"Only in the Mediterranean"
Photography Competition

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, Piran, Slovenia

EMUNI University Launches its 1st Photography Competition under the theme of


>>> Extended submission deadline to 31st October 2017 <<<

The famous Dutch Painter, Vincent Van Gogh once wrote, “the Mediterranean has the colour of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray”. He was obviously describing the sea itself, but this statement very much applies to the people and cultures of the Mediterranean region.

Along its rich and eventful history, the Mediterranean area has witnessed the rise and fall of very first ancient civilisations; Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Phoenician, Islamic and others. Civilization as we know it today stems from the ideas, inventions and encounters of various Mediterranean peoples and cultures. It is the region that gave birth to architecture, writing, science, law and religion.

Since ancient times, people across the Mediterranean have moved, intermingled and established extensive cultural and trade contacts. They have migrated and settled in flourishing parts of the region, bringing about cultural diversity and economic prosperity. The Mediterranean region as such presents a mosaic of societies and cultures that, while influencing one another, they still portray their distinctive culture and tradition.

Our photo contest aims at capturing the spirit of the Mediterranean peoples and cultures through the eyes of an amateur photographer. The goal is to display the distinctiveness and peculiarity of the diverse peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean. Whether it is a passionate street salesman in Napoli, a Marrakech snake charmer or an Egyptian Tanoura dancer, the contestants’ photos have to capture the uniqueness of a Mediterranean tradition, culture or custom that speaks for itself.

Rules and Regulations of the Competition

The deadline for reception at EMUNI is Tuesday, 31st October 2017, 17:00 Slovenia (CET) Local Time. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit as well as the personal vision on the theme of "People & Cultures of the Mediterranean" that the photographer conveys.
  • Each contestant can participate by sending up to three images although only one image per photographer will be selected. The jury will consider and value the quality and consistency of the work presented.
  • Previously published material or images previously awarded in other competitions will not be accepted.


  • This Photography Competition is open to all amateur photographers who do not receive a major part of their income from photography.
  • Employees of the EMUNI University and members of the jury are not allowed to participate in the Competition.


Each submission must contain a maximum of three photographs which respond to the theme of the Competition. The documentation to be submitted by each applicant is the following:

  • A digital file corresponding to each photo must be submitted via e-mail (photos@emuni.si)

The digital files of the photographs should be presented in the highest possible quality in jpeg or TIFF format.

Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, but not manipulated. Entrants can enhance the picture to make it brighter or clearer, but not digitally manipulate the content.

Each digital photo file will contain the photographer's name, and the photo entry number (1 to 3). For example: Ahmed Rafaat - 1.jpeg

  • Along with the photos, please attach:
    • A one-page CV with the participant's full name, nationality, residential address, telephone number, occupation and email address.
    • A brief description of each of the three photographs submitted including: title, caption, camera and lens used and a brief description of where, when and how the photograph was taken.

Any application that does not respect these criteria will not be eligible.


The deadline for reception at EMUNI Tuesday, 31st October 2017, 17:00, Slovenia (CET) Local Time. No entry arriving after the deadline will be accepted.

  • Contestants are invited to send their entries to: photos@emuni.si 
    (if the files are larger than 25 MB, file transfer services, like wetransfer can be used for sending files. For more information or help contact denis.curcic@emuni.si)


Selected photographs and winners will be notified by e-mail.


  • The 30 selected photos will be exhibited at the EMUNI Univeristy and also during the award ceremony in Piran, Slovenia.
  • The contestants of the 30 selected entrants will receive a diploma.
  • Out of the thirty selected photos, twelve (12) images will be chosen to be included in the 2018 calendar of the EMUNI University. Owners of these 12 photos will be invited to attend the award ceremony and will receive a grant for travel and accommodation costs. The award ceremony will take  place in Piran, Slovenia, sometime in the first semester of 2018.
  • Special Prize in the amount of 500 EUR will be awarded to the owner of the best image.


By participating in this photo competition, you agree to the entry rules, and the following legal conditions:

  • Your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow the photographs (and your name, occupation and country of residence) to be published as selected award winners in EMUNI University publications and used for promotion of the EMUNI Photography Competition including, but not limited to, exhibitions, an EMUNI photo calendar, a brochure or electronic collection of photographs, online photo features, and web pages providing EMUNI-related information.
  • Participants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs. EMUNI will credit and acknowledge the copyright of the author of the photograph in all its publications.
  • By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original, and do not infringe on any third party's rights.
  • By entering, participants release the EMUNI and the members of the jury from any liability for any incorrect information, loss, claim or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the photo competition or any prize won. EMUNI shall have the right to verify, in its sole judgement, winner eligibility. Decisions of EMUNI shall be final and binding.