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Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions

The Aquawareness photo competition “Who cares … about water? Nature does!” has a number of Terms and conditions for entry. These are important to ensure that the photo you submit is both eligible to win and meets important legal and fair criteria. Note that any deviation from these Terms and Conditions may regretfully render your submission to the competition void.

Eligibility to enter

  • The photo competition is open to young people between 18 and 25 years old, living in Europe (as defined by Council of Europe).
  • The photo competition is not open to organizers, partners and members of the jury or their families.
  • The competition is not open to freelance, agency or professional photographers who have historically supplied – or are in the process of supplying – the European Water Partnership with photography as a professional service.
  • Only individuals can participate.

Submission and Acceptance

  • By submitting, participants declare that the photographs are their own work and free of any copyright other than their own personal copyright. In submitting to the competition, you agree to grant the European Water Partnership a royalty-free, non-exclusive license to publish and otherwise use the submitted material in any way that we want. You still own the copyright to everything you contribute.
  • Each participant can submit up to 2 pictures.
  • The images can be in color or black&white, should be at least 300dpi resolution, supplied in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 5MB.
  • Pictures have to be submitted electronically before Wednesday, 26th May 5 pm Brussels time to and in the subject of the email „Aquawareness Photo Competition“. In case you are submitting two pictures – please send each image attached to a separate email.
  • To participate in the competition, candidates must provide the organizers with all the following information: surname, first name, postal address, telephone number, birth date, email address, 2-5 sentences describing the image and the place where the picture was taken.
  • The organizers accept no responsibility in the event of files being unreadable for technical reasons.
  • The European Water Partnership cannot guarantee that all pictures submitted to will be accepted into the competition.
  • Pictures will not be accepted into the competition if they are deemed inappropriate. This includes obvious photoshop-ing, images that may be offensive, previously published, copyrighted (by somebody other than the entrant) or otherwise contrary to the spirit of the competition or any of the specific rules noted before.
  • Photos may also not be accepted into the competition if the focus of the photo is an identifiable individual who has not given their consent to appear or if photos feature advertising or trademarks which would otherwise require the European Water Partnership to obtain permission to use.
  • If your photos are deemed inappropriate, they will not be considered by the photo competition judges and / or will be removed from the accepted pool of photos (submissions received via email).
  • Whilst we do try to notify owners of the reasons why their photo has not been accepted, we cannot guarantee a personal response or dialogue for all photos.
  • Should a photo be identified as inappropriate whilst it has been accepted into the competition, the European Water Partnership reserves the right to remove it from the competition, disqualifying the owner (an example of this scenario is if an image is accepted, but later identified as a copyrighted image from a film or magazine where the entrant was not the photographer or the copyright holder).

The winning pictures will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Technical ability
  • How well it depicts the title
  • Is the photo comprehensible and appealing throughout Europe?

Winner selection

A high level jury, visitors of the Green Week Exhibition and online votes on the EWP website will select the winning pictures.

Process and Prices

All works will be exhibited during the Green Week, Europe’s most prominent environmental conference, taking place in Brussels, 1st – 4th June 2010. The winners will be invited to receive attractive prices at the Aquawareness photo competition award ceremony, taking place in a European capital. Place and date of the ceremony will be released soon.

Copyright, License and your work

  • In submitting to the competition, you agree to grant the European Water Partnership a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the submitted material in any way that we want. You still own the copyright to everything you contribute.
  • If your image is accepted, we will publish your name alongside it wherever used as part of the Aquawareness Photo Competition. Note that this accreditation will not be possible with use of your photo in printed publications, general EWP website use or incorporation on any other media outside the context of the Aquawareness photo competition.

People in your photographs

If you take pictures of other people, you are responsible for gaining their consent for the European Water Partnership to use their image free of copyright, fee or any other usage restriction. If you happen to take pictures of people aged under 18 as part of your entry, you must get consent from the subject’s parents before submitting your photo.

Further information

  • There is no entry fee.
  • All correspondence will be in English only

Submissions which do not comply with these rules will not be considered.

Feedback or other correspondence

If you would like to send us feedback or any queries about the competition, please email

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