Sony Soccergraphy Contest


TITLE: Sony Soccergraphy Contest
PRIZE:

There are two grand prizes for the Professional Category (Open Professional and Alpha Professional) as well as two grand prizes for the Amateur Category (Open Amateur and Alpha Amateur). Grand Prize winners will received an all expenses paid trip to South Africa to watch the FIFA 2010 World Cup final and a Sony Alpha DSLR camera package.

All photos featured in the book will receive a certificate of merit. There are no prizes for honorable mentions.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2009
WEBSITE/URL: http://soccergraphy.sony-asia.com/

DESCRIPTION:

Q: Do photos have to be taken with a digital camera?

A: All entries must be in digital format only and taken on a digital camera. Images from a non-digital source such as film will not be accepted.

Q: Are Model release forms required when submitting a photograph to The Soccergraphy Contest?

A: By submitting a Photo to the Soccergraphy Contest, you are deemed to be the owner of the image, that you alone own the copyright, and you have obtained any necessary third-party releases. If your photo is selected to appear in the book, you may be asked to submit a model(s) release. Please do not send any release unless we’ve asked you to.

Q: When do I need to use a model release?

A: Images of unrecognizable people do not need personal releases. A model release form is a binding contract between the photographer and the subject(s) of the photograph. By signing the release, the subject of the photograph forgoes the right to sue for specific types of claims. A model release is required for the following:

* If you used models to stage your photos.
* When the model or person featured in the photo is identifiable.
* When a child or children are featured in your photo.

Q: How do I submit a photo to the photo contest?

A: Photos are submitted from the Submit Your Photo page. The submission period begins on March 20, 2009, and closes on October 31, 2009.

Q: When submitting the photo in low resolution, what is the required size?

A: Before you submit a photograph, please make sure it meets the following requirements:

* JPG or JPEG file format (ex. YourImage.jpg or YourImage.jpeg)
* At least 1,280 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,280 pixels tall (if a vertical image)
* Total file size must be less than 500K in size

Q: How many photos may I submit?

You may submit a total of five (5) photos to the contest, at any one time. However there is no limit to the number of entries you wish to submit.

Q: What’s the difference between the Professional and the Amateur Categories?

A: If you derive a regular income from photography, then you are considered a professional. If you have never sold a picture or image to anyone, then you are considered an amateur.

Q: I wish to enter for the Alpha Professional or Alpha Amateur category, so where do I submit these images to?

A: You can submit the images normally as our system will read the EXIF data to determine the sort of camera you are using but please ensure that you do not remove your EXIF data embedded in your photos when downscaling them for submission.

Q: What is EXIF data?

A: EXIF data is the shooting or captured data from your camera that is embedded in your image. It contains information such as camera brand/type as well as lens, shutter speed and aperture information.

Q: When will the winner be announced?

A: Winners will be chosen by 31st January, 2010, and notified by email. Images that will appear in the book will also be notified. Please be sure that your email address is correct when submitting a photo.

Q: What are the prizes?

There are two grand prizes for the Professional Category (Open Professional and Alpha Professional) as well as two grand prizes for the Amateur Category (Open Amateur and Alpha Amateur). Grand Prize winners will received an all expenses paid trip to South Africa to watch the FIFA 2010 World Cup final and a Sony Alpha DSLR camera package.

Q: If my photo gets featured in the book, do I get a prize?

A: All photos featured in the book will receive a certificate of merit. There are no prizes for honorable mentions.

Q: It says I must be of legal age to enter, what is the legal age?

A: You must be at least 18 years of age when entering this competition.

Q: How old can my entry be?

A: Photographs must have been taken within two years of the date of entry.

Q: I�d like to enter a photo that has previously been published. Is that allowed?

A: No, you can only enter a photo if it hasn�t been published or sold.

Q: I�d like to enter a photo that has previously won a contest. Is that allowed?

A: Photographs that have previously won an award in any photography contest in the past three years are not eligible.

Q: Will my photos be seen online?

A: Selected entries and the entrants’ names may be published online at Sony websites. These will be selected at the discretion of the Sony.

Q: Will I be notified if my photo is chosen for the online galleries?

A: No, You will be notified only if you are a Grand Prize winner.

Q: Is image manipulation allowed in the photo contest?

A: Minor burning, dodging, and color correction are acceptable. Hand tinting is acceptable, as is cropping. Fish-eye lenses are acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDRI) and stitched panoramas are acceptable only if the combined parts are all made around the same time. Any changes to an original photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the photograph ineligible for a prize.

Q: What should I include in the description of my photograph?

A: Captions are always a good way to engage others in your photography. So take the time to write about the place, time, setting, and situation.

Q: When I submit a photo to the photo contest, what rights does the Sony have over my submission?

A: The nonexclusive, perpetual right to use your image in connection with the contest and promotion of 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 in magazines or online highlighting entries or winners of the contest.

Q: I accidentally uploaded the wrong photo. Can I delete my entry and submit a new entry?

A: Unfortunately, due to the large volume of images submitted to the contest, all entries are final and cannot be replaced or modified.

Q: I can’t remember which photographs I’ve already submitted. Can you tell me which of my photographs you’ve received?

A: Unfortunately, due to the large volume of images submitted, we’re unable to report to you which images you’ve uploaded.

Q: The photograph I’d like to submit was taken while I was on vacation. There’s no way for me to get a release form. Can I still enter this photograph in the contest?

A: If your photograph is chosen as a winner of the contest, you are required to submit a release.

Q: Why won’t my images upload?

A: Please check you image file size. If this exceeds 500K. It will not upload.

Q: When will I know if my photo has been short listed for final selection?

A: You will be notified by our photo editor by email. You then have 30 days to submit your high resolution image to us for final consideration. Please ensure your email is current and submit all your High Resolution files early!

Q: What is a high resolution image?

A: High resolution image can be in RAW, TIFF or JPEGs.


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