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Frequently Asked Questions

 WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION?
 The WPE Competition is open to professional photographers from all over the world ages 18 and over.
 Working judges cannot participate in the contest in order to preserve neutral voting.
 Judges can only enter the competition when they have no judging duty.

 WHY YOU SHOULD ENTER THE COMPETITION:
 ✩ Win a Cash Prize €2000 (USD 2200$)
 ✩ Win a trophy!
 ✩ Collect the Badges of Excellence!
 ✩ Receive comments from respected photographers!
 ✩ Earn Honors of Excellence points!
 ✩ Raise the scores of your own country in the world ranking!
 ✩ Compete with the best photographers in the world and with the photographers in your own country!
 ✩ Inspire, and get inspired by your peers!
 ✩ A challenging and exciting platform to share your photos!

 I DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND HALF COMPETITION. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST HALF OR ANNUAL FINAL COMPETITIONS?
 Yes you can. Past competitions are not linked to future competitions.
 The goal in WPE should be to earn a maximum of 20 points per year, and raise your place in Top Ranking Honors.

 CAN I ENTER THE PHOTOGRAPHS I ENTERED IN THE FIRST OR SECOND HALF TO THE ANNUAL FINAL?
 You cannot send the photos you have sent to previous competitions to the annual final competition.
 The photos submitted to the competition must be taken within the last two years, otherwise they will be considered invalid.

 ANNUAL CATALOG:
 WPE organizes a total of 3 competitions per year: First Half, Second Half and Annual Final.
 At the end of these three competitions, an Annual Catalog of the best photographs and photographers will be made.

 WHY DON’T I HAVE A BIOGRAPHY IN THE ANNUAL CATALOG?
 The annual catalog includes photographers who are in the rankings in the competitions that year.
 For this catalog, we take your biography that you added to your profile.
 If you did not write your biography on your profile, it will not be in the catalog.
 Do not forget to write a short biography in English.

 TOP RANKING HONORS:
 After every contest, points earned by the photographers will be added to their "Top Ranking Honors" account.
 Point accumulation for each photographer is limited to 20 points per year.
 Photographers with the same excellence points are sorted alphabetically.
 Each photographer will receive star designations according cumulative points received as follows:
 ☆.......................Member of WPE (0-5 points)
 ☆☆..................Distinguished of WPE (5+ points)
 ☆☆☆...............Expert of WPE (10+ points)
 ☆☆☆☆............Professional of WPE (20+ points)
 ☆☆☆☆☆.........Master of WPE (40+ points)
 ☆☆☆☆☆☆.....Senior Master of WPE (80+ points)

 TOP RANKED COUNTRY:
 Countries are sorted by the excellence points their photographers have received and the photographers in that country will be ranked among themselves. Countries with the same total of excellence points from their members are sorted alphabetically.
 Every contest, points earned by photographers will be added to their countries.

 
HOW ARE THE ENTRIES JUDGED?
 The objective of WPE Awards is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the field of photography.
 Judges will evaluate the entries for entered category based on the following judging criteria:
 Creativity, Originality, Value Control (Exposure, Color, Shadow, Lighting, Detail, Texture) and Composition.

 THE JUDGING:
 The judging will include a panel of 10 judges. A point system with results from 1 to 100 points will be used.
 It will follow this breakdown :
 ✪ PLATINUM AWARD: 95-100 points
 ✪ GOLD AWARD: 90-95 points
 ✪ SILVER AWARD: 85-90 points
 ✪ BRONZE AWARD: 80-85 points

 WPE PRIZES:
 The program's main objective is to encourage, educate, and to continuously motivate photographers so that they remain committed to their craft.
 ✪ FIRST PLACE: A Cash Prizes €2000 (USD 2200$) is awarded to the highest ranked photographer with the maximum number of points.
 Cash prizes will be paid in € by PayPal. Any fees incurred for foreign currency transfers will be deducted from the winning amount. 
 Points received at previous competitions will not be considered for these prizes. In case of a tie, the number of badges won by the photographer will be checked and it will be given to the photographer with the highest number of badges. (ie the number  of Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze badges).
 ✪ SECOND PLACE: will be awarded with 15 free entries to the next competition.
 ✪ THIRD PLACE: will be awarded with 10 free entries to the next competition.
 These above prizes are limited to top 3 photographers attaining the most points overall (not per category) in every competition.
 The overall highest scoring photographer will win the WPE's biggest trophy.
 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in every category will be awarded a crystal trophy.
 Trophies will be given at the end of the year.

 ARE THE POINTS EARNED IN THE PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS ARE VALID FOR THE GRAND PRIZE?
 The grand prizes are awarded to the photographers who took the first three places by collecting the most points at the end of each contest.
 The scores of the previous contests apply to Top Ranking Honors and your ranking in your own country.
 They are not valid for the grand prize.
 The first is awarded with a €2000 (USD 2200$) award, the second is awarded 15 free entries for the next competition, and the third is given 10 free entries.
 Badges will be given to the first, second and third places of each category; and at the end of the year, the crystal award will be sent to the address on their profile.
 We will not be able to send the rewards to people whose addresses are not written on their profile after a certain date.

 HOW CAN I SHARE MY BADGES ON MY WEB PAGE?
 You can download your badges from your WPE profile and write your name on it.
 Also, you can copy the html code on your profile and share it on your website.

