KATHMANDU, June 6: Photo Journalist (PJ) Club has announced its 5th edition of IME- Global IME Bank Photo Contest and Exhibition 2018. The competition was announced amid a function organized in the capital on Wednesday.
Issuing a press release after the program, the Club has stated that the competition is open for all amateur and professional photographers and photo-journalists all over Nepal. The registration of the photographs is open for 15 days from June 6 to June 20 through official website www.pjclub.com.np.
The prospective participants should send their photographs selecting among the seven thematic categories. The categories are Daily Life, News, Nature and Wildlife, Culture and Tourism, Nepal Smiles, Sports and Photo Story, the statement reads.
According to the statement, the photographs sent for the competition should follow the basic guideline set by the Club. Those photographs that are taken by foreigners and outside Nepal are not eligible for the competition, reads the statement. However, it will not be applicable in the sports category. The photographs where Nepali player’s activities are captured in foreign land under this category can get an entry in the competition. The news photo categories should have been captured between 2073 and 2074 B.S.
The competition is expected to be participated by more than 1,500 photographers and entry of more than 13,000 photos. In the last edition of the competition that was held two years ago, 1,200 photographers 11,000 images were registered for the competition.
The photographs that are qualified for the competition will be judged by the team of juries that comprises senior photojournalists and photographers of Nepal and an internationally recognized photojournalist. The jury team is comprised of six members chaired by a Senior photographer of India Pablo Bartholomew. Other jury members are senior journalist and editor-in-chief of barhakari.com Prateek Pradhan, senior Photo Journalist and founding President of PJ Club Chandra Shekhar Karki, senior photographer Mani Lama, Coordinator at KU School of Art’s Sujan Chitrakar and Agence France Presse (AFP) photojournalist and former president of PJ Club Prakash Mathema.
The jury would decide upon the best photographs among the seven thematic categories. The best photographers will then be awarded in a function.
The top three photographs in each of the seven categories will be awarded Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. Likewise, the 'IME Global IME Bank Photo of the Year' will be selected from among all the photos in the competition and will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 100,000. The best 160 photographs shall be put into public display from June 29 to July 15 at Nepal Art Council in Babarmahal, Kathmandu.
The program has received support from different corporate organizations and media houses of Nepal.