Nature photography has for long been associated with glamorous species, expensive cameras and exotic locations. Matters have not changed much with people having cameras with telescopic lens and DSLRs travelling to far flung areas to get images of exotic species ranging from the tiger to the Great Indian Bustard. This has resulted in an imbalance in which we have a surfeit of high quality images of threatened and glamorous species while images of common species are rare.
Nature Forever Society would like to change this attitude in this age of the more prosaic, digital and mobile phone cameras and want common people to get involved in photographic documenting of the common flora and fauna of the country. It also aims to increase awareness of common flora and fauna which are found in and around human beings and urban locales.
Nature Forever Society BiodiverCity Photo Contest 2014 beings on 12thFebruary 2014. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to compile with all the requirements set out.
The contest is open to all residents of India. Employees of Nature Forever Society and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate family members or persons living in the same households are not eligible.
Each contestant will have only one entry. Only one photo submissions is allowed per participant. Entry is free. To enter, complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption. You can also enter by using your Facebook account. Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry to this contest. The photograph can be taken in any digital format like point and shoot camera, mobile phone camera etc. All files need to be watermarked with the name of the photographer. The photographs must have been taken in the past one year and should not be submitted in any photo contest before. Any such entry will be disqualified. Only minor photo correction and cropping of images is acceptable for the photo contest. Photos submitted to the BiodiverCity Photo contest should be original work of the contest entrant. By entering the contest, the 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. Such photos will be disqualified from the contest and the photo will be removed from the website. Photograph must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Photographs submitted should not have animals in captivity, pet animals, photos taken inside protected areas such national parks and sanctuaries will not qualify for the photo contest. Winners will be informed in advance and will have to send images without watermarks. Watermarks are not acceptable. If we do not receive a non-watermarked version of the entry within five (5) days following its request, the entry will be disqualified. All entries must be uploaded before midnight on7th March 2014. We reserve the right to examine the original photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules.
Three winners will receive a citation along with a bird attracting kit from Nature Forever Society. The participant is required to provide a detail postal address along with cell number for the prize to be delivered.
The photos will be selected by a committee to decide the winner. Winners will be notified by email and will be made public on 20th March, World Sparrow Day. The winners will not be judged on the basis of vote it receives during the span of the contest. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.
By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Parties, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit), in any media now or hereafter known. No additional consideration or any additional approval in connection with such use will be required. 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.
By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Nature Forever Society and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies, 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. Nature Forever Society 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. NFS 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.
Entries will be void if the photograph are not found to be 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) we 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. Winners will have to pay for any local taxes or octroi for the prize they receive. In the event that the selected winner of any prize is ineligible, cannot be traced or does/do not respond within five days (5) days to a winner notification as required by the "Contest Prizes" Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and we will, at our sole discretion, choose whether to award the prize to another entrant or not. We 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 to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
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 organisers that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, NFS 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.
Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Winners' names will be available online.