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The Portraits Ghana Photography Prize 2017

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in partnership with Nuku Studio, presents the Portraits Ghana Photography Prize 2017.

The Prize, which is open for submissions from 15th March 2017 to  5th April 2017, will celebrate and reward the best of portrait photography in Ghana. We are looking for creative and innovative approaches in portraiture; from documentary projects, studio, ordinary people, individual and group, to family portraits. The competition aims to highlight and expose the best of professional, student and amateur photography in Ghana that ranges between the innovative and the classical.

The Prize will be judged by a jury comprising of leading artists and photography professionals, who are independent of the organizers. In all, 5 entrants will be selected by our judges.


  • photography equipment provided worth €500,
  • An outdoor exhibition on the perimeter walls of the Embassy
  • and a three months mentorship programme with Nuku Studio

The runner-ups will:

  • be featured in the outdoor exhibition and will receive attractive consolation prizes.

On the the 20th of April, 2017 the top five winners will be invited to the Embassy for the unveiling of the outdoor exhibition and a lunch with the Ambassador.

Entry Rules.

1. The Portraits Ghana Photography Prize is open to professional, student and amateur photographers. This must be established by providing proof of professional status (including, but not limited to, a scan of a press card; membership document from a professional photographic association; journalism union membership card; letter of reference from a photo agency, photo editor or publication, student I.D.).

2. By entering the competition you hereby accept the competition rules.

3. To qualify to enter the competition, you must be officially resident in Ghana and over 18 years of age.

4. The photographer must be the sole copyright owner and creator of the photographs entered into the prize.

5. Image specifications:

  • Must be uploaded in high quality .jpeg/.jpg format;
  • Should be saved with a medium to high quality;
  • Should be 2,000 pixels in length and not more than 10MB;
  • Should have an embedded ICC profile. Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for colour pictures, Gamma 2.2 for black and white.

6. All pictures must have captions, written in English only, and must contain the following information:

  • Name of subject(s)
  • Location
  • Date
  • Context/ A short text that summaries the experience the photographer(s) had in making the portrait(s). (No longer than 200 words. This text will accompany the winning exhibition portraits).

7. Only single exposure and single frame pictures will be accepted.

8. Image manipulation: Images that are found to have been manipulated will be disqualified. This includes images that contain the removal and addition of people, objects and backgrounds. Minor adjustments according to accepted industry standards are allowed.

9. Original image content must be submitted. Post editing of images includes dust and scratches removal, cropping and non excessive colour/contrasts/saturation adjustments.

Submission, Guidelines and Deadline.

1. A picture can only be entered once, either as a single picture or as part of a story.

2. Only entries uploaded and submitted via the submissions platform powered by LensCulture will be accepted. Participants will be asked to sign in or log in to a LensCulture account before submitting work.

The deadline for submissions is midnight 12AM GMT, 5th April, 2017.

Permissions and Copyrights
Your submission of each photograph is a confirmation that:
1. Each person depicted in the photograph has granted permission to be portrayed as shown.
2.  Any location relevant permissions must have been obtained.
3. The entrant is the sole copyright owner and creator of the photographs. Copyright holders retain copyright of their work.
4. There are no entry restrictions as to whether a portrait has or has not been published so long as it doesn’t infringe on the copyright usage and rules of the prize.
5. Any photograph published for purposes of the competition shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as Organizers reasonable efforts to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.
6. All information concerning copyright and ownership and any other information must be included in the metadata of the pictures. No data or information should be visible on the image.
7. All entrants grant Organizers the right to exhibit and publish the photographs indefinitely for purposes of the competition.
8. All entrants agree to participate in any related publicity and to the use of their . name and winning images for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity for the competition without additional compensation.
9. For awarded pictures, copyright holders grant the Organizers unlimited non-commercial and non-exclusive use of submitted pictures for publishing in all media, including social media, online and print, exhibitions, catalogue, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities concerning the competition without additional compensation.
10. Entrants exempt the Organizers from any third party claims or any objections regarding the rights granted as specified in articles 15 and 16.
11. Any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by Ghanaian Law).
12. The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and the Organizers reserve the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.

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