The 2012 Election: A Photo Challenge OFFICIAL RULES
"The 2012 Election: A Photo Challenge”
The 2012 Election: A Photo Challenge contest is sponsored by Popular Photography and American Photo Magazines, publication of Bonnier Corporation.
ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: *Popular Photography and American Photo magazines will fly the Grand Prize winner and one guest to New York for a 3 day 2 night stay. The winner and his/her guest will attend the Popular Photography and Sony Annual Party where their winning image will be displayed. (Approx. value $2,000)
Six (6) FIRST PRIZE CATEGORY WINNERS: **Sony NEX cameras (Approx. value $699.00)
* Popular Photography will make hotel and flight arrangements for winner and guest.
**Prizes are subject to change without notice for another camera of equal or higher value
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.
ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to individuals, eighteen (18) years or older at time of entry, who are legal residents of the United States, excluding residents of the states of Arizona, New Jersey and Vermont. Employees of Bonnier Corporation and its parent companies, subsidiaries or agents, their immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and grandparents) and those domiciled with any of the foregoing are not eligible.
This contest will be open from April 25, 2012 to September 2, 2012. To enter electronically, visit our website at http://www.popphoto.com/sonycontest. All information provided by entrant must be complete, true and correct. Submissions to the Contest must be received by midnight on September 2, 2012 in order to be eligible; entries received after that date will be deemed ineligible to win. All submitted entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned; Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, inaccurate, incomplete, damaged, illegible, or misdirected entries. Each entry must be submitted on an individual basis (i.e., no team, joint, or corporate entries) and all components of the entry must be the original creation of the submitting participant. Only non-commercial work may be submitted. Entries may not contain profanity, nudity, pornographic images, violent images, anti-competition messages, illegal material, or material that violates the rights of third parties. Entries may not include confidential information, trade secrets, trademarks or copyrighted material belonging to any person or entity other than the participant absent a suitable license or permission agreement (proof of which is required). Entries containing any forbidden matter or material otherwise deemed by Sponsor to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Online entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.
No fee required to enter. Entrants can submit images in any one of six (6) categories: “Portrait”, “Americana”, “Photojournalism”, “Humor “Civic Pride”, and “Atmosphere”. When submitting your photograph(s), please specify in which category you are entering.
The competition is open to work produced from September 2011 – September 2012.
File Specifications: submissions should be in JPEG format. Your JPEG compression must be set to maximum image quality.
In Photoshop, save your file via Save As, select JPEG for your image type and put the quality slider all the way to the right to 12.
The judging will be done in two stages. The Popular Photography and American Photo Magazine staff will do the initial stage and the second stage will be done by a jury of outside experts selected by the editors of Popular Photography and American Photo Magazines. Entries will be judged equally on creativity, technical expertise and aesthetic value. The decisions of the judges are final and binding in all respects.
Judging will be completed by September 21, 2012 and potential winners will be notified by phone on or before October 1, 2012. Potential winners will be required to sign and return a sworn Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release. If required documentation is not returned within seven (7) business days of notification, or if notification is returned as undeliverable, any prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.
PRIZE AWARDS: There will be one (1) prize winner in each category, and one Grand Prize winner for the overall contest. The Grand Prize winners’ photo will appear in the November issue of Popular Photography magazine. Prizes will be awarded within sixty-days (60) after winner verification. No prize substitution or transfer is permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any reason. All taxes and any other incidental expenses on Prizes are the sole responsibility of each winner.
GENERAL RULES & LIMITATIONS: By entering, you represent that: (i) your entry is your own original work; and (ii) you own or have the rights to convey any and all right and title in any material submitted as part of your entry into the Contest. By entering, you grant to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use your submission, along with your name and likeness, in any and all media for any purpose, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). By participating in the Contest, you agree to release Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, directors, officers, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with the Contest, whether computer, network, technical, mechanical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes, in any Contest-related materials, or that may limit prize fulfillment or a participant's ability to enter the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from the Contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules.
PRIVACY: By entering, you agree that the information you provide may be sent to promotional partners of the Sponsor. You may be contacted by the Sponsor and/or promotional partners with future promotional offers. Information provided by you to participate in this Contest is subject to the privacy policies of the Sponsor.