Rules

General
These Rules and Regulations are final on all matters relating to the Show us your Riding Photo Competition (the “Competition”). By applying, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations.

Sponsors
The sponsors (“Competition Sponsors”) of the Competition are the Cable Public Affairs Channel (P.O. Box 81099, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1B1) and Canadian Geographic Enterprises (Suite 200, 1155 Lola Street, Ottawa, ON K1K 4C1).

Eligibility
To be eligible to enter the Competition or win a prize, the entrant must be a permanent resident of Canada* and must not be an employee of, a member of the immediate family of, domiciled with or a representative or mandatory of an employee of any division of Canadian Geographic, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, CPAC or their subsidiaries, affiliates, and agencies or of the jury.

All photographs entered in the Competition must be of Canadian content (i.e. taken in Canada).

Photo entries must be original material. Judges will require the publication history of all photos being considered in the final stages of judging and reserve the right to disqualify photos based on their publication history.

*Legal considerations require restricting the Competition to Canadian residents (our apologies to members residing outside the country).

Personal Information
Personal Information collected from Entrants by the Competition Sponsors will be used by the Competition Sponsors or their affiliates to administer the Competition and in connection with the publication of winning photographs. Neither the Competition Sponsors nor their affiliates will share personal information relating to Entrants with any third parties, except as necessary for the administration of the Competition or as may be required by law. The Competition Sponsors will not attempt to contact the Entrant for any purpose other than those outlined in the Canadian Geographic Photo Club Terms of Use or as may be required by law unless the Entrant opted-in to receive relevant communications from the Competition Sponsors. The Competition Sponsors respect the privacy of everyone who enters the Competition.

If you have any questions about Canadian Geographic’s use of your personal information, please contact Canadian Geographic’s Privacy Officer by e-mail at [email protected] or by mail at:

Canadian Geographic 
Privacy Officer 
Suite 200, 1155 Lola Street 
Ottawa, ON 
K1K 4C1

If you have any questions about CPAC’s use of your personal information, please contact CPAC by e-mail at [email protected] or by mail at:

CPAC
Photo Competition
P.O. Box 81099
Ottawa, ON
K1P 1B1

Format of Photographs for Submission
Web Version
All entries must be submitted electronically as .jpg files through the website of the Competition (ULR). Digital files should be at least 1,000 pixels wide for a horizontal image or 1,000 pixels tall for a vertical image at 72 dpi. Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable; cropping of photos is permitted, tonal or colour corrections are acceptable, including black and white conversion.

Print Version
Entrants must be able provide a high-resolution version of each photo that they submit (uncompressed TIFF or maximum quality JPEG, Grayscale or Colour (RGB), minimum 3,000 pixels on the longest side). For photographs that are selected as a winning entry, the high-resolution version of the photograph will be required for reproduction by Canadian Geographic or CPAC. Entrants who fail to provide a high-resolution version within the time period set by the Competition Sponsors (not to exceed one week following prize notification) will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected by the judging panel. In such a case, no substitute or alternate prizes will be awarded.

Entries and Identification
Photographs may be entered into one of the five categories as described below:

Democracy in your riding
Democracy is manifested in many ways, through civic institutions such as our Parliament and legislatures, to the active participation of citizens in the political process, to the protection of our rights as citizens. Photos could feature a family deciding where to take their holiday, residents making their voices heard or landmarks highlighting Canada’s political history. It could represent a law that was enacted or overturned on a specific legal right, our diversity (or lack of it), or an issue that should be addressed to strengthen our democracy. From politics in action to symbols of democracy where you live, showcase a powerful image of what democracy means to you.

Culture and Recreation in your riding
What does life in your community look like? What does your community do for fun? How do people connect? Highlight for your fellow Canadians some of the cultural activities and recreational opportunities in any one of the 338 ridings.

History of your riding
Every one of Canada's 338 ridings has a great story to tell. Some are dotted with historic landmarks, others with abandoned places. Ridings are often defined by – or named after – the people and events of yesteryear. Share the nostalgia and help us indulge in the flashback.

Landscapes in your riding
Geography has a significant impact on makeup of a constituency. Some span thousands of kilometres while others just a few city blocks. Everything from the electoral boundaries to the nature of a riding's culture and economy is influenced by geography. From wild natural vistas to bustling urban cityscapes, show us the landscapes and geographic features in your riding.

