Competition rules

Form of Competition Rules



1. The organiser of the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photography Competition (Competition) is the South Australian Museum (Organiser). Bauer Media Limited (AG), the publisher of Australian Geographic, is the Competition’s major sponsor,


2. Information published by the Organiser on the Competition and on how to enter the Competition form part of these rules. Entry into the Competition is deemed acceptance of these rules.


3. Entry into the Competition is open to all except staff of the Organiser and AG and their immediate families and people involved in the administration or judging of the Competition. For Entries in the Junior section, the entrant must be under 18 years of age as at the close of Entries for the Competition; Entrant must declare on the Competition’s online entry form that he or she has his or her parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the Competition.


4. All photographs must be taken in the ANZANG bioregion. For the purposes of these rules, the ANZANG bioregion means Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region. The region of New Guinea is limited to the west by the Wallace Line (the bio-geographical line extending between Bali and Lombok northward through the Makassar Strait between Borneo and Sulawesi). To the east the New Guinea region includes the Bismarck and Solomon Archipelagos and islands of the South West Pacific.



Submission of Entries


5. Persons (Entrants) may only enter photographs in the Competition (Entries) between 9:00am (ACDT) on 14 January 2013 and 5:00pm (ACDT) on 8 March 2013 (Promotional period).


6. It is a condition of entering this promotion that photographic work is an original work previously unpublished in a nationally circulated publication.


7. An Entrant may submit up to 4 eligible Entries in each of the Competition’s 10 sections. Substantially similar Entries may not be entered in more than one section of the Competition.


8. Each Entry must be uploaded via the Competition’s online entry form. Each Entrant must provide all information that is requested on the Competition’s online entry form in English, including the following information:


a) the Entrant’s name and contact details (including full mailing address, country and telephone number);

b) a brief title relevant to the Entry that assists in its identification;

c) a brief statement regarding when and where the Entry was taken (including, if the Entry was taken in a captive situation or in conditions that are unnatural, a statement to that effect);

d) the specifications of camera, lens, film, ISO, f-stop and shutter speed for the Entry; and

e) the total cost of entry to be eligible for the Competition. The cost of entry is $38.00 (includes GST) for the first image and $22.00 (includes GST) for each subsequent image, except for the Junior Photography section, for which the cost of entry is $10.00 (includes GST) for the first image and $5.00 (includes GST) for each subsequent image. Only Entries submitted at the same time will receive the reduced prices for subsequent Entries.


Entry into the junior section


a) Entrant must choose subjects that would be eligible for entry into any other section;

b) Entry may be in colour or black and white.


9. All Entries must be colour photographs in all sections except Entries in the Black and White, Interpretive or Junior Photography sections. All Entries should be formatted to JPG file format, in RGB colour mode, size no more than 1MB. The shortest dimension should be a minimum of 1200 pixels (ie. at least 1200 pixels wide for portrait orientation, or 1200 pixels high for landscape orientation). Some minor variance in size may be considered acceptable at the judges’ discretion. No concession by the judges will be made for poor quality files.


10. All Entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt by the Organiser and not at the time of transmission by the Entrant.


11. The Organiser accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected Entries, or Entries not received by the Organiser for any reason whatsoever.



Criteria for Entries


12. All Entries must have been taken within 7 years of the date of close of Entries for the Competition.


13. An Entry that has won an award or commendation in any major competition is not eligible for entry in the Competition. (A major competition is defined as one receiving 500 entries or more.)


14. An Entry must not be created from more than one original photographic or digital exposure in any section of the Competition except for the Interpretive Photography section.


15. For the Threatened Animals and Plants (Threatened species) section, if the Entry is shortlisted, the Entrant must submit an official reference (valid for any of the 5 years prior to the date of close of Entries) from the relevant country’s state or federal government agency concerned with flora and fauna verifying the Entry’s subject’s threatened, rare, vulnerable or endangered status.  If this information is not provided, the Entry will be withdrawn from the shortlist.


16. In accordance with rule 8(c), the Entrant must declare if an Entry has been taken with the Entry’s subject in captivity or in conditions that are unnatural. If an Entry’s subject is an animal that has been photographed in captivity, it must be an animal, either native or feral, that can be found in the wild in the ANZANG Bioregion. The Organiser may disqualify any Entry if the Organiser suspects that the Entrant has engaged in any unethical practice in connection with the Entry.


