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Scott Bourne July 15, 2009
ANPW contest is sponsored by Drobo, Lensbaby, Peachpit, lynda.com and ThinkTank Photo - Sponsored also by Photofocus.com. It's been a great year. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Group Description

This is the alternate submission site for the Aperture Nature Photography Workshop contest. One entry per person. Safe content only. You must be at least 18 years of age and a US resident to enter. For full rules go to www.f64.com.

Group Rules

About this Contest:
Start Date: May 14 at 2:00 PM, PST
End Date: July 15, at 2:00 PM PST
Prizes:
1.
Each winning photographer will receive:


1 Firewire Drobo - approximate value $500

1 Lensbaby gift certificate - approximate value $350

1 Premium subscription to lynda.com value $375

1 set of all current Peachpit Press Photo-related books - approximate value $500

1 ThinkTank 360 Photo Bag - approximate value $350

1 Apple Aperture 2.1 - approximate value $200

In addition, we’ll be providing lodging, ground transportation, food, park admission and instruction to the amateurs bringing the total value of goods and services committed to this project to more than $100,000.00!

About:

The Aperture Nature Photography Workshops at Rainier, Tetons, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks will take four groups of professional and amateur photographers to America's most scenic destinations to make spectacular images while learning how to get the most out of Apple professional photo editing application, Aperture.
Beginning in September, 2008 and contiuing through August 2009, we'll run contests. This is the second of four and for this contest, a group of four professional photographers will be joined by four amateur photographers at Yosemite National Park for unparalleled photo opportunities, followed by first-hand instruction in Apple Aperture by a team of Apple-certified Aperture trainers.
Our amateurs are going to be paired up with some of the greatest photographers in the country. This offers a very rare one-on-one learning experience that offers them a chance to see how the pros really do it.

This event will be repeated every three months, another group of four pros, and four amateurs will meet in a different national park to continue the project until all four parks, Rainier, Tetons, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks have been photographed.
In each location, our lucky amateurs will be working alongside established professionals. They'll learn how the pros approach, pre-visualize, compose, expose and shoot each image.

The collective works of the photographers involved will be included in a new book published by Peachpit Press, with some proceeds going to a photographic charity.

Top pros will join amateurs who attend by virtue of being selected in a nationwide contest. Each photographer, professional and amateur will spend time in the field shooting as well as time in the classroom using Aperture to sort, keyword, rate, edit and share their work.
Our marketing partners will provide special thank you gifts to each photographer. Each photographer on this trip will receive:

From Apple, a copy of Aperture 2.2
From Lensbabies, a free Lensbaby lens
From Peachpit Press, $500 worth of photography-related books
From Data Robotics, a free Drobo
From ThinkTank Photo, a free Rotation 360 backback
From lynda.com, a free one-year Premium subscription to the lynda.com training library
Sponsorship: Photofocus.com

The project will be documented on this blog, on our partner's websites, in the social media space at places like Twitter and FriendFeed and in a dedicated podcast.

For more information on sponsorship, the contest or anything else connected with the workshops please contact:

Scott Bourne
Bourne Media Group
P.O. Box 1114
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
scottbourne@mac.com

Rules:
HOW: Each participant may submit one photograph in total. All images must be digitally uploaded.
WHEN: Submissions open according to time above, We're not responsible for errors which may terminate the contest early so enter soon.
WHERE: Flickr
WHAT: Prize package is described below

Questions and inquiries can be emailed to aperturenatureworkshops@gmail.com. Due to the expected volume of entries and possible questions, we cannot guarantee a personal response to each question, but we will try to answer questions on the blog as often as possible.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MOST QUESTIONS CAN BE ANSWERED BY CAREFULLY READING THESE RULES.

This contest is open to all amateur photographers. To be considered an amateur, participants must earn less than 50% of their annual income from photography.

Please read the following rules carefully! Your entry will be disqualified if you do not follow these rules.

WHAT: We are looking for striking images of nature, or creatures on land and life beneath the water’s surface from anywhere in the world. These images may show animal behavior, portraits of wildlife in natural habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature. Essentially, any image that depicts nature in the opinion of the photographer is eligible.

