WHO IS ELIGIBLE: NWPC is open to all photographers worldwide who are at least 13 years of age,
except employees and Board Members of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), their immediate families
and individuals living in the same household as such employees and Board Members.NWF reserves the right
to verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility.
HOW TO ENTER: All entrants first create their contest account, providing
contact information and a password for their personal entry page. Entrants must
agree to these Rules by checking the appropriate box. Entrants coming to the NWPC
site through Facebook allow NWF to use information from their Facebook accounts
to pre-populate their contest account forms. Entrants can then select a name for
their set(s) of photos to enter and can begin uploading their images. Entrants who
upload their photos and pay the fee to enter the contest between 9:00 am (EDT)
April 1, 2014 to 11:59 pm (EDT) April 30, 2014, may enter up to twenty (20) photos
for their first set only; additional sets will be up to ten (10) photos per set.
Entrants can continue to upload their additional ten (10) photos for their first
set at any time during the contest as long as they enter and pay the fee for their
first set by 11:59 pm (EDT) April 30, 2014. Entrants who enter the contest and pay
the fee after 11:59 pm (EDT) April 30, 2014, will be able to enter up to ten (10)
photos per set. Set names are known only to entrants and NWF does not see these
names. Each photo must be entered into the desired category. Photographers
may enter all images in a single category or select different categories for different
photos. Photos may be color or black and white. You do not need to upload all photos at
once. You may return to your Create Set page at any time by logging in with your email
address and password. You may delete photos, add new ones, edit photo information or move
photos from one set to another at any time up to the deadline. Any photos which are weekly
top vote-getters in the People’s Choice Award cannot be deleted or moved, but entrants can
still edit photo information. See below for more information on the People’s Choice Award.
CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD: NWPC opens at 9:00 am North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on
April 1, 2014, and the final date for submitting photos is July 14, 2014, at 11:59 pm North American
Eastern Daylight Time. To avoid uploading delays, do not wait until the final days of the contest to
enter. In past years, the large number of entrants trying to upload their photos just prior to deadline
caused technical problems which left them unable to enter. NWF anticipates notifying winners by early
October 2014. NWPC may enlarge the Contest Entry Period in its sole discretion.
ENTRY INFORMATION: All photos must have complete information attached, including their subjects,
locations, stories behind the photos, digital adjustments and camera equipment. The judges use this information
to help them select the winners. Not providing full information may disqualify your entry by the Judges.
General: Open to ALL photographers at least 18 years of age.
Youth: Young photographers ages 13 to 17. Youth division entrants must read
and accept the Youth Agreement and have their parent or legal guardian also agree
by checking the appropriate boxes on the Youth Agreement page. Young photographers
12 and under, please enter our Ranger Rick Photo Contest at http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Photo-Contest.aspx
CATEGORIES: Photographers must enter each image in one of the following categories.
The same photo cannot be entered in more than one category. If you wish to
move a photo to another category after you have uploaded, simply change that photo’s
category on the upload page prior to the contest deadline. Judges reserve the right
to switch images to other categories.
1. Baby Animals: Portraits and Behavior of Young Animals of Any Species
2. Backyard Habitats: Wild Creatures, Native Plants and Natural Settings in Your
3. Birds: Portraits and Behavior
4. Connecting People and Nature: People Enjoying the Outdoors
5. Landscapes and Plant Life: Scenic Views and Native Plants in Wild Settings
6. Mammals: Portraits and Behavior
7. Other Wildlife: Portraits and Behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians,
insects, spiders and more)
WHAT PHOTOS TO ENTER: We are looking for striking color and black and white
images of nature—on land, in the air and beneath the water’s surface—from anywhere
in the world. These images may show animal behavior, portraits of wildlife in natural
habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, or people interacting with nature. Do not
include photographs of pets or domestic animals. Images of captive animals photographed
in game farms or roadside zoos, or animals from these facilities photographed elsewhere
with handler’s control, will be disqualified. Captive animals photographed
in major zoos, wildlife research facilities or rehabilitation centers are acceptable.
Clearly label these animals as captive in the Subject box when uploading and provide
details in the Story box. Previously published photos may be entered; however, please
include information on when and where the photos appeared. Winning photos from other
competitions may also be entered, but include the name of the contests and the years
they won. Such information is informative only and will not influence judges’ decisions.
i. Only digitally uploaded images can be entered. Mailed or shipped entries will not be accepted.
