1. The event has two steps; first a contest, followed by the exhibition.
2. The contest runs on our social media handles. Entries are
to be posted on our Facebook Group Wall (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697776603827462)
to be tagged in Instagram (@fotojajs) along with the prescribed hashtag.
3. Tag the posts with the mandatory hashtag #fotojajsfotofest
4. The contest will run from 7 February 2022 till 21 February 2022 on the above social media handles.
5. The exhibition will be held from 13 May 2022 to 15th May 2022 in Kolkata
6. Category: Human Interest, Documentary, Travel Documentary, Street with living element in Colour or Monochrome
7. One can submit one photo a day, from 7 February 2022 till 21 February 2022
8. Entry is free for the contest but submission for the exhibition is chargeable. Selected works will be charged an Exhibition fee of INR 700.00 / BDT 900.00 / USD 12 payable at the time of submitting hi-res files. No work will be considered without the exhibition fee, for final exhibition. Attach a screenshot / photo of receipt / status of payment along with the high resolution photo in the same mail and send it to the given id.
9. Maximum 2 entries by a contestant may be selected for the final exhibition, depending upon the judges’ choice.
10. Selected entries along with names of contestants will be announced on the group walls of FOTOJAJS, NPC and Club Photo Ceylonica in Facebook and in Instagram.
11. All admin/committee members of NPC and FOTOJAJS can take part in the contest as none of the judges in the panel are associated with the two organization officially. However, the admin members can only exhibit and will not be considered for the awards.
12. Decisions by the judges are final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.
13. For submission of selected photos, the file size for each image must be 12” x 18” saved in highest possible size. The recommended file format is JPEG/300 dpi, and sRGB color space is standard.
14. Basic technical editing of the photo(s) is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photo(s). Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, including compositing and creative retouching of the photo(s) is prohibited. Any such tampering of elements in the photo(s) will result in rejection of entry.
15. Borders, Watermarks, Signature, Logo are strictly prohibited.
16. We do not take the responsibility of ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
17. Submitted photograph must be renamed in the format of First Name_Last Name_Mobile No. eg: John_Doe_0000000000
18. Email the high-resolution file to: email@example.com
19. FOTOJAJS reserves the right to modify the terms and conditions of the competition at any point of time.
Account details for submission of Exhibition Fees:
Account No.: 10170001855855
Account Type: Current
Bank: Bandhan Bank
IFS Code: BDBL0001759
Q. Who can enter the contest?
A. Any photographer, regardless of nationality, age, gender, professional/amateur status, can enter the contest. Individuals below 18 years of age must have consent from a guardian. We will judge at the time of entry that guardian consent has been received.
Q. What are the dates of entry and submission?
A. The photographs should be entered as post on our Facebook Group Wall (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697776603827462) or to be tagged in Instagram (@fotojajs) from 7 February 2022 till 21 February 2022 with #fotojajsfotofest. The last date of submission of selected photos and entry fee would be 7 days from announcement of final selection.
Q. How many photos can be entered / post during the tenure of entry?
A. One post a day for the 15 days from 7 Feb to 21 Feb 2022.
Q. Is there any fee to enter the contest?
A. Entry for the contest is free. If selected, to submit for the exhibition, there will be a fee of INR 700.00 / BDT 900.00, payable at the time of submitting hi-res files.
Q. What should be the size and format to be submitted after selection.
A. For photo submissions, the file size for each image must be 12”x18” with Highest resolution, the recommended file format is JPEG/300 dpi, and sRGB color space is standard.
Q. To what extent photo processing is allowed?
A. Basic technical editing of the photo(s) is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photo(s). Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, including compositing and creative retouching of the photo(s) is prohibited. Any such tampering of elements in the photo(s) will result in rejection of entry.
Q. Can a photograph be submitted regardless of when it was taken?
A. Yes, a photograph taken on any date may be submitted.
Q. The work is watermarked or includes copyright information. Is it possible to submit it? Also, is it recommended to include copyright information in my work?
A. The entered photo(s) must not carry any watermark / visible copyright mark on it.
Q. Will I receive notification that my work has been received?
A. Since you will be entering through our social media handles, your entry will be reflecting as soon as it is approved. After judging, the selected photos will be displayed through same handles and the names of selected photographers will be announced.
