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ocean photography awards t&C’S
The Ocean Photography Awards™ is an international photography competition aimed at showcasing the beauty and fragility of this planet’s blue spaces. It also offers significant opportunity for ocean photographers to have their work publicly showcased across a range of media and public spaces, bringing significant exposure to their work.
The Ocean Photography Awards™ (www.oceanphotographyawards.com) is a trademarked competition run by the publishers of Oceanographic Magazine™, CXD MEDIA Ltd referred to throughout this page as “we” or “us” or the “Competition”.
By entering the Ocean Photography Awards™, you agree to the following terms and conditions. Please read the following carefully before entering.
By entering the Ocean Photography Awards™ you agree:
- You will not post any inappropriate or malicious material.
- You will not break any laws.
- You will not infringe on any third-party rights or policies.
- You will not copy and/or use any Ocean Photography Awards™ content – taken directly from the site or otherwise – without the written consent from us.
- You permit the Ocean Photography Awards™ to use your submission(s) as it sees fit, including for promotional, commercial and editorial purposes related to the Awards.
- The Ocean Photography Awards is officially partnered with not-for-profit ocean conservation organisation, SeaLegacy. 100% of entry fees to the Competition go directly to SeaLegacy to support its ocean work. Each entry fee comes with membership to The Tide. A minimum donation of USD$5 is required, cancellable at any time. Oceanographic Magazine will match all entry fee donations up to and including £10,000.
- Entry to the Competition is strictly via the official submission form on this website. Emails will not be accepted. Successful entrants, including winners, runners-up and those highly-commended will be contacted following the judging panel’s decision. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
- The judging panel’s decision is final.
- It is the responsibility of each entrant to have read the Competition T&Cs and Entry Rules prior to entering. Should these T&Cs be breached, the entrant will be liable to the Competition owners with regards to any losses or damages incurred.
- Photographers must hold all required permissions and permits for images submitted. These must be made available on request by the Competition owners.
- All submissions must be original photographs.
- All entries must be received by midnight on August 31, 2020.
- All submissions must have been created by the photographer entering.
- Entrants can enter as many categories as they wish.
- One to five images can be entered into each category, bar the Collective Portfolio Award, which requires ten.
- Post-processing of images is acceptable.
- Images that have already won a recognised award prior to January 1, 2020 should NOT be entered. This does not include Collective Portfolios submissions, which can include award-winning images.
- 50MB upload limit per image.
- Images should be free of watermarks.
- Image file names should be a short description (roughly 10 words) of the photograph’s subject.
- Manipulation of the natural world is NOT acceptable. All entrants confirm that all images were taken naturally, without interference with wildlife.
- Entrants into the Young Ocean Photographer of the Year must be 18 years of age or under on June 30, 2020. There are no age restrictions on all other categories.
- Each entrant must make a donation to SeaLegacy (via membership to The Tide). Minimum donation is $5, cancellable at any time. Each entrant must complete membership sign-up after their first category entry (we will email you a link once you have uploaded your images). Subsequent entries are not chargeable, though we do encourage larger donations for photographers who enter multiple categories. If you do not complete your entry submission donation, your images will not be considered for the Awards.
- The following categories will be awarded:
- The Ocean Photographer of the Year (overall winner)
- The Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year
- The Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year
- The Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year
- The Collective Portfolio Award
- The Young Ocean Photographer of the Year
- The Community Choice Award
- Submissions for Awards 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be welcomed. Awards 1 and 7 will be chosen from submissions into the other five categories.
- Awards categories are deliberately broad and open to interpretation. The Awards are about the emotional connection of photography and the ability of each photographer to communicate a story to the viewer. They are not about technical ability or the use of particular equipment. If you feel your image tells a conservation story, enter it into the Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year; if it invokes a sense of exploration, submit it for consideration in the Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year, etc.
- The Competition reserves the right to award images in a category they were not originally submitted in. This will happen at the discretion of the judges for images they feel are particularly suited to an alternative category.
- Cash prizes are provided by Oceanographic Magazine. Payment method is strictly by bank transfer. Any associated fees regarding each winner’s transfer – domestic or international – will be deducted from each individual cash prize total.
- Third-party prize offerings will be fulfilled by those third parties. Competition entrants give the Competition permission to pass on all required personal details to ensure prizes can be fulfilled in full and in a timely manner.
- All parties offering prizes – including but not limited to the Competition owners and SeaLegacy – reserve the right to alter, amend or cancel any prizes offered as part of the Competition, at any time and without notice. Entrants who win multiple awards will receive the highest value award. Prizes will be given/distributed at the prize-giver’s convenience, but no later than the ‘entries closed’ date for the following year’s Awards.
- The Competition owners reserve the right to disqualify any entrants they deem to have breached the Competition rules, even after the Awards have been allocated. Disqualification does not have to be explained, or the reasons for it proven. Disqualification comes with the forfeit of any associated Award(s) and prize(s). If prizes (including cash) have already been delivered prior to disqualification, the Competition reserves the right to reclaim.
RIGHTS / AGREEMENTS / GDPR
- All images submitted to the Competition may be used by the Ocean Photography Awards, Oceanographic Magazine and selected affiliates and partners for exhibitions, events and publications directly related to the Competition, including – but not limited to – the winners’ gala at City Hall and the public exhibition beside the River Thames. This image usage includes online, offline, digital and in print, and extends to advertising, publicity and any other reasonably permittable forms provided the usage is related to the Ocean Photography Awards.
- Image credits will always be provided to the copyright owner.
- Copyright of submitted images is maintained by the photographer. Usage of the images – by the Competition owners or any partners and affiliates – in instances unrelated to the Ocean Photography Awards is strictly prohibited.
- Competition entrants agree to join the GDPR-compliant Ocean Photography Awards mailing list as part of their submission so that they can be contacted regarding final submission steps, including membership to The Tide and their associated donation.
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