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Official Photo Contest Rules and Eligibility

Enter the IHS Photo Contest. We're looking for candid shots conveying the IHS experience. Winning photos will show participants and faculty at seminars engaging in discussions or individuals in our internship programs working or interacting with colleagues. No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win.

Photo Eligibility

To enter, you must be a participant at an IHS Seminar (international participants included), an IHS Journalism or Production Intern or a Koch Summer Fellow. Only participants of these IHS programs will be considered. All other applicants will be disqualified.

All photos must be taken at an IHS Seminar or in the course of work at an internship host. The photo subjects must be relevant to IHS programs. Strong consideration will be given to candid shots that fall into these categories:

  • Participants and interns interacting with each other (not posing for or smiling at the camera)
  • Participants and interns interacting with faculty or colleagues(not posing for camera)
  • Participants during free time (playing sports, lounging – not posed for camera)
  • Landscape and Architectural photos of Seminar campus or work environment(campus or host institution only – no photos of surrounding town/city)

If some participants want to pose/set up a discussion group for the purpose of taking usable photos, that is acceptable.

Good Photo Qualities

  • Well lit but not washed out from a flash (direct sunlight or indirect flash)
  • Close-up photos of a group of people or a pair of people.

Bad Photo Qualities

  • Blurry or fuzzy photos.
  • Dark photos.
  • Photos with alcohol or inappropriate gestures or clothing. (see Photo Subject Restrictions below.)

Photo Formats
Entries may only be natural color or black & white digital images only. Please read the specific guidelines for submitting digital images below. No printed photos will be accepted.

Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than you. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

Photo Subject Restrictions
Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public website and in publications. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Photos including inappropriate t-shirt graphics or alcoholic beverages will also not be considered. Please respect others’ privacy. IHS retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

Ownership/Use Rights
By entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on the IHS website in exchange for a $5 Amazon gift card, and agree that IHS may also use the winning photos in any printed publications, and may make and retain copies of the photograph for archival purposes. Once a photo has been accepted, it becomes property of IHS. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to IHS is contested in any manner, IHS retains the discretion to disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph.

Winning photos cannot be submitted to any 3rd parties or be used on any royalty-free websites for profit.

How to Enter
Submit photos through Flickr, via your personal account. Upload your photos to your account, then add them to the group pool associated with a program listed below.

Entries will be judged on the basis of photographic quality and effectiveness in conveying the IHS experience in one of the contest categories listed above. The IHS marketing team will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified. The panel of judges will include professionals in graphic design, photography, and marketing.

Entries will be reviewed on a monthly basis during the first week of every month beginning in August.

Judges will select winners based on the guidelines set in the Rules. Winning individuals may receive a maximum of $100 Amazon gift certificates per year and a minimum of $5 Amazon gift certificate depending on the number of photo entries selected as winners. Winners will be notified approximately 2-3 weeks after the beginning of each month through their Flickr profile.

Image Modifications
Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

Not Permitted:

  • Borders or frames
  • Watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices
  • Adding or replacing elements in an image
  • Artistic filters

Permitted Modifications:

  • Cropping and rotating as necessary, as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within the specifications above
  • Resizing as long as the aspect ratio is maintained
  • Red-eye removal and spot editing
  • Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise
  • Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint

Additional Terms and Conditions

IHS is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, IHS is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. IHS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice if factors beyond IHS’s control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. Void where prohibited. IHS is entitled to interpret these rules as needed, and its decisions are final. IHS reserves the right to disqualify any entry that IHS has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, the prizes the winner obtained will be recalled.

By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless IHS and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. IHS and its employees, officers, affiliates, and agents assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.

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