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Photo competition "2018 Australian Weather Calendar"

Deadline:

March 31, 2017

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If your photo is selected it will be hanging in around 70 000 homes and offices around Australia and across the world.

Submit your vision of Australia’s diverse weather to the Australian Weather Calendar photo competition, and your image could feature in Australia’s bestselling weather calendar! 

We welcome all photographs showcasing the drama and beauty of Australian weather. The judges will be on the lookout for photos that capture weather in a unique, spectacular or visually appealing manner. Previous winning images have shown the rich diversity of Australian weather in a huge variety of ways—including creative interpretations of frost, lightning, rainbows, sunshine, clouds, rain, wind, snow and ice.

How to enter

  1. Take a striking, authentic weather image that meets the conditions of entry below.
  2. Use an entry form
  3. Send a print by post, unless you have prearranged electronic submission.
  4. Post your entry form and photo/s to arrive by the end of March, when the competition closes.

    Australian Weather Calendar Competition
    Bureau of Meteorology
    GPO Box 1289
    MELBOURNE VIC 3001

Conditions of Entry

  1. The 'Bureau' means the Bureau of Meteorology (ABN 92 637 533 532) of 700 Collins Street, Docklands, Victoria 3001. Subject to any laws governing this competition, any decision of the Bureau about this competition is final.
  2. Information on how to enter forms part of these Conditions of Entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these Conditions of Entry. If you do not agree with any part of these Conditions of Entry you should not enter the competition.
  3. You are only eligible to enter this competition if you:
    1. are aged 18 years or older, or are under 18 but have parent or guardian consent to enter; and
    2. have exclusive intellectual property rights (including copyright ownership) in relation to the photograph(s) submitted in your entry.
  4. By entering this competition, you warrant to the Bureau that you are eligible to enter this competition based on these Conditions of Entry.
  5. Each year, the competition starts on 1 July and ends at 5.00 pm (AEDT) on 31 March (Promotion Period). Entries will only be accepted if they are received during the Promotion Period in any given year (including entries submitted as part of a previous Australian Weather Calendar competition for which the Bureau has received permission to retain and consider in subsequent years).
  6. To enter this competition, you must fill out the entry form downloadable here in full and mail your completed entry form together with your photograph(s) to the address below:
    Australian Weather Calendar competition
    Bureau of Meteorology
    GPO Box 1289
    Melbourne Victoria 3001
  7. The Bureau does not accept any responsibility for lost, late or incomplete entries, all of which will be ineligible.
  8. There is no fee payable to the Bureau to enter this competition.
  9. A single entry form can be used to submit multiple photographs. Entry forms must be legible and complete, otherwise they may be considered ineligible.
  10. High-quality prints of photographs should be submitted, as the winning photographs will be reproduced in A3 size.
  11. There is no restriction on when a photograph was taken.
  12. Employees of the Bureau are eligible to enter the competition.
  13. All entries must meet the requirements set out in these Conditions of Entry. Entries that do not meet these requirements may not be accepted or considered for judging. The Bureau may determine in its discretion whether each entry meets the requirements. The following types of entries will not be accepted:
    1. Entries that contravene any law, infringe the rights of any person or are obscene, offensive, potentially defamatory, discriminatory, indecent or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate (this includes, any content involving nudity, malice, excessive violence or swearing);
    2. Entries that violate another person's copyright or intellectual property rights;
    3. Entries that condone or promote illegal activity;
    4. Entries that are misleading, fraudulent or deceptive;
    5. Entries that include language or imagery that is discriminatory, rude or harassing;
    6. Entries that are spam or intended to cause technical disruptions to email servers;
    7. Entries that are considered by the Bureau to be potentially distressing, such as photos of natural disasters or sacred sites;
    8. Entries that communicate a potentially objectionable or inappropriate advertisement or message;
    9. Entries that have already been used in a previous version of the Australian Weather Calendar;
    10. Entries that are currently used in a competing publication;
    11. Entries that are considered by the Bureau to:
      1. be digitally enhanced, altered or manipulated (including via the use of filters and digital software); or
      2. involve combining, adding or removing elements in an image.
  14. Judicious use of dodging and burning may be acceptable if the Bureau believes that the photographer's objective was to adjust the tonal range of an image so that it more closely resembles what the photographer saw. Similarly, minor adjustments such as cropping, adjustments to brightness, contrast, sharpening and colour balance may also be acceptable. Any adjustments or changes to the photograph must be itemized and listed on your entry form. Failure to list adjustments or changes may result in your entry being disqualified.
  15. Photographs in which a person can be clearly identified may be ineligible unless the entrant can produce evidence to the Bureau's satisfaction that the person has provided their written consent for the image to be used in this competition. In the case of a minor, consent must be provided in writing by their parent or guardian. The Bureau may request to inspect the written consent and may request any additional documentation (including a statutory declaration) be signed to satisfy the Bureau that appropriate consent has been obtained. The Bureau reserves the right to reject any photograph(s) at all times notwithstanding that consent has been obtained.
  16. Photographs submitted to the competition must be of a high quality, as assessed by the Bureau. Photographs should be of an appropriate quality to be reproduced in A3 size.
  17. In the final stage of judging, the Bureau will request the original, minimally processed form of each photo—e.g. a 'raw' digital image file, photographic negative or transparency—for review. If you are unable to produce a minimally processed form of a photo, then your entry may be disqualified.

Contacts:

  • Calendar Competition Officer: (03) 9669 4564
  • calendarvic@bom.gov.au.

 For more information click "Further Official Information" below.

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