Kearsarge Magazine 2020 Photography Contest
Official Rules

Kearsarge Magazine 2020 Photography Contest is open to amateur photographers. Employees of Kearsarge Magazine and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households as such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible.

Please email each image separately to info@kearsargemagazine.com. Include name, address, telephone number, email, caption information (including date of photograph, precise location of photo, and names of human subjects) and technical details (camera model, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) for every photo.

Contest categories are 1) Animals, 2) People, 3) Places and 4) Things. Please submit no more than five photographs in total. Each entry must comply with the Photograph Requirements:

  • Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this contest. No negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files entered must be 5 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).
  • Photographs must have been taken in the Kearsarge Magazine region (Grantham, Croydon, Newport, Claremont, New London, Sunapee, Newbury, Georges Mills, Andover, Warner, Bradford, Springfield, Concord, Contoocook, Hopkinton, to name a few) and not previously published in any print media.
  • Minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable. Hand tinting and cropping also are acceptable. Fish-eye lenses are acceptable. Stitched panoramas and high dynamic range images (HDR) are NOT acceptable. Any changes to the original photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the photograph ineligible for a prize.
  • The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.
  • The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of Kearsarge Magazine, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • Kearsarge Magazine reserves the right to examine the original photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules.

The contest begins March 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. and ends April 1, 2020, at 9 a.m. EST. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all the requirements set out in the Official Rules.

Entries in each category will be judged based on creativity and photographic quality. Winners will be notified by email. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Upon Kearsarge Magazine's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within 7 calendar days of receipt of request) a signed written license from the owner of any private property included in the photograph entry, authorizing Kearsarge Magazine to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest in any media now or hereafter known. All releases must be in the form provided by Kearsarge Magazine. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

The first-place winner in each category and the grand prize winner will receive a prize package to be determined, and his/her winning photograph will be published in Kearsarge Magazine and/or on kearsargemagazine.com. No prize transfer, assignment or substitution by winners is permitted. If a prize (or part of a prize) is unavailable, the Kearsarge Magazine, at its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the original prize (or part of the prize) with an alternative prize of equal monetary value and/or specification, unless to do so would be prohibited by law. NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS UNDELIVERABLE, WHETHER BY REGULAR MAIL OR BY EMAIL, MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATE POTENTIAL WINNER.

By entering the contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Kearsarge Magazine to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: publication in Kearsarge Magazine or online highlighting entries or winners of the contest; on the Kearsarge Magazine blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr; or publication in the form of slides on television.

By entering this contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Kearsarge Magazine and its partners, affiliates, advertising agencies, agents, and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this contest or any contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. Kearsarge Magazine assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Kearsarge Magazine is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to in this contest.

To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief, or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this contest are hereby excluded, and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries will be void if Kearsarge Magazine determines the photograph not to be an original or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced, in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the contest; and (c) if the entrant wins, that Kearsarge Magazine may use the winning photographs and each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). All federal, state/provincial/territorial, and local taxes, fees, and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible, cannot be traced, or does/do not respond within ten (10) days to a winner notification as required by the "Contest Prizes" Rules above or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Kearsarge Magazine, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

Kearsarge Magazine reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant's identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by Kearsarge Magazine to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

Entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by the Kearsarge Magazine in order to verify the participant's identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the participant's eligibility to participate in the contest. Participants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by Kearsarge Magazine by writing to Kearsarge Magazine, PO Box 1482 Grantham NH 03753. Kearsarge Magazine and its affiliates will use personal data exclusively for the purposes stated herein.

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