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GENERAL REGULATION

 

1/ Purpose of the contract
This general regulation governs the relations between the FMISM organization, herafter called Organization, and the participants to every session of the World Festival of underwater pictures. Taking part to the World Festival of underwater pictures as a competitor implies the full acceptance of all of the guidance of the General Regulation.

 

The Festival takes place every year. The contests are open to everyone.



 

2/ How to registrate to FMISM
Deadline for registration and dispatch : September 30th.
The Organization recommends to registrate as soon as possible.

 

2-1/ Registration forms and shipments must be mailed to :



 

FESTIVAL MONDIAL DE L'IMAGE SOUS-MARINE

 


9, rue Euthymènes - 13001 Marseille – France

 


E-mail : info@underwater-festival.com

 

2-2/ The Organization will refuse parcels generating duty on delivery.

 

2-3/ Works must be wrapped with proper protection.


 

2-4/ The Organization undertakes to take the utmost care of works but cannot in no way be held responsible for loss or damage to the works during the Festival or in the mail. Participants should therefore take out an insurance if they think it necessary.


 

2-5/ Works that have already been presented at the Festival shall not be considered.


 

2-6/ Only the works chosen by the preselection jury will be presented during the Festival for final decision.


 

2-7/ Competition entries must be made on the official Festival entry form duly completed and signed. One form per work generating a title (film, book) Photocopies accepted.


 

2-8/ Registration fees
First enrolment in a film, portfolio, thematic series, photo (1 or 2) category: 40€*
For each additional enrolment in above categories: 10€
Registrations to Book category are free.
* including 10 euros meant for the annual membership to the FMISM organization, as a sympathizer member.

 

3/ Promoting the Festival
Unless adversely stipulated by rightful holders, in order to meet the public’s freedom to access to information and to promote both the Festival and the works distributed, competitors authorize the Festival to communicate freely to the press copies of photographs, images, drawings, film extracts or other works competing.

 

4/ Distribution of works within the frame of the Festival and its international tour
Competitors authorize the Festival to use freely the works in competition for public or private representations, in the frame of the Festival, for all its duration, on the spot of the event. Competitors also authorize their works to be shown, assuming that they are awarded a prize, for private or public shows during the worldwide tour of the Festival, whatever the place or the country, for one year as of the prize award. The Festival’s worldwide tour is to strictly promote the underwater world, the works of prize-winners, of authors, of producers and of the Festival. The authorship of authors and producers is clearly claimed on public or private display. The films in competition or prize-awarded shall not be used for commercial purpose. The organization makes every year a full scale black and white edition of the prize-awarded photographs (portfolio, thematic series, color and black & white photos…) with the help of a printing partner. These editions are displayed during or outside the Festival’s tour. The holders of rights on the photos authorize the Organization to organize exhibitions free of charge.

 

5/ Garantee of the competitors
Competitors indemnify the Festival against any disorder, demands and dispossession. They are to declare that they do not have introduced in their works any reproduction or echoes likely to transgress anybody’s rights and that they do not have used them in a way contrary to the licence granted to the Festival.

 

6/ Broadcasting of works by extracts for preservation, indexing, recording and consulting
The World Festival of Underwater Picture’s Foundation is a Belgian legal entity commissionned by the World Festival of Underwater Picture so as to preserve, index, record and allow the consultation of all of the prize-awarded works during the various sessions of the Festival from its very start in 1974. The Foundation aims at offering a scientific database to scientists all over the world in order to develop, to encourage and to promote by all means the knowledge, the protection and the presevation of the underwater world, its animal life, its flora, its environment, its ecology and its natural wealth, in compliance with the FMISM’s purpose.

 

6-1/ Films
Competitors authorize the free broadcast of an extract of their work with a maximum double limit of either 15 minutes or of the quarter of the total length of the film, for five years as of the January, 1st of the year following the session during which the film is shown. The work by extract will be broadcasted by provision exclusively, for personal and private purpose, in the website of the Festival and / or its representation, the Festival’s Foundation.
Work extracts will only be available once the conditions of use for personnal and private purpose have been displayed, with the exception of any reproduction or representation.
The work extract will be watermarked with the Festival’s logo and the producer’s name.


