The Ocean Agency’s is open to all professional and amateur photographers who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Trustees, Board Members, Employees, interns, or partners of The Ocean Agency, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.
By submitting an entry to the Photo Contest, entrants certify that their participation in this Photo Contest is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act, and that the laws of their governing jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry do not prohibit or restrict the receipt of any Prize under this Photo Contest.
The Ocean Agency reserves the right to reject any entry.
The contest begins at 12:00am on April 1, 2018, and ends at 11:59pm on May 31, 2018, Eastern Daylight Time (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.
WHAT TO ENTER
The Ocean Agency is committed to a future for coral reefs. For our 2018 Photo Contest, we’d like to see your best shots.
Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.
All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (cropping, spotting for dust, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.
Entries may originate in any format—including but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints—so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png format. HDR images are acceptable.
If possible, please embed the photographer name and caption information in the photo’s metadata.
Entrants will be asked to provide the following information in the contest entry process:
Title of the photo
Caption: Describe what we see and where it was taken.
Select a category:
Country + state + province where photo was taken.
Camera used to take the photo
Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to The Ocean Agency upon request.
If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted and must be able to provide copies of those releases to The Nature Conservancy upon request.
The following submissions are ineligible:
Images of captive animals photographed in zoos and commercial game farms.
Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law in your jurisdiction. The Ocean Agency reserves the right to require entrants to submit evidence of the subject’s legal consent to be photographed for the submitted photograph, which may include a signed waiver from the subject. NOTE: Waiver requirements vary by jurisdiction, and the entrant is responsible for obtaining a legally enforceable waiver from any photographed subject.
Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, or damage to the environment by the photographer.
Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.
The Ocean Agency shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.
Submissions may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. A watermarked photo might not be honored by the competition (at the judges’ sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide a pristine, watermark-free version of the image when asked.
HOW TO ENTER
All images must be sent to the designated email.
You may enter an unlimited number of photos, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. The Ocean Agency reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.
Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission with more explanation about the photo or to provide a higher resolution version of the photo anytime during the contest period.
Judging will be conducted by a panel of professional underwater photographers to be selected by the The Ocean Agency at its sole discretion (the “Panel”).
Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to humans and nature.
One (1) Grand Prize winner, one (1) Second Place winner, and one (1) Third Place winner will be awarded.
Healthy Coral Reefs
All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.
The Ocean Agency will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry.
All award winners will receive mention on The ocean Agency’s digital presences.
One (1) Overall grand prize winner will receive:
One (1) Second place winner will receive:
One (1) Third place winner will receive:
To the maximum extent permissible by law, all winners are responsible for paying any and all costs and expenses associated with claiming the awards, including but not limited to customs fees, taxes, and any other administrative costs, if applicable….
Your photographs help The Ocean Agency’s mission of protecting coral reefs. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.
You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit—including ownership if applicable.
If you submit a photograph to the Photo Contest, you grant The Ocean Agency and its related entities such as affiliates and subsidiaries a royalty-free, non-exclusive right in perpetuity to...
Allow third parties to share the photograph on social media.
Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
Use the photograph in The Ocean Agency’s and its related entities’ internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fundraising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, and annual report.
Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for use related to The Ocean Agency and its related entities in news stories, social media, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, membership premiums, and the like.
Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in The Ocean Agency photo library and accessible to The Ocean Agency and its related entities’ staff.
The Ocean Agency and its related entities will endeavor to credit all photographs with the credit “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.
RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
By entering, you agree to release...
When you enter, you will automatically become an e-supporter of The Ocean Agency. This includes a monthly e-newsletter. You may cancel and unsubscribe at any time.
PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY
Winners will be announced by The Ocean Agency on 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on June 9, 2018.
Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org