FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: I have not received a confirmation e-mail, why is that?
A: Please check your spam or Junk mail folders for any emails from SIPAContest, and make sure to add [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] to your e-mail safe list.

Q: Are the RAW/original camera files requested?
A: Participants who will be listed in the final round are requested to submit the RAW/original camera files of their photographs upon Nomination. All kinds of editing, digital blending, layering are allowed in the “Architecture & Urban Spaces” category. In these and only these categories, no RAW/original camera files will be requested.

Q: Should all images be entered in the same category?
A: No, you can also enter your images in several categories without any restriction.

Q: How should I submit my photographs for the competition?
A: Once you have completed the online submission form and filled in the details of your entry, you will be redirected to the upload page where you can upload your photos.

Q: Can I enter an image that has already been published or entered in other contests?
A: Yes, both published and unpublished work is accepted.

Q: Can I enter an image that won other competitions?
A: Yes, images that have won prizes in other competitions or that have been submitted to other competitions currently underway are eligible.

Q: Is there a time limit on when the photograph was taken?
A: No, there are no restrictions on the date of a photograph.

Q: I'm having problems uploading data.
A: Please read the instructions on the entry form again. If you are unable to resolve the problem after reading the instructions, send an e-mail inquiry to [email protected] .

Q: When and how are the results announced?
A: SIPAContest will contact the winners via e-mail at their registered e-mail addresses by May 1st, 2020. We also plan to announce the winners and winning entries on the SIPAContest website (www.sipacontest.com) by October 25th, 2020 after Awards Ceremony.

Q: How will my images be used?
A: Your images are NEVER used for any purpose other than the promotion of the Siena International Photo Awards. All photographers thus far have been extremely grateful and happy with the manner in which their images have been used and promoted globally.

Q: Where will my image(s) be used/shown?
A: One of the greatest things about this competition is its global reach. Depending on what your image is chosen for (Beyond The Lens Exhibition, a poster for the SIPAContest, a Postcard for the SIPAContest, social, etc.), your image will be viewed with your full credit all around the world. The promotion of your work is ongoing and on an international scale. By entering the competition, you are agreeing to be included in the annual SIPA publication that showcases the full collection of winning images.

Q: Can I participate with a photograph that has been shared on a social media channel such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.?
A: Yes, that is acceptable.

Q: Are panoramic photograph(s) accepted?
A: Yes, they are.

Q: Is the judging anonymous?
A: Yes, judging is anonymous. Judges are not aware of participants' names or details.

Q: What shall I do in case I have only the Full format JPEG file(s) and not the RAW file(s)?
A: The full format JPEG file(s) must be as delivered by the camera and provided in a series showing at least three frames before and after the contest entry.