The competition does not have restrictions regarding country, place of shooting or location of the photographer. To enter the competition you must register on the website of the competition. After the registration the participant gets access to personal account where he or she can upload photographs to the contest.
Each participant can enter one or more categories. In each category participant can send up to 5 photographs, but no more than 15 in total.
Photographs must be sent in the form of digital files in a special form on the website of the competition. By sending photographs to the contest the participant agrees that his or her photographs can be used for advertising and organizational purposes of the macro.live competition as well as in the subsequent exhibition.
Technical requirements for photographs
To enter the competition photographs must be taken with digital SLR or compact cameras. Photographs with obvious technical defects will not be accepted for the competition. Photographs must match the competition topic. The jury has the right disqualify the photographs that do not meet these criteria at the selection stage. Initial upload requirements: 1920 pixels on the longest side, 1,5 megabytes or smaller. If photographs reach final it would be necessary to provide a full-size Jpg-file. The jury also has the right to request the original RAW file.
All photographs should be made in the wild and natural habitat. Intentional feeding and unethical treatment of animals is not allowed. Photographs must have been taken within three years before the date of entry and may not previously have won an award in the major photo contests.
Allowed: basic color correction, dust removal, toning and converting to black-white. Cropping is not more than 50%.
Not allowed: adding objects to the frame, combining multiple frames (except for stacking, in some categories), removal of large objects from the frame (except for dust on the matrix and suspension in water)
For every photograph place and time(year) of shooting should be mentioned. Every photograph should be named. The author should attach a small description to the photograph for the members of the jury and the viewers of the competition.
All fields may be filled in both English and Russian language
- Surface macro-fauna
- Underwater Macro
- Colors - Annual theme
Surface macro-fauna. The whole range of creatures from insects to small invertebrates may be presented in this nomination. Special attention is paid to the interaction and behavior. Large static shots should be placed in the Portrait category.
Underwater Macro. All types of underwater creatures and organisms in their natural habitat. Preferences are given to photographs that display behavior and interaction. We also recommend to place those photographs in the Portrait and Art nominations.
Supermacro. Did you manage to dive even deeper into the wonderful microworld and ratio less than 1: 1? Then the Supermacro nomination is for you. Special attention is paid to the objects and details that are not visible without a significant magnification. At the same time when it comes to taking pictures of living beings, it is necessary to keep in mind the requirement of the competition regarding unethical behavior. It is allowed to use stacking in this nomination.
Art. Let your imagination run free. Abstractions, unusual techniques and tools, original perspectives - all this and more things to make picture unusual is recommended for this nomination.
Portrait. Large frames that allow you to have a good view of the object of shooting, shall we say, "look it in the eyes". Special attention is given to the technical quality and charisma of the selected micro-world inhabitant. Both surface and underwater photographs are allowed. It is also allowed to use stacking in this nomination.
Macro-story. One photograph with descriptions showing interesting event, action or phenomenon. Photographs of the rare animals from the Red List are also accepted in this nomination. Quality of storytelling and matching the photograph would be considered separately. The minimum size of the description is 300 characters not including the name of the species and location shooting.
Colors - Annual theme This year annual theme is "Colors". Any image, where color takes precedence over subject. And he becomes main character of the photo.
Stages of the competition
- Registration of works
- Preselection by experts and members of the jury
- Receiving full-size photographs
- The final jury, selection of winners (on-line)
- Opening of exhibition and announcement of results
Results will be judged based on following scenario:
- Moderation. (Disqualifying by experts and members of the jury photographs that violates the rules of the contest, are not matching the competition, are illegal, abusive etc.)
- Preselection, remotely by experts and members of the jury via the website.
- The jury is arranged either internally or through the online conference.
Voting is independent. Members of the jury cannot see the author of the photograph and marks of other members of the jury. Subsequently the certain number of photographs from each nomination will be picked for the final jury. The selection is made by the number of positive marks. Photographs that scored the same number of marks, either all are accepted or all are not accepted if the number of marks is not sufficient.
Selection of the finalists and winners in the certain nominations is made by discussing all selected photographs. As a result the pictures should be divided into four groups: the winner and the prize-winners, special marks of the jury members, the finalists, the other pictures that are not passed to the final.