Judging is complete! The Winners are:
Best Overall: James Fortman
Wildlife: Zack Abbey
Landscape: James Fortman
People: Charles Graham
Thanks to everyone that submitted their photos, and special thanks to our judges and sponsors!
The judge's panel includes:
- Jeff Jones, Professional Photographer, Lumnos Wilderness Photography
- Ralph Clevenger, Professor at Brooks Institute of Photography, Professional Photographer, Ralph Clevenger Photography
- Russ Bishop, Professional Photographer, Russ Bishop Photography
- Tim Davis, Photo Editor for Patagonia, Inc.
- Los Padres ForestWatch staff
See "Rules, Terms, and Conditions" below for information about the format for submissions. Entries should be emailed to Matt Sayles at matt@LPFW.org. Contact Matt for more details at (805) 617-4610 ext. 4.
Entries will be posted on the Los Padres Forestwatch Facebook page. (Contest winners will be posted on this website)
The "Best in Show" Category winner will be featured on the cover of our Fall 2012 Newsletter, (which will also announce the winners in each category).
Prizes: include free photo developing, camera equipment, and gift certificates to regional camera shops.
Submission Deadline: September 15th, 2012. Winners will be announced in our October 2012 newsletter.
Rules, Terms and Conditions
Los Padres ForestWatch invites photographers to enter its Los Padres Wilderness & Wild River Photography Contest. Please read the following rules, terms and conditions before submitting any photos!
The Wilderness & Wild River Photography Contest is open to participants of any age. However, participants under the age of 18 will require parents’ consent. The contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.
You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit other than those rights licensed in the next sentence. By entering the contest, you hereby grant to Los Padres ForestWatch
- (1) a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and publicly perform the photographs you submit to Los Padres ForestWatch for the purpose of protecting and promoting the Los Padres National Forest
- (2) the right to use your name and city of residence in promotions and other publications.
What to Enter
We are looking for striking digital images of proposed and existing wilderness and wild & scenic rivers within the Los Padres National Forest. Your images may show wildlife in natural habitat, plant life, public lands landscapes, weather, and/or people in nature. We are especially interested in images that showcase the wide range of wilderness and recreation of all types across the forest.
Images are limited to one photo per-category!
You are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to Los Padres ForestWatch upon request. Entrants must not submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, damage to the environment by the photographer, or infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.
Rules on Digital Editing
All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single "High Dynamic Range" image are acceptable. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion.
Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include in the subject of the image: the location the image was taken, and the name of the photographer(s).
Eligibility and Judging
To ensure eligibility for the contest, entries must have a resolution of 6 million pixels or greater (6 megapixels). Images that do not meet this standard may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion. In the event that images are lower resolution, we may ask the photographer to provide us with a version that meets these specifications.
Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically. 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 (see "Your Rights" above). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Los Padres ForestWatch upon request.
Los Padres ForestWatch shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.
Deadline for submitting entries is 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on September 15th, 2012
Los Padres ForestWatch reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.
By entering, participants agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Los Padres ForestWatch, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives, from any and all third party liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the competition (collectively, "Losses"), including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity right. The Contest is void where prohibited by law.
Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to Matt Sayles at email@example.com.