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Italian art association dotART promotes the seventh edition of URBAN 2016 Photo Awards contest.


The competition is open to all and features two distinct sections, one for themes photos, one for Projects & Portfolios:


Daily life in the city seen through street photography: real, instant images that capture moments, people, faces and other elements capable of telling stories woven into the urban fabric. The star of the show: the City.

Photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.

Photography that covers all types of sports, both professional and amateur, including extreme sports and urban sports.


Section in which you can propose a set of photos with a free subject: thematic portfolios, photojournalism and storyboards (sequences of images that tell a story). The photographer is free to choose the topic, style, setting and subjects they prefer. Along with the photos, will have to write a brief description of its project (in English – you can use Google Translate).

For the SECTION #1 » THEMES PHOTOS each participant may submit up to 9 works (3 for each theme), for the SECTION #2 » PROJECTS & PORTFOLIOS, portfolios must be made of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 photos. Participants can run in both sections.

None of the photos may have previously won an award in another competition (the penalty for using previously awarded photos is the exclusion of the entry in question from the competition). We accept photos in colour or in black and white; post production is allowed. In SECTION #1 software corrections are to be kept to a minimum. In SECTION #2 post production and photo editing are accepted. In both sections pictures with visible signatures from the photographer will not be accepted. We do not accept images or works with offensive content; decisions regarding content will be made by the jury and are to be considered final.


The competition runs from February 14th, 2016, until midnight of May 31st, 2016 (CET).

For the SECTION #1 » THEMES PHOTOS, in order for the first photo to be accepted, the fixed € 10 entry fee must be paid; further photos may be entered at a cost of € 5 per photo.

For the SECTION #2 » STORIES & PORTFOLIOS, entry fee is fixed with € 30 for portfolio, regardless of the number of photos that make up the portfolio (min 3 photos, no more than 12). Each participant can submit a maximum of 3 portfolios.

Entries may be made by completing the Themes Photo form or the Projects form, where you will also be able to upload the photos. If simultaneous upload of several images gives you an error message, please upload the images one at a time.

To avoid upload issues please respect the following guidelines:

– “.jpg” format. NOT “.JPG” NOR “.jpeg”;
– RGB colors;
– file dimension lesser than 7MB each;
– smallest side minimum 2000px / longest side no more than 6000px;
– no special characters in the “filename.jpg”;
– to make sure to have the right order of the portfolio, please add to your filename a sequence number (e.g. filename03.jpg, 08filename.jpg, …)


Prizes are divided as follows:


Winner: € 1,000 + medal
2nd: € 500 + medal
3rd: € 300 + medal

THEME #01 – “Street Phtography”
1st place: € 100 + medal
2nd place: medal
3rd place: medal
4th place: medal
5th place: medal

THEME #02 – “Nature”
1st place: € 100 + medal
2nd place: medal
3rd place: medal
4th place: medal
5th place: medal

THEME #03 – “Sports”
1st place: € 100 + medal
2nd place: medal
3rd place: medal
4th place: medal
5th place: medal


1st place: € 500 + medal + personal exhibition in Zavičajni muzej Poreštine, Poreč, Istria (Croatia).
2nd place: € 100 + medal
3rd place: medal
4th place: medal
5th place: medal

Prizes will be awarded as purchase options on major international online shops (purchase value expendable on Amazon, Pixmania, Redcoon, and any other online store offering gift certificates or vouchers), net of tax.


» Offered by our partner Zavičajni muzej Poreštine (Poreč Museum), Istria (Croatia)
Three ranked projects from the “Projects & Portfolios” section – the Winner and two projects selected directly by the curators of the museum – will be displayed in Zavičajni muzej Poreštine, in Porec, Istria (Croatia), from July 21st to August 31st 2016 (forty days during tourist peak averaging 120 thousand units in the summer time). Moreover, the Museum will release an official certificate of exhibition.

» Exhibits around the world
The best ranked pictures (usually, 30% of the total ranked photos) could be selected for “travelling” exhibitions around the world. Confirmed venues: Alchemia Klub, Konfederacka 4, Pierwszy Lokal, in Krakow, Poland. Szomszéd Bar in Budapest, Hungary.


» URBAN 2016 Catalogue
The best ranked pictures will be published on URBAN 2016 catalogue, avaible as ebook and print on demand.

» URBAN Website
A large selection of the ranked pictures will be published on the gallery page of this website.


05. JURY
The presented works will be selected by dotART and judged in a final manner by a prestigious jury. The jury and dotART reserve the right to award prizes to multiple works by the same author.


We accept these payment methods:

– PayPal to on Payment page;
– Bank transfer to dotART – IBAN IT87 J033 5901 6001 0000 0010 209 / BIC/SWIFT Code: BCITITMX (please add text: “Urban 2016”. IMPORTANT: include the email used in the upload form);
– Payment by hand at dotART, Via S. Francesco 6 – 2nd floor, Trieste, by appointment ( or Tel. 040 3720617)

Who participates in both SECTION #1 » THEMES PHOTOS and SECTION #2 » PROJECTS & PORTFOLIOS and wish to pay the subscription fee with PayPal will have to make two separate payments. If you wish to pay by bank transfer you can make a single payment specifying “Contribution to Urban Photo Contest 2016 section1 and section2 + Name + Email”.


The highest placing works with be published on the competition’s website and will be displayed in a collective exhibit on October/November 2016, in Trieste during Trieste Photo Days 2016 festival. The printing of the photos will be the responsibility of dotART. Some of the entered photos may in addition be selected for exhibits in Italy and abroad.


The participant, in regard to all of his/her entered works, grants to dotART a complete, non-exclusive, irrevocable and indefinite license to use. The association dotART reserves the right to use them within the scope of its own non-profit associational activities.

The Author, whose name will always be attributed to the work, maintains in any case his/her moral rights in regard to the work, in addition to the intellectual property rights to the same.


By entering the competition, the Author accepts the present rules and declares that he/she is the owner of the intellectual property rights and of the rights of use of the submitted image and of any necessary release notes. Documentation of rights ownership must be presented to dotART upon request.


If for any reason the Competition cannot be run as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition, dotART reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) seen to have tampered with the entry process and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. If dotART elects to cancel or terminate the Competition, it will not retain any rights to the submitted photographs and it will return all entry fees.

dotART is not responsible for the cancellation or modification of the prizes offered by the partners.

Main Partners

partner_mp partner_tpd unicusano

Media Partners

inquadra lounge photoblogapher slideluck artefatto domiad krakow isp apf cuatroscuro dng image artofphoto fotopolis spm vphotomag spl wj ohosrojos student old streetshooter nadir fotopalyazat concorsifotografici fstop doc photofestival photographers partner_newsfotografia partner_phtographerspro

Partners & Friends

abg studior sgsa beccherie ct

Technical Partners

figosa thinktank