the winner.


All decisions made by the judges are final.




Entries can be submitted starting on February 25, 2015. Deadline for submitting entries is 11:59 Eastern Standard Time on March 10, 2015.


Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as a paragraph about their photo, the highest resolution version of their photo, or a watermark-free version of their photo) after submission.


Public voting for the winners will be held for at least a two-week period, to end no later than March 27, 2015. Winners will be announced in March 2015, with winners notified via email by March 31, 2015.


CEPF reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.




The winning images will be featured on the homepage of CEPF’s website, with a link to a gallery featuring other entrant’s images as well. The winning images may also be featured in a CEPF blog illustrating your CEPF funded project. All images will be reviewed for possible inclusion in the 2014 CEPF Annual Report or for placement on the CEPF website or in other forms of CEPF or Conservation International communication.


All entrants featured in the annual report will receive a copy of the report.




You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable. However, by entering images into the Contest, each entrant grants Conservation International Foundation (CI) (as the legal entity hosting the CEPF Secretariat) a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive license, including all rights to sub-license, to exercise all rights of whatever kind or nature now and hereafter protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States of America and all foreign countries in and to the entered photographs and any accompanying descriptions.


Each use of the entered photographs by CI will be accompanied by an appropriate credit line with the caption © NAME COPYRIGHT OWNER.




Questions and inquiries about the Official Rules of the Contest can be emailed to mdevine@cepf.net​​​.


Click here for the full Photo Contest Rules, Terms and Conditions.

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