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Rules & Eligibility

1.1 To qualify to enter the competition, you must be over 18 years of age.

1.2 By entering the Competition you hereby accept these competition rules.

1.3 Entries must be submitted no later than the deadline of October 31, 2013.

1.4 The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers. However entries will be disqualified if they have already won major international awards or have been previously featured in extensive international press coverage.

1.5 By entering the Competition, you agree and acknowledge that LensCulture is permitted to receive your registration data. Participants agree that personal data including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering the Photo competition. Participants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by LensCulture by sending an email to the following address: awards [at]

2.1 To enter the competition, you must submit your entries at Participants must also pay the entry fee(s) and complete the submission form in order to be considered for the competition.

3.1 Entries will be assessed by the international jury of experts selected by LensCulture, and the decisions of the jury are final.

3.2 Three cash-prize winners ($2,500, $1,000, $500) will be selected for the Portfolio Awards, and three cash-prize winners ($1,500, $500, and $250) will be selected for the Single Image Awards. In addition, 25 Finalists will be displayed on the Winners' page in LensCulture. Winning photographs may be included in traveling group gallery exhibitions and/or screenings and projections at arts institutions and festivals worldwide.

3.3 Cash prizes will be paid by USD check or wire transfer. Any fees incurred for foreign currency transfers will be deducted from the winning amount.

3.4 All cash prize Winners, plus all Finalists will win a custom Profile Page on, with the ability to upload and display additional projects, and to link to their own professional websites, galleries, agencies, schools, publishers and photo books.

3.5 No cash alternatives will be offered for any prizes.

4.1 LensCulture reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any photograph that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the photograph appears on the website. You warrant, in respect of the photographs submitted by you, as follows:

4.1.1 You are the sole owner and author of the photographs.

4.1.2 You have the right to make your photographs available to the competition.

4.1.3 To the best of your knowledge, the photographs do not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content.

4.1.4 To the best of your knowledge, the photographs do not contain any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.

4.1.5 The photograph does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, and your photograph does not include: trademarks owned by third parties. copyrighted materials owned by third parties. names, likenesses or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead. entries in which you have purchased or secured the rights to use stock images.

4.2 You agree to fully indemnify LensCulture in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of your breaching any of the foregoing.

4.3 You confirm that each person depicted in the photograph has granted permission to be portrayed as shown. Any costumes, props or other materials used must be rented or borrowed with the permission of the owner, and all other relevant permissions must have been obtained.

5.1 LensCulture recognizes you retain full ownership of the copyright in each photograph.

6.1 All winners, including Finalists, understand that the photograph(s) submitted to the competition may be used by LensCulture, to conduct and promote the LensCulture Exposure Awards competition. You hereby grant LensCulture with a right to use the photograph in the framework of such promotional activities.

7.1 Any photograph used by LensCulture shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as LensCulture uses its reasonable endeavors to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.

7.2 You acknowledge that LensCulture and its event partners assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.

8.1 LensCulture assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition, and LensCulture assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware or software failure of any kind, for lost network connections, garbled computer transmissions, other problems or technical malfunctions with regard to the Competition. LensCulture assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, corruption, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries. LensCulture is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail addressed to LensCulture on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Competition. If for any reason a contestant’s photograph cannot be viewed or is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, LensCulture assumes no responsibility.

9.1 In no event will LensCulture, its members, event partners or its officers, directors, employees, be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages arising out of any contestant’s access to and use of the website and participation in the competition. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, everything on the Website is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for purpose or use or non-infringement.

10.1 You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of your name and winning images for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity for LensCulture and the Exposure Awards without additional compensation.

10.2 All entrants must be able to supply high resolution images suitable for printing in media, and for public exhibition.

10.3. Winners' names will be published online.