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  • Contest is open to all photographers in all countries
  • Any work submitted must be shot by the entrant and not by a third party
  • If you have submitted to the Emerging Talent & Student special category you can not upload to the professional categories
  • Students can submit work in the recommended Student category
  • All images in the “Shot on Mobile” category must have been shot on a cell phone – no exceptions
  • Entrants must be over 18 years for professional categories.
  • Images must be no more than 3 years old
  • Each submission must be a single image. Submissions that include more than one shot, will not be considered
  • Entry fees for Professional Categories - $35 for the first submission and $25 for subsequent entries
  • Shot On Mobile and Emerging Talent & Students Categories - $10 for the first submission and $5 for subsequent entries
  • The contest is open for submissions until July 17th, 2018
  • Category shortlists will be publicly announced in September
  • Grand prize winner and the Category winners will be announced on October 3rd, 2018
  • All entry submissions are final and entry fees are nonrefundable
  • An entrant must hold all rights to the photographs submitted
  • Images submitted should be in sRGB JPG files with a recommended minimum size of 1600px width
  • All jury decisions are final. For more information please read our terms and conditions


  • How many categories and photos can I enter?
    You may enter as many professional categories/photos as you wish. Please make sure you double-check the category your image is being submitted in to make sure it will be judged in the right category. If you have submitted as an Emerging Talent you will not be able to submit to the professional categories.
  • Can I enter a single image into various categories?
    Yes, when the image you are entering is appropriate to that category.
  • What format should I upload?
    Your image file should be sRGB and we recommend JPG files with a minimum size of 1600px width.
  • Are there any rules about the age of the image?
    Images should have been taken within the past three years.
  • What happens to my images after I submit them?
    Images will be verified to see if they fulfill the technical recommendations and that they are category appropriate. No refunds will be given for images that are in the wrong categories or do not meet technical requirements. Images will then be submitted for judging.
  • Is it important to add a title and description to my entry?
    The title is compulsory. The description is optional, but an explanation of the imagery in English is very important and will help the judges to decide on the shortlisted entries and the winners.
  • Do I retain copyright of my images after submitting them?
    Yes, of course. All entrants grant Production Paradise the right to reproduce work selected in the Spotlight Awards on the Production Paradise website and in materials used to promote the competition and/or future related promotions, but the copyright is yours.
  • What currency can I pay with?
    The payment system will allow you to, in most cases, pay in your local currency. If you are not in a region that is detected by our system you will be required to pay in Euros.
  • How are the submissions judged?
    Shortlist nominees will be made public in September. Category specialist judges will select the Category winner and all judges will select the Grand Prize winner from the category winners.
  • Can I change my photo submission after I finalize the entry?
    All entries are considered final and cannot be changed after submission or refunded.
  • What kind of work can I enter?
    All types of photos are accepted, either commissioned or personal work.
  • Can I still get a discount on additional photo submissions at a later date?
    Yes. We will send you a promo code after you complete your submission for future images, however we suggest that you prep and submit all your images in one go, as you will find it a simpler and quicker process.
  • How do I use a promo code?
    If you have received a promo code you can insert it at the point of finalizing your entry. Only one promo code can be used per completed submission.
  • Should there be a watermark/copyright information added to the images entered into the competition?
    No. Please do not include any watermarks or copyright information on the image itself. If you would like to include additional information, you can add it into the text field for the image description, when uploading your image submission.
  • I’m an agent. Can I upload photos on behalf of photographers I represent?
    Absolutely! Please add their name/s into the image description/s. Payment must be made by the agent submitting the image/s.

Shot On Mobile

  • What are the requirements for the Shot On Mobile Category?
    Images must be shot on a mobile/cell phone. Exif Metadata will be checked for verification on all entries into this category.
  • Is there a theme to the Shot on Mobile category?
    Yes! We are looking for images that follow the theme “Capturing an authentic moment”, one that might be easier to get precisely, because you have shot with a mobile device.

Emerging Talent & Students

  • Can Emerging Talent enter the professional categories?
    Emerging Talent can submit to other categories, but they will need to pay the full fee and then will be ineligible for the Emerging Talent category.
  • Is there a theme to the Emerging Talent & Students category?
    Yes! Submissions should follow the theme “Every picture has a story”
  • Can I submit more than one image?
    You can submit as many as you like, there is no limit.
  • Who can I contact to get more information about the awards?
    Please send any additional queries to and we will get back to you as soon as we can with answers to your queries.