Eagle Photography Contest

EAGLE PHOTOGRAHY CONTEST RULES

INTRODUCTION
The Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center (Host) is accepting submissions for our 2015 Eagle Photography Contest (Contest). A number of eagles spend the winter in our area along the Missouri River. We seek to create public awareness of the resurgence of the bald eagle and golden eagle population, and to support individuals and organizations toward improving habitat and protecting nesting sites.

We are seeking single entries from professional and amateur photographers that capture the essence of a wild eagle spotted in our local area of Southeast Nebraska, Southwest Iowa, Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas.
ELIGIBILITY
No purchase necessary. No entry fee. Contest open to professional and amateur photographers of any age. Contest hosted by the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center. Employees of Host, and their family members, not eligible for participation.
SUBMISSIONS
Submit your photo via email to www.mrb-lewisandclarkcenter.org
Only one photograph entry per person allowed. If multiple entries are received, only one will be considered. Entrants may only submit an image they have personally taken, and to which they own all necessary rights. Photographs entered in this contest must have been taken after January 1, 2015.

Entries should consist of a single digital image of an American Bald Eagle or a Golden Eagle residing in the wild (not held in captivity) in jpeg format with a minimum of 1,400 pixels in width or height. Entries may not contain watermarks. Entries should not appear to be heavily manipulated, and may contain only minor adjustments to sharpness and color balance. Images with artificial vignetting or modified backgrounds will be rejected. Cropping is acceptable.

To be considered complete, an entry should include a title, description, date photo was taken, and location photo was taken. Consider including optional EXIF data (Exchangeable Image File Format) as it may be requested of Contest finalists.

All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST, Friday, April 10, 2015. Winners will be announced during Arbor Day Weekend, April 25, 2015.
TERMS
By submitting your entry to the Contest, you grant Host an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to distribute, display, reproduce, and create derivatives of your entry. You agree that the Host will not be required to pay any fees for the use of your photo. Each Contest entrant retains all ownership and copyright privileges connected to their photograph entry.

Contest entrants authorize the Host to store and share their personal data as needed, in accordance with the execution of the Contest. Contest entrants agree to release the Host, its employees, representatives, and Contest judges, to be free of any legal proceedings or obligations related to the Contest. Contest entrants will not hold the Host liable for any harm that may occur to their businesses or personal reputations as a result of their participation in the Contest.

The Host reserves the right to reject any entry, for any reason.

The Contest may be sponsored by a number of organizations and businesses (Sponsors). Any views and opinions of Sponsors are not endorsed by Host.
JUDGMENT
Judgment of Contest entries will consist of two (2) rounds of evaluation. In the first round, a panel of no more than five (5) judges will select ten (10) finalist entries. In the second round, the same panel of judges will select three (3) winning photos. A panel of guest judges will select the “People’s Choice” award from the remaining seven (7) finalist entries.

Photographs will be judged based on composition, lighting, image quality, and overall visual appeal.
AWARDS
The Contest will include the following awards and prizes:
• First Place – $50 Gift Certificate, Eagle Trophy Award
• Second Place – $25 Gift Certificate
• Third Place – $15 Gift Certificate
• People’s Choice – $10 Gift Certificate
Note: Prizes are subject to change without notice.

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