Photo Comp rules and regs

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Rob Allanson
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Photo Comp rules and regs

Postby Rob Allanson » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:57 pm

The Whisky Magazine Photo Challenge is the new annual photographic competition, leading to publication of the winning photographs in the February issue each year and a selection of short-listed images published in future editions as selected by the editor.

If you think you have some fantastic whisky photographs then here is your chance to shine and prosper and see your work published.

Winners will be published in Whisky Magazine. Please submit your photos to

• Amateur (see definition in the rules below)
• Professional (see definition in the rules below)

The distilleries
• Canada
• Ireland
• Japan
• Scotland
• Rest of world

• The drinking / the enjoying (bars, hotels, events…)
• The process
• The water

Other (please specify)


• Entry deadline: 30th November 2010

Judging process
• All entries will be judged by the Whisky Magazine panel in round one. These judges will select a shortlist of photographs (the 'Shortlist') in each category which, in their opinion, best illustrate that category. This Shortlist will then be voted upon by readers of Whisky Magazine via an online poll.

Judging criteria
• Focus. The image should be sharp unless blur is an intentional effect.
• Light. The use of light is key to a good photograph and the most important thing is that the light is appropriate to the image. There are many different types of ‘good’ light; stormy, early morning, dusk.
• Composition. When editing your images for entry, make sure you stand back from them and view them as a whole. Is there a hedgerow appearing from the back of the distillery? Is the image on a slant? Should you move to the left or take a step to the right? Or hold the camera nearer to the ground? There are many factors contributing to the overall composition of an image.
• Impact. This is very subjective. A great photograph will include a combination of the emotion the photographer was feeling at the time it was taken, the time of day, the subject, the light and much more. All this can lift a picture above the ordinary.
• Originality. The angle of the photograph or indeed the subject – whatever the end result the judges will be impressed by your originality of thought and execution.

Photographic format
• Photographs must be taken in digital format, and must be 300 dpi and should allow the image to be reproduced at A4 size or above. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest-quality setting.

• Each photograph must include the following information;
o Name of location
o Time of day
o Make and model of camera used
o Category being entered

• File naming: please name your digital files with your surname, initial & image number. For example, if your name is David Smith and you are submitting 4 images, your numbers would run smithd01.jpg to smithd04.jpg. Please use lower case letters only with no spaces or any other characters.

Whisky Magazine Photo Challenge Rules 2010
1. Entrants may submit up to four photos, in colour or black and white, which must be in electronic format.
2. Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, but not manipulated. Entrants can enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc, but not manipulate the content. Whisky Magazine and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.
3. The competition is open to any person from anywhere in the world. Employees of Paragraph Publishing, as well as their immediate families, are not eligible to enter. Entrants under the age of 12 years need to have parental or guardian consent to enter.
4. Each entry should be made online, and should be marked with your name, address, contact telephone number (both daytime and evening) and where and when the photo was taken and with what camera.
5. The competition closes at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 30 November 2010.
6. No entries can be returned. Ensure you keep copies of submitted images as the cannot take responsibility for the safe storage and back-up of entries.
7. In the event of a technical problem or evidence of impropriety with regard to the readers’ vote, the judges shall have the final decision. If the readers’ vote results in a tie, the judges shall have the casting vote. The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
8. 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 permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
9. Prior to submission, entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, 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.
10. Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to Whisky Magazine. By entering the competition all entrants grant to Paragraph Publishing the right to publish and exhibit their photographs in their publications and on their websites. Entrants whose photographs are one of the Finalists or selected to appear in Whisky Magazine pursuant to paragraph 10 above grant to Paragraph Publishing and other publishers authorised by Paragraph Publishing the further rights to publish and exhibit their photographs in print, on their respective websites or in any other media at any time in perpetuity. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Entrants whose photographs are one of the finalists also agree to take part in post-competition publicity. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every broadcast use of the photographs will include photographers' names.
11. Entrants agree the organisers may sub-license images to the media for reproduction in connection with the competition.
12. Finalists agree to take part in post-competition publicity.
13. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and Paragraph Publishing reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if Paragraph Publishing has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.
14. Paragraph Publishing reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
15. If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, Paragraph Publishing reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner up or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.
16. These rules are governed by the laws of England. This competition is administered by Paragraph Publishing.

• Amateur photographers: individuals who take photographs for pleasure or as a hobby but do not generate the primary source of their income from taking photographs.
• Professional photographers: individuals whose primary source of income is generated from photography.

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