Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition

by Martin Smith Images

£5.00£10.00

Sponsored by ON1, Bob Books, Flothemes, Skillshare, Rocky Nook and Topaz Labs.

£2000 cash first prize.

This contest is now CLOSED; please see this link for details of the winners:

DESERTED PLACES CONTEST WINNERS

The winning entries in our “Month of May” photographic contest have now been announced and appear on this link:

MONTH OF MAY CONTEST WINNERS

Please see this link for the winners of our “No Label” Photographic Competition;

NO LABEL CONTEST WINNERS

Please see this link for the winners of our previous contest “We Love the Coast 2017.”:

WE LOVE THE COAST CONTEST WINNERS

Our latest photographic competition was entitled ‘Deserted Places’ and ran from 8 August 2017 to 11 September 2017. £2000 cash first prize. Whilst the “Deserted places” theme is open to interpretation, we would particularly like to see images of urban or rural decay such as disused buildings, derelict sites, abandoned cemeteries, ancient ruins, “haunted houses” and so on; abandoned people or animals are not included. The images must have been taken between 11 September 2015 and 11 September 2017 inclusive and not have won any other competition prizes. The photos can be taken anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. Among the other prizes on offer, the top three winning entries will be framed and displayed in our gallery for thirty days. To enter please send your images as email attachments to penzancesubmissions@gmail.com – please see the rules below for the extra stuff you need to do when submitting, and the alternative methods of entry. 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. Details of how to pay, the prizes and the full competition rules are set out below. We look forward to seeing your work in the gallery.

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THE ALVERTON PENZANCE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

£2000 cash first prize.

Sponsored by ON1, Bob Books, Flothemes, Skillshare, Rocky Nook and Topaz Labs

This contest is now CLOSED; please see this link for details of the winners:

DESERTED PLACES CONTEST WINNERS

The winning entries in our “Month of May” photographic contest have now been announced and appear on this link:

MONTH OF MAY CONTEST WINNERS

Please see this link for the winners of our “No Label” Photographic Competition:

NO LABEL CONTEST WINNERS

Please see this link for the winners of our previous contest “We Love the Coast 2017.”:

WE LOVE THE COAST CONTEST WINNERS

Our latest photographic competition was entitled ‘Deserted Places’ and ran from 8 August 2017 to 11 September 2017. £2000 cash first prize.Whilst the “Deserted places” theme is open to interpretation, we would particularly like to see images of urban or rural decay such as disused buildings, derelict sites, abandoned cemeteries, ancient ruins, “haunted houses” and so on; abandoned people or animals are not included. The images must have been taken between 11 September 2015 and 11 September 2017 inclusive and not have won any other competition prizes. The photos can be taken anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law.  To enter please send your images as email attachments to penzancesubmissions@gmail.com – 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 roger@thealvertongallery.co.uk 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.

COMPETITION RULES

These are the rules for entering the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition. 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 info@thealvertongallery.co.uk.

ELIGIBILITY

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. 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 11 September 2015 and 11 September 2017 inclusive. Prior to submission, entrants must not have been paid for any publication of any of their entries or won or been a runner up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries. Therefore you can submit to us any other images of yours falling outside these categories. All photos submitted must be the original work of the entrant who must be the copyright-holder. 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) need not be taken with a digital camera; 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 roger@thealvertongallery.co.uk  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:

penzancesubmissions@gmail.com

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_Coastal_Sunrise_Jan_2017.jpeg. Please quote the competition name as the subject line of your submission email, for example “Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition – No Label.”

The said image attachment (s) should depict the artwork at accurately as possible.  For images taken with a DSLR camera, each image should be approximately 1200 x 900 pixels (landscape or portrait) at 72 dpi in JPEG format and no larger than 1 MB in size. However if you are not familiar with this technical language or if the image was taken with a different type of camera or device (such as a smartphone) then basically we would like the image to be rectangular (pretty much the same shape as an iPad screen, landscape or portrait) and we would 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 copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained written permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 18 are featured. The entrant is fully responsible to obtain all model or property releases.

Entries must follow the competition theme. The competition is open to amateur and professional artists. 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.

JUDGING

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.

AWARDS:

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:

Grand Prize

  • First Place Winner will receive £2000
  • Gold/First prize Certificate
  • First Prize photograph will be 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 2017 valued at $119.99 courtesy of ON1 software
  • 12 months scholarship courtesy of Skillshare
  • £60 voucher courtesy of Bob Books

Second Place Winner

  • Second Place Winner will receive £200
  • Silver/Second Prize Certificate
  • Second Prize photograph will be 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 copy of Photo Raw 2017 valued at $119.99 courtesy of ON1 software
  • A choice of software add ons courtesy of the Topaz collection
  • A free webtheme of your choice courtesy of Flothemes

Third Place Winner

  • Third Place Winner will receive £100
  • Bronze/Third Prize Certificate,
  • Third Prize photograph will be 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 third prize winner will receive a $50.00 product gift card courtesy of Rocky Nook

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 Gallery Competitions.

