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MCWC Photo Contest Rules
The Maine Coast Welcome Center’s (MCWC) Photo Contest begins February 1, 2010, and ends Friday, April 30, 2010, at 2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are 18 years old and older.

Who may enter:
Photographers ages 18 and over—except for individuals affiliated with the MCWC, including employees, regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households—are eligible. MCWC will determine winners' eligibility.

What to enter:
The contest categories are drawn from those subjects of special interest to MCWC:
Hotels & Lodging—

Photographs must have been shot by the entrant within the past three (3) years (since January 1, 2007).
Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable. If our judges see that a photographer has obviously altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to disqualify it.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject's parent or guardian and provide it to MCWC upon request.

A sample release is available at

Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in magazines and newspapers (except online) are not eligible. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright are not eligible.

How to enter:
Please submit photographs on-line through our Web site at  Submit no more than seven (7) photographs per category. We do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address.

High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible. Use the on-line entry form on our website. Complete a separate form for each photo submitted. Photographs must be in a .jpeg, or .jpg format. Files submitted may not be larger than 5,120k (5Mb).

MCWC judges reserve the right to disqualify contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 5 x 7 inches.

By entering the contest, entrants grant MCWC a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any MCWC purpose, including, but not limited to advertising and promotion of the MCWC and its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to MCWC publications. Photographs may appear on the MCWC’s website as well as other publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit. The MCWC will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. 

Entry deadline:
All digital entries must be received at MCWC's website by 2pm Eastern Time, Friday, April 30, 2010.

Judging will be conducted by the staff at MCWC.  Winning photographs and selected finalists will be published on the website by the summer of 2010. Decisions of the judges will be final.

On a weekly basis, judges will post the best of the incoming entries on our website.

16 winners will be selected, one for each category. The grand prize winner will be chosen from the 16 finalists.

Please do not contact us about the status of entries.

The winners will be notified of their status by May 1, 2010, and will appear on our website on by summer 2010.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. MCWC reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of MCWC will be final.


Grand Prize:
Category Winners: