About WMA Masters
The WMA Masters is a non-profit photography award aiming to nurture the growth of photography as an art form in Hong Kong, as well as stimulate dialogue and foster community awareness on socially relevant issues of critical importance to Hong Kong.
The organiser of the WMA Masters (formerly known as WYNG Masters Award) is the WYNG Foundation. Employees and trustees of the WYNG Foundation as well as directors and officers of official partners or those professionally directly connected with the promotion of the award are not eligible to enter this competition.
Entry are open to both residents of Hong Kong and other countries. The competition is open to all nationalities. Entries must be submitted by an individual (not via any agency or organisation).
Photographs submitted must adhere to the following criteria -
1. the photographs must be taken in or be related to Hong Kong and
2. the photographs must be related to the subject of the WMA Masters of that cycle.
By entering the competition, you agree to be bound by the rules set out by the WYNG Foundation. All entrants agree to participate in any publicity in connection with this competition as required and to the use of your name and likeness for the purpose of promotion and publicity.
There is no entry fee associated with the WMA Masters.
Each applicant can only enter once in each cycle.Each submission must consist of a series of up to 10 images and captions, Project Statement, Biography and Personal Data. Images uploaded to the competition website must be a minimum of 5 megabytes and not exceed the maximum size of 10 megabytes, in JPEG/JPG format. If your work is voted to the shortlist of finalists, you will be asked to submit a high-resolution version of all images within 7 days of notification.
The entry can be an ongoing project or a completed body of work.
Submissions are accepted from 30 June to 30 September, 2016(23:59 Hong Kong Time GMT + 8:00) and can be made in either English or Chinese, or both languages.
By entering, the photographer acknowledges that the employer, client and/or subject have copyright release or model release giving permission for the image to be published or exhibited in connection with the WMA Masters and that he/she is the author of the work as defined in the Copyright Ordinance of Hong Kong (Cap. 528) and any other relevant local legislation.
Images submitted by the finalists may be displayed on the website or be selected for printing in future publications related to the WMA Masters with proper attribution.
Previous winners of the WMA Masters (formerly known as the WYNG Masters Award) are welcome to submit their works, however they would not be considered for the award 3 years following the receipt of the WMA Masters. They would still however be eligible to be considered a finalist of the WMA Masters. The WYNG Foundation reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any submission it finds to be:
Tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the WMA Masters
- Violating the rules
- Acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person
- Any false or misleading information provided by any entrant
- It is the sole and unfettered discretion of the sponsor to disqualify photographs containing obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
The WYNG Foundation is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the competition offer, official rules, or administration of the WMA Masters. The WYNG Foundation accepts no responsibility for any entries that are lost, delayed, damaged, stolen, misdirected or mislaid. The WYNG Foundation is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, or delay in operations or transmission, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind.
The WYNG Foundation shall not be liable for losses or injuries of any kind resulting from:
- acceptance/possession and/or use/misuse of prize(s)/loss or damage to prize(s) during delivery to the finalists and winner
- participation in the Competition
- individual, joint or collective technical malfunctions of the telephone network and/or transmission line, internet connections, computer equipment, hardware and/or software
- any delay or distortion of an entry resulting from data transmissions that are garbled, incomplete, misdirected, lost, mutilated, delayed, corrupted, mechanically duplicated, illegible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Competition Rules. The WYNG Foundation shall not be liable for damage to your computer (including, without limitation, any server failure or lost, delayed or corrupted data or other malfunction) due, either directly or indirectly, to your participation in the Competition or downloading of information in connection with the Competition. WYNG Foundation reserves the right to modify or cancel the Competition in the event that any portion of any website used to administer any aspect of the Competition becomes technically corrupted.
By submitting an entry into the competition, you warrant to the WYNG Foundation that the entry is wholly original to you and not wholly or substantially copied from any other material and that the entry does not defame, cause injury to or invade the privacy of or otherwise infringe or violate any statutory, common law, regulatory or intellectual property rights of any third party. You agree to fully indemnify The WYNG Foundation and any of the official partners of the WYNG Foundation relating to the WYNG Masters Award in respect of all royalties, fees and other monies owing to any person by reason of your breaching this rule.
All finalists for the WMA Masters would be required to sign a separate exhibition agreement to the terms and conditions.
Applicants have the right to review, rectify, or cancel any personal data held by the WYNG Foundation and any of the official partners, sponsors or associates by writing to the WYNG Foundation.
WYNG Foundation collects personal and biographical information from applicants submitting their work on our website which is stored on our web server. The information is used only by WYNG Foundation for the purpose of the competition and for contacting applicants. The public does not have access to this database. Once an applicant is selected as a finalist, professional e-mail and website addresses may be made available to the public with the applicant’s approval.
In light of the new provisions in the Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012 on the use of personal data for direct marketing purposes have come into force since 1 April 2013, the WYNG Foundation would ensure that all those who have signed on are well informed of the WMA Masters’ latest news and/or events and activities, the organiser would continue to use email addresses provided for sending information regarding the WMA Masters’ activities (including contests, seminars, workshops or other events organised or co-organised by the WMA Masters), invitations, news and other relevant communications.
Personal data collected will not be transferred, sold, traded or rented in any form or through any means to other parties. Upon request at any time, the WMA Masters would cease to use one's personal data. Participants may opt-out from receiving the organiser’s communications or request to access and correct personal data at any time with an email to email@example.com
Winners and finalists are responsible for ensuring they comply with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements and the organiser will not be responsible for any taxes incurred for the award.
WMA Masters rules are governed by Hong Kong law. Any disputes arising between the WYNG Foundation and any third party in relation to these competition rules and or competition shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Hong Kong SAR.
Under no circumstances shall the submission of an entry into WMA Masters, the awarding of the award, or anything in these Rules be construed as an offer or contract of employment with either WYNG Foundation or the award entities. You acknowledge that you have submitted your Photographs voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. You acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between you and WYNG Foundation or the award entities and that no such relationship is established by your submission of Photographs under these Terms and Conditions.
WYNG Foundation acknowledges that the information is correct at the time of publication – the WYNG Foundation reserves the right to amend any of the above without notice. If there are differences between the English and Chinese versions of the Terms and Conditions and other texts on the competition website referring to the competition rules and regulations, the English version of the Terms and Conditions shall prevail.
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