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Southern Exposures Photo Contest Information and Rules

The Southern Exposures Photo Contest (“SEPC”) is sponsored and administered by the Valley Land Fund (“VLF”), a 501(c)(3) organization with a charitable mission to preserve, expand, and enhance the native wildlife habitat of South Texas through education, land ownership, and the creation of economic incentives. By entering this competition, you agree to these terms and conditions listed below.


9. CATEGORIES

Photographers must enter each image in one of the following categories. The same photo cannot be entered in more than one category. Judges reserve the right to switch images to other categories.


mammals-categories

MAMMALS
Rabbits and Bobcats and Deer, oh my! We want to see mammals found in the wild throughout South Texas looking their best.

plantlife-birds

BIRDS
Flying, perching, standing, swimming or hunting – send us your best bird shots!

other-categories

ALL OTHER WILDLIFE Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, Arachnids and more that have their niche in our unique ecosystem of South Texas.

waterlandscapes-categories

SCAPES
Waterscapes & Landscapes highlighting the beauty of the outdoors.


plantlife-categories

BOTANICAL
Anything plant - trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, cacti and more; find something unusual!.

patterns-categories

PATTERNS IN NATURE
Find patterns by walking around your yard, a park, a garden or anywhere else. Patterns can be seen in trees, plants and flowers, as well as spirals, cracks, stripes and many more.

farmlife-categories

FARM and RANCH
Drive down country roads to find ranches that show the best of our land. Look for ways that people use the land: raising crops, raising cattle, working the land, and so much more!

flower RH

MOBILE
NEW CATEGORY! Anything natural works here, and anyone can do this! Take photos of natural subjects with your cell phone. Wildlife does not need to be present in this category.

10. LABELING/PHOTO DESCRIPTION:
Each photograph will need to be clearly labeled with the

  • division
  • category
  • last name
  • first name

File names should look as followed.
Example: John Smith, age 11, took picture in Hidalgo county, entering the Mammals category would label file as:

D1_Mammal_Smith_John.jpg



11. JUDGING:
Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Judges include professional nature photographers, photo editors, photography consultants and other experienced in photo selection. All decisions by the judges will be final and binding.
13. BINDING AGREEMENT:
In order to enter the SEPC, Entrant must agree to these Official Rules (“Rules”). Because these Rules form a legally binding agreement with respect to this Contest, please read them carefully. If Entrant does not agree to the Rules, Entrant is not eligible to participate in the SEPC or to win any of the prizes. Entrant agrees that his/her registration as an individual participant under the SEPC constitutes his/her agreement to these Rules.


14. OWNERSHIP & USE OF IMAGES:
Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of the photographs they enter. In addition, entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to all your entered photographs to be used for promotion by the VLF for their purposes, including, but not limited to, production of brochures, promotion of future contests, public relations, advertising, education, books, traveling photo gallery and other media, without compensation.


15. DISQUALIFICATION:
Violation of any of these rules or federal, state or local laws by any photographer will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all prize money.

  • Entry does not follow rules or category guidelines
  • Extremely poor quality (resolution)
  • Photography too small in size to be evaluated
  • Inappropriate or unsuitable
  • Manipulation of photo beyond what is allowed
  • Photo is not the work of the child
  • Broken content rule and/or broken copyright rule

 
16. HOW TO CONTACT US:
Questions and inquiries regarding contest rules or technical matters, including problems uploading photos, can submitted at info@valleylandfund.com or you can call (956) 686-6429.
 

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