PHOCUS 2021 - GENERAL RULES:

The contest will officially start on Monday 1 March 2021 to end on Sunday 6 June 2021.

From Saturday 13 February 2021 it will be possible to send photos and videos for the contest!

The preliminary verdicts and the works that have passed the nominations for the final prizes will be released on this site a few days after the contest end. The final verdicts will be announced at the end of July 2021 through the event "Phocus Awards 2021” (follow us on our social pages for all the news). All preliminary verdicts will be accompanied by an exhaustive comment from our jury. The Phocus jury is and will always be secret (except for jury presidents who may be announced at their discretion).The jury of the 2021 edition will be composed of 5 photographers and 3 videomakers from various countries of the world, all with great technical and selective skills. The jury will also make use of the support of some internal members of the Phocus Team for the release of all the final verdicts.

The jury is composed by world-class photographers and videomakers as proved by the excellent results achieved in latest editions. The secrecy is due to the strong pressure that the juror will have during the contest: this formula will give them great freedom of judgment, tranquility, impartiality and professionalism in the work done.

The media sent directly by photographers or videomakers take part in the nominations for the two final prizes (Best Absolute Photo and Best Absolute Video).

It isn't mandatory to send all the media at the same time, indeed you can send the work during all the duration of the contest.

You can send photos and videos only using the appropriate page on this site (Upload media).

 *** WARNING ***

Phocus is a competition that focuses a lot on the quality of the shots and videos (not on "likes" or public votes, there will not even be a dedicated category for those), this means that our jury will search for the absolute quality of a photo or a video. For example, sending a selfie with stands of a "comics and games festival" in the background will certainly not lead to any awards. You are still free to send us all the shots and videos that you want and that you like, no one will be excluded. Indeed we are pleased that our mean can give global visibility to your photo or video and can lead to friendships and correspondences between people of different nations, as happened in some cases. It will make us extremely happy and proud of the work done!

The jury will make decisions in the most professional way possible. Sometimes they will be painful decisions but the quantity and quality of the photos and videos to be analyzed will be really huge and, being a competition (and a game above all), not everyone will be able to win. We apologize in advance with those who will not win and we invite them to participate in the next edition for a new attempt!

WHEN I CAN SEND PHOTOS OR VIDEOS? WHERE SHOULD I SEND THEM?

From Saturday 13 February 2021 it will be possible to send photos and videos for the contestvia (and only with) the relative formavailable on this site. Your works will be visible online starting from 28 February 2021 on our official Facebook!

HOW MANY PHOTOS AND VIDEOS CAN I SEND?

Are you cosplayers? Maximum 4 photos and 2 videos throughout the contest.
Are you a photographer or videomaker? Maximum 4 photos and 2 videos throughout the contest.
Are you a cosplayer but also a photographer/videomaker (amateur or professional)?
Maximum 8 photos and 4 videos throughout the contest (4 photos + 2 videos where you are the protagonist and 4 photos + 2 videos where you are behind the camera).

WHAT KIND OF PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ARE ACCEPTED? AND WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED FORMAT FOR THE MEDIA?

Phocus is a competition open to cosplayers and photographers/videomakers (professionals or amateur). Works regarding the world of cosplay are accepted (including original characters/costumes or the so called "original" versions). Sending jobs at the highest quality and resolution possible is always a good action for the jury.  We can't accept photos or videos containing nudity, obscenity, vulgarity or violence.The maximum size allowed for a single photo is 90MB.

The videos can't exceed 5 minutes (of effective video, credits excluded from the count) and the file sent must not exceed 2GB in size. You have total freedom on the creation, in fact it can be a classic "cosplay music video", a minifilm, a funny video, a video with lots of special effects, a trailer of your character, etc.  We can't accept videos of the creation of costumes/accessories or the interpretation during a cosplay contest.In the case of spoken moments in a video, use your mother language but remember the internationality of the jury and therefore any subtitles (in English) are welcome.

WHERE CAN I SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS?

After the upload, you will find your works on the "Check the media" page on this site.

All photos will also be featured on our official Facebook page.

All videos will also be featured on our official Youtube channel.

On our official Instagram channel you will find during each week a summaries of the best works received, the so called "Best of the day" and "Best of the week".

WHAT IS THE CORRECT PROCEDURE TO SEND A PHOTO OR A VIDEO?

Through the form you can find on this site in the "Upload Media" page. That's the only way to send us a photo or a video. We don't accept photos and videos sent via direct emails or via social platforms. It's possible to send one file at a time. A single photo maximum size is 90MB, while for the videos is obligatory to upload the file on the free platform "WeTransfer" sending us the link of your file (through the media submission form on this website) so that we can download it. 2GB is the maximum size allowed on the WeTrasfer system. WeTransfer is also available as an app for Android or iOS.

