Enter HAF's 2018 Photo Competition: The Hindu American Experience

Calling all photographers! The Hindu American Foundation wants your best shot!

Whether you have your camera strapped on as a career or a hobby, HAF is looking for your best photographs that capture the Who, What, Where, and How of the Hindu American Experience and give a sense of what the continuation of our ancient tradition looks like in America.

15 winning entries will be part of a first-of-its-kind exhibition on Capitol Hill during HAF’s annual Advocacy Forum Gala. One of the 15 will be awarded the HAF Choice prize selected by HAF’s panel of judges and one will be awarded the Community’s Choice prize, by you guessed it...community vote. The remaining will be featured on HAF’s social media accounts or other social media pages.

Photo entries will be judged on artistic merit as well as originality, creativity, and contemporary significance.

ENTRY DEADLINE

The contest begins on March 2, 2018. All entries must be received by HAF by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on May 18, 2018.

HOW TO ENTER

Please submit photos using this form: The Hindu American Experience Photo Contest Submission Form. You may also submit photographs and requested information to photos@hafsite.org.

You may submit no more than 3 photographs. In order to be displayed on our website or social media pages, photographs must be submitted as a JPEG, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. Mobile photographs must be submitted at their highest resolution.

HAF reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries.

CONTEST RULES

  1. Competition is open to everyone. HAF Board, Staff, or National Leadership Council members and their immediate family members, however, are not eligible.
  2. Photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2013.
  3. Entrant may submit up to 3 entries.
  4. Each entry must include a title and a short description.
  5. Normal photographic process adjustments such as cropping, exposure adjustment, color corrections, sharpness fine-tuning, and noise reduction will be accepted. Black and white conversion and its process will also be accepted. Entries that are digital art, or digital alterations beyond the normal photographic process will NOT be accepted.
  6. HAF has the sole right to refuse any entry that it deems inappropriate.
  7. Entrant must obtain all necessary releases from minor models. A SAMPLE MODEL RELEASE IS AVAILABLE BELOW.
  8. Entrant must obtain all necessary releases from any individual having rights to a work appearing in the entry. Works include, but are not limited to, paintings, sculptures, or other copyrighted work. Full frame photographs of another person's work will not be accepted. The work may only be an object in the overall scene of the photograph. A SAMPLE ART RELEASE IS AVAILABLE BELOW.
  9. Entrant warrants that he or she alone created the submitted entry or if there are collaborators, they are also named.
  10. Submissions of an entry to this competition implies acceptance of all above stated conditions.

PRIZES

HAF will select 15 finalists to be exhibited at HAF’s Advocacy Forum Gala Celebrating 15 Years of Advocacy on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Prints of the 15 winning entries may also be entered into an auction with proceeds benefiting HAF’s advocacy work. The finalists will be notified of their status by the end of May 2018. All entries will appear on HAF’s social media accounts page over the remainder of 2018.

The HAF will notify the winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry.

Finalists will be asked to submit an original, unedited digital file. HAF reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to submit, within five business days of request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 3,000 pixels on the longest side or an original photo negative, print or slide.

Please do not contact HAF about the status of entries or judging. Photo entries will be judged on artistic merit as well as originality, creativity, and contemporary significance.

HAF CHOICE WINNER

HAF will also select one grand prize winner from the top 15 winning entries. The HAF Choice Winner will also be revealed online in July 2018 and receive a prize of $250. Winner will be responsible for paying any fees or taxes they may owe on a prize.

COMMUNITY'S CHOICE WINNER

HAF will also host an online Community’s Choice competition. The 15 winning entries will automatically be entered for public vote. The Community’s Choice winner will be revealed online in July 2018 and receive a prize of $150. Winner will be responsible for paying any fees or taxes they may owe on a prize.

THE FINE PRINT

Entrants retain rights to their photograph; however, by entering the contest, entrants grant the HAF (and those authorized by the HAF) a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any HAF purpose, including, but not limited to, its website and social media pages, exhibition, and print materials, including but not limited to HAF publications. Winning entries may be entered into an auction with proceeds benefiting HAF’s advocacy work. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. HAF will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

All entrants hold HAF and their respective directors, employees, interns, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control.

HAF may collect a photograph’s metadata upon entry.

Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. HAF reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, HAF reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. HAF reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

DECISIONS OF THE HAF ARE FINAL AND BINDING.

 

SAMPLE MINOR MODEL RELEASE

The Hindu American Experience Photo Contest

MODEL RELEASE I understand that my child(ren) appear in a photograph or photographs taken by _____________________________, and I give ____________________________ permission to use their name and that photographic likeness in his or her entry to Hindu American Foundation’s (HAF) Photo Contest. I also hereby give the HAF (and those authorized by the HAF) a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of that entry (including their name and photographic likeness), in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any HAF purpose, including, but not limited to, its website, exhibition, and print matierals, including but not limited to HAF publications. I understand that I shall not receive any compensation for these uses and that HAF is under no obligation to use the entry in any way.

I, _______________________________, am the parent/legal guardian of the individual named above, I have read this release and approve of its terms.

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SAMPLE ART RELEASE

I, the undersigned, own the rights in the ___________________________ (the "Work") that is depicted in a photograph or photographs taken by ________________________.

I give _______________________ permission to use my Work in his or her entry to the Hindu American Foundation’s (HAF) Photo Contest. I give HAF (and those authorized by the HAF) a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of that entry, including the depiction of my Work, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any HAF purpose, including, but not limited to, its website and social media pages, exhibition, and print materials, including but not limited to HAF publications.

I understand that I shall not receive any compensation for these uses and that HAF is under no obligation to use the entry in any way.

I waive any claim or right of action arising out of the uses authorized in this release.

Print Name:

Address:

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