Entrants encountering technical problems while uploading may request permission to submit their photos
on a non-returnable disk or as non-returnable prints via mail or courier; please request such permission
by July 13, 2014, at email@example.com. NWF will not accept any such requests made on the day of the
deadline (July 14, 2014) or afterward. Disks or prints thus submitted by mail or courier must be postmarked
or dated by July 14, 2014, and will not be returned.
ii. Prepare Your Photos: Camera-made digital images or scans of slides or prints must be uploaded as jpg, gif
or png files. Photos should be at least 10 x 15 inches at 72 pixels per inch with a file size of no less than
390 kilobytes (saved at the maximum quality setting). If your photos are larger than that, there is no need to
reduce their sizes—larger images are acceptable and may improve your photos’ quality. There is a maximum file
size of 20 megabytes per image. Original sizes of camera-made digital photos must be 3 megapixels or larger.
iii. Images should be in RGB format. For maximum color rendition online, the preferred color profile is sRGB,
but Adobe RGB and similar common profiles are acceptable. Images that do not meet this standard may or may not be
judged at the judges’ sole discretion
iv. Original slides or negatives for scanned photographs must be available on request, but do not send them unless
requested. If you do not have digital scans of your slides or negatives, or the capability to make them, inquire at
your local camera store or photo lab. It is quite easy and inexpensive to have digital files made from your photos.
For further information on editing and resizing your photos, see our page on Preparing Your Photos.
v. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been
digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast,
brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDR
(High Dynamic Range), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range, and similar
processes for extended depth of field. Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of
the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital
filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and
others which do not show the scene in its natural way.
FEE: Though you will see your uploaded photos on your Create Set page, the
photos are not actually entered into the contest, or eligible for the People’s Choice
Award, made viewable by others or sharable, until the contest fee is paid.
When you are ready to pay, click “Checkout” to go to the payment page. A fee of $20
is charged for each set of ten (10) photos (twenty (20) photos for the first set
if entrant enters and pays the fee prior to 11:59 pm (EDT) April 30, 2014).
This fee is used to provide the prizes and help NWF in its conservation efforts.
Payment is made on a secure web page using a major credit card. If the fee for each set you
create is not paid by the deadline of July 14, 2014, any uploaded photos in that set will
not be entered into the contest or made viewable or sharable.
JUDGING: Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence,
composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Judges will be the design
director, photo director and other staff members of National Wildlife. All
decisions by the judges will be final and binding. Winners may be viewed beginning late
November 2014 at www.nwf.org/PhotoZone.
PRIZES: One Grand Prize, 8 First Place prizes and 8 Second Place prizes will
be awarded as listed below. All amounts are in U.S. dollars. NWF will also award Honorable
Mentions from the finalists as the judges deem appropriate. Prizes are made possible
by the entry fee; no NWF funds are used for these prizes. All Winners and Honorable
Mentions will appear on NWF’s website at www.nwf.org/PhotoZone.
NWF will also select and publish certain Winners and Honorable Mentions from any
category in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of National Wildlife. NWF
will send two copies of that issueto the entrants whose photos are published in
it. The Winners may be notified by postal service mail or email.
1. Grand Prize: As described below in Section C in more detail, a 3-day, 2-night stay for two
(2) people at the Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill, Manitoba, to see and photograph polar bears, plus
maximum of $1,000 reimbursement for travel costs (Approximate retail value: $8,800) (details)
2. First Place: one for each category plus one in Youth Division Winners with addresses
(8 total): United States and addresses outside the United States:
Cash Prize of $500
3. Second Place: one for each category plus one in Youth Division Winners with addresses
(8 total): United States and addresses outside rge United States:
Cash Prize of $250
4. Honorable Mentions: NWF 2014 calendar (value: $15.99 each)
NWF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE A PRIZE OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE IN THE EVENT THE
OFFERED PRIZE IS UNAVAILABLE. NO SUBSTITUTION OR TRANSFER OF PRIZES PERMITTED EXCEPT AS PROVIDED
HEREIN. ALL PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED
(INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE).
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Each photo is automatically entered for the People’s Choice Award, viewable for
voting by the public and sharable with family and friends through social media. If you do not wish to enter a
photo the People’s Choice Award, at the time of entry you must uncheck the appropriate box for each photo.
Unchecking this box means your entered photo will be seen only by the judges.
i. There are two rounds to this public competition. The first round will open at 12:00 am EDT on April 7, 2014
(one week after the start of the contest), and close July 21, 2014. The final round will open on July 22, 2014, and end August 4, 2014.
ii. The first round of the People’s Choice Award consists of weekly contests where the four (4) photos with the most votes each week are
selected as top vote-getters. All weekly contests start on Mondays and all the photos entered and shared (by clicking the appropriate box)
are eligible for voting, except photos entered by any entrant who already has a top vote-getter.
iii. Entrants who submitted the top weekly vote-getters will no longer be able to delete or move these photos but will be able to edit
photo information, and can change or delete their non-top vote-getting photos. Entrants can have a top vote-getter only once; all their
photos are then ineligible for further voting. If more than one photo from the same entrant is among the four top vote-getters in any week,
only the photo which has the most votes will be selected. The photo with the next highest vote from another entrant will then be moved up to
be a top vote-getter, so that each top vote-getter will be from a different entrant.
iv. Photos from other entrants which are not selected as one of the top four vote-getters in any weekly contest will continue to be eligible
for subsequent weeks’ contests, though their votes will revert to zero at the start of each weekly contest.
v. The top four (4) vote-getters of each weekly contest will then compete in the final round. The judges will determine if all categories and
both divisions are represented among the top vote-getters. If not, the photos for any missing categories or divisions with the most total votes
will be added to the final round. The photo with the most votes in the final round will be named the People’s Choice and will appear in the December
2014/January 2015 issue of National Wildlife and online.
BINDING AGREEMENT: In order to enter the NWPC, Entrant must agree to these Official Rules (“Rules”). Because these Rules form a legally
binding agreement with respect to this Contest, please read them carefully. If Entrant does not agree to the Rules, Entrant is not eligible
to participate in the NWPC or to win any of the prizes. Entrant agrees that his/her registration as an individual participant under the
NWPC constitutes his/her agreement to these Rules.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of the photographs they enter except for the following:
Your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your entered photographs—and your name, occupation, city, state, country of residence
and Entry Information —to be published as Winners or Honorable Mentions in National Wildlife magazine and on the NWF website, and you grant to NWF
and its licensees the perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entry (along
with a name credit) in connection with the NWPC and promotion for the NWPC, in any media now or hereafter known. Entrants also agree to the use of
their entered photos in the National Wildlife magazine’s online Photo of the Week and Caption Contest features.
DONATIONS: If you wish to donate any of your images to the National Wildlife
Federation for use in furthering its mission, please check the appropriate box for
each image during uploading. Donor warrants that his or her entry materials are
original, do not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that participant has
obtained any necessary permissions from any third party if a third party or third
party’s property appears in the photograph. Donors retain ownership of their photos
to use them as they wish, and grant NWF, its subsidiaries, affiliates and partners
an irrevocable non-exclusive license to reproduce, publish, circulate or otherwise
use the photographs howsoever in any medium now in existence or to be established,
throughout the world in perpetuity. NWF greatly appreciates all image donations.
CHOICE OF LAW: The contest is governed by the laws of the United States and is subject to applicable
federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Participant agrees that any and
all disputes that cannot be resolved with the Companies, and causes of action arising
out of or connected with the NWPC, shall be resolved individually, without resort
to any form of class action, before a court of competent jurisdiction located in
Fairfax County, Virginia, which court shall apply the laws of the Commonwealth of
Virginia without regard for rules of conflicts of law. In any such dispute, participant
shall, under no circumstances, be entitled to claim punitive, incidental or consequential
damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s
actual out-of-pocket expenses (if any) associated with participating in the NWPC.
Participant hereby waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
DELIBERATE ACTS: Any attempt by an entrant or other individual to deliberately damage any website
or undermine the legitimate operation of the NWPC is a violation of criminal and
civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, the Companies reserve the right
to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
TAXES: All federal, state, and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prize packages are the
sole responsibility of the winners. U.S. winners will be issued an IRS Form 1099
for the appropriate approximate retail value (ARV) of a prize, if applicable. Winners
may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize
Acceptance Form. Return of any prize and/or prize notification as undeliverable
or failure of any entrant to comply with any Official Rules may result in disqualification.
