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IFPA Independent Freelance Photojournalist Awards 2021

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The IFPA Award has been established to recognise and reward independent & freelance photojournalists who endeavour to gather images for the purpose of supporting news stories and bringing awareness to issues of impact from around the world.

Photojournalism is distinguished from other branches of photography by a requirement to comply with a rigid ethical framework that demands that the work be both honest and impartial whilst telling the story in strictly journalistic terms. Stories are presented mainly through photographs rather than words. Free inquiry, free expression, free speech, and a free press are basic principles for photojournalism to function well.

By collecting, editing, and presenting visual material for broadcast or publication news stories are made. Visual documents should provide an accurate and fair representation of the scene the photographer witnessed. Therefore, besides keeping ethics in mind, the content of a picture must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting, or removing people and/or objects from within the frame.

There are three categories in which to enter an essay of work comprising of a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 12 images

Spot News
Environment
Solutions

Photojournalists may enter up to a maximum of two essays provided that a minimum of 5 images is in each essay.

Fees:

Free

Prizes:

1st Place
The Independent Photojournalist of the Year will receive a $15,000 USD prize, plus a gallery space to display their work at the Xposure International Photography Festival, flights, and accommodation to attend the festival along with a friend or colleague. The printing, framing, installations, and building of the gallery space will be undertaken by Xposure.

2nd Place
The Runner-up to the Independent Photojournalist of the Year will receive a gallery space to display their work at the Xposure International Photography Festival, flights, and accommodation to attend the festival along with a friend or colleague. The printing, framing, installations, and building of the gallery space will be undertaken by Xposure.

Eligibility:

Photojournalist with Press Credentials or letter of recommendation from recognised media bureau

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Entrant Licenses & Releases
If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, before submission of the photo. Any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner outlined in these Official Rules without additional compensation.

Third-Party Licenses & Releases
Copyright holders retain the copyright of their work. For the award, nominated and shortlisted pictures, copyright holders grant the organisers unlimited, non-exclusive use of high-resolution images for activities promoting Xposure in all media. Awarded images will be published in the Xposure Yearbook and the Public Archive.

Theme:

Photojournalism