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Globalfields Nature Award for Students 2021

March 2021
Theme: Supporting climate and sustainable development: Small actions for big impacts
Photography, essay/article and poetry competition

Can small actions make a big difference? Executed once or twice, single actions might not have a significant impact. However, if repeated over time and adopted by a large number of people, those same actions can make a huge difference:like the sheer power of water smashing against a rock can change its shape, or even break it.

The same principle applies to climate action and the environment. Wherever we live, the environment is around us. It is the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the energy we consume, a walk in the woods or at the beach. How can each one of us contribute to solve adverse impacts of climate change or of environmental degradation? What are the challenges we face in relation to nature and how can small businesses deal with those?  How can we uphold nature’s rights through small actions?  

In these challenging times, where we all had to make significant changes to the way we live, work and socialise, we can understand more than ever how deeply connected, and dependent on, the environment we are. In such fragile word, even the smallest of actions can be of significance.

 

The Globalfields Nature Award was established in early 2021 to encourage, promote and reward such actions. Send your entries to: competition@globalfields.co.uk.

 

We therefore invite you to share your ideas by participating in the competition. You may choose to enter a series of photos, or to write an essay, an article or a poem, depicting a personal or a generic story.

The Competition is open to last year university undergraduate and postgraduate students aged 19 or over at the time of entering, other than Globalfields employees and collaborators and their family members. International entries are welcome.

Three competition winners will be awarded with an internship at Globalfields from autumn 2021. Up to ten additional participants will have the chance to see their work published in a book that will be released to mark our third anniversary on September 3, 2021.

Categories                                 

Photo essay

§  The photo-essay will consist of a set of 4-6 photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke emotions in the viewer. Photo essays can be sequential in nature to be viewed in a particular order, or they may consist of non-ordered photographs, which may be viewed all at once to reveal their character and dynamics.

§  Photographs must be relevant to the competition theme and exclusively in colour.

§  Photographs must be accompanied by a 200-word abstract; or a 30 words description per picture.

 

Written Essay/Article

§  Essays or articles will consist of one document with a title, a 200-word abstract, and an essay/article of 1,000-1,400 words (including title, quotes and footnotes but not tables or diagrams). A bibliography and word count must also be included.  We cannot accept essays longer than 1,400words.

§  Essays/articles must be relevant to the competition theme and written inEnglish. Entries must be submitted in Word or Pages format.

 

Poetry

§  Poetry entries will consist of one poem with a title not exceeding 60 lines in length (excluding title).

§  Poems will be accompanied by a 200-word abstract.

§  Poems must be relevant to the competition theme and written in English.

§  Entries must be submitted in Word or Pages format

 

 Submission period 

EXTENDED! 1 March – 15 May 2021 at 23:00 (BST).

 

EXTENDED! Winners will be announced on 15 June 2021

 

To request the General Rules and how to enter the competition, please contact: competition@globalfields.co.uk.

or see further below.

 

GENERAL RULES

 

§  Globalfields reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage.

§  It is the responsibility of each entrant into the competition to ensure they have read and abide by the General Rules. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the General Rules, that their entry complies with the General Rules, and that they will be liable to the Owners and their licensees in respect of any damages or losses incurred as a breach of the General Rules by the entrant.

  • Any entrant found to not comply with the General     Rules at any stage of the competition will be disqualified and any prizes     will be forfeited.
  • The decision of Globalfields on all matters     relating to the Competition is final and binding.

 

Participants’ eligibility

§  The Competition is open to last year university undergraduate and postgraduate students aged 19 or over at the time of entering, other than Globalfields employees and collaborators and their family members. International entries are welcome.

 

Entries

§  Entry is free.

§  Before entering, each participant should carefully read the competition General Rules, as submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of such rules.

§  One entrant may submit maximum one entry for each category of the competition.

§  Entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or made public on social media, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before the date of submission.

§  All competition submissions must not include any endorsements of products or services, or any obscene, violent, racist or defamatory content. Incomplete entries or entries that do not comply with the formal specifications will be automatically disqualified.

