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VdGM Photo Contest 2016: contest details


This contest is open to:

  • visitors and hosts undergoing an Hippokrates Exchange in 2016 (read here about the exchange programme)
  • visitors and hosts participating in the VdGM Conference Exchanges in 2016 (listed here)
  • delegates attending the International Course for the Development of Research Capacities in GP/FM (2016) (link)
  • delegates attending the VdGM Pre-conference/WONCA Europe Conference 2016 (you may find more on these events by clicking here)
  • delegates attending the 3rd VdGM Forum in Jerusalem (2016) (follow the link to find more on this event)

Submissions should reflect the theme “VdGM through my eyes", and should capture people, elements of local landscape, architecture, or objects with artistic composition. Preference will be given to unique, not necessarily iconic images. 



Judging criteria and Awards

Judging will consist of two rounds of evaluation.


1. The first round will be all about social media attention.


Submitted photos will undergo an initial selection by the online public who visit the “VdGM Photo Contest 2016” album on Flickr.


The following categories of events will be considered:

  • Hippokrates Exchanges Programme
  • Categories after each Conference Exchange held in 2016 (other than the Pre-conference Exchange and Forum Exchange).
  • International Course for the Development of Research Capacities in GP/FM (2016)
  • VdGM Pre-conference/WONCA Europe Conference 2016 (including the Pre-conference Exchange)
  • 3rd VdGM Forum (including the Forum Exchange)

For each category two Fan Favourite photos will be picked based on the number of “Faves” on Flickr (photos with the most “Faves” will be selected).

The photographers which have their photos picked will be bestowed the Fan Favorite Award. As a prize, the photographers and their work will be prominently displayed in publications and communications including but not limited to the VdGM Website and social media channels.


2. For the second round, the Fan Favorites will enter the Finalist Review Round.


While extent of social media attention (on Flickr) will be a component in arriving at the finalists, judging of such finalists will be conducted by an esteemed international jury. The jurors will be drawn from WONCA, VdGM and the fields of photography and the arts. The names of the jurors will be posted after the closing of the contest. 

Finalists will be scored by the jury, and the jurors’ scores will be averaged to produce a final score. The jury’s decisions will be final and no correspondence will be accepted. The winner of the Jury's Selection Award will be determined by the best fit of the following judging criteria:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Artistic merit and visual appeal (wow factor)
  • Artistic conveyance of the theme “VdGM through my eyes” (content and persuasiveness in telling a story, relevance to and consistence with the desired theme, message)
  • Composition (technical excellence and quality, i.e. exposure, focus, color, lighting etc.)

In the event of a tie for highest score, the entry with the higher artistic merit (wow factor) score will be deemed the grand winner.

The prize for the grand winner (Jury's Selection Award) will be a free entry for the 4th VdGM Forum and a framed print of the winning photo. An article about the winner photographer and his/her photo will be placed on the VdGM website.



Conditions and Rules of Submission

By submitting their photos to the contest, photographers indicate that they have read the rules and conditions of the contest and accept the terms listed below:

"All photos must be the original work of the entrant. The entrant must be the sole owner of the entire copyright in all photos entered. It is the responsibility of the entrant, to ensure that he or she complies with this requirement.

By entering, entrants will be deemed to be bound by the rules and the VdGM reserves the right to exclude/disqualify any entry from the competition at any time if it has reason to believe that an entrant has breached the rules. The VdGM reserves the right to contact the photographers to confirm information about the photos or for any other purpose considered necessary. Entrant photographers whose contact information has changed during the course of the contest should send a notification to image@vdgm.eu.

By submitting your photo(s) you assure VdGM that you shot the photo, that you are the rightful owner of the photo, that the submitted image has not been previously published, and that you have obtained any necessary third-party releases. If you have submitted a photograph of an individual or a group in a private setting, you must have obtained the person’s prior consent for the use of that photograph in accordance with this competition. Photographers are responsible for ensuring that their submissions are in compliance with the legal and copyright laws of their country.

By submitting photo(s) you agree to have your name and submitted photo(s) being used by the VdGM for the following purposes: (i) publication in print materials, (ii) online publication; and (iii) promotion of VdGM, its groups, projects and activities in any other media.

Photographers retain the rights to their images, but grant to the VdGM the right to use the submitted images as may be necessary to meet the requirements of the VdGM, and to do so without requiring the VdGM to notify the Participant, seek the Participant's permission, or owe any form of compensation to the Participant. Photographers grant VdGM a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of their submitted images, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for VdGM promotional purposes, at the discretion of the VdGM. Photographers will be credited for their work when possible. The VdGM will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

This agreement shall remain in effect until cancelled in writing by VdGM or superseded by a subsequent agreement.

The VdGM reserves the right not to select any submission and to extend or amend contest terms, conditions and deadlines if necessary. Decisions of VdGM will be final."


Announcement of Results

Finalist photographers (Fan Favorites) will be notified by email no later than February 7th, 2017.

The Grand Winner (Jury's Selection) will be notified by email on February 21st 2017 at the latest.

Finalists and winners will be posted on the website of the VdGM and announced on VdGM social media channels on February 8th and 22nd, 2017, respectively.