International photography competition Global Arctic Awards 2016

Global Arctic Awards 2016 is open to all photographers around the world. The theme of the contest is Arctic and North pictures. The contestants’ images will show the diversity of the beautiful nature and animal world, tell about the peculiarities of “icy” life of the Arctic, narrate the unforgettable photo stories about the culture, everyday life and centuries-long traditions of the sparse inhabitants of the North.

Accreditation of the contest

  • PSA (Photographic Society of America) Nature Division (ND), Photo Travel Division (PTD), Photo Image Color (PID) Recognition No 2016-246
  • FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique) Auspice
  • GPU (Global Photographic Union) Recognition No L160037

Sections and Categories

The Salon consists of 10 sections

  • (PSA PID color) Open Color
  • (PSA PID color) Northern Landscape
  • (PSA PID color) Northern Lights
  • (PSA ND) Arctic and Northern Wildlife
  • (PSA ND) Polar Bear
  • (PSA ND) Ice and Icebergs
  • (PSA PTD) Antarctica
  • (PSA PTD) Arctic
  • (PSA PTD) Man and North
  • Ice of Baikal ( Special section)


Start date August, 1st, 2016
Closing date December 15th, 2016
Judging January 10-15, 2017
Notification January 20th, 2017
Exhibition March-April 2017
Awards sent February-March, 2017
Catalogue sent February-March, 2017


Contest Chairman
Zelfira Makhmutova


At the contest there will be 114 international awards from FIAP, PSA, GPU and GAA.

  • FIAP: 9 Special Medals
  • PSA: 27 medals: (9 Gold + 9 Silver and 9 Bronze) + 27 HM ribbons
  • GPU: 9 Gold Medals + 27 HM ribbons
  • GAA: 5 S-Ani medals + 10 Diplomas
Open Color   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Northern Landscape   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Arctic Landscape   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Northern Lights   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Arctic and Northern Wildlife   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Polar Bear   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Ice and Icebergs   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Antarctica   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Man and North   3+3НМ 1+3НМ
Jury choice 9    
TOTAL 9 27+27 HM 9+27 HM
99 Awards + 15 Special Salon Awards 
  • Prize for Arctic Photographer of the Year (Global)
    Arctic Photographer of the Year (Global) is defined by the number of points in the following sections: Northern Landscape, Northern Lights, Northern and Arctic Wildlife, Polar Bear, Ice and Icebergs, Antarctic, Arctic, Man and North.
    1 point: acceptance/ photograph in the final
    3 points: Honorable Mention
    5 points: Bronze medal
    7 points: Silver medal
    10 points: UPI Gold medal
    12 points: PSA/ FIAP/RPS Gold Medal

Arctic Photographer of the Year gets an invite to Global Arctic Awards judging panel next year.

  • Prize for Arctic Photographer of the Year (Russian)
    Arctic Photographer of the Year (Russian) is defined by the number of points:
    1 point: acceptance/photograph in the final
    3 points: Honorable Mention
    5 points: Bronze medal
    7 points: Silver medal
    10 points: UPI Gold Medal
    12 points: PSA/FIAP/RPS Gold medal

Conditions of entry

  • The contest will be conducted according to FIAP, PSA and GPU regulations.
  • There are maximum of 4 digital files in each of 9 sections of PSA.
  • The entrants for the Global Arctic Awards have to register on our web-site. After registration and authorization the applicant enters his personal account and uploads his images for the contest. The images on CD sent via regular mail are subject to rejection.
  • Технические требования к загружаемым работам:
  • Technical requirements for the uploaded images:
    • JPG format; sRGB
    • Size of digital files: minimum 1920 pixels on the longest side, maximum 3MB., Important: when uploading the image, its title and shooting location must be indicated.
  • The contest is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the contest rules and conditions and was not taken in northern latitude.
  • Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. All final work must be digital file.
  • Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the author thus contributing to the true reflection of life. Denoising, slight correction of brightness, contrast and levels are permitted. Framing is acceptable up to 30% . Any techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove pictorial elements of the original image are forbidden. Techniques which enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. In case the Jury doubts the authenticity of the photo image, the organizers may ask for the RAW-file.
  • By virtue of submitting an entry, the applicant certifies the work as his own and permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the contest. This may include low resolution posting on a web-site.
  • The submission of entries signifies acceptance of the Conditions of Entry.
    All notifications will be sent by e-mail. In case the image is accepted(shortlisted) the author has to submit the file specially prepared for the printing in large format which corresponds to the entry previously sent for the contest. Term of submitting the file is 2 weeks after receiving the notification by e-mail. In case of failure to comply with the due date of submitting the files of large resolution the organisers are eligible to exclude the photograph from the competition.
  • Technical requirements for the files of large resolution:
    • file format: TIFF or JPG;
    • not less than 4500 pixels on the longest side;
    • resolution (DPI) 300;
  • Judging will be done remotely by judges using their own equipment. An entrants images will NOT be viewed consecutively – one after the other

* An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for all sections.

Entry fees:

  • 1 section 15 EUR
  • 2 sections 25 EUR
  • 3-4 sections 35 EUR
  • 5-8 sections 50 EUR


Payment can be made on our web-site after submitting your application.
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The author should be a copyright holder of the submitted material. By virtue of submitting an entry to the "Global Arctic Awards" contest, the author permits sponsors to use all or part of the submitted material for any purpose, related to the contest and future exhibitions.

The sponsors of the competition have a right to:

  • Reproduce the entries in any part of the “Global Arctic Awards” website (;
  • Present prints or digital files for judging by the contest jury;
  • Exhibit winning entries in printed or digital format at the exhibitions of the "Global Arctic Awards" contest;
  • Reproduce winning images in any printed or electronic media in order to inform public about the contest and It’s results;
  • Reproduce winning images in the photo albums, informative brochures, digital media and other publications related to the contest and exhibitions;
  • Use winning images for further specialized activities , aimed at the popularization of the contest;
  • Offer the options for the commercial usage of the images to their authors.

The sponsors of the competition pledge to specify the name of the image maker when reproducing it in any form.
Exhibition copies to be shown at the exhibition and printed at the cost of the sponsors of the "Global Arctic Awards" contest will remain with sponsors and may be used within the framework of the competition activity.
Submitting the entry you automatically grant your consent with the contest policy and rules mentioned above.

Definition of Categories

  • Northern landscape
    Images of the natural habitat. Landscapes of the North. If your photo there is a polar bear or other animal, it should not be a major in the frame, but only complement the landscape.
  • Wildlife of the North and the Arctic
    Images of the wildlife world inhabiting the northern regions and the Arctic. Please, do not upload the images of a Polar bear to this division.
  • Polar Bear
    Images of a Polar bear in his natural habitat in the Arctic.
  • Man and North
    Pictorial images of the northern cities, settlements, buildings, industrial objects, deposits. Life and culture of the sparse inhabitants of the North, ethnography.
  • Northern lights
    Images of northern lights
  • Ice and Icebergs
    Photographs of the ice and icebergs in the Arctic region.
  • Antarctica
    Special section in Global Arctic Awards. Any images made in Antarctica region are accepted.
  • Open Color
    Open topic section. Any color photographs on any topic made in any part of the world.
  • Arctic
    Any images made in Arctic region
  • Special section “Ice of Baikal”
    Photos of nature of Baikal lake.

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grayscale monochrome. Infrared images are not allowed.

A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close-up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment. Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to full monochrome is acceptable. Derivations, including infrared, are unacceptable.