§  Entries must be submitted as digital files only. For initial entry, all still photography images must be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high-quality level, with a maximum file size of 5MB. SEE DIGITAL SPECIFICATIONS SECTION BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

§  If shortlisted, entrants must be able to supply images as RAW files or original JPEGs. SEE DIGITAL SPECIFICATIONS BELOW FOR DETAILS.

§  All photographic entries should be a faithful representation of the original scene and localised adjustments should be used appropriately. Some digital adjustment or editing is allowed, but entrants should understand that the objective is to remain faithful to the original experience, and to never deceive the viewer or misrepresent reality. SEE DIGITAL ADJUSTMENT GUIDELINES SECTION BELOW FOR DETAILS.

§  Essays/articles are judged anonymously, therefore the author's name, address and other personal details MUST NOT appear on the photograph, essay/article or poem but specified in the separate Submission Form (SEE BELOW).

§  All entries made via email will receive confirmation of submission.  

§  Telephone confirmation of receipt is not available. Globalfields staff are unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you follow the submission instructions carefully.

§  Articles/essays must be based on recent research. Therefore, entries must have been researched after 1 January 2020. Globalfields might request evidence of this.

§  Entries must be received by 17:00 BST on Thursday 15 May 2021 (‘the Closing Date’).

 

Copyrights

§  Entrants must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all the entries they submit, or they must have obtained permission from the copyright holder to submit the entries on their behalf. A copy of any such written permission must be supplied to Globalfields on request.

§  Authors retain the copyright to all their entries into the Globalfields Award. However, each entrant grants Globalfields and its partners the right in perpetuity to publish, broadcast and/or use the submitted materials in its environmental communication crediting the copyright owners. Use of the materials else wherefrom the date of submission is subject to permission from Globalfields.

§  Authors will be credited. The author agrees that Globalfields will not be liable to the author in the event of inadvertent omission of the credit.

§  It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that all the necessary permissions are obtained from people featured in the entry.

§  Submissions may also not be accepted into the contest if the image in the entry features an identifiable individual who has not given their consent to appear or if the image features advertising or trademarks, which would otherwise require Globalfields to obtain permission to use.

§  Each entrant agrees to participate in related publicity and to the use of their name and entry for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the competition and exhibition without additional compensation.

§  By entering theCompetition, you grant Globalfields a non-exclusive licence to reproduce, publish and communicate your entry to the public by exhibiting your entry through all media throughout the world in relation to the competition and other Globalfields activities. This includes but is not limited to: the competition judging process; an exhibition and/or tour; inclusion in a Globalfields catalogue or book; online galleries; promotional, press and marketing materials associated with Globalfields activities and associated merchandising. Globalfields is allowed to pass on any entry to online and print publications to be used either for editorial or image-based promotion in relation to the competition, with full credit given to the author. Globalfields’ use of the material submitted may include third party licensing to generate revenue on all activities undertaken by Globalfields.

§  By entering the competition, you accept that your entry may be exhibited by Globalfields, or in exhibitions and other events organised or attended by Globalfields. Globalfields reserves the right to reproduce any entry for exhibition or event purposes.

§  Globalfields cannot accept liability for the misuse of entries and or failure of any third party to comply with the Globalfields credit guidelines.

 

Judges  

 

§  Judges appointed by Globalfields will choose the winners for each category. They will accurately review each entry and their decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and binding. Neither they nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence.

§  During the judging process, judges reserve the right to move entries from one category to another where appropriate and not award any entry within a category.

§  Globalfields reserves the right to change a judge without notice and not to award prizes if in the judge’s opinion such an action is justified.

 

Marking Criteria

 

The judges will look for a creative, engaging and inspiring submission. Your entry will be judged on:

  • Relevance of the story to the competition topic
  • Creativity expressed
  • Artistic ability
  • Persuasiveness of the story

 

Globalfields reserves the right to introduce additional judging categories at any stage during the competition, as well as to amend or remove any entries from the competition that they feel may breach any of the Competition rules or may bring the competition into disrepute. Such entries will be disqualified.

 

Prizes and notification of winners

 

§  The winner for each category will be announced on 15 June 2021

§  The winner for each category will be awarded a 3-6-month internship at Globalfields, depending on availability and negotiations between the candidate and Globalfields.

