Blue Mountains Connections Photo Competition Terms & Conditions

Uploading

Before uploading a photo to our site on Picassa, carefully read the following terms and conditions of use. 

Purpose and Motives

The purpose of this site and gallery is primarily educational and promotion for the region. Image uploading is allowed and encouraged if the user's motives are in accord with this purpose. Acceptable uses of the image  include:

Since BlueMountainsConnections is a family-friendly site, we reserve the right to reject unsuitable or pornographic images. Unsuitable images for this family friendly site include most nude photos as well as photos of a sexually suggestive or overly violent content.

Photos acceptable to BlueMountainsConnections can be of practically any subject - we welcome the photos as long as they have been shot in the Blue Mountains region.  The photo should show   technical excellence, originality, artistic creativity, and a mastery of the tools,  to selected as a winner in our contest.

Public Viewing & Granting of Limited Rights

Be aware that, if approved for publication, your photo will be displayed to the public. Your image may be included in the BlueMountainsConnections   in the Gallery, or in other areas of the Web site.

By uploading, you are allowing BlueMountainsConnections to publish the photo on our Web site or in other electronic promotional materials. If we ever consider publishing your photo in any print media, we will  acknowledge you in the credits.

Public Critique

Once posted, the image will be open to public comment and critique. Although we monitor all comments for appropriateness, negative comments - as long as they are not abusive or otherwise ill-natured - may be posted along with your photo. Most comments at BlueMountainsConnections, however, tend to be constructive and motivated by an honest desire to help the photographer become a better image maker.

To more easily follow any discussion of your photo, you will be given an opportunity to receive email notifications when a visitor comments on it.

Copyright

Copyright of the image remains the property of the photographer. A photo credit with copyright symbol will be provided under your image.

Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

 Contestants agree to hold harmless and release BlueMountainsConnections , its staff, officers, Instructors and affiliated entities from loss, claim, injury, damage or expense, including, but not limited to reasonable attorney's fees and costs, which are in any way connected or associated with the uploading of any photo to BlueMountainsConnections 

Model and Property Release

Uploader acknowledges that they have sufficient written permission of any recognizable locations or people appearing in the photograph to be able to grant to BlueMountainsConnections  the right to publish their photographic submission online, and hereby grant to BlueMountainsConnections such right.

General

Actions Detrimental to BlueMountainsConnections.com - How to avoid having your photos, galleries, or discussions removed from BlueMountainsConnections

Actions that discriminate against BlueMountainsConnections, encourage viewers or contestants to avoid or leave the site, are prohibited, as they are detrimental to the support of  contestants.  Helpful, encouraging, or instructional discussions helps BlueMountainsConnections support visitors and  contestants alike. Linking practices that circumvent or avoid promoting BlueMountainsConnections, or lead viewers away from BlueMountainsConnections, are unfair to  visitors and contestants  and may provide a poor experience for both .  Photo information, descriptions, bios, and discussions must provide an enjoyable and safe experience for visitors and contestants  Links directing visitors away from BlueMountainsConnections  through your photos, descriptions, titles, and personal information are not allowed.

Except through their own BlueMountainsConnections  web site,   contestants cannot:

Violations of these policies may result in a range of actions, including:

When policy violations occur, BlueMountainsConnections will email the  contest participant  informing him or her that a photo  has been removed.

BlueMountainsConnections monitors photos and discussions, including reviewing reports of policy violations from its  contestants. Your participation and vigilance as part of the BlueMountainsConnections  community is invaluable in helping to help keep BlueMountainsConnections a family friendly and productive photography web site.

Privacy Policy

BlueMountainsConnections  does not sell our  Contestants email addresses or personal information. All information submitted to BlueMountainsConnections.com is not to be sold or used in any way that violates your right to privacy. Upon registration as a BlueMountainsConnections Contestant, email addresses are collected for the purpose of answering questions and responding to visitors.

Spam is never endorsed at BlueMountainsConnections  Any email newsletters are sent to those who subscribe on a volunteer basis. We also provide numerous opportunities to unsubscribe from these emails, including opt-out links at the bottom of each newsletter.

BlueMountainsConnections does not endorse or tolerate unsolicited sales emails through our automated contact forms. Individuals or companies may not email BlueMountainsConnections  contestants through our contact forms or any BlueMountainsConnections Discussions.

When BlueMountainsConnections contacts our own BlueMountainsConnections customer base, it will not be considered unsolicited email.

Advertising

BlueMountainsConnections may advertise anywhere on our site. BlueMountainsConnections does not allow intrusive advertising such as pop-ups or pop-unders. Advertising may be found to match specific images, titles, or descriptions. BlueMountainsConnections reserves the right to change advertising on the site at any time.

Additional Contest Rules

In addition to the terms and conditions above, contest entries must abide by the following rules.

All entries must be received at the BlueMountainsConnections Web site by the date and time as stated at http://www.BlueMountainsConnections contest.  Entries must be submitted in digital form via the Picassa Web site; you can submit images taken with a digital camera or images taken with a film-based camera and scanned into a digital format. Mailed and emailed entries are also accepted. BlueMountainsConnections will not be held responsible for mailed slides, negatives, or prints.

Winning photos will be posted on the Web site within one month of the end of  the contest. Although exceptions can be made to this rule, only one photo per participant can place as a winner in each monthly contest category. All decisions of the judges are final.

Before being awarded their prize, contest winners may be required to sign a  release form indicating that they are in fact the photographer who created the photo, that they own legal copyright, and that they have written releases for any recognizable locations and people appearing in the photograph.

BlueMountainsConnections will attempt to contact prize winners by email. If the winner does not respond to our email and claim the prize within 10 days, the prize will be forfeited.

Prize winners agree to hold harmless and release BlueMountainsConnections  its staff, officers, Instructors and affiliated entities from loss, claim, injury, damage or expense, including, but not limited to reasonable attorney's fees and costs, which are in any way connected or associated with the use of any prizes or prizes received from BlueMountainsConnections.com, Inc.

There are two sections one for Adults and one for Children.  Adults Category must be 18 years of age. If  participant is an   minor (age  5 to 17),  parent or legal guardian must complete the necessary  forms.

The Kids FotoFun Competition

The odds of winning depend upon the  quality and orgininality of entries received and/or the number of contestants participating in the contest. Some prizes are provided to BlueMountainsConnections  in exchange for promotional consideration. Prizes may not be substituted or refunded.

BlueMountainsConnections reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal value to the advertised prize should it become unavailable due to circumstances beyond our control.  sub   All prizes are not redeemable for cash value.

 Non-AUS residents are responsible for international shipping costs.

If you agree to the terms above and would like to upload a photo, click on the "I Accept" button continue. If not, click on the "I Do Not Accept" button and you will be taken to the BlueMountainsConnections home page.