Award regulations

Participation in the IWPA Award is free and open to women photographers, minimum age of 18 years, regardless of nationality. If you are in a jurisdiction where the age of majority is above 18 years, you will obtain the consent of a parent/guardian to participate in the IWPA Award.

By entering the Award, participants are deemed to have read and accepted all aspects of the submissions & rules described on this page (Regulations). If you do not agree to be bound by these Regulations, you are not authorized to participate in the IPWA Award. These Regulations may be updated from time to time and the latest version of these Regulations will always apply.


International Women Photographers Award is organized by the Association IWPA registered under number 79068466600015 identification, whose registered office is at 8 rue Labat de Savignac, entrée B, 31500 Toulouse, France.

/DATES for submission/

October 15th 2018 – December 1st 2018.
This Regulation sets out the rules for this contest.


• There is no entry fee.
• Photographer has to specify under which theme she enters the IWPA award.

– Fraternity
– Free theme
• Eligible are submissions of exactly 10 images.
• Photographs must be a consistent set, meaning that images must work together as a whole.
• Submissions must not have been previously used for any commercial purposes or won a previous competition or award.
• Photographs must be accompanied by a text presenting the work.
• Photographer has to send a CV and a short Bio (300 words max)
• Submitted images should be in JPEG format, with a minimum of 2500 pixels in width/height at 72 dpi and be no more than 5 megabytes in size.
• Color or Black & White images, Digital or Silver digitized pictures.
• Should the participant’s work be selected for the exhibition, the participant will supply to IWPA on request high-resolution files that are suitable for print.
• No signature, name, text, stamp, logo, watermarks or other copyright notices shall be affixed on photographs submitted to IWPA.
• IWPA supports the prints, which will be printed in a professional lab with digital printing process. Dimensions can vary depending of exhibition space.

The images remain the property of the author and the author grants IWPA a royalty-free license to use, copy, reproduce, adapt and modify the images in relation to the promotion of the award during the following year(s) and for any other purposes, without participant being able to raise any financial claim, and to include all print, video or online media or social media. IPWA may sub-license this licence to its partners.

• Photographers will be consulted, in case IWPA wish to use their work in any other context.


The organizing companies guarantee the participant fairness, good faith and loyalty of the members of the jury.

The international jury will select 11 Finalists per IWPA edition, among them, the jury will grant one photographer, as the IWPA Laureate. The jury’s decision is final and shall not be challenged.

The photographs will be judged based on the photographic skill, artistic sensibilities, emotion, impact and originality as well as on the consistency of the approach to the themes – The relevance of the photo to the subject.

The jury may reject any picture if it considers that it is not artistically adequate or which is in breach of these Regulations.

IWPA aims to announce the shortlist Finalists the month before the first group exhibition. The winner and shortlisted photographers will be notified by email to the email address which they submit during registration process and published on the IWPA website and associated social media.
IWPA reserves the right to change, or modify the prize at any time before the end of the award, but will make sure to inform all Participants.

In case of force majeure IWPA reserves the right to amend this regulation, to postpone or cancel the competition without liability to the participants.

• In entering the award participant agrees that IWPA is permitted to receive and process their registration data. All personal information is collected for the purpose of administering your entry, and will be kept secure & confidential and is used in accordance with applicable law.

• Submitted photographs must be original materials created by the participant.
• Participant must confirm that they are the sole copyright holder of the material or have been authorized by another copyright holder to submit the material to this award.
• IWPA (and its partners) are not responsible of any royalties, fees or any other amount to a third person and can assume no responsibility and are not liable for any misuse of your work by third parties
• The photographer retains copyright of the photographs. IWPA recognizes that the participant – the author of the photograph – retains full and complete ownership of the copyright in each submission.
• Please note: IWPA uses the social media platforms. IWPA will provide full credit to the photographer when posting images, but IWPA cannot guarantee that others who copy or repost images will do the same and IWPA shall not be liable for the actions of any such third parties.
• The participant undertakes, warrants and confirms that she will not assert any moral or similar rights that she may have in relation to any original materials submitted as part of the award to prevent their public display in accordance with these Regulations.
• Participant agrees to indemnify IWPA and its partners (Indemnified Parties) against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including but not limited to any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal and other reasonable professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by an Indemnified Party arising out of or in connection with any claim made against an Indemnified Party for actual or alleged infringement of a third party’s intellectual property rights arising out of, or in connection with the participant’s submission or from a breach by the participant of these Regulations.

