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2012 Photo Contest

posted Mar 19, 2012, 9:03 AM by Thomas Eddy   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 10:28 AM ]

Through Gathering Waters Conservancy's 2012 Photo Contest we invite photographers statewide to lend their talents to our mission and celebrate Wisconsin's special places.

Photo courtesy of Eric Sherman, runner up in our 2010 photo contest.

We invite photographers of all levels to show off your favorite Wisconsin places and celebrate what makes this state such a wonderful place in which to live, work, and play.  Read on for contest details or view our 2010 photo contest winners.

Contest Categories

  • People Protecting Wisconsin - images of people at work or at play in Wisconsin’s beautiful outdoors.
  • Celebrate the seasons - submit photos of your favorite time of the year and help us celebrate Wisconsin’s seasons.
  • Student Submissions - submissions from 9th grade – college students will be judged in their own category.
  • Wisconsin Land Trusts - images taken of lands or resources protected by a non-profit land trust in Wisconsin.

What’s a land trust?  Where are protected lands? For more information on how to find land trust-protected lands, see the Protected Lands Info Sheet.

Winners Will Receive

  • Cash - $200 for overall winner. $100 for winners in each category.
  • Fame - we will post winning photos to our website and print them in our newsletter.
  • Lasting appreciation - the winning photographs will be printed, framed, and given as awards at the 2012 Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration on October 4th.
  • A toast - all winners will receive complimentary registration to the Awards Celebration.

Judging

  • Photos will be judged on technical quality, composition, and artistic merit. Images should promote Gathering Waters Conservancy’s mission to help people protect Wisconsin’s special places.

Contest Rules

  • All photos must be taken in Wisconsin.
  • Images from land protected by Wisconsin land trusts are especially encouraged.
  • All entries must be submitted no later than September 1st, 2012.
  • Each entrant is allowed up to 5 submissions in any category.
  • Student entries are encouraged from students grade 9 through college.

Winners Will Receive

  • Cash - $200 for overall winner. $100 for winners in each category.
  • Fame - we will post winning photos to our website and print them in our newsletter.
  • Lasting appreciation - the winning photographs will be printed, framed, and given as awards at the 2012 Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration on October 4th.
  • A toast - all winners will receive complimentary registration to the Awards Celebration.

Judging

  • Photos will be judged on technical quality, composition, and artistic merit. Images should promote Gathering Waters Conservancy’s mission to help people protect Wisconsin’s special places.

Contest Rules

  • All photos must be taken in Wisconsin.
  • Images from land protected by Wisconsin land trusts are especially encouraged.
  • All entries must be submitted no later than September 1st, 2012.
  • Each entrant is allowed up to 5 submissions in any category.
  • Student entries are encouraged from students grade 9 through college.

YOUR RIGHTS:  You retain all rights to any photograph you submit other than those rights licensed by the next sentence. By entering the contest, you hereby grant to Gathering Waters Conservancy a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display the photographs you submit to this contest and the right to use your name in any print, digital, online or other communications. Gathering Waters Conservancy will credit photographers and will use images in pursuit of our mission. Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license. All recognizable people in submitted photos must be willing to have their picture used in Gathering Waters Conservancy’s print and online communications. Photographers must be able to document subject consent upon request (any documented confirmation – email, video, voice recording, etc. will be accepted).

How to Submit Photos

Photos can be emailed to photos@gatheringwaters.org or mailed on a CD to:

Photo Contest

Gathering Waters Conservancy

211 S. Paterson, Suite 270

Madison, WI 53703

In addition to your photo(s), please include the following information:

  • A completed Photo Release Form.  Photos must be accompanied by a release form to be considered.
  • Location of the picture.
  • Contest Category (if applicable for student submissions, the name of course and/or school or program where you are enrolled, e.g. Photography 101, UW-Marathon County).
  • Confirmation that subjects agree to GWC's use of the image. Please include in your communication this language: “I confirm that all recognizable individuals in the images I have submitted agree to Gathering Waters Conservancy’s use of the images.”
  • Any additional description you would like us to have.

Please Note

We will accept digital photos as JPEG files. Scanned images are allowed, but must be formatted JPEG, please. 

Image resolution: To ensure photos will reproduce well in print, entries must have a resolution of 5 million pixels or greater (5 megapixels).

We look forward to seeing your photos!

Please send any questions to photos@gatheringwaters.org and don’t forget to search for Gathering Waters Conservancy on Facebook and visit our blog at www.wisconsinlandtrusts.org