Awards 2013 Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs ~ Frequently Asked Questions

Updated progressively ~ Still got a question? Ask in the comments below.


Is there an entry fee to participate?

No. This award competition is FREE to enter by photographers of all levels and experience, based in Asia for an extended period of time, no less than 6 months. Read our Terms & Conditions for more details.

Can I submit pictures taken with a smart phone?

Yes, images from phone cameras are accepted, provided they have appropriate resolution and representation.

Can I submit pictures taken with a film camera?

Yes, images from any camera, digital or film medium, is accepted. Please submit high resolution image scans (at least 3000 pixels length) if you wish to submit pictures shot on film.

Can I submit work that has previously been featured on IPA?

Yes, previously featured work on IPA is eligible for entry.

Can I submit a long-term project that is work-in-progress i.e. incomplete?

Yes, if you feel it is ready and worthy for consideration and judging.

Can I submit more than 1 entry per category i.e. 2 entries for the Street Photography Award?

No. Only ONE entry per category. You can however, submit to more than 1 category.

Do the 5 images in the Street Photography Asia Award submission need to be a photo story or essay?

No, as stated on the submission page, the 5 images can be individual singles or part of a series.

Why only Asia? What about other countries?

Simple. Asia is our area of interest and focus. There are many, many, fine international photography competitions out there, including our partners KL International Photoawards, along with World Press Photo and International Street Photography Awards to name a few.

Is my country considered part of Asia? Which countries are in Asia?

This award competition currently recognizes the following countries as Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.

What are the award prizes?

There are over USD$5,000 worth of cash prizes. More information is on the submission page:

Who are the judges?

Our distinguished panel of judges are listed here:

What is street photography?

There are many definitions and non-definitions. We generally recognise Street Photography as a loose, evolving practice and method of photography that borrows the straight documentary approach. Scenes and subjects are photographed mostly candid and un-staged in public spaces. The intentions are to make personal comments or emotional remarks. Street Photography, at it’s best, are like Haikus – concise and poetic descriptions of everyday occurrences.

Want more information and references? Check out our articles and photo essays:

Do I need a website to participate?

No, but we highly encourage having one. For a start, a Flickr or Tumblr page is free and easy to set up.

My email account has a file-size limit. Can I submit one entry in 2 or more emails with zip attachments?

Yes, you may. Please label the subject headers accordingly.

How do I know if my submission has been received?

If you sent your email entry, and it did not bounce, your submission has been received. Avoid submitting an entry multiple times.

I made an error in my submission. Can I make a correction and re-submit my entry?

No. Please double-check all materials, information and requirements before submitting. Submit an entry only once. Multiple submissions of one entry may risk disqualification.

Can I submit to multiple categories i.e. can I submit to the Street Photography Asia Award and Photo Essay Award?

Yes, provided they address the conditions and themes of the award categories.

Can I have my photo book back after the competition?

Photo books submitted for awards consideration will not be returned. You may however, request self-collection from our offices in Singapore at the end of the competition cycle. Final collection dates will be scheduled after the competition. IPA assumes no responsibility for damages, loss,  delays or returns of Photo books, Catalogues and Artist Books. Contact us should you have any questions.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be revealed publicly after final judging. The date will be announced at a later date after call for submissions end.

Can I submit my exhibition catalogue to the Photo Book Asia Award?

Yes, if it has merit in its concept, design and production value as a Photo Book.

Can I submit print-on-demand photo books from Blurb or others to the Photo Book Asia Award?

Yes, if you feel that they are worthy of consideration by our judges.

Can I submit Photo Book Mockups or Dummies?

No. But we accept unique edition Artist Books.

Will you contact me about my submissions and entries?

Due to the high number of entries expected, only shortlisted finalists and winners will be contacted. Shortlisted finalists and winners will also be announced on our website.

Who owns the copyrights?

