Attractive photographs from Bulgaria VIPA 2016 is a competition open to photographers worldwide. The contest includes six disciplines each of which takes place in two rounds. The focus of the photographs in the discipline " Attractive Photographs from Bulgaria VIPA 2016" should be directed to the sights of the country (scenery, historical attractions, culture and art) as the main theme of each composition.
We believe Bulgaria is worth exploring
It is a beautiful country with beautiful nature and there are thousands of places waiting to be photographed. This is real wealth and do not hesitate to capture every beautiful place. To obtain a breathtaking images, look for interesting places. Use a tripod. Look for different perspective. Show details that only you see.
Participate and win
The best 5 photographs will win the amazing 6000 euros. Contest winners with the highest total score will be paid these great cash prizes in euro: 1st place - 2000; 2nd place - 1500; 3rd place - 1000; 4th place - 800; 5th place - 700. From 6th to 20th place each qualified contestant will receive an encouragement prize of 20 WINGS.
What is WINGS?
VOUBS operates its own virtual currency WINGS, which is added to your online wallet and through it you pay the entry fees to participate. 1WINGS equals € 0.32. Any registered user may participate by paying an entrance fee. To participate, you must have in your wallet at least 20 WINGS (at a price of € 9.60 euro) for each photo. How you can purchase from the virtual currency? This is done through PayPal and ePay.
"Attractive Photographs from Bulgaria VIPA 2016" in two rounds
In the first round of the contest, jury and users will vote for the 50 best photographs. In the second round of the contest, users rate the best 50 photographs from the 1st Round only through paid WINGS votes. Jury ranks the best photographs from 1st to 50th place, but you have the opportunity to influence the final result. Use virtual currency to purchase additional voices and promote your participation or that of your favorites.
VOUBS supports your talent
This is the place where, while having fun and develop your talent, you can win cash prizes, great products and virtual currency WINGS. But that's not all. Here every registered user can create their own contests and to offer prizes in all disciplines.
VIPA Worldwide Photography Contest is open to professional and non-professional photographers. The maximum prize money for the potential winner, in case s/he wins the 6 Category Contests and the Photographer of the Year Award, is 17 000 euros!
Topics and Categories
The photographs have to be relevant to the following Categories and Topics:
PEOPLE AND PORTRAITS: men, women, children, portraits, other.
ARCHITECTURE: bridges, buildings, cityscape, industrial, interior, panorama, other.
FOOD: photographs focused on food.
ATTRACTIVE PLACE FROM AROUND BULGARIA: nature, historical sights, culture and art.
FASHION: photographs of clothes, jewellery, make-up, shoes, body art, hair style, interior and exterior, image complementary, other attractive options.
REPORTAGE: all types of events, phenomena, facts from different fields, journalism.
Calendar of Events
Registration starting date: June 1st 2016
Entry deadline: January 15th 2017
Voting 1st Round: July 9th 2016 to January 31st 2017
Voting 2nd Round: February 1st - 15th 2017
Announcement of all jury members: October 9th 2016
Announcement of final rankings: February 16th 2017
Awards Ceremony: March 2017
Exhibition: March 2017
Payment of cash prizes to the winners: February 16th – March 10th 2017
VIPA 2016 will have 2 Rounds:
1st Round – voting by the jury team and users who rate the best 50 media in each category.
2nd Round – registered users rate the best 50 photographs from the 1st Round only through paid WINGS votes.
The recommended evaluation criteria are Originality (50%), Technique (30%), Creativity (10%), Description and completeness (10%).
To take part in the Contest, you will need to have at least 20 WINGS (at the price of 9.60 euros) in your wallet per each photograph. VOUBS operates its own virtual currency, WINGS, which is added to your virtual wallet and which you use to cover Contest Entry Fees and purchase services offered by the platform.
Virtual currency is purchased mainly through PayPal and ePay.
In certain regions, WINGS can be bought via:
- Credit card
- Bank transfer
All materials are to be submitted online only. One and the same photograph cannot be entered into more than one Category. The size of each file cannot exceed 10 MB and may only be in a JPG/JPEG format. Computer generated media, photomontages, signed or watermarked photographs are not allowed.
The file title must be unique, relevant to the photograph and in English and may not contain invalid characters such as /?:? * "<> | '#, numbers or automatically generated camera numbers/titles.
