5th Annual Emerging Pro

THE DIGITAL PHOTO PRO FIFTH ANNUAL EMERGING PRO PHOTO COMPETITION

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR WIN



ELIGIBILITY
You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older and (i) a student of an accredited college or university enrolled in a photography course or (ii) a professional photographer with up to five (5) years of professional experience. Employees of Werner Publishing Corporation, Epson America, Inc., SIGMA Corporation of America, ExpoImaging, Inc., Nik Software, Inc. (“Sponsors”), 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. Void where prohibited. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all eligibility requirements. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Limit
Entrant may submit up to five (5) photographs (each, an “entry”) per Category (as defined below). Each entry submitted by any person must be substantially different from any other entry submitted by that person, as determined by Sponsors in their 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 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.digitalphotopro.com/emergingpro and complete and submit the online entry form and follow the directions provided to upload your photographs. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on December 6, 2011. Online Entry Submission Format: Photos must be submitted in .JPG or .GIF format and cannot exceed 4MB in size each.

Submission Subjects
Entries can be submitted in the following categories (each, a “Category”): Fashion/Beauty, Fine Art and Photojournalism/Sports. Entries should be in keeping with the general theme of the usual content of Digital Photo Pro Magazine, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion.

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

Submission Deadline
All entries must be received by December 6, 2011.

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 Sponsors’ image and may not be inappropriate or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors in their 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. Sponsors reserve right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entry they deem to be offensive, inappropriate, that is not in keeping with Sponsors’ 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 Sponsors.

GRAND PRIZE AND FIRST PLACE JUDGING
One (1) potential Grand 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 Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the potential Grand Prize winner.

All eligible entries received for all three (3) Categories combined will be judged to determine the potential Grand Prize winner; the runner-up in the Category from which the Grand Prize winner was selected and the highest scoring entry in each of the other two Categories will be deemed potential First Place winners. In the event of a tie, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the applicable winner(s) using the criteria set forth above. Sponsors reserve the right to not award all prizes if, Sponsors determine, in their sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of Sponsors and judges are final and binding.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE JUDGING
All eligible entries received will be prescreened by the Sponsors and, at Sponsors’ discretion, posted in the Online Gallery at http://www.digitalphotopro.com/emergingpro. Between 12:01 a.m. PT on December 14, 2011 and 11:59 p.m. PT on January 18, 2012 (“Online Voting Period”), eligible visitors to the site will have a chance to vote for their favorite entry. Limit one (1) vote per photo. 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 Sponsors, 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. Sponsors reserve the right to not award any prize if, in their sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of Sponsors and judges are final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION
Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or e-mail on or about February 11, 2012 and required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability and, unless prohibited, a publicity release and a W-9 Form within fourteen (14) days of date of issuance. Noncompliance with this time period or with these Official Rules, or if any prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or Sponsors’ inability to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period, may result in disqualification and, at Sponsors’ discretion, the prize will be awarded to a runner-up.

PRIZES
Grand Prize Winner Package (1)
Cash prize of $2,000 (ARV: $2,000); Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer (ARV: $2,495); Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM (ARV: $669); Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM (ARV: $899); Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM (ARV:$489); Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM (ARV: $969); Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II lenses (ARV: $949); ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender 3-Piece Kit (ARV: $104.85); ExpoImaging 3-in-1 Rogue Grid (ARV: $49.95); ExpoImaging Rogue Gels Universal Lighting Filter Kit (ARV: $29.95); ExpoImaging Rogue Gels Filter Kit for Rogue Grid (ARV: $27.95); Nik Software Complete Collection Ultimate Edition (ARV: $599.95); Publication in the March/April 2012 issue of Digital Photo Pro; Publication in the Digital Photo Pro Emerging Pro online gallery.
Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of Grand Prize Winner Package: $9,282.65

Three (3) First Place Winner Packages (one (1) per category)

