Rules and Regulations for Northern Nature Photography Competition

Rules and Regulations for “Northern Nature”  Photography Competition at https://northcouncil.net

  1. ELIGIBILITY

1.1 The competition is open to everyone residing in one of the member municipalities of Council of Border Municipalities in the North, and the pictures must be taken in the territory of member municipalities.

Member municipalities:

  • Enontekiö, Inari, Sodankylä and Utsjoki in Finland
  • Karasjok, Kautokeino, Nesseby, Porsanger, Sør-Varanger and Tana in Norway
  • Kola District, Lovozero District, Pechenga District and Nikel town in Russia
  • Kiruna in Sweden.

1.2. The competition started  on the 27th of April 2018 and will end on the 30th of September 2018.

  1. SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

2.1  Participants shall send their photographs to e-mail address info (at) northcouncil.net. Maximum size of the message, including the attached picture, is 32 MB. Images must contain a short caption of at least 10 words (or of not more than 40 words) that describes the image. Sender’s name, place of residence and the exact place where the image has been taken must be included in the caption. The pictures may be placed on the organiser’s website. The organiser reserves the right to reject entries with incomplete details required under the photo submission page.

2.2 Each participant may submit one image, but he/she is allowed to change the picture max. three times until the deadline of the competition.

2.3 Image submitted must be the participant’s own work.

2.4 Digital manipulation that distorts the reality of the images will not be allowed. Only basic enhancements such as sharpening, contrast adjustment, simple cropping, or simple effects/filters will be allowed.

2.5  The submission deadline is the 30th of September, 2018, before 11.59 p.m. Finnish time. Pictures taken before the 27th of April, 2018, can be sent to the competition.

  1. COPYRIGHT/INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

3.1 Each image submitted must be the original work of the participant who must also be its copyright owner. The image shall not be previously published in photo competitions.

3.2 The participant shall retain the copyright to the images entered for the competition.

3.3 By submitting an image for the competition, the participant will be regarded as having granted the Council of Border Municipality in the North and its member municipalities the right to use the image in print or electronic media without any fee payment, for the purposes of promoting the photo competition or publishing the results of the competition. Use of the picture in other contexts must always be agreed on between the organiser and contestant.

  1. PRIZES

4.1 Prizes are non-transferrable and non-exchangeable for cash or in kind. The first prize is a 400 € gift card to Rajala Pro Shop, the second prize a 250€ gift card and the third a 150€ gift card. The prices include Finnish VAT which cannot be deducted or compensated. The organiser pays relevant taxes to the authorities.

4.2 The organiser reserves the right to change or replace the competition prizes and/or modify the rules and regulations of the competition as and when necessary, without prior notice.

4.3 The organiser is responsible for ordering the prizes and delivering them to the winners.

4.4 The organiser shall not be liable for any fault with any of the prizes and any issues or queries relating to the condition of the prizes should be referred to the manufacturer/supplier of the prizes.

  1. JUDGING AND RESULTS

5.1 The winning images will be selected by a panel of judges and their decision is final. No correspondence pertaining to the selection process and decision will be entertained.

5.2 The panel of judges will evaluate the images based on the following criteria:

– Artistic/visual appeal

– Extent to which the photograph captures the essence of the theme

– Originality and creativity

5.3 The judging panel reserves the right not to award the prizes if the images submitted do not meet the requirements stated in this document.

5.4 Results of the competition will be posted on the https://northcouncil.net  website and winners will also be notified via email.

  1. ACCEPTANCE OF RULES AND REGULATIONS

6.1 By submitting an image for the competition, the participant will be regarded as having accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules and regulations of the competition.

6.2 While the organiser will exercise due care during the collection, selection and storage of images, it shall not be held liable for any loss, theft or destruction of the images.

  1. ORGANISER

7.1 The “Northern Nature” photography competition is organised by the Council of Border Municipalities in the North.