Regulations for the IWPA & TAF PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE 2024

Regulations for the IWPA & TAF PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE 2024


In collaboration with the Tbilisi Art Fair, International Women in Photo (IWPA) France & Georgia is happy to announce the 



originating or residing in: 

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova & Ukraine.

TAF is an international contemporary art fair focused on young and emerging artists from the wider Europe. TAF’s mission is to generate visibilty and opportunities for artists and galleries, enhance professional skills and support sustainable mechanisms for mobility and cross borders projects. 

Committed to showcasing the work of women photographers since 2016, IWPA has recently expanded its reach to eastern neighbouring countries and opened a new branch in Tbilisi, Georgia. In light of our commitments to fostering gender equality, this photography challenge encompassing six countries in the region –aims  to provide a platform for women to share their daily challenges and victories, considering the complex socio-economic, political, and human rights landscape. 

This Regulation sets out the rules for this contest. By entering the Contest, participants are deemed to have read and accepted all aspects of the submissions & rules described on this page (Regulations).

If the participant does not agree to be bound by these Regulations, she is not authorized to participate in this contest. 

/DATES for submission/

Open Call: February 15, 2024 –  March 15, 2024
Closure of the call;  March 15, 2024, midnight Georgian time zone.

Any photos submitted after this time will not be accepted.

1_ Participants

Participation in this international competition is open to women photographers, and those who identify as such, from any field of photography, Amateurs or professionals, originating or based in the Eastern Partnership  Countries: Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Armenia, Belarus.

Minimum age is 18 years. If the participant lives in a country where legal age of majority is above 18 years, the participant will obtain the consent of a parent/guardian to participate in the contest.

There is no entry fee

2_ Theme 2023

– Free theme

3_  Prize

IWPA Contest  Prize consists in an  exhibition at the Tbilisi Art Fair April 2024 for the laureate, 2 finalists and if decided so, the winner of the special mention. Other exhibitions abroad may follow.

4_ Registration and Contest Process

Each applicant may enter a single application to this contest by sending her submission via form

The following documentation must be attached:

  • A coherent series of 7-10 photographs in JPEG format 
  • A statement on the submitted series
  • Aa short Bio (300 words max) with contact information

Photographs must be a consistent set meaning that images must work together as a whole.  

The weight of each file should not exceed 3 MB. The name of the author should not be included in the titles of the images or attached fields.

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.

 Any incomplete application will not be accepted.

In compliance with the provisions of the Law on the Protection of Personal Data and its complementary regulations, IWPA informs that the personal data provided by the participant, including the email address, will be handled according to French RGPD rules.

Participants  will receive an email confirming of their application

The Finalists & the Laureate and special mention recipients will be informed about the final results by email and announced on the website as well as social media.

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.

IWPA supports the prints, which will be printed in a professional lab with digital printing process. Dimensions can vary depending of exhibition space.


Finalist/Laureate agrees on the following:

– A selection of one (1) to ten (10) photographs of the series may be printed and exhibited 

– The prints can be for sale during the exhibition (with the photographer’s authorisation and agreed prices), or 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).

5_ Jury and Selection Process

– IWPA guarantees fairness, good faith and neutrality in the selection process.t

-The jury is made up of renowned professionals in the field of photography. Jury’s decision is final and shall not be challenged.

– The international jury will select the Laureate, two finalists and withholds the right to designate a special mention among all submissions.

– The Jury may select less then 2  Finalists if they estimate there are not enough works with an adequate level.

– The decision of the jury will be adopted by simple majority of its members, being able to declare the prizes abandoned if it is estimated that none of the works submitted to the contest has an adequate level.

– The jury may reject any picture if it considers that it is not artistically adequate or in breach with the Regulations.

– The photographs will be judged based on the technical skill, artistic skill, emotion, impact, originality as well as on the consistency of the approach, narrative and engaged topic.

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.

 – Participant agrees that the content of her work complies with all applicable law and in particular: 

The photographs do not include threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, provocative, pornographic or pedophile contents, does not strike the sensibility of the minors and not incite discrimination whether based on sex, religion, nationality,  disability, sexual orientation, age or political opinion.

. The photographs do not contain any material that may constitute or encourage conduct considered a criminal offense or violate any law.

. The photograph does not infringe copyright, trademark, contract rights or any other intellectual property right of a third party or entity, does not violate the privacy rights of any person.

. Do not affect the safety or integrity of a state or territory.

. Do not incite to commit a crime or an act of terrorism.

. Does not contain disparaging or defamatory words.

. Does not otherwise breach applicable law.

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

6_ Copyright

 –Submitted photographs must be original materials created by the participant.

 Participants 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 contest.

 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 the participants 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.

 – All winners and shortlisted agree that any photographs submitted in the contest can be reproduced (citing credits of its author) and used to carry out and promote IWPA and its contests 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 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 the  participant being able to raise any financial claim, and to include all print, video or online media or social media. IWPA may sub-license this license to its partners.

 – Photographers will be informed, in case IWPA wishes to use their work in any other context.

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 contest 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.

7_Data Protection and Transfer of Image Rights

All personal information is collected for the purpose of administering your entry, and will be kept secure and confidential and is used in accordance with applicable law.

In compliance with the provisions of REGULATION (EU) 2016/679 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of April 27, 2016 relating to the protection of natural persons (“RGDP”), the owner is informed that personal data facilitated by the participants are incorporated into the corresponding ownership and responsibility file of IWPA.

Data that will be processed by IWPA:

Names and surnames




And having obtained the consent for it, images and photographs.

IWPA also informs that these data may be published by IWPA on the internet in order to disseminate and publicize the Award.

IWPA will not collect, use or disclose personal information for purposes other than those described above, unless the participants give their consent, there is a legal obligation or a legitimate interest exists.

The personal data of the participants will be kept during the period for the duration of the process, assessment, and dissemination of the contest.

The personal data of the participants will be automatically kept for those who agreed to become IWPA members through the online application.

Participants can exercise the rights of access, rectification, cancellation, opposition, limitation and portability, as well as the right to withdraw the consent granted, by addressing, by any means that allows to prove the sending and receiving, to the attention of IWPA (International Women In Photo 42 rue de Tocqueville, 75017 Paris, France, or by writing an email to

Additional Considerations

– 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 Paris Court Jurisdiction.

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, IWPA 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, IWPA and its partners exclude all liability of for any claims under these Regulations.