ALVERTON PHOTO CONTEST
Our latest photo contest is entitled ‘Black and White Street Photography” and runs from 3 February 2018 to 5 March 2018. To explain the theme, all images must be monochrome (film or digital) and we’re going with the Wikipedia definition of Street Photography, as follows: “Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. Although there is a difference between street and candid photography, it is usually subtle with most street photography being candid in nature but not all candid photography being classifiable as street photography. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be of an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character.” The images must have been taken between 5 March 2016 and 5 March 2018 inclusive. The contest is open to amateurs only, and the photos can be taken anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. To enter please send your images as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org – alternatively if you have an Instagram account simply upload your entries to your own account but tag us (@alvertonphotos) and include hashtag #streetphotocontest in your post as well as the title of your entry. Please see the rules below for the extra stuff you need to do when submitting.
The fees are £5 for one entry, £8 for two images and £10 for three; there is no limit to the number of images an entrant can submit. For payments via PayPal the easiest methods are either to use this link https://www.paypal.me/AlvertonGallery or to send payment to the email address email@example.com using this link https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/send-money-online . Alternatively you can use the drop down arrow above (to the right of the words “choose an option”) to select the number of entries you want to submit and once you’ve made your choice hit the “add to basket” button. To enter in multiple batches either keep adding to the basket or use the drop down arrow to the left of the “add to basket” button. Go up to the basket symbol (top right of the page) to use our checkout to pay to our PayPal. No worries here if you don’t have a PayPal account; PayPal also accepts payment by debit or credit card but here you need to select the “Check Out as a Guest” option.
As an alternative to the above method you may attend personally at the Alverton Gallery, 5 Alverton St Penzance TR18 2QW and provide your entry to us by means of electronic transfer such as a memory card or flash drive, at the same paying your entry fee (s) at the gallery counter. As a further alternative you may post to the said address a physical print of your image (with your name, address and image title on the reverse) enclosing your entry fee (s) by cheque or postal order; cash payments by post are acceptable but not recommended and are made at the entrant’s sole risk.
Please see below for details of the prizes and the full rules of the competition; apologies for the length of the rules but it’s like that with all contests.
These are the rules for entering the Alverton Photo Contest. The theme of each competition, submission dates and deadlines will be announced on our website www.thealvertongallery.co.uk. If you have any queries regarding these rules please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrants must be amateur photographers and 18 years of age or older. For the purpose of these rules, “amateur” is defined as someone earning less than half their annual income (from whatever source) from photography. Owners and employees of The Alverton Gallery, Penzance and their immediate family members, and people living in the households of such owners and employees, are not eligible to enter the competition.
HOW TO ENTER
The contest is restricted to photographs only. The photographs must have been taken between 5 March 2016 and 5 March 2018 inclusive. Prior to submission, the entries must not have won or been a runner up in any other photographic competition. All photos submitted must be the original work of the entrant who must be the copyright-holder. This is a monochrome contest so panchromatic (i.e. full colour), or partially panchromatic images, will not be accepted. Toned monochrome photographs are acceptable so we do welcome images with sepia, antique, copper, selenium, cyanotype etc toning so long as the underlying image makes use only of the monochromatic scale. The entrant is responsible for ensuring that all permissions and releases have been obtained in respect of any image submitted. On this basis the entrant will at all times retain copyright to his/her work. In fairness to all entrants we reserve the right to disregard any entries that do not follow the rules of the contest.
The photograph (s) can be taken with digital camera or any other type of camera or device; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable as are photos taken with handheld devices such as iPads and smartphones. Entry photographs can be taken anywhere in the world except where prohibited by the relevant government/authorities.
Entries shall be submitted to the competition at a cost of £5 per entry, £8 per two entries and £10 per three entries. Please use the “choose an option” drop-down arrow above to select the number of entries then proceed to make payment using the “add to basket” button.
Alternatively, or in the unlikely event that you experience difficulties with our website, you may send the Paypal payment using this link https://www.paypal.me/AlvertonGallery or via the email address email@example.com using the “Send” option on this Paypal link https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/send-money-online
Although paypal is our method of payment processing, if you wish to pay by credit or debit card then you can still use paypal even without an account. When you click the payment link you’ll be taken to Paypal and it will give you two options: 1) Pay with my Paypal Account and 2) Check Out as a Guest. Select the second option and you can pay without creating an account.