• Women photographer, above 18 years old.
• Participants may enter with one particular project once only.
• All entries must be submitted via the website no later than 11.59pm (French time) on December 1st 2018. Any photos submitted after this time will not be accepted.
• Finalists & Laureate will be informed by email and announced on the website (date TBC).
• Submissions must be of a reasonably large file size and of high quality (at least 2500px at 72dpi, with a maximum size of five megabytes per file). Participant’s photos must be in JPEG format.
• All participants must be able to supply a high-resolution (400dpi) and high-definition image suitable for printing in media and for an exhibition, should the work be chosen for the final selection.
• Any incomplete application will not be accepted.
• Participant agrees that the content of her work complies with all applicable law and in particular:

– Respect public order and good moral standards.
– Respect the intellectual property rights of third parties.
– Do not affect the reputation, privacy and image of a third party and are not libellous or defamatory.
– Does not contain disparaging or defamatory words
– Presents no paedophilia and does not strike the sensibility of the minors – Do not present pornographic character.
– Do not affect the safety or integrity of a state or territory.
– Do not incite discrimination whether based on sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or political opinion.
– Do not incite crime, hatred, violence, suicide and racism.
– Do not incite to commit a crime or an act of terrorism.
– Does not otherwise breach applicable law.

This list not being exhaustive.

Any deceitful statement of the participant will entail their exclusion from the award without the responsibility of the Association IWPA can be committed.

• Participant will received an email confirmation of their IWPA award participation.
• Inaccurate or incomplete entry will be rejected, without engaging the responsibility of IWPA.

• This Contest is subject to French law. In the event of a dispute between the Parties, arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) then the dispute shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, which rules are deemed to be incorporated by reference into these Regulations. For the purposes of any arbitration commenced pursuant to this clause: (i) there shall be a sole arbitrator; (ii) the seat, or legal place, of the arbitration shall be in the Dubai International Financial Centre in Dubai, UAE; (iii) the arbitration hearings shall take place in Dubai, UAE; (iv) the language to be used in the arbitration proceedings shall be English; and (v) the award of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties.

• The illegality of any part of Regulations shall not prejudice the enforceability of any other part, which shall be severable.
• The failure on the part of a party to exercise or enforce any right conferred upon it by these Regulations shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any such right or operate so as to prevent the exercise or enforcement of any right conferred upon the parties by these Regulations.
• These Regulations constitute the entire understanding and agreement of the parties relating to its subject matter and supersede, cancel and replace all prior agreements between IWPA and the participants which relate to the same subject matter whether written, oral, implied or would be inferred from the correspondence, oral statements or conduct of the parties.
• The participant shall not sell, assign, mortgage, charge, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of its rights or obligations under these Regulations nor will it delegate or sub-contract any of such rights or obligations without the prior written consent IWPA.
• Subject to applicable law, IPWA and its partners, will not be liable for loss of profits, revenues, or data, financial losses or indirect, special, consequential, exemplary, or punitive damages. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, IPWA and its partners exclude all liability of for any claims under these Regulations.

Finalist/Laureate agrees on the following:
• A selection of one (1) to five (5) photographs of the photographers’ set to be printed and exhibited during the traveling exhibitions.
• The number of editions depends on numbers of locations. IWPA and its sponsors are responsible to print the editions.
• These editions can be for sale during the exhibition (with the photographer’s authorisation and agreed prices), kept by IWPA for future exhibition purposes or destroyed.
• In case of sale, 50% of the proceeds go to the photographer and the other 50% to IWPA (who in its discretion may donate some or all of these sums to its nominated charity partner).


In order to continue the action of IWPA and support women photographers through the year, as well as women & girls causes worldwide, IWPA aims to create the IWPA edition that consist of a limited edition of 15 based on the finalist and laureate’s photographs of the IWPA award.

• These exclusive photographs are available for sale exclusively online and can be order through IWPA website
• IWPA recommend a unique dimension (A2) and unique price ($300). If the photographer do not wish to take part of the IWPA limited edition, please inform the IWPA team by email :
• 50% of the proceeds will go to the photographer and the other 50% to IWPA (who in its discretion may donate some or all of these sums to its nominated charity partner).

All prints are exclusively printed by a professional lab, IWPA printing partner.