Every contestant owns the copyright of submitted images. Participants are to verify sole ownership of their work in case they are award winners. By participating in a contest with your name or pseudonym you guarantee that this is your own work. All contestants give permission to the Contest Organizers to use without payment a free licensing right for the purposes of advertising and promoting the contest.
By entering the Contest, participants agree that their images will remain a part of its history and final Contest Ratings and may not be deleted or removed.
- Any medium that does not meet the Contest terms and conditions may be rejected by the Organizer;
- In case the contestant use more than one profile;
- In case the contestant submits a medium that is not relevant to the Category of Contest Topic;
- If there is suspicion of fake account being used for voting for a particular medium;
- In case the contestant does not use their real name and personal information;
- In case the contestant has submitted a medium owned by third parties;
- The submitted medium has poor quality or description;
- Disqualification is not subject to any appeals. Purchased WINGS are not returned.
The media may be digitally processed in order to optimize the image but key elements may not be removed. Brightness, contrast, colour balance can be adjusted. Dust spots, small items, etc. may be retouched. The Contest Supervisor has the right to reject any media which in their view has been manipulated or in case parts of the original image have been removed.
Only 1 media per contestant can make it into the 2nd Round (the one with the highest rating).
The media will be rated per Category by a jury team. The jury members will evaluate the visual effect, composition, originality, technique, and art contribution of the images, as well as their ability to deliver a message, sensation or emotion.
All media submitted in the VIPA Contest are evaluated online by the jury team which guarantees visibility of the images anywhere in the world. The best photographs in each Category are selected on the basis of their average rating. The best media with the highest ratings will make it into the Final Round. Each category will have 5 finalists.
The decisions by the jury are final and not subject to appeals. Anyone trying to undermine the credibility of the jury team will be disqualified and their access to the platform will be blocked.
The Contest has a professional supervisor who observes the application of the rules and is responsible for disqualifying ineligible contestants and arbitrating decisions. The decisions made by the supervisor are not subject to appeals. Anyone trying to undermine the credibility of the supervisor will be disqualified and their access to the platform will be blocked.
The Contest has one or more administrators who approve or reject all submitted photographs. Administrators monitor the description and contents of the media and their adherence to Contest Topics and ethical norms.
Organizer: Famozzo Group OOD
CEO: Vasko Vasilev
GENERAL TERMS FOR PARTICIPATION IN CONTEST "Attractive photos from Bulgaria" part of VIPA'2016(Voubs International Photography Awards). VIPA Worldwide Photography Contest is open to professional and non-professional photographers.
1.1. These General Terms (hereinafter referred to as the GENERAL TERMS) for participation in the contest "Attractive photos from Bulgaria" part of VIPA'2016(Voubs International Photography awards), hereinafter referred to as the Contest settle the terms and conditions for participation in the Contest for choosing the best attractive photographs.
1.2. The Contest is conducted in order to find the User uploaded the greatest MEDIA file and to reward the winners of the contest
1.3. The GENERAL TERMS constitute a contract between the Organizer and each Participant who has submitted an application for participation in the Contest in the manner described in below. For the avoidance of any doubt, these GENERAL TERMS are binding for each Participant from the time of the application and entry in the Contest.
1.4. The official language for this contest is "English". Terms and Conditions, Contest rules, Descriptions and communication with the Organizer will be through the official contest language.
2. Organizer of the Contest (ORGANIZER)
ORGANIZER of the CONTEST is Famozzo Group LLC - VAT - BG203171695, registered in Bulgaria, Sofia, bul. Vasil Levski 123
3. Period for conducting the Contest (“Contest Period”)
3.1 Registrations for this CONTEST starts from 00:00 h on 15.05.2016 to 23:59 on 15.01.2017.
3.2 The 1st round voting starts from 00:00 h. on 09.07.2016 and ends at 23:59 h on 31.01.2017.
3.3 The 2nd round voting starts from 00:00 h on 01.02.2017 and ends at 23:59 h on 15.02.2017.
3.4 The final ranking and the contest winners will be visible on the contest page on 16.02.2017.
4.1. Participants in the Contest may be: All individuals at the age of at least 18 years, who have registration in VOUBS and do not breach any of the conditions indicated in the Declaration of rights and responsibilities of VOUBS.
4.2. Participant in the Contest (“Participant”) is anyone who is eligible under item. 4.1. and has submitted an application for participation in the Contest within the specified in these GENERAL TERMS period.
4.3. There is a 20 WINGS entry fee for each media in this contest. Every participant must have at least 20 WINGS at his VOUBS account to be able to join the contest.
