Rules 2018-02-14T18:32:39+00:00




These rules are in place to protect your rights as well as ours. Along with our more general Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, they constitute the entire agreement. By entering the Life Framer Photography Award, you are deemed to have read and accepted all aspects of the rules described on this page. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us –



The Life Framer Photography Award, encompassing both the monthly themed competitions and the yearly Series Award (‘Award’) is open to both amateur and professional photographers (‘Entrants’) aged 18 years and over (or of the age of majority in jurisdictions in their respective country), and from all over the world. Entrants must not be an employee, officer or agent of Life Framer, nor an employee, officer or agent of any person or organisation involved in the running of the Award, nor a family relation of any such person.

The applicable costs for entering the Award are set out on the website, and the prizes shall be as specified on the website.

There is no maximum number of entries to the Award per person.

The monthly themed competitions and the Series Award that make up the Award shall close for entries at the time and on the date specified on the website.


Usage and rights

Your copyright and moral rights:

Life Framer respects the rights of Entrants and does not claim copyright for the photographs submitted to the Award. Entrants retain full copyright in submitted photographs.

In addition, the moral rights of Entrants are respected. Whenever their work is published by Life Framer (and partners) they will be credited. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition. Life Framer will seek to correct any errors or oversights when notified.

Image eligibility:

By entering the Award, you (as an Entrant) warrant to Life Framer that you created your competition entries, that you are the author of your work, you own all of the copyright in those entries, that it does not include trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any other third person or entity and that the use by Life Framer of the entries in accordance with these terms and conditions will not infringe any person’s intellectual property rights or other legal rights. You must not submit to the award any material that is or has ever been the subject of any threatened or actual legal proceedings or other similar complaint.

You will be responsible for any claim made by any third party in respect of your entry and to fully indemnify Life Framer and its sponsors in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person or entity by reason of your breaching any of the foregoing. Life Framer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry that does not comply with any of the above, even after the entry is submitted on the competition website.


Use of works:

By entering the award, you agree that any work you submit may be used by Life Framer (and partners) solely for purposes in connection with the Award or future Awards, and any successor website and no other purpose. These uses include:

  • Judging the competition
  • Displaying entries on the Life Framer website and social media outlets, and those of its partners
  • Displaying the entries at the gallery exhibitions
  • Displaying the entries in a book, magazine or exhibition catalogue, or similar
  • Using the entries on posters, adverts or postcards to promote the award
  • Cropping and re-sizing the work as necessary to fit pre-defined formats to promote the award and any related exhibitions
  • Sub-licensing the entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the contest (the Entrant will be notified of such reproductions prior to publication, and have the right to refuse)
  • Inclusion within any materials promoting the Award or any exhibition organised by Life Framer

You hereby grant Life Framer a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence in each entry throughout the world in all media for the uses described above for three years following the date of announcement of the winners.

You acknowledge your responsibility for protecting your entry against misuse by third parties, through means such as the embedding of metadata. Life Framer (and its partners) can assume no responsibility and is not liable for any misuse of your work by third parties.

Any reproduction of entries outside of the uses listed above will occur only after receiving the Entrant’s express permission. The Entrant will be contacted and given the opportunity to negotiate any such usage with the parties concerned independently of the Award.

Life Framer uses the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. While Life Framer guarantees that photographers will be fully credited when posting images on social media and through any of the other channels listed above, Life Framer cannot guarantee that others who copy or repost images will do the same.



Within 3 days of each competition end, Life Framer’s editors will screen entries and submit selected entries to the judge for his or her review. The judge will then select the shortlist and 1st, 2nd Prize entries based on the photographic skill, artistic sensibilities, emotion, impact and originality. The decisions of the judge are final.

Images submitted will be treated completely anonymously throughout the whole process to ensure total fairness. The judge will have sole discretion of his or her selection and attempting to contact any judge directly in order to influence them will result in disqualification of the Entrant.

Life Framer aims to announce the shortlist and winners for each contest within ten days of the submission close date. The winners and shortlisted photographers will be notified by email and published on the Life Framer website and associated social media. The 1st Prize Entrant will have 90 days from the email date to claim their cash prize (they will be notified of their prize and any further instructions in the email). Failing to do so will result in loss of the prize. Winners are accountable for costs associated with the award acceptance, such as any applicable federal, state, provincial and local taxes.

Life Framer 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 Entrants.

If a competition Entrant does not meet the eligibility requirements or is subject to any entry restrictions, that Entrant shall not be entitled to be adjudged a winner, and will not be entitled to a prize in any circumstances.


Image specification

Entrant’s images should be sized under 2mb and in .jpg or .png format.

Images should be named with your full name and the theme you wish to enter. For example:

  • JoeSmith1_URBAN-LIFE.jpg
  • JoeSmith2_OPEN-CALL.jpg

If images have individual titles, these can be included in the description / statement box during the upload process.


Right to cancel

Life Framer reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Award at its own discretion if not capable of continuing as planned for any reason that is beyond its control.

If the Award is cancelled in a particular month, Life Framer will refund the entry fees for all Entrants of that month and will not reserve the right to use any of the submitted photographs. There will be no refunds associated with the cancellation of the end-of-year exhibitions.



Life Framer does not provide refunds.


Modification of competition rules

Life Framer reserves the right to change the competition rules. If this happens, all Entrants whom the changes affect will be notified by email.


Legal responsibility

Life Framer will take no responsibility for the repercussions of any photograph submitted to the Award, nor any problems incurred by the Entrants while participating in the Award.