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Lugano Award 2022 - Wildlife Photography

Lugano Photo Days

• Deadline: April 30th, 2022⁠

• Prize: €5000 + Exposure

• Theme: Wildlife Photography

• Entry Fees: Yes


LuganoPhotoDays was born in early 2012 from the idea of Marco Cortesi. The objective is to organize a yearly international photography festival in Lugano that will insert itself among the ones that already exist in other European cities.

The festival LuganoPhotoDays is organized by the non-profit cultural association of the same name based in Lugano (Switzerland).

RULES 2021 – Street photography

Art. 1. Promoter


via P.F. Mola 9

6900 Lugano


LuganoPhotoDays is a non-profit cultural association. The revenues generated by the photo contest are used to support the activities of the association, such as the festival.

Art. 2. Participation requirements

The contest is open to all photographers (professional and non-professional) who have reached the age of 18 on the closing date of the contest, irrespective of sex, nationality or residence.

Employees of LuganoPhotoDays and of the sponsors, the members of the jury, as well as relatives up to second-degree and partners are not permitted to enter the contest.

Art. 3. Duration of the contest

Opening: January 1st, 2022 at 0:00 UTC

Deadline for submission of works: April 30th, 2022 at 23:45 UTC

Selection of finalists and winner: June 2022

Announcement of winner: July 2022

The submission's deadline may be extended. Voting and publication dates are indicative.

Art. 4. Prizes

For the winner of the category “Street photography”:

- unique prize: CHF 500.- in cash

- certificate

- one-night stay in a hotel (single room with breakfast) in Lugano (Switzerland) for the award ceremony

- photo exhibition of the project in Lugano (Switzerland)

- presence in the catalogue

- media publication

- publication on LuganoPhotoDays channels (website, gallery, social, …)

No prize, unless otherwise defined, is paid in cash.

The transfer from home to the award ceremony (and return) are the sole responsibility of prize winner.

Art. 5. Award ceremony

The award ceremony takes place during the LuganoPhotoDays opening night.

Confirmation of participation in the award ceremony is welcome.

If the winner of the category cannot personally attend the opening night of LuganoPhotoDays, must communicate it at the latest one month before the event.

If the winner is unable to attend the award ceremony, the prize will be shipped by December 31st, 2022.

Art. 6. Composition of the jury

The jury of category is a panel of 3 experts in the field of photography, publishing or communications. The members and the president of the jury are published on the contest’s website.

The jury’s votes are not subject to appeal.

Art. 7. Registration

Registration to the contest occurs exclusively via internet on

The participants must provide a valid e-mail address and complete the form with their personal details.

The promoter may request a copy of a valid identity document to verify the truthfulness of the given information at any time. The submission of incorrect or untrue data at the registration will result in disqualification from the contest.

The registration will remain valid for future contests on

Art. 8. Registration fee

The registration fee has to be paid by PayPal, Stripe or bank transfer.

The registration fee will not be refunded in case of withdrawal or non-admission to the contest.

Art. 9. Participation in the contest

Each registrant may participate with one or more single photograph.

The theme is: Street photography.

Format of the images to be uploaded on

- JPEG, RGB a 8bit, saved in high quality (at least 8)

- 3200 pixel length

- maximal size 5MB

Each file must contain only one image (e.g. diptychs are not allowed).

It is not allowed to enter the author's name, watermark, borders/frames, or other elements on the image.

At the promoter request the registrant shall promptly supply a high-quality file.

The photographs should also have a title and a caption in English. The information must be complete, true and accurate. It is not allowed to include the name and/or biography and/or other references to the author in the texts submitted (abstract, description, title, caption).

If available, the translation into Italian is welcome.

Participants arriving at the final stage will be asked to send RAW files (e.g. .NEF, .CR2, .RAF, .ORF, .PEF, etc.), original untouched JPEGs, original slides or negatives, for authentication. DNG files are only allowed if this is the camera's native RAW format.

The promoter reserves the right to ask any participant to provide a set of original files of photographs taken before and after any image that requires further authentication.

Following the confirmation of the entry, the participant may request the removal of the entire series of photographs by contacting the promoter technical team. This operation is the equivalent to a waiver by the participant. In order to submit a new series, the participant must pay the entire registration fee again.

Removal cannot be requested after the closing of the competition.

Art. 10. Admission

The following are some of the criteria for admission and non-admission.

