Active Lifestyle Photo Contest

BowlingSeniorWoman200X225Calling all photographers! We want you to submit photos that portray the active Vermont lifestyle for a special photo contest. 

Winners will receive up to $300 in prizes and have their photos displayed at the newly renovated Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Orthopedics practice on Dewey Street in Bennington. 

The deadline for entry is April 1, so enter today!


Contest Guidelines

  • All ages are invited to participate in two categories: Youth (18 years and younger) and Adult (19 years and older).
  • Participants should photograph people being active in Bennington County and its surrounding communities. 
  • Entrants can submit photos for consideration electronically at svhealthcare.org/photocontest through April 1. 
  • Entries will be judged by a panel based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to healthy behaviors.
  • Preference will be given to photos with a connection to the local area, including Southwestern Vermont, Western New York, and Northern Massachusetts. 
  • Winners from each of the two categories will be honored. The top prize is $300. 
  • Photographs will be featured at SVHC’s newly renovated orthopedics practice on Dewey Street in Bennington. 


Official Rules

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PURPOSE

To celebrate the healthy behaviors of local residents and capture these activities in photographs which inspire others to make healthy behavior choices.

SUMMARY

· The contest is open until April 1, 2017.

· Preference will be given to photographs that:

  • Have a connection to the communities SVHC serves (Bennington County, VT; Windham County, VT; Rensselaer County, NY; Washington County, NY; and Berkshire County, MA). Photographs will be judged using the following criteria:
  • o Show creativity
  • o Exhibit photographic quality
  • o Are genuine and authentic
  • o Relate to and/or encourage healthy behaviors

· Contest is open to all individuals, including employees of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) and employees of SVHC’s affiliates. No preference will be given to individuals affiliated with SVHC.

· All photographs are eligible for display in any of SVHC’s facilities.

· Photographs will be judged in two categories: Youth (18 years or younger) and Adult (19 years or older). One People’s Choice Award Winner will be chosen for all entries and receive a prize of $300. Additional winners will be chosen from each category and awarded the following prizes:

o First Place- $300

o Second Place- $200

o Third Place- $100

o Two Honorable Mentions- $50

· All entrants under 18 years must have parent/guardian permission to enter contest.

· If a photograph features any people, copyrighted material, or private property, the entrant must be able to supply a signed release form upon request by SVHC.

SPONSOR

Sponsor is Southwestern Vermont Health Care, 100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201 (“Sponsor” or “SVHC”).

TERM

The Orthopedics Photography Contest ends April 1, 2017, 11:59:00 p.m. US Eastern Time ("ET") (the "Contest"). Photographs submitted after the end date will not be considered. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules ("Official Rules"). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules.

WHO MAY ENTER

Contest is open to all individuals, including the employees of SVHC and SVHC’s affiliates. Contest judges are not affiliated with SVHC, and no preference will be given on the basis of employment with SVHC and SVHC’s affiliates. Individuals under 18 years old must have parent or guardian permission to enter contest.

CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

HOW TO ENTER

Each Entry consists of an entry form and a single image. To enter, visit www.svhealthcare.org; complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, telephone number, email address, age category, location of photo, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph in accordance with the instructions that follow.

Entries will be separated into two categories for judging based on age of entrant: Adult (19 years or older) and Youth (18 years or younger). There is no limit on the number of entries per person. Each entry must comply with the following requirements (the "Photograph Requirements"):

Photographs must be in digital format. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 2,000 pixels x 1,600 pixels.

Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud; provided entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in "Release." When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person's art. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.

The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. The caption must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the theme of the photograph and how the photograph encourages healthy behaviors. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification.

Watermarks are not acceptable. If Sponsor does not receive a non-watermarked version of the entry within ten (10) days following its request, the entry will be disqualified. The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. Preference will be given to photographs that have a connection to the communities served by SVHC (Bennington County, VT; Windham County, VT; Rensselaer County, NY; Washington County, NY; and Berkshire County, MA).

All entries must be submitted and received by April 1, 2017 at 11:59:00 p.m. ET. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Sponsor reserves the right to examine the original photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules.

RELEASES

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation.

If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Upon Sponsor's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Sponsor's request) a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, authorizing Sponsor and its licensees ("Authorized Parties") to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification at any time during the Contest and selection of an alternate winner.

Similarly, upon Sponsor's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Sponsor's request) a signed written license from the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork, or other copyrighted material that appears in the photograph entry, authorizing any Authorized Party to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

Finally, upon Sponsor's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Sponsor's request) a signed written license from the owner of any private property included in the photograph entry, authorizing any Authorized Party to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

For the purposes of these Official Rules, the entrant will be deemed to be in receipt of Sponsor's request or notification, (a) in the event that Sponsor sends the request by postal mail, five business days after the request was sent by Sponsor, or (b) in the event that Sponsor sends the request by email, on the day that the email was sent by Sponsor.

