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Official Rules

2015 Civil War Trust Annual Photography Contest

Who can enter?

Anyone 13 years and older—worldwide—can enter the contest.

Employees, relatives of employees, and contractors of the Civil War Trust and the Contest Sponsors are not allowed to enter the contest.

The Basics of the Contest

Individuals may enter their photos into any of five different contest categories:

Civil War 1865 (tag: CWT1865)
In honor of the Sesquicentennial, this new category is for photos of Civil War battlefields and sites associated with the final year of the Civil War.

Civil War Battlefields (tag: CWT15BF)
This category is for all your great photos of scenic Civil War battlefields.
See Example »

People on Civil War Battlefields (tag: CWT15P)
This category focuses on people visiting or enjoying Civil War battlefields.
See Example »

Preservation Threats (tag: CWT15PT)
Enter your photos that showcase modern threats to Civil War battlefields.
See Example »

Then & Now (tag: CWT15TN)
In this category entrants will upload a historic photo and a modern photo of the same Civil War site.
See Example »

Individuals may enter as many photos as they would like into the contest, but each photo may only be entered into one of our contest categories. If multiple categories are applied to a submitted photo the Civil War Trust may choose to honor one of those categories that best fits the submitted photo.

All photos entries to the Civil War Trust Photo Contest must be submitted via our Civil War Trust site on Flickr™.

The Entry Deadline

Submissions for the 2015 Civil War Trust Photo Contest are accepted between June 15, 2015 and August 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in September 2015.

Contest Awards

From all the qualified photos we will select a First, Second, and Third Place winner in each of the 5 contest categories. We will also select one Grand Prize winner from all the submitted photos, regardless of category.  (16 awards total)

Grand Prize

One winner will receive a Civil War Trust Photo Contest certificate, 2016 Calendar (featuring winners' photos) and the winning photo will be included in various Civil War Trust presentations, both online and offline. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a one-year Civil War Trust membership and complimentary registration to our 2016 Annual Conference.

First Place winner in each category

Five winners total will receive a Civil War Trust Photo Contest certificate, 2016 Calendar (featuring winners' photos) and the winning photos will be included in various Civil War Trust presentations, both online and offline. The First Place winners will also receive a one-year Civil War Trust membership (or membership extension). Additionally, the winner of the “Then and Now” category will receive a free registration to The Center for Civil War Photography’s 2015 Image of War seminar.

Second and Third place winners in each category

Five second place and six third place winners will receive a Civil War Trust Photo Contest certificate, free 2016 Calendar (featuring winners' photos) and the winning photos may be included in various Civil War Trust presentations, both online and offline.

Judging

Judging will be done by a select group of Civil War Trust employees and photography experts in our community. 

Entering photos in the contest

For photos to be considered for the 2015 Civil War Trust Photo contest, entrants must submit the 2015 Civil War Trust Photo Contest Registration form on the Civil War Trust's website. This provides us with the entrant's contact information to ensure we can contact and update the potential winners, confirms entrants have read the Official Rules and secures permission to publish photos entered in the contest. Flickr entries that can not be matched to a registration form will not be eligible to win.

Photos will then need to be added to our Civil War Trust Flickr™ Group (American Civil War Battlefields). Submitted photos will also need to be “tagged” with one of the category tags. More information on how to add a tag to a photo in Flickr »

Civil War 1865: CWT1865

Civil War Battlefields: CWT15BF

People on Civil War Battlefields: CWT15P

Preservation Threats: CWT15PT

Then & Now: CWT15TN

Image quality of all submitted photos is an important consideration. When submitting please try to upload the highest quality photo that you can. Ideally all submitted photos should have a minimum resolution of 5 megabytes. Flickr™ does limit photo uploads for basic level Flickr™ members (free) to 10 megabytes per photo and 200 megabytes per photo for “Pro” level Flickr™ members (refer to Flickr for price and details). The Civil War Trust reserves the right to exclude photo submissions that may fall below certain basic minimum quality levels.

Photo finalists must provide a real name and mailing address to the Civil War Trust when requested or risk having their photo submissions disqualified.

Individuals submitting photos must possess the full rights to their submitted photos. Photos including material of questionable ownership may be excluded. The one exception to this rule will be in the “Then and Now” category where historical photos in the public domain (ex. Historical photos of the Civil War that are in the public domain) and property attributed, can be accepted as supporting material.

Individuals submitting photos retain full rights to their photos, including ownership, but through the act of participation (entering a photo into our contest and tagging those photos with the appropriate contest tags) will grant to the Civil War Trust a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and display the submitted photos which might include, by example, methods listed below:

- The right to publish the photo in our magazines and other non-electronic media
- The right to publish the photo in any Civil War Trust press release (online and offline)
- The right to publish the photo on our website (civilwar.org, Civil War Trust Flickr™, etc.)
- The right to publish the photo in our Civil War Trust calendar
- The right to use the photo’s title, your name, city, state, and country of residence in our publications.
- The right to publish the photo within any sponsor's website, TV, and print properties
- Any Civil War Trust contest photo published outside of our Civil War Trust Flickr™ site will be presented with the photographer’s name – example: “Photo by Ulysses Grant”

The Trust reserves the right to eliminate and/or delete photographic submissions to our Flickr™ group or content that we deem to be objectionable or of dubious provenance. No prior warning or notification will be required of the Trust.

Types of photos that we would remove without warning:

- Photos that showcase dubious taste or themes
- Photos involving racial insensitivities
- Photos involving salacious subjects and presentations
- Photos that are unrelated to the American Civil War
- The Civil War Trust will reserves the right to change or modify all text associated with a photo entered into the contest. This includes titles of the photo, accompanying descriptions, and tags.

Winning photos (Grand Prize, 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, people's choice award) from past Civil War Trust photo contests may not be re-entered into future contests.

Photos need not have been taken in the year in which they are being submitted.

Civil War Trust Rights and Indemnifications

By entering the contest the participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Civil War Trust, its affiliates, employees, and officers from any issues, losses, or actions emanating from or in relation to the Civil War Trust photo contest. This would include any losses or issues related to third party claims of copyright infringement or violations of personal privacy.

By submitting photos to the Civil War Trust’s Annual Photo Contest, entrants give the Civil War Trust permission to use photos in press releases, electronic or print promotional materials, and other outlets. Entrants understand that they may not be notified their my photo is used and that they will not be compensated for the usage. This permission is granted in perpetuity.

The Civil War Trust Photo Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Each participant in the photo contest is responsible for ensuring that they possess the full rights to the photos submitted.

Each participant is responsible for accurately titling and describing photos.

The Civil War Trust, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to terminate, suspend, or modify the photo contest.

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