Except in the event of the contest’s cancellation as set out below, the said entry fees are non-refundable and no changes of images can be made after you submit without another entry fee. Initially, upon payment of the said fees, your submissions should be made by way of an image attachment(s) and should be emailed to this address:
Please note that this is the ONLY submission email; submissions should not be made to our other email addresses. In the body of your email please include YOUR PAYPAL PAYMENT REFERENCE NUMBER together with your name and address, the image title (s) and details of when and where the image (s) was/were taken. You need not supply any further information, such as a bio, at this stage though you may do so if you wish. Please name each attachment with your name, the title of the photo and the month of submission, using the underscore to separate each word, for example John_Jones_Street_Photography_Feb_2018.jpeg. Please quote the competition name as the subject line of your submission email, for example “Alverton Photo Contest – Street Photography.”
Alternatively, if you have an Instagram account, simply upload your entries to your own account but tag us (@alvertonphotos) and include hashtag #streetphotocontest in your post as well as the title of your entry.
The said images should depict the artwork at accurately as possible. We respectfully ask that you try to avoid sending huge attachments in terms of megabytes when emailing your submission. Watermarks, copyright marks or any other identifications of the entrant are permissible on the face of the image but only if they are small and unobtrusive, for example located at the edge or corner of the image. We reserve the right to pixelate such watermarks to facilitate blind judging. Should an image be selected for our top three winners, then at that stage we will request a higher resolution image with no such markings and suitable for conversion to a print of dimensions 12 inches x 8 inches (approximately 30cm x 20cm).
Proof of email despatch is not proof of receipt by us. We will attempt to acknowledge all entries by email but we accept no responsibility for entries lost in the email system, although here we will consider returning the entry fee depending on the circumstances.
We reserve the right to request appropriate releases in respect of photographs that include people, sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the entrant. By entering the competition the entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph. The photograph must not, in the absolute discretion of the Alverton Gallery, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content or that contains any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law. The caption must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of the copyright in all photographs entered and, unless a photograph was taken in a public place, must have obtained the written permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 18 are featured. The entrant is fully responsible for obtaining all model or property releases in relation to photographs taken on private land.
Entries must follow the competition theme. The competition is open to amateur photographers only. Photography is included but video is excluded; images only must be entered. The competition is international. Subject to payment of the entry fee in each case, there is no limit to the number of images that an entrant can submit.
The contest closes at midnight GMT on the scheduled closing date referred to above. However we reserve the right to extend the closing time and date of a contest should we conclude, in our discretion, that this would be justified in the light of the level of entries received by the scheduled closing date. We reserve the right to cancel any competition if, once it has closed, the revenue from the entry fees does not exceed the cash prize fund or if the contest is not capable of continuing for any reason beyond our control. If any competition is cancelled we will within 14 days of the closure of the competition refund the entry fee to all entrants for the cancelled competition and we will not reserve the right to use any of the submitted images.
The judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic competition are (1) Roger Driscoll, director of the Alverton Gallery Penzance and (2) award-winning photographer Martin Smith (regular judges) plus Oliver Hawker of Oliver’s Photographics, Penzance (former Jessops manager – guest judge) and other guest judges appointed from time to time to assist in the judging process. Photographs will be judged on the basis of adherence to and interpretation of the theme, creativity, quality, composition, originality and artistic expression. We reserve the right to request from any entrant the background details of the entrant and image such as a short biography, the camera and lens and techniques used to create the image and the circumstances and inspiration giving rise to the image. From all of the entries, our regular judges will first select a long list of thirty images from which our guest judge (s) will select the ten images which in their opinion best reflect the theme of the competition. The regular judges and guest judge (s) will then collaborate to select the first, second and third prizes. The dates for announcement of the top ten winners, and the start of the winner’s show, will be announced in advance on our website. Decisions of the judges are final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the judging process. Unfortunately, due to the high number of entries, we will only contact you if your image/s has been chosen as one of our top ten winning entries.