FORCE MAJEUR: If, for any reason, the NWPC is not capable of completion as planned, including,
but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized
intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of
the Companies that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity
or proper conduct of the NWPC, the Companies reserve the right at their sole discretion
to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the NWPC.
WARRANTY: By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original,
do not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that participant has obtained any necessary permissions
from any third party if a third party or third party’s property appears in the photograph. Entrants must
not submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer.
NWF reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it finds in its sole discretion that any of the foregoing warranties
are not true. Decisions of NWF shall be final and binding.
RELEASE: By entering, participants release and hold harmless NWF, its affiliated organizations, and each of their
directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Companies”) from any and all
liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or related to the NWPC, any
prize won, any use of the entry materials by NWF, the warranties participants make, any misuse or malfunction of any prize
awarded, participation in any NWPC-related activity, or participation in the NWPC.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: In no event will the Companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, or their directors,
officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind,
including direct indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of participant’s access to and use of
the Companies’ websites, or the downloading or uploading and/or printing of material from said sites. Without limiting the
foregoing, everything on the Companies’ sites is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied.
Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so some of
the foregoing limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding
these limitations or exclusions. National Wildlife Federation is not responsible for lost, damaged, late or misdirected photographs,
or for uploading connections, garbled transmissions, unauthorized intervention or technical malfunctions. Void where prohibited.
The Companies are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment
or programming associated with or utilized in the NWPC, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions
to the NWPC, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. The Companies assume no responsibility for any error,
omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or
unauthorized access to, or alteration of, photographs. The Companies are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction
of any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, servers, providers, computer on-line systems, software, or failure of email on
account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, including injury or damage to participant’s or
to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or uploading images or information in the NWPC.
HOW TO CONTACT US: Questions and inquiries regarding contest rules or technical
matters, including problems uploading photos, can be emailed to
MAILING LIST: Any individual may elect to exclude his or her
name and address from all lists used by NWF to mail skill contests by submitting
a removal request to NWPC, National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive,
Reston, VA 20190.
WINNERS LISTING: A list of winning entrants is also available by sending a request and self-addressed, stamped envelope to NWPC,
National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190. Vermont residents may omit return postage
WHO CAN VOTE: Anyone thirteen (13) years of age and older can vote after
providing his or her name, an email address, postal code and password. The password
is intended for voters to bypass registration and make it easy to vote on subsequent
days. An email address is required in case the password is forgotten. Voters must
agree to these Rules for voting by checking the appropriate box. Voters coming to
the NWPC site through Facebook allow NWF to use information from their Facebook
accounts to pre-populate their contest account forms.
WHEN: There are two rounds, and voters can vote in either or both rounds.
The first round of the People’s Choice Award will open at 12:01 am North American
Eastern Daylight Time on April 7, 2014 (six days after the opening of the contest
and acceptance of entries) and close July 21, 2014 (one week after the close of entries).
Final round will open on July 22, 2014, and end August 4, 2014. NWPC may enlarge the People’s
Choice Award Period in its sole discretion.
HOW: The first round of the People’s Choice Award consists of weekly contests starting on Mondays. All the photos entered and
allowed to be shared are eligible for voting, except photos entered by any entrant who already has a top vote-getter. All photos start
with zero votes for each week’s contest. In each weekly contest, voters can vote once per day for as many photos as they wish. Each
vote must be from a single person and single email address. Votes found to be for the same photo from multiple email addresses on the
same day from the same person, as determined by NWF, will be disqualified.
FINAL ROUND: The top four (4) vote-getters of each weekly contest will compete in the final round. In this round, voters
can vote for one photo per day from all the weekly top vote-getters. In addition, the judges will determine if all categories
and both divisions are represented among the top vote-getters. If not, the photos for any missing categories or divisions with
the most total votes will be added to the final round. As with the weekly contests, each vote must be from a single person and
single email address. All top vote-getters will be reviewed by the judges to ensure that they follow the terms, conditions and
spirit of the NWPC. NWF reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, that photos in the final round are eligible for the
People’s Choice Award.
The Grand Prize is a 3-day, 2-night stay for two (2) people at the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point, Churchill, Manitoba,
Canada, at the Adventurer Level. Grand Prize is also valid for one (1) person if Grand Prize Winner does not bring a guest.
