Australian Photography Awards Terms & Conditions
1.1. This photography competition is conducted by AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS PTY LTD (ACN 638 969 043) (“the Promoter”).
1.2. Information on how to enter and on prizes form part of the Terms and Conditions. Entry into this competition deems acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
1.3. To the extent of any inconsistency between these Terms and Conditions and any other reference to this competition, these Terms and Conditions prevail.
1.4. This is a non-acquisitive photography competition governed by these Terms and Conditions. All instructions relating to the competition on this website (www.australianphotographyawards.com.au) also form part of the Terms and Conditions.
1.5. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions. The Promoter may also cancel or suspend this competition if an event beyond the control of the Promoter corrupts or affects the administration security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition. The Promoter will disqualify any individual who has tampered with the entry process or any other aspect of this competition.
- Who can enter?
2.1. Australian Photography Awards (“APA”) is open to any persons residing within Australia or any person living outside of Australia with Australian citizenship.
2.2. APA is open to professional photographers, amateurs and enthusiasts.
2.3. There is no age limit on entering APA. For participants under 18 years of age a parent or guardian consent is required. The consenting guardian is then bound by these Terms and Conditions.
- How to enter
3.1. Entries will be accepted from 16th June 2020 to 4th October 2020. No entries will be accepted after 11:59pm 4th October 2020.
3.2. Entrants must follow the instructions provided online at www.australianphotographyawards.com.au/entry-info/
3.3. Entrants must choose the appropriate category for their image. The same image can be uploaded multiple times and entered into different categories. The entrant may enter as many images as they like into the competition into one or multiple categories.
3.4. Each entry will attract a separate fee. Prices are reduced for 3 or more entries, however, they must be entered within the one transaction to receive this pricing.
3.5. Each entry must comply with these Terms and Conditions, including the Submission Guidelines specified below and category specific rules.
3.6. Entries must be submitted separately and each entry must individually meet the Technical Specifications as follows:
3.6.1. Saved as a High Quality JPEG
3.6.2. Must be larger then 1mb. Must not exceed 4mb.
3.6.3. Both Adobe RGB (1998) and SRGB accepted
3.7. An entry fee of $28AUD (GST inclusive) must be paid for each entry submitted (each image uploaded) unless selecting a discount package. All entry fees are to be processed via Stripe online payments. Any applicable currency conversions will be in accordance with Stripe’s policies and the Promoter accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage that may be incurred as a result of currency conversion.
3.8. The categories are –
3.8.4. Wildlife & Animal
3.8.5. Travel / Street
3.8.9. Peoples Choice
- Submission guidelines
4.1. Entries that have been submitted into Australian Photography Awards in previous years will not be considered for judging.
4.2. Each entry must be an original photograph produced entirely by the entrant. It must not contain any trademarks or copyright material owned whole or in part by a third party or violate any persons’ rights of privacy.
4.3. All details provided by the entrant must be true and accurate.
4.4. The entrant is responsible for determining the appropriate permissions or Model Release for their entries if required. APA does not request Model Release forms with entries.
4.5. Images submitted with watermarks or branding on them will not be considered for judging and will be disqualified.
4.6. The image must not plagiarise the work of any other person.
4.7. Entries that are found to breach these Terms and Conditions, will be considered invalid and, if awarded a prize, that prize must be returned to the Promoter. The winners may be required to sign a statutory declaration regarding the originality of the entry. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Promoter reserves the right to take legal action against anyone found to have breached these terms. The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. The Promoter’s legal rights to recover damages or other compensation are reserved.
5.1. The initial review of images, shortlist 100 images per category, will be completed by a panel of three-four judges. Shortlisted semi-finalists will not win a prize as a result of being determined to be a semifinalist.
5.2. The additional judging process will be decided by the Promoter’s committee / judging team through a three criteria judging system. This process will be completed on calibrated ‘Eizo’ monitors.
5.3. The judges will be allocating each image a points total –
5.3.1. Technicality – 1-10 points
5.3.2. Originality – 1-10 points
5.3.3. Overall rating – 1-20 points
5.4. This creates a maximum of 40 points per judge for each image.
5.5. The top 20 highest scoring images from each category will be deliberated and discussed by the judging committee.
5.6. If any of the shortlisted images are found to be in breach of these Terms and Conditions, they will be immediately eliminated.
5.7. There will be no correspondence between entrants and judges throughout this process.
5.8. The judges’ decision in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and binding. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and, with the exception of cash prizes, cannot be taken as cash. Prizes will be sent to the winner’s nominated address.
