Rules and Regulations

Rules and  Regulations

Travel Photographer Asia | The Photo Contest 2016 is looking for the best snapshots taken on travels anywhere in Asia including Middle East & continent of Australia. If you think you have what it takes, submit your photographs to us now!

How do I upload my image & pay payment online?

Really simple


  1. Register
  2. Activate your account according to the email we send you.
  3. Login
  4. Click on upload on the upper right corner of the page.
  5. Click on browse or drag images to the window.
  6. Upload the selected image. Add caption, category(TAG) and description and other details. You have options to Save (You can submit later) or Submit.
  7. Once you are ready for submission. Go to your SAVED images and click submit. Now you select by clicking on the image. It will turn green. Select all the desired images and click “To Payment Gateway”
  8. Choose your payment method.
  9. Fill all the required fields and submit the payment.
  10. Once your payment is successful, please DO NOT close the window or click anything. The window will redirect you to Travel Photographer Asia page (This can take up to 40-60 seconds). This will confirm that your payment has been completed and images uploaded. You will also receive a confirmation email.


(PAYMENTS directly through

  1. Register
  2. Activate your account according to the email we send you.
  3. Login
  4. Click on upload on the upper right corner of the page.
  5. Click on browse or drag images to the window.
  6. Upload the selected image. Add caption, category(TAG) and description and other details.
  7. .After you save the photographs.

8.Login to your Paypal account at

9.Pay for the photographs

10. 01 entry cost US$ 7 so pay accordingly.

The photographs should be  taken of the following  countries:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunai, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, NorthKorea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar,Russia, SaudiArabia, Singapore South Korea, SriLanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, NewZeland and Solomon Islands

If you still face problems please contact us

Image Naming

To ensure a smooth submission, please adhere to the following naming instructions for your images. We regret that failure to do so may result in rejection and disqualification.

Naming convention: Photographer’s first name_Lastname_Title

Example: Alex_Lee _Unexpected

For further details, please refer to our full Terms and Conditions below.


If you are using your friend/spouse or relative credit card kindly inform us the details for example:

  1. Name on credit card
  2. How many entries submit at time using the credit card.
  3. Participant full name with contact details.
  4. Email us at



For TPA 2016 we have 5 categories, when you submit photograph(s) you must TAG the most relevant category. The categories are:

  1. People
  2. Daily life
  3. Sense of place
  4. Nature
  5. Beautiful Home (for example a cottage, a child on mother’s lap,  a boy under a tree,  bird nest or how you relate a feeling of Home)

Time Line

Please note that for the purpose of this contest, we will be following Malaysian Standard Time.

Submissions:  Each participant can submit up to 20 photographs


Normal rates 03 Feb – 03 April 2016                      (MYR30/photograph) approx USD 7

All entries must be submitted on or before midnight 11:59pm (Malaysia Standard Time)

5 April 2016 – 23 April 2016: Judging

27April 2016 : Announcement of the TOP 50

29 April 2016 : Announcement of the TOP 5

26 May 2016: Prize ceremony & Opening of Exhibition at Whitebox  @ MAPKL

26 May 2016 – 29 May 2016: Photo Exhibition @ White box

28th May 2016: Photo Talk at Black Box @ MAP KL

26th May- 29th May 2016: Photography Workshops                          

(for details see Workshop section) by Dr.Shahidul Alam, Khaula Jamil & Tewfic el Sawy @ Black box @ MAP KL


How To Enter

Create your account, update your profile, choose the images you would like to enter, fill and complete the details of each photograph, press upload and make payment.  Please note that the photographs are subject to approval before being published. The photographs will be approved within 24 hours. If the photograph is not approved, you will receive an email request to change and resubmit.

VERY important things to note, before you proceed (Yes, we have mentioned this in more details later):

  1. The Contest is open only to those who are 16 and above
  2. The photograph has to have been taken in Asia including Middle East & continent of Australia in the last  4 years (01.01.2012 onwards)
  3. You can submit up to twenty (20) entries
  4. Each entry costs Early Bird from 6th Jan 2016 to 02 Feb 2016 RM23 (approx USD$5) & from 03 Feb 2016 to 03 April 2016 RM30 (approx USD7)

Image Submission Guidelines

Files must meet the following specifications

  1. RGB or Adobe98 Colour space
  2. The image is not less than 800kb and not more than 2MB in size
  3. The photographs should have no watermarks/copyright units or logos.
  4. The photographs should be saved as Jpeg
  5. Only bleed photographs without border
  6. Entrants may use digital manipulation to optimise and/or crop images, adjust brightness, contrast and colour balance or retouch dust spots.
  7. Images may also be sharpened and multiple exposures in camera will be allowed.
  8. However, entrants may not use composite or montage photographs produced from more than one original image. Nor may they add or remove elements which would otherwise appear.
  9. No HDR and heavy post manipulation images allowed.
  10. All photographs taken after 01.01.2012 can be submitted.

