Sanctuary Wildlife photography Awards 2016

Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Last date to apply

October 15, 2016, (Midnight)

Indian Standard Time.

About Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards

The Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards has been launched by Sanctuary Asia which is one of the leading environmental news magazines to give the India's best wildlife photographers a golden chance to showcase their talent. A vast pool of stunning photographs, which reinforces the urgent need to conserve India's wildlife is received every year by the conducting body.

  • Theme of the Photography Contest: Images taken in the wild that best depict Sanctuary’s descriptor: 'Call of the Wild’

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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards Eligibility Criteria

Gender Any
Region India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Afghanistan
Class/ Age Open to all
  • Candidates must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all photos entered.
  • By participating in the contest the candidate certifies that the entries do not infringe on the copyright, trademark or intellectual property rights of any other person or organisation.

Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards Reward



1st Prize

Rs. 1,50,000

2nd Prize

Rs. 75,000 

3rd Prize

Rs. 25,000 

Special Mentions

Rs. 2,500 each

Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards Application form and Process

To participate in the photography contest, candidates have to fill up the Application Form by following the link given below.

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Submission of Images

  • Candidates can submit the photographs via mail on the Email ID:
  • Candidates can also submit the photograph Online at
  • If the file is collectively larger than 25 MB, then it may be sent via online submission or by CD/DVD.


  • Candidates have to clearly mention the name, postal and email address and telephone number.
  • The image file name should include "photographer's name_species name_location'.

Specifications of the Image

General Specifications

  • The image should preferably be in digital format only i.e. jpeg/raw
  • Scans of negatives, transparencies or photographic prints will also be accepted
  • It is not mandatory that the photograph has been taken with a Digital Camera
  • Only on special request will prints of size 8"x10" or larger will be accepted.
  • All photographs must be accompanied by detailed captions indicating clearly the equipment used, location, season, brief description of the subject and how the image was taken
  • Photographs that have previously won an award in the Sanctuary Asia Photography Contest or any other national or international photography contest are not eligible

Compatibility and Format

  • Images must be submitted as Windows PC-compatible JPEG/JPG at highest compression quality
  • Files must be ideally full-size without borders, watermarks or signatures.


  • Pixels: 1800 pixels
  • Maximum File Size: 10 MB
  • Once shortlisted, entries may have to be resubmitted at 3200 pixels/300 dpi


Images may be cropped by 20 per cent before submission, and limited digital manipulation is permissible.

HDR and Panorama

High dynamic range images (HDR), stitched panoramas are acceptable, only if the elements in the image are not subjected to any addition or removal.

Color Space

Images should ideally be colour profiled or have been corrected using accurately calibrated monitors and utilising Adobe RGB (1998) colour space.

Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards Selection Process

  • All the entries received will go through a judging process, which has been intended to choose the very best.
  • Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, appointed by Sanctuary Asia, whose decision will be final and abiding.
  • If any of the entries received is not up to the expectations of the judges then the organisers have the right to refrain the award.


  • Steve Winter- one of the world's finest wildlife photojournalists
  • Shekhar Dattatri- renowned filmmaker
  • Sumit Sen- birding aficionado
  • Nayan Khanolkar- scientist and conservation photographer
  • The Sanctuary editorial team

Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards Address

602, Maker Chambers V,
Nariman Point, 
Mumbai - 400021.

Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards Contact Details

Phone +91 22 22044217 / 18
Fax +91 022 23016848 extn. 29

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