RULES

The Toronto Star Photo Contest 2017 Rules

The Toronto Star Photo Contest 2017 Rules – updated April 27, 2017

1. Agreement: These rules govern the Toronto Star Photo Contest (“Contest”). The act of entering the Contest constitutes acceptance of the Contest rules and the decisions of the Contest judge, (defined in Section 5), which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants.

2. Sponsors: The Contest Sponsor is Toronto Star Newspaper Limited  (“Sponsor”).

3. Eligibility: The Contest is open to amateur photographers who reside in any province or territory of Canada, with the exception of Quebec. The Contest is not open to employees, their immediate families and anyone living with any employee of the Sponsor or its corporate affiliates, advertising or promotional agencies. For the purpose of this Contest an amateur photographer is a photographer who makes less than 15% of their annual income, or less than $3,500, whichever is lower, from the practice of photography.

4. Contest and Judging Criteria:

I.     To enter the Contest, photographs should be no smaller than 900 pixels on the shortest side and no greater than 2,400 pixels on the longest side. Some examples include:

3:2 ratio landscape image, width 2,400 x height 1,600
2:3 ratio portrait image, width 1,600 x height 2,400
1:1 ratio square image, width 2,400 x 2,400

II.     Categories (“Categories”/”Category”): there is a new Category each month. Judges are looking for photographers who demonstrate a keen eye, and images that have impact, originality and creativity.

III.     Each entrant can enter a maximum of ten (10) images in each Category; ten (10) images per month.

IV.     The same image cannot be entered in more than one Category. This includes altered and unaltered images.

V.       Entries must be uploaded online at http://startouchimages.com and include a valid email address.

VI.     An entrant under the age of 13 must have the consent of his/her parent or legal guardian to submit his/her personal information in order to enter the Contest.  The parent or legal guardian must complete all the required fields of the relevant portion of the entry form, including his/her name and address.  If a parent or legal guardian does not provide consent, the entry will be disqualified.

VII.    Each entrant shall be permitted to share his or her entry image via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr (“Share”).

VIII.   In order to vote for an image, or images an individual must visit http://startouchimages.com/voting-gallery/; the voting page can be accessed through the Contest website or via links in shared posts about the Contest

IX.      Voters can vote for their favourite image or images with a limit of one (1) vote per image for each 24 hour period (i.e. an image can only receive one vote from the same individual in a 24 hour period).

X.        There is no registration required and no restrictions on the number of times an individual may Share an image.

XI.       The Contest period starts March 1, 2017 with the March 2017 category. The March Category entry period is March 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST and ends on March 25, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (“Contest Period”). Subsequent monthly Categories will start on the day following the previous Category entry period (12:01 a.m. on the 26th day of the month), each month beginning March 26, 2017 until the Contest Closing Date, December 26, 2017. Continuation of the contest into subsequent months is at the Sponsor’s discretion. Entries for each Category must be received within the applicable entry period. To be eligible, an entry must be the entrant’s original photo, may not have won any other prize or have been previously published in any other medium. In connection with your submission, you affirm, represent and/or warrant that (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use and authorize Sponsor and its advertising and promotional agencies to use all copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights in and to your submission to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the manner contemplated by these Contest rules; and (ii) you have the written consent, release and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the submission to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the matter contemplated by these Contest rules. Sponsor reserves the right to reject and disqualify any submissions that could be offensive or inappropriate or that do not meet the terms and conditions of these rules.

XII.    All imagery must be the total and exclusive work of the entrant and may not include any element that is the copyright of another.

XIII.   Entrants may make reasonable use of digital darkroom type techniques that enhance quality but do not distort the photograph. Only minor burning, dodging and/or colour correction is acceptable, as is cropping.

