Wildlife Photography Competition 2019 – 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 27 September 2019.
  • The Competition is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  • There are 3 age groups: two Junior Competitions, ages 12-17 and under 12, and an Adult Competition, ages 18 and over.
  • The Adult competition has four categories:
    • Architecture: Architectural photography concentrates on the beauty of the geometric shapes and patterns on buildings and structures. We are looking for photographs that explore lines, colours and textures and how they complement and contrast with the organic wildlife at Canary Wharf.
    • Street Photography: Street Photography focuses on people and their interaction with the environment. We are challenging you to be creative and integrate this with our wildlife to show how the two co-exist peacefully at Canary Wharf.
    • Up Close and Personal with Nature:  Much of the natural world is so small when viewed by the human eye that we do not see its detail and therefore cannot experience its true beauty and drama. Macro photography can make this world larger than life and make visible to us that which is normally invisible to our naked eye.
    • 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 competitions.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries.
  • 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 five 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 five entries per age group and the selection of two Junior Competition winners.
  • The overall Canary Wharf Wildlife Photography Competition Winner will be selected from the four Adult Competition Category winners and the two Junior Competition winners.
  • 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 28 October 2019.
  • Shortlisted entries will be printed and displayed in The Competition Gallery, set up in the Adams Plaza Bridge from 4 November 2019.
  • 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 £250 Canary Wharf Gift Card.
  • The Junior Competition winners will receive a camera and a Gift Card, with the Junior Competition runners up receiving a trophy.
  • The overall Canary Wharf Wildlife Photography Competition Winner will receive a further £750 Canary Wharf Gift Card.
  • A prize will be given to a participant whose picture is chosen by the Canary Wharf  directors – this prize category is called “The Director’s Choice”, and the winner will receive an extra £250 Canary Wharf Gift Card
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • 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.
  • 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 image 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 the 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.

Instagram Pictures Submission

  • Entrants submitting images to participate in the Wildlife Photography Competition on Instagram, will be required to follow the terms and conditions stated in this document in relation to the competition entry; judging; prizes; file & image specifications; intellectual property and Ethics, Health and Safety.
  • By submitting their photographs on Instagram, entrants have given their consent to the T&Cs of the competition.
  • Entrants are required to post their photographs onto Instagram tagging, and following, @canarywharflondon and using the hashtag #CWwildlife19.
  • Entrants will also be required to add the following information in line with entry via the competition website:
    • A title
    • Category entered
  • Shortlisted entries will be contacted by a private message through instagram to request contact detail.
  • Instagram accounts need to be public in order for the competition judges to view the submitted entry.

Intellectual Property

  • All personal data and images received as part of the competition will be securely held and used in accordance with the Global Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018. Personal data will be removed and deleted from the system following completion of the competition. Entrants may request details of all personal information held about them by Canary Wharf Group by contacting wildlife@canarywharf.com
  • 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.
  • 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 reserves the right at its sole discretion to share any picture taken in relation to activities associated with  the Wildlife Photography Competition such as: workshops and/ or  an awards ceremony for a third party, unless against GDPR 2018 regulations.
  • CWML cannot accept liability for the misuse of images and/or failure of any third party to comply with the competition’s copyright guidelines.

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.