Terms And Conditions - Dog Photographer of the Year
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DOG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2016
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Entries

Dog Photographer of the Year 2016 categories:

1. Dog Portrait

2. Dogs at Play

3. Dogs at Work

4. Puppies

5. Man’s Best Friend

6. Assistance Dogs

7. Rescue Dogs

8. Oldies

 Dog Photographer of the Year 2016 category for entrants 12- 17 years of age

9. I Love Dogs because….

 Dog Photographer of the Year 2016 category for entrants aged 11 years or younger

10. Young Pup Photographers

Entering online

Go to our official website:  www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk to register for entry.

Each entrant can upload (ONE) unique photograph per category to Dog Photographer of the Year 2016 (the same photograph cannot be used in more than one category)

  • Entrants under the age of 18 years of age may enter up to (9) CATEGORIES to Dog Photographer of the Year 2016. 
  • Entrants 18 years of age or older may enter up to (8) CATEGORIES to Dog Photographer of the Year 2016.

During the online entry process, entrants should upload their chosen photographs to the intended categories.  Each entrant will be given a unique user ID when photographs are uploaded.  Once an entrant’s photographs are uploaded and accepted for entry, they cannot be amended or altered at a later date without exception.  Any files uploaded incorrectly will be rejected and will not be entered into the competition.

Photographs must have been taken within three (3) years before the date of entry and may not previously have won an award or previously been entered in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Photographs already used in major pet food or insurance adverts, magazines, or that have placed in any other international pet or animal photograph competitions will not be accepted.

Photographs taken during photography workshops or as part of photography courses are not deemed to be solely the photographers own work and will NOT be accepted.

All entrants under 18 must obtain the permission of their parent or legal guardian before entering.

By submitting photographs for entry, each entrant agrees to and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in these Terms and Conditions

Deadline to enter is 5:00 PM (GMT) on 15th March 2017.
Entries received after this time and date will not be accepted.

2. Judging

A panel of photography experts (“the Judges”) will select images based upon technical skill and quality, artistic merit, originality, creativity of composition and overall appeal. Judging will be anonymous. Photographs will not be judged on the basis of any additional criteria such as specific breeds, caption, background story of the dog, name of dog or name of owner entering.  Each submission is reviewed anonymously.

Judging consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”): (1) Creativity and originality (50% of score); (2) Photographic quality and technical skill (50% of score).

In Round One, each judge from the panel of photographic experts will select ten photographs from eligible entries according to the Judging Criteria.  The entries selected in Round One will proceed to Round Two.

In Round Two, the Judges will collectively select a winner from these 10 photographs for each prize level based on the Judging Criteria. In the event of a tie, the tied photographs will be re-submitted to the Judges for a re-judging between the tied photographs alone.

In the event that a tie remains after re-judging, the photograph previously awarded the highest score for creativity will be declared the winner.

All winners will be chosen by 29th April 2017 and will be notified by telephone or email by end of May 2017. Decisions of the Judges are final and binding.  A list of the winners will be published on the Dog Photographer of the Year website by end of June 2016.

3. Image Specifications

All photographs must be submitted as HIGH RESOLUTION JPEGs, suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials in RGB, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution and minimum of 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels (but images can be larger).

Each photograph must not exceed a file size of 15 MB for upload through our official entry website.
Entries must be submitted in digital format and all photographs must retain their original camera EXIF information so we can view what type of camera, lenses and exposure you have used when taking the photograph.

Photographs taken using mobile devices are acceptable if the mobile device can produce high resolution JPEGs suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials in RGB with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and minimum of 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels (but images can be larger). Files must not exceed 15 MB for uploading through our official entry website.

