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“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

— Alfred Stieglitz


Applications in Photography are accepted in the following themes

1. People portrait

Candid or posed, photos that capture an authentic look into people with rich cultural backgrounds, diverse representation, and unique perspectives from around the world

2. Nature & Landscapes

A broad category where subject matter may include for example mountains, waterfalls, forests, bodies of water, fields, and skies) 

3. Architecture

Photos that focus on existing buildings and structures. This can include structures like bridges and fountains.

4. City/Urban

Concrete jungles, towering skyscrapers, traffic lights, pedestrians, entire cityscapes and public transit-photos that emphasize urban living, murals

5. Abstract images and minimalism

Minimalist images that depend heavily on simplicity, or abstract images, which may make it difficult for the viewer to discern the actual physical object being photographed

6. Altered images and photo collage

Original images creatively altered using editing softwared

Age categories


  • GRAND PACIFIC AWARD and cash prize (only one award across all categories and ages)

  • Outstanding | Platinum award and opportunity to perform at the Gala Concert

  • 1st prize  | Golden award and scholarship to attend masterclasses

  • 2nd prize | Silver award and invitation to attend the Gala Concert

  • 3rd prize  | Bronze award and invitation to attend the Gala Concert

  • Special Award for Teachers and certificates of recognition

General Rules

  • Incomplete applications (including failure to pay the application fee) will not be processed

  • Application fee is not refundable

  • Adjudicator's panel decision is final and cannot be appealed. A summary/commentary about performance from the panel can be provided upon request (please note these will be provided only in English)

  • Multiple winners can be chosen in each of the groups, except Grand Pacific Award

  • Participants agree and authorize the organizers to use their image for any publicity activity

Submission Requirements

  • Up to 3 photos can be submitted with each application.

  • Images can be manipulated, however, the manipulation must be clearly outlined within the image description

  • Images must be in JPEG format, with minimum resolution of 100ppi and up to 2MB for entry. A full resolution image will be required should your image win the Grand Pacific Award. No signature, no logos, no copyright or watermark text should appear on images

  • Submitted images can be used to enter other competitions; there are no exclusivity rights

  • Images can be manipulated, however, the manipulation must be clearly outlined within the image description

  • All images must be submitted online (No CD/Book or other hard copy formats)

  • Images taken by phones are accepted as long as they are not smaller than 1MB in size. Please note that higher resolution images may be required in order to exhibit/print them

  • Any image submitted to the competition may be used by the Grand Pacific Festival of Arts, for the sole purpose of promoting the festival and the photographers themselves

Evaluation Criteria

Your performance wiill be assessed based on the following general criterias. ​


  • Originality, creativity

  • General impression and memorability

  • Composition and quality of light

  • Technical photo quality: in sharp focus on main subject, appropriate use of depth-of-field, etc

* The panel of adjudicators reserves the rights to include assessment of other criterias not mentioned above

How to apply

To apply for the competition participants must submit

  1. A completed online application form

  2. The images uploaded online

  3. A Resume / CV / Biography (optional)

  4. An application fee

  5. A photo/image of the photographer


  • Last day for submitting applications is on 30 April 2022

  • Winners will be announced on our website on 5 June 2022

  • Please note that the participant retains 100% of the image/recording rights


Our inclusivity policy

We welcome entries from participants with special needs and would like to be a platform of encouragement and inclusivity for all. We strongly believe that participants with special needs are creative, talented and unique - in their own way.

We believe that all children are equal and special. That no diagnosis is an obstacle to living happily, learn, develop and be talented. We want to provide opportunities and support to all persons with special needs so that their lives take on bright colors.

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