CONTEST PRIZES

Entries in the Adult and Youth Categories will be judged separately. From each category, one First Place winner, one Second Place winner, one Third place winner, and two Honorable Mentions will be chosen, in accordance with the judging criteria outlined below. Additionally, all photographs will be eligible for the “People’s Choice Award,” which will be determined by a vote from local residents. The People’s Choice Award winner and both First Place winners will each receive US$300, Second Place winners will receive US$200, Third Place winners will receive US$100, and Honorable Mentions will receive US$50 each. All winning photographs, along with the name of the photographer, will be prominently displayed at SVHC’s Orthopedics practice in Bennington.

All entries will be eligible to be displayed in the Orthopedics practice. If an entry is chosen to be displayed, the entrant will be notified and their name and photograph will be displayed in the facility. Potential winners and displayed entrants shall be required to sign and return within ten (10) days following an attempted notification, an Affidavit, Declaration or Certificate of Eligibility, Liability Release, and where legally permissible, a Publicity Release and Warranty of Ownership and License in which the entrant warrants that he/she is the owner of the photograph (and all the intellectual property rights in the photograph submitted) and grants to Sponsor and its licensees the irrevocable, 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 Contest and promotion of the Contest without additional compensation. Failure to execute and deliver any required documents to Sponsor by the specified deadline may result in disqualification from the Contest, and selection of an alternate potential winner.

NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS UNDELIVERABLE, WHETHER BY REGULAR MAIL OR BY EMAIL, MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATE POTENTIAL WINNER.

No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by winners permitted. If a prize (or part of a prize) is unavailable, the Sponsor, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the original prize (or that part of the prize) with an alternative prize to the equal monetary value and/or specification, unless to do so would be prohibited by law.

JUDGING

Contest consists of a round of evaluation by judges to determine First, Second, and Third Place, as well as Honorable Mentions. Judges will select winners based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”): (1) creativity; (2) photographic quality; (3) genuineness/authenticity of the content; (4) connection to local community; (5) relation to, portrayal of, and/or encouragement of healthy behaviors. Preference will be given to photographs that have a connection to the communities served by SVHC (Bennington County, VT; Windham County, VT; Rensselaer County, NY; Washington County, NY; and Berkshire County, MA). In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be re-submitted to the Judges for a re-judging between the tied entries alone. In the event that a tie remains after re-judging, the entry with the highest score in the creativity criteria will be declared the winner. Winners will be chosen on or around September 25, 2015, and notified by email. Decisions of the judges are final and binding. The People’s Choice Award Winner will be selected through a voting process held after all entries are received. The entry that receives the highest number of votes from the general public will be declared the People’s Choice Award Winner.

LICENSE

By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Authorized Parties, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in the SVHC Pownal Primary Care Facility and in connection with the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: Display at a potential exhibition of winners; publication of a book featuring select entries in the Contest; publication online highlighting entries or winners of the Contest.

Entrants consent to the Sponsor doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant's "moral rights" in their entries. Display or publication of any entry on an Authorized Party's website does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest, and pictures or likenesses of Contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion.

Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Southwestern Vermont Health Care and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. SVHC is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to in this Contest.

In the case of entrants who are Australian or U.K. residents, the preceding two clauses do not operate in respect of any implied condition or warranty the exclusion of which from these Official Rules would contravene any Australian or U.K. statute or cause any part of these Official Rules to be void.

CONDITIONS

THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants agree that this Contest shall be subject to and governed by the laws of Vermont and the forum for any dispute shall be in Vermont, United States of America. To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or on connection with this Contest are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the photograph to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if the entrant wins that Sponsor may use the winning photographs and each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). All federal, state/provincial/territorial, and local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible, cannot be traced or does/do not respond within ten (10) days to a winner notification as required by the "Contest Prizes" Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

The Sponsor reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant's identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of SVHC that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, SVHC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest.

If Sponsor elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsor will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs.

WINNERS LIST

Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Winners' names will be available online at http://svhealthcare.org after May 1, 2017.

DATA PRIVACY

Entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by the Sponsor in order to verify the participant's identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the participant's eligibility to participate in the Contest.

Participants have the right to access, review, rectify, or cancel any personal data held by Sponsor by writing to Ashley Brenon Jowett, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, 100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201. Personal data will be used by Sponsor and its affiliates exclusively for the purposes stated herein.

NOTICE TO INDIVIDUALS: REMOVAL FROM MAILING LIST: Any individual (or other duly authorized person) may elect to exclude the name and address of that individual from all lists used by Southwestern Vermont Health Care to mail skill contests or sweepstakes. To elect to have an individual's name excluded from all such lists, submit a removal request in writing to: James Trimarchi, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, 100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201. This notification system may be used to prohibit mailing of all skill contests or sweepstakes by Southwestern Vermont Health Care to such individual.

Release Forms

If your photo meets any one of the following conditions, please click, download, fill out, save and submit the corresponding form in the appropriate place on the entry submission page: 

  • If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, please submit a Copyright Release Form
  • If any persons appear in the photograph, please submit a Model Release Form
  • If the photo is taken on private property, please submit a Private Property Release Form

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