N3TC PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2021 RULES

  1. The N3 Toll Route is a section of 415km of the N3 highway from Cedara near Hilton (KwaZulu-Natal) to Heidelberg (Gauteng).
  2. Photographs may be taken anywhere in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, preferably within the close vicinity of the N3 Toll Route.
  3. ENTRIES
    • Entries and Photographs must be uploaded via the Online Entry Form on www.n3tc.co.za.
    • The size of the file must be a MAXIMUM SIZE of 10Mb and a MINIMUM SIZE of 1Mb.
    • Entrants must have personally photographed the photograph that they enter into the competition.
  1. The competition closes at midnight on 30 November 2021 - entries received after this date will not be accepted.
  2. Entrants may enter a maximum of 4 (four) photographs per category (each photo must be accompanied by its own online entry form). Any photos entered after the 4th entry has been received, will be automatically deleted.
  1. COMPETITION CATEGORIES
  • Nature

Photography that displays natural elements such as plants/flowers, birds, insects, and/or close-ups of natural scenes and textures; captured in their natural environment. Human elements (such as man made roads, walls, bricks etc) that enhance the story of the photography, are allowed. This is NOT a people portrait category.

  • Wildlife

Animals living free and unrestrained on game farms, private game reserves and/or National Parks are considered to be wildlife. Human elements may NOT be present.

  • Landscapes

Photography that covers landscapes, panoramas, mountains, weather phenomena and/or farmlands. Human or manmade elements (e.g. windmills, farm buildings, power lines etc) may be present. This category includes Drone Landscapes. This is NOT a people portrait category.

  • Sports and Recreation

Involving unpredictable movement, this could include movement or action at a sporting event or festival, vehicles and/or recreational activities.

  • Monochrome

Any photograph that falls into the Nature, Wildlife, Landscape, Sports or Recreation categories, that is of a single colour – i.e. monochrome e.g. black and white, sepia, etc.

  1. IMAGE EDITING
  • Photographs must accurately and realistically represent the natural world.
  • Minimal editing will be allowed within the following guidelines:
    • Normal processing of RAW and JPEG images (minor adjustments to colour, contrast, gradients, sharpening, dodging, burning, noise reduction and HDR) are acceptable.
    • HDR composites and panoramic stitching will be allowed, as long as the final photograph bears a realistic resemblance to the original scene.
  • If the judges determine that an entrant has altered his or her photograph beyond the allowed minor adjustments, they reserve the right to disqualify the entry at the sole discretion of the judges.
  • No borders are allowed.
  1. JUDGING
  • The competition will be judged by a panel of independent judges.
  • The panel of judges reserve the right to move a photograph to another category, should they feel the photograph has been entered into the incorrect category, or to disqualify the entry.
  • Harassment of people and/or animals or destruction of the environment in pursuit of a photograph will not be tolerated.
  1. COPYRIGHT

Entries may be published in N3TC publications, N3TC's social media channels, and on the N3TC website in low resolution format. These photographs will be used at the N3TC's sole discretion. All photographers will be credited.

  1. PRIZE MONEY
  • Prize winners will be notified via e-mail.
  • Prize winners will be awarded a certificate and limited-edition medal which will be shipped to the delivery address specified on the Online Entry Form.
  • Prize monies will be donated to beneficiaries on behalf of the winning entrants, as nominated by the prize winners from the list of N3TC supported beneficiaries, who are all registered NGOs/NPOs.
  • The following prizes will be awarded per Competition Category:
    • Winner : R2500
    • Runner-up : R2000
    • Merit : R1000