4.4. This contest is opened worldwide. Participants from all over the world are welcomed.
4.5. To start the contest must have a minimum of 50 different participants who have applied for participation in the contest.
5. Conducting the Contest and Entry requirements
5.1. The contest "Attractive photos from Bulgaria" defines as a photograph that uses a nature, historical momuments, art and culture as the central theme of its composition.
5.2. This contest is conducted in 2 rounds.
5.3. Within the registration period (see 3.1) all Participants shall sent an appropriate media related to the topic of the contest.
5.4. The participants shall register in the page of the Contest "Attractive photos from Bulgaria" part of VIPA'2016 at http://www.voubs.com/vipa2016.
5.5. The participants are required to submit their real names, telephone number and e-mail for contact in their VOUBS profile. If a participant has not submitted or refuses to submit his/her name, telephone number and e-mail for contact, he/she may be disqualified.
5.6. Every participant shall pay 20 WINGS entry fee for each media to be able to join the contest.
5.7. The user participant must be the author and sole owner of the copyrights. You are not allowed to use frames, signatures and watermarks.
5.8. The title of the photo must be in English, unique and does not contain special characters. The file name should be the title of the work.They will not accept photographs titled automatic file number of the camera and title of numbers.
5.9. The photographs must be * .jpg, * .jpeg files with a maximum size 10 MB.
5.10. The user participant is not allowed to participate with the same media in different VIPA categories.
5.11. The user participant is not allowed to win more than 1 award from category "Attractive photos from Bulgaria", VIPA'2016.
5.12. The total score results will be visible for the last 14 days of the 1st Round and the last 7 days of the 2nd Round on the internet page of the “Attractive photos from Bulgaria” Contest, part of VIPA 2016, at https://www.voubs.com/vipa2016;
5.13. The total score result and the rankings are not updated immediately.
5.14. The highest total score results at the end of the contest will be announced as the winners.
5.15. All the winners will be notified by e-mail or personal message sent to their VOUBS profile.
5.16. Contestants will automatically qualify from the 1st to the 2nd Round with only one media file with the highest ranking;
6.1. The winners of this contest will be selected by RATING by the jury and users in 2 Rounds. Jury Vote gives a maximum share of 75% in the 1st Round, while the User Vote share is 10% for the 1st Round and 15% for the 2nd Round;
6.2. The 1st Round will provide a maximum share of 85% of the total 100% score result available. 85% is a combination of Jury Vote, Public (User) Vote, and Extra Vote:
6.2.1. Jury vote (maximum 75%)
a) Jury rating is 75% share of the total score, which is 100%
b) Each jury member will rate from 1 to 10 to his/her favourite entries. If it does not vote for a media automatically mean rating 0.
c) There will be 9 jury members for this contest that will be able to vote.
d) The jury will vote only for their favorites.
e) The jury will evaluate and vote for the best photographs from Bulgaria representing the idea of VIPA 2016. The main evaluation criteria are: 50% Original Composition, 30% Technique, 10% Creativity, 10% Proper Description and Completeness;
f) The jury will be able to vote only in Round 1.
g) The jury may vote at any time during the 1st round voting period.
h) The top 50 ranked participants from the 1st Round will automatically qualify for the 2nd Round. i) Every participant will automatically qualify with only 1 photograph for the 2nd Round – their highest ranked;
6.2.2. Public vote (maximum 10%)
a) User Rating has a 10% share of the total score and includes the following indicators:
- User voting - 4% share
- Number of votes - 4% share
- Number of views - 2% share
b) Each user vote on a scale from 1 to 10 for each participant.
6.2.3. Extra Vote (adds value to your public voting result):
a) Mini booster = 3x10 user ratings = 30 pts (5 WINGS)
b) Best offer = 18x10 user ratings = 180 pts (20 WINGS)
c) Mega offer = 90x10 user ratings = 900 pts (80 WINGS)
d) Any user may decide to give extra votes and to promote other participants as well as himself too
6.3. 2nd Round - WINGS vote (maximum 15%)
a) WINGS vote is 15% share of the total 100% score from both rounds.
b) Every person has the opportunity to give his WINGS vote from 1 to 80 Wings. (1 Wings = 0.48 euros).
c) 1 Wings equals 1 vote.
d) The participant with the most WINGS votes for their medium will get the full 15% from this round. All the other participants will a % share of 15% depending on their number of WINGS votes compared to the leader’s votes;
6.4. Public votes may be erased from your media at any time if we have deleted, blocked and banned fake registered profiles who have voted for your media (This is an automatic process and is not a subject to any appeals).
