Vital info for sports photographers! Everything you need to know about the AIPS Sport Media Awards
What are the categories for Photography?
There are two photo categories: Action Photo and
What’s the description for Action Photo?
An image that depicts a moment of excellence
or athletic skill from a particular sporting event.
What’s the description for Portfolio?
A portfolio of at least three but no more than
five sports photos. These photos may be from the same sport or same event, or
they may be from different events and different sports.
How many submissions do I have?
are limited to a maximum of two entries across all categories of the Awards. A
separate online entry form and supporting materials will be required for each
Can I participate with two Action Photo
entries or two Portfolio entries?
it is possible to submit two entries for the same category.
Is it possible to submit a same photo for action and portfolio?
No. You should choose in which category you
would like to submit your picture. You can use pictures from the same sequence
and make changes before deadline.
What kind of editing is allowed?
Our rules are very clear: photographs may not
be manipulated to block out distracting elements or to make significant changes
in color and contrast. Only cropping or removing dust and scratches are
What fields do I have to fill in the submission form?
Every submission form has a field for Title and Description. Please
use the description as a caption. It is imperative that you write the caption
in order to know better the context of your picture. Please add all additional
information that can be valuable for the judges.
For the portfolio category, should I submit a general description or a
caption for each photo?
recommend that you make a general description of why did you choose this
portfolio, and then write the caption of each of the participating pictures,
which is especially important when they are not from the same event. Please be
aware that the more details you add in your submission form, the more
information will the jurors have when it is time for judging.
Can I send two action photos in the same submission form?
Please be aware that a separate online entry form and supporting materials will
be required for each entry. If you submit two pictures in the same entry, you
will be notified to make the proper submission.
a freelancer. Is it possible for me to participate?
participation is open to all professional
photographers, whether directly employed or
not a member of AIPS, can I still participate?
no need to be a member of AIPS or to have the AIPS card in order to
I have to pay a fee to participate?
participation is completely free.
I was born after January 1, 1991. Can I
participate in the Best Young Reporter category for Photography?
should you decide so, you could use one of your submissions for the Best Young
Reporter in Photography, which offers the chance of winning a scholarship at a
top international sporting event, and use your remaining submission to
participate in any of the senior categories, which offer a money prize.
photo was published on a personal photo sharing platform or personal website,
is it still valid?
first rule is that all entrants need to be professional photographers, and will
have to prove their professional status if we require so. Independent
photographers might have only the possibility of publishing their work on photo
sharing platforms or personal websites (sometimes their own agencies), which is
why we consider these valid, as long as they comply with the rest of the rules.
For submissions coming from personal social media accounts, we can contact
entrants and ask for additional information during the judging process before
making a decision.
What does proof of publication mean?
We need to verify that the picture was first
published between October 8, 2019, until October 7, 2020, the valid period of
participation of the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2020.
How can I prove the date of publication?
Proof of publication for photos could be 1) a
link in which the date is visible. 2) a link of an event that took place in the
valid period of participation (from October 8, 2019, to October 7, 2020). 3) a
PDF of a print publication with the picture and the date visible in the page.
4) a PDF of a print publication with the picture plus the PDF of the cover to
check the date of publication.
My picture was uploaded in a photo agency
before the period of participation, but was published in a website/print
publication during the period of participation. Is it still valid?
No. Proof of publication means the first time
the picture was published in any country of the world, including the photo
agency that offers it.
Can I delete my submission or change it
before the deadline?
Yes, it is possible to make amendments, add
missing documents or complete missing fields. You can also delete your
submission, in case you’ve decided to submit a new one.
do the rules say regarding copyright?
entered in the contest must be made by the photographer who owns and retains
the copyright for the photo. The entrant grants the AIPS Awards’
unrestricted, unfettered and irrevocable non-exclusive rights in all works submitted
for entry into the Awards (or where such rights are owned by a third party, the
entrant shall procure that such third party grants such rights) for the AIPS
to use such works only in conjunction with objectives of the Awards including
for the purposes of promoting the Awards, presenting the nominations, having
the panel of judges determine the Awards, conducting the presentation ceremony
and making the finalist and winners entries available to the public.
can I check all the rules?
can check all the rules here https://www.aipsawards.com/awards#RULES.