Please note that the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition 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.

OUR SPONSORS

BOB BOOKS

Transform your photographs into professional, printed books.

Bob Books is the most well-loved and trusted platforms for creating and printing photo books. Used by both professional photographers and people who want to record their memories in a unique way- making a photo book couldn’t be simpler. Choose from a variety of sizes, paper types and finishes and use a number of easy-to-use creation tools designed with you in mind.

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TOPAZ LABS

Topaz Labs gives photographers the tools they need to bring out the beauty in their photos, from our cutting edge noise reduction software in DeNoise, adaptive exposure and contrast in Adjust and Clarity, to intelligent creative effects like Impression, Glow, and Studio. Topaz Labs software empowers your creative vision to get inspired and get images perfected faster.

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ROCKY NOOK

Since Rocky Nook’s inception in 2006, photography has been the primary focus of our book publishing program. Guided by the motto “By photographers, for photographers,” our mission is to develop and publish books that educate and inspire photographers of all levels, from aspiring photographers to hobbyists to professionals. Focusing on the art, craft, and technology of photography, we offer beautiful, practical books that help readers create better photographs. 

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FLOTHEMES

 

Flothemes are premium, elegant and minimalistic website themes designed to tailor the needs of photographers, videographers and other creatives. Each theme is focused on a unique design, with fully customizable layouts, fonts, colors and decorative icons – to help you create the website that you’ve always wanted.

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SKILLSHARE

Skillshare offers customized class recommendations and curated lists to create a perfectly tailored experience. Learn alongside and network with a community of over 2 million students and teachers. Build a portfolio of projects that showcase the skills you gain. Every Skillshare class has a project that lets students exchange feedback, learn together and showcase their progress to the world.

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ON1

 

The ON1 team has a passion for two things—building simple yet powerful photography apps and taking care of our customers. Our goal is to build tools to save time and money for everyone who loves photography, allowing them to create the photos they want and get back to what they really love to do: go shoot!

About ON1 Photo RAW 2017:

ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5, the NEW all-in-one photo organizer, editor, raw processor, and effects app is just what photographers have been waiting for. It includes the best new and must-have ON1 editing features and tools for opening, viewing, and editing photos in an instant. The next generation of ON1 Photo works as a standalone photo editor, a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® & Lightroom®, or a host app for other editing apps.

ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 also supports the key online storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 works on both macOS and Microsoft Windows. Version 2017.5 also supports Adobe® Photoshop® CC or CS6, Lightroom® CC/6, 5, Photoshop Elements® 15, 14 and 13.

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Martin Smith Images Biography

Martin Smith says: “I have been into photography as a hobby for as long as I can remember and around 15 years ago, whilst living on the Isle of Mull in Scotland I ditched my trusty SLR 35mm film camera and purchased my first DSLR camera to capture the many beautiful sunsets on the island. Unfortunately work came first and hobbies second and I never really got to grips with the camera as much as I would have liked. In 2012 I found himself in a position to be able to retire early and my Wife and I bought a house to renovate and we retired to a small village called Stambolovo located in South Bulgaria where the two of us now live. I have spent most of the last four years renovating our 80-year-old house and found the time to absorb myself into my photography a lot more. I sold my 15 year old camera and upgraded to the modern day equivalent. Although I like to take scenic and landscape photographs, I also applied my creative flair and with the use of digital I soon found that I can produce some very creative images using smoke, water drops and macro but so can millions of other people and I wanted to apply my own style to my photography so I set up a small “studio” in our house and concentrated on producing thought provoking and conceptual images using ordinary everyday objects. Since then I have created my own style of fine art photography, some of which have won national and international awards and have appeared in numerous national photographic magazines, samples of which can be found on my website, www.martinsmithimages.eu In terms of awards my most notable achievements to date have been First Prize in the Artcentron.com “Flowers We Love” international photo contest 2016, Second Prize in The Motif Collective international photo competition 2015, Blue Ribbon Honourable Mention Award in the F.I.A.P. (Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique) Contest 2016, Blue Ribbon Honourable Mention Award in the M.I.F.A. Moscow International Photo Awards 2015, plus I have twice received National Geographic "Daily Dozen" Awards (2014 and 2015). I have also featured in the following: Inspirations article in "Photoplus magazine"; special projects feature in Advanced Photographer Magazine and a case study article in "A place in the sun", the official magazine of the BBC hit TV series. In addition I have spent the last year on assignment, at the request of an American tobacco publication, following the progress of a family of oriental tobacco farmers here in Bulgaria. Although a user of photoshop myself, (who isn’t), I pride myself in using it to minimal effect as I believe there is no skill or merit in altering an image that is so far away from the original.”