Flora and Fauna in your riding
From trees to animals to birds, zoom in on the flora and fauna in your area – especially the ones that are unique to your region.

A detailed caption describing the image (including an explanation of what is happening in the photo and which riding it was captured in) must be provided. Judges reserve the right to remove a photo completely from the Competition should the photo be deemed inappropriate. Photographs that are removed from the Competition are not eligible for any prize.

Publication
The top 11 winners' (1 grand prize winner, 5 category winners, 5 category runners-up) names and photographs will be published at democracy.canadiangeographic.ca. CPAC may also display winning photos in an exhibition, on the CPAC website at www.cpac.ca or on the CPAC Route 338 website at www.route338.ca.

Competition Sponsors reserve the non-exclusive right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in their promotional materials during or after the Competition without further compensation to the entrants and it must be available in the event the photo is a winner. Promotional material shall include without limitation any print or electronic advertising or marketing material such as posters, online images, newspaper ads, television ads, e-mails and social media content. CPAC also reserves the non-exclusive right to publish any entry on the CPAC website at www.cpac.ca or on the CPAC Route 338website at www.route338.ca during or after the Competition without further compensation to the entrants and it must be available in the event the photo is a winner. The Competition sponsors agree to acknowledge the image's creator in all publications and presentations of the image.

Waiver forms/model releases are the responsibility of the Entrant and must be available in the event the photo is selected as a winning photograph.

Copyright Notice
Regarding any photograph submitted to this Competition, the owner of the photo’s copyright retains all copyright. By submitting an image to the competition, Entrants agree that the Competition Sponsors are not responsible for any infringements of copyright that could arise in Canada or for any litigation that may ensue from these infringements.  

By uploading any photograph to the Competition, the Entrant grants (or warrants that the owner of such materials expressly grants) Canadian Geographic Enterprises and CPAC a world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, adapt, transmit, communicate, publicly display and perform, distribute and create compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any such submitted photograph to promote Canadian Geographic Enterprises and/or The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and/or CPAC. The Entrant represents and warrants that the Entrant has the right to grant the license set out above.

By uploading any photograph to the Competition, the Entrant also grants (or warrants that the owner of such materials expressly grants) CPAC a world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, adapt, transmit, communicate, publicly display and perform, distribute and create compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any such submitted photograph on the CPAC website at www.cpac.ca or on the CPAC Route 338 website at www.route338.ca. The Entrant represents and warrants that you have the right to grant the license set out above.  

In the event copyright in any photograph submitted by an eligible entrant belongs to a minor, permission to enter the photo in the Competition, reprint, publish or otherwise reproduce the images, as described above, must have been obtained, in writing, from the child’s parent or guardian prior to entry of the photograph in the Competition. Proof of such permission must be provided to the Competition Sponsors immediately upon request.

Deadline
The Competition opens on June 28 and closes on December 31, 2017. All photographic entries must be uploaded through the Competition website before 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2017.

Entries submitted through fraudulent means or in any way tampered with, incorrect, unclear, forged, mutilated, illegible, indecipherable or mechanically reproduced may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Competition Sponsors and/or the judging panel (referenced below).

All Entries become the property of the Competition Sponsors and will not be returned.

Selection of Winners
All winners will be selected based on skill and the stories behind the entries as determined by the panel of judges for the Competition.  The winners will be selected by a panel of judges at the Canadian Geographic office located at:

1155 Lola Street, Suite 200 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K1K 4C1

All photographs submitted into the Competition will be reviewed by a representative of Canadian Geographic and the Competition winners will be selected by a panel of judges including representatives of Canadian Geographic and CPAC.

Winners will be notified by email or telephone by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 17, 2018.
All prizes will be delivered to the winners by mail.
All decisions of the judging panel are final.

This Competition is based on photography skills and the stories behind the entries and not subject to random draw or any other element of chance. The winners of the prizes will be chosen and evaluated based on the following judging criteria: composition, content/originality, technical quality, and visual impact.

Responsibility
Canadian Geographic Enterprises is not responsible for any failure of the website during this Competition, nor is it responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any e-mail, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion.

Canadian Geographic Enterprises reserves the right to make changes to the competition at any time without prior notice, to temporarily interrupt the competition, or to cancel the competition without justifying or being in any way accountable for this decision. No damages or compensation may be claimed.

Chances of Winning
The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible photographs received and the evaluation of the photographs by the judging panel.