The top 50 selected participants need to submit their high resolution copies of their photographs Jpeg ( at 300 DPI ) or Tiff files within the specified deadline. The failure to do so will result in disqualification from the Top 50 and the exhibition.


Terms and Conditions

  1. The Travel Photographer Asia | The Photo Contest 2016 (“The Competition”) is open to those aged 18 and over only, excluding employees or agencies of Velocity Channel (“The Promoter”), their group companies or their family members or anyone else connected with the competition.
  2. The photographer can be from anywhere in the world, but Images must have been taken in Asia or continent of Australia
  3. Entries which have previously been named a Winner, Finalist or Honorable Mention in TPA 2015 photo contest are not eligible for subsequent awards. A *photographer* may win multiple awards but the same photograph cannot win multiple awards. If a photograph was submitted to a previous competition but received no prize, then that photograph is still eligible.
  4. Each entry cost Early Bird from 15th Dec 2015 to 02 Feb 2016 RM23 (approx USD$5) & from 03 Feb 2016 to 03 April 2016 RM30 (approx USD7) & you can submit upto 20 photographs.
  5. All entries must be made personally. Entries made through agents/ third parties/ spambots/ code hacking/ multi-browser bots are invalid.
  6. All images submitted may be subject to moderation. The Promoter has the absolute discretion to upload or not upload any image and to remove any tagged image. The Promoter shall in particular refuse to upload any image for the following reasons:
    1. Use of defamatory or malicious content.
    2. Any indecent or inappropriate content.
    3. Photographers that belong to others or do are found in any contravention of the rules stated here.
  7. If the photographs are not approved for the above mentioned reasons, the entrant will be given a chance to replace the rejected photograph.
  8. All payments are non refundable.
  9. By entering, the entrant agrees that:
    1. They have personally taken the images submitted.
    2. The images were taken as per the specifications in clause 2 & 3.
    3. They are the sole owner and copyright holder of the images.
    4. They grant to the Promoter the right to use the images from the date of entry to 18 months after the closing date of the Competition. The Promoter will use the images to further promote the competition/ future competitions. However, all such uses will credit the photographer, provided they give their agreement. (For the avoidance of doubt, copyright shall remain with the entrant).
    5. They grant to the Promoter the right to use other entered images from the date of entry to 18 months after the closing date of the Competition for no consideration. However, all such uses will credit the photographer provided they give their agreement. (As with winning images, copyright shall remain with the entrant).
    6. They grant the Promoter the right to use selected images for the purpose of a souvenir program from the date of entry to 18 months after the closing date for no consideration.
  10. The winners may be required to produce the original image files before the prizes are awarded.
  11. Entries not fulfilling the stated criteria will be deemed ineligible and disqualified. Where this is discovered after the prize has been awarded, the winner will be disqualified and the prize, or the equivalent value, returned by the entrant.
  12. Each entrant’s approved image will be shown on the promoter’s website and social media platforms together with the image description. The Promoter reserves the right to amend this description for reasons of presentation.
  13. The judging panel will select the photographers, whose images are deemed to best capture a spontaneous moment in time, portraying a land, its people, its wildlife, or culture. Pictures will be assessed for their:
    • creativity and originality
    • composition (technical excellence and quality)
    • artistic merit (wow factor) and
    •  content (relevance)Each picture will be assigned a score by jury panel, whose scores will be averaged to produce a final score. In all cases when there is a tie, the entry with the higher artistic merit score will be deemed the winner. The jury’s decisions will be final and no correspondence will be accepted.



  1. Data Protection: your personal details will at all times be kept confidential and only used for the operation of the Competition. However by entering the Competition, unless you have specifically indicated otherwise, Travel Photographer Asia reserve the right to contact you with news, promotions and offers.
  2. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries or votes that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
  3. Neither Travel Photographer Asia | The Photo Contest 2016 nor Velocity Channel responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by entrants as a result of entering the Competition or accepting any prize. We further disclaim liability for any injury or damage to you or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition.
  4. By entering the Competition you are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
  5. The Promoter’s decision in all matters is final and binding.
  6. The Promoter shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
  7. This Competition will be governed by the Malaysian law