The Official Rules for Equine Ideal: Spring 2015 Online Photography Contest

By entering the contest, entrant agrees to be bound by these rules and to accept as final all decisions of the judges.

ENTRANTS
  • All entries must be original works created solely by the entrant and by entering, entrant warrants that such entries are their own original works with full copyright owned by the entrant and no other person or entity. No entries will be accepted or valid for this competition if they are joint works comprised of works from multiple photographers or artists.
  • You may enter as often as you wish. There is no limit on the number of photos you may enter.
  • The contest is open to photographers from all countries worldwide.
  • Entrant must be 18 years or older
  • Amateur Division - Entrants who DO NOT have earned income from sales of photographic products and services in the past five years or advertise photographic services and products.
  • Professional Division - Entrants who have earned income from sales of photographic products and services in the past five years or advertise photographic services and products.
  • Copyright of the image remains the property of the contestant.
  • Winning entries will be displayed with text overlay of copyright symbol and photographer/company name (ex. © Joe Smith )
  • By entering this contest, entrants are giving permission for their photographs to be displayed on www.equinephotocontest.com for the purposes of online voting related to the submissions and/or for display of winning entries, promotion and/or reporting of the contest. Additional permission will be sought from entrant before their images would be used in any medium other than EPC affiliated web sites.
  • Entrant acknowledges that they have sufficient permission of any recognizable models or other persons appearing in the photograph to be able to grant to www.equinephotographycontest.com the right to publish their photographic submission online, and hereby grant such right.
  • Contest is closed to the contest organizer, staff and judges of the current contest.
  • Best of Show, Peoples' Choice and First Place photos from previous Equine Ideal Contests are not eligible for entry.
  • There is no prohibition on the use of Photoshop or other post processing software. However, it is recommended that highly manipulated images be entered in the artistic division including but limited to montages, background replacements. Entrants are reminded that this is first and foremost a photography contest.
  • "Horse" means a living equine. Photos of statues, models and other likenesses are not considered eligible.
JUDGING

Eligible Entries will be judged by a panel of professional equine photographers based on the below criteria:

  • Impact: Is there a strong first impression? Does the image hold your attention? Will it stand the test of time? Compelling, impactful images evoke emotions and reactions, spark and hold the viewer's interest.
  • Equipment Expertise: Includes exposure, shutter speed, focus, depth of field, appropriate focal length, cropping, as well as use of post processing to give the image a finished appearance.
  • Technical/Artistic Expertise: Includes composition, backgrounds, foregrounds, diagonal lines, the principle of thirds, attention to details, perspective, center of interest and how all of these support the picture as a whole.
  • Light and Color: Includes use of color, light and shadows, contrast. How does the color and use of light in the photo enhance or detract from the image or set the mood?
  • Subject Matter: Subject is of main importance, additional elements and background do not compete. Photographer demonstrates understanding of the subject. Photo has a strong center of interest.
  • Creativity: Originality, uniqueness, freshness of vision.
  • Presentation: The image has been composed, cropped and processed to give it a finished look.
  • Suitability: The photo is suitable for the class in which it is entered.
PROFESSIONAL- The winner of each of the 9 professional categories will be eligible for the award "Best of Show-Professional" to be determined by a vote of the presiding judging panel. Placings will be awarded through sixth place and four honorable mentions in each category. Prizes will be awarded through third place.
  • Performance - Horse(s) in competition, training or work. Under saddle or in harness. Horse(s) must be in motion
  • Horses Human Bond - Illustrating the bond between horse and human. Must show a horse with a person, or parts of horses and humans interacting and showing a connection.
  • Horses Human Portrait - Portraits of horses and humans together. Must show a horse with a person in an environmental, contemporary or formal portrait.
  • Head Study - The horses head only, no people. May be one or multiple heads and show at least the whole face of the horse.
  • The Horse at Liberty - Showing the horse in its natural environment: pasture, in the wild, etc. May or may not be in motion, and may be one or multiple horses.
  • Extreme Action - Rodeo, racing, jumping, obstacles, or running free, must depict extreme action and the athleticism of the horse.
  • Black & White - Black and white photos of horse(s) Sepia also allowed. No color!
  • Artistic - Your artistic treatment, may include photoshop or darkroom manipulation or creative use of camera controls.
  • Details - Close up detail studies of the horse: eyes, body parts, horse related gear and equipment also qualifies

