2013: A year in Gatineau Park Photo Contest
Located mere minutes from downtown Parliament Hill, Gatineau Park offers unparalleled scenery, a host of recreational activities and contains some of the most biodiverse landscapes in southern Quebec, yet it is a “park” in name only. Unlike Canada’s national and provincial parks, no real legislation is in place to ensure that the park is maintained for future generations. Help CPAWS Ottawa Valley do something about it!
Since 1969, CPAWS has been working to protect the park through legislation and improved management practices. While we have seen many successes, much remains to be done to ensure that our children can benefit from all the park has to offer. This is where you come in!
In an effort to raise funds for the ongoing campaign to protect the park, we are releasing a fundraising calendar for 2013 featuring your best shots of the park.
Two photos from each of the following six categories will be featured in the 2013 “A year in Gatineau Park” calendar. One more picture, drawn from all submissions will be selected for the cover.
- What I like about the living museum (youth category – under 16 years of age only);
- The picturesque Meech Creek Valley
- Winter in the park
- Ribbons of life, photos of the lakes, streams and of their shorelines
- Heritage features of Gatineau Park
- The impressive Eardley Escarpment
One image from among all those submitted will be featured on the cover of the calendar and others may be used to illustrate other parts of the calendar, if need be.
The categories are open to your interpretation and artistic license. For example, there is no category dedicated exclusively to wildlife, but wildlife may be featured in any of the above categories. Please feel free to contact us for clarification if you are unsure of how to categorize your pictures.
How to enter the contest?
It’s simple! You may then submit up to ten (10) photographs in any of the above categories. Simply submit your photos by email, on a CD or other storage device by regular mail or in person at our offices.
In both cases, the following formats of photographs will be accepted:
Email submission All entries must be submitted electronically as JPEG files through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, telephone number and the category (ies) for which the attached photos are destined. Please save your photos with a file name that includes both your first and last name and a number if submitting more than one image, for example: firstname_lastname_01
Digital files must be at least 300 dpi in quality. Content alteration of digital files is prohibited; cropping of photos is permitted, tonal or colour corrections are acceptable, including black and white conversion.
Print version Entrants must be able to provide a high-resolution version of each photograph that they submit (uncompressed TIFF or maximum quality JPEG, Grayscale or Colour (RGB), minimum 1600 pixels on the longest side). If any of your photos are selected as a winning entry, High-resolution versions of photographs will be required in order for any photograph to be eligible for reproduction in our calendar. Entrants who fail, or are unable, to provide a high-resolution version of a photograph that has been entered in the Contest will not be eligible to win a prize and, if selected to win as a winning photograph, the prize will be forfeited by the Entrant, no prize or compensation will be awarded and an alternate photograph will be selected using the procedure set out in these Rules.
Personal Information collected from Entrants by the Contest Sponsors will be used by the Contest Sponsor or its affiliates to administer the Contest, to meet legal requirements and in connection with the publication of winning photographs. Neither the Contest Sponsors nor its affiliates will share personal information relating to Entrants with any third parties, except as necessary for the administration of the Contest or as may be required by law. The Contest Sponsors will not attempt to contact the Entrant for any other purpose than to administer the Contest or as may be required by law unless Entrants have opted-in to receive communications from the Contest Sponsors. The Contest Sponsors respect the privacy of everyone who enters the Contest.
If you have any questions about CPAWS Ottawa Valley’s use of your personal information, please contact John McDonnell, Executive Director by e-mail at email@example.com or by mail at:
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Ottawa Valley Chapter
190 Bronson Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6K7
CPAWS Ottawa Valley reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who enters, or who attempts to enter more than ten (10) entries per category. Photos must be identified to the appropriate Contest category. Judges reserve the right to place the entry in an appropriate category or remove a photo completely from the Contest should the photo be deemed inappropriate in general or not suitable for the category to which it was submitted. Photographs that are removed from the Contest are not eligible for any prize and no compensation or prize of any kind will be awarded to given to the Entrant. Photographs that are placed in another category by the judges are eligible for selection for the calendar.