We DO NOT accept these types of photographs:

  • photographs with any type of watermarks including your name, initials, logo or other words or symbols embossed or imprinted anywhere on your photograph
  • photographs that are digitally framed or have any coloured borders
  • photographs that could be interpreted as cruel, harmful or non-respectful of the dog’s wellbeing
  • photographs of dogs in cages, behind cages, behind chain link fencing or any other type of fencing or barriers
  • photographs of dogs in costumes
  • photographs of dogs in prong collars, electric collars, or any other collars deemed to be harmful to a dog’s wellbeing
  • photographs of dogs with sticks, branches or twigs in their mouths
  • photographs of dogs with cropped ears

Any photograph that cannot be authenticated upon entry or is not of an acceptable quality meeting our Terms and Conditions at time of upload will be disqualified.
One unique photograph per category – you may not submit the same photograph in more than one category.  All photographs must accurately reflect the dog or dogs as they appeared in the viewfinder.  Nothing should be added to a photograph of a dog at a later date, and aside from in-camera dust spots, nothing should be taken away.  Normal processing of RAW image files and minor adjustments to colour and contrast are acceptable.  MINOR digital adjustments including tone, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction, and general minor cleaning up are permitted providing that this complies with the competition’s principles of authenticity so that it does not deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of the nature of the dog.  While minor digital adjustments are allowed, adding or removing objects, animals or parts of animals, plants, people etc., is not permitted.  Information regarding any post-processing to any photograph may be queried by email during shortlisting or pre-judging.  
For any specific post-processing queries during the competition, please email dpotyentry@thekennelclub.org.uk

4. Copyright

The Dog Photographer of the Year competition is open to all photographers except employees of the Kennel Club, sponsors and supporters. Your entry to this contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs, your name, occupation, city or residence to be published as a selected award winner – entrants retain ownership of their photographs.

IMPORTANT:  Entrants retain ownership of the copyright of their photographs – entrants are free to republish their photographs as they wish wherever they wish and in whatever medium they want.

All entrants agree that, if their entry is selected by the Judging Panel, they will participate in related publicity and agree to the use of their name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition and/or the Dog Photographer of the Year exhibition and Dog Photographer of the Year touring exhibition without compensation.

The entrant warrants that the photo(s) will not infringe any rights of any third party. The entrant must also be the sole author and owner of the copyright in all photo(s) entered i.e. the entrant must have taken the photograph(s). Photos must be the sole work of the entrant with no shared copyright.  All model releases and location releases (if needed) must be undertaken by the entrant.

The entrant grants to the Kennel Club the worldwide and non-exclusive royalty-free right and license to reproduce the prize winning and commended entries in branded forms and media and in all manners for promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition and Dog Photographer of the Year exhibition.  This licence is granted only for use in relation to the Dog Photographer of the Year competition, Dog Photographer of the Year exhibition and Dog Photographer of the Year touring Exhibition, which shall include (with the right to sub-license where necessary).

The Kennel Club will endeavour to credit all photos when promoting Dog Photographer of the Year in print or online through the Kennel Club channels of communications and media. If you find your image not credited contact the Kennel Club. Images distributed or shared through social media channels will include photographer credit and copyright notice and be watermarked with the Dog Photographer of the Year logo. The Kennel Club may use your photo indefinitely and numerous times without notification of use.  The Kennel Club unfortunately cannot inform you or automatically send you emails, notices or printed materials where your photo has been used or placed in Kennel Club, or Crufts branded material relating to Dog Photographer of the Year but if you do see a published item in print with your photo credit please contact our marketing department for a free copy (if available).   

We will use your first and last name as supplied during the entry process.   The following copyright accreditation – Name of photographer © /The Kennel Club will be used in all crediting association with the competition.  Although the Kennel Club will always supply the correct information to third parties (for example to press / media), it cannot accept responsibility for any credit line errors or omissions by these parties.

No other usage for the Dog Photographer of the Year 2016 will be licensed to the Kennel Club or third party outside of promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. If there is any interest by the Kennel Club in licensing images outside of promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year, The Kennel Club will contact the photographer directly after judging and all 2016 winners are announced to the public. 

Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights in their submitted images.  In all instances, the copyright holder will be credited, wherever practicable, when the image is used and published by the Kennel Club in relation to Dog Photographer of the Year.

5. Other Terms

The Kennel Club’s decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competition’s judging organisation.

All images are sent at the entrant’s own risk and the Kennel Club cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any photo(s) entered into the competition (however caused) nor for any other loss or damages resulting there from. This also includes: any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.

The Kennel Club is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this competition.

If for any reason the competition is not capable of running as planned, the Kennel Club reserves the right to suspend or cancel the competition. If a Sponsor elects to cancel or terminate the competition, the Sponsor will not retain any promotional rights in the submitted photographs.

6. Data Privacy

Entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the competition and the purposes outlined in these Terms and Conditions.

The Kennel Club or our marketing partners may contact you by mail, email, telephone to tell you about our related services and to send you details of our special offers and discounts available. By providing us with your address, telephone number or email address and registering with us, you consent to be contacted by these methods for these purposes.
Please state clearly during the application process if you wish not to be contacted.

7. Prizes awarded for Dog Photographer of the Year 2016 Winners and Runner-Ups

Prizes awarded for Dog Photographer of the Year 2016 are as follows:
Overall Winner of Dog Photographer of the Year 2016 – your image will be exhibited in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and we’ll also provide you with one SmugMug business account and a VIP mentorship day hosted by Andy Biggar Photography – one of the world’s best known professional dog photographers. The overall winner will receive an original oil painting of their winning image by internationally awarded artist, Sara Abbott.  Winner will also receive an exhibition print, certificate, rosette and trophy.

Category Winners for Young Pup Photographer (Open to photographers aged 11 or under)), I Love Dogs Because… (12-17s), Dogs at Play, Dogs at Work, Portrait, Puppies, Man’s Best Friend and Oldies - your image will be exhibited in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and we’ll also provide you with one SmugMug business account.  Winner will also receive an exhibition print, certificate, rosette and trophy.  Category Winner will receive a (1) one day course with Nikon School London.

Category Winners for Assistance Dog Charity and Dog Rescue Charity - your image will be exhibited in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and we’ll also provide you with one SmugMug business account.  We will also donate £500 to your nominated dog charity* (dog charities to be vetted and approved by the Kennel Club before confirmation of prize).  Winner will also receive an exhibition print, certificate, rosette and trophy.  Category Winner will receive a (1) one day course with Nikon School London. 

Each category Runner-Up (2nd place and 3rd place) I Love Dogs because… (12-17s), Young Pup Photographer (Under 11s), Dogs at Play, Dogs at Work, Portrait, Puppies, Man’s Best Friend, Assistance Dog Charity, Dog Rescue Charity and Oldies - your image will be exhibited in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and we’ll also provide you with one SmugMug Portfolio account.  Winner will also receive an exhibition print, rosette and a certificate.

DISCLAIMER: The prizes are non-transferable. The Kennel Club reserves the right to substitute the whole or part of any listed prize with an alternative value (but the entrant shall not have any right to demand this). Prizes must be claimed within one year of the award ceremony unless otherwise specified or will be forfeited.  Overall Winner with Andy Biggar Photography would need to arrange their own transport, accommodation, and meals as well as have their own photography equipment to participate in a one day VIP mentorship day.   Overall Winner must book directly with Andy Biggar Photography at least 90 days in advance of their VIP mentorship day.  Any cancellations or rescheduling of VIP mentorship day must be made directly through Andy Biggar Photography and not the Kennel Club.  Category Winners will receive a (1) one day Nikon School voucher to be fulfilled by winner only.  Winners can choose from an array of photography courses with Nikon School London up to a value of £129.00 GBP.  Category Winners are responsible for their own travel to and from Nikon School.  There are no cash substitutes for any prizes.  Prize winners under the age of 18 must have guardian permission to participate in a photography course and where prize winner is under 18 years of age must have a guardian accompany the winner to the course.  The guardian or parent can attend the course free of charge.  Any bookings, cancellations or rescheduling for Nikon School courses must be made directly through Nikon School and not the Kennel Club.  For exhibition prints, rosettes, trophies and any prizes posted to Winners outside the UK, the Kennel Club holds no responsibility for customs and duty charges or delays for any prizes couriered or posted from the UK. 

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