2018 VASWCD Photo Contest (Deadline: August 15, 2018)

Photo Contest Rules Official Rules of the VASWCD Photo Contest

SUBMIT YOUR IMAGES starting Feb.1,2018

2018 VASWCD Photo Contest Rules



The Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) Photo Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States. Panel Judges (of the VASWCD Photo Contest), as well as immediate family (spouse, partners, siblings, and children) and household members of those judges, are not eligible to enter.

Bee photo:  By Ann Harrell from Roanoke County

Entry Period

The VASWCD Photo Contest begins February 1, 2018 and ends on August 15th, 2018. Entries submitted before or after the entry period will not be eligible. Winners will be announced in September 2018.


What to Enter

The VASWCD is committed to conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs and we want to see it through your eyes. For our 2018 Photo Contest, we’d like you to take photos that showcase “Conservation through the seasons.”  Capture those vibrant moments and express what conservation looks like to you throughout the seasons!

All photographs must be taken within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Photographs taken outside the state of Virginia will be disqualified.

Entries should include the following information.

  • Name
  • Age (as of Aug. 15th, 2018)
  • Address
  • Email
  • Telephone
  • Photo Title
  • City or County where photo was taken
  • Caption that describes photo and what “Conservation through the seasons” looks like to you (Limit to one paragraph)

By submitting your entry, you (parent/legal guardian if entrant is a minor in his/her state of residence) agree that the photograph(s) conforms to the guidelines and content restrictions.

By entering, entrants (parent/legal guardian if entrant is a minor in his/her state of residence) represent and warrant that the photograph(s) that they submit are their own original creations and do not infringe any other person’s or entity’s rights, including trespassing on private land.

Entries must be submitted by the original creator. Photograph(s) created by someone other than you but submitted by you will be disqualified. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any photograph(s) submitted. Incomplete entries will not be accepted and will be automatically rejected.

To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit files at least 3 MB at the time of entry. Higher resolution files of at least 300 dpi/ppi will be requested should an entry be preselected to be awarded a prize or an honorable mention. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (red eye removal, removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified, which is left to the Panel’s discretion.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — as long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG, .jpg, or .png form. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to VASWCD upon request.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to VASWCD upon request.  Visit  www.vaswcd.org/photo-contest-rules for additional rules and regulations.

You can submit up to 10 images. Only the first 10 images will be considered if more are entered. Please review all Rules and Regulations for submitting images (www.vaswcd.org/photo-contest-rules). Photographs that do not meet the criteria will be disqualified.

**Contact Bonnie Mahl at bonnie.mahl@vaswcd.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding photo submission.

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