Photography Competition Rules
Kidderminster Town Council is aware that digital photography does allow for some image enhancement. You can enter images that have had spots, scratches or other blemishes removed. You can work on the colour or enhance the image for the sake of the composition. You can also crop the image to improve composition. We will not accept composite images – entries that stitch two or more separate photographs together to make one image – or entries that superimpose elements photographed separately onto an image.
Kidderminster Town Council and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated to alter its authenticity.
Entrants must not be professional photographers. For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half of their annual income from the sale of their photographs.
Entrants under the age of 18 will need to include the name, address, contact telephone and email address of their parent or guardian and the parent or guardian will need to give written consent for their child to take part.
The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered. Where an individual or a residential property belonging to someone other than the photographer is featured, the photographer must seek permission and be prepared to provide written consent, when requested by Kidderminster Town Council. Entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
We are looking for original photographs, so entries must not have won any national or international competition prize previously. For the purposes of this competition, ‘national’ refers to the whole of the UK – or to individual national competitions in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Entrants will retain copyright of the photographs that they submit.
Publication of Images
The finalists’ photos may also be published on Facebook, Kidderminster Town Council website and partners’ webpages and used in other promotions of the competition. In the event of a technical problem or evidence of impropriety, the judges shall have the final decision.
By entering the competition, all entrants grant to Kidderminster Town Council the right to publish and exhibit their photographs on its website and social media in perpetuity. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Winners and runners-up may be asked to take part in post-competition publicity. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every broadcast or media use of the photographs will include the photographers’ names. Entrants must ensure that the photograph is not used to publicise or promote companies, individuals, organisations or causes.
By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and Kidderminster Town Council reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if Kidderminster Town Council has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules, acted fraudulently in any way or brings Kidderminster Town Council into disrepute.
We reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.