Categories for Dog Photographer of the Year 2015 are as follows:
Entering online Go to our website: www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk to register for entry.
Each entrant may upload ONE unique photo per category to Dog Photographer of the Year 2015 (the same photograph cannot be used in more than one category)
Entrants under the age of 18 years of age may enter a maximum of 8 CATEGORIES (EIGHT unique photo entries) to Dog Photographer of the Year 2015.
Entrants 18 years of age or older may enter up to 7 CATEGORIES (SEVEN unique photo entries) to Dog Photographer of the Year 2015.
During the online entry process, please make sure to correctly upload your entries to the intended categories. Each entrant will be given a unique user ID when photos are uploaded. Once participant's images are uploaded and accepted for entry, your entry cannot be amended or altered at a later date so entrants must ensure they choose their final photos for entry before upload. Any files uploaded incorrectly may be rejected and will not be entered into the competition.
Photographs must have been taken within three (3) years before the date of entry and may not previously have won an award or previously been entered in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Images already used in major pet food or insurance adverts, magazines, or that have placed in any other international pet or animal photograph competition will not be accepted
All entrants under 18 must obtain the permission of their parent or legal guardian before entering.
By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in these Terms and Conditions
Deadline to enter is 5:00 PM (GMT) on 30th March 2018. Entries received after this time and date will not be accepted.
A panel of photography experts ('the Judges') will select images based upon technical skill and quality, artistic merit, originality, creativity of composition and overall appeal. Judging will be anonymous. Photos will not be judged on any specific breeds, caption, story, name of dog or name of owner entering.
Judging consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation based on the following criteria ('Judging Criteria'):
In Round One, each judge from the panel of photographic experts will select ten entries from eligible entries according to the Judging Criteria. The entries selected in Round One will proceed to Round Two.
In Round Two, the Judges will collectively select a winner for each prize level based on the Judging Criteria. In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be re-submitted to the Judges for a re-judging between the tied entries alone.
In the event that a tie remains after re-judging, the entry with the highest score in the creativity criteria will be declared the winner.
All winners will be chosen by 27th April 2018 and will be notified by telephone or email. Decisions of the Judges are final and binding. A list of the winners will be published on the Dog Photographer of the Year website in June 2018.
All images must be submitted as HIGH RESOLUTION JPEGs, suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials in RGB, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution and minimum of 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels (but images can be larger).
Any file must not exceed 15 MB each for upload through our official entry website www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk
Entries must be in digital format but the original photograph does not need to have been taken on a digital camera. High quality scans of transparencies or negatives are also acceptable as long as each file is not more than 15 MB each for upload.
Entries from mobile devices are acceptable if the mobile device can produce high resolution JPEGs suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials in RGB with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and minimum of 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels (but images can be larger). Files must not exceed 15 MB for uploading through our official entry website.
We DO NOT accept these types of photo entries:
Any entry that cannot be authenticated or is not of an acceptable quality upon upload will be disqualified.
One unique photo per category - you may not submit the same photo in more than one category. All photographs must accurately reflect the dog or dogs as they appeared in the viewfinder. Nothing should be added to an image of a dog at a later date, and aside from in-camera dust spots, nothing should be taken away. Normal processing of RAW image files and minor adjustments to colour and contrast are acceptable. MINOR digital adjustments including tone, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction, minor cleaning up are permitted providing that they comply with the competition's principles of authenticity so that they do not deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of the nature of the dog. While minor digital adjustments are allowed, adding or removing objects, animals or parts of animals, plants, people etc., is not permitted. Information regarding any post-processing to any image may be queried by email during shortlisting or pre-judging.
For any specific post-processing queries during the competition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dog Photographer of the Year competition is open to all photographers except employees of the Kennel Club. Your entry to this contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs, your name, occupation, city or residence to be published as a selected award winner - entrants retain ownership of their photographs.
The entrant warrants that the photo(s) will not infringe any rights of any third party. The entrant must also be the sole author and owner of the copyright in all photo(s) entered i.e. the entrant must have taken the photograph(s). Photos must be the sole work of the entrant with no shared copyright.
All model releases and location releases (if needed) must be undertaken by the entrant.
The entrant grants to the Kennel Club the worldwide and non-exclusive royalty-free right and license to reproduce the prize winning and commended entries in branded forms and media and in all manners for promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. The following copyright accreditation - Name of photographer © /The Kennel Club will be used in all crediting association with the competition.No other usage for the Dog Photographer of the Year 2015 will be licensed to the Kennel Club or third party outside of promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. If there is any interest by the Kennel Club in licensing images outside of promotion of the Dog Photographer of the Year, The Kennel Club will contact the photographer directly after judging and all 2015 winners are announced to the public.
The Kennel Club will endeavour to credit all photos when used promoting Dog Photographer of the Year in print or online. If you find your image not credited contact the Kennel Club. Images distributed or shared through social media channels will include photographer credit and copyright notice and be watermarked with the Dog Photographer of the Year logo. The Kennel Club may use your photo indefinitely and numerous times without notification of use.
The Kennel Club unfortunately cannot inform you or automatically send you emails, notices or printed materials where your photo has been used or placed in Kennel Club, or Crufts branded material but if you do see a published item in print with your photo credit please contact our marketing department for a free copy (if available).
5. Other Terms
The Kennel Club's decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competition’s judging organisation.
All images are sent at the entrant's own risk and the Kennel Club cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any photo(s) entered into the competition (however caused) nor for any other loss or damages resulting there from. This also includes: any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.
The Kennel Club is 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 this competition.
If for any reason the competition is not capable of running as planned, the Kennel Club reserves the right to suspend or cancel the competition. If a Sponsor elects to cancel or terminate the competition, the Sponsor will not retain any promotional rights in the submitted photographs.
6. Data Privacy
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 competition and the purposes outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
The Kennel Club or our marketing partners may contact you by mail, email, telephone to tell you about our related services and to send you details of our special offers and discounts available. By providing us with your address, telephone number or email address and registering with us, you consent to be contacted by these methods for these purposes. Please state clearly during the application process if you wish not to be contacted.
How do I enter the competition?
You need to register and enter here at the new Dog Photographer of the Year website: www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk
Who can enter the competition?
Any photographer - amateur or professional - from anywhere around the world
*as long as you abide by our T&Cs and guidelines for entry
Can anyone from around the world enter? Yes. We accept photo entries from anyone around the world as long as you register and agree to our T&Cs upon entering.
Can I use my same log in details if I had entered last year? No, you need to register as "new" every year as our sponsors, prizes and T&Cs change every year. Our website automatically enters your photo into the categories and also gives a unique registration number.
What is my username to enter? Your username is your EMAIL address that you used to register to Dog Photographer of the Year (not the Kennel Club website) and your password is the password you created when registering.
Can anyone look up my password if I forget it? No, we do not have access to your passwords. If you forgot your password you will need to hit the "reset password" button and create a new one.
Can I register someone else with my same email address? No, each entrant needs to register with their own email address
I forgot my password to Dog Photography of the Year. What do I do? Go to www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk and click RESET PASSWORD.
How many categories are there to enter for Dog Photographer of the Year 2015? There are 8 categories to enter for Dog Photographer of the Year 2015!
Can I enter all 8 (eight) categories for Dog Photographer of the Year 2015? You can enter all 8 (eight) if you are under 18 (e.g. 17 years of age or less before our closing date).
Can I enter the same photo for two different categories? No, you are not allowed to enter the same photo for different categories. You need to enter a unique photo for every category.
How many opportunities do I have to enter photographs in Dog Photographer of the year 2015 if I am 18 or over? If you are 18 or over, you can enter 7 different photos into 7 (seven) categories.
How old do I have to be to enter? The competition is open to all ages; however, under 18's will need the permission of a parent or guardian to enter.
If I am under 18 can I still enter all the categories? Yes
How many photos can I enter into the competition? You can enter one unique photograph per category. (A maximum of eight different photo entries for entrants UNDER 18. A maximum of seven different photo entries for entrants 18 or over) You are not allowed to enter the same photo for different categories.
When should my images have been taken? Photographs must have been taken within three (3) years before the date of entry and may not previously have won an award or previously been entered in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Images already used in adverts or magazines or that have placed in Dog Photographer of the Year or any other national or international photograph competition are not acceptable (see our T&Cs)
Can I only enter through the website? Yes. We only take registration and entry online. Our website automatically enters your photo into the categories and also gives a unique registration number.
Can I use my mobile phone or tablet to enter my photos? Yes, as long as your photos are taken with a mobile phone or device that outputs HIGH RESOLUTION JPEGs and meet the T&Cs quality of 300 DPI (1200x 1200x)
Why can't I enter any images with watermarks? We need clean - unmarked, unnamed files for judging. Any watermarked entry will be immediately disqualified for entry.