Winners' names and photographs will be reproduced in the 2013 “A year in Gatineau Park” calendar which we aim to have on sale in early July 2012. Photos may also be exhibited at various CPAWS Ottawa Valley events or promotional events related to the calendar.
CPAWS Ottawa Valley reserves the non-exclusive right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in its promotional material during or after the Contest without further compensation to the Entrants. In these Rules, “promotional material” includes, without limitation, any print or electronic advertising or marketing material such as posters, online images, newspaper ads, television ads, e-mails and social media content.
With regard to any photograph submitted to this Contest, the owner of the photograph retains all copyright in the photographs entered in the Contest.
By uploading any photograph to the Contest, Entrant grants (or warrants that the owner of such materials expressly grants) CPAWS Ottawa Valley a world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, adapt, transmit, communicate, publicly display and perform, distribute and create compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any such submitted photograph to promote the Contest. Entrant represents and warrants that Entrant has the right to grant the license set out above. In addition, Entrant grants CPAWS Ottawa Valley the right to deposit the photographs in their archives for safekeeping and to use the photographs for their own educational and non-commercial use.
Contest opens on January 23, 2012 and closes on June 1, 2012. All photographic entries must be received by 5:00 PM (email entries) or postmarked no later than June 1, 2012 for entries submitted via regular mail. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission.
Entries submitted through fraudulent means or in any way tampered with, incorrect, unclear, forged, mutilated, illegible, indecipherable or mechanically reproduced will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Contest Sponsors and/or the judging panel (referenced below).
All Entries become the property of the CPAWS Ottawa Valley and will not be returned. The Contest Sponsors are not responsible for entries lost, late, misdirected, illegible or delayed for any reason.
All photographs submitted into the Contest will be reviewed by a representative of CPAWS Ottawa Valley and the Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges including representatives of CPAWS Ottawa Valley and the photography community. Photographs will be assessed based on judging criteria which is based on composition, content/originality, technical quality and visual impact. Winners will be selected and announced in early June 2012 at the CPAWS Ottawa Valley office located at:
190 Bronson Avenue
All decisions of the judging panel are final and not subject to review or appeal in any manner whatsoever.
Chances of Winning
The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible photographs received during the Contest and the evaluation of the photographs by the judging panel.
Winners will receive no compensation, credit or prizing other than as disclosed in these Rules or otherwise provided at the sole discretion of the Contest Sponsors. Prizes are not transferable; no prize substitutions or equivalents are permitted, except by the Contest Sponsors at their sole discretion. In all cases, the Contest Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any of the Contest Prizes.
At least 13 prizes will be awarded, all prizes consist of the reproduction of a submitted photograph in the 2013 edition of the “A year in Gatineau Park” fundraising calendar. The entrant’s name and community of residence will appear with the photograph. At least one thousand copies of the calendar will be printed and distributed at local outdoor, tourist and other stores / establishments. The calendar will also be available for purchase from our online store. Each photographer whose photo is reproduced in the calendar will receive two (2) complimentary copies of the calendar and will be invited to all events associated with the release of the calendar (press conference, launch party) should the contest sponsor decide to organize such events. No other prizing is offered or implied.
Prize Conditions (all prizes)
All prizes must be accepted as awarded and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion, sold, redeemed for cash, combined with any other promotion, or exchanged for a different prize.
By accepting a prize, the prize winner agrees to hold CPAWS Ottawa Valley and their respective agencies, affiliates, parent(s), subsidiaries, agents, advertising and promotion agencies and anyone else involved in the development, production or handling of the Contest and their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns, harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of acceptance or use of a prize including, but not limited to, travel-related injures and/or death. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, whatsoever and howsoever arising, by participation in this Contest or use or redemption of any prize.