CATEGORIES OF THE CONTEST:

Regarding the PHOTOGRAPHIC categories we will have (we'll roughly rely on these types of photos):

Best VIDEOGAMES Photo

Best ANIME/MANGA Photo

Best FILM Photo

Best ANIMATION FILM Photo (classic or 3D)

Best SUPER HERO Photo (Marvel or DC)

Best CLOSE UP Photo

Best ORIGINAL FANTASY Photo

Best ORIGINAL HORROR Photo

Best ORIGINAL STEAMPUNK Photo

Best COUPLE/GROUP Photo

Best DIGITAL ART & SPECIAL FX Photo

Best COSPLAY vs REALITY Photo (a comparison image of you and your charachter in one single image)

Best photo chosen by the public (NEW): A tournament will be open to the public at the end of the contest with all the photos that have passed the nomination. Follow us on socials for more information.

BEST ABSOLUTE PHOTO, a Top 10 of all the best photos in the contest (sent directly by photographers),the most important award of the photographic contest. The winner (1st place) will receive one of the two final super-prizes.


Regarding the
VIDEOGRAPHIC categories we will have:

On the base of the number of video in contest,the awarded catogories will more or less reflect the ones relative to the photos and for all will be possible to challenge for the category BEST ABSOLUTE VIDEO, a Top 5 of all the best videos sent directly from videomakers. Our jury will analyze all the parameters of the videography, as the writing, the script, the involved subjects but also the emotionality of the video and the eventual usage of special effects. The best videomaker will be awarded with one of the two final special-prizes.

Some photographic and videographic SPECIAL AWARDS (at the discretion of our jury) may be released and announced at the "Phocus Awards" ceremony (see below).


WHO ARE THE JURY PRESIDENTS?

The jury of the 2021 edition will be composed of 5 photographers and 3 videomakers from various countries of the world.All the jury members decided to stay anonymous to work at the maximum of his capabilities, without pressures, guaranteeing an impartial judgment with its great professionality. The jury will not reveal their identity.

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

All the winners will be published on this website and on our social pages. The are 2 economic prizes  "Best Absolute Photo" (200€) and the "Best Absolute Video" (200€), economical prizes will be communicated during the awards ceremony. The economical prizes will go to the winner photographer and videomaker that, at their discrection, may decide to divide them with the cosplayers involved in their works. For the economical prizes to be given away, it's a requirement the partecipation of at least 50 photos and 5 videos in the contest. The economic prizes will be released during 2021. Also, a special prize will be won for the public favorite photo (a tournament will be opened at the end of the contest on our official Instagram page @phocusproject).The prize of the tour will be revealed soon and will be for both winning photographer and cosplayer. The Covid-19 emergency is still very hard... we'll work with our partners in the best possible way and some special prizes or any enhancements to the “classic” prizes may also be released. All the winning photos and videos will be included in a special photo book “Phocus 2021 - The Story”. In addition to photos and videos, the book will also include some interviews with the protagonists of the contest!
We also plan to make a 2022 calendar by selecting some of the best photos of this edition! The book "Phocus 2021 - The story" and the 2022 calendar are initiatives that could be put on sale at the end of the contest for charitable initiatives and / or to support the activity carried out by the Phocus Team.

 

HOW THE FINAL PHASE WILL BE STRUCTURED?

Sunday 6th June 2021 will be the last day to send photos and videos and this is the program of ending phase:

SUNDAY 27 JUNE 2021
Announcement of the photos for the FINAL PHASE (this photos will compete for the "BEST PHOTO 2021" award). Only photos sent directly by photographers compete for this prize.

SUNDAY 4 JULY 2021
Review of the most beautiful videos of this edition! (this videos will compete for the "BEST VIDEO 2021" award).

SUNDAY 18 JULY 2021
Review of some of the most beautiful photos of this edition in a sort of Phocus magazine downlodable in PDF format.

SUNDAY 25 JULY 2021
Phocus Awards 2021. Announcement of the final results and release of the relative rankings and winners of the economical prizes. The award ceremony "Phocus Awards 2021" will be a completely online event.

SATURDAY 31 JULY 2021
Beginning of the tournament on our Instagram profile among the 128 selected photos (in 1vs1 fights), a fun way to keep in touch with all of you and show once again some of the best photos of this edition!

Follow us on socials for all the announcements!

INSTAGRAM TOURNAMENT: STRUCTURE AND DATES:

In this edition, the public will be able to vote for their favorite photo in a tournament on our Instagram page among the 128 best photos we will select:

Phase 1: From July 31 to August 25, 2021

Phase 2: From August 27 to Sectember 11, 2021

Phase 3: From Sectember 13 to Sectember 22, 2021

Eight-finals: From Sectember 24 to Sectember 27, 2021

Quarter-finals: From Sectember 29 to October 2, 2021

Semi-final: October 4 and October 6, 2021

Final: Saturday 8th October 2021

The days indicated are indicative and may be subject to change without notice. The tournament will take place on our Instagram stories, the formula will be 1VS1 fight with public vote, all with a direct elimination. Follow us on our official page!
https://www.instagram.com/phocusproject.