XIV.   When a photograph is submitted and entry finalized, the entry cannot be changed or edited.

5. Judging and notification:

I.     Those twenty (20) images that receive the most votes during a Category Contest Period shall be shortlisted and judged by the Toronto Star’s Visuals Editor, (the “Judge”). In the event that any entrant has more than one photo ranking in the Top 20, the judge will use his discretion to consider only the best photo from that entrant. This scenario would expand the judging pool beyond the Top 20 votes to include images from other highly-ranked entrants. The Judge shall select one (1) winning photo and five (5) runner-up images for each Category. The decision of the Judge is final in respect of any matter relating to this Contest.

II.     The potential winners (or his/her parent or legal guardian if a minor) will be contacted by telephone or email between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST within three (3) days of the Category closing date by a representative of the Sponsor. The potential winners must reply within 48 hours to maintain eligibility. If the potential winner(s) (or his/her parent or legal guardian if a minor) cannot be contacted within this time period or fail(s) to respond to any attempted contact, such potential winner(s) will be disqualified, his/her entry will be declared null and void and the contest judges reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to select another potential winner based on the judging criteria, in which event these provisions shall apply to such other eligible entry.­­

6. Ownership/Use Rights: Entrants retain the copyright to their photographs. However, by entering the Contest, you hereby grant the Sponsor and its advertising and promotional agencies a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licenseable and transferable license to print, share through social media, publish, use, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt and prepare derivative works of your Contest entry, and display your full name and photograph in connection with your Contest entry, in any media formats and through any media channels.

7. Prize: During the Contest period, there will be monthly prizes awarded based on the Category. Each month one (1) prize of $500 (five hundred dollars) will be awarded to the photographer who has the winning photo for a given Category and five (5) shortlisted entrants for that same Category will each receive a $50 (fifty dollar) gift certificate applicable for the purchase of camera equipment. All prize amounts are in Canadian dollars.

I.     Winners and his/her parent or legal guardian if a minor may claim their prize in Toronto, Ontario at the Toronto Star located at One Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6 within 48 hours of notification.

II.     If a winner and his/her parent or legal guardian if a minor selects not to pick up the prize by the stated deadline, the prize will be shipped. Shipped prizes will be shipped to the address indicated on each winners’ release form and shall not be insured. The Sponsor shall not assume any liability for lost, damaged or misdirected prizes.

III.     The Category winner’s photo will be published in a photo gallery on Toronto Star Touch on the last day of the applicable month along with the shortlisted entries.

8. Release: Prior to receiving the prize, the potential winner will be required to show valid photo ID and to sign a declaration of eligibility and release form releasing the Sponsor and its related parties from any and all liability in connection with the Contest and/or the prize, confirming compliance with the rules and consenting to the use of his or her name, photograph(s) and contest entries, in any and all forms of media, without further compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor and/or its advertising and promotional agencies. If a potential winner is under the age of majority, his/her parent or legal guardian must also sign and return the declaration of eligibility and release form.

9. Indemnity: By participating in this Contest, you or your parent or legal guardian if a minor agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates and/or related companies and officers, directors, shareholders, employees, advisors, assignees, agents, licensees, representatives, advertising, media buyers and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of action, or losses of any kind (including but not limited to lawyers’ fees) arising from your participation in the Contest, your violation of any term of these Contest rules, your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or any claim that your submission caused damage to a third party.

10. Privacy: We use your personal contact information to administer contests, including contacting, announcing and promoting Prize winners. The Contest is run in compliance with the Toronto Star Newspaper Limited privacy code, which may be found in full at www.thestar.com/privacy.

11. Banning: The Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, prohibit any person from entering the Contest whom it believes to be abusing the rules. Such abuse includes entering false information.

12. Other: This Contest is governed by the laws of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein and is void where prohibited by law. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest or the Contest rules at any time without notice. All prizes must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and are not convertible to cash. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize or portion of the prize with a prize of equal or greater value. All prizes are awarded as-is and no warranties or guarantees are implied or expressed, beyond the standard manufacturer’s warranty. Sponsor is not liable for any lost, late, misdirected or stolen entries or inability to process entries, or any errors, damage or negligence that may arise in connection with this Contest, including technical failures on the website or Contest software, viruses, website disruptions, malfunctions or website down-time, human error or property damage incurred by any Contest entrant. Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest. Use of any automated system including robotic or form filling software to enter or participate in this Contest is prohibited and will result in disqualification of all entries by anyone using such assistance. If a dispute arises regarding who submitted an online entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address provided at time of entry. Authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