Prizes
Winners will receive no compensation, credit or prizing other than as disclosed in these Rules or otherwise provided at the sole discretion of the Competition Sponsors.  Prizes are not transferable; no prize substitutions or equivalents are permitted, except by the Competition Sponsors at their sole discretion.  In all cases, the Competition Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any of the Competition Prizes.

Allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for delivery of the prizes.

Grand Prize Winner (1 total):
The competition winner will receive a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic (value: $30), a Canadian Geographic Atlas of Canada (value: $49.95), and one (1) free round trip to Canada’s national capital to visit Parliament Hill and tour CPAC’s newsroom and studio. Trip package includes round-trip transportation to Ottawa from anywhere in Canada (total value not to exceed $2500 including taxes) and two (2) nights’ accommodation (total value not to exceed $600 including taxes).

Total Approximate Retail Value: $3180

Winning photos may also be featured in a 2018 exhibition by CPAC, on the CPAC website at www.cpac.ca or on the CPAC Route 338 website at www.route338.ca. Winners' names and photographs will appear at democracy.canadiangeographic.ca.

Category winner (5 total):
Category winners will receive a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic (value: $30), a Canadian Geographic Atlas of Canada (value: $49.95), and a CPAC prize pack (consisting of one Prime Ministers of Canada book, one Governors General of Canada book, one CPAC umbrella with flashlight, one microfibre tablet screen cleaning wipe, one eyeglasses wipe, one USB stick, one CPAC mug and one pen - estimated value of the CPAC prize pack: $135).
Total Approximate Retail Value: $215

Winning photos may also be featured in a 2018 exhibition by CPAC, on the CPAC website at www.cpac.ca or on the CPAC Route 338 website at www.route338.ca. Winners' names and photographs will appear at democracy.canadiangeographic.ca.

Category runners-up (5 total):
Runners-up will receive a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic (SRP $30), a copy of Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts and Figures (SRP $24.95) and a CPAC prize pack (consisting of one Prime Ministers of Canada book, one Governors General of Canada book, one CPAC umbrella with flashlight, one microfibre tablet screen cleaning wipe, one eyeglasses wipe, one USB stick, one CPAC mug and one pen - estimated value of the CPAC prize pack: $135).
Total Approximate Retail Value: $190

Runners-up photos may also be published in an upcoming issue of Canadian Geographic and may be featured in a 2018 exhibition by CPAC, on the CPAC website at www.cpac.ca or on the CPAC Route 338 website at www.route338.ca.

Prize Conditions
Prize value is an estimate; actual retail value will vary depending on where the prize is shipped.

All prizes must be accepted as awarded and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion, sold, redeemed for cash, combined with any other promotion, or exchanged for a different prize.

By accepting a Prize, the prize winner agrees to hold the Competition Sponsors, CPAC, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and their respective agencies, affiliates, parent(s), subsidiaries, agents, advertising and promotion agencies and anyone else involved in the development, production or handling of the Competition and their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns, harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out acceptance or use of a prize including, but not limited to, travel-related injuries and/or death. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, whatsoever and howsoever arising, by participation in this Competition or use or redemption of any Prize.

In order to be declared a winner, the selected Entrant must sign and return a declaration and release form confirming eligibility and compliance with these Competition Rules and Regulations, consenting to the use, without further compensation, of winner’s name, address (city only) and photograph(s) in any Competition-related publicity and releasing the Competition Sponsors, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and their respective agencies, affiliates, parent(s), subsidiaries, agents, advertising and promotion agencies and anyone else involved in the development, production or handling of the Competition and their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns from all liability arising in connection with the Competition or the acceptance, use or redemption of a Prize as awarded. The declaration and release must be returned to the Competition Sponsors within ten (10) days after receipt of the declaration and release from the Competition Sponsors. Entrants who fail or are unable to meet any of these Rules and Regulations may be disqualified and alternate winner(s) will be selected.

Any litigation respecting the conduct and awarding of a Prize in this Competition in Québec may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a Prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. Void where prohibited by law.

Rules and regulations available at democracy.canadiangeographic.ca

Disputes
By participating in the Competition, each Entrant agrees to be bound by these Competition Rules and Regulations. In the event of any disagreement as to whether a person is an Entrant, a potential winner or a winner, or as to the qualification of any Entrant, potential winner or winner to, or the adequacy of any prize or any substitute prize, the decision of the Competition Sponsors will be final.

For Residents of Quebec Only: Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a Contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.