DPOTY 2011 Terms and Conditions

  1. Organisers

    The organiser of the Digital Photographer of the Year Awards 2011 is Imagine Publishing. Employees of Imagine Publishing, their relatives or any agents, sponsors or associates relating to the Awards are not eligible to enter.

  2. Eligibility

    The Awards are open to anyone over 18 years of age but a maximum of three per category per person is allowed. This excludes the ‘Overall’ category.

    Images that have already been awarded a prize in a national or international competition or been used for commercial purposes are not eligible.

    All entrants agree to participate in publicity in connection with these Awards.

  3. Display of entries

    By submitting images to Digital Photographer of The Year, each entrant confirms that:

    a) they are the sole author of each entry and that it is their original work;
    b) they own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image;
    c) they have the permission of those pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by clause 4 and will indemnify Imagine Publishing against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement;
    d) they have not licensed or disposed of any rights in the image that would conflict with uses to be made by Imagine Publishing (see clause 4); and
    e) they have received any necessary permissions from the owner(s) of buildings included in submitted images for the usage rights required by Imagine Publishing in clause 4 and will indemnify Imagine Publishing against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement.

  4. Usage

    Imagine Publishing wishes to promote the awards in as many ways as possible and give maximum exposure to the entrants, shortlists and winners:, therefore the following is necessary for all entrants. By entering the competition, you grant Imagine Publishing, its partners and its sponsors a non-exclusive, royalty free right to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose connected with the competition. This may include, but is not limited to:

    a) inclusion in the Digital Photographer awards bookazine;
    b) on the Digital Photographer website (www.dphotographer.co.uk) and on the websites of sponsors;
    c) for use in press releases to be distributed to national, regional & specialist press giving information about or promoting the competition
    d) inclusion in Digital Photographer magazine and its editions

  5. Image editing

    You may use image enhancement to optimise an entry for the Awards, although you are not allowed to add or remove significant elements.

  6. Categories

    1. Overall Digital Photographer of the Year
    2. The Big Picture: Landscapes
    3. Strike a Pose: Portraits
    4. Capture the Action: Action & Sports
    5. Call of the Wild: Wildlife & Nature
    6. Shades of grey: Black & White
    7. Creative expression: Editing & manipulation

    Please note individual category closing dates.

    Winners announced online and in issue 119 of Digital Photographer magazine, on sale February 2012.

  7. Judging

    Imagine Publishing will appoint a judging panel to short list entries and winners in each category. The decision of the judges is final and the organisers will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging or organisation of the Awards.

  8. Notification

    Winners within each category will be announced on the website and in the magazine in February 2012. The overall winner of Digital Photographer of the Year 2011 will also be announced on the website and in issue 119 of the magazine.

  9. Prizes

    Prizes TBC
    Imagine Publishing and its partners reserve the right to substitute prizes with a comparable alternative. Prizes are non transferable and no cash equivalent will be offered.

    Winners should allow 90 days for receipt of their prizes.

  10. Copyright

    The entrant must be the owner of copyright, intellectual property, and all other proprietary rights in all pictures entered. This includes model release forms where applicable. It is the legal responsibility of the entrant, and not the organisers, to ensure they comply with copyright requirements and own the rights to reproduce their images. Entries that do not fulfil these criteria will be deemed ineligible and disqualified.

    The photographer will retain copyright and where an image is reproduced, the photographer will be credited.

    The organisers reserve the world-wide royalty free right to reproduce the prize-winning images on, or in relation to, Digital Photographer of the Year.

  11. Liability

    Images are uploaded at the photographer’s risk and the organisers regret they cannot accept any liability for the unauthorised duplication or use of images submitted to the website.

  12. Manipulation

    Entrants are permitted to use digital manipulation to optimise an image but you are not allowed to add or remove key elements of the composition other than by cropping. Brightness, contrast, levels, curves and colour balance can all be adjusted. Dust spots and minor elements etc. can be retouched. Images can be sharpened before printing.

  13. Entries

    Entries are accepted online and via email only. CD’s and prints will not be accepted. It is free to enter. PLEASE NOTE: The final round of judging is done with high-resolution images. If you are short-listed you will be notified, and you will be asked to supply a high -resolution digital file 300dpi, at a minimum of 23cm on the longest side.