13. Facebook Disclaimer and Release: This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Inc. You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Facebook, Inc. Any questions, comments or complaints must be directed to the Sponsor, and not to Facebook, Inc. By participating in the Contest, each entrant releases and agrees to indemnify Facebook, Inc. and hold it harmless from and against any and all costs, claims, damages, (including, without limitation, any special, incidental or consequential damages), or any other injury, whether due to negligence or otherwise, to person(s) or property (including, without limitation, death or violation of any personal rights, such as violation of right of publicity/privacy, libel, or slander), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Contest, or arising out of participation in any Contest-related or prize-related activity, or the receipt, enjoyment, participation in, use or misuse, of any Contest or prize-related activity, whether hosted by Sponsor or a third party.

14. Twitter, Inc. Disclaimer and Release:  This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter, Inc. The entrant understands that he/she is providing his/her information to Sponsor and not to Twitter, Inc. Any questions, comments or complaints must be directed to the Sponsor, and not to Twitter, Inc. By participating in the Contest, each entrant releases and agrees to indemnify Twitter, Inc. and hold it harmless from and against any and all costs, claims, damages, (including, without limitation, any special, incidental or consequential damages), or any other injury, whether due to negligence or otherwise, to person(s) or property (including, without limitation, death or violation of any personal rights, such as violation of right of publicity/privacy, libel, or slander), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Contest, or arising out of or relating to participation in any Contest-related or prize-related activity, or the receipt, enjoyment, participation in, use or misuse, of any Contest or prize-related activity, whether hosted by Sponsor or a third party.

15. Pinterest Inc. Disclaimer and Release: This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Pinterest Inc. The entrant understands that he/she is providing his/her information to Sponsor and not to Pintreest Inc. Any questions, comments or complaints must be directed to the Sponsor, and not to Pinterest Inc. By sharing images on Pinterest each entrant and individual sharing images agrees to adhere to Pinterest Terms of Service located at http://pinterest.com/en/terms-service, Acceptable use Policy located at http://pinterest.com/en/acceptable-use-policy and Privacy Policy located at http://pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy, as applicable. By participating in the Contest, each entrant releases and agrees to indemnify Pinterest Inc. and hold it harmless from and against any and all costs, claims, damages, (including, without limitation, any special, incidental or consequential damages), or any other injury, whether due to negligence or otherwise, to person(s) or property (including, without limitation, death or violation of any personal rights, such as violation of right of publicity/privacy, libel, or slander), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Contest, or arising out of or relating to participation in any Contest-related or prize-related activity, or the receipt, enjoyment, participation in, use or misuse, of any Contest or prize-related activity, whether hosted by Sponsor or a third party.

16. Tumblr Inc. Disclaimer and Release:  This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Tumblr Inc. The entrant understands that he/she is providing his/her information to Sponsor and not to Tumblr Inc. Any questions, comments or complaints must be directed to the Sponsor, and not to Tumbler Inc., Inc. By sharing images on Tumblr each entrant and individual sharing images agrees to adhere to Tumblr Terms of Service located at http://tumblr.com/policy/en/terms-of-service, Community Guidelines located at http://tumblr.com/policy/en/community and Privacy Policy located at http://tumblr.com/policy/en/privacy, as applicable. By participating in the Contest, each entrant releases and agrees to indemnify Tumblr Inc. and hold it harmless from and against any and all costs, claims, damages, (including, without limitation, any special, incidental or consequential damages), or any other injury, whether due to negligence or otherwise, to person(s) or property (including, without limitation, death or violation of any personal rights, such as violation of right of publicity/privacy, libel, or slander), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Contest, or arising out of or relating to participation in any Contest-related or prize-related activity, or the receipt, enjoyment, participation in, use or misuse, of any Contest or prize-related activity, whether hosted by Sponsor or a third party.

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