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Closed 31 Jan 2017

5th Zebra Awards

Black and White Photographer of the Year

Celebrate the very best in black and white as well as monochrome. From only $1 per entry for Stage 1.

Welcome to our annual Zebra Awards - we are seeking our very own TZIPAC Black and White Photographer of the Year.
Black and white photography is as simple as it is complex, carefully weaving streaks of  light into the black-unknown, giving rise to lines, shapes, textures, emotions and stories. TZIPAC is proud to celebrate this magic of black and white photography with the Zebra Awards. With great prizes up for grabs (please see below), we hope the Zebra Awards will bring to light the marvellously diverse and vibrant visions of black and white photography from many amazing artists worldwide.

"Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships." Ansel Adams

TZIPAC is excited to have the support of Concepter who will be sponsoring this installment of the Zebra Awards with some fantastic additional prizes for our grand winners and category winners. This exciting startup has emerged from Kickstarter and now sells its iblazr flash series in stores worldwide including the Apple Store, Best Buy, Walmart, B&H, and Amazon. Check out the cool features of the iblazr2 up-for-grabs in our prize section below.

  • EligibilityTOP

    The Zebra Awards is opened to any photographers who are 18 years and over. The competition will not distinguish between professionals and non-professionals.


    How it works


    The Zebra Awards' entry process is split into two stages.


    Once the competition closes, all confirmed submissions are judged by the TZIPAC Editorial team in Stage 1. The very low entry fee is designed to encourage a broader range of artists to participate, in the hope of discovering a multitude of marvelous artworks from budding undiscovered artists as well as established professionals, without geographic boundaries or limitations. 


    When the Stage 1 judging has been finalised, we will announced the results via email.  Achieving a status of Stage 1 Accepted will allow you to promote your artwork with our simplistic E-badge until the final results are announced.

    All Stage 1 Accepted images will be invited for ongoing submission to Stage 2.  Payment for Stage 2 fees is via paypal and similar to the initial submission.  Simply log into your member portfolio to check whether any of your entries have been accepted and you will be notify of the total amount of Stage 2 fees required to reconfirm your entries. Please note you will not be able to choose which Stage 1 acceptances to reconfirm but the fees are capped so you do not end up paying exorbitant fees when reconfirming many entries.


    There will only be a limited time to pay for the Stage 2 fees and reconfirm your entries for the final stage of judging.  This is to ensure that there are plenty of time for our jurors to complete the final judging.  Juror(s) on the judging panel will score each reconfirmed Stage 1 acceptance and the average score will determine the Finalists, Category Winners and the TZIPAC Black and White Photographer of the Year.




    TZIPAC look forward to seeing and showcasing the diverse and numerous artworks that will be submitted and the passionate flares and creativity of participating artists.

  • Closing DeadlineTOP

    31-Jan-2017 ( GMT -04:00 )

  • Categories TOP

    Abstract and Contemporary:
    Entries should be either abstract or unusual in its subject matter or depict visual image that does not have an immediate association with the object world. Such works may " isolate a fragment of a natural scene in order to remove its inherent context from the viewer", or may "be purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects", or may "involve the use of color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression". Abstract and contemporary artworks usually carry meanings of "greater weight than its subject matter".
    Fine Art and Open:
    This is an open category. If not only allow the freedom of interpretation and subject choices, but also allow for entries from different medium other than photography, such as painting, digital art, etc. All non-photographic artworks must be photographed for submission, and the submitted images must still comply with the images restrictions in order to qualify for judging.
    Landscape and Nature:
    Landscape photography shows spaces and expanses within the world, usually vast and unending, rather than focusing on a specific object. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. Nature photography refers to a wide range of photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.
    People and Animals:
    Subject matter of your artwork should feature people and/or animals.
  • Images TOP

    Images must be in JPG/JPEG format, 8 bit, maximum of 2000pixels on the longest side, 72 dpi, and have maximum file size of 500KB. Colour space should be RGB or sRGB.

    Images must have no border, nor marks or logos identifying the artists.

    If a higher resolution file is deemed necessary for fair judging we will contact you.

    Rule specific to the 5th Zebra Awards:

    All images must be monochrome, i.e. grayscale or toning with just one colour. The colour space can be gray scale or RGB.  All images which are not strictly monochrome will be disqualified during Stage 1 judging.

  • Prizes TOP

    US$2000 cash prize to be won!

