The Water in Our World International Photo Competition

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2012 International Photo Competition Rules

Photograph Submission Form- Adult.pdf
Photograph Submission Form- Minor.pdf
Photograph Release Form- Adult.pdf
Photograph Release Form- Minor.pdf

The competition is sponsored by The Water Institute at UNC and UNC’s pan-campus theme “Water in Our World”.

The 2012 International Photo Competition Water in Our World begins August 31, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends November 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Each entrant agrees that submissions adhere to all requirements established in the official rules.

The competition is open to all persons regardless of country of residence or age. Entry forms from minors under age 18 must be co-signed by a parent or guardian. The competition is free to enter.

The competition calls for photographic submissions on the subject of water. Photographs may depict or reference such things as the uses, purposes, impact, issues, forms and significance of water. You are encouraged to be creative in your depiction of water. For example, consider water in the environment, health, recreation, agriculture, construction, education or as experienced in the human senses. The location of origin of your photo may be from anywhere in the world.

How to Enter
To enter, visit Water in Our World or The Water Institute at UNC to complete an entry form with the required information, and submit it along with each photograph. Send entries to: with the subject of: Photo Competition Submission.

Each photographer may submit entries at different times during the contest period, but no individual or group may submit more than five (5) photographs. Each photograph must be accompanied by a separate entry form. Exceeding this limit will result in disqualification. Photographs that have won other contests, either online or in print, are not eligible for submission.

By entering a photo in this competition, the entrant retains all rights. However, entrants grant the Sponsors a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to edit, adapt, reproduce, and publish the photo, including granting to permission to others to reproduce the image. The Sponsors may use the photo for any purposes in marketing, advertising, production of publicity and other materials for gift or sale, and in any and all media now known or subsequently developed without attribution, compensation, permission or further notification to the entrant.

To the extent possible, each photographer should obtain a signed written personal release from (1) all recognizable and identifiable persons who appear in the photo submitted (or from their parents or legal guardians, if such persons are minors), and/or (2) the copyright owner of any artwork or other copyrighted material that appears in the photo entry. Entrant may be disqualified if unable to provide such releases upon request.

Photograph Requirements
Each entry must comply with the following requirements:

  • The photograph must be in digital format.
  • The photograph does not need to be taken with a digital camera; high-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable.
  • The photograph must be in JPG, GIF, TIF or equivalent format.
  • The photograph must not be larger than 10MB; finalists will be asked to submit a high-resolution file and that photograph must be at least at least 300 dpi at 8 x 10 inches.
  • The photograph must not be larger than 10MB; finalists will be asked to submit a high-resolution file and that photograph must be at least at least 300 dpi at 8 x 10 inches.
  • The photograph must not contain material that violates or infringes upon another's rights, including, but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement; entrants may be requested to provide a signed written personal release from recognizable and identifiable persons in the photograph submitted.
  • The photo must not contain brand names or trademarks.
  • We will not consider entries that contain material that (1) is unsuitable, obscene, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; (2) violates human rights and dignity; or (3) promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promote discrimination in any regard.
  • Prize Categories

    • Overall best photo
    • Best photo taken outside the U.S.A.
    • Best photo taken in Southeast U.S.A.
    • Best photo taken in North Carolina
    • Best photo taken in Chapel Hill
    • Best photo taken by an UNC student
    • Best photo taken by UNC faculty, staff or alumni
    • Best photo taken by non-UNC affiliated person
    • Best photo taken by K-12 student

    The Competition consists of two rounds of judging. A Sponsor representative in Round One will select fifteen (15) entrants per prize category based on relevance to the theme and photographic quality. Selected entrants will proceed to Round Two. A panel of judges appointed by the Sponsors will then collectively select the winners. The decisions of the judges are final and binding.

    Announcement of Winners
    The winners will be announced at the 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation and at a reception and exhibition opening at the University of North Carolina in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. The Sponsor will contact winners via email.

    Prize Awards
    A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the overall best photo in the competition. A cash prize of $150 will be awarded to the winners in each of the other categories. Certificates of participation will be awarded to participants.