Contest category 1: 360° Photo

Deadlines / Registration fees:

Early Deadline  -  EXPIRED           20 US$

Regular Deadline  -  EXPIRED       25 US$

Final Deadline  -  EXPIRED           35 US$ 


No company or organization can enter the contest as the registered participant.  However, It is possible to participate in the contest as a single individual or as a team with two or more members.  Hence, the term "participant" used in texts covers both cases. 
If participating as a team, one person must be chosen to register and handle all contact during the contest. 


It is possible to participate in multiple categories with different projects.  It is also possible to participate in multiple categories with the same project adapted to fulfill the criteria of each category.  However, a registration fee is required for each entered category. 
If entering a single category with multiple projects, a separate complete registration is needed for each project.  


For more important contest info, readCONTEST INFO.





Create a captivating 360° x 180° static photo experience for VR based on one of the following themes pertaining to environmental sustainability: "Our environment" or "Watch and learn."


Guidelines / Rules

  • Create a 360° x 180° VR photo experience using photographs.
  • The photo experience must be an interpretation of one of the following ecological sustainability themes: "Our environment" or "Watch and learn."
  • No 3D modulation program is allowed to be used, only a dome (360° x 180°) using "photo stitching" is accepted.
  • A static viewing experience, without change.
  • No interactivity, just a viewing experience.
  • No sound.
  • The VR image may be created using natural or arranged photos; it can be a single large photo or a mosaic of photos.
  • The complete photo experience must be made easily available to the jury through a stable link for downloading.
  • One of the following storage services must be used: Dropbox, The Box, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive.
  • The link, provided by the participant, shall provide access to a downloadable folder named after the contest category.  If multiple projects, then a separate folder for each project.  The folder/s must contain:
  1. The total project ready to run on the recommended platform. 
  2. A text file (PDF or Word) with contact information. If a team, then the names of all team members must be listed.
  • The participant must state the recommended VR equipment to use and ensure that it runs smoothly on the device.

    One of the following VR equipment must be used:
    Google Cardboard cell phone
    Google Daydream cell phone
    Samsung Galaxy Gear VR
    HTC Vive   
    Oculus Rift 

    NOTE: For each platform, see technical specifications: Development resources

    (Choice of the technical platform does not affect the jury's assessment.)
  • It is the participant's sole responsibility to ensure that nothing in the finished product (or any step in the creation process, use of software, etc.) violates copyright or licensing laws in any way. The rights to all materials (including, if applicable, the involvement of people) must be owned by the participant and be guaranteed free to use and publish.


Advice / Suggestions

Relevant information and programs can be found online. Some information and advice regarding 360° photography can be found on the the following web pages: vr-photography- 360-video- resources/


http://www.panoramic-photo- 360-photography/how- tomake-virtual-tour- summary.html to-view- your-own- panorama-photosin-

Samsung-gear- vr-with- oculus-360- photos /


Regarding web pages for VR developers, see:  DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES.



The jury's judging criteria



How immersive and captivating the is the picture? 


Innovative and creative approach

Choice of subject, motif, the composition etc. How have the possibilities/advantages of the medium been utilized?


The impact on the viewer

Does the image make the viewer think/reflect?  Does it evoke an emotional response (any type: beauty, worry, sadness, joy)? 

Is it instructive, message conveyed?  Etc.