Privacy Policy & Personal Data

This is an important notice regarding your privacy and the way in which Lucie Foundation (referred to as “we”, “our” or “us” in this policy) collects and makes use of your personal data. We want to be open and transparent with you, and therefore encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about this policy or the ways in which we use your personal data.


This policy applies to our subscriber, Awards applicants and business contacts generally. We take our privacy responsibilities seriously and are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

Privacy Policy

The Lucie Foundation respects the personal identity and information by promoting the use of fair information practices. This privacy statement covers the site


Lucie Foundation is the sole owner of any information collected on


Information collection

Lucie Foundation collects information from users at multiple points on its web site. We only collect information that is essential to serve you, inform you of your winning or acceptance into one of our programs, remind you of deadlines or to promote your and/or your company and your work to the public.

Any personal information collected in forms is for our private use only. Phone numbers, mail address, and email addresses will not be sold or distributed to third parties or published online.


Information you provide to us

For example, we collect information when you register with Lucie Foundation as a member, create a new submission, or request costumer support.

The type of information we collect directly from you include your name, email, company name, address, position, and other contact information. We also require information about your project that is being submitted into the Lucie Foundation programs.
This includes:

  • Name of photography and/or series
  • Photographer name
  • Company Name
  • Email address
  • Etc…


Information collected by Cookies, web analytics and tracking technologies: 

We may use technologies that save cookies to your computer or mobile device. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help us to improve your experience on the Lucie Foundation website. Cookies are only to understand our advertising performance with minimal information collected. We will not follow and record your activity once you leave our website. We may also collect information using web analytics services. These services, such as Google Analytics help us understand how to improve visitor experience on the website.


Where we store your personal information

Electronic versions of your personal information are stored on our supplier platform located in the US and India.

The servers which we use to provide our services to you depends on the location that you or your organization is based; to make it user friendly and faster. For example, if you or your organization elects for our services to be provided within Europe, then the server used to provide our service to you or your organization will be based within Europe.

Where we use third party service providers to assist us, your personal information may also be stored in accordance with their practices and procedures. We require third parties to respect your personal information and to treat it in accordance with the law.


Use of Information

The information may be used to perform a variety of purposes, including to:


  • Promote artists who participate in the Lucie Foundation programs,
  • Remind registrants of the upcoming deadlines,
  • Notify artists of their wins or acceptances,
  • Send updates, and news regarding Lucie Foundation and other Farmani Group related competitions, and select partners,
  • Respond, and help with customer service support questions,
  • Monitor and analyse trends, usage of marketing effectiveness,
  • Prevent illegal activities, spamming and other unauthorized usage of the Lucie Foundation website,
  • Present relevant advertising to visitors.


Rights of access, erase and be forgotten

Your rights in connection with your personal information

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of your personal information and to check we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of your personal information. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate personal information corrected.
  • Request the erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to stop processing personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground.
  • Request to be forgotten; we will delete all your personal data from our servers.

If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal information, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact us at


What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to another person who has no right to receive it.


Right to withdraw consent

In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collecting, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact us at

Where we are providing you with marketing information, you can also change your marketing preferences by using the unsubscribe button at the bottom of our marketing e-mails to you.

Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your personal information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so.


Sharing and Disclosure of Information

To promote our participating artists and partners, we share information about their projects with media, partners, and in press releases. We will not share any of your personal information, or information that is not intended for publicity. We require third parties and partners to respect the security of your personal information and to treat it in accordance with the law.


Opting Out

Newsletter Communications

You may opt out of receiving reminder and newsletter emails from Lucie Foundation by following the opt-out instructions provided in those emails. You may also opt-out of receiving promotional emails and other promotional communications from us at any time by emailing the Lucie Foundation support team with your specific request. If you opt out from the newsletters, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as notifications of your winning or other important information that benefits you, but this may be affected if you unsubscribed from the Lucie Foundation list.

Cookies. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you would like, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies or to prompt you before accepting such a cookie. Please note that, if you choose to remove or reject browser cookies, this could affect the availability or functionality of Lucie Foundation website.



This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Lucie Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. Lucie Foundation encourages our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.


Payment Security

This website uses 256-bit SSL encryption and all payment are processed by Stripe or Paypal. Lucie Foundation does not have direct access or store credit card information.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at



Q: Who is considered a professional photographer?
A: We consider professional photographers those who earn, or have earned, the majority of their income from photography, or who sell or publish their work regularly, or belong to professional photography organizations.

Q: Are only photography students eligible for the student discount?
A: All students are eligible for the student discount, regardless of the concentration or major in which they are studying.


Q: How many photographs can I enter into the same series?
A: A series consists of at least 2 and no more than 10 photographs ( 1 first photograph and 9 supporting pictures), sharing a common theme or concept and a single title. Series will be judged as a whole. Please be sure that the photographs work together as a body of work.

Q: What is considered a series?
A: A series consists of at least two and no more than ten photographs, sharing a common theme or concept and a single title. Please ensure that your images work together as a whole, as they will not be judged individually when entered as a series.  The first image should be the best/strongest in the series.

