Terms and Conditions


“Balkan Photo Award” (BPA) is an annual photo contest and a part of the multi-disciplinary annual event the “Balkan Photo Festival” (BPF), both established by the internet portal “Fotografija.ba”, a section of the NGO “URBAN”, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Fotografija.ba internet portal will be hereinafter referred to as the Organizer.


I confirm the authenticity of information provided in this application and agree to the terms and conditions listed in the application form. I also confirm that I am the sole author and owner of the copyright of the submitted photographs.


Judging is conducted according to the principle of complete anonymity. The jury will review all submissions anonymously without having insight into any credit identifying the photographer’s identity. All photos will be additionally reviewed by the Organizer. In case of a suspected unauthorized manipulation by the author, the Organizer may request the original files for an authenticity review.

The photographs must not contain watermarks or signatures of the photographer, agency or publication submitting the photographs. This information should be included in the photo metadata instead.

Editing instructions, listed in Category description, are just guidelines, since the jury retains full autonomy in their decision-making and in setting the limits of photo editing.


As a Contest participant you agree not to: publish and/or transfer legally protected content; publish and/or send profane, defamatory, pornographic, abusive, threatening, racist, fascist and chauvinistic contents, texts, images, video and/or audio files; impersonate (in the name of another person); publish, transfer and/or send information that violate any applicable laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina and/or international laws; publish, transfer and/or send false information in terms of causing damage to the other persons; spread ethnic hatred or insult citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina or any other country along ethnic or any other base; insult other members of the “Fotografija.ba” web portal; misuse the “Fotografija.ba” web portal, the “Balkan Photo Award” and the “Balkan Photo Festival” in any other way.

The copyright holders retain full copyright to their work. Copyright holders of the shortlisted and winning photographs agree to grant the Organizers the right to unlimited and non-exclusive use of their high-resolution photographs for the purpose of promotional activities in all sorts of media, including social, online and print media, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the public archive, and all other promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the Organizer, without any remuneration being due.

The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the pictures does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the Organizer. The copyright holders will hold Organizer harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.