Rules

The 6th annual Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest

General
These Rules and Regulations are final on all matters relating to the annual Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest (the “Contest”). By applying, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations.

Sponsors
The sponsors (“Contest Sponsors”) of the Contest are the Canadian Museum of Nature (40 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1) and Canadian Geographic Enterprises (Suite 200, 1155 Lola Street, Ottawa, ON K1K 4C1).

Eligibility
To be eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize, you must be a permanent resident of Canada, and not an employee of, a member of the immediate family of, domiciled with or a representative or mandatory of an employee of any division of Canadian Geographic, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Museum of Nature or their subsidiaries, affiliates, and agencies or of the jury.

All photographs entered in the Contest must be of Canadian content (i.e. taken in Canada).

Photos entered must not have been previously published.

*Legal considerations require restricting the Contest to Canadian residents (our apologies to members residing outside the country.)

Personal Information
Personal Information collected from Entrants by the Contest Sponsors will be used by the Contest Sponsor or its affiliates to administer the Contest 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 they have opted-in to receive relevant communications from the Contest Sponsors. The Contest Sponsors respect the privacy of everyone who enters the Contest.

If you have any questions about Canadian Geographic’s use of your personal information, please contact Canadian Geographic’s Privacy Officer by e-mail at privacy@canadiangeographic.ca or by mail at: 

Canadian Geographic
Privacy Officer 
Suite 200, 1155 Lola Street
Ottawa, ON 
K1K 4C1 

If you have any questions about The Canadian Museum of Nature’s use of your personal information please contact the Privacy Officer by email at clanthier@mus-nature.ca or by mail at:

The Canadian Museum of Nature
Privacy Officer
240 McLeod Street
Ottawa, ON
K2P 2R1

Format of Photographs for Submission

Web Version
All entries must be submitted electronically as .jpg files through the website of the contest (wpy13.canadiangeographic.ca). Digital files should be at least 1,000 pixels wide for a horizontal image or 1,000 pixels tall for a vertical image at 72 dpi. Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable; cropping of photos is permitted, tonal or colour corrections are acceptable, including black and white conversion.

Print Version
Entrants must be able provide a high-resolution version of each photo that they submit (uncompressed TIFF or maximum quality JPEG, Grayscale or Colour (RGB), minimum 1600 pixels on the longest side). For photographs that are selected as a winning entry, the high-resolution version of the photograph will be required for reproduction in Canadian Geographic magazine. Entrants who fail to provide a high-resolution version within the time period set by the Contest Sponsors (not to exceed one week following prize notification) will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected by the judging panel. In such a case, no substitute or alternate prizes will be awarded.

Entries and Identification 
Photographs may be entered into five categories as described below:

  • Wildlife portraits: Capture the character of Canadian wildlife from bears to bugs
  • Between a rock and a hard place: Geological formations that make up the landscapes of Canada
  • In flight: From birds to insects to flying squirrels
  • Up-close: Macro shots of Canadian wildlife
  • Junior photographers (17 and under): Canadian wildlife

Photos must be uploaded to their appropriate Contest category. Photos must be uploaded 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. Photographs that are placed in another category by the judges are only eligible to win a prize in the category into which the entry has been placed.

Prizes
Category Winners (5 total) 1 per category:
Category winners will receive a family membership to the Canadian Museum of Nature (Value: $99), as well as a selection of Canadian Museum of Nature products (Value: $25). The membership provides free admission to the Museum and other partner institutions, special discounts, behind-the-scenes tours and "members-only" activities, as well as advance notice of upcoming events. In addition, category winners will receive a 13 x 19 photographic print from Photohop Digital Imaging Inc. (Value: $55) and a Lowepro Field Station (Value: $99). Winning photos will also be published in the December 2013 issue of Canadian Geographic and receive a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic (Value: $30). Plus, photos may be featured in a 2014 Exhibition at the Museum of Nature.

Runners-Up (10 total) 2 per category:
Runners-up will receive an individual membership to the Canadian Museum of Nature (Value: $75), as well as a selection of Canadian Museum of Nature products (Value: $25). The membership provides free admission to the Museum and other partner institutions, special discounts, behind-the-scenes tours and "members-only" activities, as well as advance notice of upcoming events. In addition, runners-up will receive a 13 x 19 photographic print from Photohop Digital Imaging Inc. (Value: $55) and a JOBY Gorillapod SLR (Value: $49.95). Winning photos will also be published in the December 2013 issue of Canadian Geographic and will receive a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic ($30). Plus, photos may be featured in a 2014 Exhibition at the Museum of Nature.

