GENERAL RULES:

The contest will officially start on Sunday 1st March 2020 to end on Sunday 7th June 2020.

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 2020 through the event "Phocus Awards 2020” (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 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 15th February 2020 it will be possible to send photos and videos for the contest via (and only with) the relative form available on this site. Your works will be visible online starting from 1st March 2020 (official start date of the contest) on our official Facebook page. For our Facebook followers the photos will be already visible on the afternoon of Saturday 29th february!

 

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:

Best VIDEOGAMES Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best ANIME/MANGA Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best FILM Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best ANIMATION FILM Photo (classic or 3D) (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best SUPER HERO Photo (Marvel or DC) (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best CLOSE UP Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best ORIGINAL FANTASY Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best ORIGINAL HORROR Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best ORIGINAL STEAMPUNK Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best COUPLE/GROUP Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best DIGITAL ART & SPECIAL FX Photo (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best COSPLAY vs REALITY Photo (a comparison image of you and your charachter in one single image) (maximum of 5 awarded)

Best photo chosen by the public (NEW): a survey 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 president for "PHOTO CATEGORY" will be the Russian 25 years old OVSYAN!
Natural talent, brilliant photographer lover of art in general with innovative ideas and great capabilities in post-production. He's the chosen one for this important responsibility for the 2020 edition! A big welcome to Ovsyan from the Phocus Team!

Follow our jury president on his social pages, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram!

We also have a new jury president for the VIDEO SECTION! The president decided to stay anonymous to work at the maximum of his capabilities, without pressures, guaranteeing an impartial judgment with its great professionality.

 

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

All the contestants have the possibility to request a voucher worth 20 euros offered from our sponsor SAAL DIGITAL, clicking on this LINK. 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. We apologize for failing to maintain the value of the economic awards of the last edition but the Covid-19 emergency has blocked all our sponsorships... :( 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 2020. 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 will be a beautiful puzzle of your photo created with the quality of the "Saal Digital" service which will be sent directly to the winner of the tournament.

 

HOW THE FINAL PHASE WILL BE STRUCTURED?

Sunday 7ht June 2020 will be the last day to send photos and videos and this is the program of ending phase:

SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2020
Review on the offical website of the most beautiful videos that will access to the final phase of the category.

SATURDAY 21st JUNE 2020
Review on the official website of the most beautiful photos (sent by cosplayers and photographers) and opening of the tournament on our instagram @phocusproject "vote your favorite photo" for a special prize!

SUNDAY 28th JUNE 2020
Announcement of the photos that access to the final phase (Only for photos sent by the photographers) for the prize "Best absolute photo) and final economical prize.

SATURDAY 25th JULY 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                       On this day there will be the final of the tournament on instagram when YOU will chose the best photo of this edition for a fantastic special prize!

26th JULY 2020 - DURING THE PHOCUS AWARDS 2020
Announcement of the final results and release of the relative rankings and winners of the economical prizes. The award ceremony "Phocus Awards 2020" will be a completely online event on our social pages (Covid-19 emergency situation)

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 June 21st to July 3rd, 2020

Phase 2: from 5th July to 12th July 2020

Phase 3: from 13rd July to 17th July 2020

Eight-finals: From July 18th to July 19th 2020

Quarter-finals: from 21st July to 22nd July 2020

Semi-final: 24th July 2020

Final: 25th July 2020

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, an event that will take place on our social platform at the end of 26th July 2020.

 

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!). Starting from 1st March 2020 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 (0/17 YEARS OLD) 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. 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. 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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