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Contest Rules KOD 2018 San Martino di Castrozza – Arc’teryx King of Dolomites




The 2018 King of Dolomites edition calls for 2 different moments: the Online Qualifying Stage, destined only to the OPEN category, and the Grand Finale in San Martino di Castrozza, where the two categories OPEN and PRO will both compete.

The current Guidelines refer specifically and exclusively to the San Martino di Castrozza Grand Finale which will take place from 1th to 4th March 2018.

If you’re looking for the Contest Rules of the Qualifying Stageclick here.

1] Subject of the “King of Dolomites” Contest

King of Dolomites is a photographic contest focused on the Freeride Skiing, whether practiced on Skiis, Telemark skiis or Snowboards. The Qualifying Stage will take place Online from 1st January to 24th February 2018, while the Grand Finale of the contest will occur from 1st to 4th March 2018 in San Martino di Castrozza, in the italian eastern Dolomites, in Trentino.

The main goal of the contest is to shoot the best freeride picture in the Dolomites. The pictures must be taken in the sorroundings of San Martino di Castrozza and Passo Rolle. Here you can find a map of the Contest’s boundaries.  The shots will be evaluated and judged according to the criteria determined in the current guidelines.

2] Contest Categories

The contest participants are divided into 2 categories: the first one is reserved for professional photographers in the sector and athletes (denominated PRO), and the second one open to all the freeride and photography enthusiasts (denominated OPEN).

For the PRO category, a maximum number of Teams are admitted to the contest, in addition to the winner of the 2017 King of Moena and the winner of the Qualifying Stage who will compete with other 2 riders of his or her choice. Each PRO team must be constituted by a professional photographer and two professional riders.

For the OPEN category, a maximum of 100 Teams are admitted to the contest. Each team must be constituted by maximum 3 people.

For both categories, the pictures must be taken starting from 6 am of Friday 2 March 2018 and must be consigned within midnight on Saturday 3 March 2018 according to the procedure defined in the current guidelines.

3] Contest attendance and registration

Only the properly registered teams can take part in the competition. Applications for both category will start on 1 January 2018 and the given deadline for the registration is, for PRO category, midnight on 28 January 2018 and, for OPEN category, 9 am of Saturday 3 March 2018. All the participants to the contest must respect possible municipal ordinances and notices displayed inside and outside the Ski Area and the local area.

For the PRO category, the participation can occur upon invitation of the organizing committee or according to regular candidacy application. In both cases, the admission of each team is submitted to the check and the examination of the curricula of every member of the team. For this purpose, every team is required to send an email at info@kingofdolomites.com with the names of every member of the team, a presentation text of each rider and at least one picture from the portfolio of the professional photographer. The examination of the applications and the admission of each team will be confirmed with the final and incontestable decision of the organizing committee.

For the OPEN category, no check of the prerequisites is required to enter the competition. The contest registration fee is 60 € per team (irrespective of the number of the team members). For the teams which will benefit from the Early Bird formula (registration within midnight on 31st January 2018) the price is 45 € per team.

The teams which will apply for the OPEN category must sign up for the contest on the website of the event and pay the registration fee via PayPal.
As an alternative to the on-line registration, it is possible to enroll and sign up for the competition directly at the KOD point in San Martino di Castrozza during the office opening times (Central Skipass Office in San Martino di Castrozza, 8.30 am – 12 am | 4 pm – 6 pm) starting from Monday 26th February, till 9 a.m. of Saturday 3th March 2018.

Every team of the OPEN category will receive a ride pack with 3 KOD2018 T-Shirt and can take advantage of the discount on the Skipass ticket.

Teams which subscribe online can buy the Skipass ticket at a discounted price at all the ticket office of the San Martino – Passo Rolle Ski Area presenting the registration receipt.

Teams which subscribe in San Martino can buy the Skipass ticket at a discounted price at the moment of the registration at the KOD point.

