This year will consist of four photo contests! Take part in the first Photo Stories Contest January 1 – March 31, 2019, and compete for the Grand Prize of $1,000 and for the nominations “Best Photography”, “Best Plot”, “Best Direction”, and “Users’ Choice”!
Additional nomination Documentary Photo Story
Join the Photo Stories Contest with the overall prize fund of $3,000
By clicking on this button, you confirm that you agree with the TERMS
All the outstanding stories selected by the Jury can be monetized within our platform. Those stories will be published on the paid Premium Channel and their authors will benefit from the views of channel subscribers. Thus, photographers who produce high-quality content will get passive income.
Click on the button JOIN THE CONTEST on this page and upload your Photo Story! After the moderation, it will be published on the Contest Channel and on your Personal Channel!
The winner of the Grand Prize and the winners of the nominations for Best Photography, Best Plot, Best Direction will be chosen by the competent Jury.
The winner in the nomination of Users’ Choice will be chosen according to the largest number of votes.
The deadline for submission of works is March 31! The winners will be announced on April 15.
After the end of the contest, all the Photo Stories selected by the moderator will be included on the public channels:
Premium Cine-Stories — with pay-per-view
Free Cine-Stories — with free viewing.
Choose a paid or free channel while uploading a Photo Story!
By adding the Photo Story to the Premium Cine-Stories, authors will benefit from the views of channel subscribers.
Attention: The winner of the Grand Prize will be chosen from Photo Stories submitted to Premium Cine-Stories channel on the condition of exclusive publishing! All the Photo Stories from the Premium Cine-Stories channel should be published exclusively and should be removed from other sources! On other sources, only fragments selected as screenshots and covers can be published with a link for the full version on cine-books.com.
All the Photo Stories from Free Cine-Stories channel are distributed for free and do not need exclusive publishing. Photo Stories which will not be included to public channels will be available on the personal channels of the contestants. Those Photo Stories can be distributed both pay-per-view and for free.
Non-fiction Photo Stories will be redirected to the Documentary Contest while undergoing the moderation.
The CINE-BOOKS Platform is going to hold four photo contests in 2019. January 1 — March 31; April 1 — June 30; July 1 — September 30; October 1 — December 31.
The Grand Prize can be yours!
General criteria for evaluation
Originality and consistency of the plot
Directing skills and acting
Artistic qualities of the visual series
Quality soundtrack (for the Cinematic Story)
The Grand Prize is for fiction story only
Descriptions of the nominations
The best work according to the Jury’s choice.
Artistic and imaginative visual embodiment.
An original, consistent plot built according to the rules of dramaturgy.
Professional staging and representation of acting within static frames.
The main thing that distinguishes a Photo Story from a simple photo shoot is the plot. The plot is a sequence of events, interactions of the heroes, in which their characters are shown, and therefore revealing the idea of the story.
This guidance will help you how to upload your Photo Story. Follow the detailed description in order to undergo the uploading process without facing difficulties. Click “JOIN THE CONTEST”. A registration window will open. You can sign up through Google, Facebook, or an e-mail account.
This is a series of photos which represents a plot – the next generation’s comics!
There is one slideshow mode.
The required length should be more than 10 frames! The recommended length of a photo story is 30-70 frames.
The plot is built according to the rules of dramaturgy: the setup – the opposition – the conflict – the climax – the resolution.
The plot of a story can be disclosed through a visual series without textual explanations. Adding text (subtitles) is allowed only in English, and in the form of short dialogues or remarks. The text can be added in the Cine-Books editor.
Size: at least 2000 px on the short side
Color profile: sRGB
File format: JPG
This is a short film at a lower cost spent on production and postproduction which is made of photos that may also contain video files.
This is a story in two modes: slideshow and video.
The viewer can choose one of the modes, that is why photo and video versions should be completed and correlate to each other. The requirements for the plot of a Cinematic Story are the same as for a Photo Story.
All video effects can be used within the video file.
The video should contain a soundtrack or voiceover.
Size: more than HD 1920х1080
File format: MP4
Last updated: January 15, 2019.
Participation in the competition is free of charge.
The age of the participants is not limited. The works of participants who have not reached legal majority age (state how old, if variable, remove) are accepted for the competition with the consent of the parents or guardians.
The subjects of the works are not limited. The content of 18+ is allowed without showing the genitals.
The author of the story guarantees that the publication of his/her work does not violate the copyright of third parties (scriptwriter, actors, and other project participants). The contest organizer is not responsible for copyright infringement by the author of the story but undertakes to remove the work from the Contest Channel in case of a third-party complaint about a violation of their copyright.
The contest organizers reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to update, change or replace any part of these Terms by posting updates and changes to our Contests. All the changes enter into force after the publication on this page. Further participation in the contest confirms your agreement with the published changes.
The number of entries from one participant is not limited. Each work can be entered in the contest only once.
The work can be done at any time, regardless of whether it has previously been published. If your story was previously published within other sources but you agree to include it to the Premium Cine-Stories, after the end of the contest you should delete it from other sources! On other sources, only fragments selected as screenshots and the cover of the story can be published.
The work can be taken with any camera or device provided the technical characteristics of the images meet the requirements.
The editor for sending works allows you to upload photos, change or replace them and add text. After pressing the button SUBMIT FOR REVIEW the project cannot be edited. Please, check the materials before sending them to the contest channel!
A story published in the Contest Channel cannot be deleted until the contest is over.
The opinion of the Jury is not subject to appeal.
Winners of the contest will receive a notification with information on how to collect the prize. In case the winner does not respond to the notification or does not contact the organizer within a month from the date of the announcement of the winners, the organizer has the right to choose another participant as the recipient of the prize or otherwise to dispose of the prize in full. The requirements of the winners of the competition regarding the issue of the prize fund of the competition after the deadline set by the rules are not accepted.
The competition organizer has the right to use fragments of competitive works for marketing purposes to advertise the contest without notifying the author and without paying the author's fee. The copyright is reserved for the participant.
After the end of the contest, the winning works are available for free viewing on this page during the next contest.
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