§  The best entries will be selected to be part of a publication, which will be released to celebrate Globalfields’ anniversary on September 3rd, 2021. They may also feature in future digital and print material from Globalfields and its partners.

§  Winners will be notified by email; therefore, it is crucial to provide correct contact information.

§  All winners will be expected to provide a short biography and photograph.

 

 

Data protection

 

§  For the processing of this contest, Globalfields observe the rules set in the United Kingdom on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by organisations and on the free movement of such data.  

  • Globalfields will collect personal data about     entrants at the time of entry, and as otherwise provided in order to     administer the competition and its associated activities only

§  No personal data is shared with third parties for direct marketing. For further detailed information please contact Globalfields at competition@globalfields.co.uk

 

Queries

 

If you experience problems with the online entry process, or if you have any questions about entering the competition that cannot be answered by reading the General Rules, please contact Globalfields by email at competition@globalfields.co.uk.  

 

DIGITAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

The following guidelines explain the required specifications for each category at the different stages of the competition. Please ensure that your entries adhere to these guidelines. For further information, please contact Globalfields exclusively by email to competition@globalfields.co.uk.  

 

Photo essays

§  Photo essays submissions must contain 4-6 photographs. They must include a title and a separate written abstract of max  200words, or 30 words per picture, in English (UK) only.

  • Images should be:

-       colour

-       jpeg-format

-       minimum resolution of 2000 pixels for the long side of the photograph.

-       min. 1Mb max 5Mb

  • Files can be sent via Wetransfer or directly to competition@globalfields.co.uk.
  • Proof of authenticity: original digital camera     RAW files will be required if your image is shortlisted. Digital images     captured as JPEG are allowed, providing the original un-retouched JPEG is     available for inspection. Any work created from more than one original (e.g.,     stitched images), must be declared as such, and the original captured     images should be available for inspection when requested.
  • Printing: for printing in all media and for     inclusion in an exhibition, a high-resolution image might be requested if     your image is selected.

 

 

Digital AdjustmentsGuidelines

 

The following digital adjustments are allowed:

 

  • removal of sensor dust spots and chromatic     aberration
  • levels (in moderation)
  • curves (in moderation)
  • colour (in moderation)
  • saturation (in moderation)
  • contrast work (in moderation)
  • shadow and highlights (in moderation)
  • sharpening (including selective sharpening) in     moderation
  • cropping in moderation and as long as a suitable     high-res TIFF file can be supplied for printing a large exhibition display
  • dodging, burning and toning (in moderation)
  • neutral density gradients (in moderation)
  • removing lens vignetting
  • panoramas i.e., panoramas created from several     images that have been taken from the same location and at the same time,     and then combined or stitched using digital techniques, and resulting in a     wider view than can be achieved with most wide-angle lenses. (NB: stitched     panoramas must be declared in caption information.)
  • multiple exposures are only allowed if this is a     feature of the camera and the result is one single file. Entrants must     state in the caption if their image is a multiple exposure

 

The following digital adjustments are NOT allowed:

 

  • adding or removing animals, parts of animals,     plants, distractions, people etc.
  • composites and sandwich shots that add elements.
  • images that have been digitally manipulated     outside of the allowed adjustments.

 

Written Essay/article

§  Essays/articles will consist of one document with a title, a 200-word abstract, and an essay of1,000-1,400 words (including title, quotes and footnotes but not tables or diagrams). A bibliography and word count must also be included.  We cannot accept essays longer than 1,400words.

§  Essays/articles must be relevant to the competition theme and written in English. Entries must be submitted in Word or Pages format.

§  Please retain all emails from Globalfields regarding your submission.

§  Under no circumstances can alterations be made to essays/articles once entered.

 

 

Poetry

§  Poetry entries will consist of one poem with a title not exceeding 60 lines in length (excluding title).

§  Poems will be accompanied by a 200-word abstract.

§  Poems must be relevant to the competition theme and written in English.

§  Entries must be submitted in Word or Pages format

§  Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.

 

 Plese email: competition@globalfields.co.uk for a submission form.

 

 

 

 

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