All teams of the OPEN category can pick up the competition package with 3 KOD2018 T-Shirts at the KOD Village set up in the center of San Martino di Castrozza during the days of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018.

4] Contest main topic and evaluation criteria of the consigned photographic material

The 2018 edition of King of Dolomites provides for a unique topic for both categories (PRO and OPEN): shoot the best Freeride picture of the Dolomites. The best 3 pictures of every category will be rewarded as follows:


Evaluation criteria of the pictures: 

  • DOLOMITIC LANDSCAPE in other words, the scenic beauty and the capacity to enhance the panorama/context of the location. Each shot must contain an element which clearly identifies the place where the picture has been taken, within the designed dolomitic area. Weight of the criterion: 40%
  • EMOTION AND ACTION intended as technical quality of the athletic movement, interpretation and story-telling of the action. Weight of the criterion: 30%
  • STYLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE intended as photography quality in terms of composition, light and originality of the image. Weight of the criterion: 30% 

In every shot, at least one rider in action – equipped with helmet and a backpack containing the Asd kit must always be represented. Pictures taken on the days before the beginning of the Contest will not be considered and evaluated.

5] Consignment of the pictures and technical requirements

The teams of both categories (PRO and OPEN) must consign 3 pictures at the latest on midnight of Saturday 3th March 2018. Only PRO teams must deliver, in addition to n. 3 photos object of the evaluation of the jury, n. 1 photo inside which must be present the LowePro backpack that will be delivered to each team upon their arrival. This picture is not subject to evaluation and does not compete for any prize.

The pictures of each team of both categories must be sent in high-resolution via Wetransfer through the specific button on the website starting from Saturday 3th March 2018. We highly recommend to follow meticulously the instructions on the website to ensure the success of the upload operation; please specify the name of the photographer and the captured rider
As an alternative, it is possible to upload the pictures directly on the PC of the organizing committee until 6pm of Saturday 3 March at the KOD Village set up in the center of San Martino di Castrozza directly downloading pics from the camera of the team, or using a data storage device (USB drive, Memory Card). The direct upload on the PC of the organizing committee is also possible from 10pm to 12pm on Saturday 3 March 2018 at the Iceberg bar in San Martino di Castrozza.

6] Composition of the Jury

The jury is constituted by 3 people chosen between freeriders, journalists and photographers in the field of winter sports and the disciplines linked to the world of freeriding. The jury will consider and judge only the consigned pictures, and will declare the winner of each category. The names of the members of the jury are listed on a specific page of the official website of the contest.

7] Award ceremony and distribution of the prize

The award ceremony will take place in the Sass Maor square in San Martino di Castrozza, on 4.30 p.m. of Sunday 4th March 2018. The technical equipment prizes for the OPEN category will be awarded during the ceremony. The money prize for the PRO and OPEN categories will be sent within 180 days from the end of the event, the amount is intended after taxes and withholding tax:

  • FIRST PLACE – PRO CATEGORY: €  2.000,00
  • SECOND PLACE – PRO CATEGORY: €  1.000,00
  • THIRD PLACE – PRO CATEGORY:   €  750,00

At the award ceremony it is required the presence of at least one member for each team. In case of absence of the winner team/a member of the winner team, the team will be automatically excluded from the classification of the contest and the prize will be awarded to the successive team.

8] Use of the images

The consigned photographs may be used, previously adding the photo credits, by the organizing committee, the local office for tourism promotion and the sponsors.

Every picture will be published on the official website and on the social networks of the event, and may be used to promote and finance the future editions of the event, the location and the products of the partners which sponsored the event.

9] Responsibility

The organizing committee refuses any responsibility for damages to people and things before, during and after the event. The observance and the respect of possible municipal ordinances about off-track skiing during the days of the event is referred to the single participants to the contest.

10] Acceptance

All the participants accepts this regulation in all its parts simply submitting their pictures as previously described.