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Dining the Dingle Way Photography Competition

The Dingle Food Festival wishes to present a call for entries in the Dining the Dingle Way Photography Competition.  This year’s theme is a combination of two stellar events:

  • Celebration of foods and dining on the peninsula.
  • The unveiling of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. 

All entries must incorporate the following elements:

  • Food
  • The Wild Atlantic Way
  • Dingle Peninsula

Click here for Entry Form

Summary Photography Competition 2016

OPENS:  1 August 2016

CLOSES: 30 September 2016

RESULTS: 2 October 2016

Judges: TBA


Why Participate?

Participating in the Dingle Food Festival photographic competition gives you the opportunity to:

  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • Improve upon your finest work.
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers.
  • Have your work profiled on an international platform. 
  • Win fabulous prizes.



This year there are two levels of entrants:

  • Amateur – Anyone who enjoys photography as a hobby and does not regularly earn an income for their work. 
  • Elite – Anyone who engages in photography for gain or as a means of livelihood.


Rules of the competition

  • No entry form is needed. Entry is on-line.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish.
  • The contest is open to people of any nationality.
  • The theme must be incorporated in all photographs.
  • Notification of receipt of entry will be by email.
  • The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Photographs cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  • Judging is by panel. Please include a contact email address when submitting your entry, be sure to title your photograph.
  • Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules.
  • This agreement is binding in honour only and is not intended to be a legally binding document.
  • By entering this competition you are agreeing to the display of your photograph on any of the Organizations venues. 
  • No watermarks or digital signature.
  • Limited alterations of the photographs are allowed. The following is a list of approved and unapproved modifications to the original image:   


  • Global changes; colour temperature, brightness, contrast, dodge & burn, sharpening, saturation changes, tonal adjustments, colour balance adjustments and changes that can be made using a Camera RAW converter.
  • Rotation, flip and flop.
  • Limited removal of backscatter.
  • Cropping is allowed, but please keep in mind that judges often look down on significant cropping.

           NOT ALLOWED:

  • Cutting and pasting sections of images from another part of an image or from another image. No cloning objects or composite images. For example, moving fish, reef or any other elements of a photo, adding a glow to simulate a flashlight, or adding a diver or animal silhouette in the background.
  • Excessive blurring
  • No double exposures.
  • Original RAW or JPEG files straight out of the camera will most likely be requested for auditing purposes, for the top ranking images. If a RAW or original JPEG image is not available, the photo may be disqualified. 
  • All photos must be taken on the Dingle Peninsula as described in the attached map.
  • Entrants, by submitting images, grant permission to Dingle Food Festival to use winning entries for the promotion of the Dingle Food Festival photo contests. All rights remain with the photographer. We are not interested in taking any other rights for the photo, selling it, making a book out of it, etc.--it's your photo.


Entry Fees and divisions


There are no fees for amateur entry for each entry. 


The cost of the on-line entry €20 for each entry. 


How to enter

Enter photos via our upload form, JPEG format, at least 2500 pixels at the longest length

Payment must be made via paypal to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­dinglefoodfest@gmail.com within 24 hours of uploading photos. Please note that paypal accepts all credit cards - it's easy!


Judging criteria

A panel of professional photographers will judge each entry based on the international rules of photographic excellence.  The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance:

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct colour are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Colour Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Colour balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Centre of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centres of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific centre of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the centre of interest.

Lighting —the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

Click here for Entry Form

Map of Dingle with landmarks

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