Who can/cannot enter
2 Macular Disease Foundation Australia (“Promoter”) employees and board directors, the Promoter’s agencies and contractors involved in administering this competition and judges of the mEYE World Photographic Competition, and each of their immediate families are not permitted to enter the competition (“Ineligible Entrants”). Immediate family means parents, siblings, partners, children and grandparents.
3 The competition categories are: Open – General Public category; Macular Disease Community category; Healthcare Professional category; and Junior category. Entry to all categories in this competition (other than entry to the Junior category of this competition) is open to Australian residents who are 18 years and over, except Ineligible Entrants. For the avoidance of doubt, entry is open to employees and family members of the Promoter’s sponsors and supporters who otherwise meet the requirements of this clause 3.
4 Entry to the Open – General Public category is open to all entrants who meet the requirements of clause 3.
5 Entry to the Macular Disease Community category is restricted to people who have macular disease and their family, friends and carers who are not excluded by another clause in these Terms and Conditions.
6 Entry to the Healthcare Professional category is restricted to people who work as a healthcare professional, including optometrists, ophthalmologists, general practitioners, complementary healthcare workers, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy assistants who are not excluded by another clause in these Terms and Conditions.
7 Entry to the Junior category of this competition is open to Australian residents who are under the age of 18 as at 18 October 2016, except Ineligible Entrants.
8 All entries in the Junior category must have permission from a parent or guardian to submit a valid entry for the competition as indicated in the entry form. Entries in the Junior category are only valid if a Parental Consent Form is completed and submitted with entry or via email (scanned), fax or post.
9 The competition commences at 09.00 AEST on Tuesday 30 August 2016 and closes at 17.00 AEDT on Tuesday 18 October 2016 (“Competition Period”).
Entry forms and requirements
10 To enter, individuals must complete an entry form available online at www.meyephotocomp.com.au during the Competition Period. Entries must include a photograph taken by the entrant and 30-60 words that explain how that photograph captures the competition theme 'See My World'. There are four categories and individuals must tick the box corresponding to the category being entered on the entry form. Entrants must only submit an entry in categories that they are eligible to enter, in accordance with clauses 4, 5, 6 and 7.
11 Entrants must submit the photograph required under clause 10 as a digital JPEG file. Images must be a minimum size of 1MB and a maximum size of 6MB. Images that sit outside of the sizes noted will not be automatically disqualified. It will be at the judge's discretion as to whether they are accepted or declined based on the judging criteria.
12 Incomplete or illegible entries will be deemed invalid.
13 Entries may not be digitally enhanced or manipulated in any way (including Instagram filters). The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of macular disease and highlight just how precious our sight is. This clause is designed to encourage entrants to capture a real image from their world. The clause is not directed towards cropping photos or making other minor adjustments such as to the colour, brightness or contrast of photos. It will be at the judge's discretion as to whether they are accepted or declined.
14 All entries must be the original work of the author and factually accurate, to the best of the entrant’s knowledge.
15 Photographs entered in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 competition are not permitted to be entered into the 2016 competition or future years and any such entry shall be deemed invalid.
16 The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and place of residence) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or who tampers with the entry process. Errors and omissions may be accepted at the Promoter’s discretion. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
17 The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify an entry if the content is deemed inappropriate and not in accordance with the Promoter’s values which include respect, compassion, integrity and competency.
18 A maximum of five entries per category, per person, will be accepted. Each entry must be submitted on a separate entry form, and for entries in the Junior category, a separate parental consent form must also be submitted for each entry. If additional entries are submitted, only the first five entries are eligible for judging. Entries are judged individually based on their merits according to the criteria set out in clause 19, not the number of entries received. It is possible for the same person to win more than one category but it is not possible for the same photograph to win more than one category.
19 This competition is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected by the Promoter, via teleconference arranged by the Promoter from Suite 902, Level 9, 447 Kent Street, Sydney on Wednesday 2 November 2016. Judging will be based on the entry’s creativity, composition, content and technique.
20 The entrant who submits the best entry across all four categories, as determined by the judges, will win the grand finalist prize (“grand finalist”). In addition, the entrant who submits the best entry in each category, as determined by the judges, will each receive a prize (together the “finalists”). The grand finalist will win the grand finalist prize and the finalists will each win the prize for the relevant category in which his or her entry was submitted. The two entrants who submit the next two best entries in each category, as determined by the judges, will each win a prize (together the “runners up”). There are a total of 8 runners up. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
21 The grand finalist, finalists and runners up will all be notified in writing either via post or email by 17.00 AEDT on Friday 11 November 2016. The names of the prize winners will be published on www.meyephotocomp.com.au on 14 November 2016.
22 Any images submitted are subject to review and acceptance by Macular Disease Foundation Australia in its absolute discretion. All images are subject to all applicable Australian and international laws regarding, but not limited to, child pornography, child abuse, and obscene or pornographic material. Further, entrants that upload a photograph in accordance with clause 10 must adhere to the following conditions:
a) by submitting a photograph, entrants agree to the photograph being made available for public viewing;
b) any person depicted in a photograph submitted must be decently dressed and presented;
c) all photographs are subject to the approval of the Promoter. The Promoter reserves the right to vet all entries and reserves the right to remove any entries at any time in its absolute discretion. However, the Promoter is not responsible for any photographs displayed on the website and visitors to the website view it at their own risk;
d) entrants must own the copyright in the photograph submitted or be entitled and have permission to use the photograph in the manner contemplated by these terms, including the use of the photograph for promotional purposed in accordance with clause 34; and
e) if an entrant uploads a photograph of a child, the entrant must either be the parent or legal guardian of the child depicted in the photograph or must have permission of all parents or legal guardians of any other children depicted.
Other legal terms
32 The judges’ decision is final and binding - no correspondence will be entered into. If this competition is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the competition, as appropriate.
33 Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter (including its officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence) for any personal injury or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity) whether direct, indirect or consequential, arising in any way out of the competition, including, but not limited to, where arising out of the following: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (f) use of the prize.
35 Entrants confirm and promise that their entry is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party. By submitting an entry to the mEYE World Photographic Competition the entrant retains ownership of the image. Further, entrants agree that the Promoter has an unrestricted, irrevocable, transferable, divisible right and license to use, modify and reproduce their entry for the purposes of the Promoter’s business and without the payment of any further fee or compensation, including to produce a calendar using the images, as part of a gallery of photographs at events, conferences or exhibitions and as part of an online gallery of competition entries and for other purposes support the Promoter’s endeavours to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia. All proceeds from the sale of calendars will go to Macular Disease Foundation Australia. The Promoter agrees to attribute the entrant as the photographer in all instances.
36 Where the photograph entry contains people/persons that may be identifiable it is the photographers’ responsibility to ensure that appropriate consent is acquired before entering the competition.
37 The Promoter is:
Macular Disease Foundation Australia
Suite 902, 447 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 02 9261 8900
Fax: 02 9261 8912
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