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Frequently Asked Questions

This page may be updated with new information depending upon queries we receive. If your question isn’t addressed on this page, please contact us using the email at the bottom of the page.

Guidelines and Eligibility

Is there an age requirement?

Yes, all entrant must be above the age of 18.

Can I enter the competition if I do not live in the United States Of America?

Yes, the competition is open to photographers from the world over.

Can photographs that are not for sale be considered for the competitions?

No, all photographs submitted must be for sale.

Is there a specific time frame in which the work must have been produced?

No, there is no time frame in which the work must have been created.

Is collaborative work accepted?

Collaborative work is accepted as long as the collaboration does not exceed two photographers or artists.

Can I enter the same images for other competitions?

Yes, you may enter the same images into other photography competitions. We have no exclusivity rights to your images.

What about published work?

Images that may have been commissioned or acquired to be published for the first time in 2017 can be entered, but only after the published date. You must be able to prove that the work has been published.

Submission Details

How should I submit my photographs?

Without exception, all entries must be submitted in a digital format with the following specifications:

  • All images must be in the JPG/JPEG format.
  • All images should not exceed 5 MB in size and 7500 x 7500 pixels in dimension.
Please note that if selected, you will be required to submit a high-resolution image suitable for printing.

How important is the quality of the photograph I send?

Image quality is very important. This is the only exposure to your photographs the jurors will have, and a poor representation (such as a blurred image, or one affected by glare, or dim lighting) will reduce your chances of being selected.

Can my images be black-and-white?

Yes, the images may be black-and-white or in color.

Can images taken on a phone camera be entered into the competition?

Yes, you may submit images taken with a phone camera.

How many images can I upload?

You can upload as many images as you would like. The first five (5) images are included in the entry fee. Additional images may be added for a fee* of $5 each.

*Early Bird Submissions: Submissions received between august 6th - 20th may include 2 additional images at no additional cost.

I have images in original negatives, how can I enter these?

These will need to be scanned into digital files and then uploaded online via the website. Please remember to state in the image description that the images have been scanned from negatives.

Can I submit my images via a CD, URL link or in a book?

No. All images must be submitted online via the website.

I am unable to upload my images, what should I do?

Please ensure that your images fit the criteria mentioned above. If you continue to have a problem, email the details of the issue to competition@agora-gallery.com.

How will I know that my entry has been successfully received?

You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your entry. If you do not receive confirmation within 72 hours, please contact competition@agora-gallery.com.

How do I find out the results of the competition?

Results will be emailed to all participating photographers and published online on October 9th 2018.

Can I make changes after submission?

Once you submit your images and pay the entry fee, you will not be able to make any changes to your submission.

Should I include a resume and artist statement in my submission?

No, a resume or artist statement is not required or encouraged. We want to give everyone an equal chance and, therefore, the competition is judged solely on the basis of the photographs.

We will require a biography, resume and artist statement only if you are selected to be featured in the exhibition.

Should a watermark or copyright information be added to the images?

No, all images must be clear of any copyright information so that the identity of the photographer remains anonymous. In the interest of fairness, the judges are not allowed to see the names of the photographers. Any images that contain photographers’ names on the image or any other watermark/copyright information will be disqualified from presentation to the judges.

What should I do if someone submitted my images to you without my permission?

If you believe your work has been copied and posted on our website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information:

  • An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed
  • A description of where the allegedly infringed material is located on our website
  • Your address, telephone number, and email address
  • A written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner or its agent
  • A written and signed statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice to us is truthful and accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner

Do the sponsors have a right to use my image? Will my images be used in any other way?

All participants must understand that any image submitted to The Chelsea International Photography Competition will be used by us for promotional purposes only. Due credit will be given to the photographers.

Please read the complete terms for more details.

Entry Fee

Is the entry fee refundable?

No, the entry fee is not refundable.

What methods of payment are accepted?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners, JCB, UnionPay as well as Paypal.

Will photographers who are already represented by Agora Gallery also have to pay the competition entry fee?

Yes, the competition is not juried by Agora Gallery and, therefore, participation in the competition is not included in gallery representation. All entrants must pay the fee.

Are there any additional charges apart from the entry fee?

There are no additional charges for photographers who submit work to the competition.

Shipping, Insurance And Framing

If I am selected, do I need to print and frame my work?

Agora Gallery will print and mount works selected for selected artworks.

Am I responsible for shipping and insurance of my photographs?

Works selected that are printed by Agora Gallery may be returned to photographers, upon request, after the exhibition has closed, at no cost to the photographers.

Is my work insured while exhibited at Agora Gallery?

Agora Gallery will be responsible for insurance of the works on its premises.

Sales And Commission

What is the commission structure on the work sold?

The competition’s commission structure is 50/50: the artist receives 50% of the list/retail price, and Agora Gallery receives 50% of the list/retail price.

Fifteen percent (15%) of Agora Gallery’s proceeds from the sale of photographs will be donated to a selected charity.

If my photograph sells, when can I expect payment?

You will be paid within 3 weeks after delivery of the artwork to the client.


Did not find what you were looking for? Email us at competition@agora-gallery.com.

Competition Calendar

Early Bird Submissions: August 6th, 2018

Competition Opens: August 21st, 2018

Entry Deadline: October 9th, 2018

Results Announced: November 6th, 2018

Exhibition: February 20th to 28th, 2019

2017 Selected Photos

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HaleLee Seoyeon
Glimmer In The Dust 6 of 16

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHERS

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