It is allowed:

- to participate in multiple categories with the same project

- cropping the images, if cropping does not change the actual situation photographed

- digital adjustments such as: color adjustments, grayscale conversion, contrast, burning, dodging, sharpening, noise reduction that do not alter the content

- minor cleaning work: removal of sensor dust or scratches on scans of transparencies or negatives, removal of chromatic aberration

- multiple shots taken at the same location and at the same time (seconds or minutes apart) to achieve panoramas, focus stacking, HDR

It is not allowed:

- deceive the viewer or attempt to mask and/or misrepresent reality

- endangering or injuring people and/or animals and/or damaging habitats in an attempt to take an image

- adding, moving, turning or mirroring, distorting or removing elements (people and/or animals and/or objects) from the image

- depicting animals in captivity or restraint, animal models and/or any other animals exploited for profit, unless this is a specific issue relating to the treatment of animals by third parties

- use live bait to attract animals

After receipt of the registration fee, the promoter will select the works, only admitting and publishing those who meet the contest rules’ criteria.

The promoter reserves the right to refuse or exclude registrations at its own discretion, even after having already accepted the participation.

Admitted participants will be notified automatically by e-mail.

Art. 11. Selection – preliminary phase

Each member of the jury will give one mark between 1 (min.) and 5 (max.) to each photograph, which have been accepted.

At the end of the preliminary phase the 50 photographs with the most marks will be selected. In case of a joint runner-up in this phase, the date of confirmation of the registration will be decisive.

Selected participants will be notified automatically by e-mail.

Art. 12. Selection – final phase

The jury will assign a second score to the selected works, determining the finalists: the 10 photographs with the highest marks. In case of a joint runner-up in this phase, the date of confirmation of the registration will be decisive.

The finalists will be notified automatically by e-mail.

Art. 13. Selection - winner

After the preliminary and the final phases, the jury will determine the single winner among the 10 finalists.

The winner of the category will be notified automatically by e-mail.

Art. 14. Copyright

The participant declares to be the sole and exclusive owner of the uploaded photographs and to detain, if necessary, the lawful releases from the photographed subjects and is solely responsible in the event of a claim by the photographed subject or, in general, by third parties.

Art. 15. Use of images

The photographs remain the exclusive property of the author who authorises the promoter to use, reproduce and publish them by any means, free of charge (with the exception of commercial purposes) and without time limit; in particular, but not as a limiting factor, on the promoter’s website, social network, printed material (flyer, posters, catalogues, …), etc..

The authors are not entitled to economic compensation for the publication of the photographs on magazines, newspapers, website and/or social networks.

The prints from the photographs used for the exhibitions will remain the property of the promoter.

Art. 16. Responsibility

The uploaded contents are solely the responsibility of the authors. The promoter declines any responsibility for the images uploaded by the user and possible infringement of copyright.

In all circumstances, generally, the participating photographers undertake to release and to free the promoter from any claims, request, responsibility and, generally, from any property right or claim by third parties linked to the contents.

The promoter reserves the right not to publish images with pornographic content, violence or racial intolerance; violates privacy and publicity, reputation, honour of others or any applicable law; is vulgar, racially or ethnically offensive, classist or in any way reprehensible; may cause damage in any way to minor children.

Even if already published, the promoter may remove the aforementioned images based on his own and unquestionable judgment without notice and without any claim for repayment.

Art. 17. Service supply

The promoter reserves the right to interrupt or extend the uploading and the voting of the works due to a technical, organisation or legal issue.

In case of an anticipated interruption of the contest, the mentioned jury, according the present guidelines, will evaluate the works of those who have already registered.

No guarantee can be given regarding the continued and complete availability of the website and related application in reason of internet’s own structure which involves many parties.

Art. 18. General Terms

Any legal recourse is excluded. Any controversy regarding the applicability of the present rules and the execution of the contest that cannot be solved amicably shall be brought exclusively before the courts of Lugano with application of the Swiss law.

No correspondence will be held about the contest. The participants acknowledge and accept the present general terms of the contest.

Art. 19. Language

Should the English translation of these Rules differ from the Italian original, the Italian version is binding.

Art. 20. Notice about the Covid-19 pandemic

LuganoPhotoDays festival, which will also host the awarding of the winners of LuganoAward and the related exhibition, is currently scheduled for autumn. In case it is not possible to organise the festival in person, a new date or any form in which the event will take place will be communicated.


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