The 2019 Fox Resorts Photography Awards

The 2019 Fox Resorts Photography Awards are Sri Lanka’s first multi-part, multi-region competition for photographers of all levels. Winners will have their photograph prominently showcased on Fox Resorts’ website, advertising, and hotels. Open to photographers of all levels, the contest will highlight the best of Sri Lanka and the talent of its artists.

Over the course of the next year, participants will be invited to take part in four (4) six-week long stages in Jaffna, Tangalle, Kandy, and Kotmale. Participants may submit entries for as many regional competitions as they wish.

Fantastic prizes will be awarded for each stage, with a final awards ceremony at the end of the year for the grand prize!

The Fox Resorts Photography Awards are designed to showcase the natural and man-made beauty of Sri Lanka, from its abundant wildlife and lush flora to its diverse population and vastly varied architecture. Show us the Sri Lanka you know the best, or the island attractions that tug at your emotions.

Participants may enter one (1) photograph in a single category for each stage of the competition. Categories include:

Photographs MUST be taken within the appropriate regional district for each stage, whether Jaffna, Kotmale, Kandy, or Tangalle.

You may use any device for your photographs, from mobile phones to tablets to professional digital cameras.

The Photo Contest will commence in Jaffna, and then be rolled out into the other locations where Fox has resorts/villas as mini contests. Each mini contest will have separate categories based on the features of the locality and one winner will be selected for each category. We will also select a grand winner of the 2019 Photography Awards, which may be in any category.

STAGE 01 - Magnificient Jaffna

The Magnificent Jaffna stage 2019 will be open for entries from 15th February – 1st April. This stage is designed to highlight Jaffna as a fantastic tourist destination, rich in culture, heritage, urban living, and animal life.


Five (5) winners will be selected for each regional stage, one (1) per photo category. These winners will each receive a two-night stay (double occupancy) at Fox Jaffna on a full-board basis in Superior rooms.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a two-night stay, on a full board basis, plus a unique guided photo tour of Jaffna. The tour includes a choice of itinerary from Fox Vacations’ “Explore Jaffna” programme.

Competition Guidelines

All submissions must be made online at by 6:00 pm IST on the 15th of March 2019.

Each contestant can submit up to one (1) photos per category.

All submissions must be the original work of the photographer

Fox Resorts reserves the right to check the EXIF/metadata of the submissions when required to ensure authenticity

Submissions will be judged on the “innovative and artistic interpretation” of the subject without digitally or manually added features except as permitted under the Image Guidelines. Fox Resorts urges contestants to reflect the actual place or subject.

The submitted photographs must have a file size of between 1 and 6 MB. (See more details in the Image Guidelines)

The competition is not limited to photos taken with standalone cameras, and is open to high-resolution images taken with mobile phones or other devices.

Category winners and the winner of the overall contest qualify for the grand prize at the end of the contest for all Fox Resorts Hotels and Villas locations.

Image Guidelines

All digital photos prepared for upload must have an image size of no less than 1MB and no more than 6 MB.

The image height, width, and ratio is variable.

Photos must be stored at a minimum of 72 dpi as a JPEG file, in the RGB or Adobe colour space for viewing on the web.

Photographers may be asked to provide the uncompressed RAW/DSG file of any submitted photo for authentication and editorial purposes.

Photographers may be asked to provide the EXIF/metadata for any photograph submitted, for authentication purposes.

Submitted photos must not have been manipulated or altered other than by standard image optimizations such as minimal changes to colour intensity, sharpening, contrast, or cropping. Double exposures, removal/addition/cloning of elements in the image, stitched panoramas, or digital filters are not allowed.

The camera system used is not a criterion, however, contest entrants must declare the camera system or device used, date of photograph creation, and any editing tools used in preparing the final submission.

Terms and Conditions

You are at least 18 years of age, or if you are under this age you confirm you have obtained the consent of your parent/guardian.

You have provided Fox Resorts with complete and accurate registration information, including name, NIC or Passport Number, address, phone, and email address.

You allow Fox Resorts to use the information you provide as outlined in our privacy policy.

You agree to fully indemnify Fox Resorts and its sponsors with respect to any costs or liabilities incurred, or damages to any person or entity, that arise from your breach of any of these Terms and Conditions.

You will not post any photographs or content that are obscene, vulgar, pornographic, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, or which otherwise violate any local or international laws.

You will not wilfully violate the privacy of any individuals captured in your photographs. Photographs of individuals who are not in a public setting or are in a setting where privacy would normally be expected must be accompanied by a signed waiver/release for their likeness to be used in this competition. Photographs of crowds or taken in public spaces are permitted.

Fox Resorts reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition or the terms thereof at any time without prior notice. It is your responsibility to ensure you stay informed and up to date with our terms; you are advised to read this page before entering the contest.

All entries must be conform to the aforesaid format and the terms and conditions setout herein and any entry which does not conform to the said format/terms and conditions will not be considered.

Fox Resorts reserves the right in its absolute discretion to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe that an entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions, any applicable law.

Winners shall be selected at the sole discretion and will of Fox Resorts.

The right is reserved to withhold the awarding of prizes, at the sole discretion of Fox Resorts.

By submitting photos to Fox Resorts Photo Contests you confirm that for each photo entered:

You are the only author of your work and that it is your original work

You are the sole copyright holder

You have not licensed any rights in the work that will conflict with the usage rights required by Fox Resorts.

You have the permission of any persons in the work, or if they are under 16, the consent of their parent or guardian to grant the usage rights required by Fox Resorts

You have permission from the owners of property shown in the work to grant the usage rights required by Fox Resorts

That it does not include trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any other third person or entity

That it does not contain names, likenesses, or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead

You will be responsible for any claim made by any third party in respect of Your entry and to fully indemnify Fox Resorts and its sponsors in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person or entity by reason of Your breaching any of the foregoing

Copyright Policy

Fox Resorts respects photographers rights and does not claim copyright over images submitted to this contest, you the author retain full copyright in each entry. Whenever your image is published by Fox Resorts, you will be credited. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition.

Image Usage and Publication rights

Any images you submit for this Competition may be used by Fox Resorts for marketing and promotional purposes of this contest, future contests and hotel promotions, or other marketing collateral. Uses may include: displaying the images on the contest website, print reproductions of the image to hang on the walls at the Fox Resorts properties or offices, promotion of the contests and the photographers, and cropping or re-sizing of the image as necessary to fit pre-defined formats.

You hereby grant Fox Resorts a perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable license to the images submitted, for the uses described herein.

You acknowledge your responsibility for protecting your entry against image misuse by third parties, by, but not limited to, the insertion of a watermark, retaining exif data. Fox Resorts and its sponsors can assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.

Should any image uses beyond those needed for the contest arise you will be contacted and given the opportunity to negotiate any such usage with the parties concerned independently of the contest.

Submission Terms and Deadlines

Submissions uploaded after the deadline of the contest will not be considered

The judging process can take from 30 to 60 days from the deadline for entries

The judges decision is final and they do not enter in to communication relating to entries.

Submissions will be judged for a category winner and one overall contest winner per region.

Details relating to any prizes will be sent to the winner via email within 7 days of the winner being announced. Failure to respond to this email or contact Fox Resorts after notification of your winning entry shall result in the prize being granted to the next runner-up.

Winning entries shall be posted on the Fox Resorts and/or Maharaja website(s). Fox Resorts reserves the right to publish any submitted photo, irrespective of whether it has won a category or competition prize.

This competition is not open to TCMOL staff and immediate family members.

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