2024 “Adventures in Nature” Student Photography Contest Rules

Authorized Parties are Arizona Highways Magazine, 2039 W. Lewis Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85009, USA; and The Nature Conservancy, 1819 E. Morten Ave., #100, Highway, Phoenix, Arizona, 85020, USA; and media partner, Gray Media Group, Inc., 4370 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319, United States. ("Co-sponsors").

The 2024 Adventures in Nature Student Photography Contest (the “Contest”) begins March 1, 2024, at 12 p.m. and ends April 5, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Information on content, how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.

The Contest is open only to amateur, student photographers between the ages of 13 and 18 with parents’ permission. Employees of Arizona Highways and its subsidiaries and affiliates, or of The Nature Conservancy or Gray Media Group and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible.

This Contest is only for images made in Arizona.

For help and guidelines on how to prepare images for submission, please follow this link.

Each entry consists of an entry form and a single image. To enter, visit https://www.arizonahighways.com/photography/photo-contest; complete an entry form with the required information, including your name as you want it to appear if you win, mailing address, two telephone numbers, email address, social media handles and photo caption naming the location where the photo was taken; and submit along with your photograph in accordance with the instructions that follow.

There is a limit of two photographs per student. Each entry must comply with the following requirements (the "Photograph Requirements"):

  • Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files entered should be about 5-25 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).
  • Minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable. Hand tinting is acceptable, as is cropping. Fish-eye lenses are acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDR) are acceptable only if the combined parts are all made around the same time. Any changes to the original Photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the Photograph ineligible for a prize.
  • The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.
  • The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • The photograph must not contain a watermark, copyright symbol, date or other markings.
  • The photograph must not have been previously published in a print publication available in Arizona.

Entries will be judged separately, in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. All entries must be submitted and received by April 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Sponsor reserves the right to examine the original photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules. The original must be available on request and suitable for printing at 300 dpi, 9x12.

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation.

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

By submitting a photo or photos to the Adventures in Nature Student Photography Contest, you grant The Nature Conservancy and its related entities such as affiliates and subsidiaries a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive right in perpetuity to use the photograph submitted for any purpose, including but not limited to:

  • Display of the photograph on any website owned or related to The Nature Conservancy, Arizona Highways and Gray Media Group.
  • Allowing third-parties, including but not limited to The Nature Conservancy media partners and individuals, to share the photograph on social media.
  • Use of the photograph on the Internet and in social media in support of our mission. Use of the photograph in The Nature Conservancy’s and related entities’ internal and external communications materials including but not limited to websites and web publications, fact sheets, fundraising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, annual reports, newsletters, and The Nature Conservancy magazines.
  • Providing your photograph to other individuals and organizations for The Nature Conservancy and related entities’-related use in news stories, social media, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, membership premiums, and the like.
  • Use of, in connection with the Adventures in Nature Student Photography Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  • Retaining a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in The Nature Conservancy photo library and accessible to related entities’ staff via The Nature Conservancy’s internal online photo archive.

The Nature Conservancy will endeavor to credit all photographs with the credit “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.

More than $10,000 in prizes including cash, The Nature Conservancy preserve passes and more. We’ll award cash prizes to be divided among the top ten finalists: First prize - $5,000, 2nd -$2,500, 3rd - $1,000, Honorable Mention (7) - $250.

No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by winners permitted. If a prize (or part of a prize) is unavailable, the Sponsor, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the original prize (or that part of the prize) with an alternative prize to the equal monetary value and/or specification, unless to do so would be prohibited by law. NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS UNDELIVERABLE, WHETHER BY REGULAR MAIL OR BY EMAIL, MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATE POTENTIAL WINNER.

Pictures are judged anonymously — there is no personal information included with them during the judging process. Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the unique character of the subject. Winners will be chosen on or around April 11, 2024 and notified by email on April 12, 2024. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.

By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Authorized Parties, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: publication in Arizona Highways magazine, The Nature Conservancy or Gray Media Group publications or online highlighting entries or winners of the Contest; in Arizona Highways’ newsletters; on the Arizona Highways, The Nature Conservancy or Gray Media Group blog, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr; or publication in the form of slides on television. Entrants consent to the Co-sponsors offering images for free downloads and as computer wallpaper. Entrants consent to the Co-sponsors doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant’s “moral rights” in their entries. Display or publication of any entry on an Authorized Party’s website does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest, and pictures or likenesses of Contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless The Nature Conservancy, Gray Media Group, Arizona Highways and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Arizona Highways, The Nature Conservancy and Gray Media Group assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Arizona Highways, The Nature Conservancy and Gray Media Group are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to in this Contest.

To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or on connection with this Contest are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the photograph to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if the entrant wins that Co-sponsors may use the winning photographs and each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). All federal, state/provincial/territorial, and local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible, cannot be traced or does/do not respond within ten (10) days to a winner notification as required by the "Contest Prizes" Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Co-sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

The Co-sponsors reserve the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant's identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by the Co-sponsors to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Co-sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Co-sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Co-sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Co-sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs.

Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Winners' names will be available online at https://www.arizonahighways.com/photography/photo-contest on April 22, 2024. Winners’ names will also be promoted on-line by Gray Media Group and The Nature Conservancy.

Entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by the Sponsor in order to verify the participant's identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the participant's eligibility to participate in the Contest. Participants have the right to access, review, rectify, or cancel any personal data held by Sponsor by writing to Arizona Highways Magazine, 2039 W. Lewis Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85009. Personal data will be used by Sponsor and its affiliates exclusively for the purposes stated herein.