Honorable Mentions (10 total) 2 per category:
Honorable mentions will receive free admission to the Canadian Museum of Nature for a family of four, including special exhibitions (Value: $64), as well as a selection of Canadian Museum of Nature products (Value: $25). In addition, honourable mentions will receive a 13 x 19 photographic print from Photohop Digital Imaging Inc. (Value: $55) and a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic (Value: $30 ). First honourable mentions will receive a Lowepro Dashpoint 30 (Value: $29.99) and second honourable mentions will receive a Lowepro Santiago DV 35 (Value: $24). Plus, photos may be featured in a 2014 Exhibition at the Museum of Nature.

Publication 
The top 15 winners (five Category winners and 10 runners-up) names and photographs will be published in the December 2013 issue of Canadian Geographic, on wpy13.canadiangeographic.ca/ and may be featured in a 2014 photo exhibition at The Canadian Museum of Nature. Canadian Geographic Enterprises 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 and it must be available in the event the photo is a winner. For Canadian Geographic Enterprises, promotional material shall include 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.

Waiver forms/ model releases are the responsibility of the entrant and must be available in the event the photo is selected as a winning photograph.

Copyright Notice
With regard to any photograph submitted to this Contest, the owner of the photo’s copyright retains all copyright.

By uploading any photograph to the Contest, you grant (or warrant that the owner of such materials expressly grants) Canadian Geographic Enterprises and The Canadian Museum of Nature 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. You represent and warrant that you have the right to grant the license set out above.

In the event copyright in any photograph submitted by an eligible entrant belongs to a minor, permission to enter the photo in the Contest, reprint, publish or otherwise reproduce the images, as described above, must have been obtained, in writing, from the child’s parent or guardian prior to entry of the photograph in the Contest. Proof of such permission must be provided to the Contest Sponsors immediately upon request.

Deadline
Contest opens on May 27, 2013 and closes on September 3, 2013. All photographic entries must be uploaded through the Contest website before 11:59 p.m. ET on September 3, 2013.

Entries submitted through fraudulent means or in any way tampered with, incorrect, unclear, forged, mutilated, illegible, indecipherable or mechanically reproduced may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Contest Sponsors and/or the judging panel (referenced below).

All Entries become the property of the Contest Sponsors and will not be returned.

Judging
All winners will be selected on the basis of skill as determined by the panel of judges for the Contest.  The winners will be selected by a panel of judges on October 1, 2013 at the Canadian Geographic office located at:
1155 Lola Street, Suite 200
Ottawa, Ontario
K1K 4C1

All photographs submitted into the Contest will be reviewed by a representative of Canadian Geographic and the Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges including representatives of Canadian Geographic, The Canadian Museum of Nature and the photography community.

Winners will be notified by email or telephone by 5:00 p.m. ET on October 15, 2013. 

All prizes will be delivered to the winners by mail.

All decisions of the judging panel are final.

Responsibility
Canadian Geographic Enterprises is not responsible for any failure of the website during this Contest. Nor is it responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any e-mail, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion.

Selection of Winner
This Contest is based on photography skills alone and not subject to random draw or any other element of chance. The winners of the prizes will be chosen and evaluated based on the following judging criteria: composition, content/originality, technical quality and visual impact. 

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 the Contest Sponsors, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society 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 acceptance or use of a prize including, but not limited to, travel-related injuries 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.

In order to be declared a winner, the selected entrant must sign and return a declaration and release form confirming eligibility and compliance with these Contest Rules and Regulations, consenting to the use, without further compensation, of winner’s name, address (city only) and photograph(s) in any Contest-related publicity and releasing the Contest Sponsors, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society 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 from all liability arising in connection with the Contest or the acceptance, use or redemption of a Prize as awarded. The declaration and release must be returned to the Contest Sponsors within ten (10) days after receipt of the declaration and release from the Contest Sponsors. Entrants who fail or are unable to meet any of these Rules and Regulations may be disqualified and alternate winner(s) will be selected.

Any litigation respecting the conduct and awarding of a prize in this Contest in Québec may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. Void where prohibited by law.