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 eighth day of each month and ends at 11:59pm on the last day of the same month.

  • ENTRY METHODS:

    • WEBSITE ENTRY (Preferred): Visit potography.com, our Facebook page, or our Instagram @potographymedia and follow the link to our Active Contest page. On the Active Contest page, you’ll see a “Submit Entry” button in the Gallery Toolbar. Contestants must register for an account on potography.com in order to gain access to the photo submission form.

      Please note: The Submit Entry button is only visible to users who have an account with potography.com and are logged in during an active Entry Period. The button will only be visible to logged in users when the Entry Period is active (during the first 3 weeks of the month, unless otherwise specified).

    • INSTAGRAM ENTRY: Post your photo on Instagram and enter the contest by using the hashtag #potographycontest and tagging @potographymedia along with 3 friends who you’d like to join the contest. We’ll pull your photo(s) from IG and add them to the active contest with attribution to your Instagram profile.

      In your Contest Entry post, you can give each of your photos a name and specify your real name and/or business name if you’d like this information to display in the contest gallery. If you have an account with us and submit via the website, you’ll be able to add this information directly via the upload form.

      Please note: Entries must be posted to Instagram 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. Photos posted outside the Entry Period will not be added to the current contest and will not be automatically added to 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.

      Also: By tagging @potographymedia and including the hashtag #potographycontest, you are granting Potography.com non-exclusive rights to publish photos associated with said tags on our website and to use those photos for contest and marketing purposes only. This includes displaying the photos on our website, on our social media profiles, and in our print marketing materials. We will never take credit for your work or sell your art without your consent and without ensuring you get paid.

      Final note: Posting directly to Instagram is easy and gives your existing audience a direct line to vote for you, but occasionally we may ask that you use our online form and/or submit a high resolution version of the photo to [email protected] (please follow email entry guidelines below). We’ll only ask that you do this if our contest platform fails to display your image or displays your image improperly. This rarely happens but we want to let you know that it is possible and can sometimes be out of our immediate control. If you experience this issue, please let us know by reaching out to [email protected] and we’ll do whatever we can to make sure your entries look amazing!

    • EMAIL ENTRY: Email your photo 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 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.ENTRY METHODS: There are three (3) ways to enter our monthly photo contest:

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.

  • VOTING: Users are eligible to vote three (3) times per contest. Users do not need to be registered or logged in to vote. Any user may vote by clicking/tapping the “heart” icon associated with an image. If the icon does not trigger a vote, that means the Voting Period is not yet active or has ended. If you’re having trouble submitting a vote and you’re sure the Voting Period is live, please email us at [email protected]. Voters must verify that they’ve read our Privacy Policy before submitting votes. Users may not vote for the same image more than once. Users may vote for three different images (one vote per image, per user, up to three votes total). Competitors may vote for their own images, though we encourage you to explore other artists’ entries.

  • 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 four times. If an entry places in second or third more than four 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.

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.

    • Third Place: Third place winners receive a set of ten Potography Postcards (100% recycled paper) and three (3) 4″ x 6″ HEMP prints featuring their winning photo.

    • Second Place: In addition to the prizes awarded for third place, second place winners will receive an 8.5” x 11” (or similar size) HEMP Print featuring their winning photo.

    • First Place: First place winners will receive:

      • Set of (3) 4″ x 6″ HEMP prints featuring your winning image
      • One (1) 8.5” x 11” (or similar size) HEMP Print of our choice
      • One (1) 8.5″ x 11″ HEMP Print featuring your winning image

    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. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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.

Thank you!

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