Our goal with the AquaNerd Picture of the Week contest is to show off gorgeous fish and unique corals, and basically expose people to different types of livestock. The contest is open to everyone who wished to submit an entry. You don’t have to sign up for anything, just send us an email with a picture. See “Guidelines for Submission” and the disclaimer below.
Guidelines for Submission
Only one submission per contest per person will be allowed. Additionally, the picture submitted must be yours. This is very important due to copyright laws. Please only send photographs that you have taken. Also, please remove or do not use any watermarks on the image. We will give you full credit for each of your images used.
The AquaNerd staff must be able to verify that the picture is yours. To help us in verifying your aquarium, you can do a number of things:
- Along with your entry, send us a link to an online aquarium community where the picture is posted. We will attempt to verify through your screen name on the website’s forum.
- Along with your entry, send us a link to a photograph sharing website such as flikr or Photobucket. We will attempt to verify through the contact information provided on the user’s profile.
- If you cannot meet the requirements listed above, please email us and we can discuss other verification methods.
How the Contest Will Work
Once the list of Picture of the Week contestants has been finalized, we will post each image onto a “Picture of the Week Contest” article. Voting will be done via our IntenseDebate comment interface. You simply post your vote as a comment on the article itself. Each person is allowed 1 vote. The IntenseDebate software can track if you have made more than one vote, so please don’t try to change your name to vote multiple times. Any abuse of this policy will result in a forfeiture of all of the votes you made.
In the event of a tie, we will have a tie-breaker vote. This will be a one day vote in which everyone can vote, even those who have previously voted.
If Your Picture Wins
If your photograph wins the contest, we will contact you for your mailing address and will ask for you to provide us with the following information:
- A brief introduction about who you are and/or why you got into the hobby
- What is in the picture (i.e. the species of the fish or invertebrate)
- Type of camera/lens used, along with any special settings
- An optional dedication or “thank you” segment to be made out to anyone
In addition to those items listed above, we would also like to see more of your pictures. This of course is 100% voluntary. The additional pictures may or may not be used in various other articles.
Your personal information will not be sold. However, the sponsor of the program might require some information from you that we may have to provide. In addition, the sponsor might prefer to send the gift card directly to you as opposed to letting AquaNerd do it.
If your picture wins, you cannot re-submit the winning photograph into future Picture of the Week contests, but you are welcome to enter new photographs for future contests.
If Your Photograph Doesn’t Win
If your picture doesn’t win the Picture of the week contest, don’t worry. Your picture will automatically be re-entered into the next Picture of the Week competition. If at any point during the contest you would like to your picture removed, simply email us and we will gladly do so.
AquaNerd and its sponsors reserve the right to terminate the contest or remove any contestant at any time. If it is revealed at any time that the winner of the contest did not create or does not own the picture he or she submitted to the contest, he or she will be immediately disqualified and the second place winner will by default, be named the winner of the contest. Also be aware that by submitting photos to the AquaNerd Picture of the Week contest, you are giving permission to AquaNerd and its staff to use the images for this contest, and any other post or article related to the Picture of the Week program or the AquaNerd blog. You are also allowing AquaNerd to change the format of the image in any way to make it more suitable for its viewers and layout of the website. AquaNerd reserves the right to change any of the content on the “Picture of the Week – Guidelines for Contest Entry” article and any of the rules regarding the contest.