    Grand Prize

    US$2000 cash prize

    4 x Full Packs of Concepter Iblazr 2 wireless LED Flash  

    The title of TZIPAC Black and White Photographer of the Year

    Full featured editorial in the Zebra Magazine and international exposure


    Category WInners
    Each category will have up to three winners, 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place, at the discretion of the judges.


    1st Place

    • Will receive a prestigious TZIPAC Medal
    • Will receive 1 x Full Pack of Concepter Iblazr 2 wireless LED Flash
    • Will receive a 10 page editorial feature in the Zebra Magazine
    • Will get our 1st Place E-Badge to accompany your award winning artwork
    • Will be featured in the 5th Zebra Awards Winners E-Book
    • Will be showcased in our Online Winners Gallery


    2nd Place

    • Will receive a 6 page editorial feature in the Zebra Magazine
    • Will get our 2nd Place E-Badge to accompany your award winning artwork
    • Will be featured in the 5th Zebra Awards Winners E-Book
    • Will be showcased in our Online Winners Gallery


    3rd Place

    • Will receive a 4 page editorial feature in the Zebra Magazine
    • Will get our 3rd Place E-Badge to accompany your award winning artwork
    • Will be featured in the 5th Zebra Awards Winners E-Book
    • Will be showcased in our Online Winners Gallery



    • Will get our Finalist E-Badge to accompany your award winning artwork
    • May be featured in the 5th Zebra Awards Winners E-Book
    • Will be showcased in our Online Winners Gallery


    Our TZIPAC Medals

    The prestigious TZIPAC medals are 3" silver plated brass medal, 5mm thick and weighs a substantial 200g. Under the lucious black transparent enamel border layer are engraved texts and detailings, while at the center is our embossed dual-colour-tinted TZIPAC logo.



    E-badges for winning images

    All Finalists, Category Winners, and Grand Award Winners will be able to showcase their winning images with our official TZIPAC E-badge. Sharing your winning images with the world and dressing-up your awards and accolades page is easier and more special than ever before.  You will be able to proudly exhibit winning images with our official E-badge on your website, and wherever else you choose in a few quick steps - more details on how to do this and where to access the E-badge can be found in our news section.  We want to help showcase your images with the world, and the E-badge that accompanies your images will forever be a testament of your achievements. 


    Until the final results are announced, each Stage 1 Accepted image will carry a simplistic Acceptance E-badge which you can share and save. 

    TZIPAC E-badge


    Our E-book featuring ALL the incredible winners

    In addition to exhibition in our online Winners Gallery, all winners will be featured in a special edition E-book which commemorates the remarkable images selected by the judges. With a superb layout and pages which you can flip through like a magazine on your coffee table, our E-book offers an engaging new way to alert others to your success at TZIPAC. 




    Championed as the "most versatile wireless LED Flash for IOS and Android", the iblazr 2 is a compact LED light that can provide handy and advanced light source to brighten up your photography and videos. It is designed for smartphones but can also be used for tablets or DSLR cameras with the necessary accessories.  Some of its great features are: adjustable color temperature; fill-flash vs constant light source capablities; and wireless functionality means that you can simply add more units to boost up the light output. Check out more details about the iblazr 2 and available accessories here on the Concepter website.


    A Full Pack of Concepter iblazr 2 wirelss LED light consists of: iblazr² Wireless LED Flash + 15.75″ (400 mm) Flexible Charger + Cold Shoe Mount for DSLR + 5 Colored Diffusers

    iblazr2 full pack


  • Fees TOP

    Two phase entry fees system - designed to encourage a broader range of participants.

    Stage 1: Initial entry fee is only $1 per image.

    Stage 2: Additional entry fee for qualifying in Stage 2 Judging is just $20 per image with total fees capped at $100. In other words, once you reconfirm 5 images for Stage 2 Judging, any extra entries are reconfirmed FREE.

    This confirms your Stage 1 Accepted artworks for judging by our Judging Panel and put you in the chance to become Category Winners and ultimately win the grand prize.

    Special Note!!! All Stage 1 Accepted images will be invited for ongoing submission to Stage 2 for possibly an additional fees. You are asked to reconfirm ALL Stage 1 acceptance to continue - that is, YOU CANNOT CHOOSE which Stage 1 Accepted images is submitted into Stage 2. But to assure you that the acceptance is done purely on merit we are capping the additional fees so that the overall fees which you must pay will remain reasonable even if you have a lot of Stage 1 acceptances to reconfirm.

  • Judging PanelTOP


    TZIPAC Juding Panel

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