Wildlife Photography competition 2017 – Terms and Conditions

Entry

  • The Competition is open to residents of Great Britain, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands, excluding anyone professionally connected with The Competition.
  • The Competition will close for entries at 5pm on Friday 29 September 2017.
  • The Competition is open to amateur photographers only. This is defined as those whose main source of income is not from photography.
  • There are 2 age groups: Junior Competition (Aged under 18) and Adult Competition (18 and over).
  • The Adult competition has four categories:
    • Around the Streets and Gardens: How wildlife interacts around the streets, gardens and buildings of Canary Wharf.  We are looking for photographs that capture the character, behaviour, and beauty of the creatures that share the environment of Canary Wharf with the people who live and work here.
    • Dawn and Dusk:  The rising and setting sun can provide opportunities for creating dramatic and mystical images and the reflective areas of Canary Wharf can enhance the potential for interesting compositions.  Such settings can provide new and exciting ways of photographing wildlife
    • Geometric and Organic: How the botanical life of Canary Wharf provides an organic contrast to the geometric shapes and patterns on our Estate.  We are looking for photographs that explore line, colour, shape, and texture to show how the geometric and the organic can complement each other.
    • Wildlife and Water: The quality of our docks and ponds created in an urban environment are reflected by the variety of wildlife that relies on them to survive, hunt for food and raise families.  We are looking for photographs capturing the thriving ecosystem that has developed with our watercourses.
  • There are no categories of entry for the junior competition.
  • Maximum of three entries per participant.
  • CWML accepts no liability or responsibility for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

Judging

  • The Judging Panel is responsible for the selection of shortlisted entries and all winning entries thereafter.
  • The Adult Competition will be judged in two rounds: the shortlisting of four entries per category and the selection of one winner per category (Adult Competition Category winners).
  • The Junior Competition will be judged in two rounds: the shortlisting of six entries and the selection of the overall Junior Competition winner.
  • The overall Canary Wharf Wildlife Photography Competition Winner will be selected from the four Adult Competition Category winners and the Junior Competition winner.
  • The judges will consider a number of factors, including composition, originality and public appeal. The overall competition winner will be one which the Judges believe is the most compelling representation of wildlife on the estate.
  • Shortlisted entries will be notified, by email, during the working week of 9 October 2017.
  • Shortlisted entries will be printed and displayed in The Competition Gallery, set up in the Adams Plaza Bridge from 30 October 2017.
  • There will be no notification for entries that are not shortlisted.
  • In all cases, the Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Prizes

  • Adult Competition Category winners will each receive a £100 Canary Wharf Gift Card.
  • The Junior Competition winner will receive a £100 Canary Wharf Gift Card.
  • The overall Canary Wharf Wildlife Photography Competition Winner will receive a further £100 Canary Wharf Gift Card.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances, CWML reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.
  • No further details on the prize winners will be available other than what is made public during The Competition.
  • Prize winners may be required to take part in related publicity and such participation is a condition of accepting a prize.

File & Image specifications

  • Photographs must be of wildlife within the existing Canary Wharf Estate – on land, in the air or within the aquatic environment.
  • The Participant’s first and last name must clearly form part of the file name. An example would be ‘JOHN.SMITH – PICTURE NAME’. CWML reserves the right to exclude entries where this is not included.
  • The existing Canary Wharf site boundary will be defined by the site biodiversity map, downloadable from the competition page.
  • Participants are advised that, whilst taking photos on the Estate, they may be approached by security personnel.
  • Photographs must be taken using either a smartphone or a conventional camera.
  • Only still images will be accepted.
  • Both colour and black & white photographs are acceptable.
  • Photographs must be uploaded in JPEG format only.
  • Each photograph must be no larger than 10MB.
  • The resolution of the image must be high enough to enable an A1 sized print to be produced. This would typically be no less than 3000 pixels on the longest side.  Judges will have the right to exclude images where they believe that the resolution is too low.
  • The following image adjustments in a digital editing suite are permitted:
    • Cleaning of the image such the removal of dust spots and sensor spots.
    • Adjustments of contrast, brightness and tonal values.
    • Adjustment of colour balance and saturation.
    • Sharpening of image and adjusting white balance and noise.
  • The following imagine adjustments are not permitted:
    • Physical changes to the original scene such as the removal of objects, e.g. trees, plants, people etc.
    • Nothing can be added to the image from another picture such as sandwich shots, collages or any other form of composite picture building.
  • Judges will have right to exclude images that they believe have been excessively treated to alter their authenticity.
  • Photographs must be originals. Scans of printed photographs, transparencies or negatives are not permitted.
  • Any entry that cannot be authenticated or is not of an acceptable quality will be disqualified.

Intellectual Property

  • Each entry must be the original work of The Participant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  • In the event that The Participant is not the sole copyright owner of the entry(s), The Participant must notify CWML at the point of submission, providing the names of all copyright owners.
  • Ownership of the copyright in any entry submitted to the competition will remain with the copyright owner(s). The participant will be credited (e.g. © participant’s name).  The participant agrees that CWML will not be liable to the photographer in the event of inadvertent omission of the credit.
  • Proof of electronic submission is not proof of receipt by CWML.
  • By entering the competition, The Participant grants CWML a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish and exhibit to the public by any means and in all media throughout the world, directly and indirectly in relation to The Competition and Exhibition. This licence is granted only for use in relation to the competition, exhibition and award ceremony/ event, which shall include (with right to sub-licence where necessary) any of the following uses:
    • On the competition website;
    • Judging the competition;
    • Display in the Adams Plaza Bridge;
    • In publicity materials (including social media);
    • Publication in other magazines, electronic or print media which CWML (and/or official partners, supporters or sponsors) may produce;
    • Collective publication for souvenir documentation to be distributed free of charge as part of the competition, exhibition or related events.
  • CWML cannot accept liability for any loss of or damage to any entry submitted into The Competition howsoever caused or for any other loss or damage as a result.
  • CWML cannot accept liability for the misuse of images and/or failure of any third party to comply with the competition’s copyright guidelines.
  • The personal data of entrants will be managed by CWML in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • CWML will collect personal data about entrants at the time of registration, through completion of the entry form, in order to administer the competition and/ or all associated activities.

Ethics, Health & Safety

  • Entries from Family Members (exclusively defined as parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings and step-siblings) of the judging panel cannot be considered for shortlisting.
  • Participants aged 15 and under must seek consent from a parent / guardian before entering the competition. CWML may request details of the parent / guardian to confirm consent prior to shortlisting, and reserves the right to exclude entries where this is not given.
  • The participant must not do anything to cause injury or distress any animals or destroy their habitat. If the judges suspect that an entry has been achieved through cruel or unethical practices, including the use of live bait, the entry will be disqualified and CWML reserves the right to report the participant to the relevant authorities.
  • Images of captive species or house pets are not permitted.
  • In submitting their entries, Participants are reminded:
    • Entries must not deceive the viewer or attempt to disguise and/or misrepresent the reality of nature;
    • Information supplied in the entry form must be complete, true and accurate.
  • The participant is responsible for ensuring full compliance with any applicable national or international legislation and for securing any relevant permits that may be required
  • The participant is also responsible for requesting the permission of any person(s) captured in the entry.
  • To the fullest extent permitted by law, CWML will not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered by the participant in relation to the competition or the use of any prize.