What are the dates of the contest?
You may enter the contest starting June 21, 2018, until 11:59:59 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 9, 2018. You may vote starting July 10, 2018, until 11:59:59 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 17, 2018. Winners will be announced publicly the week of July 30, 2018.
How old do I have to be to enter/participate in the contest?
The contest is open to everyone. However, if you are 18 years old or younger, you may participate in the contest only with the permission and assistance of your parent(s) or guardian(s). There may be restrictions on which prizes someone who is under 18 years of age can win. Review our terms and conditions for additional details.
Can I enter even though I do not live in the United States?
Yes. Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. residents can enter the contest. However, there are restrictions on which prizes non-U.S. residents are eligible to win. Review our terms and conditions for additional details.
Do I have to pay or donate to enter the contest?
No. You do not have to pay or donate to enter the contest.
How often may I vote?
Voting is limited to one vote per household per day, as determined by your IP address.
How do you select the winners?
One winner will be selected from each of the five categories by a public vote. The photograph with the highest total votes in each category wins! Share your entry with your family and friends and encourage them to vote for your photograph to increase your chances of winning.
The winner of the Judges’ Choice will be determined by a panel of judges. The photograph that receives the highest average score will receive the Judges’ Choice Award. You do not need to collect votes to win the Judged Category.
Can I enter the contest through the mail, or by emailing you a photograph?
No, the only way to enter the photo contest is through the online process at oceanconservancy.org/photocontest. If you do not have any digital images of your photo you can use a scan of a printed photo (saved as a “jpeg”) to upload when entering the contest.
Can I enter more than one photo in the contest?
Yes. You are free to enter as many photos as you would like. However, please keep in mind that you cannot combine votes from multiple entries/photos. The total vote count is associated with each photo–not each email address or account. Also, please note that when uploading your photos, you will only need to upload photos going to different categories separately.
Which kinds of photos are eligible for the contest?
Photos containing imagery inconsistent with the programs and policies of Ocean Conservancy will be deemed ineligible. If your entry is deemed ineligible, it will be disqualified, removed from the contest website and you will be notified by email. The subject matter of the photograph submission must consist of marine wildlife or marine habitats and must be photographed in a natural setting. Shots of aquariums, pools or other captive locations will not be accepted. Photographs of divers touching or stressing marine wildlife will not be accepted. Review our terms and conditions for additional details.
How do I contact you if I have trouble submitting my photo or questions during the process?
You can email us if you have any trouble at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800-519-1541.