Czech Nature Photo contest rules

(hereinafter ‘the contest’)
Photographers with permanent residence within the Czech Republic even Slovak Republic can participate in the contest.

Contest categories

  • Mammals (wild)
  • Birds (wild)
  • Reptiles, amphibians and underwater life (wild)
  • Invertebrates (insects, crustaceans, molluscs and other – wild)
  • Czech forests
  • Czech farmland and rural areas
  • Animals in human care


  1. A maximum of ten separate works can be sent
  2. The photographers must be the authors of the pictures they enter under their name.
  3. A picture can only be entered once. Any pictures entered more than once will not be accepted for the contest.
  4. The panel has the right by majority vote to decide to transfer a work into a different category in the interests of awarding pictures.
  5. Pictures must meet the following requirements:

    File format:

    • JPG (High quality)
    • Max. size 20MB / file

    Files must be in RGB colour space and must include an ICC Profile.
    The photographs must be at least 3000 pixels long on the longest side. Insufficient quality which does not permit a photo’s presentation in large-format print can be a reason for disqualification.
    For selected images, the organiser may request data of maximum quality.

  6. All photographs must include a name and specific description in Czech and ideally also English and the place where the photograph was taken
  7. Competitors attest that their photographs were made with respect for nature, without the use of live bait and were not taken in a manner which led to injury or stress of the photographed animal or damage to its environment. Competitors also bear full responsibility for observing all laws and securing any approval needed if required for taking photographs of the particular animal in the particular location. This approval must be submitted for inspection if requested to do so by the organiser. Suspicion of unethical practices while taking contest photos may result in disqualification.
  8. The content of photographs may not be changed by adding to, rearranging, inverting, distorting or removing any parts of the image. Overall and local corrections of tonality and contrast, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction and minor retouching (cleaning) are permitted. HDR, panorama and focus stacking are permitted on photographs taken on the site at the same time when requirements for an authentic scene being captured are met.
  9. Only photographs uploaded and submitted through the contest website will be accepted.
  10. Pictures can be entered for the contest from 04.04. 2017. The deadline for entering photographs in the pilot 2016 year of the contest is 14 May 2017 at 24:00 Central European Time.
  11. Copyright holders retain all personal copyright to their works. Copyright holders grant Czech Nature Photo contest organiser, Czech Photo Centre, s.r.o., unlimited and non-exclusive licence to use award-winning and other selected photographs (exhibition collections) in the form of high-resolution pictures in any way in order to support and promote the contest and contest organisers, in particular (although not exclusively) in the press, exhibitions, dissemination to the public through television broadcasting, computer or similar networks, making them access in a public archive, etc., without quantitative restrictions throughout the world over the whole term of copyright protection. The authorisation under the preceding sentence may also be partly granted to third parties involved in the contest. The licence is provided without charge. The organiser is entitled to modify the photographs in a reasonable manner, combine them with other copyrighted and non-copyrighted works, especially for the purpose of further use of the works (e.g. graphic processing in preparation for print, etc.) within the scope detailed above.
  12. Copyright holders grant the Czech Nature Photo organiser, Czech Photo Centre, s.r.o., the right to use low-resolution pictures in a non-public archive for education and research purposes without charge for all photographs except those which have won an award or are exhibited.
  13. Competitors will provide the organiser with full personal details (name, surname, professional CV) along with an image (photograph) of the competitor and also give their consent to the use of these details in order to organise Czech Nature Photo exhibitions (including promoting the contest and exhibitions and Czech Nature Photo links with partners) and further to use them subsequently for future Czech Press Nature exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad.
  14. Copyright holders declare and guarantee that they are the sole authors of the works entered, that the submission and subsequent use of the photographs will in no way affect the rights or justified interests of third parties, and that no third party can exercise any rights on the ground of use of the photographers by the organiser and/or Czech Photo, o.p.s., or any entity using the photographs on the basis of a sub-licence.
  15. The terms and conditions set out in the contest rules are binding and the organiser reserves the right to reject or disqualify any contest entry if it sees fit to do so. There is no legal claim to participation in the contest.


The basic categories ‘Mammals’, ‘Birds’, ‘Reptiles, amphibians and underwater life’ and ‘Invertebrates’ are designed for photographs showing portraits of wild animals or their behaviour in individual groups in an interesting manner. If you are unsure or if a photograph might be included in more than one category, select the one you consider most appropriate. The panel reserves the right to reassign photographs into a different category.

The special category ‘Czech forests’ aims to popularise photographs of animals which live in the Czech countryside. It is ideal for photographs which capture the life of typical Czech forest dwellers along with the beauty of the forest (trees, forest hideaways, plants) which we often unfairly neglect. A condition of participation in this category is that the photograph has been taken within the Czech Republic.

The special category ‘Czech farmland and rural areas’ is declared by contest joint organiser, the National Museum of Agriculture and is designed for photographs which capture the relationship between human and animal which has shaped Czech rural areas and formed the Czech landscape for centuries in an exceptional manner. From bee-keeping, fisheries and farming to forestry work, but always with a respect for animals.

Animals in human care – photographs taken in zoos, at workshops or in deer parks. This category is not meant for photographs of dogs and cats.

PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR Czech Nature Photo 2017

The ‘Photograph of the Year’ title is the contest’s main prize. This will be awarded to the photograph for which the contest panel agree on its exceptional qualities. The award winner will receive a monetary reward of 20 000 CZK, an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II + 12-40mm PRO lens and a diploma attesting to winning the contest.


VThe panel will select 3 nominated photographs in each of the contest categories, and subsequently the winning photographs from each group. All individual category winners will receive 10 000 CZK, an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II + 14-42mm lens and a diploma attesting to winning the particular category.

Holders of nominated pictures in the Animals in Human Care category will receive a prize awarded by Prague Zoo.


Special prize from the ‘Kudy z nudy’ website


Exhibition visitors decide on the winner. A public vote will take place over the course of the exhibition, with the winner getting an Olympus TOUGH outdoor camera and diploma attesting to victory in the public prize.