IMS Photo Contest 2015 “Mountain.Faces”

Deadline: 31 July 2015
Open to: professional and amateur photographers starting from the age of 16
Prizes: up to EUR 3000, A Phantom 3 Advanced Drone and an invitation to the award ceremony in Brixen/South Tyrol


The IMS Photo Contest 2015 under the motto “Mountain.Faces” aims to get pictures, that represent individual perspectives of the mountain, with all its facets as well as his conquerors and inhabitants. Show your picture, the mountain faces, not matter made of rocks, made of flesh and blood or fur. Eventually what counts is the uniqueness of the moment, captured for the eternity. Mountains all over the world are telling stories about climbers, conquering steep walls,  alpinists undergoing harsh conditions, mountain people living between brusque rock formations, fighting on a daily base against mother nature’s forces and animals adapting to almost unreal situations. Not only faces of mountaineers, climbers and mountain people, affected by pain and exhaustion for the “summit victory”, tell stories about mountains, but also tears of joy when reaching the top. For the first time in the IMS Photo Contest history, there are two categories in the competition – Kiku Photo Award and DJI Aerial Photo Award.


Participation in the competition is free of charge. Eligible for the Photo Contest are professional and amateur photographers starting from the age of 16 (born before or on the 31 July 1999). Excluded are jury members, members of the IMS organizational committee and collaborators of Salem Frucht, KIKU, DJI and DURST Phototechnik AG.


Since 2012 the apple brand KIKU confers the KIKU Photo Award to the winners of the IMS Photo Contest. The prizes amount to  EUR 6600 and are divided in two categories: winners of the Jury-Voting and of the Public-Voting.

The prizes of the JURY-VOTING

  • 1st – EUR 3000;
  • 2nd – EUR 2000;
  • 3rd – EUR 1000.

During the upload period, there will be a weekly selection of the best photo. The elected pictures will be published in the Gallery “Photo of the Week” and on the Facebook site “IMS – International Mountain Summit”. The Public Voting takes place from the 18th of August to the 4th of September 2015. Internet users from all over the world can vote for their 3 favorites among the Top-100 pictures. The three most voted photos will be awarded with the Public-Voting-Prizes.

The prizes of the PUBLIC-VOTING

  • 1st –  EUR 300;
  • 2nd – EUR 200;
  • 3th –  EUR 100.

For the first time in the IMS Photo Contest history, photographers will have the possibility to upload pictures in two categories. The DJI Aerial Photo Award aims to get pictures of Mountain.Faces made with a drone. The Winner will have the opportunity to win a Phantom 3 Advanced offered by DJI.

 The prize of the JURY-VOTING

  • A Phantom 3 Advanced Drone offered by DJI.

 The prizes of the PUBLIC-VOTING

  • 1st –  EUR 300;
  • 2nd – EUR 200;
  • 3th – EUR 100.

The technical jury selects between all uploaded pictures the best 100 photo and among them the 3 winners of the IMS Photo Contest of each of both photo categories. The TOP-100 will be published on the 18th of August. The three finalists of both photo categories will be invited to the award ceremony in Brixen/South Tyrol. The IMS will cover the costs for two nights for two persons in one of its partner hotels. The IMS won’t cover the board and travel costs.

How to apply?

The deadline for application is 31 July 2015. Participation is exclusively possible online, through the website of the IMS Photo Contest HERE. Every participant is allowed to upload maximally 1 picture for each of the two categories. Format of submitted pictures is obligatory TIF or JPEG. The maximal side length is of 1200 pixel (ex.14x10cm at 72 dpi). The file should not be bigger than 2 MB. A selection of pictures will be exhibited. The photographer is required to have the same picture in a resolution at least at 2300 x 3500 pixel (20x30cm at 300dpi).

For more information please follow the official website and Terms section.

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