Great Paris Photo Competition

At first glance, this is a photo competition that anyone (particularly photography enthusiast) who loves Paris would gladly take part in. Organised by Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, it’s a competition that will attract both residents of Paris and visitors alike. There are no entry charges, and contestants are to submit 5 photos – making the task for contestants to choose their entries a little easier, since I’m sure one would easily have hundreds of wonderful photos and be torn about which to submit.


The prizes are quite attractive, and here’s the list of the prizes:

  • 1st : Canon EOS 450D Compact Digital SLR Camera
  • 2nd : Canon Powershot G10 Compact Digital Camera
  • 3rd : Paris Dinner Cruise for 2 on Bateaux Parisiens
  • 4th : A night for 2 at 3*** Exclusive Group Hotels
  • 5th : 2 Tickets to Disneyland Paris

Now, why 5 photos per entry, you ask? Well, there are 5 different categories that one can submit their photos for, although you’re not obliged to submit 1 photo per category and instead you may choose to submit varying number of photos per varying number of categories of choice. The categories are:

  • Paris Mythique : Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Tuileries, Louvre
  • Paris Monumental : Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mar, Invalides, Trocadéro
  • Paris Seine : River Seine, the bridges, the quays, the ports
  • Paris Tendance : Marais, Montorgueil, Hôtel de Ville, Les Halles
  • Paris Populaire : République, Bastille, Oberkampf, Père Lachaise

But, before you whip up your camera and roam the streets of Paris, or dig up your digital archive of photos that were taken this year, you must be aware of the following entry requirements:

For initial submission:

  • Photo digital file size at about 3Mb
  • Dimension approximately 10cm x 8cm (1200 x 900 pixels) at 300dpi
  • Format : Jpeg

Final submission if chosen as winner:

  • Photo digital file size of minimum 25Mb
  • Dimension approximately 30cm x 20cm (3500 x 2500 pixels) at 300dpi
  • Format : Jpeg

I am as casual a photographer as any amateur may be, and I have never taken any photo with my trusty compact digital camera that has final size of 2-3Mb, let alone 25Mb. It somehow makes me believe that, this competition is not really geared for just an average photographer. You’ll probably need to be shooting with a digital SLR in RAW format or something like that. (If someone can correct/confirm my assumption?)

If this is really the case, now look back at the prizes again. Do the rewards corresopond to the amount of effort put in? And if you do need more than just a digital compact camera to produce final photo of 25Mb (you must have that for submission after announcement of winners, within 5 days, or a new winner will be chosen), then how likely are any amateur/casual photographer be able to meet this entry rule? I understand that such huge size is required so that an exhibition of the photos may take place later on, but it is quite an imposition to anyone who would like to take part but do not have fancy high-end camera.

Nonetheless, if you have what it take, do submit your best shots. Take part in the competition here before 31 August 2009, and please do read through the entire competition rules before you get started. Bonne chance!

2 Comments so far

  1. Bij (bijoe) on August 18th, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    impressive requirements! shame shame shame…

  2. Lil (lilianl) on August 21st, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    It is indeed! I still haven’t figure out how to achieve photo of that final size.

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