AMATEUR-The winner of each of the 10 amateur categories will be eligible for the award, "Best of Show-Amateur" to be determined by a vote of the presiding judging panel. Placings will be awarded through sixth place and four honorable mentions in each category. Prizes will be awarded through third place.
  • Performance - Horse(s) in competition, training or work. Under saddle or in harness. Horse(s) must be in motion
  • Horses Human Bond - Illustrating the bond between horse and human. Must show a horse with a person, or parts of horses and humans interacting and showing a connection.
  • Horses Human Portrait - Portraits of horses and humans together. Must show a horse with a person in an environmental, contemporary or formal portrait.
  • Head Study - The horses head only, no people. May be one or multiple heads and show at least the whole face of the horse.
  • The Horse at Liberty - Showing the horse in its natural environment: pasture, in the wild, etc. May or may not be in motion, and may be one or multiple horses.
  • Extreme Action - Rodeo, racing, jumping, obstacles, or running free, must depict extreme action and the athleticism of the horse.
  • Black & White - Black and white photos of horse(s) Sepia also allowed. No color!
  • Artistic - Your artistic treatment, may include photoshop or darkroom manipulation or creative use of camera controls.
  • Details - Close up detail studies of the horse: eyes, body parts, horse related gear and equipment also qualifies

PEOPLES' CHOICE - The Peoples' Choice voting will be held in July (TBA). All accepted entries will be included in the Peoples' Choice voting. Members of the public are invited to cast their vote for their favorite amateur and professional photo. Prize will be awarded to the Peoples' Choice in each division (Professional and Amateur).



GENERAL

  • Entries must be submitted online as JPEG files in accordance with file upload instructions as detailed below:
    • RGB mode
    • 1800 pixels on the longest side
    • JPEG format
    • Maximum quality
    • No borders, marks, names, logos, signatures or identifying text overlay on contest entries.
    • Title will not be considered in judging but will be displayed with winning images
  • Images not adhering to size limitations will be auto resized by image uploading function.
  • All submissions are final. There will be a $10 service charge per request for editing or modifying of any photograph after submission.
  • Entries considered not complying with the rules and conditions of the contest or in the judging panel's discretion, inappropriate or offensive will be disqualified and removed from website and subsequent judging without refund to entrant.
  • Entries received without full payment will not be judged.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entrants shall not contact judges for direct feedback on the judging process or results.
  • Entries must be received before midnight June 28, 2015 EST in order to be eligible for the contest. Late entries will be accepted until July 2, 2015 11:59pm Eastern for an additional fee.
  • Equine Photo Contest (EPC), appointed contest judges, any member or other agent or representative involved with managing or operating this contest will not be liable for any omission, loss, damage, delay, illegibility, alteration of, or unauthorized access to entries submitted, nor for loss or injury to any entrant or entrant's property (including the equipment, systems or data of entrants or others) due to participating in the contest, visiting any related web sites or any prize awarded.
  • If the contest cannot be run as planned for any reason, including computer viruses, tampering, technical or other problems which damage its operation or integrity, EPC and/or it's appointed judges reserve the right to cancel, delay or modify it.
  • The contest award prizes, rules and conditions are subject to change without prior notice to all contestants.
  • Taxes, if any, on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.
  • The winners will be notified by email, at the email address provided on the winnerís registration. While every reasonable effort will be made to contact each winner, the EPC is not responsible should prizes go unclaimed.
  • This contest is governed by the laws of the State of Virginia, exclusive of conflict of laws provisions.
  • This contest is void where prohibited by law.

 

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