5) Photographs must be registered according to the
national, state or provincial park where the photo
was taken. Registration is limited to up to 3
photographs per park per month. Photographs can only be submitted once. If the same
photograph is judged to have been entered into a previous
monthly or yearly
contest, all later entries of the photo will be
6) Photographs may be either black & white or color.
7) Photographs may be either in vertical or horizontal format.
8) Photographs must be taken in one of
America's national or state parks,
or in one of Canada's national or provincial parks.
9) Photo release
by the photographer
Release by the Photographer
I do hereby make the following statements, releases, assignments, and
assurances to MyParkPhotos.com:
I certify that I ("Photographer") am the person who took the
photograph(s) submitted herewith (collectively, the
"Photograph(s)"), and I have not assigned any of my
rights associated with the Photographs to any third
party and have sole, complete and unrestricted
authority to enter into this Release and to grant the
rights described in this Release.
I release MyParkPhotos.com from any liability whatsoever that arises from their use
of the Photographs except for uses that violate the terms
and conditions of this release.
I agree to work in good faith with
MyParkPhotos.com to promptly resolve any
problems or disputes that may arise due to my submission of the Photographs.
MyParkPhotos.com recognizes that I, or the
person I designate, own the image(s) or any copyright to the Photograph(s).
I hereby grant MyParkPhotos.com
the royalty-free and non-exclusive right to
distribute, publish and use the Photograph(s) in
publications to promote national, state and provincial parks and to promote the
including the distribution, publication and use of the
Photographs (i) on the MyParkPhotos.com website, (ii) in
brochures, in magazines, in newspapers, in electronic
emails and in advertisements and for other similar
marketing and promotional uses of MyParkPhotos.com
(iv) to sell mouse pads based on
the Photograph(s) on such websites or in publications (all
profit generated from the sales of these mouse pads
placed with the MyParkPhotos.org Foundation to help provide scholarships to photography students), and
(v) to distribute Desktop Wallpaper relating to the
I will advise MyParkPhotos.com
of all copyrights in and to all of the Photograph(s), so
that MyParkPhotos.com can include the copyright
symbol © and credit for each such Photograph published.
10) Members must enter a
photograph into one relevant category. If no photograph is
deemed a monthly winner of a particular category, then a
photograph from any category may be selected to win in a
general category for a total of twelve monthly winning
photographs. All photographs for the
monthly and yearly contests are judged according to
Categories of the contest are:
People in the Park (Either
Visitors or Park Employees must be in the photo)
Theme (Either Visitors or Park Employees must be in the photo
along with the theme of the month)
For more information about
categories and the preferred images placed into particular
categories, please visit our FAQ for categories.
Judges reserve the right to
determine when a photo fits or does not fit into a
11) Judges base their decisions
on the following qualities for the weekly contest, monthly
contest and yearly contest: Focus, Composition,
Impact, Creativity, Technical Superiority, Storytelling,
Lighting, Effectiveness in conveying the uniqueness of
the particular park.
12) Weekly, Monthly and Yearly contests:
A. Weekly Contest:
Photographs will be judged each Sunday evening for the
week that they were received (Monday through Sunday).
Weekly winners receive a yearly subscription to
B. Monthly Contest:
Photographs will be judged at the end of each month in
which they were received, either electronically or by
mail. Monthly winners should receive a mouse pad within 30 days of
C. Yearly Contest:
All photographs registered into the photo contest from
October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005, will be judged and
a Jury on Saturday, October 29, 2005.
13) Minor digital enhancement for cropping, red-eye removal, filters, and
corrective functions are permitted, but images that have
been judged to be significantly altered will be
disqualified. Members are not permitted to place
borders or frames around their images or to place
watermarks, signatures, dates, or copyright notices on their
(Copyright notices are placed on all photographs displayed
"as Desktop Wallpaper" or in publication. The copyright
symbol and photographer information is placed as html
with each smaller photograph displayed online.)
14) Photographs registered by
park employees, specifically photographs taken at the park
where the employee works, should be taken while off-duty and
with their own personal equipment. Photographs taken by park
employees while on-duty and with state owned equipment are
property of the state and should not be registered with
15) MyParkPhotos.com has
the right to
photographs for promotional or display
purposes, if necessary, and for other needs as required.
16) Photographs of children
(when recognizable in the photograph) must have a written
and signed consent by a parent or legal guardian "on file"
with MyParkPhotos.com before the photograph is
accepted into the photo contest and displayed online.