6.1. Each category will have its own winner, totaling eight category winners. These prizes consist of:
6.1.1. Portrait –
6.1.2. Landscape –
6.1.3. Documentary –
6.1.4. Wildlife/Animal –
6.1.5. Travel/Street –
6.1.7. Student –
6.1.8 Junior –
6.1.9. People’s Choice –
6.2. To be awarded as the winner, the winner must be agreed upon by the majority of the judging panel.
6.3. Winners will be announced from November 2020 at the APA Awards Night and through our website, newsletter and social media.
6.4. All decisions from the judging panel are finite.
6.5. Any winner subsequently found by the Promoter to have breached these Terms and Conditions must return any awarded prize within 30 days of a request to do so. The Promoter will have final decision on what to do with the prizes.
7.1. All copyright remains with the photographer / entrant.
7.2. The Promoter asserts no claims to the rights of any image entered into the competition.
7.3. If The Promoter uses any images through website or social media channels the photographer / entrant will be credited. Entrants consent to the use of their images in this way.
7.4. By entering the awards, entrants grant the Promoter use of credited images through the Promoter’s website and social media channels to promote the APA at any time in the future.
7.4. At any time, if an entrant decides they do not want their image used, the promoter will oblige.
7.5. It is the entrant’s responsibility to protect their work from third parties by entering (but not limited to) metadata into the image. The Promoter will not be liable for any third party misuse of images.
7.6. Each entrant acknowledges that the Promoter is under no obligation to use their entry.
7.8. If there is any point where the competition needs to be postponed entry fees will not be refunded. When the Promoter recommences the competition all previous entries will be automatically included.
7.9. If there is a point when the Promoter must cancel the competition all entry fees will be refunded.
- Website use
8.1. You must not use the APA website content to distribute, reproduce, publish, alter, modify, create derivative or exploit such contents for commercial benefit.
8.2. You may not transmit any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, collect any available personal information from the APA Website on other individuals or upload personal information of other individuals, including their names, address, phone number or any other identifying information.
8.3. APA cannot guarantee the continuous integrity of its servers. As a result, you may at times experience disruption or other difficulties in using the APA’s Website. APA has no liability for loss or costs of any kind you suffer as a result of or in connection with any disruption or other difficulties in using the APA Website. APA is not responsible for any failure of equipment or technical error associated with the competition. Or for any incorrect information, commission, interruption or delay in operation.
8.4. APA is not responsible for any theft, unauthorised access or distribution of any entries.
- Peoples Choice
9.1. This category is free to enter with any paid submission.
9.2. Upon submission entrants are provided an HTML link which they can share with their respective social media networks. Votes for the Peoples Choice award are tallied through the APA Website, only one vote can be made per email address. Fake email addresses will be disqualified.
9.3. At the close of the competition the highest scoring 40 images will be published on the APA Website. APA will promote and encourage the public to continue to vote during this time.
9.4. The highest scoring image will be deemed the Peoples Choice Winner.
9.5. Each individual may only submit one vote and will be required to verify their email address to finalise their vote.
9.6. The winner will be notified via email within 7 days of the closing date of voting.
9.7. The winner’s name will be published on APA’s website and social media networks (Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram).
9.9. Automatic logging of information
9.9.1 IP (Internet Protocol) addresses (an IP is the address of a computer) of visitors are automatically logged by our servers. The server makes a record of your visit and logs limited information for statistical purposes – your IP address, top-level domain name (.com, .gov, .edu, .com.au etc), the date and time of your visit to our site, pages accessed and documents downloaded, previous site visits to APA and the type of browser used. These logs are used to administer the website and to diagnose problems in order to be able to rectify them. This data is also used for audience research to help us to improve the site.
9.9.2 IP addresses do not ordinarily contain any personally identifiable information and are aggregated for analysis. Such aggregate data may be used by APA. Recording usage patterns helps us to identify popular areas of our site and helps us to improve the site. Reports generated on aggregate data are periodically reported on as part of the APA’s internal governance.
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- External links and social networking sites:
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- Privacy Collection Statement
13.1. By submitting an entry into this competition or voting in the People’s Choice entrants and voters consent to receive promotional and other marketing messages from the Promoter (including messages sent electronically for an unlimited period of time). Entrants and voters will be able to opt-out at any time by following the instructions included in each message sent by the Promoter.
- Liability and Governing Law
14.1. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limit, exclude or modify or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), as well as any other implied warranties under the ASIC Act or similar consumer protection laws in the State and Territories of Australia (‘Non-Excludable Guarantees’).
14.2. In respect to this competition, except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for and excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; or (d) any tax liability incurred by a winner or Entrant.
14.3. The Competition is governed by the laws of Victoria, Australia. Each entrant irrevocably agrees that the courts of Victoria shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and decide any suit, action or proceedings and/or to settle any disputes which may arise out of or in connection with the Competition and, for these purposes, each entrant irrevocably submits to the exclusive and binding jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria.