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April 15, 2015

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About Kalakaar Photography Contest

  • Kalakaar is an annual international photography contest conducted by Vibha. 
  • This year's contest is brought to you by Mubi. Mubi is the title sponsor of Kalakaar 2015
  • The contest is to bring out the artistic energy in everyone (kids and adults alike) and use their passion for photography to spread awareness about Vibha in their cause of supporting and improving lives of underprivileged children in India and the US.

Important Update: Kalakaar has announced the much-awaited themes for Kalakaar 2015

Themes for the contest are:

  • Urban World
  • Innocence
  • HDR: Colors of Life 
  • Kalakaar International Photography Contest was started in 2009 and last year the contest received 1500 entries from 50 countries.

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Kalakaar Photography Contest Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region All India and Interntaional
Class/ Age People of all ages can participate

 The participation would be there in two categories

  • 16 years and below.
  • 17 years and above.
    If participant's age is 16 years or under, a parent/guardian will need to give consent for the participation in HDRsoft Kalakaar-2015 photography contest.

Kalakaar Photography Contest Reward

Kalakaar Photography Contest 2015 Reward

  • All winning entries receive 'Winner' certificates issued by Certlog.
  •  Winning photograph will be showcased on Vibha, Kalakaar and associated social media.
  • Most Liked Entry winner gets a  and Mubi subscription for 10 years.
  • Kindly Note: All the qualified entries will be reduced in size and will be uploaded on the official Facebook Page of Kalakaar
Category Value Division

Adorama Grand prize


  • Gift card of $500 from Adorama
  • Mubi subscription for 10 years
Most Liked Entry on Facebook Page $450
  • Cash prize of $100
  • Mubi subscription for 10 years
First Prize winner $450
  • Cash prize of $100
  • Mubi subscription for 10 years
Second Prize winner $350 Mubi subscription for 10 years


40 exceptional photographs: Apart from the above mentioned winners, 40 exceptional photographs will be recognized by Mubi and will be awarded one year Mubi subscription to watch great movies

Kalakaar Photography Contest Application form and Process

Kalakaar Photography Contest 2015 Application Process

  • Participation is free.
  • Only one entry is allowed per person.
  • Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs.
  • Photos will be credited to the photographer named in entry form.
  • The contest is open from March 15, 2015 to April 15, 2015

Registration Process

  • Step 1:Enter your full name. Your name will appear on the certificate exactly as filled out.

  • Step 2: Provide email address and password. This will be your user login and password to access your certificates on Certlog.

  • Step 3: Upload entry photograph, select the theme and submit  with a caption.

  • Step 4: Confirmation on e-mail Please do not forget to confirm your participation. You will receive a verification link at this email address to confirm your participation within 15 minutes of registration.

Important Things to Note

  • If participant's age is 16 years or under, a parent/guardian will need to give consent for the participation in HDRsoft Kalakaar-2015 photography contest.
  • Size of the Image: All digital photographs should be 5 megabytes or smaller,  in JPEG, JPG, PNG or GIF format, and  1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).

  • Caption for your submission must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken.

  • Restrictions: Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are NOT acceptable.

  • Copyrighted Photos: Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person's art.

  • Image Manipulations Rules: Minor digital enhancement is permitted, modified images that appear unnatural will be disqualified. No borders/frames may be added to images. No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to images. Adding or replacing elements in an image is not permitted. Artistic filters are not permitted. Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the size and format is to specification. Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained.

  • Allowed Red-eye removal and spot editing:

    • One-step enhancement (such as "AutoFix", "QuickFix", "Auto Levels", etc.) Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise.

    • Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise.
    • Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint.

Kalakaar Photography Contest Selection Process

Kalakaar Photography Contest 2015 SelectionProcess

  • Judging panel will consist of more than 25 photographers with excellent photography skills and diverse backgrounds. The entries in each age category for each theme will be judged separately, in accordance with the judging criteria, as defined below.
  • All entries must be submitted and received by April 15, 2015.
  • Winners will be announced in mid-May, and notified by email.
  • Decisions of the judges are final and binding

The "Judging Criteria"

(1) Quality

(2) Composition

(3) Impact

 Round One:

  • Each judge in a panel of photographic experts will select ten (10) entries in each Category from among all eligible entries based on the "Judging criteria"
  • The entries selected in Round One will proceed to Round Two.

 Round Two

  • The Judges will select a First Place.
  •  Winner in each Category will be based on the "Judging Criteria"

Round Three,

  • The Judges will select a Grand Prize Winner from among the First Place Winners based on the "Judging Criteria"
  • In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be re-submitted to the Judges to re-judge between the tied entries alone
  • In the event that a tie remains after re-judging, the entry with the highest score in the creativity criteria will be declared the winner.

Kalakaar Photography Contest Address

1030 E El Camino Real, #424 Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Kalakaar Photography Contest Contact Details

Phone: +1 408 997 9992

E-mail: kalakaar@vibha.org

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Vibha is a non-religious, non-political, volunteer driven (80G/12A) organization. Founded in 1991, today Vibha has a volunteer network of over 800 volunteers spread across 15 Action Centers across the US and India.
Vibha aims to ensure that every underprivileged child attains his or her right to education, health and opportunity.