The conditions of participating are online

– Submissions are open from the 1st December 2017

Autumn stages nature in a fresh way and once again offers completely different, unique subject matter for photographs. The sun lies deeper in the sky and lets off a softer light. Trees and rocks cast longer shadows and the autumn mists produce breath-taking scenes in the valleys and across the fields. Now is the perfect time for taking fantastic photos out on the trail: the ideal conditions for setting out on a leg of the E1 European Long Distance Path for hikers, or the long-distance cycling trail, the R1 European Bicycle Route and capturing some photos for the E1|R1 Photo Award. It’s not even two months until ambitious hikers and cyclists will be able to submit their most outstanding and beautiful photos from the trail alongside professional photographers. Exactly how it is going to happen and what professionals or amateurs need to consider when participating in the first international photo contest of its kind can be found in the official conditions for participation which are now available to read on this website.

The release of the conditions of participation are one more important step to the awards ceremony, which will take place as part of celebrations for the 118th German Hiking Day in August 2018 in Detmold. Submissions open on the 1st December 2017. All works need to be submitted by 24:00 (CET) on the 31st of March 2018 at the latest. From April 2018, the photos will be viewed by an independent jury of experts who will then publish a shortlist of up to 10 finalists per category in July 2018.

International photo contest for hobby photographers and professionals

The international photo contest is divided into an award for amateurs and one for professionals. As a minimum, trained professional photographers must submit three or four works in a series to a category. The jury will rate these according to the following criteria: concept, innovative artistic approach and image composition. The overall winner of the professional award will receive a prize to the value of 12,000 Euros, while the winner of each category will receive 3,500 Euros each. The overall winner will be selected from the winners of each individual category.

View the complete conditions of participating in the E1|R1 Photo Award for professional photographers.

Ambitious hobby photographers can submit their photos for the amateur award. From December, every participant can upload one up to a maximum of ten photos to the amateur award across four different categories. Apart from that, the same stipulations apply to the amateurs as do to the professionals. Only photos that have been taken no further than ten kilometres off either side of either European long-distance trail may be submitted. The ultimate goal of the international contest is to show photographically inspiring subject matter in the immediate surroundings of the E1 and R1 trails. Only works submitted digitally will be accepted for both of the independently operating awards.

View the complete conditions of participating in the E1|R1 Photo Award for hobby photographers.

Pictures: Toadstools ©Fotogruppe Objektiv OWL, Autumn mood ©Falko Sieker