Theme of the contest

Smart Europe launches the Photo Contest “INNOVENS 2013. Innovation through your lens”, to showcase new innovative companies around Europe which can generate job opportunities in the innovation-based sectors of their local economy.

Theme of the contest is to represent possible “smart paths” undertaken by new entrepreneurs to develop innovative ideas and to enter the market.

Contest participants can choose to picture the path of innovative companies in traditional sectors or in rural areas, creative companies, start-ups/spin offs driven by young people, networks among SMEs located in an “innovation lab”, Science Parks, Innovation hubs… just to mention a few.

Photos must be associated to a “smart path story” explaining the message or the reasons behind the picture or the feelings it means to evoke. All contents have to be entered in English.

As an example, three pictures and their smart path stories are uploaded in the contest gallery under the name SmartEurope.


The contest is open to professionals and amateurs aged over 18. They have to be nationals of and residing in EU member states, Norway and Switzerland. Croatian citizens will have access to the contest starting July 1st, 2013.

Entry Period

April 30th - December 31st 2013.

How to Enter

Entries must be submitted via the Internet on the webpage. Participants complete the entry form and upload their photos.


Each entrant is limited to a total of 3 photos.

Eligible Photos

  • Image data files created with digital cameras. Both colour and monochrome images will be accepted.
  • File size: Up to 8 MB.
  • File format: JPEG,PNG and raw formats, larger than 1200x800 dpi.

Entrants may be requested to provide higher resolution images for publication.

Judging/Announcement of Results

Photos will be published on the INNOVENS Contest Gallery section of the Smart Europe website. 20 entries will be selected by popular vote and among them the best 10 will be selected by a Smart Europe Jury to be published in a Smart Europe publication. Aesthetic quality, creativity and relevance to the theme of the contest will be the criteria used by the Jury to select the 10 best photos and the final winner.

The final results will be announced on the Smart Europe website by February 2014.


The top 10 selected photos will be promoted through the Smart Europe communication tools (website, social media and newsletter) and included in the project’s final publications . The INNOVENS 2013 winner will receive the special Smart Europe Award (a fine art print of the photo and a gift package) and will participate to the final conference in Brussels to present the photo.

Below you can download the Contest Rules in other languages!