Photo Contest Rules and Prizes
PHOTO CONTEST RULES:
- ELIGIBLE CONTESTANTS: The Potography Monthly Photo Contest is intended for professional and hobbyist photographers focusing on cannabis-related imagery. We don’t care what camera you use or if you have a (hemp) business card; we just want to see cool photos. Users must create a free account with potography.com in order to log in and submit entries to our photo contests. By registering for a free account and participating in our photo contest, you are verifying that you have read and agree to the site Terms and Conditions.
- ELIGIBLE PHOTOS: We don’t require photos that feature the cannabis plant or any cannabis use, but we do encourage you to submit photos highlighting the beauty of the plant and the people and art it inspires. This means bud shots, hemp farms, landscapes, farmers, growers, glass art, and any work of art directly inspired by cannabis. We reserve the right to deny submissions that fail to demonstrate a connection to cannabis-inspired art.
- DURATION: Unless otherwise specified, each month’s contest begins at 12:00am EST on the first day of the month and ends at 11:59pm EST on the last day of the same month. Winners for the previous month’s contest will be announced automatically on the contest page and publicly by the Potography Team within the first four (4) days of each month (we typically announce winners via Instagram and email on the first day of the month and no later than the first business day).
- ENTRY PERIOD: The entry period for each contest begins at 12:00am EST on the first day of the month and ends at 11:59pm EST on the 21st day of the same month.
- VOTING PERIOD: The voting period for each contest begins at 12:00am on the twenty-second (22nd) day of each month and ends at 11:59pm on the last day of the same month.
- ENTRY METHODS AND INSTRUCTIONS:
- WEBSITE ENTRY (Preferred):
1) Visit potography.com, our Facebook page, or our Instagram @potographymedia and follow the link to our Active Contest Page.
3) On the Active Contest page, you’ll find our Contest Gallery. Locate the Gallery Toolbar (black bar above gallery).
4) On the Gallery Toolbar, you’ll see a “Submit Entry” tab. Click the tab to reveal the Entry Form. Complete the form to submit your entries.
Please Note: Users must register for an account on potography.com and be logged in to gain access to the photo submission form.
Reminder: The Submit Entry tab is only visible during an active Entry Period (during the first 3 weeks of the month, unless otherwise specified).
EMAIL ENTRY (Backup): In the event that you are unable to submit entries directly to the contest gallery, you may submit entries via email. To enter via email, send your full-resolution photo(s) to [email protected] with the following subject line (filled in with your information): “Contest Entry for [MONTH-YEAR], [NAME].”
Email entries must be submitted during the Entry Period (before 12:00 a.m. EST on the 22nd day of the month) in order to be accepted to the contest. Please be sure each file is labeled with the name of the photo. This information will be displayed in the gallery as a caption and will be entered exactly as it appears in your email submission.
Please note: Email entries received outside the Entry Period will not be added to the Active Contest and will not be automatically uploaded to any future contests. To re-submit entries submitted outside the active Entry Period, you must re-upload your entries via the website, email, or Instagram during an active Entry Period.
Potography.com reserves the right to remove or disqualify photos from the entry pool at our discretion. If your photo was removed and you aren’t sure why, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will be happy to explain our reasoning.
- WEBSITE ENTRY (Preferred):
- Earn Votes by Sharing (Added September 2020): Contestants can secure a fixed number of votes on each entry by performing a few simple actions on Instagram. In total, each contestant can earn 24 additional votes, or 8 extra votes per entry. You’ll find the requirements below.
Earn Votes on Instagram
To earn votes by sharing on Instagram, please do one or all of the following:
1) Share your entries in an Instagram post and tag @potographymedia in the caption. You will earn three (3) votes per entry, or up to 9 votes total for this single action. This post must be made DURING the entry period.
2) Tag a friend or photographer who you think should enter the contest. You will earn two (2) additional votes per entry for this single action (up to 6 votes total). This action can be combined with the action above, or it can be a separate post. Either way, you must tag @potographymedia in the caption of the post, and the post must be made DURING an active entry period.
3) Tag 3 friends who you’d like to vote in the contest, and tag @potographymedia in the same post. This post must be made DURING an active voting period. It cannot be the same post as the above one or two posts. You will earn one (1) vote per entry for each friend you tag (up to 9 votes total).
Please note, actions will earn partial votes if not completed in full. For example, if you only tag 1 friend in your voting period post (number 3 above), you’ll still earn 1 vote per entry for tagging that one friend. But if you tag 3 friends, you’ll get 3 votes per entry.
- SELECTING WINNERS: The photo which accumulates the highest number of votes in a single contest will be the winner for that contest and may not be entered into another Potography Monthly Photo Contest. If there is a tie, Potography will appoint a Judging Panel to select the winners.
The second and third highest scoring photos will be featured as second and third place winners. Second and third place winning photos will remain eligible for future Potography Monthly Photo Contests unless and until the photo places in second or third more than two times. If an entry places in second or third more than two times, that photo may not be entered into any more Potography Monthly Photo Contests. Instead, it will be forever featured on potography.com as an Honorary Winner.
