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Rules of Contest 2024 Photogenic Science

1. Registration of Photos for the competition
The 2024 Photogenic Science contest is open exclusively to employees of the Czech Academy of Sciences (including part-time employees). Each contestant may submit up to 3 photos in the main category, up to 3 photos in the secondary category “Intergenerational Science”, and 2 scans of photos in the special category “Analog Photography”, totaling a maximum of 6 digital photos and 2 scans of analog photos.

The main category – Photogenic Science presents photos that depict scientific subject-matter – capturing objects of science and research procedures, parts of living and non-living nature, scientific phenomena, and/or activities related to the work of employees of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS). What do the instruments used for research by scientists look like, and what do the objects themselves, which are the subject of scientific inquiry, look like? The expert jury will select photos from the main category for the exhibition and for the calendar of the CAS. Only the author of the photo may enter it as a competition photo. Photos in this category must not be older than two years, and it is not permitted to submit photos that have already been published in any calendars of research institutions.

The secondary category – Intergenerational Science encourages finding inspiration in the contrast provided by the comparison of generations. Different generations working together brings new ideas, techniques, and perspectives. The meeting of the past and the present reminds us that scientific inquiry is a continuous process that is constantly evolving. Enthusiasm for science is passed down from generation to generation, each standing on the shoulders of the previous one. Photos of equipment, libraries, monuments, research institutions, or historical events related to science in the past remind us that scientific knowledge is the heritage of our entire society. Intergenerational Science is an opportunity to reflect on this collective journey of ours. The expert jury will select photos from this secondary category for the Photogenic Science exhibition.

The special category – Analog Photography focuses on the unlimited creation of participants (it does not have to be thematically related to science) using non-digital photographic techniques, such as classic black-and-white and color photography of any format, historical photographic techniques (photogram, the collodion process, daguerreotype, etc.), polaroid photos (without the use of polaroid printers), etc. One of the selection criteria will also be the ability to utilize the specifics of the chosen medium. Submit scans of your photos to the competition with a resolution of at least 3,000 pixels on the longest side of the photo. Each contestant can submit up to 2 scans of analog photos to this category. Only the author of the photo may enter it as a competition photo.

The Photogenic Science contest will take place from 6 May to 17 June 2024. Photos and scans of analog photos must be submitted using the online registration form on the www.vedafotogenicka.cz website, where the contestant will provide their name, last name, email address, and workplace (CAS institute) affiliation. Each competition entry must be labeled with a meaningful title and description. Entries must be in either square format or with a 3:2 aspect ratio, with a resolution of at least 2,000 pixels on the shortest side of the photo. The contest organizers reserve the right to exclude entries that do not meet the focus of the competition, as well as entries that do not meet the listed parameters or entries whose content is in breach of Czech legislation.

2. Selection of competition photos
Approximately 50 photos will advance to the semifinal round based on the selection made by the expert jury consisting of:

MgA. Barbora Bálková
visual artist and photographer

Mgr. Viktor Černoch
journalist

Mgr. Petr Jan Juračka
hydrobiologist and nature photographer

Mgr. Michael Komm, Ph.D.
photographer and vice chair of the Fórum Věda žije! collective

MgA. Barbara Líznerová
photograph restorer and science popularizer

PhDr. Markéta Pravdová, Ph.D., MBA
member of the Academy Council of the CAS

Ing. Veronika Souralová
photographer and director of the Czech Photo Centre

The jury reserves the right to potentially reclassify photographs between categories.

Authors will be informed about the advancement of their registered entries to the semifinals via the email address they provided in the competition application no later than 30 September 2024. The gallery of photos from the semifinal round will be published on the Photogenic Science website.

Subsequently, the jury will select 12 photos from the semifinal round for the official 2025 calendar of the CAS and 30 photos for the exhibition, which will be held in autumn 2024. The jury will also select and rank the top 3 photos in the main category and 3 photos in the secondary category. They will also award the best photo in all three research areas. The jury will evaluate the best analog (developed) photo from the special category as well. An online public vote for best photo of the year will take place on the Facebook profile of the CAS . The public will select from the semifinalist photos. The result of the ‘People’s Choice’ online vote will be announced at the exhibition opening night and on the Photogenic Science website, and the author of the winning photo will receive a prize.

The results of the competition will be announced at the opening night of the exhibition, and the best photos will be awarded valuable prizes. In the event of the absence of the awarded author at the results ceremony, the prizes will be handed over based on mutual agreement between the author and the contest organizers.

Prizes awarded by the expert jury in the main category:
1st place – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 5,000 and a yearly subscription to the Živa magazine
2nd place – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 4,000 and a yearly subscription to the Živa magazine
3rd place – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 3,000 and a yearly subscription to the Živa magazine

+ Best photo in Research Area I – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 3,000
+ Best photo in Research Area II – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 3,000
+ Best photo in Research Area III – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 3,000


Prizes awarded by the expert jury in the secondary categories:
1st place – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 5,000
2nd place – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 4,000
3rd place – non-cash prize worth up to CZK 3,000

Prizes awarded in the special categories:
Prize for the winner in the special category “Analog Photography” – non-cash prize worth CZK 2,000
Prize from the Academy Council of the CAS – non-cash prize worth CZK 3,000
Prize for the winner of the People’s Choice Award / online vote on the Facebook page of the CAS – non-cash prize worth CZK 1,000

3. Legal provisions
By submitting a competition entry to the Photogenic Science 2024 contest, the participant (hereinafter referred to as the ‘contestant’) also declares that they are the author of the competition entry and that they are therefore entitled to use this competition entry to the extent of Act No. 121/2000 Coll, as amended (Copyright Act), to fully dispose of this copyrighted work, and to grant the organizer of the contest consent to its use to the extent appropriate to the purpose, content, and objectives of Photogenic Science 2024, in particular to promote science and research and the Czech Academy of Sciences and its institutes. The entry must not infringe the copyright and personality rights of third parties.

By submitting an entry to the contest, the contestant also grants the organizer a non-exclusive worldwide agreement (license) to use the contest entry free of charge, in all known ways, without limitation of quantity, for the entire duration of the copyright ownership of their work. In particular, on the basis of this consent, the organizer is entitled to publish and communicate the competition entry to the public in a non-material form within the meaning of § 18 et seq. of the Copyright Act, including making the competition entry available in such a way that anyone can access it at the place and time of their choice (§ 18 para. 2 of the Copyright Act), as well as by reproducing the competition entry for this purpose to an unlimited extent by publishing it, i.e., by disseminating it within the meaning of Section 14 of the Copyright Act in a periodical or non-periodical publication, in any scale (circulation), as well as by reproducing it within the meaning of Section 13 of the Copyright Act to an unlimited extent for the purpose of such publication (dissemination) and exhibiting the competition entry. The organizer is entitled to grant a license to third parties to use the competition entry without further restriction to the same extent.

By submitting a competition entry to the contest, the contestant further declares that, if they have captured the likeness of any person in the competition entry in such a way that their identity can be determined, they have obtained the consent of the person so depicted to capture their likeness in the competition entry and to reproduce and distribute their likeness in the manner set out herein. The contestant further declares that they have also duly settled the claims of third parties concerning the personal rights and personal privacy and property rights in accordance with generally binding legal regulations, in particular Act No. 89/2012 Coll., the Civil Code, Act No. 121/2000 Coll, 110/2019 Coll., as amended (Personal Data Processing Act). By submitting an entry, the contestant confirms that they agree without reservation to the terms and conditions set out in these rules of the Photogenic Science 2024 contest.



14.05. 2024