17. Pet or farm animals and commercially cultivated plants are not classified as natural for the purposes of the Competition and must not be represented in any Entry. Plants that are represented in an Entry must be native to the ANZANG Bioregion.


18. In all sections of the Competition except the Interpretive Photography section, Entries taken with film cameras or digital cameras must not be adjusted beyond a level that would be applied in conventional optical printing techniques. This means image adjustments in all sections of the Competition (except the Interpretive Photography Section) are only acceptable if limited to levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work and minor cleaning work. The integrity of the original subject with its form and (if applicable) its behaviour must be maintained. Compositing and multiple exposures are not allowed. Sharpening is allowed. Cropping is allowed. There are no adjustment restrictions for the Interpretive Photography section.


19. Entries in the Interpretive Photography section must have their origins in nature photography, but may be manipulated in any way. Entrants are encouraged to experiment graphically with their images. There is no limit to the number of exposures used, or to the graphic treatments applied in this section.


20. All Entries must be taken in a safe and lawful location. Neither the Organiser nor AG will be held responsible for an Entrant taking a photograph in circumstances that pose a risk of personal injury or legal implications.



Judging of Entries and award of prizes


21. Each valid Entry received will be submitted for judging. Entries will be Judged by a panel of judges appointed by the Organiser.


22. Entrants will be advised by May 2013 if they have been shortlisted in the Competition. Prize winners will be announced in the Sep-Oct 2013 edition of Australian Geographic. Prizes will be presented at the South Australian Museum on 3 October 2013 when the exhibition and exhibition catalogue are launched. If an Entry is shortlisted by the judging panel, the Entrant must, within 2 weeks from receiving notification of such shortlisting, provide to the Organiser the selected image(s) as TIFF files at 300dpi in RGB colour space with working space embedded or tagged (ideally AdobeRGB 1998).  Subject to the Organiser receiving the shortlisted Entry in such format within the 2-week period, the shortlisted Entry will be displayed as part of the exhibition conducted in connection with the Competition (Exhibition). Entries that are displayed as part of the Exhibition (Exhibited Entries) will be printed to approximately 420mm on the longest edge. Any shortlisted Entry that is not received in such format within the 2-week period, will be withdrawn from the shortlist.


23. If a section receives no entries attaining the judges’ standard no prize will be awarded.


24. All prizes must be taken as offered. Any non-monetary prize, or any unused portion of a non-monetary prize, is not transferable, exchangeable and cannot be redeemed as cash. Each prize is valued in Australian dollars. The Organiser and AG accept no responsibility for any variation in the value of any non-monetary prize.


25. Prize winners are advised that tax implications may arise from their prize winnings and they should seek independent financial advice prior to acceptance of their prize.


26. If a prize winner is under the age of 18 years, the prize will be awarded to that person’s parent or legal guardian. It is the responsibility of the winner’s parent/legal guardian to prove their parental status/ legal guardianship at the time of winner notification.


27. All non-monetary elements of prizes are subject to availability with no cash alternative and such elements are non-transferable and non-refundable. Winner(s) cannot change, vary, substitute or extend any element of a prize (in whole or in part).


28. If a prize winner is unable to fulfill any non-monetary prize during any applicable time period, that person forfeits that prize with no compensation or further liability of the Organiser.


29. If a prize or a portion of a prize is unavailable, for whatever reason, the Organiser may substitute the prize for a prize of equal or greater value.



Use of Entries


30. Any winning or shortlisted Entry may be used by the Organiser or AG (and any person authorised to do so by either of them) solely for the purpose of marketing and promoting the Competition and the Exhibition or future Competitions and Exhibitions, without further remuneration or reference to the participant. The inclusion of any such feature (including but not limited to creative control of the feature) will remain with the Organiser or AG at all times, including for the purpose of:


a) judging the Competition;

b) displaying the Entries on the Competition’s website, AG’s website and websites of partners;

c) displaying the Entries at the Exhibition;

d) displaying the Entries in a book, magazine or similar published work;

e) publishing the Entries on posters to promote the Competition or the Exhibition;

f) publishing the Entries on postcards to promote the Competition or Exhibition;

g) cropping and re-sizing the Entries as necessary to fit pre-defined formats to promote the Competition and Exhibition;

h) sub-licensing the Entries to the media for reproduction in connection with the Competition and the Exhibition;

i) including the Entries within any materials promoting the Competition or the Exhibition; and

j) including the Entries in any compilation publication published to celebrate any anniversary of the Competition.


