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Rainforest Alliance ADMIN June 19, 2013
Last chance to enter the Rainforest Alliance’s 2013 Picture Our Planet Photo Contest!
Enter your best photos by June 30th for a chance to win a trip to Costa Rica or a Polaroid HD pocket camcorder.

Group Description

Welcome to the 2011 Rainforest Alliance "Picture Sustainability" Photo Contest, sponsored by Fujfilm. Please take a moment to read the contest rules. You must agree to the rules in order to submit photos to the group and enter the contest.


Deadline
Entries can be uploaded starting at 4 pm EST on June 15, 2011. All entries must be submitted to the group pool by 4 pm EST on October 14, 2011. Winners will be notified on or around December 7, 2011.

The Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to adjust any deadlines as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.


Categories
Forests: boreal, tropical or temperate forests

Water: rivers, streams and waterfalls; beaches; wetlands; coral reefs

Wildlife: insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles or fish

People & Planet: images that celebrate communities and culture, or that depict children and/or adults conserving natural resources, including water, flora and fauna, or engaging in environmental education

Macro Imagery: close-up or macro images that reveal the splendor of the natural world

You must indicate which category you are submitting your image to by tagging it with that category's name. Please select one category only. Images that are not tagged with a category name will be disqualified.


Judging, Winners and Prizes
Preliminary judging and scoring will be done by a panel of judges from the Rainforest Alliance. Up to 25 finalists (up to five in each category) will be selected. The Rainforest Alliance will then post the finalists for each category on its website and invite the public to vote on category winners. A maximum of five Category Prize winners, one for each category, will be chosen. Finalists for each category will also be sent to Art Wolfe, world-renowned wildlife and nature photographer, who will select one Grand Prize winner.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a six-day, five-night eco-tour for two to Guatemala. The trip includes stops in the city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, combined with a tour of a nearby volcano and Lake Atitlán, for an experience of Guatemala’s cultural and natural gems.

Category winners will receive a FUJIFILM FinePix HS20EXR camera, case and SD card. All winners will also receive an honorary one-year membership to the Rainforest Alliance.

See the contest rules for more details.

Special thanks to Fujfilm and Art Wolfe for their generous support of this contest.

Group Rules

Rainforest Alliance’s “Picture Sustainability” Photo Contest Rules, 2011

The Rainforest Alliance invites you to submit photographs that promote our mission of working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. We encourage submission of photographs that display and celebrate local cultures and communities, flora and fauna, and landscapes and habitats around the world.

Eligibility, entry period and instructions, judging criteria, prize details and winner selection and notification procedures are detailed below. BY ENTERING THIS PHOTO CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO ALL OF THE RULES OF THIS CONTEST AND TO ALL OF THE LEGAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS LISTED BELOW.


ELIGIBILITY

This contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older as of the date the contest begins. Employees and immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling or sibling’s spouse) of employees of the Rainforest Alliance and its affiliates, or Fujifilm or its affiliates, or Art Wolfe, Inc., are not eligible to participate. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

This contest is void in Puerto Rico, outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited by law.

Previous Rainforest Alliance Photo Contest winners may submit photos, but are not eligible to win.


ENTRY PERIOD

The contest begins June 15, 2011, 4pm EST and ends October 14, 2011, 4pm EST. All entries must be received within this time period in order to be considered for prizes. Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to modify the deadline for submissions due to circumstances beyond its control.


ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

Please enter the contest by uploading your photos at www.flickr.com/groups/rainforest-alliance-photo-contest/. No other method of entry will be accepted. We will not accept photographs submitted through the mail.

What to Enter
Your photographs may be taken anywhere in the world, and should reflect the contest categories of “Forests,” “Water,” “Wildlife,” “People & Planet,” or “Macro imagery.” Please do not submit images of pets or domestic animals. Photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (i.e. beyond removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

How to Enter
To enter the contest, you must agree to the group rules, join the group and add your photographs to the group pool. All images in the group pool at the conclusion of the submission period that have met all of the requirements will be considered valid entrants.

Required Information
Several pieces of information are required to facilitate judging of the contest and allow us to properly credit photographers.

1. In the title box under the image, please supply a simple descriptive title for your photograph.

2. In the description box, include your full name, city, state and country, and the location in which the photo was taken.

3. You may also include a caption for the photo in the description box if you wish.

4. You must tag your photo with the name of the category you are submitting it to. Your image must be tagged with “Forests,” “Water,” “Wildlife,” “People & Planet,” or “Macro Imagery.” Please note that multiple-word tags like "Macro Imagery" must be entered within quotation marks. If not, Flickr will interpret it as two separate tags. Each photo may be entered in one category only.

Failure to include any of the required information will result in disqualification. You may enter as many images as you like, in any of the categories. However, no more than one image per photographer may be chosen as a finalist.

Winners will be contacted via their FlickrMail accounts. Please make sure to check your FlickrMail account after October 15th for updates. You may also wish to subscribe to The Canopy, our e-newsletter, so that we have alternate contact details for you in our system.

By entering, you warrant that the photograph that you submit is original and is your own, and does not infringe on the rights of any third party. You further warrant that your participation in this photo contest does not violate any agreement between you and a third party.

