The admission of competition works is finished, the winners will be announced on 8th of January the 2019 year.
Приём конкурсных работ окончен. Победители будут оглашены 8 января 2019 года.



Grand Prize


Users’ Choice


Photo Story
without text



Photo Story
with text





Special Award


Photo Story


of the photo stories contest



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:

Cinematic Story:


Photo Story

  • 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.


Proportions: 16:9

Orientation: landscape

Size: at least 2000 px on the short side

Color profile: sRGB

File format: JPG

Cinematic Story

  • 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.


Proportions: 16:9

Orientation: landscape

Size: more than HD 1920х1080

Sound: stereo

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.
  • Post-production quality
  • 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.


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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Last updated: October 25, 2018.

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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.

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