First Place Photojournalism & Sports Category:
Cash price of $500 (ARV: $500); Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer (ARV: $849); Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM (ARV: $669); Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II lenses (ARV: $949); ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Large Reflector (ARV: $39.95); ExpoImaging 3-in-1 Rogue Grid (ARV: $49.95); ExpoImaging Rogue Gels Filter Kit for Rogue Grid (ARV: $27.95); Nik Software Complete Collection Ultimate Edition (ARV: $599.95); Publication in the March/April 2012 issue of Digital Photo Pro; Publication in the Digital Photo Pro Emerging Pro online gallery.
ARV of First Place Photojournalism & Sports Category Winner Package: $3,684.80

 

First Place Fashion & Beauty Category:
Cash price of $500 (ARV: $500); Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer (ARV: $849); Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM (ARV: $969); Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II lenses (ARV: $949); ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Large Reflector (ARV: $39.95); ExpoImaging 3-in-1 Rogue Grid (ARV: $49.95); ExpoImaging Rogue Gels Filter Kit for Rogue Grid (ARV: $27.95); Nik Software Complete Collection Ultimate Edition (ARV: $599.95); Publication in the March/April 2012 issue of Digital Photo Pro; Publication in the Digital Photo Pro Emerging Pro online gallery.
ARV of First Place Fashion & Beauty Category Winner Package: $3,984.80

First Place Fine Art Category:
Cash price of $500 (ARV: $500); Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer (ARV: $849); Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM (ARV:$489);  Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II lenses (ARV: $949); Rogue FlashBender Large Reflector (ARV: $39.95); 3-in-1 Rogue Grid (ARV: $49.95); Rogue Gels Filter Kit for Rogue Grid (ARV: $27.95); Nik Software Complete Collection Ultimate Edition (ARV: $599.95); Publication in the March/April 2012 issue of Digital Photo Pro; Publication in the Digital Photo Pro Emerging Pro online gallery.
ARV of First Place Fashion & Beauty Category Winner Package: $3,504.80


Three (3) People’s Choice Winner Package (one (1) per category)
Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery; ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Reflector (ARV: $34.95); ExpoImaging Rogue Gels Universal Lighting Filter Kit (ARV: $29.95); Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 (ARV: $199.95).
ARV of People’s Choice Winner Package: $264.85


GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS
If, for any reason, Sponsors do not feature any winning image in Digital Photo Pro Magazine in the March/April 2012 issue, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, remainder of prize package will be awarded and Sponsors will have no further obligation to such winner. All prize details are at the sole discretion of Sponsors. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes permitted by winners. Sponsors 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 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 Sponsors.  Limit one (1) prize per person.

Total ARV of all prizes: $21,251.16

USE OF ENTRY
By submitting an entry, entrant grants Sponsors and their 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 Sponsors’ online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry [(as submitted, or as cropped by Sponsors)], 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 Pro, for purposes of promotion of this Contest and other Sponsors’ contests and/or for purposes of advertising and promoting Sponsors 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.digitalphotopro.com/privacy-policy.html), Epson’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/AboutPrivacyInfo.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes), Sigma’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.sigmaphoto.com/privacy-policy) ExpoImaging’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.expoimaging.com/privacy-policy.php), and Nik Software’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.niksoftware.com/company/usa/entry.php?view=privacy) including, without limitation, for marketing and promotional purposes.

MISCELLANEOUS
Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, garbled, damaged, incomplete, delayed, misdirected or postage-due entries or mail or for computer, technical, printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, 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 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, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, at their 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 Sponsors and judges, which are final and binding in all respects, and (ii) to hold Sponsors and their 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. Sponsors may disqualify (and void all associated entries) anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in their sole discretion, they determine 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 Sponsors’ 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, SPONSORS RESERVE 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 22, 2012), send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: “DPP 5th Annual Emerging Pro” Winners’ List, Attn: Marketing Department, 12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90025, to be received by March 8, 2012.

SPONSORS
Werner Publishing Corporation, 12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90025.
Epson America, Inc., 3840 Kilroy Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806.
SIGMA Corporation of America, 15 Fleetwood Court, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.11779.
Nik Software, Inc.,7588 Metropolitan Drive, San Diego, CA 92108.
ExpoImaging, Inc., 121 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA 95076.

 
 

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