 WHEN WILL THE CRYSTAL BE SENT?
 WPE organizes 3 competitions per year; First Half, Second Half and the Annual Final.
 After these 3 competitions, we send the crystals of the winners at the end of the year.
 1 month after the competitions end, we can no longer send the crystals they won to photographers who do not have their phone numbers and addresses on their profile. Do not forget to update your address in your account. 
 Thank you for your patience. 

 HOW TO ENTER:
 Login or register as a new account member in order to purchase your entries.
 Your credits will be displayed in your cart.
 Once the registration process is completed, just follow the online instructions to upload your photographs from your computer.

  I JUST REGISTERED. WHERE IS MY ACTIVATION EMAIL?
 We've sent you an email confirming your registration.
 If you haven't received it please try to check your spam or junk folder.
 ✩ You may have problem receiving an activation link.
 ✩ Add "contact@wpeawards.com" to your contacts or allowed sender list.
 We use "contact@wpeawards.com" to send all email from wpeawards.com.
 Add that email address to your trusted email or contacts list to make sure you get all email from wpeawards.com.

 CAN I HAVE DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS WITH DIFFERENT EMAILS?
 The prizes and points you will earn are determined with the email you registered in Top Ranking Honors.
 You need to send all your photos by connecting with the same email.
 According to WPE rules, a photographer can use a single email.
 Photographers using multiple emails will be disqualified from the competition and their accounts will be deactivated.

 COST FOR ENTRIES:
 From opening date until the first deadline: €12 per Image.
 Package 5 + 1 free Credits 60€
 Package 10 + 3 free Credits 120€
 Package 20 + 10 free Credits 240€
 From the first deadline until the final deadline: €15 per Image.
 Package 5 + 1 free Credits 75€
 Package 10 + 3 free Credits 150€
 Package 20 + 10 free Credits 300€
 You can use your remaining credits in the other competitions within the year. 
 Non-used credits will be deleted at the end of the year and no refund will be made.
 All payments should be made via Visa, Mastercard or PayPal in the Euro € currency.
 WPE Awards does not store any Credit Card information on the website. All payments are done directly through the payment gateway.

 WHAT DOES 1 CREDIT MEAN?
 You can send a single photo with 1 credit.

 IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES?
 No, you can send as many photos as you want. By sending more photos, you can keep your chances high for the big prize €2000 (USD 2200$).

 CAN THE CREDITS PURCHASED BE RETURNED?
 It is not possible to return the credits purchased. You can use your unused credits at other competitions during the year.
 Unused loans will be deleted at the end of the last competition of the year and no refund will be made.

 I HAVE DISCOUNT CODE, HOW CAN I USE IT?
 After connecting to your WPE account, when you click on the buy credit menu, you can enter it in the "enter discount coupon" section.
 Some discount coupons are only valid for photographers who sign up for the first time.

 CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO MY ENTRY AFTER I HAVE PAID?
 You can change the photos you've submitted  until the closing date of the competition.

 WILL MY IMAGES BE SOLD?
 No. You reserve the copyright of your photos. WPE may only use them for its own promotion.

 WHEN WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?
 The decisions of the judges and editorial team are final.
 All winners will be announced on the Winners' Gallery page of our website about 45 days after the closing date and they will be notified via e-mail.

 FORMAT GUIDELINES:
 ✩ sRGB or Adobe98 colour space, 8-bit
 ✩ JPG format
 ✩ 300 dpi
 ✩ Must be equal to 2048px (longer side)
 ✩ No watermarks
 ✩ No copyright remarks or logos on images
 ✩ Images without borders
 Photos that do not comply with the rules of the competition will be deleted.
 If the photos you submit do not comply with the competition rules, no refund will be made.
 Please follow the rules.
 You may enter any number of entries in any of the following categories:
 ✩ WPE reserves the right to move any entry from one category to another or have it disqualified in order to protect the integrity of this competition*

 LIST OF ALL CATEGORIES:
 You may enter any number of Entries in any of the following categories:
 WEDDING CATEGORY:
 ✩ Bride Alone Wedding Day
 ✩ Groom Alone Wedding Day
 ✩ Wedding Couple Together Wedding day
 ✩ Wedding Details (Real wedding accessories)
 ✩ Bridal Party (Family and Friends)
 ✩ Wedding Photojournalism (Composite images are not allowed)
 ✩ Creative Wedding (Composite images are authorized in this category. Models are permitted in this category)
 ✩ Pre Wedding Bride Alone (Models are permitted in this category)
 ✩ Pre Wedding Groom Alone (Models are permitted in this category)
 ✩ Pre Wedding Couple Together (Models are permitted in this category)
 PORTRAIT CATEGORY:
 ✩ Fashion/Beauty (Models are permitted in this category)
 ✩ Portrait Composite (Models are permitted in this category)
 ✩ Individual (Models are permitted in this category)
 ✩ Newborn/Maternity/Families (Celebrating pregnancy and Up to 1 year)
 ✩ Fine Art Nude (Non pornographic, Body painting and artistic portraits of nude and semi-nude subjects)
 ✩ Street Photography
 ✩ Landscape (Flowers, Landscape, Seasons, Sky, Trees, Cityscapes, Bridges, Buildings, Historic, Industrial, etc...)
 ✩ Photomanipulation
 ✩ Animals/Pets/Insects
 ✩ Food
 ✩ Commercial
 ✩ Aerial/Drone
 ✩ Product
 ✩ Sports