The Essence of Hawai‘i Photo Contest
is now CLOSED for entries.
The photo contest has received over 640 submissions.
Mahalo to everyone who entered!
Can I replace or delete my entry?
Yes, you can replace one image for another by clicking on the image. The replacement file must have a different name. Entries after the entry fee has been paid cannot be deleted, only replaced.
What photo can I submit to this contest?
Only images taken by you in the State Of Hawaii, may be entered.
Can I enter published work or images that have already won another contest?
Only unpublished work may be entered. Any image used for print or electronic publication prior to October 6th 2017 will disqualified. Images used for your personal use on your own social media, in 2016-2017 will be acceptable.
What are the contest dates?
- June 21st, 2017: Contest starts, first entries can be uploaded:
- August 31st, 2017: Contest closed 8pm, for new entries.
- October 6th: 12 winners will be announced to the public.
What will the judges be looking for?
- Contest theme 30%
- Technical Proficiency 30%
- Artistic and Visual Impact. 40%
How to I enter my photos?
Upload your images.
Pay your entry fee.
A completed and signed official entry online form must be used for all entries.
Can I use any camera for this photo contest?
Yes, you can use any type of camera.
Who can enter this photo contest?
It is open to professional photographers, amateur photographers, students, visitors and all residents who are “like minded image creators” of Hawai‘i.
Who owns the copyright of my images?
Image copyright remains the property of the photographer even though permission to use imagery is given to PhotoCon Hawai‘i
Will I need a model release for my images?
- Individuals entering the photo contest must warrant that they have the right to enter the image on behalf of any people in the image. If applicable, a model release will be required by PhotoCon Hawai‘i should your image be selected as one of the 12 finalists.
What will happen if someone sees my image in the contest and wants to use is for commercial use?
Contestants will be notified regarding any image usage rights requests should PhotoCon Hawaii be approached with a commercial opportunity related to your images. Photographer will have final say.
Will my images have my name and © protection?
When appropriate PhotoCon Hawai‘i will include photographer’s name and © credit.
How many images can I enter?
A maximum of 5 images, per person can be entered.
How do I prepare my images to upload?
Images must be submitted as follows.
Digital files must be saved as 72 dpi at 2000px longest side in RGB. Files should be named YourLastName_YourFirstName_image title.jpg. Note: No accented characters in file name. (i.e #2*)
Please read the Contest Rules and prepare your images for uploading according to the instructions.
What is the image Caption?
Your image caption will be used for anything noteworthy about your image. What, where, date and a brief description.
Can I enter either color or B/W images?
Images may be color, black and white or duotone.
Can I enter my images if I have manipulated them or combined images?
Digitally manipulated images may be entered
Will my images be returned to me?
Once submitted to the contest image files will not be returned.
If I win will I have to pay taxes on my prize?
Taxes, if any, on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winner.
If my images are selected, will they be displayed in public?
Yes, PhotoCon Hawai‘i has made arrangements for selected images to have both press and TV exposure and also possible gallery display.
Can I mail in a print of my images?
No, sorry only digital files that have been upload to us are acceptable.
When will the winners be announced?
October 6th: 12 winners will be announced to the public at the PhotoCon Hawai‘i trade show.
Will my images be used in any publications?
Yes, PhotoCon Hawai‘i may reproduce and allow reproduction of select images, in approved publications.
Credit will be given to the photographer for any image(s) used.