Ts & Cs

 

ELIGIBILITY

The Digital Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open to all professional and amateur photographers who have reached the age of sixteen. Trustees, Board Members, Employees, interns, or partners of Akuma Sports Ltd., as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of employees, are not eligible to enter.

By submitting an entry to the Photo Contest, entrants certify that their participation in this Photo Contest is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act, and that the laws of their governing jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry do not prohibit or restrict the receipt of any Prize under this Photo Contest.

Akuma Sports Ltd. reserves the right to reject any entry if, in Akuma Sports Ltd.’s sole discretion, the laws of an applicable jurisdiction, including but not limited to the entrant’s jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry, would prohibit or limit Akuma Sports Ltd. from proceeding with the Contest as intended or the consideration or awarding of any Prize would impose additional administrative, tax, operational, or legal burdens on Akuma Sports Ltd.

SPONSOR

The Photo Contest is sponsored by Akuma Sports Ltd., St. Micheal’s Stud, Meer End Road, Warwickshire, CV8 1PU (“Sponsor”). This Photo Contest is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

ENTRY PERIOD

The Photo of the Year Contest begins at 12:00am UTC on July 1st, 2017 and ends at 11:59pm UTC on December 31, 2017 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.

The Photo of the Month Contest begins at 12:00am UTC on the 1st of every month and ends at 11:59pm UTC on the final day of each month (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.

 

WHAT TO ENTER

Akuma Sports Ltd. is committed to grassroots sport and the growth of every level of the game. For our 2017 Photo Contest, we’d like to know: “what’s your sport?” What does sport mean to you? Everyone sees sport through a different lens, and we want you to show us your view!

To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit files no larger than 10MB at the time of entry. Higher resolution files of at least 240 dpi/ppi will be requested should an entry be preselected to be awarded a prize or an honourable mention. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png form. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.

Entries should include metadata if at all possible. Caption information should include:

  • Location
  • Team Name
  • City
  • County
  • Country
  • Detailed caption of subject matter

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Akuma Sports Ltd. upon request.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to Akuma Sports Ltd. upon request.

The following submissions are ineligible:

  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law in your jurisdiction. Akuma Sports Ltd. reserves the right to require entrants to submit evidence of the subject’s legal consent to be photographed for the submitted photograph, which may include a signed waiver from the subject.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.
  • Akuma Sports Ltd. shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. 

Submissions may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. A watermarked photo might not be honoured by the competition (at the judges’ sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide a pristine, watermark-free version of the image when asked. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. 

HOW TO ENTER

All images must be submitted though our photo submission email address (photography@akumasports.com), including all required fields; name, email and other information about your photo submission.

You can select an image directly from your computer desktop, or submit images from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for consideration in the contest. Digital images that are sent via mail.

You may enter an unlimited number of times, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as with a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo) anytime on or after July 1st, 2017. 

JUDGING

Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to sport. Judging will be conducted by a panel of Professional Photographers (the “Panel”). The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and pick the following winners in the following categories:

  1. Overall Monthly Winners (3 winners. 1 first prize, 1 runner-up, 1 second runner-up): Your images rise above the rest and encapsulate our brand and grassroots sport in a stunning way.
  2. Overall Winners (3 winners. 1 first prize, 1 runner-up, 1 second runner-up): You’ve nailed it. Your images rise above the rest and encapsulate our brand and grassroots sport in a stunning way.

All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

Akuma Sports Ltd. will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry. 

MAIN JUDGE

Wayne Matthews –Bang the Drum Productions

“Over 25 years experience in video, photography and creative marketing.

Clients ranging from blue chip european corporations to UK local government, NHS, manufacturing and technology sector.

His photography has featured in numerous national and international publications such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Financial Times, National Geographic and The Washington Post.”

You can find more of his work at http://www.bangthedrum.tv/

POTENTIAL WINNER REQUIREMENTS

Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return proof of eligibility, including age, and liability/publicity release within 14 days. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.

PRIZES

Akuma Sports Ltd. will award the following prizes.

One (1) Overall grand prize winner will receive:

  • Sports Photography Experience Package – (An opportunity to join our lead judge on a photography shoot of a sporting event).
  • £250 gift card for Akuma Sports Products.  
  • Lead Placement in Akuma Sports Ltd. 2018 calendar.
  • ‘Photographer of the Year’ Softcore Jacket
  • Mention on Akuma Sports Ltd’s digital presences.

One (1) Overall runner-up winner will receive: 

  • A £50 Akuma Sports gift card
  • Mention on Akuma Sports Ltd’s digital presences.

One (1) Overall second runner-up winner will receive: 

  • A £50 Akuma Sports gift card
  • Mention on Akuma Sports Ltd’s digital presences.


One (1) Monthly prize winner will receive:

  • £50 gift card for Akuma Sports Products.  
  • Placement in Akuma Sports Ltd. 2018 calendar.
  • Mention on Akuma Sports Ltd’s digital presences.

One (1) Overall runner-up winner will receive: 

  • ‘Photo of the Month’ T Shirt
  • Mention on Akuma Sports Ltd’s digital presences.

One (1) Overall second runner-up winner will receive: 

  • ‘Photo of the Month’ T Shirt
  • Mention on Akuma Sports Ltd’s digital presences.

 

QUESTIONS

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to photography@akumasports.com

YOUR RIGHTS

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant Akuma Sports Ltd. a 5 year royalty-free, nonexclusive right to:

Akuma Sports Ltd. will endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to United Kingdom law and regulations and is void where prohibited.

RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorised human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any lawyers’ fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

E-SUPPORTER

When you enter, you will automatically become an e-supporter of Akuma Sports Ltd.. This includes special event invitations, digital messages, text and a monthly e-newsletter. You may cancel and unsubscribe at any time.

PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY

Any information you submit as part of the Photo Contest will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to Sponsor, not to Facebook. Except where prohibited, you consent to Sponsor’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.

DISPUTES

You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Photo Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Photo Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the United Kingdom, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of United Kingdom or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom.

RESULTS

To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request to Akuma Sports Ltd., St. Micheal’s Stud, Meer End Road, Warwickshire, CV8 1PU. Requests must be received by December 31, 2017. 

QUESTIONS

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to photography@akumasports.com.