1. Who Can Enter
1.1 The Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition
(“The Competition”) is open to both UK and overseas readers of Outdoor
Photography and members of the general public.
1.2 Employees of GMC Publications Ltd (“Promoters”)
and their families and The Competition sponsors and their families are
not eligible to enter.
1.3 Amateur, student and professional photographers,
resident in the UK or abroad, of any age, are eligible to enter.
1.4 Entrants aged under 18 on the closing date must
obtain the permission of their parent/guardian to enter, and are
permitted to enter the Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year only. The
Promoter reserves the right to request proof of this permission.
2.1 The Competition categories are: Outdoor
Photographer of the Year, Light On The Land, Wildlife Insight, Live The
Adventure, At The Water’s Edge, Small World, Spirit Of Travel, Under Exposed, and Young
Outdoor Photographer of the Year.
2.2 There are no separate entries required for the
Outdoor Photographer Of The Year category. The winner of this category
will be the best single image from all the category winners (except
Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year) as decided by the judges.
2.3 The Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year
category (Nature is my world) is open only to entrants aged 18 or under
at the closing date for entries (2nd November 2015). It will be judged
from the best single image submitted to the category that in the
judges’ opinions best represents the theme, “Nature is my world”.
2.4 Entrants may
submit up to eight images to each category per entry fee; they can
enter as many categories as they like and can enter multiple times into
any one category, upon payment of relevant entry fees.
3. How To Enter
3.1 Entries to all
categories must be sent as JPEG files only, and uploaded on the
competition website; www.opoty.co.uk.
attachments must be saved at quality level 8 to 10, 72ppi, RGB, and the
image must be a maximum of 2100 pixels on the longest side (which
equates to around 29 inches at 72dpi), and a minimum of 1500 pixels on
the longest side.
3.3 Ensure you use
an easily identifiable file name for each image, as, if successful, you
will be required to send in the hi res images and Raw images (where
available) at a later stage.
3.4 Go to the
competition website, www.opoty.co.uk, pay the fees for the categories
you wish to enter and then upload the images. By uploading images you
are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the competition.
3.5 You can access
the images you have submitted and the categories you have entered by
login in to My Account. You are permitted to change the images
submitted in any category up until the competition deadline, at which
point the images submitted will be locked and no further changes will
be possible under any circumstances.
3.6 The closing date
for entries is midnight on Monday 2nd November 2015.
3.7 Entries on behalf of
another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not
3.8 No responsibility is
taken for lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete entries. Proof of
delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
4. Entry Fee
4.1 There is an £8
fee for entry into each category of the Outdoor Photographer of the
Year 2014. There is no entry fee for entering the Young Outdoor
Photographer Of The Year category.
4.2 To enter up to
eight images per category you need only pay one fee per category.
4.3 The entry fee is
payable on the OPOTY website via PayPal. If you do not wish to pay
online, contact the organisers via the details available on the
website. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use their service;
you can simply pay by credit card or debit card on the PayPal site.
5. Copyright & Reproduction
5.1 All images
submitted must be the entrants’ own work, must not be copied, must not
contain any third party materials including third party trade marks or
trade names and/or content that you do not have permission to use.
All images submitted must not otherwise be obscene, defamatory or
in breach of any applicable UK legislation or regulations. If the
Promoter has reason to believe your entry is not the entrant’s own work
or otherwise breaches these terms and conditions, then the entrant’s
image will not be considered. Images must not previously have won any
national or international-level photography competition. Copyright of
all entries remains with the photographer at all times, but the
Promoter and the sponsors of the Competition and their associated group
companies reserve the right to use, publish and republish entries in
connection with the Competition, without payment.
5.2 By entering
this Competition the entrant grants permission to the Promoter and
sponsors and their associated group companies to reproduce the entrants
photos in any media (including without limitation on the OPOTY Website,
in the Outdoor Photography Magazine) whether or not the image is
selected as a winning entry of any of the categories, but only in
connection with this competition.
5.3 The entrant of a
winning entry of one of the Competition Categories including the Under
18 and Overall Winner categories grants the Promoter and sponsors the
right to use their name and town or city of residence for the sole
purpose of identifying them as the author of the winning image(s).
5.4 The entrant must be
the sole author and owner of copyright.
5.5 It is the
responsibility of the entrant to ensure that they comply with ownership
and copyright requirements.
5.6 It is the
responsibility of the entrant to ensure they have the relevant model
releases and licences, where required.
5.7 The organisers
and sponsors of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition
reserve the right to free reproduction and publication of entered
images, but only in connection with this competition.
6.1 Entries will be
judged on style, creativity, originality, technical execution and
6.2 The winners of
the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition will be determined by
the judges in accordance with the competition rules.
6.3 The judges’
decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6.4 Judging will
take place on 13 November 2015, with the overall winner announced live at
the awards ceremony at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel
Show in February 2016. The category winners will be notified by the 11 December 2015 via email or phone, and the category winning images will
appear in the March 2016 issue of Outdoor Photography, on sale 11
February 2016. The overall winner’s image will appear in the April 2016
issue of Outdoor Photography, on sale 10 March 2016.
correspondence will be entered into prior to notifying the winners and
publishing the winning entries.
6.6 The judges
reserve the right not to award a prize if the required standard is
deemed not to have been reached.
6.7 The prizes are as
stated, and where non-cash prizes are offered no alternative is
6.8 Prize value is correct
at time of going to press. Prizes in the form of products, services or
experiences are subject to availability. The sponsors of each category
have the right to substitute the prize for a similar item of equal or
higher value if the stated prize is not available.
6.9 Prizes are subject to
the sponsor’s or suppliers standard terms and conditions.
7.1 The Promoter or
sponsors or their associated group companies shall not be liable for
any loss, damage or injury of any nature howsoever caused, sustained by
any entrant under this Competition. However, nothing in these terms and
conditions shall have the effect of excluding or restricting liability
for personal injury, death, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation
caused by the proven negligence of employees or agents of the Promoter
or sponsors or their associated group companies.
7.2 The sponsors or
suppliers shall not be liable for any failure to supply the prizes
where such failure is caused by any supervening circumstances outside
their control which amount to force majeure and which without the fault
of either party renders performance impossible or incapable of
7.3 The Promoter reserves
the right to void, amend, and/or change the rules of the Competition or
these terms and conditions at any time without incurring any liability
7.4 Where applicable, any
data captured during the course of the promotion will be collated,
accessed, processed and stored wholly in accordance with applicable UK
Data Protection Laws and Regulations. The Promoter will use reasonable
endeavours to ensure no data will be transmitted to, or processed or
stored by third party organizations (other than the sponsors or their
associated companies in connection with this Competition) or
transmitted outside the EEA.
7.5 If entrants do not
wish for their contact information to be used for marketing purposes or
to enable the Promoter or sponsors to contact them in future regarding
similar competitions or sponsors’ promotions, they should contact the
Promoter via the contact details on the Competition website.
7.6 Submitting entries to
the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition constitutes acceptance
of these terms and conditions.
7.7 Entries that do
not comply with these terms and conditions will be rejected.
7.8 These terms and
conditions are governed by English law and any dispute in relation to
them shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English