The trip is sponsored by Frontiers North Adventures, a company providing unique itineraries and amazing adventures for small
groups of travelers in Canada’s north since 1986. The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a mobile lodge with overnight accommodations,
lounge and dining area, set up in prime polar bear habitat and providing polar bear viewing around the clock.
The start and end point for the trip will be Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Grand
Prize includes the following:
- Roundtrip coach air transportation from Winnipeg to Churchill for up to two (2)
persons (Grand Prize Winner and guest, if any)
- Two (2) nights’ accommodations at the Tundra Buggy Lodge
- Two (2) nights’ accommodations (one room) in Winnipeg prior to the trip and upon
- Most meals are included.
Grand Prize Winner and guest must provide their own transportation to and from Winnipeg,
arriving in Winnipeg at least one (1) day prior to scheduled start of trip and leaving
Winnipeg at least one day (1) following the end of the trip.
Trip must be taken between October 1, 2014, and November 15, 2014, or Grand Prize
Winner forfeits the Grand Prize in its entirety. Travel insurance is not
included, and NWF shall not be held liable for missed travel connections, sickness,
accidents or other incidents before, during or after the trip.
Approximate Retail Value of Grand Prize is $8,800 for two (2) persons ($4,400
for one (1) person), which includes a maximum of $1,000 in travel expense reimbursement
for two persons ($500 for one person) from the Grand Prize Winner’s home to Winnipeg
(“Reimbursed Travel Expenses”). Reimbursed Travel Expenses may include air, bus
or rail transportation or mileage if using your personal vehicle, meals while traveling,
and local taxis to and from departure/arrival depots. Personal vehicle use will
be reimbursed on a per-mile basis using the U.S. Internal Revenue Service mileage
reimbursement rate. Reimbursed Travel Expenses do not include overnight accommodations
if traveling by personal vehicle, tips, rental vehicles, towing charges, traffic
or parking tickets or other violations or such other expenses not deemed by NWF
to be a Reimbursed Travel Expense. Final approval of Reimbursed Travel Expenses
will be at NWF’s sole discretion. Original or photocopied receipts clearly listing
a description of the expense and total amount paid by Grand Prize Winner must be
supplied to NWF to qualify for reimbursement. For the avoidance of doubt,
NWF will not pay travel providers or vendors directly.
No refund or compensation will be made by NWF in the event of the cancellation or
delay of any flight. The Grand Prize and associated travel is subject to the National
Wildlife 2014 Photo Contest Rules, and those set forth by the airline carrier,
as detailed in the passenger ticket contracts. Guest of Grand Prize Winner must
be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older, unless accompanied by his/her parent
or legal guardian, and must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize
Acceptance Form. The Grand Prize Winner and his/her guest must execute Affidavit
of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Forms prior to the issuance
of travel documents. If the potential Grand Prize Winner or guest is a minor, as
determined by the laws of the state in which s/he resides, the Affidavit of Eligibility/Release
of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form must be signed by that minor’s parent or legal
guardian on the minor’s behalf. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a traveling
minor. The Grand Prize Winner’s guest must travel on same itinerary and at the same
time as the Grand Prize Winner. Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations
may apply. The Grand Prize Winner and guest are solely responsible for obtaining
valid passports and any other documents necessary for international travel. The
Grand Prize Winner and guest are solely responsible for their own conduct while
accepting the Grand Prize and agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations
pertaining to use and enjoyment of the Grand Prize. NWF will not replace any lost,
mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates. Advance booking,
certain blackout dates and restrictions may apply.
Tentative Grand Prize Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Winnipeg. Overnight.
Day 2: Early morning departure from Winnipeg. There will be some free time in Churchill
before being transferred to the Tundra Buggy Launch in mid-afternoon. Board the
Tundra Buggy and trek to the Lodge, meandering along the tundra, with the opportunity
to view, photograph and learn about polar bears, other Arctic wildlife and the tundra
environment. Arrive at Tundra Buggy Lodge for first overnight stay.
After breakfast, depart the lodge by Buggy, spending the day on the tundra in search
of wildlife. Overnight at Tundra Buggy Lodge.
After breakfast, depart the lodge on the final Tundra Buggy expedition, meandering
slowly across the tundra. Arrive at Tundra Buggy Launch and transfer to Churchill
airport for evening flight to Winnipeg.
Depart or stay in Winnipeg on your own schedule.