Photographic competition

A chance to Win for your favourite rescue and yourself!

You don’t have to be a professional photographer or a working dog handler to enter Purposefully Lost’s photographic competition. If you love dogs and love taking their photos you have the power to tell a unique story which can inspire change, debate and win the cost of 8 sterilisations for your favourite dog rescue organisation as well as a GoPro 8 for yourself and some goodies for your dog. 

Categories 

Dogs in Nature

Conveying the love that dogs have for nature, here the environment is key to the image. Evoking wanderlust or the joy of connecting with nature these images should inspire people to take their dogs with them into nature. For this category a photograph description up to 100 words is allowed, although descriptions are not mandatory. 

They rescued Me

The relationship between dogs and humans is an ancient and powerful one. Images in this category seek to explore the unique emotional bond that we have with dogs and tell the story of how unconditional love can heal. For this category a photograph description between 100 – 200 words is required. Entries with more than 200 words will not qualify. 

Conservation and The Dog

More and more dogs are being used to help the environment in which we live. We wish to highlight this aspect of working dogs and showcase some of the amazing work being done by dogs and handlers in the field of conservation. For this category a photograph description between 100 – 200 words is required. Entries with more than 200 words will not qualify.

Photojournalism

A chance to highlight news worth stories relating to canines. Up to five images may be submitted to tell a story unknown or in a new way. For this category a photograph description between 500 – 800 words is required. Entries with more than 800 words will not qualify. 

Working Dogs

Dogs, with their amazing abilities, have the ability to help us in so many ways. By telling these stories we hope to highlight the many areas where dogs are taking the lead in helping us. For this category a photograph description between 100 – 200 words is required. Entries with more than 200 words will not qualify.

The Purposefully Lost Photographer of the Year 2020 competition will run from January 2020 to June 2020. Entries in the five categories can be submitted up to midnight (GMT) on Sunday, 21 June 2020, after which they will close and the winners will be announced in July 2020.

The following are the winning titles and prizes:

• The overall winner – 2020 Photographer of the Year – eight sterilizations* and a GoPro 8 as well as a dog bed and toy for entrant’s dog.

• The first runner-up;

• The second runner-up;

• Category winners;

• The “Facebook Favourite” – as chosen by our Facebook community through voting on our Facebook page;

• The “Insta Favourite” – as chosen by our Instagram community through voting on our Instagram Page.

*The value of eight sterilisations up to the value of R1000 each or the monetary value to a vet of the rescue organisations choice.

Submission details

• Entries can be submitted from Monday, 06 January 2020 until midnight (GMT) on Sunday, 21 June 2020.

• Entrants must submit photos either via Purposefully Lost’s Facebook Page or Instagram page with the hashtag #Purposefully Lost.

• By entering the Purposefully Lost Photographer of the Year 2020 participants confirm that they have read and agree to the rules of the competiton. C

The selection process administered by the judges will be as follows:

The ‘Winner of the week’ will be the top entries by public vote submitted via Purposefully Lost’s Facebook or Instagram page. This selection will be published at the end of each week in an album on Facebook;

• During the month of June 2020, once the submission deadline has come and gone, the judges will judge all accumulated entries from the ‘Winner of the week’, to a list of ‘Finalists’, from which the winners will be selected and announced in July 2020.

Rules

Eligibility

  • Purposefully Lost’s Photographer of the Year 2020 competition is open to all aged 18 and over.
  • Individuals employed by Purposefully Lost may not enter. Employees of sponsorship partners may enter, except if they are immediate family members of owners/shareholders of those sponsors.

Photographic submissions

  • Entries submitted to Purposefully Lost should not exceed 2MB in size (per photo). The organisers cannot be held responsible for entries that do not arrive due to an entrant’s internet security settings or restrictions placed by their internet service provider, or that are incorrectly uploaded or that do not include #PurposefullyLost when entering the Facebook or Instagram competition.
  • Entries must be received by midnight GMT on Sunday, 21 June 2020, or such date as Purposefully Lost may advise on Facebook or Instagram.
  • All entries must be the original work of the participant, who has not relinquished relevant rights to a third party, and by submitting the entry the participant claims that this is so.
  • Multiple entries are permitted.
  • Entries depicting any form of hunting will NOT be considered.
  • Entries must be submitted via Facebook or instagram with the #purposefullylost. The organisers will request RAW and high-resolution of winning photos.
  • No borders are permitted on photos submitted, and copyright watermarks are to be unobtrusive so as not to spoil the photo (large or baldy-placed watermarks may impact negatively on judging). 
  • Entries should be a faithful representation of the original scene. Post-production adjustments should be used appropriately, and not to deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to refuse photos that in their sole judgement are unsuitable for publishing in this competition, for whatever reason they deem fit.
  • Entries that have previously, or at any time prior to the finalisation of this competition, won other national or international photographic competition/s will not be considered.

Sponsors and third-party use

  • Entrants grant Africa Geographic and the competition sponsorship partners non-exclusive permission to publish their submitted photos on their websites and social media channels, in association with the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year competition, without compensation of any kind to the participant.
  • Entrants grant Purposefully Lost a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their awarded entries in all forms of media throughout the world, including event activations, in relation to the Purposefully Lost’s Photographer of the Year competition.
  • The organisers regret that they cannot accept liability for the misuse of photos by third parties and/or failure of any third party to credit photos.
  • Purposefully Lost acknowledges that the promotion of the Purposefully Lost’s Photographer of the Year is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.

Agreement of participation

  • By entering the Purposefully Lost Photographer of the Year, participants confirm that they have agreed to the rules of the competition. Any entry found not to comply with the rules may be disqualified at any stage of the competition and any prizes will be forfeited.
  • Entrants agree that they will participate in related publicity and agree to the use of their name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the Purposefully Lost Photographer of the Year competition – without compensation.

Judging and prize

  • All judges will be from the Purposefully Lost team, although we reserve the right to appoint third party judges, at our sole discretion.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and binding. No negotiation will be considered.
  • Successful entrants will be notified in strict confidence during July 2020. It is a condition of entry that the entrant does not disclose the details of any shortlisted or winning entries to any third party until such time as the announcement has been made public. Winners will be contacted via the manner/channel in which they submitted their photos.
  • The prize is non-transferable. The organisers reserve the right to substitute the listed prize with an alternative of equal monetary value (but the entrant shall not have any right to demand this). The prize must be claimed within the dates specified, or it will be forfeited.