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Photo Contest Rules

1 • The subjects for the IPA “Not Just Another Photo Contest” Contest. The theme is open to individual interpretation, but photos should be what you consider some of your best shots, either film or digital. They may be photos of better times, uplifting moments, wonderful experiences, the good times, exciting things you have seen or interesting people, it is wide open, so have fun picking the ones you feel are your favorites.

Photographs may feature landscapes, people, animals, plants, activities or just about anything. Images of recognizable people may require a valid release from that individual, If so, be prepared to supply a copy, should your image be selected as one of the winning entries. Click here for official Model Release Form.

IPA’s decision as to the eligibility of individual photographs will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

2 • Photographs entered can be taken anywhere in the world.

3 • Due to copyright and other legal restrictions, this contest is open for submissions from residents who reside in the United States and the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland,  Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

4 • Entrants may submit up to three photos as digital files, in color, black and white or a toned image. Not all of these may qualify for entry  into the contest.  Our first stage judges will determine which if any will qualify and only those can be seen in our contest gallery.

Only one photo by any individual entrant can be included in the final shortlist. Printed images cannot be accepted and all entries must be emailed to us and be saved at 72 dpi and not larger then 700 pixels in its largest side, they would enable us to display properly on our website. They should be of good quality both technically and aesthetically.

Do not send us a link to your photo on another website, your photo file must be sent in your email with your entry information.  Please attach photos to your email, do not attach a stuffed or zip file.

You must own the copyrights to your submitted images and it may not have been assigned to any other parties. We will indicate your name and a copyright notice under each image.  You may add your own watermark directly onto your image if you like, but it must be small to the lower right side of each image and not distracting from your entry.

5 • For our main contest, images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, cropped, level and color adjustments and minor photo retouching is acceptable, but they should not be manipulated to the extent that it they no longer represent the original photo and then starts to become an illustration or work of art.  Conversion of a color image to black and white or a tone will also be acceptable.  IPA and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity or simply no longer look “real”. HDR (High Dynamic Range) images will be not be accepted in this contest.

6 • The competition is open to IPA Members and Non-Members, including both professional and non-professional photographers. Employees of IPA and our sponsors, as well as their immediate families, are not eligible to enter. Entrants under the age of 18 years need to have parent or guardian sign a consent to enter. Click here to download Entry/Parent Release Form.

7 • Entrants may be amateur or professional photographers and, for the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs. All professional photographers must indicate they are professionals so their images can be uploaded to the correct contest gallery.  Failure to disclose professional status can disqualify your entries and in the event of a winning entry, we reserve the right to cancel your win should we discover your failure to disclose your professional status.

See further explanation of professional and amateur in our main contest page.

8 • Each entry should include:

Your name • address (country is vital) • telephone number • email and of course your professional or amateur status.


Example of an email entry:

Contest Category:  Amateur

Jim Smith
15 Main St., Winston, NY 03010
212 678-9050

[email protected]

Photo 1 – Sunset In New York

Photo 2 – Men At Work

Photo 3 – Jumping Rope

Please be sure your photos have been saved at 72 dpi and not larger then 700 pixels in its largest side


The photo should have the title as your jpg name… title-name.jpg (Amazon-Sunset.jpg, will appear as Amazon Sunset under your photo)This will identify them from others and the file names will show as your image title when viewed by voters. Please include the photo location if known.

Current IPA members must identify themselves and include their current IPA member ID number to qualify for our Bonus Drawing at the end of the contest.

9 • IPA will only use personal details for the purposes of administering the contest.

10 • Entries should be emailed to: [email protected]

11 • The competition will begin to accept entries on Friday, October 1, 2010 and will stop accepting admissions at midnight on Tuesday, November 30, 2010. Entries received after this date will not be considered. Our short listed semi-finalists will be announced and viewer voting will begin from December 5-15, 2010 and all final winners will  be announced on December 20, 2010.

IPA cannot accept any responsibility for any problem with non-receipt of your emailed entry. We will acknowledge your entries with an auto-responce. You should look for your images in our contest, if they are not being displayed please email us. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on any entry will be provided. We will not be able to answer questions about your status in the contest or technical questions, please refer to our website and contest rules and information.

