ELIGIBILITY

I live on the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, can I still enter?
Yes, this competition is open to all UK citizens including Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

What age do I need to be to enter the competition?
The competition is open to anyone aged 13 and above. Anyone aged 17 and under must get signed parental or guardian consent to enter, using this form.

Who can enter?
This competition is open to amateur filmmakers and photographers only. For the purposes of this competition, a professional filmmaker or photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their films or photographs.

Can I enter my film that was made outside the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and features a non UK-native species/environment?
Unfortunately not. This competition is only open to films that feature UK-based species and environments.

Does it matter when a film was made?
Yes. In order to be eligible for the Back from the Brink Film & Photography competition, filming must have started no earlier than 15 November 2017. Anything older than this date is considered archive footage and cannot be used or entered into the competition

Am I able to use archive footage as part of my film?
No. In order to be eligible for the Back from the Brink Film & Photography competition, filming must have started no earlier than 15 November 2017. Anything older than this date is considered archive footage and cannot be used or entered into the competition

Does it matter when a photograph was taken?
Yes, in order to be eligible for the Back from the Brink Film & Photography competition, your images must have been taken and processed since 15 November 2017.
Except: if entering the Storytelling Category, where half of the images may be taken prior to 15 November 2017 if appropriate to the narrative of the entry.

If I've submitted my film or photography to another competition, can I also enter the Back from the Brink Film & Photography Competition?
Yes, we do not request exclusivity. However only if it meets the criteria of being produced since 15 November 2017.

Do I need to obtain model release forms if my film or images include people under the age of 18?
Yes. If your film or images include a recognisable person under the age of 18 (a minor) then you will need to submit a model release form, signed by their parent or guardian. These can be found here.
What guidance is there for animal welfare?
No wildlife or habitats should be harmed or unduly disturbed in the process of filming or taking photographs.
The entries must not:
portray subjects that have been captured using live bait
portray subjects that are captive, models, restrained, domesticated, or being exploited for profit, except if done so for the purposes of reporting on exploitation of animal(s) by a third party, a welfare issue or the impacts of domesticated animals on wildlife.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

Do I have to pay to enter?
No! This competition is completely free to enter

What is the entry deadline?
The final deadline for submissions is 31 August 2019.

What are the award categories?
Please review the list of competition award categories here.

How do I enter my film?
You should upload your film to your personal YouTube or Vimeo account and the relevant URL address must be submitted through the Competition submission form found here. You will be asked to provide details of your contact details, your choice of award categories and media consent forms.

Can I submit my film in more than one competition award category?
Yes, once reviewing the criteria for each competition award, you can select the categories which best suit your production’s strength and enter into more than one category.

How do I enter my images?
You should upload your images through the Competition submission form found here. You will be asked to provide details of your contact details, your choice of award categories and media consent forms.

IMAGES

How do I name my images?
Please rename your files with the image title as follows: “01_ImageTitle.jpeg”. For ‘Storytelling’ entries, the image's position in the story sequence is represented by a number from 01-10 and appears first, followed by the image title. Please DO NOT put your name in the filename.

What forms of digital adjustments are NOT acceptable?
Adding or removing objects (eg animals, animal parts, plants or people) is not permitted.

What forms of digital adjustments are acceptable?
Digital adjustments including tone and contrast, burning, dodging, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction, minor cleaning work, HDR, stitched panoramas, focus stacking using multiple exposure taken at the same location at the same time, are permitted providing that they are reported within the caption and comply with the Competition’s principles of authenticity so do not misrepresent the reality of nature.

Can I enter more than once?
Yes. You may enter each photography category a maximum of three (3) times.

JUDGING

What is the judging process?
There will be two rounds of judging:
Round One
All submissions received by the entry deadline will be reviewed by members of the preliminary Jury. The best productions and images in each category will be nominated for the category award and put forward for consideration by the Final Jury.

Round Two
All nominated films and images will be reviewed by the Final Jury which selects the winner of each award category.

When will I find out if my submission has been nominated?
All entrants will be notified soon after the end of September 2019 by email of the outcome of the preliminary judging.

Can I get feedback on my submission(s)?
Due to the large number of submissions we are not able to offer individual feedback.

Who do I contact if I still have a question?
Please contact us on [email tbc] - we’re happy to help!

What are the benefits to entering the competition?
There are many benefits to entering the Back from the Brink Film & Photography competition, including:
The winner of each award category will receive a day ticket to Wildscreen Festival 2020, the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world
The opportunity to have your work seen by industry and environmental professionals
The nominated films and images will be shown at a Back from the Brink Festival, giving you the opportunity to showcase your work to wildlife film & photography enthusiasts, conservation organisations and industry professionals

Do you offer any prizes?
A variety of prizes will be announced shortly, but include:
The winner of each award category will receive a day ticket to Wildscreen Festival 2020, the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world
A goody bag of prizes donated by Back from the Brink project partners and Wildscreen
A special screening of their film or exhibition of their image(s) at the Back from the Brink Festival in Autumn 2019