To celebrate the power of democratic expression and inclusive engagement, The Jakarta Post, in partnership with PannaFoto Institute, is launching a photo competition with the atheme “A Voice for All: Capturing the Spirit of Participation”.
We’re calling on Indonesian photographers — from professional photojournalists to weekend enthusiasts — to capture moments that showcase the diverse voices, experiences and perspectives of people participating in democratic processes.
We are looking for compelling, thought-provoking and inspiring images that best represent the spirit of civic participation, such as voting, community engagement, social activism and public discourse.
With this competition, we aim to shine the spotlight on the beauty of our shared humanity and highlight the importance of efforts to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make their voice heard.
This competition is part of The Jakarta Post’s 40th anniversary campaign, marking a milestone in the newspaper’s history as it enters its fifth decade of reporting, promoting and safeguarding democracy in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
So, grab your cameras and steady your focus, and let the spirit of participation capture you as you capture it.
The main theme “A Voice for All: Capturing the Spirit of Participation” can be interpreted in sub-themes as follows:
- Voting & Elections: Document the excitement, anticipation, and pride of citizens exercising their right to vote and taking part in the electoral process.
- Community Involvement: Show the impact of people coming together to improve their neighborhoods, support local initiatives, and create positive change.
- Social Activism: Capture the passion and determination of individuals advocating for social, environmental, or political causes that matter to them.
Public Discourse: Illustrate the exchange of ideas and opinions in public spaces, including debates, town hall meetings, and cultural events.
- We welcome submissions only in the form of photo stories or series that reflect the theme of the contest produced using a photojournalism, documentary or visual storytelling approach. While we welcome digitally enhanced photos, entries generated through Artificial Intelligence (AI) are not permitted.
- Applications may be submitted in either English or Indonesian.
- Participants must ensure that the photos they submit do not infringe upon the rights of any individual or entity, including, but not limited to, copyright, privacy, and other intellectual property rights. Responsibility for any copyright infringement or violation of intellectual property rests solely with the participant who submits the photo.
- We only accept entries from individual participants. Submissions from collaborative groups or collectives are not permitted. Each participant must choose and submit in only one category; entries in multiple categories are not allowed.
- The Jakarta Post and PannaFoto employees and their immediate relatives are not allowed to enter this competition.
CATEGORIES & PRIZES
A. GENERAL PUBLIC
- This category is open to Indonesian professional photojournalists, photographers and photo enthusiasts of all ages living in Indonesia.
- A copy of a valid ID is required to enter this category.
- 1st winner – Rp 15 million
- 2nd winner – Rp 10 million
- 3rd winner – Rp 7 million
- This category is open to Indonesian senior high school and undergraduate students over 17 years of age living in Indonesia.
- A copy of a valid ID and students’ ID are required to enter this category.
- 1st winner – Rp 5 million
- 2nd winner – Rp 4 million
- 3rd winner – Rp 3 million
SPECIAL PRIZE: THE JAKARTA POST Readers’ Choice
- The Jakarta Post subscribers will be invited to choose a favorite among a shortlist of entries made by the jury.
- The sole winner will receive Rp 4 million
The first prize winning entries from each category (general public and students) and the reader’s choice winner will be showcased at The Jakarta Post’s 40th Anniversary Photo Exhibition in August and published in The Jakarta Post newspaper and website.
- Participants may submit a maximum of three photo stories, containing between 6-12 photos each.
- The photos should be numbered sequentially and labeled with the photographer’s name and category (E.g. Dinda_public_01, Dinda_public_02, or Dinda_student_01, Dinda_student_02, etc).
- All photos must have been taken in 2019 or later. Photos taken before 2019 will not be accepted.
- Submitted photos must be saved in JPEG format, at 150 or 300 dpi and 8 compression quality, with the long edge not exceeding 1500 pixels.
- Note that our exhibition curator reserves the right to curate the winning photo stories in line with the purpose and theme of the exhibition.
HOW TO ENTER
- Fill out the application form
You may accomplish the application form in either English or Bahasa Indonesia.
- Provide a download link
Upload your photo entries to a Google Drive and create a link where the competition committee can access them.
- State your methodology
State whether you produced your photo story using non-fiction reportage or a journalism or documentary approach; digital imaging; or if it is a project based on photo archives.
- Explain your photo story
Write an introduction of a maximum 150 words and captions for each photo (if applicable) in Word format.
Deadline for submission is at 23.59 WIB on June 20, 2023.
- Entries will be evaluated by the following jury:
- Taufiqurrahman, The Jakarta Post chief editor
- Ng Swan Ti, PannaFoto Institute managing director
- Rony Zakaria, The Jakarta Post 40th Anniversary Photo Exhibition curator.
- The jury will follow a set criteria: visual approach that includes creativity and technical quality, story description, and relevance of the story to the public.
- Any decision made by the jury is final.
THE JAKARTA POST READERS’ CHOICE
- After the jury has chosen the shortlisted entries, the competition committee will announce them on The Jakarta Post’s and PannaFoto’s digital channels, including social media accounts.
- The Jakarta Post’s subscribers will be invited to vote for their favorite among all the shortlisted entries to select the The Jakarta Post Readers’ Choice.
- To ensure compliance with our entry guidelines, the committee will undertake a thorough verification process. Any deviations from the rules will result in disqualification.
- Once our jury has compiled a shortlist of entries, we will reach out to those participants to confirm relevant details and verify the original files of the photos.
COPYRIGHTS & PHOTO USAGE
- By entering this contest, participants confirm that they hold all intellectual property rights to the photos submitted. Thus, participants assume full responsibility and release The Jakarta Post and PannaFoto from any claims, lawsuits or demands by any party related to the ownership and copyright of the photos submitted to this competition.
- The committee acknowledges that participants retain the copyright to their submitted photos. However, by entering this competition, the participant grants The Jakarta Post and PannaFoto a non-exclusive, non-profit and royalty-free right to use, disseminate, distribute, publicly communicate, reproduce, and exhibit the photos submitted without prior notice, as long as the usage is relevant to the photo contest’s promotional or publication activity.
The participant’s name will be credited whenever the photo is used by The Jakarta Post or PannaFoto.
- Submission deadline: June 20, 2023, at 23.59 WIB
- Announcement of shortlisted entries: July 5, 2023
- Announcement of winners: August 5, 2023
- Photo exhibition: August 5-19, 2023, in Jakarta
The committee reserves the right to modify the dates and announce them in a timely manner on social media.
By entering the contest, participants assure the committee that they know and accept all the entry rules, terms and conditions of the photo contest and any amendment(s) thereto that have been published until the end date of the photo exhibition.
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