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Dog Photography Awards Terms & Conditions

Welcome to the Dog Photography Awards (collectively, “Competition”). These Dog Photography Awards Competition Terms of Use (these “Terms of Use”) govern your participation in the Competition and constitute an agreement between you and us. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about these Terms of Use or about your participation in the Competition.

By accessing or using the Competition website (the “Site”), or by submitting an Entry to the Competition, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy (found at Privacy Policy) (the “Privacy Policy”). If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Use, please do not use this Site or participate in the Competition. By accessing and using the Site or by entering the Competition, you agree to these Terms of Use. We may change these Terms of Use from time to time, and the latest version will always be posted on the Site.

How to Enter the Competition

We welcome participation by any individual content creator at least eighteen (18) years of age other than affiliates, employees, family members or any Competition Jury member.

To enter the Competition, you must:

Complete the required registration information on the Site;
Submit your Competition entrance materials (each individual submission, an “Entry”) in the form and format and with the required information for the specific Competition category for which you are submitting an Entry (defined below), as set forth on the Site; and Pay the entry fee for the specific Competition category, as set forth on the Site. Entry fees are non-refundable unless otherwise set forth in these Terms of Use.

To enter the Competition, you will be asked to provide certain registration details and information. You represent that all information you provide with your Entry is accurate, complete, and not misleading. You agree that all information you provide to us is governed by our Privacy Policy. If your registration information changes, you should update us because, if you don’t, we may not be able to contact you about an award you may win.

The periods during which Entries are accepted, judging occurs, and winners and awards are announced are subject to change without notice.

Judging

Deadlines for Entries will be stated on the Site. Each Entry will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of industry professionals and experts (the “Jury”). Certain category winners and other award recipients will be eligible to receive a monetary award. The Jury shall have sole discretion as to the selection of award winners, including judging methodologies and criteria.

Members of the Jury may change at any time, without notice. Contacting or lobbying any member of the Jury, directly or indirectly, is strictly prohibited and may lead to disqualification of your Entry or Entries.

Awards

Each Dog Photography Awards Competition lists the awards and/or benefits which will be given to award winners based on their entry level and distinction, on the competition landing page. Additional information regarding the breakdown of such awards (i.e. monetary awards) can be found on the rules page.

Monetary awards will be issued by bank transfer, or other payment method, at our sole discretion. We may need additional information to be able to issue your award, and if you don’t provide such details, the delivery of your award may be delayed or withheld.

Award winners and other honorees will be listed on the Site. Award winners will be notified by e-mail. Winners of monetary or other valuable awards are solely responsible for any costs associated with acceptance and receipt of such award, including, without limitation, wire transfer fees, currency exchange fees, and any national, state, provincial, county, and local taxes. Monetary awards will be paid in Euro. We will not offer any alternative awards or prizes.

If your award includes a trophy, certificate, or cash prize that will need to be sent to you either physically or digitally (i.e. wire transfer), or should you purchase a trophy, it is essential that you provide us with the correct and complete delivery information. We will not be responsible for any fees or costs associated with resending such items in the event of a failed delivery due to incorrect or incomplete delivery information you provided. We will resend the prizes won or trophies ordered at your cost, less any fees which may have been incurred by DPA for the initial failed delivery attempt. Please note that if you refuse delivery or to pay duties or taxes, or if you claim to have never received your prizes or trophy even though there is proof of delivery, we will consider our obligation to you as fulfilled and will maintain no responsibilities for issuing replacements or refunds.

Additional Rules

Any additional rules, qualifications, and requirements listed on the Site shall also apply to the Competition as if they were listed in these Terms of Use. In case of any conflict between these Terms of Use and any additional rules, qualifications, or requirements listed on the Site, these Terms of Use shall control.

Intellectual Property Rights

We respect your rights as a photographer and artist and we do not become the owner of your work when you submit an Entry. We will never sell any Entry to a third-party (i.e. media outlets). We will not claim any copyright or moral rights to your work submitted to the Competition.

By entering the Competition, you acknowledge that we may display your Entry on the Site or elsewhere, and, if we do so, we will include credit information acknowledging you as the photographer or artist.

To allow us to administer and promote the Competitions and your Entry, you grant certain rights and licenses to us. For example, we may display, or authorize the display of, your Entry for any public relations activities to promote the Competition which include, but are not limited, displaying, or authorize the display of, your Entry on the Site or posting it on social media accounts or other websites or displaying your Entry in an exhibition or publishing it in a digital or physical book, whether such display is solely related to a Competition or not (collectively, “Permitted Displays”). As such, and for any purpose related to the Competitions or promotion of your Entry only, you grant us, our affiliates and our sponsors, and each of their and our successors and assigns, a worldwide, nonexclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable license (the “Permitted Displays License”) to use, display, modify, publish, and distribute your Entry (in whole or in part) and to incorporate it into any of the Permitted Displays set forth in the preceding sentence. For the avoidance of doubt, (1) the Permitted Displays License is a license limited to Permitted Displays and does not grant us the right to use your Entry in any other way other than in a Permitted Display as set forth in this paragraph, and (2) we shall not be liable to you for any royalties resulting from or arising out of our promotion of the Competitions, including without limitation, any promotion of the Competitions that encompasses the incorporation of your Entry in a Permitted Display.

