ExploreSask Photo Contest
This contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. No entry fee or purchase is required. One major prize ($500 Visa gift card) will be awarded in each of the categories:
The Grand Prize winner, selected from the seven category winners, will receive an additional $500 Visa gift card.
Submitting entries: Submit your photos online at TourismSaskatchewan.com/PhotoContest or on social media (see below). Include the name and address of the photographer, specify the location of each photograph and indicate the category in which you are entering each photograph. Please be aware that Tourism Saskatchewan may place photographs in different categories at its discretion. By digitally submitting your photographs, you are acknowledging that you have read, understand and abide by all contest rules and regulations.
Criteria: Only digital submissions in commonly recognized file formats (.jpg or .png) will be eligible to win. Individuals may submit multiple photographs into each category. Individual photographs cannot be entered in multiple categories. All photographs must have been taken within the province of Saskatchewan prior to the closing date of the contest. While there are no specific timeframe restrictions, photos should not look dated. Some electronic manipulation, such as cropping or adjustments to exposure, tone, colour, exposure etc. is allowed. Techniques such as compositing or any editing that introduces or removes elements from the image are unacceptable. Pictures with watermarks or other embedded script (i.e. logo, signature, location, etc.) will not be accepted. Determination on whether a photo has been overly manipulated will be at the discretion of the judges.
Submitting via social media: Photographers may also participate on Twitter or Instagram by including the appropriate hashtags in the description. Hashtags for each photo category are:
RPAS (drone) photography: In recent years, Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), or “drones,” have become an increasingly popular photographic tool. As of June 1, 2019, Transport Canada requires all drone operators to receive certification. In addition, operation of drones within some airspaces requires advanced certification or permission from relevant authorities. It is the responsibility of the photographer to ensure that all appropriate certifications and permissions have been acquired in advance. Contestants must provide evidence of certification and permissions if requested by Tourism Saskatchewan. For more information on drone operation, visit http://www.tc.gc.ca.
Eligibility: This contest is intended for participation of United States and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec and where otherwise prohibited by law). Entries from outside of the U.S. and Canada are not eligible. The winner must have reached the age of majority in their province or state of residence.
Contest Dates: Entries must be received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. CST on September 16, 2019.
Judging: Photographs will be juried by an external panel. Winning photographs will be selected based on technical skill and photo merit (composition, clarity, creativity and visual impact) and the ability of the images to capture the essence of Saskatchewan and the category theme. Photos should create “a sense of place” and evoke interest in travel to and within Saskatchewan. Images can reflect any season.
Rights: Photographic submissions remain the property of the photographer. Tourism Saskatchewan reserves full usage rights of all entries in perpetuity, without cost, for use in promotional materials in print and online forms. Tourism Saskatchewan reserves the right to showcase photography indefinitely on the website and contest promotional material. Tourism Saskatchewan’s rights shall not include the sale of submitted photographs to other parties or other commercial use. Photo credits will be provided where possible at Tourism Saskatchewan’s discretion.
Photo Releases: Winning entrants must be able to supply a signed release for any identifiable person or persons in the photograph or their guardians, if requested. Failure to provide model release, if requested, will result in disqualification of the entry.
Prizes: Prizes are not transferable and must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions, whether in cash or otherwise, except at the sponsor’s sole discretion. The sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equivalent or greater value if a prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason.
Announcement of Winners: Selection of the winners will be made in October 2019. The names of prize winners, along with the winning photography, will be published on Tourism Saskatchewan’s website following the announcement of winners. Winning photography may also be featured in Tourism Saskatchewan print materials, and may be featured in other media or public events.
Prize Release: By entering this contest, participants consent to the use of their names, images, likenesses and photographs of themselves, without compensation, in any publicity carried out in any media by or on behalf of Tourism Saskatchewan. Unless prohibited by law, within 14 days of receipt thereof, the winners may be required to sign and return the declaration and release form confirming compliance with contest rules and acceptance of prizes, as offered, and acknowledging the non-responsibility of Tourism Saskatchewan in respect to injuries, accidents and misfortune relating to the contest or the awarding of the prize or use of the photography.
Miscellaneous: Employees of Tourism Saskatchewan, its advertising agencies and participating sponsors and their families are excluded from participating in this contest. Entry in the contest is subject to all federal, provincial, state and local laws and regulations. The decisions of the contest organizers are final and binding in all matters related to this contest.