2020 Photo Contest

The winners of the 2019 Photo Contest have been announced: 

Will you be a part of our 2020 contest?

We are looking for photos that convey what makes Liberty Lake a special place to live for our 10th annual photography contest!

Whether they capture the beautiful landscape, the bustling activities, or the changing seasons, we’re asking photographers to share photos that communicate the essence of this community. The winner’s photo, along with as many other selected images we can fit, will be featured artwork in the 2020 Liberty Lake Yearbook. Not to mention the prizes … check out all of the details in the Q&A below!

(Click here to sign up for email reminders of deadlines and the announcement of winners!)

Who may enter?
You! Photographers (amateur or professional) of all ages are encouraged to submit photos.

What are the prizes? 
Cash prizes for 1st ($100), 2nd ($50) and 3rd place ($25) will be awarded, meaning we are selecting the best three images that represent Liberty Lake. The winning image will have the additional honor of gracing the cover of the 2020 Liberty Lake Yearbook.

Who is judging the contest? 
Representatives of Peridot Publishing judge the contest. As such, these people and their families are ineligible to enter or win.

What is the deadline? 
To be eligible to win, photos must be submitted by Feb. 14, 2020.

How many photos can I enter? 
Up to five photos 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 8.5 x 11 inches. Vertical photos may receive greater consideration due to the cover’s 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 josh@peridot.info. 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 winners or ask clarifying questions, if necessary). 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, will be placed on an 8.375″ x 10.875″ cover. 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 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.)

What happened to the Spokane Valley contest? 
Peridot Publishing printed the membership directory of the Spokane Valley Chamber for several years sending in 2018. This was the venue we used for the Spokane Valley contest. As such, our original Liberty Lake photo contest is the only one we have for 2020.

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.