12 • All photographs will be judged on the following criteria:

• Composition
• Technical ability
• Originality
• Interpretation of our theme
• Commercial and aesthetic appeal

If they do not meet our minium standards for this contest, they will be eliminated in the first stages of this contest and will not appear in our contest galleries.

13 • The photographs will be judged through the following process:

Stage One – All entries will go through a first stage qualification judging to see if they meet the standards we want to maintain in this contest.  Those images that pass this initial screening will be entered into our contest and will be published in our photo galleries and will be able to receive votes. You will not be notified if they fail to pass stage one, if you do not see your photos in the proper gallery, it means they were not selected.

Stage Two –  A judging panel comprised of IPA, Alien Skin, Manfroto  photographic professionals plus our celebrity judges, will then review all published entries and select a long-list of photographs, based on our stated criteria which will include the popular votes.  A shortlist of 30 entries will then be selected to move into the semi-finals.

Each of the shortlisted entrants will be contacted by a member of the IPA/Alien Skin team within a week of judging, which is scheduled for December 15, 2010. If after reasonable attempts a shortlisted entrant cannot be contacted, then IPA reserves the right to offer the place on the shortlist to the next best entry.

Stage Three – The Final Vote -  All 30 shortlisted entries will be featured on the IPA Contest section of our blog, and visitors to our contest pages will be asked to vote for their favorite. The winners will be the entries which receives the most votes by both the visitors and our judges combined.

14 • The prizes will be  featured in our Awards contest page. International winners may be responsible for paying customs fees on prizes that must be shipped to them and IPA will not be responsible for lost or stolen prizes once they have been mailed to the winners.  Software may be awarded in a download format or physical CD based on our sponsors ability to deliver these prizes properly.  The prizes are as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives and we reserve the right to change the prizes if necessary for other prizes of equal or greater value.

Note: Semi-finalist Magazine subscription prizes can only be offered to U.S. residents due to publishers limitations.

15 • The finalists, together with a number of semi-finalists and their winning images will be used to promote our future contests, as well as for marketing purposes for IPA and it’s sponsors. See rule #18 below.

16 • In the event of a technical problem or evidence of impropriety with regard to the viewers’ votes, the judges shall have the final decision. The viewers’ votes amount to 25% of the overall voting, with the remainder left to our judges. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.

17 • All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries, or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.Click here for official Model Release Form.

18 • Prior to submission, entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, been paid for any publication of any of their entries, or won or been a runner- up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries.

19 • Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to IPA. By entering the competition, all entrants grant IPA the right to publish and exhibit their photographs on our website and those of our sponsors for the sole purpose of giving our entrants and winners added exposure and to help promote our current and future contests.  These images will not be used for any other purpose other then to display them as entries and winners in our contest or contests.

It is understood that no fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Entrants whose photographs are chosen as one of the finalists,  further agree to take part in post-competition publicity should it be necessary. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every use of the photographs will include the photographers’ names or credits. At times we may use a screen shot from the contest or use the images in other forms for promotion of contests or in articles relating to the contests and its participants.  We may include some in articles dealing with the contest or how to win a contest, but we will not use them for any other commercial use and no images will be sold or offered for sale to anyone.  We hope you understand our intent is to protect your rights and wish to support your efforts.

Winners will be required to complete our entry form and agree to our Terms when notified they are winners.

20 • By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and IPA reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if IPA has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.

21 • IPA reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control or for lack of suitable participation in the contest.

22 • If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, IPA reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner-up or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.

23 • Alien Skin Software will be available as a download from their web site and we will issue proper registration numbers.  U.S. winners may opt to have the Alien Skin software sent to them on disk.  Tripods and Kata bags that must be shipped will ship directly from Manfrotto to U.S. customers only. International winners of these prizes will be required to pay for the cost of international shipping (via Pay Pal or other payment services) and these prizes will be shipped by IPA to those winners. We will indicate the prizes are gifts on the customs documentation.  We would not expect any duties would have to be paid on these items, but please check with your local authorities for verification.

24 • These rules are governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey and the United States. This competition is administered by IPA (International Press Association, PO Box 854, Keyport, NJ 07735.

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