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    Rules

 

**READ THOROUGHLY – CONTEST AND RULES**

CONTEST BASICS

What image does Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge conjure in your mind?  Is it that deafening flyout of snowgeese on a cold winter morning, that roadrunner you saw nab a lizard in the desert arboretum, or the sun rising behind the golden cottonwoods of the Rio Grande?  Maybe it was the first time your 13-year-old daughter hiked to the top of Chupadera Peak, when you caught a fish off of the Boardwalk, or when your wife put a leg band on a northern pintail at the 2012 Festival.  Well, we want to see it!  


There are 2 broad photo categories in this year’s contest:

  • People at the Refuge

  • Refuge Wildlife or Scenery


Entry fees: $5 entry fee for the first photo and $3 for each additional photo entry. The maximum photo entries are 20 per participant.  


What is new this year?  All photo submissions and payment are all electronic this year.   We have also increased the number of photos that can be submitted by one person to 20.


CONTEST RULES AND PROCEDURES


  • Photo submission and payment is all electronic this year.  Visit www.friendsofthebosque.org to submit your photos and pay. Please pay attention to the photo file naming guidelines to make sure your photos are correctly attributed to you.

  • No checks will be accepted.  Payment for photo submission will be via PayPal on the Friends web site.

  • No photo CDs or DVDs via USPS, UPS, or FedEx will be accepted.

  • Image size recommendations:  3 Mb or less for submission

  • The image aspect ratio shall be within 1.33 to 1.50 (image vertical size to image horizontal size).  This ratio range does include images taken from smart phones.  

  • Photographs must be taken within the confines of Bosque del Apache NWR.

  • By completing the photo entry form on the web and paying for photo submission to the Contest, you agree and accept the Contest Terms and Conditions, General, and Release clauses.

  • Got any questions on photo submission?  contact photocontest@sdc.org  


All submissions and payments must completed by Tuesday, September 24, 2013.


Photo winners will be announced Wednesday, October 23, 2013.


1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners plus two Honorable Mentions for each category will be notified by e-mail and/or phone.    


Winning photograph prints will be displayed in the Bosque del Apache Visitor Center entry way during all of November 2013.  All photos submitted will be electronically displayed on a slide show at the Thursday night Friends Annual Dinner at the Bodega Restaurant in Socorro.  Winners will be acknowledged in person if in attendance.   


“Friends of the Bosque” Photography Contest Entry Information


The following information will be required when you submit your photos on the Friends web site:

  • Photographer’s Name

  • Mailing Address and ZIP code

  • Phone Numbers (cell and home)

  • Email Address

  • Fee is $5.00 for the first picture and $3.00 for each additional picture up to a maximum of 20.

  • You do not need to have a PayPal account, but you will be required to enter your credit card and contact information into the secure PayPal online form.

  • For each photo submitted, indicate People or Refuge category.  

  • Photo must be submitted in JPG format (the typical format used in most digital cameras).

  • Photo File Naming Convention shall be as follows:  

    • First and last initials of photographer name followed by:

      • Last two numbers of photographer’s phone number,

      • the character P(eople) or R(efuge) to indicate category,

      • and ending with the picture number (1-12).  

    • For example John Doe with a phone number of 555-555-0123 enters one picture in each category, the resulting two picture numbers are JD23P01.jpg and JD23R02.jpg

    • Be careful not the change the file extension from JPG.

    • This name shall be the “electronic” file name of the photo being emailed to the contest.

    • Have your photos properly named before submission on the Friends web site.

    • No artistic photo names are required.

    Some Recommendations


Image Formatting

What are the image formatting specifications ?


  • Recommended Dimensions: minimum 1400 pixels on the shortest side.

  • File Format: Save all images as JPEG or Baseline Standard JPEG. 

  • File Size: JPEGs images must be under 3.0 Mb.

  • Color space: Save images in RGB color space or sRGB when available.

  • Highest Resolution:  Shoot in the highest resolution your camera can accommodate and resize if needed for submission.  If you are a winner, we will contact you for a high resolution photo file.


Tools for photo file resizing and name changing:

  • IrfanView (ww.irfanview.net) is a freeware graphic viewer for Windows that can rename and resize photo files.

  • “resizer” (www.resizr.com) is a free online image resizer.


Can I modify my photos ?

  • You may modify your photos for this contest, including color/B&W, balance, saturation, brightness, cropping, contrast, etc..  However, please remember that this is a photo contest, not a digital art contest, and judges will be looking for true representations of people and the Refuge.

  • Please do not merge photos or photo elements.

  • You may remove or leave EXIF data on your JPG images.

What is resolution versus image size ?

  • Image resolution, otherwise known as dpi, is the amount of dots per square inch of an image when it is printed. Image size is the dimensions (length and width) of an image in a digital format. The difference between the two is that resolution reflects printer quality and image size designates how large your image will be viewed on monitors.


How do I rename my photo files ?

  • In Windows, just right click on the file name and look for “rename” in the popup dialogue box and enter the new file name in the blue highlighted area.

  • In Mac, you move your cursor to a file or folder, select it, wait a second and then click again on the name. A text edit field appears over the name and you can rename the file as desired.

  • Be careful not to change the JPG file extension.

