The Arizona Parks and Recreation Association would like to invite all photographers both amateur and professional, to share your best original photos taken at any Arizona park or recreation facility, event, sport, program, or class.

Submit up to eight of your favorite Parks and Recreation photos by June 2, 2017 

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Categories:

A.   Parks and Recreation Facilities - We're looking for stunning photos that showcase Arizona’s parks and recreation facilities (except trails - see Category B). Photos may include people using and enjoying the facilities. Examples may include:

  1. Parks
  2. Facilities within an outdoor park, park playground or shelter, skate park, fishing lake, etc.
  3. Golf courses  
  4. Outdoor sports complexes, such as softball fields, soccer fields, pickle ball courts, etc.
  5. Aquatic facilities
  6. Indoor recreation facilities (exterior or the facilities inside).

B.   Trails - We're looking for photos that demonstrate the natural beauty of Arizona’s trails. Photos may include people using the trails. We're interested in photos from all seasons and trail users in various modes of transportation - walking, running, bicycling, wheeling, snow skiing, etc. 

C.   Recreation Programs, Sports, and Classes - We're looking for photos of people enjoying programs, sports, events, or classes . "A great photo" might also be an amazing action shot or one that demonstrates the scope or captures the spirit of an event. Portrait-oriented photos in this category have the possibility of being selected. (Close-up photos of people should be entered under Category D)

D.   Events - We're looking for photos of people enjoying events produced or hosted by Parks and Recreation Departments. Think about getting that amazing action shot or one that demonstrates the scope or captures the spirit of an event. Portrait-oriented photos in this category have the possibility of being selected but Close- up photos of people should be entered under Category D.

E.    Selfies, Faces and Activities - We're looking for eye-catching, close-up photos of people that show their facial expressions and emotions as they are engaged in or enjoying a park and recreation activity. (Make sure you obtain a release form from the subject person (see Rule #4.)

F.   Then and Now - We are looking for photos of park and recreation facilities, recreation activities, and recreation professionals from history to preset day. Photos may include a renovation , new construction, additional to existing building, past recreational programs from sports, events, or classes. (Think of it as Before and After)

G.   Landscape, Wildlife, and Nature - We're looking for beautiful photos of the natural areas, woods, trees, or wildlife. Landscaping photos may also include the formal landscape beds in our parks and flowers maintained in downtown planters or street islands.

    Participation Guidelines:

1. Eligibility -The contest is open to all participants of anyone, of any age, and of any ability. We also encourage those in the parks, recreation, and conservation fields to participate. 
2. Deadline - Submissions must be delivered to the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department office located at, 200 W. Washington St. 16th Floor, 3. Phoenix, AZ 85003 by 5:00 pm on June 2, 2017 to be considered.
3. Photographer's Rights - Photographer retains all rights to any photographs submitted - including ownership if applicable - other than those rights licensed in the next sentence. By entering the contest, the photographer hereby grants the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association :
(i) a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, use in publications and associated trade magazines, publicly display and publicly perform the photographs you submit to the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association , and
(ii) The right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
4. Photographer's Responsibility - If you choose to include close-up shots of people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary* releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to upon request. (Any standard model release form will suffice.) *If necessary, some photographs fall under implied consent and public space rules. In addition, by entering the contest, the photographer herby grants the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association:
(i.) A nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty free license to reproduce, distribute, use in publications and associated trade magazines, publicity display and publicly perform the photographs you submit to the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.
(ii) The right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.


5.    Photo CriteriaAll photographs must have been taken within the past three years at a Arizona Parks and Recreation facility, trail, park, event, sport, program, or class to be considered. (Does not apply with category E "Then and Now")
    • All photographs must have been taken within the past three years at an Arizona Parks and Recreation facility, trail, park, event, sport, program, or class to be considered. (Does not apply with category E "Then and Now")
    • Photos should accurately reflect the subject matter and scene as it appeared. Photos should not be digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.). Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single "high dynamic range" image are acceptable.
    • Image orientation may be portrait or landscape. Images should be high resolution of at least 3.2 megapixels or greater. Resolution can be calculated by multiplying the pixel width of the image with the pixel height. For example, a setting of 2000 x 1600 pixels = 3.2 megapixels.
    • Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion.
        6. Judging - The judges appointed by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final. Photograph entries will be judged on the following criteria: Overall impact
        • Originality/creativity
        • Technical excellence
        • Artistic merit
        • Relevance to theme: "Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs"
        7. Legal Conditions - By entering, participants agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association , its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives, from any all third party liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the competition (collectively, "Losses"), including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual's right to privacy and/or publicity right. 

        8. Other – Arizona Parks and Recreation Association is not responsible for lost entries. Arizona Parks and Recreation Association reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.
        How to Submit?

        What Do I Submit? 

        Photographers must submit both 8 x 10 in. print copies and provide high resolution digital copies of all photos wished to be considered for the contest, and must submit the “Photo Contest Entrance Form”

        1. Submit the “Photo Contest Entrance Form” Submit either via email to pio.pks@phoenix.gov or via mail to City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department office located at, 200 W. Washington St. 16th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 by 5 p.m., Friday, June 2, 2017

        2. For Submitting the Digital Copies Please provide the photos in .jpeg format via email to pio.pks@phoenix.gov or provide the photos on a CD/DVD/USB labeled with the photographer's name. *The CD/DVD/USB will not be returned via mail, but can be available for photographer pick-up.

        - Label Each Photo File Please use the following format: lastname_firstname_01.jpg, lastname_firstname_02.jpg, and so on. 
        *The numbers on the file name should correspond with the Image #s on the Photograph Entry Form

        3. For Submitting the 8 x 10 in. Print Copies Mail or deliver in person to City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department office located at, 200 W. Washington St.16th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 by 5 p.m., Friday, June 2, 2017. *Please note that we cannot guarantee return of Printed Photos.

         A maximum of (8) EIGHT photographs per photographer in any combination of the contest categories may be submitted. 
        (Each pair of “Then and Now” photo count as (1) one submission)
        • Photographers are to complete and sign an Entry Form and Photo Release to be submitted along with their entries.
        • On the Entry Form, photos should be listed with the following information:
        •  Image # - should correspond with the number on the image file name.
        •  Location - identify the park, recreation facility, or other location where photo was taken.
        •  Description - name of event, sport, program, or class, if applicable.
        •  Category - choose one of the (7) seven photo contest categories. (Judges reserve the right to adjust the category selected when deemed appropriate.)
        •  Year Taken - No photographs older than three years, please. *Does not apply to category E “Then and Now”.

        Questions?
        Contact the Photo Contest Chair
        James Ritter, City of Phoenix

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