1. Images accepted in Washington Park Photography Contest must have been taken of Washington Park (i.e. not the Washington Park neighborhood).
  2. Categories for the contest are: Nature, People/Pets, and Place. Entrants will place each entry into one of these categories:
    • Nature Category – the emphasis is on plants, animals, water, landscape and other natural features (including sunsets, rain and snow) that showcase the park in a natural setting. The nature entry can have people and place included but nature is the emphasis.
    • People/Pet Category – the emphasis is on people and/or pets in the park. The entry can include plants, animals, landscape or a defined place, but the emphasis, and the story are on the people/person/pet.
    • Place Category – the emphasis is on a manmade place/object/location in the park. Examples of places: Boat House, tennis court, City Ditch, playgrounds, bridges, gardens, and other locations and objects within the park. Place category can have people and nature in it but the emphasis is on the place.
  3. Awards will go to the top scorers in each of three categories: Nature, People/Pets, and Place. A “people choice award” will also be selected based upon votes on the contest website. The people’s choice award, first and second place winners and two honorable mentions in each category will receive a matted  print of their winning photograph.  All top scoring images will be featured on the contest website until August 1, 2016, and on the FANS website through 2016.
  4. People’s Choice,  first and second place and honorable mention photos in each category will be published in our annual FANS Photo Calendar, a fundraising project for FANS.
  5. Submissions will be accepted between May 1, 2017 and midnight (Mountain Daylight Time) on June 10, 2017. The process is automated, so if you are still submitting images at closing time, your session will be ended without saving.
    Enter early to avoid problems!
  6. Entry fees are $5.00 per image payable online by credit card. Photographers may enter as many as 20 photos.
  7. Images will be judged anonymously by jurors experienced in the field of art and photography. Scores are based on originality, impact, and technical quality. The connection to Washington Park will also be considered in scoring. Decisions made by the judges are final.
  8. The photo contest website also allows visitors to vote for their favorite photo. The photo with the most votes will win “people choice award”.
  9. Judges reserve the right to move a submitted image to a different category.
  10. All rights remain with the photographer. Entry into the contest constitutes the photographer’s agreement to allow FANS to publish submitted images on FANS websites and to allow FANS to use them in promotions for FANS photo contests and promotional materials. Appropriate credit will be given to the photographer.
  11. Washington Park Photography Contest is open to all ages and skill levels. However, minors under 18 must have their entries submitted by a parent or legal representative. Administrators of the contest are ineligible to enter.
  12. It is the entrant’s responsibility to provide correct information including an accurate e-mail address for notifications. Washington Park Photography Contest is not responsible for e-mails that are not received, so please be sure to set your e-mail program and spam filters to accept e-mail from “FansofWashingtonPark@comcast.net”
  13. Entries must be submitted in digital form on the contest website and prepared to contest specifications. The original can be film or digital capture that was created within a camera, smart phone, or tablet. Scans of negatives or transparencies taken with film cameras are acceptable as long as the files meet submission specifications. Guidelines for preparing and uploading files may be found on the Image Specs page.
  14. Entries should accurately reflect the subject matter and scene as it appeared when photographed. Basic processing including, but not limited to, color correction, exposure adjustment, spotting, curves, levels, saturation, contrast, and cropping are acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are also acceptable. Moving a portion of an image to another location in the image is not acceptable. Combining more than one image is not allowed.
  15. FANS requires that photographers entering the contest respect the integrity of Washington Park and will not in any way alter the park’s environment (or inhabitants or flora) to capture the photo. If judges suspect otherwise, entries will be disqualified.
  16. Contest organizers may ask for additional information regarding images or circumstances of creating images before finalizing the winners. This information must be provided within one week of notification or the image in question may be disqualified from the contest.
  17. Each image must be the work of the person entering it. By submitting a photograph to Washington Park Photography Contest you warrant that you are the photographer and you alone own the rights to the photograph.
  18. By entering the contest, each entrant accepts the rules as stated and guarantees that all the information provided is correct and truthful. Entries not accurately represented or not abiding by contest rules will be disqualified. Refunds will not be given in case of disqualification.
  19. All entrants will be notified of the results by June 30, 2017.

Please refer to the FAQs page for answers to common questions not addressed in the rules.