I don’t have a PayPal Account-How can I pay?    All transactions are processed through PayPal. If you have an account this process is easier because your information is all stored.  You will have an opportunity to sign up for a free account when you pay.  If you do not have a PayPal account and do not wish to create one, you will be prompted to enter your credit card information and contact information for processing.  This information is not stored for future use.

Got Questions ?

    Terms & Conditions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Photographs will be accepted only from the original photographer.

  • You must be the sole author and the owner of the copyright for all photos you enter.

  • Photographers must have sufficient permission of any recognizable persons appearing in the photograph to be able to grant rights to display the photographic submission online or in printed materials.

  • Photographers retain ownership of all copyrights.  However, by submitting an image for entry in this contest, you automatically give the Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge permission and rights to store, display, and use the image, its thumbnails, and your name as the photographer, indefinitely in any non-commercial media without notification or compensation.

  • The Friends of the Bosque will not release the print quality files for print use by others.

  • You must obey all gate, fence, and other access restrictions as well as all traffic signs on the Bosque del Apache.


GENERAL: By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules and Procedures, the Terms and Conditions on use of images, and the decisions of the sponsors and judges, which are final and binding on all matters.  This Contest is void where prohibited and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.  


RELEASE: By participating, entrants release the Friends of the Bosque, Bosque del Apache NWR, the City of Socorro and the Contest partners and sponsors, their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and their agents, respective officers, directors, employees, Friends of the Bosque Volunteers, agents from any and all liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in the Contest or any prize awarded.

Acceptance:

By completing the photo entry form on the web and paying for photo submission to the Contest, you agree and accept the Contest Terms and Conditions, the General clause, and Release clause.

    Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the cutoff date for photo submissions?

    • Submission of photo files must be received  by midnight Mountain Time Zone on Tuesday, September 24,  2013


  1. How many photos can I submit?  

    • Each photographer may submit a maximum of 20 photos in any combination from the “people” and “refuge” categories.


  1. How do I decide category of my photo?

    • If your picture contains an image of human of any age, then it must be submitted in the “people” category.


  1. I have an old photo of a bird at the Bosque-can I submit it?  

    • As long as you are the original photographer and owner of the picture, you may submit the photo regardless of the date the photo was taken.


  1. Must my photo submission be taken in confines of the Bosque del Apache?

    • Yes.


  1. I do not understand all this file size and JPG stuff.  Can you help?

    • Your digital camera takes pictures in JPG format.  

    • After you down load the pictures into your PC, you can see how big the file size and resize then (if necessary) and rename them.

    • You can resize using the free on-line “Resizer” from www.resizr.com.

    • You can also resize and rename your photos using the free IrfanView (www.irfanview.com). This is a freeware graphic viewer for Windows that can rename and resize photo files.

    • If you don’t want to fuss with file size, just send your JPG images.


  1. I still do not understand how to resize and rename my photo file.  Can you help?  Just send us an email at photocontest@sdc.org and we will try to assist.


  1. Do I need to give an artistic name to my pictures?  No.






  1. Why do you want photos in such a small size as 3Mb?  They won’t look too good when you print them in large print sizes.

    • The small file size of 3Mb will facilitate ease of emailing and viewing by the photo contest judges.  If your picture is selected as a winner, the contest will be contacting you for a larger file size photo that is suitable for large size printing.


  1.  What is resolution and image size?

  • Image resolution, otherwise known as dpi, is the amount of dots per square inch of an image when it is printed. Image size is the dimensions (length and width) of an image in a digital format. The difference between the two is that resolution reflects printer quality and image size designates how large your image will be viewed on monitors.


  1. What is image aspect ratio?

  • The aspect ratio of an image describes the proportional relationship between its width and its height.  Aspect ratio is the ratio of the image pixel dimensions.


  1. I don’t understand the reference to EXIF data in the Call for Entries.  What is this?  Should I leave it or remove it?

    • If you don’t know what EXIF is, then just don’t worry about it.

    • If you are curious, then EXIF is information placed by your camera into each photo file.  This generally includes the following information:

      1. Date and time the picture was taken.

      2. The camera make and model.

      3. The f stop and exposure time of the picture.

      4. The file size and resolution.

      5. The ISO setting.

      6. Lens focal length.

      7. The Color Space.  i.e., sRGB or other

      8. White Balance setting.

      9. Higher end cameras might have copyright information.

      10. And other information.

    • As stated in the Call for Entries (page 3), you may leave EXIF date on your photo file or remove it.

    • You can use free FastStone Image Viewer from www.faststone.org to remove EXIF (FastStone calls it metadata).  Use Tools and drop down to Remove JPG Metadata.  This tool will remove the EXIF data (or metadata) and will not change the image characteristics.

    • You can use the free Opanda IExif viewer to view the EXIF data. See www.opanda.com/en/iexif/index.html

By submitting a photo entry you state you have read, agreed and accepted the Contest Terms and Conditions, the General clause, and Release clause above.

 
Please enter payment ONLY after uploading
ALL of your photos. Please select only ONE option.
You will be able to pay through your PayPal account or select "Don't have a PayPal account" to enter a credit card.
Entering 1-10 photos?
Entering 11-20 photos?
You will be contacted regarding any discrepancies between
uploaded entries and payment amounts.





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