Call for Entries: The Romantic Landscape, Picturing the World Family

Romanticism has long been associated with the landscape. In photography, the romantic nature of the landscape often features its spirit in full bloom. It is typically very hard to categorise. At times its very nature is uncontrollable, and often unpredictable, while at other times, it possesses a quiet and sensual power that manifests its nature in stunningly beautiful vistas. Sometimes the romantic landscape may feature people or animals in the landscape, while at other times, its landscape will be desolate and bereft of life. The most notable feature of the romantic landscape photograph is that it will inspire imaginations, and stir strong feelings in its audience.

Photographers are being asked to create single images that engage their vision of the romantic nature of the landscape that surrounds them. Across the globe, countries name their seasons differently, and some also vary the starting date of their seasons. The purpose of the Romantic Landscape is to extend our understanding of what contemporary landscapes look like across our world today. For that reason, the seasons will not be named, nor will the regular convention per country be used as a starting date for entries into The Romantic Landscape.

Professional, emerging and student photographers may enter The Romantic Landscape.


Submissions open: December 13, 2012

Early Bird Submissions Deadline: January 1st, 2013 (With discounted submission fees)

Final Submissions close: March 10, 2013

Jurors Notice of Awards: May 1st, 2013

Online Exhibition: July 1st, 2013


Before the Early Bird Deadline

You may register and pay your submission fee before the early bird deadline date to take advantage of the discounted submission fee. You may then submit your images online at any time up to the final submission date of March 31st, 2013

First 3 images: $30.00
Additional images: $10.00

To take advantage of the Early Bird Deadline please enter EB into the Discount Code Box on the Smarter Entry website.

After the Early Bird deadline

First 3 images: $40.00
Additional images: $20.00

Submission guidelines & Specifications: See Menu Link.


Three photographers whose image best demonstrates photographic excellence, and shows they have engaged deeply with the theme of romantic landscape, will be awarded a cash award. A further 22 photographers works will receive honourable mentions.


First: $1000.00
Second: $500.00
Third: $250.00


In addition to the three photographers awarded a cash award, a further 22 photographers images will be selected for an online exhibition, and will be featured in the yearly book publication that will be a culmination of nature’s four seasons from across the World.

With selection for this exhibition, the featured photographers work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants, and other advocates of fine art and social documentary photography. Each participant will be included in the FIER Institute’s Online Gallery Exhibition as well as published in the Picturing the World Family Portfolio Book Series.


The images are judged anonymously, and the jurors cannot see who the author of the image is. The Juror for this submission season is Penelope Beveridge.


The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both professional and amateur. FIER Institute invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate.


Once the judging has been attended to. The authors whose images have been chosen for the awards and the online exhibition will receive an email notification of their acceptance to exhibit their images, along with instructions to submit their images for the gallery presentation and book publication.