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Purpose of the Contest

The purpose of “The 6th International Photography Competition of Büyükçekmece Municipality” is to enhance the interest of amateur and professional photographers on photography and contribute to the development of photography art.
Categories of the Contest

“The 6th International Photography Competition of Büyükçekmece Municipality” has only one category. Theme of the contest is “Open (Free) – Color” digital. Monochrome photographs will not be accepted.


Conditions of Participation

  • All amateur and professional photographers are welcomed to participate to the contest. Organization Committee, jury members, TFSF (Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey) representative delegates and their first degree relatives cannot participate to the contest.
  • There is only one category in the contest. Each competitor can submit up to 4 (four) photos.
  • The photographs must be in “jpeg” format, between150-300 dpi resolution having at least 2400 pixels for the long side with minimum file size as 2 MB and maximum file size as 4 MB.Photographs should be submitted to the competition via website. Attention should be paid to resolution settings. While saving, quality must be high (between 8 and 12). The photographs that do not meet above referred criteria will be eliminated even if they pass registrationand upload process.
  • All photographs must be in line with FIAP Traditional (TRAD) description. Description of “FIAP TRAD”; A traditional photograph maintains the original image content with minimal adjustments which should not alter the reality of the scene and should appear natural. Rearranging, replacing, adding to or removing any part of the original image except by cropping is stricly forbidden.
  • Participation fee is mandatory for all participants. For each category the amount to be paid as participation fee is;7,50 €(Eur) or8,50 $(USD) or 20,00 TL. This fee should be paid before deadline (last day for upload). Photographs of the participants who failto pay participation fee will not be considered for judging.
  • Photos will directly be uploaded to Participants can also follow instructions at website.
  • If an error occurs by the system or the user during the submission process, please inform us about the problem, so that we can solve the problem as soon as possible.This e-mail address should be used only if any errors occur during uploading process. Sending photos to this address does not mean that they will be accepted or considered for participation.
  • Award winning photos and chosen photos for exhibition will be displayed at bcekmece.bel.trand and at some designated exhibition salons. In addition, awarded, mentioned or special awarded photos will be presented and printed in TFSF (Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey) 2015 Almanac, at section reserved.
  • If participants violate the competition conditions, their awards will be cancelled. The award is not replaced with a new one and the ranking and award will be left empty.
  • The participant declares and accepts that any legal issues about his/her photos will be under his/her responsibility.
  • The participant declares and confirms that the work sent for contest is completely his/her own and all permissions are granted &completed. If the participant fails to fulfill these requirements – even he/she wins – the award or title will be taken back from him/her.
  • If the participant submits a copyright which does not belong to him/her, executes any alterations or changes on the photo that does not belong to him/her to mislead the jury, the participant will be restricted from entering competitions for a year according to the TFSF(Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey) rules. If the participant breaks the rules again, he/she will be restricted from all contests approved under TFSF patronage for an indefinite period. FIAP will be informed about the situation.
  • The participants, who are in the list of limitation decision according to TFSF (Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey) rules clarified above and are at FIAP’s Red List, cannot participate to this contest.
  • The participants declare and confirm all permissions are taken by them and whole responsibility belongs to them in case of any kind of conflict or disagreement. BUFOD (Büyükçekmece Photography Association) and/or Municipality of Büyükçekmece will not be held responsible for any conflicts or disagreements.
  • With the sole act of submitting his/her images or files to a salon under FIAP Patronage, the entrant accepts without exception and with no objection that the submitted images can be investigated by FIAP to establish if these obey to FIAP regulations and definitions even if the entrant is not a member of FIAP;  that FIAP will use any means at its disposal for this undertaking; that any refusal to cooperate with FIAP or any refusal to submit the original files as captured by the camera, or failure to provide sufficient evidence, will be sanctioned by FIAP and that in case of sanctions following the non compliance with FIAP regulations, the name of the entrant will be released in any form useful to inform the breaches of the rules. It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations.



A digital album containing awarded photographs, mentions and acceptances will be prepared and be available for download at web site by August 2015. In addition, a printed album with awarded photographs, mentions and acceptances will be prepared and be send to all participants, jury members, TFSF (Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey), FIAP Head Office and to M. Emin Tan Photography Library at Balikesir, Turkey.



Deadline (Last day for upload):      July 6, 2015 Monday (11:00 p.m. Turkish time)

Jury Meeting:                                    July 11, 2015

Results:                                              July 13, 2015

Exhibition Date:                                August 2, 2015 (6:00 p.m. / Büyükçekmece AKM)

Award Ceremony:                            August 4, 2015


Jury Members:

  1. Prof. Güler ERTAN (AREL University,Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts)
  2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oktay ÇOLAK (Marmara University,Member of Faculty of Fine Arts)
  3. İbrahim ZAMAN (Photographer)
  4. Burak ŞENBAK (EFIAP\b, UPI Hermes, Photographer)
  5. Hürriyet AKIN (Chairman of the board of BÜFOD)

(The jury meeting must be held with at least 3 members. If 3 jury members are not present at the meeting, it will be postponed for a week.)


Representative of TFSF (Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey): Firdevs SAYILAN



  • FIAP Gold Medal
  • FIAP Silver Medal
  • FIAP Bronze Medal
  • FIAP Mentions (for 6 photographs)
  • Acceptance (worth exhibition)
  • FIAP Best Author (overall best score in terms of awards, mentions and acceptances).



Participation Fee:

Fee for each category:7,50 € (Eur)/8,50 $ (USD)/  20,00 TL

The payment can be made by bank transfer or EFT to;


For TL (Turkish Lira) Payments;

HalkbankBüyükçekmece Branch

Account Owner:BüyükçekmeceFotoğrafDerneği

Branch No: 880

Account No: 16000122

IBAN: TR81 0001 2009 8800 0016 0001 22

Swift Code: TRHBTR2A


For € (Eur) Payments;

Halkbank Büyükçekmece Branch

Account Owner: BüyükçekmeceFotoğrafDerneği

Branch No: 880

Account No: 58000112

IBAN: TR94 0001 2009 8800 0058 0001 12

Swift Code: TRHBTR2A


For $ (USD) Payments;

HalkbankBüyükçekmece Branch

Account Owner: Büyükçekmece Fotoğraf Derneği

Branch No: 880

Account No: 53000155

IBAN: TR56 0001 2009 8800 0053 0001 55

Swift Code: TRHBTR2A


Organization Committee:

 Bayram Ali ÜNER Büyükçekmece Municipality, Vice President

Selami İNCE Büyükçekmece Municipality, Vice President

Hasan AKKUŞ Büyükçekmece Municipality, Private Offfice Manager

Nazan KARAGÖZOĞLU Büyükçekmece Municipalty, Culture and Social Affairs Manager


 Contest Secretary:


Büyükçekmece Fotoğraf  Derneği (BÜFOD)
Address: Kordonboyu Caddesi No: 50 Büyükçekmece – İSTANBUL / TÜRKİYE
Phone : +90 535 219 7944
Web :
E-mail :

 Our contest is approved by TFSF (Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey),

FIAP (Federation of International Art Photograph) and

UPI (United Photographers International).


  • BUFOD Approval No : 2015/001
  • TFSF Approval No : 2015/043
  • FIAP Approval No : 2015/248
  • UPI Approval No :
  • There will be TFSF (Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey)representative during the contest.
  • The participants must fill out the entry form atdesignated website.
  • Applying participants are considered to accept all the rules and terms of the contest.