Additionally, after each Competition, we issue a press release including select Entries to unaffiliated third-party outlets (i.e., media outlets) in order to provide exposure for artists who enter our Competitions. Upon doing so, we will provide such third-party outlets with the Entry’s credit information so that they may properly attribute the image to the artist. Your trust in Dog Photography Awards is of the utmost importance and we do not take issues regarding attributing your images lightly. Having said this, the failure of any third-party outlet to properly credit your work shall not be deemed a breach of these Terms of Use and we shall have no liability for such third-party’s failure; provided, however, we will use our commercially reasonable efforts to cause such third-party outlet to correct any mistakes that are brought to our attention in writing.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may request in writing that your work remain anonymous, and if you make such request or request that we delete your personal information pursuant to the Privacy Policy, your Entry will be credited to an anonymous artist when displayed by us on the Site or elsewhere. While we have the ability to delete the Entry and credit information from the Site, if a request is made to change the credit information after any press releases are distributed, we do not guaranty and shall not be liable for, any third-party outlet’s failure to delete an Entry or the artist’s credit information.

We do not receive any payment, fee or royalties for our delivery of Entries via press releases to third-party outlets, however, we do not guaranty any relationship between a third-party outlet and any other outlet that re-runs the third-party outlet’s story. You acknowledge and agree that you are solely liable for protecting your intellectual property rights in your work at all times.

Your Entry Must Be Your Own Work

You represent and warrant that:

  1. You own or control all rights in and to the Entry and have the right to grant the license and other rights granted herein. You will cooperate with any request to prove your ownership of the Entry (e.g., providing the RAW file associated with such Entry).
  2. Your Entry does not infringe any intellectual property rights or other rights, including moral rights and rights of privacy, or any third-party.
  3. Your Entry has never been the subject of any claim by any third-party regarding ownership or infringement of intellectual property rights.
  4. Your Entry does and will comply with these Terms of Use and all applicable laws, regulations, or agreements with respect to intellectual property rights which may apply.

You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any Entries you submit, and you have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriateness. We are not responsible or liable to any third-party for the content, copyright compliance and enforcement, or accuracy of any Entry submitted by you or any other individual or entity submitting an Entry to the Competition. You acknowledge and agree that the display or inclusion of your Entry shall be in our sole discretion and your Entry may or may not be included on the Site for any reason or no reason at all.

Content Standards

All Entries must comply with these content standards. Entries must, in their entirety, comply with all applicable federal, state, local, and international laws and regulations. Without limiting the foregoing, User Contributions must not:

  1. Contain any material which is defamatory, obscene, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable.
  2. Promote pornographic material.
  3. Infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual property or other rights of any other person.
  4. Violate the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others or contain any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable laws or regulations or that otherwise may be in conflict with these Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy.
  5. Promote any illegal activity, or advocate, promote, or assist any unlawful act.
  6. Give the impression that they emanate from or are endorsed by us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.

If you have any questions about the content of your proposed Entry, we encourage you to contact us.

You Consent to Receive Communications

You acknowledge and agree that we may send written and electronic communications to you. You expressly consent to the receipt of any all notices from us by way of email including correspondence we are legally obligated to provide you.

No Waiver

DPA’s failure or delay in exercising or enforcing any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

Force Majeure

DPA shall be excused from performance under these Terms of Use and shall not be liable for any act or omission caused by or arising out of any event, act, occurrence, or circumstance beyond DPA’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, the laws, regulations, or orders of any governmental, regulatory, or judicial authority, war, civil commotion, destruction of facilities or materials, fire, flood, earthquake, storm (or other act of God), labor disturbances, riots, protests, heath epidemics and pandemics (whether or not declared by any governmental authority), shortage of material, or failure of public utilities or common carriers.

Termination

If you violate these Terms of Use in any way, DPA may, in its sole discretion, limit, suspend, or terminate your access to the Site and your ability to submit Entries to the Competition, and you may be disqualified from any then-current Competitions for which you have submitted an Entry.

In the event that your access to the Site or participation in the Competition is terminated for any reason, we will not refund any payments that you previously made.

Entire Agreement

These Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy constitute the entire agreement and understanding between you and DPA with respect to the Site, your use of the Site, and your participation in the Competition.

Notice and Take Down Procedures

We take claims of copyright infringement seriously. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law. If you believe any materials accessible on or from this Site infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access to them) from the Site by submitting written notification with the following information:

  1. Identification of the copyrighted work that you believe to be infringed. Please describe the work, and where possible include a copy or the location (e.g., URL) of an authorized version of the work.
  2. Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and its location. Please describe the material, and provide us with its URL or any other pertinent information that will allow us to locate the material
  3. Your name, address, telephone number, and (if available) e-mail address.
  4. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the complained of use of the materials is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  5. A statement that the information that you have supplied is accurate, and indicating that « under penalty of perjury, » you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
  6. A signature or the electronic equivalent from the copyright holder or authorized representative.

Questions or Concerns about Our Terms of Use

For questions or concerns about these Terms of Use, please send an email to hello@dog-photoawards.com

Change in Terms of Use

From time-to-time, we may update these Terms of Use. We encourage you to review these Terms of Use periodically to stay informed about the terms governing your participation in the Competition. We will indicate near the top of this page the date these Terms of Use was last revised. Your continued use of the Site or entry into the Competition after we have revised these Terms of Use constitutes your agreement to the revised version.