Milvus Photocontest - International Nature Photography Competition
With a long standing tradition, Milvus Photocontest is the most important nature photography competition in Romania, exhibiting extraordinary photographers and images during its 14 annual editions. It is open for worldwide amateur and professional photographers.
We, the Milvus Group and Forona, the Romanian Nature Photographers Association, are convinced that the visual power of the breathtaking natural photos is an amazing tool to bring people closer to the values of nature and will help us in our quest to conserve it. We believe that nature photography can raise awareness and can make everybody understand the important role that nature has in our life.
Any photos depicting wild plants or fungi, including close-ups and macros, as well as landscapes or nature details can be submitted for this section. Animals may appear into the frame as long as they are integrated into their natural habitat. No man made elements can be present in the pictures as an important element of the composition.
B. Wild animals
Any photos depicting wild animals, taken in the wild, including portraits, close-ups or macro, as well as scenes exhibiting their natural behavior or habitat can be submitted for this section.
C. Romanian Nature
This category is open exclusively for images with the same subjects as included in previous categories but taken in Romania, by Romanian resident photographers regardless of their nationality. In this category we will accept both animal and landscape pictures.
This category is dedicated exclusively to photographers who have not turned 16 by March 21, 2024. You can enter images of plants, mushrooms, animals or landscapes, black and white or color. Photographers who enter this category cannot enter any of the other categories.
Entering the contest is conditioned by the payment of a non-refundable participation fee.
For categories A or B the participation fee is 10 €; registration in both categories costs 15 €. Participation in category C is 5 € (25 lei). Registration in category D is free.
For more detailed information, please check the competition rules and the ethic code, available in English, Romanian and Hungarian, respectively the FAQ area.
Grand prize: The Grand winner will be awarded the Milvus Trophy and 750 Euros and a guided wildlife trip in Fagaras Mountains for 2 persons worth of 1,240 Euros offered by Conservation Carpathia The Grand Prize can be awarded to a single image.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of categories A, B and C will be awarded with:
First place: Certificate of Merit and 300 Euro.
Second place: Certificate of Merit and 200 Euro.
Third place: Certificate of Merit and a “Vâlcea Naturală” photographic album by Daniel Mîrlea
Junior prize: Certificate of merit and photography books pack (“Wild Romania” by Dan Dinu and “Terra Silva” by Dorin Bofan)
Public award (by Facebook votes): Certificate of Merit and a gift-package offered by Milvus Group.
Frequently Asked Questions
After you have read the competition rules, if you can not find the answer to your question please don't hesitate to contact us by using the contact form.
The contest is open for all photographers, regardless of their nationality, except for category C opened only for Romanian residents. However, the members of Forona management, Milvus Group’s employees, members of the jury, sponsors employees and their level I relatives are not allowed to register.
If an image passes the pre-selection phase, we will want to see its original file (RAW) as taken by camera and a high resolution image in TIFF format suitable for printing for exhibitions and marketing materials.
Images should be taken in nature and/or with wild subjects. Nothing man made, nor cultivated plants, nor pets or captive animals, is admitted as subject. However, such elements may appear in the frame if they constitute the natural medium of the subject.
Digitally manipulated images are accepted, although within reason and taste. Certain corrections of images are allowed, such as levels, curves, color balance, hue/saturation, brightness and contrast. The correction of certain technical errors is also possible, such as the removal of distortions or dust on the lens, etc. However, the photos should remain as realistic and natural as possible, with limited digital alterations. Check the competition rules for more guidance on this subject.
You will not be able to submit the entry form until all required items have been filled out. If you overlook a required field, a message will be displayed. Please follow the on-screen instructions to complete the form.
The Organizer will contact the winners via e-mail on their registered email addresses. We also plan to announce the winner's names and images on the Organizer’s and Milvus Photocontest website and social media pages.
No. All images must be clear of any copyright information so that the photographer's identity is not revealed by the image. In the interest of fairness, the judges are not allowed to see the names of the photographers when judging. Any images that do contain photographers names on the image or any other watermark/copyright information, will be disqualified from being presented to the judges.