“River is Life” – Digital Photography Competition 2020 | NEPAL

Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT) announces Digital Photography Competition 2020 with the theme of “River is Life”based on Nepal. Nature enthusiast, students, travelers, beginners and professional photographers and individuals are requested to submit your photograph. Foreign nationals are also eligible with photograph taken within Nepal.

If you have such photographs! we request you to choose THE BEST and send to us for the competition.


Please READ ALL GUIDELINES/RULES before submission.

Following are General Rules of competition, unless so specified in the Specific Rules that may be applicable to any category. By participating in the competition, you understand, acknowledge and unconditionally agree to abide by the following Rules:


1. Photo/Image should reflect the theme “RIVER IS LIFE”.

2. Photo/Image MUST represent River, Stream, Spring and flowing water-bodies within Nepal.

2. Image taken/photographed either by Camera or any Electronic Devices (Mobile, Tablet, Gopro, Drone, etc.)

3. Photo/Image should be original and NOT published in any forms before the competition (Except social medias like, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

4. Photo must be at least 3000 pixels on the longer side, should be no larger than 10MB and must be in JPEG format.

5. Photo/Image must be WITHOUT any border(s), logo(s), copyright marks, identifying marks, or any other visible references and/or marks on the image.


1. Open Competition (Open for all Nationals/foreigners photograph taken from any devices)

2. Amateur Photography Award (For students, beginners and non professionals with personal declaration of amateur photographer)

3. Mobile Photography Award (Captured through Mobile, Tabs, ipad)

4. Public Choice Award (Top 10 photographs selected by jury team will be displayed for 5 days in social media (origin in facebook) for public for likes)


1. Participant must be 18 years old or above during the time of participation.

2. An individual can able to submit in ONE category only with one Photo/Image. Multiple entries will NOT be allowed and subject to disqualify. (Clarification: One individual/participant may send ONLY ONE photo in this competition).

3. The competition is open for online submissions only. Submissions will not be accepted through unofficial channel and also after deadline for submission.

4. Participant MUST provide a TITLE & DESCRIPTION of image submitted through form.

5. All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person.

6. The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame.

7. Basic editing, including colour enhancement, the use of filters, and cropping of the image is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photo.

8. Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, and the adding and removing of significant elements within the frame is prohibited. Violators will be removed from the contest, stripped of any prize(s), and banned from entering future contests.

9. Photos that portray or otherwise include inappropriate and/or offensive content, including provocative nudity, violence, human rights and/or environmental violation, and/or any other contents deemed to be contrary to the law, religious, cultural & moral traditions and practices of Nepal, are strictly prohibited and will be immediately discarded.

10. All the finalist are requested to submit original photograph for the purpose of authentication. Finalist will be notified to submit the original photograph via email during judgement period. An image maybe disregarded if this information cannot be provided

11. Entries will be judged by the team of judge appointed by NRCT. All decisions of NRCT are final. NRCT reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules.

12. By entering the competition, entrants/participants agrees that photo submitted can be used by NRCT for educative and non-profit purposes.

13. NRCT respects photographers’ copyrights and copyrights shall remain vested with the creator of the image. By submitting on this photo competition, you grant NRCT permission to use and display your photo worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free, sub-license right and license to use, publish, reproduce, display, perform, adapt, create derivative works, distribute, have distributed, print, in whole or in part, in any form, in all media including on the NRCT website, galleries, donation/fundraisers and social medias. The Photographer will be credited wherever the image is used. NRCT cannot guarantee that your photo will not be copied by unauthorized individuals or groups. NRCT reserves the right to deny or remove your photo at any time.

14. All the prevailing laws of Nepal are enforced for any kind of dispute, tax (for cash prize), copyright, etc.

15. The results and the winners will be announced electronically through website, social medias of NRCT.


1. First : NPR 20,000.00
2. Second : NPR 10,000.00
3. Third : NPR 5,000.00
*With one Day Rafting in Bhotekoshi/Sunkoshi for winners

1. Best Photo: 3,000.00
*With one Day Rafting in Bhotekoshi/Sunkoshi for winners

1. Best Photo: 2,500.00
*With one Day Rafting in Bhotekoshi/Sunkoshi for winners

1. Best Photo: NPR 2,000.00
*With one Day Rafting in Bhotekoshi/Sunkoshi for winners

Rafting Package Sponsored By: Ultimate Descents Nepal

* Electronic certificate will be issued for all qualifying participants upon their request.


PHOTOGRAPH SUBMISSION (Registration) : 05 August 2020 | 11:59PM (Nepal Standard Time)

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH SUBMISSION (Upon Request by NRCT for finalist): 09 August 2020 | 11:59PM (Nepal Standard Time)

PUBLIC CHOICE RELEASE ON MEDIA (Public likes on facebook For 5 days): ) 09 August 2020 | 10:00 AM (Nepal Standard Time)

AWARD CEREMONY: 14 August 2020 | 03:00PM (Nepal Standard Time)