MedFoto Competition Rules

MedFoto 2021 – Open submissions from 1st to 31st May

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MedFoto is a photographic competition that aims to promote a type of photography that showcases the sea world as close to reality as possible. Images of the Mediterranean Sea and its surroundings, obtained through respectful attitudes towards people, animals, plants and the natural environment.

We are looking for innovative and inspiring pictures, with an approach that documents marine diversity and man’s relationship with the marine world. Do you accept the challenge?

Registration for the competition is open to anyone, amateur or professional photographer, of any nationality, except for the people responsible for the organisation of the competition, the jury and their direct relatives.

All participants are subject to these rules.

The organisation reserves the right to interpret the rules and to modify any of them if they deem it appropriate. The rules will be published in several languages, but if there is any doubt, the Catalan language version prevails.

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The main theme of the competition is the Mediterranean Sea and its coastline. Photographs taken in other geographical areas will not be accepted.

Participants may submit up to fifteen (15) photographs distributed in any of the following categories:

    1. Landscape: Photographs that show Mediterranean landscapes above sea level. From the coast and the shore, on the high seas; from a general viewpoint to specific details of surroundings; from wild landscapes to populated areas and coastal villages. Always showcasing the location with a photographic spirit, playing with the subject, the light and the composition.
    2. Wild life: Wild fauna and flora photographed in their natural environment, above sea level: seabirds, cetaceans from the surface, flora and fauna from the coast, etc. Whether they are portraits in search of aesthetics or capture the character of the species, such as images that show interesting behaviour.
    3. Sports: Nautical sports (sailing, rowing, kayaking, water-skiing, swimming, etc.) trying to capture their difficulty, expertise, spectacular image or the pleasure of doing them.
    4. Marine trades: Professional activity of people who work at sea, who live from the sea, such as fishermen, sailors, etc.
    5. Underwater: Photographs taken under the surface of the sea: fish and other animals, plants, vegetation, underwater seascapes, underwater activities.
    6. Conservation: Management of natural marine and coastal resources, environmental problems and their solutions.
    7. With mobile phone: Prize for the best photograph taken with a mobile phone. A RAW file is not required. This category is not eligible for the general prize.


Registration will be open from 1st to 31st May 2021. There is a cost of €15 per participant and allows submission of up to fifteen photographs in any of the categories.

Any communication with the organisation must be made via email:


Participants have until 10 pm CET on 31st May 2021 to register and upload to the website a maximum of fifteen photographs related to the theme of the competition.
All photographs must be uploaded to the competition website at the same time. If, for any justified reason, you subsequently wish to change any of them, you will have to request permission by email to before the registration closing date.


Only digital photographs will be accepted, which must be sent in JPEG format and reduced to a size of 1,920 pixels on its longest side and weigh no more than 1 MB per photo.

The EXIF data on the camera must remain intact. Each of the files must be identified with a name that begins with the number of the category to which it is being submitted, followed by an underscore and the title of the photograph or a number, which may be the one assigned by the camera itself or by the photographer (for example: “1_gaviotaaudouinvolando” or “3_IMG34567”).

The original photos must be obtained in RAW format, except for the “with mobile phone” category 7. The management will request the RAW files for all of the photographs selected as finalists by the jury, in order to verify their authenticity. DNG format will only be accepted if it is the original format of the camera used (Pentax, Ricoh, Leica…). A file will also be requested in the camera’s original resolution (high quality TIFF or JPEG, Adobe RGC, without interpolation), for printing and display in the exhibition and/or catalogue. It must present a frame and colour settings identical to those of the JPEG presented at the registration.


As far as the processing of photographs is concerned, basic photo development settings will be accepted: global or area exposure corrections, adjustments to the white balance, contrast, tone or saturation, noise reduction, focus, removal of dust spots on the sensor, etc. Black and white photographs and HDR photos will be accepted, as well as panoramic and focus stack photos made up of different shots taken at the same moment, as long as they capture a real life situation.

