Go Wild Grow Wild Photo Contest Rules | Carolinian Canada

Contest Rules

Photo Criteria

All photos must be of species and landscapes that occur in the Carolinian Zone of Canada. Photos should illustrate the Vision, Mission and Mandate of the Carolinian Canada Coalition (the hosts of Go Wild Grow Wild). If you need a reminder of the boundaries of the Carolinian Zone, click on this link to a map. The subjects of the photos are expected to include:

  • Biodiversity, that is the animals, plants, insects, landscapes, physical features (air, water, soil, etc.) of the Carolinian Zone, including threats to it
  • People and their relationship with the biodiversity

Review the types of activities described in the Go Wild Grow Wild Guide to see how your photos relate to biodiversity conservation.

Photos will be judged based on the photographer’s skill at meeting these criteria AND for providing a photo that is suitable for publishing (generally that means they are at least 300 dpi at 8 x 12 inches, 2400 x 3600 pixels and usually greater than 2 MB in size).

Themes/Categories:

Photos should fall into any of the following categories:

  • People in Nature – photo includes the image of one or more people, or shows the impact of people, on a landscape – from a panoramic distance or very close.
  • Wild Life and Landscapes – photo includes images of any type of biodiversity and landscapes found in the Carolinian Zone.
  • Green Business – photo supports the consideration of responsible stewardship of biodiversity while conducting business of any kind.

Judges reserve the right to place the entry in the appropriate category.

Competition Period

The Go Wild Grow Wild Photo Competition accepts submissions year round, so includes photos submitted since the close of the previous year’s contest and the current contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on May 13th, 2019.

Prizes can be retrieved, with photo identification, at Camera Canada, 217 Dundas St., London, during regular business hours

* Carolinian Canada strives to ensure that the website will enable easy submission of the photos. However, we ask that you submit your photos well before the deadline. Carolinian Canada cannot be held responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any email, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or any website or any combination thereof. Carolinian Canada reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Photo Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond their reasonable control corrupt the security of proper administration of the Photo Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of the Photo Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and Carolinian Canada reserves the right to seek remedies and damage to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

Contest Winners will be announced on Biodiversity Day, May 22nd, 2019. Notification will be posted on the Carolinian Canada and Go Wild Grow Wild home pages. Winners will also be contacted by Carolinian Canada using the contact information provided when the photos were submitted. If a selected contestant cannot be reached within 3 business days, Carolinian Canada has the right and sole discretion to select another winner.

Prizes can be retrieved, with photo identification, at Camera Canada, 217 Dundas St., London, during regular business hours. Winners are responsible for picking up their prizes within 30 days and making use of the printing service within 2 months, or it shall be forfeited and Carolinian Canada has the right and sole discretion to select another winner. Prizes shall be accepted as is and may not be exchanged or refunded for an amount of money, sold or transferred. No substitutions will be allowed. Any unused portion of a prize will be forfeited.

Eligibility

The Go Wild Grow Wild Photo Competition is open to all photographers that are residents of Ontario. You do not need to be a member of Carolinian Canada and no purchase of any product is required. People that have been directly involved in the administration of the competition (i.e. employees, volunteers and Board Members and the immediate family and individuals living in the same household as these people) are not eligible. The photographer must own the photograph that is being submitted*. Minors (less than 18) must provide the consent of a parent or guardian to enter the contest. Carolinian Canada Coalition reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgement, entrant eligibility. Void where prohibited. All photos must comply with the Criteria. All photos submitted may be considered for the overall Grand Prize for the best photo. Photos for the juried selection by the panel of judges must be digital and of high resolution suitable for publishing (generally that means they are at least 300 dpi at 8 x 12 inches, 2400 x 3600 pixels and usually greater than 2 MB in size). All entrants must first agree to allow Carolinian Canada Coalition to use their photos*.

*Copyright responsibilities. Photographers must own the photos that they submit. The entrant retains copyright. As such, entrants hold Carolinian Canada Coalition and its sponsors harmless from any breach of copyright. Photographers that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, a model release is required to be held by the photographer. By uploading and submitting a photograph to this contest, the entrant grants Carolinian Canada a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any Carolinian Canada purpose, including, but not limited to advertising, educational and promotional materials, its website, exhibition, and commercial products. Carolinian Canada will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. Photos published will be credited to the photographer where possible.

NOTE: photos of species must be species that exist in the Carolinian Zone. It is not a requirement that the photos were actually taken within this zone, since that is too difficult to enforce, however photos will be carefully scrutinized to eliminate any photo that appears to not be representing a location in the Carolinian Zone of Canada. Thus the basic Contest rule is carefully worded, “All photos must be of species and landscapes that occur in the Carolinian Zone of Canada.”

You can learn more about the Carolinian Zone of Canada here

Prizes

Prizes valued at over $2,500, plus recognition! Judges will award prizes for the best 3 photos in each of the 3 categories as well as a single Grand Prize for the best photo of the entire contest. Winners will be notified on or before Biodiversity Day, May 22nd, 2019, and can pick up their prize at Camera Canada at 217 Dundas St., London, during regular business hours starting May 23rd, 2019 - photo id required for pickup. The contest was first run in 2018 and there were less than 100 photos submitted. This year there are 10 prizes available. If 100 photos are submitted your chances of winning are 1 in 10. If 200 photos are submitted your chances of winning are 1 in 20.

This year prizes are very generously provided by Camera Canada.

Camera Canada

Details of Prizes from Camera Canada

Camera Canada is very generously supporting Carolinian Canada Coalition’s Go Wild Grow Wild program with prizes. In each of the 3categories (People in Nature, Wild Life and Landscapes, and Green Business) there will be First, Second and Third place winners. In addition, a single Grand Prize will be awarded for the best photo of the entire contest (as selected by the Judges). In each category the following prizes will be awarded:

In each category the following prizes will be awarded:

First Prize The prize will be a 20 inch x 24 inch poster print with frame. Approximate value of $300. One prize will be awarded by the judges per category, three prizes intotal.
Second Prize The prize will be a 16 inch x 20 inch poster print with frame. Approximate value of $150. One prize will be awarded by the judges per category, three prizes total.
Third Prize The prize will be an 11 inch x 14 inch poster print with frame. Approximate value of $100. One prize will be awarded by the judges per category, three prizes total.
Grand Prize Photo The prize will be a Canon digital camera kit (EOS Rebel or EOS M camera plus accessories) having an approximate value of $700. One prize will be awarded by judges for the best photo selected from all of the photos submitted.
Total value of all prizes $2575
Award Guidelines

Photographers can submit as many photos as they like in each category, but Photographers can only win one first, second, or third prize. If a photographer has already won a prize, they are no longer eligible to win a further prize in another category. Prizes per category are not awarded in order, and winning photographers will always get the best prize that they are eligible for.

Prizes can be retrieved, with photo identification, at Camera Canada during regular business hours

*Disclaimer: Camera Canada is providing the awards. The winners will receive a certificate for the prizes which will be claimed at the Camera Canada store at 217 Dundas St., London. If there are insufficient entries in any category, Carolinian Canada Coalition reserves the right to reduce the number of prizes awarded.

Carolinian Canada reserves the right to amend the Contest Rules or to terminate any Carolinian Canada contest at any time without any liability to any contestant. The decisions of Carolinian Canada with respect o any dispute or issue involving the Photo Contest are final and binding on all contestants.

Carolinian Canada and Camera Canada are not liable for the failure of any electronic submission. Only submissions made through the official submission form are eligible.

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