The visual narratives should address the theme "CITY OF GUIMARÃES: VIEWS ON EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2012”.

The contest categories include (1) Documentary and (2) Conceptual Narratives, both of which comprehend or support any form of photography. The category (1) Documentary Narratives covers contemporary photography narratives that aim to communicate the reality of today's world in in respect to diverse events, people, issues and cultures. It includes works that, somehow, may be close to photo-journalism. The category (2) Conceptual Narratives includes contemporary photography narratives with a strong artistic component - documentary fiction. Conceptual Narratives are based upon ideas and emotions where the imaginary has a significant weight. These works should inspire our imagination and are freer from the need to portray reality with complete "documentary objectivity”.

The contest is open to everyone interested, over 18 years old, except to members of the jury or the organization.

The contest accepts individual or group participation.

Each participant can only compete with a photography narrative, be it an individual or group project.


The visual narratives should be sent by December 31st 2012 23:59 (Portuguese time) using the web service WeTransfer at, addressed to the following email:

The submission must consist of a zipped folder (max. size 40 MB) with the name of the participant ( which must contain:

– photographic images;

– word document containing, for all the authors of the proposal: 1) name; 2) email; 3) phone; 4) title of the project; 5) description up to 1500 words; 6) synopsis up to 250 words; 7) technical specifications.

Digital signatures or watermarks on the images submitted to contest are not allowed.

The set of images must all be in JPEG or TIFF format, and each image should not exceed 2MB. The files of the images must be identified and numbered according to the display order that is intended, for example PROJECT_NAME_PHOTO1, PROJECT_NAME_PHOTO2.

Warning: these lower resolution images are intended to be viewed on a computer screen, the participants should create these images from the original higher resolution photographs, and should also keep them in their possession in order to sent them to the organization if requested for printing purposes.

Each Photography Narrative should, mandatorily, contain a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 images.

All the photographic images submitted to contest are required to have minimum quality for printing purposes. This means that it will be required that all selected participants send to the organization high resolution files for printing and proofing.

Lack of quality for printing purposes invalidates the publication of the winners.

All the photography narratives will be evaluated by an independent jury.


The voting system will take place throughout two distinct processes, consisting of a voting process of a jury chosen by the organization and the vote of the general public through an online platform/gallery (to which will correspond different prizes). This process will allow a greater public exposure of all the Narratives, as well as a bigger spread of the message/ inquiries, we want implicit in the photographic narratives, on the 'territories' of Guimarães. All this without neglecting a careful and specific evaluation of professionals and theorists connoisseurs of of the processes and means of photography.

The jury will be constituted by five persons of recognized competence and trustworthiness representing the following disciplines: (1) artistic and documentary photography/image, (2) architecture, (3) sociology / philosophy / anthropology, (4) design (5 ) curatorship.

The Scientific/Artistic Committee will be responsible for:
(a) ensure that the jury of the contest consists of a set of five persons of recognized competence representing the following disciplines: (1st) artistic and documentary photography/image, (2nd) architecture, (3rd) sociology / philosophy / anthropology , (4th) design, (5th) curatorship; ensuring at least an international element;
(b) define the list which contain the set of names proposed for the Contest Juri. For each of the nominees for the jury there must exist the following information: name, biography, disciplinary field and reasons why the person should be a member of the jury;
(c) Issue supported views on issues of artistic and scientific nature related to the contest;

The Executive Board, Organizing Committee and Scientific/Artistic Committee will be responsible for:
 (a) vote on five names on the list mentioned in point 4.3 a) based on the diverse views held and other information that may be considered relevant on each of the nominees for the Jury;

There will be a pre-selection of photographic narratives by the Organizing Committee, meaning that all the contest entries will be previewed in order to ensure that the Narratives are in accordance with the Conceptual or Documentary categories and that they have a minimal photographic and artistic quality. This pre-selection will be available in an online gallery accessible to the public.

The evaluation process of the Jury will take place in two stages. First, the judging panel will select a "short-list" of 20 Narratives per category, considered of greater strength and interest that will go on for a second phase of evaluation. Then there will be a more detailed assessment where the winners will be chosen based on four evaluation criteria:
(1) strength and poetic content of the narrative;
(2) technical quality of the photographs;
(3) artistic and imagery strength of the photographs;
(4) originality;
(5) the ability to portray "realities" inherent to the process of Guimarães as European Capital of Culture.

Among the set of 20 best photographic narratives selected by the Jury, there will be chosen the best Narrative and two honorable mentions per category.

The contest includes a online space for the public to communicate and vote that anyone can access. Thus, each site visitor can view the contest, vote and comment the photographic narratives.

Voting by the public will be counted and determined a winner and two honorable mentions per category.

The jury reserves the right not to award prizes due to an eventual poor quality of the Photographic Narratives.

There will be no appeal of the jury decisions, and the jury will decide on cases not covered by these rules.


The best narrative of each category (Documentary or Conceptual Narratives) will be granted by the juri: (1) a digital SLR camera (model to be announced) and (2) three copies of Scopio Magazine #3.The best narrative and also two honorable mentions of each category will be granted the chance to be part of an exhibition at the gallery of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, as well as other exhibition galleries that collaborate with CITYSCOPIO and CCRE.

The winner and two honorable mentions from each category (Documentary or Conceptual Narratives) will be published in a special edition of scopio® magazine’s addendum ( which will be entirely devoted to Guimarães.

Awarded narratives will be published and highlighted in a book through Blurb (

All work to pass the pre-selection will be published in an online and devoted gallery, being subjected to the scrutiny and voting of the jury and public, and to the comments of the Watcher's Network.

Awarded narratives will have a highlighted display in CITYSCOPIO and CCRE – FAUP network and web supports, and in SCOPIO iPad edition.


There will only be allowed to compete the submissions that comply with this regulations:

– a representative of a photographer can submit the work of this photographer;

– narratives that have already been submitted to the competition in previous years will not be accepted;

– each photographer or group can only submit a photographic narrative;

– only photographic narratives that have minimal quality and respect the theme of the contest will be allowed to compete;

– CCRE and CITYSCOPIO are not responsible for any digital copies that can be made to submitted photos on the online gallery;

– CCRE and CITYSCOPIO reserves the rights for publication and dissemination of images in accordance to the Portuguese law 2/99 of January 13;

– CCRE and CITYSCOPIO are committed to safeguard the copyright of the works submitted;

– failure to comply with any point of the regulation cancels participation in the contest;

– omissions in this regulation shall be settled by the Organising Committee and the Jury;

– the submission of Photographic Narratives to contest is, in itself, a statement of knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.