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Rules, usage and copyrights

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Do I retain the copyrights on my photos?
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Yes, ywill retain full copyright to all your submissions. However, by submitting your photographs, you will grant us the right to use the images in relation to the competition on our social media, the promotion of the winners or of the comeptition. For more details, please refer to our terms and conditions.
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Where can I check the rules?
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You can access it here.

Entries

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I can’t upload my images. How can I fix this?
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Please make sure that all images are .jpg or .png fomat and that the size is smaller than 10mb.
If it still doesn’t work, let us know by sending an email to imanext@imaonline.jp .

General

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Are there any limit to the number of entries?
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We are not setting any limit to the number of entries. You can enter as many times as you would like.
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Are there any limit to the number of photos for each submission?
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You can submit as many photos as you want for each entry. However, if you submit multiple photographs, they will be judged as one series. If you would like to submit a different series, you will have to make a different entry.
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I entered for a previous theme, can I participate again?
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Of course! Also, if you would like to submit an image previously entered, if you feel that it matches the new theme, you can reenter the same image.
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Can I change or check the submitted images?
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No. Please check carefully before you upload them.
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I am a beginner… do I have shot?
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Of course! This competition is for all photography lovers in the world, you will have a chance to win whether you are a professional, amateur or beginner.
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When will be the winner and the shortlist be announced?
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Around the 20th of every month.

Payment

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What forms of payment are available?
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We only accept credit cards.
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Can I get a refund?
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We cannot process any refund. However, if you have made a mistake, please let us know.

Images

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How should the images be formatted?
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Each image has to be in .jpg or .png format and its size has to be smaller than 10mb. We recommend a minimum of 1000px shortest dimension. If the size is too big, please render it smaller using an editing software. You can name your files as you like it.
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Can I submit photos taken on a smartphone or already uploaded on instangram?
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Absolutely! We care more about what you were trying to express than the format of the image.
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Can I submit photo montages?
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Any genre or style, mix media images are welcome as long as it uses photography in some way or another.
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Can the images post-processed?
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Yes! Everything, from the setting of the camera to the final retouches, becomes your work. So, you can edit your images as you like, just please do not add any watermarks.
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Can I submit a title or a description for the work?
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Yes, and we would love to hear about your work! There will be textbox for your titles and descriptions when you upload the images.
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How can I get featured on the website?
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Our team will select those who will be featured, however, please undertstand that we cannot promote all submited profiles. We will let you know if you are selected.
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Can I get any feedbacks?
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The feedbacks will only be sent to those who were shortlisted.

Membership

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Is there any membeship system?
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We do not have set any for the moment, but are planning to in the future.

Prizes

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Will there be any costs that I will have to pay if I win the Grand Prix?
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It will not cost you any fee when you are awarded the prize. However, there may be some expenses to be covered for the gallery exhibition or the participation to the portfolio review. We will contact you directly later on.
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I won! What should I do?
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Congratulations! If you are shortlisted or won the Grand Prix, we will you email about the instructions on what’s going to happen next. We will ask you for a high resolution images of your works and some other details. However, if we receive no reply within 30 days, your prize will be invalid.
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