While we are not offended by it, we cannot accept photos that contain any nudity. Winners will be selected based on several criteria including, originality, theme, technical & artistic details, story, and visual impact.

HOW: Each participant may submit one photograph in total. All images must be digitally uploaded.
Images should be 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72ppi.

Questions and inquiries can be emailed to aperturenatureworkshops@gmail.com. Due to the expected volume of entries and possible questions, we cannot guarantee a personal response to each question, but we will try to answer questions on the blog as often as possible.

WHO: You must be a US resident and an amateur photographer and at least 18 years of age. Employees (and their families) of Bourne Media Group, Apple and our sponsors are not eligible. Your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs — and your name, occupation, city and state of residence — to be published as selected award winners in all marketing materials related to the workshop and to be published or used on websites owned or operated by Bourne Media Group, Apple and all vendor sponsors of the contest; and used for promotions of the workshop including, but not limited to, exhibitions, a photo contest calendar, a compilation book or electronic collection of photographs, online photo features and contests, and web pages providing information, updates, rules and photography tips. Entrants retain Copyright ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs. Bourne Media Group shall have the right to verify, in their sole judgment, winner eligibility.

These workshops will require participants to negotiate mild hiking trails and outdoor off-trail conditions. Entrants must be in sufficient health to negotiate such trails without assistance from any other workshop participants and without the aide of motorized wheelchairs or other similar devices.

Judges:
Scott Bourne, Steve Simon, Martin Gisborne

Legal conditions: By entering these awards, you agree to these entry rules, and the following legal conditions.
By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original, do not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that participant has obtained any necessary permissions from any third party if a third party or third party’s property appears in the photograph. Aperture Nature Photography Workshops and Bourne Media Group reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it finds in its sole discretion that any of the foregoing warranties are not true. Decisions of Aperture Nature Photography Workshops and Bourne Media Group shall be final and binding.

By entering, participants release and hold harmless the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops and Bourne Media Group, Apple and all sponsors, their respective subsidiaries, affiliates (collectively, the “Companies”), directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind rising from or in connection with the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops, or any prize won, any use of the entry materials by Aperture Nature Photography Workshops, the warranties participants make, any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, participation in any Aperture Nature Photography Workshops-related activity, or participation in the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops.

Participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved with the Companies, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, before a court of competent jurisdiction located in Tacoma, WA, which court shall apply the laws of the state of Washington without regard for rules of conflicts of law. In any such dispute, participant shall, under no circumstances, be entitled to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (if any) associated with participating in the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops. Participant hereby waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

Any attempt by an entrant or other individual to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, the Companies reserve the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
The Companies are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. The Companies assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Companies are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, servers, providers, computer on-line systems, software, or failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, including injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or uploading images or information in the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops.

All federal, state, and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prize packages are the sole responsibility of the winners. Winners may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form. Return of any prize and/or prize notification as undeliverable or failure of any entrant to comply with any Official Rules may result in disqualification. There are no prize substitutions allowed.

If, for any reason, the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops is not capable of completion as planned, including, but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Companies that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops, the Companies reserve the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops without compensation to any participant.

In no event will the Companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, or their directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of participant’s access to and use of the Companies’ websites or the downloading or uploading and/or printing of material from said sites. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the Companies’ sites is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so some of the foregoing limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding these limitations or exclusions.
Aperture Nature Photography Workshops may share your contact information with sponsors. To opt out of this service, send email to Aperture Nature Photography Workshops and Bourne Media Group at aperturenatureworkshops@gmail.com.

All decisions by the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops judges will be final and binding.

A Release and Assumption of Risk form must be signed by each participant prior to the commencement of the trip. Participation by any trip member will be declined in absence of the signed release of liability form, with no trip fee refund. No modification to the terms of the Release and Assumption of Risk form will be accepted.
Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person or submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer.

Entrants must be available to attend the workshop. Workshops cannot be rescheduled. In the event that a winner cannot attend, they will forfeit all prizes and an alternate will take their place. There can be no exceptions.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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