Competition for the Krzysztof Miller Prize for Best Photographic Material in 2020Takes Off

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download (1)The “Krzysztof Miller Prize for having the courage to look” competition for the best photographic material in 2020, organised by Warsaw-based  AgoraSpółkaAkcyjna and partnered by the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation and  Deutsche Bank Polska S.A has taken off.

 “The Krzysztof Miller Prize for having the courage to look” is awarded every year in December for the best photographic material in the previous year. The purpose of the Competition is to promote photography of exceptional journalistic value, unique in terms of having a deep, fair and courageous insight into difficult social, political, economic and cultural issues.

Participants are expected to send in photographic material concerning any social, political, economic or cultural issues for the main category of the Competition and, additionally, for the newly created “Liberty, solidarity, tolerance” category – the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation Prize.

The winner of the main prize in the Competition, i.e. the prize for the best photographic material of the year, will receive a cash prize of PLN 10,000 (ten thousand zlotys);

  1. b) the winner of the “Liberty, solidarity, tolerance” – the Gazeta Wyborcza

Foundation Prize will receive a cash prize of PLN 3,000 (three thousand zlotys).

The Organizer shall pay the cash prizes to the Competition winners on the condition that the winners agree in writing to withdrawing 10% of the prize referred to in clause 1 above for the payment of income tax on the prize and provide the Organizer with the details that are necessary to settle such income tax (given name/names, surname, address of the place of residence, PESEL number).

 Within 7 days of winning the prize, the winner shall be obliged (under the sanction of losing the right to the prize) to send the following details to the e-mail address from which the information about winning was sent:

Participants during the competition which spans between   September 7 to December 10, 2020 will submit their photographs between September 7 and  October 21, 2020 while the jury will select the 7 (seven) best works between November 4 and November 10, 2020.

In the period from  September 7  to October 21, 2020, participants are expected to use the competition form available at www.wyborcza.pl/nagrodakrzysztofamillera, to forward the following information: given name and surname, e-mail address, and attach photographic material consisting of no fewer than 7 (seven) and not more than 12 (twelve) photographs on any social, political, economic or cultural subject (hereinafter: “the work”). At least 4 (four) out of 7 (seven) photographs constituting the photographic material submitted for the competition taken between in the period from 01 September 2019 to 01 September 2020.

The jury will thereafter select the winner of the main prize (for the best photographic material of the year) and the winner of the “Liberty, solidarity, tolerance” – the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation Prize from among the 7 (seven)nominees whose works are considered to be the best.

The semi-finalists, and then the winners in both categories, will be announced during a gala held in late November – early December 2020. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel the gala due to force majeure, in particular, due to the introduction of any bans or restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

 The Competition will be carried out in the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza as well as through the web portal maintained by the Organizer at www.wyborcza.pl and a web portal dedicated to the Competition at wyborcza.pl/zdjecia.

  The Rules of the Competition will be available at the editorial office of Gazeta Wyborcza in Warsaw at ul. Czerska 8/10, 00-732, and online at www.wyborcza.pl/zdjecia.  However, the Organizer reserves the right to change the Rules at any time, provided that a change (if any) does not infringe the acquired rights of the Competition Participants.

In particular, the Organizer may extend or shorten the period for sending the works without giving a reason. Any change to the deadline for sending the works will be communicated by the Organizer in Gazeta Wyborcza or through a Portal.

While participation in the competition is free of charge to both professional and amateur photographers, participants are required to be of legal age and comply with the rules and conditions for participating in the Competition.

Specifically, participation in the Competition or the rights and obligations associated with it, including the right to demand delivery of the prize, cannot be transferred to another person while only proprietary photographic works can be submitted for the competition.

In the event of any doubt as to the authenticity of the photographic material sent, the participant will be obliged, at the jury’s request, to submit the source file from which the photographs were taken. If the participant fails to provide the source file requested by the jury, the material sent will not take part in the competition.

 Each participant may submit for the Competition up to 3 (three) works any  photographic form (including picture stories, documentaries, portrait series, landscape series, etc.), made using any technology (including professional photographic equipment, as well as a mobile telephone, etc.) provided that they comply with the technical requirements (longer side minimum resolution: 3000 px, RGB or greyscale or maximum quality jpg;

A participant may submit for the Competition photographic material prepared individually (referred to as individual work) or photographic material prepared by a group of persons, e.g. photographers – members of one photographic agency, etc. (a collective work).

Photographic materials submitted for the competition should be prepared in compliance with the essential rules of journalistic ethics and should be characterized by an original outlook on the world. The Organizer reserves the right to refuse to accept a work submitted for the Competition if the content of the photographic material violates the law, rules of decency or dignity of the person portrayed.

The principles of selecting the winners stipulate that a jury consisting of 8 (eight) persons will supervise the competition process, the selection of 7 (seven) nominated works, and subsequently the selection of the winners in both categories, awarding the prize and considering complaints (if any).

The jury will consist of the following persons: a producer of documentaries and BBC journalist (Ms EwaEwart); a photojournalist, World Press Photo and Grand Press Photo winner (Ms Anna Bedyńska); a photographer and photo editor cooperating with Bloomberg EMEA in London (Ms Karolina Sekuła); the Picture Editor for CEE and Global Sports Events at Reuters Pictures (Mr PawełKopczyński); the President of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank Polska (Mr Tomasz Kowalski); the President of the Management Board of the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation (Ms Joanna Krawczyk); the publisher of Gazeta Wyborcza (Mr Jerzy B. Wójcik); and the head of the Photography Section of Gazeta Wyborcza (Ms BeataŁyżwa-Sokół), who will preside over the competition jury.

The jury will select 1 (one) main prize winner (the prize for the best photographic material of the year) and 1 (one) winner in the “Liberty, solidarity, tolerance” category – the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation Prize from among 7 (seven) nominated works.

The nominees and winners will be announced during a gala held in late November or early December 2020, provided that the gala is held. Additionally, the winners’ details will be published in Gazeta Wyborcza a day after the gala (or its planned date), and the winning works in both categories will be published in Duży Format in December 2020.