7.1. The Organizer grants total cash awards of 6 000 Euros.
7.1.1. The first five contest winners with the highest total score at the end of the second round will be paid:
- 1st place - 2 000 Euros
- 2nd place - 1 500 Euros
- 3rd place - 1 000 Euros
- 4th place - 800 Euros
- 5th place - 700 Euros
7.1.2. From 6th to 20th place every qualified contestant will receive encouraging 20 WINGS added to his account at VOUBS.
7.2. The awards are non-transferable to third parties.
7.3. The Organizer is not allowed to change the nature and amount of the awards without notifying the Participants.
7.4. The manner of receiving the awards under p. 7.1.1. will be done through a bank transfer.
7.5. All transaction fees, taxes or any other costs that may appear for the transfer shall be borne by the user.
7.6. The winners must provide the Organizer with their personal bank accounts and personal identification document (passport, ID card or driving license).
7.7. If the winner does not provide the Organizer with the details specified in p. 7.6 within 30 days, the Organizer will pay the winner the WINGS value equivalent of the prize cash amount. Once paid in WINGS, the winner will not be able to claim their award in cash;
7.8. Every participant is allowed to win no more than one award from this contest. If he/she has more than one image among the winners, the best placed media will be allowed to claim for its award.
7.9 Relatives are not allowed to win more than one award from this contest. If there are two relatives among the winners the higher placed contestant will have the chance to apply for the award.
7.10 All participants in the Contest, who do not win awards, shall preserve the copyrights over their images. VOUBS shall not resell or cede their copyrights to third parties.
7.11 If the cash award winner does not reply to 3 emails by the Organizer notifying them of their win, the Organizer will pay them the award value in WINGS. The exchange rate is 0.32 euro for 1 WINGS;
7.12. From 6th to 20th place every qualified contestant will receive an encouragement prize of 20 WINGS added to their VOUBS account within 7 days of the Contest End;
8. Rights and obligations of the Organizer and Participants
8.1. For the purpose of participating in the Contest the Participants shall submit a completely new material – media files created specifically for the Contest.
8.2. By entering the Contest, the Participants understand and agree that upon receipt of an award their names and media/s could be used in audio, print and video materials by the Organizer, for which the Organizer does not owe any payment.
8.3. The Participants agree the Organizer or authorized by him persons to communicate with them through phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages during the Contest and for a period of three months thereafter. The access to personal data of the Participants serves to establish contact therewith.
8.4. The Participant is personally liable for the correctness of the data submitted during the Contest. The provided information will be used for the purposes of the Contest and may be disclosed to third parties.
8.5. The Organizer is not liable for MEDIA files which have been lost.
8.6. The Organizer reserves the right to suspend or terminate the Contest or to amend the GENERAL TERMS at any time, for any valid technical or commercial reason. Changes made will be posted on the page of the Contest "Attractive photos from Bulgaria" part of VIPA'2016 at http://www.voubs.com/vipa2016.
8.7. The Organizer has the right to disqualify any applicant who does not meet the requirements to the Participants and their MEDIA files and Projects, indicated in these GENERAL TERMS, even in case the application of the Participant has been presented on the VOUBS Contest page.
9. Intellectual Property Rights
9.1. The Participants undertake until the determination of the winner of the Contest not to transfer and make available to third parties copyrights over the MEDIA files, arising under the Law on Copyright and Related Rights.
9.2. Unless otherwise stipulated in the specific contest rules, by accepting the current GENERAL TERMS, the Contestant agrees that, in case s/he is the award winner, all copyrights over the MEDIA files arising under the Copyright and Related Rights Act, remain the property of the Organizer. After receiving the Prize, the MEDIA files of the Winners become property of the Organizer and the Organizer receives the rights and may use the MEDIA files of the Winner in 3-years period of time including selling and licensing the MEDIA files to third parties and clients without paying any compensation to the Winners. The Organizer may also use the MEDIA files in exhibitions. For that purpose the Organizer may change and alter the MEDIA files, put them in frames etc. The Organizer can sell them/the MEDIA files/ in any altered condition.
9.3. The Participant reserves the right to change and alter the provided MEDIA files by sending a request to the Organizer at email@example.com;
9.4. With presenting the MEDIA files, the Participant declares that he is the sole author of the latter and that the MEDIA file is his original work. The Participant declares that he is the sole holder of the copyright and that the latter does not include trademarks or other intellectual property rights of a third individual or corporation.
