Hosted by East Haddam, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Salem Land Trusts
1. The contest is open only to amateur photographers (less than 50% of principal income from the sale of photographs or photographic services).
2. Entries must be submitted between January 1, 2018 and February 28, 2018.
3. Photographs must be taken in the towns of East Haddam, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Salem. The photographer does not have to reside in these towns.
4. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and three Honorable Mention prizes are awarded in each of the following six categories:
- Cultural/Historic (human interaction with nature, including domestic animals and buildings);
- Black & White (of any landscape/waterscape, plants, wildlife, cultural/historic);
- Youth (of any of the above categories by photographers age 16 or under).
All entries are eligible for the John G. Mitchell Award for the photograph best reflecting environmental conservation.
5. Photographers may enter up to three (3) photographs. Entrants can only win one ribbon per category.
6. The photographs may be color or black and white, using film or digital cameras. All black and white entries must be submitted to the Black & White category.
7. Capturing/restraining wildlife for photographic purposes is prohibited for this contest.
8. All submitted photographs must be 8×10 inches in size (if a different ratio, then close to 8×10), and must be matted or mounted to no larger than 12×14. You may put your name on the back of the photograph, but not on the front. Do not submit frames (wood, glass, plastic or metal); or metal or canvas prints. Label the top side on the back of photo.
9. A separate and signed 2018 Entry Form must be completed for and accompany each submitted photograph. Entries may be mailed to Land Trusts Photo Contest, P.O. Box 1002, Old Lyme CT 06371 or dropped off at one of two locations: Old Lyme Library, 2 Library Ln, Old Lyme, CT or Essex Library, 33 West Ave, Essex, CT. In addition, you must submit digital copies of your images no smaller than 4 MB by email (as a separate file attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a CD with digital image(s) of your photograph(s). Label the digital files with your name, title and entry year as this example: Smith,Jane-TreesAtDawn-2018.jpg.
10. All entries will be exhibited at the Land Trusts Photo Contest Reception on April 6, 2018. Winning photos will be displayed during the following year at local venues. Non-winning photos should be retrieved at the end of the Reception or picked up at the Old Lyme Library within one month of the Reception. Unclaimed, non-winning photos will not be returned by mail or other delivery and become the property of the Land Trusts.
11. Winning photographs remain the property of the Land Trusts. While photographers retain complete copyright over their entries, the Land Trusts retain a royalty-free right of use, display, and reproduction of the winning photos (and any unclaimed, non-winning photos) for purposes of publication in all media including but not limited to website use, social media, in exhibitions, slideshows and for fund-raising and the sale of gift items using the images. In such use, every attempt will be made to credit the photographer.
12. All matted prints are submitted at the photographer’s own risk. Although every care will be taken with each entry, the Land Trusts are not responsible for any loss of or damage to any of the entries.
13. By submitting a photograph, you warrant and represent that each submitted photograph is your own original work to which you alone own the copyright. It is each entrant’s legal responsibility to ensure that they comply with these ownership and copyright requirements and that they own the rights to reproduction of their images without violating the rights of any third party. Entrants who do not fulfill these criteria will be deemed ineligible and disqualified.
14. The Land Trusts and judges reserve the right to change the category placement of any entry as well as the right to amend these rules and/or prizes as deemed reasonably necessary.