1. Eligibility

a. Entry is open to all photographers, amateur and professional; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization, or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and conditions.

b. Age – No minimum or maximum age for participant

2. Categories

Each entrant may submit a maximum of upto 10 images across the following categories, such that total entries does not exceed 10.

a. Music – of classical and parallel music forms (not including film music) performed during the season

b. Dance– of classical and parallel dance (not including film) performed during the season

c. All things Margazhi – such as decorations, kolams, food and debates

3. Rules

a. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his own (aliases are not permitted).

b. By submitting an entry for the Moods of Margazhi 2014 the entrant permits the organisers to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication in a catalogue, on an internet site and/or in other media.

c. Photos taken at any location (Chennai or elsewhere), as long as they are in line with the theme and categories of Margazhi – taken on and in-between 1st Dec 2013 and 15th January 2014 are eligible.

d. Period of photography for acceptance: Images accepted in the previous Margazhi season, or MOM contest or festivals conducted before 1 Dec 2013 or which, in the opinion of the organisers, are too similar to those accepted in any previous MOM contest, will not be judged.

e. Copyright: The original image(s) must have been taken using a photographic process and all entrants must have the sole copyright to each image they submit. Clip Art and Copyright Free material are not acceptable. The MOM committee will take no responsibility for misuse by anyone of the copyright of published image.

f. Compliance: The organisers may reject any entry/image at their discretion. An entry may be rejected if it does not conform to published competition rules or is deemed unsuitable. In order to ensure that images comply with the published competition rules and definitions, the organisers will carry out checks on a random selection of images to make sure of the same. This may involve the entrant being asked to provide the original image(s). In the event of any submitted image being found to contravene the above rules and definitions, or not to be wholly the work of the entrant, that entrant’s complete entry will be disqualified.

g. Editing: Basic editing such as Colour to Monochrome is allowed. No other form of editing or photo enhancement will be accepted.

h. Submission: Images and a completed entry form must be submitted online using the Moods of Margazhi (MOM) form . Entries will not be accepted on CD or by email.

i. File Naming: Files do not need to be renamed when submitting an entry.

j. Captions, Date and Venue of each entry MUST be submitted.

k. Image size: All images are to be submitted in JPEG format. Maximum image size (including any borders) is 5400 pixels wide by 3600 pixels high. Image file sizes should not be less than 1.5 MB or greater than 5Mb. Please check all image sizes before submission, images with sizes lesser or larger than specified will be rejected.

l. Images with copyright marks or watermarks or participant names will be rejected.

4. Judging

a. Judging will be carried out between 16th January to 20th January 2014

b. Entries will be presented to the judges one after another and no information about the participant will be provided.

c. Judges decision will be final and binding

5. Prizes

a. Each category will have a Winner and a Runner-up

b. Public voting will be activated online and at the exhibition – a single winner based on these votes, regardless of category of entry, will be announced on February 5th 2014. Voting will begin only after the contest closes on 15 January 2014.

6. Prize Distribution & Exhibition

a. The winners and a selection of top entries will be displayed at Art Houz Gallery for 3 days from 30th January to 1st February 2014.

b. A prize distribution ceremony will be held on 30th January at the gallery.

c. Winners will be notified via email and phone. Entrants should ensure that they provide an active email address and that spam filters are set to accept emails from moodsofmargazhi@margazhi.org and editor@margazhi.org.

For any further queries please email us on moodsofmargazhi@margazhi.org.