8th Annual Your Best Shot Official Rules


ELIGIBILITY: The Digital Photo 8th Annual Your Best Shot Photo Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who do NOT reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria. Employees of Werner Publishing Corporation (“Sponsor”), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all eligibility requirements. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. CONTEST IS VOID IN CUBA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, SYRIA AND WHERE PROHIBITED.

Limit: Five (5) entries per person. Each entry submitted by any person must be substantially different from any other entry submitted by that person, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Additionally, each entry may not have won previous awards and may not have been previously published as part of a previous photo contest sponsored by Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo, PCPhoto or Digital Photo Pro magazines. Entries that are found to have won previous awards or to have been published as part of a previous photo contest will be disqualified.

How to Submit Entry: Visit http://www.dpmag.com/photo-contests/8th-annual-your-best-shot.html and complete and submit the online entry form and follow the directions provided to upload your photograph. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on November 20, 2014. Online Entry Submission Format: Photos must be submitted in .JPG or .GIF format and cannot exceed 4mb in size.

Please note: Entries submitted online will be eligible for (i) the First Place Prize (as described below), (ii) Second Place Prize (as described below), (iii) People’s Choice Prize (as described below), and (iv) for posting in the Online Gallery.

Entry must be the original work of the entrant and entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of such entry. Entry must be in keeping with the Sponsor’s image and may not be inappropriate or offensive, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third-party rights. Sponsor reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry it deems to be offensive, inappropriate, that is not in keeping with Sponsor’ image or that is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. Entrant must have obtained express written consent to submit any entry that contains persons other than entrant or third-party elements not owned by entrant and, if requested to do so, produce such written consent from appropriate parties in a form and manner acceptable to Sponsor.

FIRST PLACE PRIZE JUDGING: One (1) potential First Place Prize winner will be determined from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges, based equally on the following criteria: Adherence to Theme, Composition and Creativity/Originality (“Judging Criteria”). The entrant who submitted the entry receiving the highest score, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be the potential First Place Prize winner.

SECOND PLACE PRIZE JUDGING: Following the conclusion of the First Place Prize Judging, one potential Second Place Prize winner will be determined from among all remaining eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges using the Judging Criteria. The First Place Prize winner will not be eligible for a Second Place Prize.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE JUDGING: All eligible entries received will be pre-screened by the Sponsor and, at the Sponsor’s discretion, posted in the Online Gallery at http://www.dpmag.com/photo-contests/8th-annual-your-best-shot.html between 12:01 a.m. PT on December 9, 2014 and 11:59 p.m. PT on January 22, 2015 (“Online Voting Period”), eligible visitors to the site will have a chance to vote for their favorite entry. Limit one (1) vote per person. Votes generated by script, macro or other automated means or with the intent to impair the integrity of the voting process will be void. The entrant with the entry receiving the highest number of votes, as determined by the Sponsor, will be the potential People’s Choice Prize winner.
In the event of a tie for any prize, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the applicable winner from among those tied using the Criteria. Sponsor reserves the right to not award any prize if, in its sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of the Sponsor and judges are final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or e-mail on or about February 1, 2015 and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and, unless prohibited, a Publicity Release, a W-9 Form and any additional documents that may be required by prize provider within fourteen (14) days of date of issuance. If any potential winner is an eligible minor in his or her jurisdiction of residence, prize may, at Sponsor’s discretion, be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian, and such parent or legal guardian will be required to fulfill all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein. Noncompliance with this time period or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, may result in disqualification and, at the Sponsor’s discretion, the prize will be awarded to an applicable runner-up.

PRIZES: First Place Prize (Publication in the March/April 2015 issue Digital Photo (ARV $Priceless), (1) Manfrotto MK190XPRO3190 kit – alu 3-section horiz. column tripod + ball head (ARV $334.00), (1) A 32GB Professional 600x SDHC UHS-1 memory card from Lexar (ARV $49.99), (1) Hoodman Compact HoodLoupe (ARV $99.99), (1) Tamrac Apache 6 Camera/Tablet Bag (ARV $149.95), (1) Lumiquest Ready for Anything Kit (ARV $85.95), (1) 16×20 inch custom print from Duggal Visual Solutions (ARV $79 )and online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery (ARV $Priceless). (Total Package ARV $798.88)

Second Place Prize (1) Tamrac Mirage 4 Photo/Tablet Backpack (ARV $99.95), (1) 16GB micro SDHC USH-1 memory card from Lexar (ARV $39.99), (1) Lumiquest A Strobist® lighting kit (ARV $79.95), (1) 11×17 print of the winning photo from Duggal (ARV $59.00) and online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery (ARV $Priceless). (TARV $278.89)

People’s Choice Prize (1): An online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery (ARV $Priceless). 

Total ARV of

all prizes: $1,077.77

If, for any reason, Sponsor does not feature any of the winning entries in Digital Photo Magazine in the March/April 2015 issue, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, remainder of prize package will be awarded and Sponsor will have no further obligation to Grand Prize winner. All prize details are at the sole discretion of Sponsor. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes permitted by winners. Sponsor reserve the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being awarded are sole responsibility of each winner. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by the Sponsor. Limit one (1) prize per household.

USE OF ENTRY: By submitting an entry, entrant grants Sponsor and its designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsor’s online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsor and its designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry [(as submitted, or as cropped by Sponsor)], and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in Digital Photo magazine, for purposes of promotion of this Contest and other Sponsor’s contests and/or for purposes of advertising and promoting Sponsor and, except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

Use of Personal Information: Your personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with Werner Publishing Corporation’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.dpmag.com/privacy-policy.html), including, without limitation, for marketing and promotional purposes.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, garbled, damaged, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries or photographs or for computer, technical, printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, inability to access any website associated with the Contest, errors which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. If for any reason the Contest (or any portion thereof) is not capable of running as planned, including infection by tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserve the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, determine winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using judging procedure described above. By participating, entrant agrees (i) to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges, which are final and binding in all respects, and (ii) to hold Sponsor and its respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of or in connection with participation in this Contest, acceptance and use of any prize or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein. Sponsor may disqualify (and void all associated entries) anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives or who is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these rules. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

WINNERS’ LIST: For the list of winners (available after February 25, 2015), send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: DP 8th Annual Your Best Shot Photo Contest Winners’ List, Attn: Marketing Department, 12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90025, to be received by March 11, 2015.


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