Like many successful Canadian brands, Cottage Life was created from humble beginnings. As new cottage owners, Al Zikovitz and Wendela Roberts were in need of help with the many unique challenges of their recently purchased cottage. They spent an entire summer conjuring up a myriad of content ideas for a high quality publication specifically created for waterfront cottage owners. In April 1988, the first issue of Cottage Life hit the newsstands and was an instant hit with cottage owners of all stripes.
The growth of Cottage Life during the past 26 years has resulted in one of Canada’s most enduring and best-loved brands.
This contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws. Void where prohibited by law.
The decisions of the contest judges with respect to all aspects of this contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal.
Selected winners (or winner’s parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) will be required to sign and return a standard Declaration, Liability and Publicity Release, releasing the Sponsor, prize suppliers, and their respective advertising and promotional agencies, and the contest judges, from any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from this contest, participation in contest related activities, the awarding of a prize, and the use or misuse of any prize.
By entering the contest, selected winners agree to comply with these official contest rules and agree to the publication, reproduction, and/or other use of his/her name, address, voice, statements about the contest, and/or personal photograph or other likeness without further compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by the Sponsor in any manner whatsoever, including print, broadcast, or digital.
The Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies, and the contest judges are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or delayed entries. Without limitation, the Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies, and the contest judges will not be liable for the failure of any entry or Photo to be received.
The Sponsor reserves the right to withdraw or amend this contest in any way, in the event of an error, technical problem, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor that interferes with the proper conduct of this contest as contemplated by these Rules.
Each Photo must be submitted under one of five categories:
- Life at the Cottage—Where friends, family, pets, and the cottage itself are the stars of the photo.
- Landscapes—Any shots in which the land, water, or sky features prominently.
- Wildlife—Photos showcasing cottage-country critters in their natural environments.
- Canada Captured—Shots that portray all things Canadian.
- Best of the West—Your very best shots of Western Canada.
Entries will be rejected if the entry form is not fully completed and the entry is not received by the Submission Deadline.
Entries can be uploaded electronically as jpeg files at cottagelife.com/photocontest. Digital files should be at least 5 megapixels, or 2560 x 1950 pixels; image quality setting: high. Colour correction and tonal cast changes are acceptable; compositional changes, as well as added watermarks or signatures, will result in automatic disqualification. Entries that do not meet technical requirements will be automatically rejected.
If a Photo is chosen as a winner, all original material, including digital capture files, must be made available to Sponsor as a condition of receiving a prize.
A panel of judges appointed by the Sponsor consisting of photo editors and/or professional photographers will judge all Photos submitted on the basis of originality, creativity, technical proficiency, and uniqueness appropriateness, and relevance to the category of submission.
All judging criteria will be weighed equally. In the event of a tie, the Photo with the highest score in creativity will be selected as the winner. In the event of a tie in creativity scores, the winner will be selected by random draw. Photos which are illegal, defamatory, or in any way obscene, all as determined solely by the Sponsor, will be disqualified. Judging will be completed and the winners contacted by October 30, 2016. If you have not been contacted by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a winner.
You must have taken the Photo that you submit for the contest. You will require the consent of all individuals who are included in the Photo and consent from the individuals who own the personal property (i.e. the cottage) featured in the Photo. The submitted Photo must never have been previously published, exhibited publicly, or selected as a winner in any other contest and only amateur photographers are eligible (defined as a person who has never earned more than $1,000 in any year for photography). By entering the Contest, you represent and warrant to Sponsor that the Photo will not violate the rights of any third parties or any applicable laws. All Photos submitted become the property of the Sponsor and/or its affiliates and by entering this Contest, entrant hereby assigns all right, title and interest, including, without limitation, copyright in the Photo and its underlying elements to Sponsor. Entries not complying with these contest rules will be disqualified.
HOW TO ENTER:
No purchase necessary. The Contest begins on May 19, 2016 and ends on September 12, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (Toronto time).
Each entry (each, a “ Photo”) can be entered in one category only. Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the stated maximum number of entries by using multiple/different names, email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that person’s entries and eligibility to win the prize and that participant will be disqualified from the Contest and, at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, any of the Sponsor’s other promotions.
To enter, please click on the "Further official information" below.