9.5. By applying to participate in the Contest the Participants declare that they have accepted these GENERAL TERMS.
9.6. The participant shall indemnify the Organizer:
9.6.1. At any claims by third parties relating to the rights and use of the MEDIA files, provided to the Organizer, under these GENERAL TERMS as well as in case of damages incurred to the Organizer as a result of the acquisition and use of the PHOTOS.
9.6.2. The Participant shall indemnify the Organizer and all third parties for all damages and lost benefits, including paid fines, for all costs and paid legal fees, that have occurred as a result of claims by and/or compensations paid to third parties in connection with his participation in the Contest in violation of the applicable law and these GENERAL TERMS.
10. Limitation of Liability
10.1. By accepting these GENERAL TERMS the Participant declares that his participation in the Contest is entirely at his own risk and responsibility. The Organizer shall not be liable for any damage caused to the Participant in participation in the Contest, unless they are caused intentionally. The Organizer shall not be liable for the type, nature and content of the sent by the Participants media files, information and materials. The Organizer is entitled to remove from participation MEDIA files of a Participant the content of which contradicts a legal act, the morality and/or decency.
10.2. The Organizer shall not be liable for failure to provide participation in the Contest under circumstances beyond his control - cases of force majeure, fortuitous events, problems in the global Internet network and other unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the Organizer.
11.1. The Organizer has the right to immediately and without notice suspend, or limit the participation of a Participant and remove from participation a Participant when the latter acts contrary to law, these GENERAL TERMS, morality and decency.
11.2. In the above cases the Organizer shall not be liable for any damages and lost profits of the Participant or third parties that have occurred as a result from limiting the participation of a Participant in the Contest.
11.3. Where there is enough reason to assume that the act of the Participant could constitute a criminal offense, the Organizer shall refer the matter to the competent state authorities, providing all necessary information and materials that would help identifying the perpetrator and prove the committed crime.
11.4. In the circumstances under the previous article, in case to a Participant a limitation has been imposed – suspension, limitation of the participation or removal of the published MEDIA files, the restriction shall continue to be in effect until clarifying the facts of the case.
12. Supplementary provisions
12.1. Questions regarding the Contest can be addressed to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or through "Contact us" page at www.voubs.com
12.2 These GENERAL TERMS are available on the page of the contest "Attractive photos from Bulgaria" part of VIPA'2016" at http://www.voubs.com/vipa2016 for the duration of the Contest.
12.3. By participating in this Contest, the Participants are bound by these GENERAL TERMS and undertake to comply with them.
12.4. By participating in the Contest, all Participants agree that the Organizer is entitled to use their materials for his own promotional purposes, exhibition, calendars and catalogue. Any materials involved in competitions can not be deleted unless the Organizer decides to do so.
12.5. In order to receive his/her award, the Winner must be verified. This is done by sending a personal identification document and a personal bank account number. Awards can be sent only to the person who is an award winner in the Contest. If the person of age is under 18 years, he/she is required to present a parent/guardian to receive the amount of the award. The Winner must indicate a bank account to which the amount of the award to be paid. The amount of the award shall be paid within 14 working days after VOUBS obtains the necessary information about the user. All fees, deductions and taxes that may result from the transfer of the amount shall be borne by the user.
13. Disqualification may appear if:
13.1. The participant is using more than one account
13.2. The participant has submitted a MEDIA file that is not on the theme of the contest
13.3. The participant is suspected to cheat with fraudulent votes
13.4. The participant is not using his/her real names and personal details
13.5. The participant has submitted similar MEDIA files more than once
13.6. The participant has submitted a MEDIA file with copyrights of a third party
13.7. The participant is behaving arrogant against other users, organizers or VOUBS team Disqualification is not a subject to any appeals. Purchased WINGS are not returned.
These GENERAL TERMS shall enter into force on 19.04.2016.
The shot was taken just before sunrise at the coast of Ahtopol, Bulgaria. Ahtopol is a small town located on the Black Sea coast. This lighthouse is one of the iconic sentries of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
"Chervenata Stena (The Red Wall)" biosphere reserve is the largest protected territory in the Rhodopes. River gorges, forests and steep rock cliffs are home to hundreds of rare and protected plants and animals.
Famous lighthouse on the Bulgarian Black sea coast in village Ahtopol, taken at sunset in autumn with longer exposure.