By entering the photo contest, you grant the Rainforest Alliance the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display your photograph, and to create derivative works from your photograph, in perpetuity, in any of its on-line, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for purposes of promoting the Rainforest Alliance’s mission and awareness of its program, including but not limited to for editorial, advertising, publicity, and fundraising purposes, without payment of compensation unless prohibited by law. You grant the Rainforest Alliance permission to provide your name, and your city and state of residence, when publishing, reproducing or otherwise using your photo and when identifying you as an entrant or prize winner in the photo contest. While the Rainforest Alliance will make every effort to credit photographers when using photos, there may be circumstances where it is not possible to do so. Subject to the rights granted to the Rainforest Alliance, you retain all other copyrights and rights to future use of the photographs you enter into the contest.

If your photograph(s) include a recognizable person or people, you must secure permission from each person (or in the case of a minor, the minor’s parent or guardian) to use his/her image in the photo contest, and present it to Rainforest Alliance, if requested. A link to the model release form is available on the Rainforest Alliance Flickr group pool. The Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to disqualify an entry if it finds, in its sole discretion, that an entrant has not secured a necessary release.


JUDGING CRITERIA & PRIZE WINNER SELECTION

After the close of the entry period, eligible photographs will be assigned to one of five categories: Forests, Water, Wildlife, People & Planet, and Macro imagery

Forests (boreal, tropical or temperate forests)

Water (rivers, streams and waterfalls; beaches; wetlands; coral reefs)

Wildlife (insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish)

People & Planet (images that celebrate communities and culture, or that depict children and/or adults conserving natural resources, including water, flora and fauna, or engaging in environmental education)

Macro imagery (close-up or macro images that reveal the splendor of the natural world)

Preliminary judging and scoring will be done by a panel of judges from the Rainforest Alliance. The photographs will be judged based on three (3) criteria and assigned a score of up to a maximum of 30 points. The three criteria, which will be weighted equally, are: visual appeal and composition (maximum 10 points); portrayal of the Rainforest Alliance’s mission (maximum 10 points); and originality and creativity (maximum 10 points). The judges will be staff in the Communications and Marketing divisions of the Rainforest Alliance who have experience or educational training in photography and design, and/or are responsible for the design of and selection of images in the Rainforest Alliance electronic and non-electronic publications and materials.

Up to 25 finalists (up to five in each category) will be selected from all eligible submissions based upon the scoring system. In the event of a tie, the selection of finalists will be within the discretion of the judges.

The Rainforest Alliance will then post the finalists for each category on its website and invite the public to vote on category winners. Website visitors can vote by dragging their favorite image into a box to select it as the winner for that category. At the end of the public voting period, votes for each photo will be tallied by Rainforest Alliance communications staff and Category Prizes will be awarded to the photos with the most votes in each category. A maximum of five (5) Category Prize winners, one for each category, will be chosen.

Finalists for each category will also be sent to Art Wolfe, world-renowned wildlife and nature photographer, who will select one Grand Prize winner. Should Art Wolfe choose the same photo for the Grand Prize winner that the public has chosen as a Category Prize winner, the Category Prize will then go to the photo in that category with the next highest average score from the public voting. Only one (1) Grand Prize winner will be chosen.

The decisions of the judges are final and binding.


PRIZE WINNER NOTIFICATION & PRIZES

On or about December 7, 2011, the Rainforest Alliance shall notify the Category Prize winners and the Grand Prize winner of his or her selection. Notification shall be via the entrant’s FlickrMail account, or e-mail and/or telephone (if you have registered with us by subscribing to The Canopy newsletter). Please make sure to check your FlickrMail account around the end of the contest. You may wish to subscribe to The Canopy, our e-newsletter, so that we have alternate contact details for you in our system. If the Rainforest Alliance is unable to contact a potential winner, does not receive an acknowledgment of receipt from a potential winner within ten (10) days, or if the notification is returned as undeliverable, the Rainforest Alliance has the option to disqualify such potential winner and select an alternate winner.

Each Category Prize winner will be awarded one (1) FUJIFILM FinePix HS20EXR camera, case and SD card and a one-year Rainforest Alliance membership at the $100 level. Approximate retail value of each Category Prize is $660

Benefits of a Rainforest Alliance membership, at $100 level, include; a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter, The Canopy, members-only conservation updates, and opportunities to participate in fun and informative events.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a six-day, five-night eco-tour for two to Guatemala, including airfare from the lower 48 US states at a value not to exceed $1000/person. The trip will be organized and booked through Colorado-based travel company Aventouras. The trip includes stops in the city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, combined with a tour of a nearby volcano and Lake Atitlán, for an experience of Guatemala’s cultural and natural gems.