31. Each Entrant grants the Organiser and AG a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence in each Entry throughout the world in all media for the uses described in rule 30 for 2 years following the date of announcement of the winners on 3 October 2013.


32. Each Entrant is responsible for protecting his or her Entry against misuse by third parties by, for example, the insertion of a watermark or copyright information. Neither the Organiser nor AG can assume any responsibility and are not liable for any misuse of Entries.


33. If the Organiser or AG wishes to make any use of an Entry that is not permitted under rule 31, the Entrant will be contacted and given the opportunity to negotiate any such usage with the parties concerned independently of the Competition.


34. All Entries and, if called for, other materials are sent at the Entrant’s own risk, although reasonable care will be taken by the Organiser. The Entrant releases the Organiser and AG from liability for any damage to, or loss of, submitted material.


35. Each Entrant warrants to the Organiser and AG that each Entry is an original artistic work of the Entrant which does not infringe the rights, including copyright and privacy rights, of any third party. Each Entrant agrees to indemnify the Organiser and AG against all costs or loss suffered as a result of any claim by a third party arising from a breach of the warranty set out in this rule.


36. Each short listed Entrant agrees to be interviewed, photographed and/or filmed at any time by the Organiser or AG. There is no obligation upon the Organiser or AG to use such images or footage but, if the Organiser or AG elects to do so, the winner consents to the Organiser using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in any media for the purpose of promoting the Competition (including any outcome), the Organiser or AG, for an unlimited period of time without remuneration.


37. It is a condition of entering the Promotion that the entrant warrants to the Organiser or AG that they understand that any arrangement entered into in relation to the publication of their entry does not create a relationship between the winner and the Organiser/AG of employer and employee, principle and agent, partnership or joint venture.



General Terms


38. The Organiser reserves the right to verify the validity of Entries at any time and reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the entry process (including but not limited to tampering by way of the utilisation of techniques designed to avoid the payment of entry costs) or who submits an Entry that is not in accordance with these rules. Failure by the Organiser to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.


39. The Organiser’s decision on all matters relating to the Competition will be final and no correspondence regarding judging or organisation of the Competition will be entered into.


40. Where the Organiser disqualifies any Entry, the Organiser has no obligation to notify the Entrant of such disqualification or to provide any justification for or enter into any correspondence relating to such disqualification.


41. The Organiser reserves the right to ask a prize winner to provide proof of identity and proof of residency at the nominated prize delivery address. Identification considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the Organiser.


42. If, for any reason, the Competition is not capable of running as planned for reasons beyond the control of the Organiser, the Organiser may take any action available, including canceling, terminating, modifying or suspending the Competition.


43. The Organiser, AG and companies associated with the Competition will not be liable for any loss (including indirect or consequential loss), damage or personal injury which is suffered or sustained (including where caused by any person’s negligence) relating to the Competition or the awarding or taking of any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.


44. While the Organiser will make reasonable efforts to contact each Entrant whose Entry is shortlisted and each winning Entrant, no responsibility will be taken where notification is not received by such Entrant.


45. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act, as well as any other implied warranties under the ASIC Act or similar consumer protection laws in the State and Territories of Australia (“Non-Excludable Guarantees”). Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Organiser (including its respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the promotion.


46. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Organiser (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for and excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Organiser’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Organiser) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Organiser; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (f) use of the prize.


47. If this promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Organiser, the Organiser reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the promotion, as appropriate.


48. The Organiser collects personal information in order to conduct the promotion and may, for this purpose, disclose such information to third parties, including but not limited to agents, contractors, service providers, prize suppliers and, as required, to Australian regulatory authorities. Entry is conditional on providing this information. The Organiser may, for an indefinite period, unless otherwise advised, use the information for promotional, marketing, publicity, research and profiling purposes, including sending electronic messages or telephoning the entrant. Entrants should direct any request to opt out, access, update or correct information to the Organiser.


49. The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided in connection with this promotion is governed by the Privacy Notice.


50. By entering this promotion, the entrant consents to receipt of any email regarding the promotion, and other emails which inform the entrant of the Organiser’s other publications, products, services and events and to promote third party goods and services it may be interested in.