Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine Photo Contest 2024

 The Bruce Trail Up Close

The Bruce Trail is ready for its close-up! Are you ready to take the shot?

It has been said that life is in the details, and we want to get to the heart of life on the Bruce Trail. What aspects of Escarpment ecosystems look ordinary from a distance, but extraordinary up close? Show us the tiny towers of lichens, the delicate patterns found in feathers, or the smallest species you notice on the forest floor. Or take a closer look at the people, gear or tools of the trail to reveal a different perspective on these familiar sights.

What you need to know:

To be eligible, photos must be taken from the Bruce Trail, so stay on the marked path and abide by the Trail Users’ Code. 

While we encourage your creativity, please do not disrupt the delicate ecosystems in our ribbon of wilderness to get the perfect shot. Please give all wildlife plenty of space – use your camera’s zoom or telephoto functions to get close, not your feet. Do not bait or feed wildlife.

Photos do not need to be taken recently; images from past seasons and adventures are encouraged.

Be sure to include a caption that states where on the Trail you took your picture and any other details you would like to share. 

Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but photos that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. on July 15, 2024.

Entries will be narrowed down to ten finalists based on photographic quality and visual impact; originality; and how well they express the theme. All finalists will be featured in the fall 2024 issue of Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine. The Grand Prize Winner and two Runners Up will each receive a one-year membership to the BTC and one of three prizes.

Prizes:

Grand Prize – BTC gift card valued at $250 + a One-Year BTC Membership

First Runner-Up – BTC gift card valued at $100 + a One-Year BTC Membership

Second Runner-Up – BTC gift card valued at $100 + a One-Year BTC Membership

Official Rules – Photo Contest 2024

Contest Period

June 1, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to July 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

How to Enter

1.  Take a photo or choose one from your collection that depicts the Bruce Trail or its flora, fauna, structures, users, or geology up close.

2.  Submit your photo through the online form at brucetrail.org by July 15, 2024.

Eligibility
  • Contest is open to all – Bruce Trail members and non-members alike.
  • Photos must be taken on or of the Bruce Trail.
  • Photos must be the original work of the entrant.
  • Photos must not depict inappropriate or unsafe behavior. For your own safety and to protect the sensitive species and habitats along the Trail, please stay on the Bruce Trail at all times.
  • Photos do not have to have been taken within the contest period. Older photos are eligible. Photos from any season are eligible.
  • Photos must be in digital JPG, PNG or GIF format. High-resolution scans of older prints or transparencies are acceptable as long as they are submitted in JPG, PNG or GIF format. Resolution should be high enough to accommodate a printed space of 9″ x 9″ at a resolution 300 dpi.
  • Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but photos that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified. Submissions may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. A watermark-free version must be made available to judges by the photographer if asked in order to be eligible.
Use of Photographs

Your photographs help The Bruce Trail Conservancy preserve a ribbon of wilderness along the Niagara Escarpment for generations to explore. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.

Ten finalists will be selected and will be displayed publicly on the BTC’s social media channels following the Contest period (including the photo, first name and last initial). If a caption is provided it will be shared at the discretion of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

By entering the Contest, you grant The Bruce Trail Conservancy the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display your photograph, and to create derivative works from your photograph, in perpetuity, in any of its online, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for purposes of promoting The Bruce Trail Conservancy’s mission and awareness of its programs, including but not limited to editorial, advertising, publicity, and fundraising purposes, without payment of compensation unless prohibited by law.

You grant The Bruce Trail Conservancy permission to provide your name when publishing, reproducing or otherwise using your photo and when identifying you as an entrant or prize winner in the Contest.

While The Bruce Trail Conservancy will make every effort to credit photographers when using photos, there may be circumstances where it is not possible to do so.

Subject to the rights granted to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, you retain all other copyrights and rights to future use of the photographs you enter into the Contest.

Releases

If your photograph includes an identifiable person or people, you must secure permission from each person (or in the case of a minor, the minor’s parent or guardian) to use their image in the Contest, and for the photograph to be used in various promotional activities by the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

You must be able to provide copies of those permission releases to the Bruce Trail Conservancy upon request. The Bruce Trail Conservancy reserves the right to disqualify an entry if it finds, in its sole discretion, that an entrant has not secured a necessary release.

Judging

After the close of the entry period, ten (10) winning entries will be chosen from all eligible submissions. The judging panel will be composed of individuals from the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Photographs will be judged on photographic quality and visual impact; originality; and how well they express the theme. The decisions of the judges are final and binding.

The ten contest finalists will be featured in a future issue of Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine and the BTC’s social media channels. Winners will be notified by email by the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Prizes

The Grand Prize Winner and Runners Up will be featured in a future issue of Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Grand Prize – BTC gift card valued at $250 + a One-Year BTC Membership
Runners Up – BTC gift card valued at $100 + a One-Year BTC Membership

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