Calling all community photographers!
We are looking for photos that convey what makes Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley a special place to live for our eighth annual photography contest!
Whether they capture the beautiful landscape, the bustling activities or the varying seasons, we’re asking photographers to share photos that communicate the essence the community. The winner’s photo, along with other selected images, will be featured artwork in the newly rebranded 2018 Liberty Lake Yearbook or the 2018 Spokane Valley Yearbook. Not to mention the prizes … check out all of the details in the Q&A below!
Who may enter?
You! Photographers (amateur or professional) of all ages are encouraged to register.
What are the prizes?
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded for BOTH yearbooks, meaning we are selecting the best three images that represent Liberty Lake for that publication, and the best three images that represent Spokane Valley for the other. The top three are recognized inside the Yearbook and also receive a cash prize ($100 for first, $50 for second, $25 for third). The winning image will grace the cover of the 2018 Yearbooks.
Who is judging the contest?
Representatives of Peridot Publishing judge the contest. As such, these people and their families are obviously ineligible to enter or win.
What is the deadline?
To be eligible to win, photos must be submitted by March 23, 2018.
How many photos can I enter?
Up to five for Spokane Valley and five for Liberty Lake per photographer.
Where do I send the entries, and in what format?
We prefer photographs be in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format at a size of at least 300 dpi at 8 x 10 inches. Vertical photos may receive greater consideration due to guide orientation. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible. High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Photos should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 509-999-4567 if you have any trouble sending the files. We will reply with a confirmation email within two business days of receipt.
Any other info I need to include with my entries?
Yes! Please include the name and phone number of the photographer (we will use this info to contact you). Helpful, but not required, is a photo date, location and name for each submitted photo.
What rights does Peridot Publishing retain over my submitted photo?
By entering the contest, entrants grant Peridot Publishing a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly, and all other standard Peridot Publishing purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. Peridot Publishing will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
OK, I’m cool with that, but let’s talk about the really important question: Are you going to crop my photo?
We don’t want to or intend to, but Peridot Publishing reserves the right to crop as needed, taking care not to compromise the integrity of the image. The winning cover image, for instance, is approximately 5.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall. Photos that don’t already come in at those precise dimensions will have to be adjusted accordingly. Other instances of filling available space are occasionally inevitable. Again, however, we make great strides to preserve the integrity of the image as submitted.
So can I submit my image after I’ve altered it?
Within reason. We will not, for instance, accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos that do more to showcase Photoshop skills than showcase the community. Some adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment and blending, or the digital equivalents, are acceptable. You are also welcome to submit a photo you have cropped. Outside of this, however, if our judges see that a photographer has obviously altered his or her photo, Peridot Publishing reserves the right to disqualify it. Bottom line: There are contests that give bonus points for photo manipulation skills. This isn’t one of those. We will likely be wowed by your skills, but we prefer the simplicity of recognizable photos that will make Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley residents say, “Now that’s my community … and I love it!”
What should I know about photos that impact a person or have people in them?
Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including copyright, are not eligible. For a photo in which a person is a focal point and recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to Peridot Publishing upon request. (Visit http://asmp.org/tutorials/forms.html for sample model releases from the American Society of Media Photographers.)
Anything else you need to tell us?
We prefer photos submitted to us that haven’t already been published in other platforms that our readers will see as redundant. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Peridot Publishing reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of Peridot Publishing representatives will be final. Yep, we think that’s the required fine print. The main thing we want to tell you is we can’t wait to see and share your photos! Thanks in advance.