The images and work submitted in competition entries remain the property and copyright of the photographer. By participating in the competition, you grant IPA permission to publish, exhibit and use the submitted work, including images and text, under the auspices of IPA and the awards i.e. your images may be used in promotions for the Awards and in an awards exhibition and/or a photo book/catalogue. For example, in our past annual contests, we have held exhibitions of the finalists and winners.

What is Metadata and how do I embed title/caption details in it?

Metadata are data written into a digital photo file that will identify who copyright & contact information, what camera created the file, along with descriptive information about the photo. Some metadata are written by the camera and some is input by the photographer and/or software after downloading to a computer. Read more about metadata here: and tutorials here:

What are embedded ICC profiles and Adobe RGB or sRGB?

ICC profiles help you to get the correct colour reproduction when you input images from a scanner or camera and display them on a monitor or print them. Adobe RGB and sRGB profiles are basic standards and easily embedded using your camera settings or on computers using Photoshop or Lightroom. More information on the ICC website.

Still got a question to ask? Leave a comment below.


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  1. Can I submit same photo (just one) to multiple categories, Street Photography Asia Award and Photo Essay Award?

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  2. Hi,

    I have been living in South Korea for nearly 2 years, but have pictures from other countries in Asia that I have traveled to during those 2 years. Can I submit pictures from any Asian country even if I didn’t live in that country for longer than 6 months? Or are images strictly limited to the country you live in?


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  3. I’ve submitted my entries to the email address specified in the submission page. Would I get a confirmation email indicating you’ve received the entry?

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  4. Hi,
    I had read in your FAQs that either the photographs or the photographer should be of Asian origin.
    I am an Asian (Indian) photographer, can I submit images from other parts of the world? (other that Asia).

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  5. The Photo Essay Asia Award require essay consist of Fifteen images, but my Essay consist of 9 diptych. Can i submit only 9 diptych instead of 15 images?

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  6. Please include Title/Caption details in the metadata of the image files. -> for the Street Photography category, does it mean that each of the 5 images must have different titles/captions? thank you.

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  7. I have a series of two photos which I would like to submit as a single entry by placing one next to the other one for the street photography where I can submit 5 pictures. These 2 photos have the same frame same composition just clicked one after the other with different subjects. Can I submit them as a single entry?

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      If you are referring to presenting 2 photographs as a diptych, then yes diptychs (or triptychs, for that matter) can be submitted. Thanks.

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  8. Dear IPA committee

    sorry that I have to repeat some question, since I am having technical difficulties in submitting my picture

    all my picture after zipping, the file size is huge, especially for essay category, it reach 140MB,

    please advice, any other way to send, or shall I send using 15 email mark with sequences

    thank you

    Nis Daniel

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      140MB is way, way over. The files should not be that big. There is no need to submit full resolution.
      You need to optimize and submit images with a medium to high quality compression.


  9. hi IPA street photography Committee

    I have read that minimum 3000 px minimum in length, question is, does this mean the image should be in landscape mode, how about portrait? is it eligible to submit picture in portrait

    best regards

    Nis Daniel

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  10. Hi IPA, if my zip file is too big, gmail recommend to use Google Drive to send files. Is this way acceptable?
    Or I must submit one entry in 2 or more emails with zip labeled attachments? Thanks.

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  11. I wish to submit photos that I took using my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. However, I found out that the image is 3264 by 2448 pixels, 72dpi. In the terms and conditions, shortlisted finalists must submit original high-resolution files (300dpi) of submitted work and images on request to qualify for prizes. Would resizing the 72dpi image to 300dpi upon submission eliminate you from the competition?

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  12. What if i have lost the RAW version of my picture but have the original version of the JPG ? In your terms & condition it has been mentioned that anyone have to show the RAW ?

    Is there any other way so that I can prove a picture is not manipulated/composite/something added/removed from the frame by software ?

    Thank You

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  13. hi street photography, about the statement “Please include Title/Caption details in the metadata of the image files.”, kinda need tutorial/information how to do it. Thanks.

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  14. Hi, street photography submission has to be 5 images of photo story or 5 single images of street photography ? please clarify .


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