 

6-2/ Photos
Competitors authorize the free display of their work, as a whole or by extracts, during the five years as of the January, 1st following the Festival’s session during which the photo is competing. The work or its extract will be displayed by provision exclusively, for personal and private purpose, on the website of the Festival and/or its representation, the Festival’s Foundation. Work or its extracts will only be available once the conditions of use for personnal and private purpose have been displayed, with the exception of any reproduction or representation.
The work extract will be watermarked with the Festival’s logo and the photographers’ name.


 

6-3/ Books
Competitors authorize the free distribution of the cover of their published work, and an extracts distribution within the maximal limits of 10.000 signs, spaces included, for five years as of the 1st of January of the year following the session during which the work is shown. The cover and the extract will be displayed by provision exclusively for personal and private purpose on the website of the Festival and/or its representation the Festival’s Foundation. The cover and its extract will only be available once the conditions of use for personnal and private purpose have been be published, with the exception of reproduction or representation. The extract will be watermarked with the Festival’s logo and the author’s and editor’s name.

 

7/ Irrevocable decisions of the jury
The decisions of the jury are final.

 

8/ Judicial scope
The present regulation is subject to the French law. The official language of the regulation is the French language. In case of dispute, only the courts of Marseilles’ jurisdiction will be competent.

 

9/ Prize awarding allotted time
Prizes unclaimed during 12 months after being awarded shall be regarded as donations of their assignees.


 

10/ All competitors will be provided with a season ticket for themselves and their spouse/partner free of charge.


 


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I : FILM COMPETITION

 

I-1/ Preselection
Only the films preselected by the preselection jury will be shown to the public and/or the jury.

 

I-2/Selected films (feature films and medium lengths, or video clips and shorts) will be shown to the Jury.

 

Each competitor can present one or several movies. 



 

I-3/ Films should contain a synopsis, and if possible a photo of the author and of filming, a trailer or an extract (of 60 seconds).

 

I-4/ The official language of the Festival is French. For works in any other language, the author must provide a typed script of the work in French or in English, either on paper, IT format or e-mail.

 

I-5/ FILM category prize winners allows the Festival’s organisation committee to keep one copy of the prize-winning film. The Festival’ Fundation ensures the conservation of this copy and guarantees the respect of royalties. 



 

I-6/ Submission format : BluRay, Hard Drive, USBb Key (. mov, Mpeg4 (AVCHD, H.264, M2t) 1920x1080, 25 fps, stereo; ftp downloads are not accepted). 

 

I-7/ Groups Criteria

- MEDIUM LENGTH AND FEATURE FILMS Duration > 26 min.

- VIDEOCLIP AND SHORT Maximum length : 26 min.

 


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II: STILL PICTURES COMPETITION (PHOTOGRAPHS, PORTFOLIO and THEMATIC SERIES)

 

II-1/ Photographs (prints and digital files) must have been taken during underwater diving.



 

II-2/The same picture shall not compete in several categories.

 

II-3/ Photos, Portfolio and Thematic Series in competition may not have a co-author.



 

II-4/Once registered, picture files must allow a 40 x 60 cm print (from 250 to 300 dpi).

 


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II-A : PORTFOLIO COMPETITION (DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS)

 

II-A-1/ Each competitor must present 10 digital photographs. Each competitor is allowed to present only one Portfolio. Arbitration will be made on the set as a whole.

 

II-A-2/Accepted format : jpeg files, original size, uncompressed, mentions inlay forbidden. Pictures shall be recorded on CD-roms or DVD-roms only (not e-mailed).

 

II-A-3/ Files must be named as follows: NAME-First name-NN (NAME: Name of the competitor; First name: first name of the competitor; NN: number of the picture from 01 to 10). NAME and First name of the competitor must also be written on the CD-rom or DVD-rom with indelible ink.



 

II-A-4/ A text file with captions explaining pictures (photographed species, shot place, anecdote...) can be joined on the DVD.

