Photographers looking to enter FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix have until 2400hrs CEST on June 29 to submit their work.
The competition aims to uncover new photographic talent around the world in 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse.
This joint initiative with Action Images/Thomson Reuters encourages amateur and professional photographers to submit images that capture an aspect of equestrian sport and lifestyles in a memorable and eye-catching way.
The competition, which began on 8 May, is open to everyone via http://feiworldphotograndprix.org, and to Instagram users who can enter their images by using the hashtag #FEIPhotoGrandPrix.
The competition is divided into nine categories, and the individual winners will receive a tablet, a personalised leather photography portfolio and an Action Images/Thomson Reuters master class.
The overall winner of the FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix will be invited to the FEI’s flagship event, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, from August 23 to September 7, in Normandy, France, to work with a Thomson Reuters photographer and experience unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to the world’s top equestrian talent.
Winning entries in the FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix will also be exhibited in the FEI Pavilion in the heart of the Games village.
The judges panel is led by FEI President Princess Haya, who said: “The beauty, power and athleticism of horses has thrilled humans throughout the ages. With this initiative on behalf of FEI Solidarity, we are inviting photographers of all ages and backgrounds to capture and share the magic of horses with a global audience. This competition, like FEI Solidarity itself, is about providing opportunities for talented people to develop and display their skills.
“I am thrilled that we are reaching out to photographers around the globe for their interpretation of the sport and the horse world alongside Action Images and a visionary panel of creative judges. Horses are amazing creatures and the relationships we develop over years are so intricate and unique, I am fascinated and intrigued to see how others perceive the equine world and capture it on camera. I am sure we will see many gifted photographers from all backgrounds and ages emerge onto the global scene as a result of this outreach.”
Bob Rosato, a member of the judging panel, said: “An image that impresses me must have the following elements and in no certain order: great composition, great light, speaks volumes to the viewer, must be creative not cliché, and must illustrate the photographer’s ability to see photographically. If you think you have an image that has those elements, I can’t wait to see them!”
FEI Corporate Communications Director Richard Johnson said a wide collection if entries from around the world had already been received. “We are impressed by the level of creativity individuals have shown. When we first set out to launch this competition we challenged photographers to go beyond the conventional images to create something unique, and they have delivered.
“It’s safe to say that we may have uncovered some of this generation’s up-and-coming talent.”