The 2009 “Asia Without Borders” photo competition

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ASIAN Geographic is looking for special photographs from both talented amateur and professional photographers that capture a striking image of Asia’s land, people, architecture or wildlife.

Open Categories

"A face tells a thousand stories"

    The mountains, jungles, forests and seas of Asia are unique in the world. Images that capture Asia’s physical beauty and sense of place.
    From ancient tribes to modern city dwellers, intimate and evocative portraits of people at work and play.
    Whether deep on a reef wall or deep in a rainforest, portraits of the planet’s creatures, big and small.

Young Photographer’s Category [Limited to individuals 21-years-old and below as of 30 September, 2009]

    Abstract images of animals, people and places of Asia. From the Lomo to the Ixus, let your imagination and creativity loose!


Grand Prize Winner

  1. Canon EOS 5D Mk II with Kit (EF 24-105mm) worth S$5,800
  2. Jet Airways Economy Return Ticket from Singapore to Delhi worth S$900
  3. Lowepro Nature Trekker AW worth S$556

Plus there are special prizes for each category.


Submissions must be RGB or Greyscale jpeg’s no larger than 800 pixels along the longest edge and a maximum file size of 1Mb each.

Entrants may set their own DPI and image size but should bear in mind that the judges will view all images on a computer screen.

If your image is shortlisted for final judging you will be notified and asked to upload a high resolution 300 dpi file.

Images taken with either a digital or a film camera will be accepted. You may use digital manipulation to optimise an image but you are not permitted to add or remove key elements of the composition. Composite or montage images, from more than one original image, are not eligible.

The contest will include TWO rounds of evaluation.

Round 1
A panel of ASIAN Geographic editors and photography experts (the "Judges") will each review a portion of the entries and select a group of entries to proceed to Round Two based on the following criteria.

1. Relevance to the theme

2. Technical execution

3. Originality & impact

4. Composition

5. Content & evocative quality of the image

All images selected for Round 2 will be displayed at a photography exhibition to be held in Singapore and open to the public. (We will request upload of a high resolution (300 dpi) version of each image selected)

Round 2
During the public exhibition, a panel of Judges will select the top 5 images in each category that will be entered in to the final round of judging.

Round 3
The 5 best images in each category will be judged by a panel of well known Photographers who will select the 1st and 2nd prize winner in each category and one overall ‘Grand Prize’ winner.

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