WILL THE SUPER PRIZES BE ANNOUNCED DURING THE PHOCUS AWARDS CEREMONY?

Yes, as always the final super prizes and any special awards will be revealed during the Phocus Awards, a digital event that will take place on our social platform at the end of 25 July 2021.

I HAVE SENT MY MEDIA AND THE DATA REQUIRED...AND NOW?

When you send a media you receive an automatic mail as confirmation in the mailbox indicated in the form (if you don't receive it, please check your SPAM folder!). You will ALWAYS receive an email for each media sent! Starting from 28 February 2021 your photos will be uploaded here or on our official Facebook page. Like our page and stay connected with us! Your videos, instead, will be uploaded on our YouTube channel! Follow us also on Instagram! The best works will be published weekly and exclusively there!

After the sending, your work will be uploaded online within 24/72 hours from the receipt, don't be alarmed if you don't see them published immediately as we receive a huge amount of requests. They will anyway be online within the time indicated. At the same time, we will also send your works to the jury that will often meet during the contest for all the final decisions and verdicts.

CAN I TAG ON THE PHOTOS? CAN I SHARE IT?

Absolutely yes, the tag of the photographer and cosplayer in the picture is very important for you! Your photos are uploaded online very quickly (within the timing indicated in the previous question), therefore look for your picture on our Facebook page  and tag yourself, so that it will be easier to find it in the future and you will be able to follow the comments and likes more naturally! You can also tag other people and share where you want your photo or video. You will find all the videos on our Youtube channel!  However remember: this contest is NOT a "like contest", so tag and share your work with others without obsession and respecting everyone, taking the genuine likes and comments on your works is much more beautiful, fun and useful than the obsession of appearing! Our organizational team will also take care of the sharing and the promotion of the entire contest throughout the world. We are also on Instagram! Share your work using the hashtag #phocus #phocusproject and tag our page @phocusproject

I HAVE SENT A PHOTO/VIDEO BUT I DON'T LIKE IT. CAN I SEND A REMOVAL / REPLACEMENT REQUEST?

Sure! During the contest, photos and videos can be deleted/replaced. The request must be done from the one who sent the photo and/or the video. In the shortest time available, our team will make the required changes/cancellations. Send a request (in Italian and/or in English language) to the email address info@phocusproject.com  with the subject "Media removal/replacement". This is the only way to request a change or cancellation of a previously sent media. The removal/replacement will be performed in the shortest time possibile and you will receive a confirmation once done.

I'M UNDERAGE AND I WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE OR I WOULD LIKE TO SEND A MEDIA WITH AN UNDERAGE COSPLAYER. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

It is possible to participate with photos and videos of underage cosplayers. Obviously you must have the permission of the cosplayer and/or parents. The Phocus team will not respond to any abuse for photos or video with underage cosplayers put online and used by third parties in an illicit manner.

CAN PHOTOS / VIDEOS HAVE LOGOS?

Of course, the logo of the photographer/videomaker and/or cosplayer or the series of origin of the character is allowed. Photos and videos may NOT have logos of other "comics and games" or cosplay events. Don't use anyway too much invasive logos or writings that could damage the fruition of your work by our jury.

HOW WILL MY PERSONAL DATA AND MY MEDIA BE MANAGED?

To participate in the contest you will need to send us some of your data, obviously not all of them are mandatory. The mandatory data (highlighted by an asterisk) include for example the cosplayer's nickname, the name of the photographer and the various info of the characters. All the optional data are also important but will be used (by us) simply for better management of the contest, organizational and statistical results. We will respect the privacy rules of all the countries into the contest. All sensitive data will not be published online, will not be shared or sold to third parties, will not be saved online and will be completely deleted at the end of the contest. Your privacy is important for us! Even for media sent in HD format (or standard quality) photographic or video are worth the same rules, the media will not be shared or sold to third parties, they will be used only by the organizational staff on their web space or on the social spaces of the contest for promotional and celebratory post. The photos could be printed and the videos projected in special thematic events or exhibitions organized and managed by the Phocus Team in various locations or situations around the world, all appropriately with the relative credits.Some photos may be printed for promotional initiatives or for sale in charity occasions or fundraising initiatives for the management activities of the Phocus Project (calendars, photo books, etc.etc.). For any commercial use of a media the original author will always be contacted for approval. Your media will never be used for commercial purposes without the permission of the original author. Anyone who sends a media declares to have read and accepted the complete regulation visible on this page. He/she declares that doesn't will have nothing to request in economic terms, image terms or any other nature from the Phocus Team for the use of the media sent and used in the manner illustrated in the regulation. In case of commercial interest or other interests for your media, you will be contacted in advance by our staff.


I NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?

In the case you need additional information, you can write an email to info@phocusproject.com. If possible write in English or Italian language. The staff will reply as soon as possible to your request. Please do not send photos or videos to this mail!

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