Reframing of the original photograph is allowed, as long as the resulting final image is not less than 4,000 pixels on its longest side (before reducing the delivery format to 1,920 pixels). Smaller files cannot be interpolated.

Computer photomontages are not allowed (except HDR, panoramic and focus stacking), no double exposures in camera, nor manipulations or alterations of the original image such as deleting, moving or adding any element, be it a person, animal, branch, residue, reflection, etc. Margins, watermarks and signatures on the photographs will not be allowed.

Ethical code:

The plants and animals must have been photographed with respect and without causing any damage or excessive annoyance, following the AEFONA code of ethics. In the Wild Life category 2 and Underwater category 5, photographs of captive, domestic or stuffed animals or cultivated plants will not be accepted.

Photographs that have already won prizes in any other competition prior to the opening registration date on 1st May 2021 may not be submitted.

    • MedFoto photography prize, awarded 1,000 euros.
    • 7 prizes for the winners of each of the seven categories, awarded 300 euros each.
    • 3 prizes for the winners of the special sections, awarded 200 euros each:
      • Prize for the author under the age of sixteen.
      • Photograph taken within the geographic limit of the municipality of l’Escala.
      • Photograph taken within the geographic limit of the Costa Brava (between Blanes and Portbou).
    • Prize by popular vote, for the finalist photograph that obtains the most Likes on the competition’s Instagram account. This consists of a four hour sailing excursion along the Costa Brava for the winner and his/her family or friends (up to 5 people).

Photographs that are competing for the geographic limit prizes must include some identifying or recognisable element of the area.

In addition to these twelve award-winning photographs, the jury will select up to a total of 42 images to be included in the exhibition of the competition.

The same photograph cannot be entered for more than one prize, except for the special ones. The prize amount is subject to the corresponding tax retention.

The jury will be made up of five experts from the world of photography and the marine environment: The photographers Manu San Félix, Oriol Alamany, Josep Pallí and Laura Carrau, the naturalist and photographer Bernat Garrigós and the biologist Josep Vilanova.

The jury reserves the right to change the category of the photograph if it deems it appropriate, disqualify any image that does not comply with the rules of the competition, as well as declare any of the prizes void if it considers that the photographs presented do not meet the minimum quality required.

The results will be made public on 31st July 2021, during a public award ceremony. The jury’s decision is final.

The award ceremony for the prizes will take place on 31st July 2021 at the Club Nàutic l’Escala. On the same day the exhibition of a selection of 42 of the best photographs will be inaugurated and will be exhibited during the month of August 2021 on the premises of the Club Nàutic l’Escala.

  • 1st May: Opening date for registrations and presentation of photographs.
  • 31st May: Closing date for the presentation of photographs.
  • 7th June: Start of selection tasks by the jury.
  • 18th June: Request for RAW files from the semi-finalists.
  • 30th June: Final meeting of the jury and the results.
  • 1st July: Request for high-resolution files from the authors.
  • 5th July: Public communication of the 42 finalists. Publication of the finalist photographs on the competition’s Instagram account. Start of the popular vote period.
  • 15th July: End of the popular vote period.
  • 31st July: Awards ceremony and opening of the exhibition at the Club Nàutic l’Escala.
  • 31st August: Closure of the exhibition and end of the 1st edition of the competition.

The participant declares to the organisation that he/she is the sole owner of the copyright of the photographs submitted and is responsible for any image rights of the people or properties that appear in his/her photographs.

By participating in the MedFoto photographic competition, the authors of the finalist photographs grant the Club Nàutic l’Escala and the Fundació Alive the non exclusive right to reproduce, publish, display and communicate to the public via any method the 42 selected photographs, for the exhibition, and for marketing and promotional use related to the competition, always citing his/her authorship.

For any other potential use outside the scope of the competition, the organisation will contact the author of the photographic work to agree on the conditions of its use.

Any communication of the participants with the organisation must be made in writing via email to the following address

The organisation will generally communicate with the public through the website All the information related to the competition, the prizes, etc. will be published here. Only finalists and winners will receive private communications.

This site is registered on as a development site.