Born in Kolkata in 1960, to a renowned writer father Ashim Ray of Bengali literature, Kushal Ray is a journalist-turned photographer-painter. He started his career with The Telegraph newspaper in 1982 as a sports journalist, and covered many International sporting events. He took to photography while working for the paper that published many of his photo essays. In 1991 he began working as an independent photographer. His first solo exhibition was successfully held in Peramal Gallery, NCPA, Mumbai in 1998 where he exhibited his photo essay on Ladakh, titled Everyday life of an exotic land. The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi purchased one of his Ladakh works. In 1995 he joined Arts Acre, helmed by painter Subhaprasanna and worked in its studios for four years, taking part in many painting group shows. He also held two solo painting shows in Kolkata’s Academy of Fine Arts in 2001 and 2002. In painting also he proved his immense talent as he went on winning award and accolades. One such was the very prestigious award at the Academy’s annual show in 2002.
The most talked about work by Kushal Ray is Intimacies. In 1998, he began a new project in photography, documenting the everyday life of a joint family in Kolkata. The project spanned more than a decade and culminated in his book Intimacies with an essay by author Kunal Basu. Ray’s work on the family was highly acclaimed even before the book came out. Mint Lounge did a cover story on him in 2010 and novelist Amit Chaudhuri took his work to the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK for a solo exhibition. FOTOJAJS is proud to have organized the project shown in an Artist Talk by Kushal Ray in Kolkata.
He also took part in Relative values: some current trends in Indian photography, organized by the University of Southampton, UK in 2007; 1st Singapore International Photography Festival, 2008; Click! Contemporary Indian Photography, 2008 in Delhi; Where Three Dreams Cross, 150 years of photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in London, 2009-10.
In 2012, when Intimacies, published by Niyogi Books came out, the leading photographer Dayanita Singh nominated the book for the best photobook award at Le Bal in Paris.
In 2011, Kushal Ray was awarded a Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India for his work on Indian Railways, titled Once On A Train. In 2014, at the invitation of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) he did a talk and held a solo show at British Museum in London on the occasion of RAI’s programme “Anthropology and Photography”. Then he took part in Delhi Photo Festival and Chobi Mela in Dhaka. He also took part in the Bengal Divided exhibition in Dhaka and Singapore in 2017. He is the first recipient of the Dignity Grant awarded by Dayanita Singh.
He taught photography to sex workers’ children (UNICEF project), conducted an Oslo University-Drik India workshop in Kolkata and the workshops of his own—Making Images I and II. He also conducted a unique workshop, titled “ Painting and Photography—the Osmosis Effect” at Counterfoto in Dhaka in 2015. He was the resource person in photography in the induction programme of IIT Kharagpur in 2018 and 2019. His on-going photography projects are: Ladakh, a syncretic living, and the Chinese community in Kolkata.
One of the forerunners in the photography fraternity of Bangladesh, Hasan Saifudding Chandan is photographing since 1981. Born to Abul Kalam Mohammad Shamsuddin and Mahbooba Shamsuddin in 1961, Hasan Chandan fondly practices architectural and archaeological photography. With numerous national and international awards to his credit, Hasan Chandan is renowned for his book “The People At Kamalapur Railway Station”, a timeless classic, which was published in 1994. One of the founder members of MAP photo agency of Bangladesh, Hasan Chandan defines how an ordinary moment becomes an extra-ordinary frame when life, and the geometric elements around it, is perfectly wedded.
Hasan Chandan has own Grand Prize in “Street And People”, Asian Cultural Center For UNESCO, Japan 1986; Honorable Mention in NIKON Photo Contest International, Japan 1986; FIAP Honorable Mention in photojournalism competition Australia 1987; FIAP Honorable Mention in International Competition, Chittagong 1989; 3rd Prize in NIKON Photo Contest Internation, Japan 1991; FIAP Silver Medal in the International Photo Competition Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Photography in France 1996; Silver Medal in the International Photo Competition Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Photography in France 1996 and many others small and big awards and titles.
Hasan Chandan has been jury board member in many national and international photo competition and exhibitions in and out of the country, organized under the affiliation of International Federation of Art Photography, FIAP.
10 of his photos were exhibited for a month in an exhibition in Pablo Picasso and Victor Hugo Museum in 1996 organized by French Photography Federation in celebrating 150 years of photography in 1996. His solo exhibitions took place in Biel, Switzerland in 1994, in Sylhet, Bangladesh, 1985 and in German Cultural Center in 2011.
Beside the book of photos shot at Kamalapur Railway Station, his many photographs have been published in various national and international newspapers.
Hasan Saifuddin Chandan is faculty of photography in Bangladesh University of Engineering And Technology and University of Asia Pacific. He is also working as a Free Lance photographer on Architecture, Interior, Industrial and Archaeological photography.