Trip itinerary:
• Day 1: Fly from US, arrive Guatemala City, transfer to Antigua, overnight Hotel Porta Antigua
• Day 2: Morning valley bike tour, afternoon walking cultural tour of Antigua, overnight Hotel Porta Antigua
• Day 3: Coffee tour and private transfer to Panajachel, overnight Porta del Lago
• Day 4: Kayak on the lake and hike a nearby hill with great views of the lake and volcanoes, overnight Porta del Lago
• Day 5: Private transfer to Antigua with free time in Pana, Antigua, or both.
• Day 6: Transfer to Guatemala City for return flight

Included in Grand Prize trip:
• Breakfasts
• Lunches
• Airport transfers

Not included:
• Dinners
• Alcoholic drinks
• Souvenirs

Restrictions:
• International flight must originate from the 48 mainland states in the United States. The trip must be completed by December 31st, 2012 and may not include holiday weeks of Christmas, New Years’ and Easter).
• The trip dates are subject to availability of hotels and flights. Trip must be booked a minimum of eight weeks in advance.
• The prize may be transferred to another person and activities may be changed on a limited basis, but destinations cannot be changed.
• The Grand Prize must be booked on or before March 31st, 2012 and the trip must be completed by December 31st, 2012. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the prize. The Grand Prize trip is transferable.

The Grand Prize winner also will receive one (1) FUJIFILM FinePix HS20EXR camera, case and SD card, valued at approximately $560, and a one-year Rainforest Alliance membership at the $100 level. Approximate total retail value of the Grand Prize is approximately $5660.

The approximate total retail value of all the prizes is $8,960. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or used in conjunction with any other promotion. The Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. There shall be no substitutions for any prizes except as provided for at the sole discretion of the Rainforest Alliance.
All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

Prize winners will be required to execute and return to Rainforest Alliance an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form (“Affidavit and Release”) within ten (10) days of notification of selection as a prize winner. The Affidavit and Release will, among other things and as required under these contest rules, certify the prize winner’s eligibility to enter the contest, rights in the photograph submitted, and ability to grant rights in the photo to the Rainforest Alliance; grant the Rainforest Alliance the right to publish and use the photo, without further consent of or compensation to the winner and/or any person whose recognizable image appears in the photograph; release and indemnify the Rainforest Alliance from and against liability associated with the entry, the photograph, the contest and the prizes; acknowledge responsibility for taxes; and certify compliance with the U.S.A. Patriot Act and related anti-terrorism laws. Failure to sign and return an Affidavit and Release to the Rainforest Alliance within ten (10) days of notification may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. The Grand Prize winner (or designated transferee for travel) and his/her travel companion also will be required to execute a release of liability in connection with their participation in the travel prize.

The winning photographs may appear on the Rainforest Alliance website and the Fujifilm website, and also may be used by the Rainforest Alliance for future publicity or fundraising purposes.


LEGAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

This photo contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

As an entrant in this photo contest, it is your responsibility to determine that you are eligible to enter and to comply with the entry instructions and other photo contest rules set forth herein. Any violation of the contest rules may result in your disqualification, in the sole discretion of the Rainforest Alliance.

In the event of a dispute relating to the identity of the entrant, the entrant will be deemed to be the authorized account holder of the email address used to submit the entry to the photo contest. The authorized account holder shall mean the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet Access Provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institute) responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

The Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to disqualify you if, among other reasons, you breach the warranties you are required to make, you have failed to secure permission from persons whose recognizable images appear in the photo, or your entry is lost, late, misdirected, incorrect, garbled or incompletely received, for any reason whatsoever, including by reason of hardware, software, browser or network failure, malfunction, congestion or incompatibility with the Rainforest Alliance’s servers. The Rainforest Alliance further reserves the right to disqualify you, and to seek damages against you to the fullest extent permitted by law, if you intentionally or recklessly damage the Rainforest Alliance website or tamper with the entry process or operation of the website or otherwise undermine the legitimate operation of the contest, or attempt to do so. Such actions may violate criminal and civil laws.

In the event that the Rainforest Alliance cannot complete the photo contest as planned, including but not limited to by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure, technical failures of any sort or other causes beyond the control of the Rainforest Alliance that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the photo contest, the Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the photo contest.

By entering this photo contest, you agree to release the Rainforest Alliance and its affiliates, and their officers, directors, agents, attorneys, employees and representatives, from any and all liability for any claims, demands, causes of action, damages, judgments or settlements, or for any losses or injury to earnings, profits, or goodwill, or for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including attorneys’ fees and court costs, other than entrant’s out-of-pocket expenses (if any) associated with entering the contest, arising out of or relating to this photo contest, your access or lack of access to the Rainforest Alliance website, or in connection with any prize won, any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, or any use by Rainforest Alliance of the photographs submitted.

By entering the photo contest, you hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Rainforest Alliance and its affiliates, and their officers, directors, agents, attorneys, employees and representatives, against and from all third party claims, demands, causes of action, damages, judgments or settlements, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, arising out of or relating to this photo contest, or in connection with any prize won, any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, or any use by Rainforest Alliance of the photographs submitted.

In the event of any dispute, controversy or claim between an entrant and the Rainforest Alliance, the parties shall first seek to resolve the dispute through informal discussions. In the event any dispute, controversy or claim cannot be resolved informally, the parties agree that the dispute, controversy or claim will be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association in effect at the time of commencement of the arbitration, and the parties agree that judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

Additional Info

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