Are black and white photos acceptable? Yes, black and white photos are acceptable
My photo has a date printed on the photo can I still enter? No. The entry photo needs to be a clean image - no watermark of any kind including dates given by camera settings. Any images with watermarks including dates will be eliminated from entry. Remember to check your camera settings BEFORE you snap those great dog photos.
Why don't you allow photos of dogs with sticks for Dogs at Play category? We believe in happy and healthy dogs. Dogs playing or chewing on sticks can be seriously injured so let's we like to see only dog toys that are considered safe and recommended by vets and Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme dog trainers and instructors.
What is excessive photoshopping? Over cropping, over colourisation, over colour correcting (taking away from the true nature of the dog and the scenery), changing the scenery, changing the dog. Best practice is to keep your image true to nature and only add small minor corrections. Avoid over photoshopping your image.
When does the competition close? Deadline to enter is 5PM (UK time) on 30th March 2018. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
When will winners be notified? Winners will be chosen on 27th April 2018 and will be notified by telephone. Decisions of the Judges are final and binding.
When will announcements be made to the public? We will announce winners through national and international press in June 2018 and winning images will go online on our website www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk June 2018. Exact date of our press release and website launch for winning images will be advised in May 2018.
Who's judging the competition? We select a panel of professional dog photographers from the UK as well as key members of photographic institutions and two of our Kennel Club executives.
When will you announce the names of the Judges? VIP Judges will be announced before March 2018.
What are the prizes? Prizes awarded for Dog Photographer of the Year 2015 are as follows: Overall Winner of Dog Photographer of the Year 2015 - your image will be displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and we'll also provide you with one SmugMug business account and a two day course hosted by Andy Biggar Photography - one of the world's best known professional dog photographers. The overall winner will receive an original oil painting of their winning image by internationally awarded artist, Sara Abbott. Winner will also receive the exhibition print, certificate, rosette and trophy.
Category Winner for Assistance and Dog Charities - your image will be displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and we'll also provide you with one SmugMug business account and a two day course hosted by Andy Biggar Photography - one of the world's best known professional dog photographers. We will also donate £500 to your nominated charity.* (dog charity to be vetted and approved by the Kennel Club). Winner will also receive the exhibition print, certificate, rosette and trophy.
Category Winners for I Love Dogs Because... Under 18, Dogs at Play, Dogs at Work, Portrait, Puppies, Man's Best Friend and Oldies - your image will be displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and we'll also provide you with one SmugMug business account and a two day course hosted by Andy Biggar Photography - one of the world's best known professional dog photographers. Winner will also receive the exhibition print, certificate, rosette and trophy.
Each category Runner-Up (2nd place and 3rd place) for I Love Dogs Because... Under 18, Dogs at Play, Dogs at Work, Portrait, Puppies, Man's Best Friend, Assistance and Dog Charities and Oldies - your image will be displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and we'll also provide you with one SmugMug Portfolio account and a one day course hosted by Andy Biggar Photography - one of the world's best known professional dog photographers. Winner will also receive the exhibition print, rosette and a certificate.
DISCLAIMER: The prizes are non-transferable. The Kennel Club reserves the right to substitute the whole or part of any listed prize with an alternative value (but the entrant shall not have any right to demand this). Please note that the prizes must be claimed within one year of the award ceremony unless otherwise specified or will be forfeited. Andy Biggar Photography prizes do not include any transport to and from photography courses, accommodation, equipment or meals. Winners would need to arrange their own transport, accommodation and meals as well as have their own photography equipment to participate in the course. There are no cash substitutes for any prizes. Prizes must be taken within 365 days of winning. Winners must book directly for courses with Andy Biggar Photography at least 90 days in advance of courses. Any cancellations or rescheduling of courses must be made directly through Andy Biggar Photography and not the Kennel Club. For exhibition prints, rosettes, trophies and any prizes posted to Winners outside the UK, the Kennel Club holds no responsibility for customs and duty charges for any prizes couriered or posted from the UK. Winners are responsible for any duties, taxes and/or paperwork associated with the receipt of prizes sent outside the UK.
How can you make a difference for dogs? If you wish to donate to The Kennel Club Charitable Trust and help "Make a Difference for Dogs" please donate online here.
Do you have a Facebook page I can keep updated on news? Yes! To find out more about our annual dog photography competition Dog Photographer of the Year, follow our page on Facebook!
Questions about registration or entry? Contact our Dog Photographer of the Year team at DPOTYentry@thekennelclub.org.uk