Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change my images after submission?

No. Once you have selected to ‘submit’ your images into a specified category, you will not be able to change it.

How do I submit my images?

All images should be submitted online through the Competitions section of the website.

Please make sure each submitted image is clearly captioned with the following detail: name of indigenous community; place/country photograph was taken; any relevant narrative, activity or information; and the year each photograph was taken.

Can I enter my images in other competitions?

Yes. You may enter into other photography competitions; we have no exclusivity rights to your images.

Are there any restrictions in entering?

The competition is open to both amateur and profession photographers. If under the age of 16 years, written consent is required by the legal guardian with the entry (This consent can be uploaded with the images).

The Submission Fee;

The submission fee covers the overheads of the competition and any profits thereafter are donated to indigenous community projects. If you wish to enter but can’t afford the fee, please contact for an exemption and a code will be provided.

Can I submit manipulated images?

Images can be manipulated; however, the manipulation must be clearly outlined within the image description.

Can I submit my images on a CD, URL Link or in a book?

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

Can images taken on camera phones be entered into the competition?

Yes, they can. These images should still be no bigger than 2MB in order to enter them. If selected, higher resolution versions may still be required later.

Do my images need to be taken within a certain timeframe?

Entries in any 2017 Sinchi Photography Competition must have been taken between 1 August 2010 to 1st May 2017.

Does Sinchi have the right to use my image? Will my images be used in any other way?

All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by Sinchi, for the purpose of promoting activities of Sinchi, the competition and the photographers themselves in print and online. The photographer will be acknowledged for their work.

Submitted photo’s may also be selected for galleries. However, this is subject to the final agreement of the photographer.

How can I find out the results of the competition?

Winners and Finalists will be notified via email and announced on the Sinchi-Tribe website on August 15th, 2017.

How many images can I upload?

You can enter a maximum of 6 photographs for each entry.

I am unable to upload my images, what should I do?
Please ensure that your images are under 2MB in size and are in a Jpeg or Tiff format.
It may be that your images are too large for the local Internet connection and we suggest that you resize all the pictures and try again. If you continue to have problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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

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

Is judging anonymous?

Yes, we respect the integrity of the photographers and therefore judging is anonymous. Judges will not know the names of any of the entrants.

Should there be a watermark/copyright information added to the images entered into the competition?

No. All images must be clear of any copyright information so that the photographer’s identity is not revealed by the image. In the interest of fairness, the judges are not allowed to see the names of the photographers when judging. Any images that do contain photographer’s names on the image or any other watermark/copyright information, will be disqualified from being presented to the judges.

What size / format file should I submit?

Images should be no bigger than 2MB. Images should be either JPEG or TIFF files.
All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials should the image be required.

Terms & Conditions

  • By entering the competition all entrants confirm that their entries are their own original work, that they own the copyright in it, and that they haven’t infringed third party rights.
  • Respect for indigenous peoples is paramount. No peoples or their lands should be harmed, offended or violated in the process of taking photographs. 

  • Sinchi accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost or corrupted during the upload.

  • Sinchi’s decisions on all matters affecting the competition are final.