Potography.com reserves the right to remove or disqualify votes from the voting log at our discretion. If your photo received less votes than expected and you aren’t sure why, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will be happy to explain our reasoning. We will only alter votes we believe to be fraudulent, or that fail to align with other provisions of our rules.
PHOTO CONTEST PRIZES:
- PRIZES & REWARDS:
- Voters: We’re working on something fun for our voters! In the meantime, prizes will be granted to first, second, and third place winners.
- 3rd place: One 4” x 6” (or 4” x 4” square) hemp print featuring the 3rd place winner’s photo, and a random assortment of Photography swag (cards, gift wrap, etc.). Total value: $15+
- 2nd place: Everything from the 3rd place prize pack, plus one 5” x 7” hemp print featuring the 2nd place winner’s photo. Total value: $25+
- 1st place: Everything from the 2nd place prize pack, plus one 8.5” x 11” hemp print featuring the 1st place winner’s photo. Total value: $50+
- All prizes subject to availability. We do our best to keep prize items in stock at all times. If an item is not available when winners are declared, we’ll contact the winners to let them know and it will be their choice to either wait for our inventory to be replenished or to choose another prize offered by Potography (we’ll provide alternative options based on what’s available, if not otherwise specified). Potography reserves the right to change prizes at any time.
- Potography.com reserves the right to remove or disqualify photos from the entry pool at any time and at our sole discretion. If your photo was removed and you aren’t sure why, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will be happy to explain our reasoning.
- Please BE PROFESSIONAL, and refrain from submitting inappropriate or offensive photos. Any photos deemed inappropriate and/or offensive will be disqualified.
- THREE (3) winners will be chosen each month (first, second, and third place)
- Each contestant may submit up to three (3) photos for each monthly contest. Any additional photos submitted will not be added to the contest. Additional photos may be submitted in future contests.
- If your photo doesn’t win, it’s still eligible for future Potography Monthly Photo Contests. Don’t give up! Re-enter your photos each month for another chance to win.
- Max photo submission size is 8MB (8192KB). There are no minimum size requirements for photo submissions; however, we do ask that you submit your photos at the highest resolution available to you. We recommend sRGB files with a resolution of 300dpi or higher. Better quality photos have a better chance at winning votes, and if we need to print the image for your prize, this helps us avoid the need to request another file from you.
- We reserve the right to disqualify photos that do not meet our quality standards or that violate the photo contest rules. If you think your entry was removed or denied by mistake, please reach out at [email protected]
- By entering the Potography Monthly Photo Contest, you agree to grant Potography.com permissions and rights to use the submitted image indefinitely on any page at potography.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and any other media channels, and in any and all online or print marketing materials, except those intended for commercial sale, so long as proper attribution is given in each instance of use. If you have any questions relating to copyright, licensing, or attribution, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
Additional note: If you submit a great photo, we want to show it off! You will always retain ownership of your photos, and if we want to commercialize the photo in any way (by printing it on our hemp paper, clothing items, etc.), we’ll be sure to get your permission first and make sure you get paid! We want this platform to help artists, not set them back. Please remember to include attribution information for any content you submit to our contests.
- Photo Rights: The photo you submit must be yours or you must have proof that you’ve been granted the rights to the photo. Submitting a photo that you do not have the rights to is not allowed and can lead to disqualification from all future contests. You must also have full permission of any recognizable persons appearing in the photograph to be able to grant McBlaze Media, LLC (DBA Potography) the express right to display the photo online and/or in printed material. If you submit a photo, Potography may at its discretion (and at any time thereafter) request that you submit a simple Model Release for any recognizable person(s) in the photo. If you can’t provide the release for all recognizable subjects in the photo, we will unfortunately have to disqualify the photo and/or choose a new winner.
- IMPORTANT: Whether you are consuming or possessing cannabis or not, we always ask that you be as safe as possible. This means double and triple checking cannabis possession and consumption laws in places where you will be taking photos and ensuring you’re not documenting activity that could incriminate yourself or anyone else. Please ensure you have proper authorization to tour dispensaries, extraction labs, grow facilities, etc., so that nobody’s licenses are put at risk.
- Finally, please remember that some forms of cannabis are still illegal under federal law, even in states with legal cannabis programs.
- It is the user’s responsibility to know the laws in their jurisdiction and to ensure their use of potography.com does not violate any laws they may be subject to following or cause damage to any third parties.
- Potography reserves the right to disqualify any entries that promote illegal and/or blatantly unsafe use of cannabis products.
- Finally, Potography maintains the strong belief that cannabis prohibition is one of the most unjust policies ever adopted by governments around the world. Potography strongly supports the complete erasure of all cannabis-related crimes from US law and the laws of other nations. We believe cannabis, in all its forms, is good, and that the only cannabis criminals are those who seek to keep it from their fellow humans through prohibition, regulatory capture, or any other legal or illegal means.
None of the pictures submitted or chosen as winners are intended to be official endorsements by Potography, nor do they serve to modify or negate any of our recommendations. Please help us keep this photo contest from turning into another cannabis industry d*ck-measuring contest!
Potography.com reserves the right to modify these photo contest rules at any time to make sure the contest is run fairly and efficiently for all parties. We’ll let our community know whenever we make any important changes.