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Contest Rules

CONTEST DURATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
Contest submissions will be accepted till 30th November 2011. 10 finalists will be selected from each category (for a total of 50 finalists) and published on IndiaShots by 15th December 2011. All finalists will be notified via email.

Visitors to the website will be able to vote for the best photo among the 50 finalists for a period of 15 days.

The photo with the highest number of votes will get the “Readers Best” award of Rs. 3000.

IndiaShots judges will select one photo from each 5 categories for a “Best of Category” award of Rs. 3000.

All 5 “Best of Category” award winners and the “Readers Best” award winners will be notified by 31st December 2011. All winning entries will be published on IndiaShots.

Photos received after the photo submission deadline will be automatically considered for next year’s contest.

KEY DATES:
30th November 2011: Last day for submission
15th December 2011: Finalists selected. Voting for “Readers Best” award begins.
31st December 2011: Winners selected and notified.

WHO CAN ENTER:
Any person 18 or over, anywhere in the world.

PRIZE MONEY:
Prizes will be given in Indian Rupees or US Dollar equivalents. US Dollar payments will be made via PayPal.

CONTEST CATEGORIES:

  • Nature: Nature pictures from India. This can include plants, wildlife, scenery, insects. Urban wildlife is also a fair candidate for submission.
  • Only in India: Pictures of things that can be considered truly Indian.
  • People: The focus here should be on the people of India. Faces, close-ups, people at work or play etc.
  • Stray Dogs: Show us the most interesting stray dogs in India.
  • Travel: Places in India that are worth exploring/visiting.

Photos received after the photo submission deadline will be automatically considered for next year’s contest.

NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS:
Do not submit more than 3 photos per category.

SCANS:
High resolution scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable.

PHOTO SIZE AND QUALITY:
Photo submissions should not be larger than 4 Megabytes (4MB). Minimum File Size for images is 1600 * 1200 pixels.

All finalists should be prepared to supply high resolution, uncompressed and unaltered digital photographs or scans upon request.

SUITABILITY OF CONTENT AND EDITING
Photo descriptions, contest category classifications, keywords and titles may be edited for suitability and conciseness at the discretion of the editors of IndiaShots.

PHOTOS THAT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE:

  • Photos that have previously won prizes or have been published anywhere else except online.
  • Photos that have been published in any PRINT medium including newspapers, magazines etc.
  • Photos taken before the year 2000 are ineligible.
  • Photos that contain a recognizable face and for which you have not secured permission from the person/persons within the photo. Permission can be written or verbal.
  • Photos that have not been taken by you.
  • Photos that have been digitally altered. Brightness and contrast adjustments along with cropped photos are the only permitted digital alterations.

DIGITAL ALTERATION:
Except for brightness and contrast adjustments, digitally altered photos are ineligible. You may however crop a photo.

PHOTO RELEASE:
Please make sure that person/persons in your photograph have provided you permission to be photographed. Public interest photos do not need permission. This would include celebrities, famous people etc. Such photos qualify for fair use.

INDIASHOTS RIGHTS:
All entrants agree to provide IndiaShots a royalty-free, perpetual, Non-Exclusive, world-wide license to display, reproduce, distribute and create derivative works of the entries in part or in whole for use in, but not limited to advertising and promotional works. This usage will not be restricted to any type of media. Photo submissions may also appear in IndiaShots and will include photographer credits. IndiaShots will not seek additional permission or be required to pay additional consideration for such uses to the photographer.

IndiaShots.com also reserves the rights to edit descriptions, titles and keywords and photo dimensions to improve readability and the overall quality of the submission.

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