7th Zebra Awards International Monochrome Photography Contest

Status: Closed to entry Opening date: 01 November 2018 Closing date: 31 January 2019 Winners chosen by: Judging panel
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7th Zebra Awards International Monochrome Photography Contest

Competition summary:

Welcome to our annual Zebra Awards - we are seeking our very own TZIPAC Black and White Photographer of the Year.
Black and white photography is as simple as it is complex, carefully weaving streaks of light into the black-unknown, giving rise to lines, shapes, textures, emotions and stories. TZIPAC is proud to celebrate this magic of black and white photography with the Zebra Awards. With great prizes up for grabs (please see below), we hope the Zebra Awards will bring to light the marvellously diverse and vibrant visions of black and white photography from many amazing artists worldwide.

"Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships." Ansel Adams

Category details:

Black and White photography. Monochrome.

Entry requirements:

Images must be in JPG/JPEG format, 8 bit, maximum of 2000pixels on the longest side, 72 dpi, and have maximum file size of 500KB. Colour space should be RGB or sRGB.

Images must have no border, nor marks or logos identifying the artists.

If a higher resolution file is deemed necessary for fair judging we will contact you.

Rule specific to the 7th Zebra Awards:

All images must be monochrome, i.e. grayscale or toning with just one colour. The colour space can be gray scale or RGB. All images which are not strictly monochrome will be disqualified during Stage 1 judging.

Entry fee:

From US$1 per entry for Stage 1

Prize details:

Grand Prize:

US$3000 prize for the Grand Winner and TZIPAC exclusive handcraft Grand Winner Medal
The title of TZIPAC Black and White Photographer of the Year
A full editorial feature in the Zebra Magazine and international exposure
Feature in our Hall of Fame - Grand Winners - Gallery

Category Winners:

Each category will have up to three winners, 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place, at the discretion of the judges.
Showcase in our Online Winners Gallery Receive TZIPAC personalized digital Winners Medals and Certificates Feature in our Hall of Fame - Major Winners - Gallery Exclusive features in the 7th Zebra Awards Winners E-Book Receive TZIPAC E-Badge to accompany your award winning artwork


Showcase in our Online Winners Gallery Showcase in the 7th Zebra Awards Winners E-Book Receive TZIPAC E-Badge to accompany your award winning artwork


All Stage 1 Acceptance images will receive TZIPAC Acceptance E-Badge to accompany your selected artwork

Terms and Conditions

How it works

The Zebra Awards' entry process is split into two stages.

Once the competition closes, all confirmed submissions are judged by the TZIPAC Editorial team in Stage 1. The very low entry fee is designed to encourage a broader range of artists to participate, in the hope of discovering a multitude of marvelous artworks from budding undiscovered artists as well as established professionals, without geographic boundaries or limitations.

When the Stage 1 judging has been finalised, we will announced the results via email. Achieving a status of Stage 1 Accepted will allow you to promote your artwork with our simplistic E-badge until the final results are announced.

All Stage 1 Accepted images will be invited for ongoing submission to Stage 2. Payment for Stage 2 fees is via paypal and similar to the initial submission. Simply log into your member portfolio to check whether any of your entries have been accepted and you will be notify of the total amount of Stage 2 fees required to reconfirm your entries. Please note you will not be able to choose which Stage 1 acceptances to reconfirm but the fees are capped so you do not end up paying exorbitant fees when reconfirming many entries.

There will only be a limited time to pay for the Stage 2 fees and reconfirm your entries for the final stage of judging. This is to ensure that there are plenty of time for our jurors to complete the final judging. Juror(s) on the judging panel will score each reconfirmed Stage 1 acceptance and the average score will determine the Finalists, Category Winners and the TZIPAC Black and White Photographer of the Year.


You warrant that submitted artworks have been created by you, and that you own all necessary rights to use the artworks for participating in TZIPAC's competitions. In particular, the artworks must not violate or infringe on any copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and no other party must have any rights, claim or interest in the artwork.

Artworks that fail to comply with these copyrights conditions will be disqualified.

The copyrights of submitted artworks will remain with the artists at all times. However, the competition participants agree to grant TZIPAC permission for perpetuity to use the artworks for promotional purposes, without further permissions or remunerations, in its publications, including electronic media or printed materials, including website, online galleries, online magazines, as well as other forms (potentially with third-party publications) for the expressed purpose of promoting the artworks, the artists and TZIPAC.

Any artwork used by TZIPAC will credit the artist.

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