Send your Photo Story to the Contest Channel and win the Grand Prize – $3000!
There will be more than one winner! The Photo Stories that viewers select will receive incentive prizes!
ALL THE WORKS selected by the Jury, with the consent of the authors, will be added after the contest for a paid Premium Channel. Additionally, their authors will benefit from the views of channel subscribers.
You can join the contest until December 25, 2018! After uploading the photo story, it will be added to the Personal Channel and the Contest Channel.
The winners of the contest will be announced at January 8, 2019!
The stories that won the Grand Prize and the Users’ Choice will be advertised on the site's banners and available for public viewing on this page for the month!
NEW! Special Prize for Documentary Photo Story – $300.
The best non-fiction Photo Stories, with the consent of the authors, will be added after the contest for the Premium Documentary Channel.
Photo story examples
Photo Story with text:
Photo Story without text:
This is a story in slideshow mode.
The slideshow consists of a series of 30-60 photos with a plot. Essentially, these are next-generation photo comics.
The plot is built according to the rules of dramaturgy: the setup – the opposition - the conflict - the climax - the resolution.
The plot of story should be disclosed through a visual series without textual explanations. Adding text is allowed in the CINE-BOOKS editor in the form of short dialogues or remarks.
Size: at least 2000 px on the short side
Color profile: sRGB
File format: JPG
This is a story in two modes: slideshow and video.
Essentially, this is a short film generated from photos and, possibly, video introductions - with a lower cost for production and post-production!
The requirements for the Cinematic Story plot are similar to the Photo Story.
Any VFX can be used in the video.
The video must contain a soundtrack; it can also contain voiceovers.
Size: more than HD 1920х1080
File format: MP4
The Grand Prize can be yours!
General criteria for selecting the jury:
Originality and consistency of the plot
Directing skills and acting
Artistic qualities of the visual series: composition, work with light, color, etc.
Quality soundtrack (for the Cinematic Story)
The Grand Prize is for fiction stories only. The best Documentary Photo Story will receive a Special Award.
Recommendations for formats:
Photo Story without text – the development of the plot and the interaction of the characters should be understandable without a text accompaniment
Photo Story with text – only dialogs and short remarks to the story are allowed and only in English
Cinematic Story – musical accompaniment and visual series should be synchronized
Documentary Photo Story – originality of the theme and text description.
HOW TO CREATE A STORY?
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.
In this definition, there is already a hint about how to make up a story, and this starts with the character! Find an image that inspires you and take a shot at your fantasy — in what situations and under what circumstances can it be shown the most expressively?
Additionally, in order for the story to be interesting, we need subtext and conflict...
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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 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 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 photo story was among the winners, then in order to publish it to the Premium Channel after the contest is over, it must be removed from other resources. On other resources, only fragments selected as screenshots can be published.
The work can be taken with any camera or device if the technical characteristics of the images meet the requirements.
The editor for sending the works allows you to add photos, change their sequence, and add text. In the case of the Сinematic Story, it is possible to set the timings for matching static frames to the video sequence. After you press the SUBMIT button, you cannot edit the project.
A story published in the Contest Channel cannot be deleted until the contest is over.
The author of the story guarantees that the publication of his/her work does not violate the copyright of third parties (script writer, 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 Grand Prize is chosen by the Competition Jury. 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 corresponding prize or otherwise to dispose of the prize in full. The requirements of the winners of the competition regarding the issue of prizes 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.
Within a month after the end of the competition, the winning works are available for free viewing on this page. The works that have not become winners, but are in the corresponding CINE-BOOKS FORMAT and technical requirements of the contest, will always be available on the private channels of the contestants and can be used as a portfolio.
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