The Essence of why I love Hawai‘i –
Statewide Photo Contest
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 during 2018 -2019, that have people in it, may be entered. No participating event vendors nor the Noyle or jury’s Ohana, may enter.
What are the contest dates?
- June 25th, 2020: Contest starts, first entries can be uploaded:
- July 25th, 2020 Contest closed 10pm HST, for new entries.
- September 25th, 2020: Winners will be announced to the public.
What will the judges be looking for?
- Contest theme 30% People in Hawaiʻi.
- Technical Proficiency 30%
- Artistic and Visual Impact. 40%
How do I enter my photos?
Upload your images.
Pay your entry fee. $15 for any amount of images up to 5.
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 or smart phone
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 reconizable people in the image. If applicable, a model release may be required by PhotoCon Hawai‘i should your image be selected.
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 Hawai‘i 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.
You must be able to supply a high-resolution image (300dpi) suitable for printing in media and an exhibition, if you win a place in the contest.
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?
Winners will be announced on eptember 25th: 6:30pm Hawaii Convention Center. You must be registered to attend this event.
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.
How do I know if you received my entry?
You should receive a confirmation email shortly after you submit and pay for your entry. If you do not receive an email, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if you are using spam-blocking software, please add photoconhawaii.com to your list of recipients.
How will I know if my submission is complete, and what do I do if it’s not?
A: If at the time of the competition’s close, a submission is incomplete (e.g. the submission has not been paid, or the images have not been uploaded correctlyor on time), it will not be eligible for the judges consideration. Though we make every effort to make contact and to ensure completion of submissions, we are not responsible for incomplete entries and are unable to offer a refund should an entry be incomplete at the time of the competition’s close. You may check on your entry status by sending us an email at: email@example.com
Will I be compensated for the use of my images?
There is no monetary remuneration for the use of your images; however, contestants will be notified regarding any image usage rights should PhotoCon Hawai‘i be approached with any commercial opportunities related to a submitted image. Photographer will retain complete control over the licensing of their work and usage fee.
How do I know if I’ve won an award?
We will notify award winners (1st place, 2nd place 3rd place and the 30 honorable mentions winners by email prior to the start of PhotoCon Hawaiʻi.