 


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II-B : THEMATIC SERIES COMPETITION (5 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS)

 

II-B-1/ Candidates must submit five digital images according to a theme set by the competitor. Each contestant may only submit one set theme. The judgment covers the entire series and its thematic coherence. 



 

II-B-2/Accepted format : jpeg files, original size, uncompressed, mentions inlay forbidden. Pictures shall be recorded on CD-roms or DVD-roms only (not e-mailed).

 

II-B-3/Files must be named as follows: NAME-First name-NN (NAME: Name of the competitor; First name: first name of the competitor; NN: number of the picture from 01 to 03). NAME and First name of the competitor must also be written on the CD-rom or DVD-rom with indelible ink.



 

II-B-4/ A text file with captions explaining pictures (photographed species, shot place, anecdote...) and defining the theme of the series will be joined on the DVD.

 


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II-C :  PHOTOGRAPHS COMPETITION (Prints)

 

II-C-1/Set formats : 30 x 40 or 30 x 45 (cm). 



 

II-C-2/Only UNMOUNTED prints will be accepted (the organization will put them under glass).



 

II-C-3/ Each competitor is allowed to present one or two photographs of his choice (either 2 colors, or 2 Black&White, or one of each).

 

II-C-4/ Photographs must carry on the back, in block capitals:
 SURNAME, NAME, complete address and eventually title of the photo.



 

II-C-5/ Competitor must join with his paper print dispatch a CD-ROM containing the original digital file (the competitor's name must appear in the file name) and a a text file including captions explaining the photo in contest (photographed species, shot place, anecdote...).

 


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III : LITERATURE

 

III-1/ Within the frame of the Festival, one prize is awarded to work published during the current year or year before ;

- The World Underwater Picture Book Prize 
( open to books from all countries ) is awarded to a work noted for 
- its picture quality, its subject, its presentation, its production
 

III-2/ Progress of the competition

 

The publisher or the author sends as soon as possible, before September 15th, a first copy of the book with the registration form to the Festival. On receipt, the pre-selection Jury advises the publisher or the author of its decision. Then five copies must be sent, which the Festival will forward to the Jury members.



 

III-3/ Books in competition are listed in the Festival programme and all the works sent to us will be on display during the event. No document will be returned.

 


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IV : POSTER CONTEST

 

IV-1/ Prizes will be awarded on the basis of the artistic quality of the poster and the power of the message it delivers. Competitors are grouped in three classes on the basis of school level, kindergarden (up to 6 years); primary (7 to 11 years); secondary (12 to 19) with a special class for art school students.

IV-2/ Poster specifications :

- format : 16x24 inches in vertical layout;

- any graphic expression techniques may be used: crayons or pastels, water colors, pen or pencil, photography...

IV-3/Entries must be submitted to national correspondant using the application form, which must be securely attached to the back of each poster submitted. If a private individual don't know the national correspondant, he can send his inscription and work directly to the Festival's address (see below).

IV-4/ How it works :
            -           Specialists and personalities of the marine world, of educational and artistic environments des milieux éducatifs et artistiques make up the preselection jury.

       -      National corresponde organize their own competition.
       -      The national jury draws a prize list up according to school levels, and awards prizes. A shortlist of prize-winning works (with a maximum of six posters by category) takes part to the international competition.
       -      Each national correspondant (or private individual) must post his prize-winning selection (or his work) to the following address before the 15th of September of the current year :

 

FESTIVAL MONDIAL DE L'IMAGE SOUS-MARINE

9, rue EUTHYMENES – 13001 MARSEILLE – France

IV-5/ A selection of drawings is exhibited during the World Festival of underwater picture so that young visitors may vote. From then on, the steering committee raises the final prize list of the international competition and awards prizes and degrees.

IV-6/ Organizers reserve themselves the possibility to use and reproduce works to ensure the competition promotion and develop awareness-raising activities as regards the underwater world protection, exclusive of any commercial aspect. One of these posters will illustrate the Young Public Jury’s campaign of the World Festival of Underwater Picture.

Print a registration form (need acrobat reader)


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