Q: How will I know if my submission is complete, and what do I do if it’s not?
A: If, at the time of the competition’s close, a submission is incomplete (e.g. the submission has not been paid, or the images have not been uploaded correctly), it will not be eligible for juried consideration. Though we make every effort to make contact and to ensure completion of submissions, we are not responsible for incomplete entries and are unable to offer a refund, should an entry be incomplete at the time of the competition’s close. However, you may check on your entry status at any time by logging into the Member Section and clicking on Entry History.

Q: How should I submit my photographs for the competition?
A: First you will need to complete the online submission form, filling in the necessary details about your entry–credit name, entry title (please do not use symbols in the title–only letters and spaces), description, and select the category(s) that you are submitting to.

Once you have completed the online submission form and filled in the details of your entry, you will be directed to the upload page where you can upload your photos.

Q: What specs should the digital files have?
A: Digital images should be no larger than 4MB per image. Save as JPG compression High, 72 dpi, and minimum 1,000 pixels on the longest side.

Name the file with your last name following by title of the image. Please do not use symbols or spaces in the file name.

If your submission is a series of images, please number them and upload in order of importance. Note: The first image should be the best/strongest in the series.

Q: My image(s) didn’t upload correctly. What should I do?
A: Make sure that the file is saved in JPG format, and check that the name contains ONLY letters and numbers (no other characters or symbols).
Please note that there are two steps to uploading your images once you are at the upload page. First you will need to select your image by clicking the “Browse” button, and then once the image is selected, click “send image” to upload that image to our server. Repeat this process for each image.
If you still have problems uploading your images after following these steps, you may also try to refresh your main submission page. Otherwise, contact our support desk for assistance at

Q: Can I enter one photograph into multiple categories?
A: Yes, you may enter the same photograph into as many categories as you wish. In fact, doing so may increase your chances of winning. There is an additional fee for each extra category that you select for a single entry: 20% off the initial entry fees for professionals, non-professionals and students.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit?
A: No, you may submit as many entries, in as many categories, as you wish.

Q: Is there a time limit within which the photographs should have been taken?
A: Yes. All photographs should be no more than 5 years old.

Q: Can I submit a photograph that has won an award, or has been entered in a previous Lucie Foundation competition, or in another competition?
A: Yes, you may submit work that has been previously submitted to Lucie Foundation or another photography competition, or that has previously won an award. However, in an effort to promote the creation of new work and maintain fresh flow of ideas, we encourage you to submit new work as much as possible.

Q: Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?
A: No, after payment has been made, entries cannot be altered. Please review your work carefully before finalizing payment.

Q: What is the “Entry History” feature of the Member Section and how do I use it?
A: The Entry History feature allows you to view the status of your submissions “Outstanding” – “Completed”- “winner”, you can verify that images have been uploaded correctly, to print receipts, and to make payments.

Q: How do I know if you received my entry?
A: You should receive a confirmation email shortly after you submit and pay for your work. If you do not receive an email, please verify that your email is correct in our records by logging into the Member Section and selecting “Edit Profile.” In addition, if you are using spam-blocking software, please add “” to your approved list of recipients. If, after doing both of these, you do not receive an email, please log into the Member Section, and click on “Entry History” to view your submission status and to make payments for any unpaid entries.


Q: How can I pay for the photographs that I submit?
A: There are two options to pay for your submissions:
Online: You may pay for your entry after you submit your photographs through PayPal or credit card.

** Once a submission fee has been paid, there are no refunds provided. If you have been wrongly charged for any reason, we will be happy to credit the amount that is due.

Q: Are all the fees on your website in USD?
A: Yes, At this time we only accept US currency.

Q: Are some countries eligible for a discounted submission fee?
A: Yes, to help promote equal participation from photographers worldwide, the Lucie Foundation offers discounted fees to selected countries in an effort to make this competition globally accessible and inclusive. If you are submitting from an eligible country, the discount fees are automatically applied to your online submission form.

Q: What are my submission fees used for?
A: The Lucie Foundation’s revenue from the submission fees goes to supporting the Lucie Awards and Lucie Foundation programming, including the annual Lucie Awards event in New York, House of Lucie Gallery and Lucie Photo Book Prize, and many other photography events and exhibitions around the world through the coming year.


Q: How will my images be used?
A: You will be contacted each time we identify an image for usage – and briefed on what the usage will be. Your images are NEVER used for any purpose other than the promotion of the Lucie Foundation. All photographers thus far have been extremely grateful and happy with the manner in which their images have been used and promoted globally.

Q: Where will my image(s) be used/shown?
A: One of the great things about this competition is its global reach. Depending on what your image is chosen for, your image will be viewed with your full credit all around the world. From galleries in Italy, Poland, England, the US, Cambodia, France, Canada, Germany etc, to magazine ads printed in all the top photographic journals in India, Russia, Greece, Japan, among many others. The destination and promotion of your work is endless. By placing in the competition, you are agreeing to be included in the annual IPA publication that showcases the full collection of winning images.

Q: Will I be compensated for the use of my images?
A: There is no monetary remuneration for the use of your image, however in the case that it is being used for something other than the promotion of the competition, you will be contacted and given the option to decline the use of your work.


Q: When are the Winners announced?
A: Winners will be announced as specified on each activation’s page.

Q: How are the Winners notified?
A: As soon as the Jury selection is complete, all winning images will be posted on the Lucie Foundation website and a notification email will be sent to the photographers who have won a prize. Winners are also announced through Lucie Foundation’s other communication channels.