The top ten winning entrants will be notified by email on or before the relevant announcement date as stated on our website. The top ten winning entrants will receive Gold, Silver, Bronze or Honourable Mention certificates (as the case may be) by email in PDF format and the top three winning entries will be mounted, framed and displayed at the Alverton Gallery for a period of thirty consecutive days. Photographs of the Winners’ Show display will be supplied to the top three winning entrants in confirmation. In this regard we will request appropriate high resolution digital images to assist in the creation of prints for display. We will also request an “artist biography” from each of the top three winning entrants. These requests must be compiled with at least ten days prior to the start of the Winner’s Show; failure to comply will be cause for disqualification. The framed photographs will be offered for sale at the Alverton Gallery; the gallery prices will be in our discretion and we will take a 80% commission on each sale whether framed or unframed. Here the entrant will retain copyright to the photograph but once we have been paid the ownership of the display photograph, whether framed or unframed, shall pass to the purchaser. We will promote the winning artists of each exhibition via email, online press releases, online event promotions and social media marketing. By submitting an entry to our competition an entrant acknowledges that, should an image be awarded a place on our top three winners’ list, the entrant grants us the right to publish, reproduce and exhibit the image by way of a physical print for exhibition at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, and by way of digital imagery for display on the Alverton Gallery’s website and social media. No fees shall be payable for these uses save that should a physical print be sold by the Alverton Gallery the photographer will be paid 20% of the gallery price. At all times the entrant will be credited as the photographer and copyright holder. Entrants whose photographs are one of the top ten winners also agree to take part in post-competition publicity.
Of the top ten entries, the top three entries will receive the following awards:
- First Place Winner will receive £100
- Gold/First prize Certificate
- First Prize photograph will be mounted, framed and displayed at the Alverton Gallery for a period of thirty consecutive days, the photograph will be published on www.thealvertongallery.co.uk for the same period and the photographer will be featured in an online article.
- In addition, the first prize winner will receive a copy of Photo Raw 2018 valued at $119.99 courtesy of ON1 software
Second Place Winner
- Second Place Winner will receive £75
- Silver/Second Prize Certificate
- Second Prize photograph will be mounted, framed and displayed at the Alverton Gallery for a period of thirty consecutive days, the photograph will be published on www.thealvertongallery.co.uk for the same period and the photographer will be featured in an online article.
- In addition the second prize winner will receive a a $50.00 product gift card courtesy of Rocky Nook
Third Place Winner
- Third Place Winner will receive £50
- Bronze/Third Prize Certificate,
- Third Prize photograph will be mounted, framed and displayed at the Alverton Gallery for a period of thirty consecutive days, the photograph will be published on www.thealvertongallery.co.uk for the same period and the photographer will be featured in an online article.
In addition the remaining top ten winners will be displayed on the gallery website and across our social media outlets.
The winner of any award shall be solely responsible for any taxes associated with the award. All cash awards will be transferred to winners via a Paypal account and no other means of payment will be considered. Any fees incurred during foreign currency transfers may be deducted from the winning amount. All cash winners will be notified within 7 days of a contest’s closing date and a cash prize winner will then have 28 days to provide us with a valid PayPal address for awards distribution. Weekly emails will be sent to non-respondents and if after 28 days no response is provided that entrant’s cash award will be forfeited. As for non-cash prizes provided by our sponsors, these prizes are not transferable. The dispatch of prizes to winners will be the sole responsibility of the prize sponsor. The winners email details will be passed directly to the sponsors by ourselves and we will not be liable for the actions or omissions of third party challenge sponsors or organisers. We may arrange to have the top ten entries photographed to publicise and promote the winning entries through means to be agreed to by both parties. In every instance of such use, the artist shall be acknowledged as the creator and copyright owner of the Artwork. In the case of an entry being accepted into the top three, the entry shall be displayed appropriately in the gallery.
The prizes are as stated, no single entrant may appear more than twice in the top ten or more than once in the top three, there are no cash alternatives to non-cash prizes and prizes cannot be sold or transferred to third parties.
We reserve the right to request the RAW/original image file or negative to prove authenticity prior to awarding any prize and if, within 28 days of any such request, the RAW/original image file or negative is not received by us then the winner may, at our sole discretion, be disqualified and therefore forfeit their prize(s).
You acknowledge your responsibility for protecting your entry against misuse by third parties. We assume no responsibility for and are not liable for any misuse of your work by third parties. We will not pass your personal details on to any third party, save that if you win a prize provided by one of our sponsors then by entering this contest you authorise us in those circumstances to disclose your email address to the sponsor in question. In addition, your details may be used by us to contact you about future Alverton Photo Competitions.
Please note that the Alverton Photo Contest is not affiliated with any business or organisation other than the Alverton Gallery, 5 Alverton Street, Penzance, Cornwall UK TR18 2QW.
These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have read, understood and to have agreed to be bound by these rules and we reserve the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in our absolute discretion if we have reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.
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