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Photo contest Rules

Online Exclusive posted Friday, July 1, 2011 - 11:18am

Here's all the Rules, Regulations, and Stuff You Need to Know.

Two contests in one.

Part one: Each day beginning July 15 S'NS, Wheel:Life, and Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI) will post a state and the name of a spinal cord injury organization, rehab center, or accessible point of interest on our Facebook page. By posting a reply comment you will be entered to win the daily drawing for any number of awesome prizes ranging from cool hats to T-shirts, to gift certificates. You're comments MUST be in reply to the daily posting. Simply "Liking" will not be counted. You can play along on the S'NS page, Wheel:Life page, and/or LASCI page, or all pages. July 15 to July 28, 2013.

Part Two: You are invited to submit photos of your favorite wheelchair accessible hot spots, wheelchair sporting events, or recreational activity. You MUST post your photos to either the S'NS page, Wheel:Life page, or LASCI page. Postings of the same pictures on both pages will only count as one entry for that image. Each day, the photos will be added to our gallery where they will be judged for first, second, and third place. See Prizes and Other Stuff for the list of prizes. July 15 to July 28, 2013.

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

By submitting a photo(s), you grant SPORTS ‘N SPOKES (PVA Publications), Wheel:Life, and Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI) staff the right to publish submitted photo(s), name, city, and any captions submitted on our respective Websites and/or marketing materials. Slight photo alterations may be made by our staff in order to fit our site or email newsletters properly. The Get Out, Enjoy Life Contest is open to all persons at least 18 years of age, except employees, relatives of employees and contractors of PVA Publications, Wheel:Life, and LASCI. The contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation. If you are under 18 years of age and would like to submit a photograph, you must ask a parent or guardian to do so on your behalf.

How to Submit Photos to the Contest

For photos to be considered for the Get Out, Enjoy Life contest they can be submitted to the GOEL photo form. When uploading your entries, remember to tell us something about when and where the photo was taken.

While, you’re limited to a total 2MB when submitting your photo, remember all photos for magazine cover use should have a minimum resolution of 400 pixels and a maximum of 960 pixels. Photos shot in a portrait orientation are best suited for magazine covers. Keep that in mind if you’re hoping for that S’NS cover shot. Please retain your original RAW or unedited images in the event your photo is selected winning shot. Winning photos that do not meet our production and design resolutions will be placed in the Final Frame section of the magazine and the winner will receive a 2-year subscription to compensate the prize.

Entry Period July 15 - July 28, 2013 | Winners Announced: September 2013


An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph he or she submits to the contest. Photos may not have been previously published in any media outlet, magazine, news outlet, or website. Personal social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the like are exempt provided said photos are held legally by the entrant. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must retain a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian. An image that contains recognizable people will not be selected for an award if the photographer is unable to provide a valid model release upon request.

“Recognizable” means that a third party could identify the individual in the image, due to the visibility of any distinctive physical features, uniform, identification numbers, and so on. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible.

Individuals submitting photos into the contest retain full rights to their photos, including ownership, but through the act of participation (entering a photo into our contest and tagging those photos with the appropriate contest tags) will also grant to SPORTS ‘N SPOKES and our partners, Wheel:Life, and Life After Spinal Cord Injury, a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and display the submitted photos which might include, by example, methods listed below:

The right to publish the image in any format, including on the web and in print publications or presentations, such as newsletters, brochures, fundraising appeals, public service announcements, grant proposals, reports, awards, thank-you cards, displays, mailings and invitations.

The right to provide images to other individuals and organizations for nonprofit, SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, PVA Publications, and/or Wheel:Life, and/or Life After Spinal Cord Injury related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, wayside exhibits and the like.

The right to use the photo’s title, your name, city, state, and country of residence in our publications.

The right to keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD or in other electronic forms, so that your photos can be used to support our mission and be properly credited.

We reserve sole rights to eliminate and/or delete photographic submissions to our Facebook group or content that we deem to be objectionable or of dubious provenance. No prior warning or notification will be required. Photos containing nudity, children or animals depicted in a derogatory or dangerous position WILL NOT be accepted.

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Wheel:Life, and LASCI staff reserves the right to refuse ANY photograph which is deemed unacceptable. Examples of photos we would consider removing without warning are:

Photos that showcase dubious taste or themes.

Photos involving racial or ethnic insensitivities.

Photos involving salacious subjects and presentations.

Photos that are unrelated to the theme of the Get Out, Enjoy Life contest.

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Wheel:Life, and Life After Spinal Cord Injury will reserve the rights to change or modify all text associated with a photo entered into the contest. This would include titles of the photo, accompanying descriptions, and tags.

Prizes and Other Stuff

The 2013 Get Out, Enjoy Life grand-prize winner will receive an Invacare Top End Excelerator Stock Handcycle, and contingent on photo quality, the cover spot in the September 2013 issue of S’NS. So SAVE YOUR RAW or UNEDITED IMAGES.

Winners will be announced in September 2013. Winners will be informed via phone or email, and prizes will be released within two weeks of announcement.

Entrants may enter as many photos as desired. Please note that a single entrant is not eligible to be declared as the grand prize winner more than two consecutive runnings.

This contest is void where prohibited by law. The contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing their local laws in regard to photo contests and are subject to any local, state, national or international laws. SPORTS ‘N SPOKES (PVA Publications) and/or Wheel:Life, and Life After Spinal Cord Injury accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.

Due to the nature of this contest, mail-in submissions will not be accepted.

Please ensure your information is completed accurately. SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Wheel:Life, and/or Life After Spinal Cord Injury will not be responsible for photos that are mislabeled, misaddressed, electronically lost in transmit, or never received.

Submissions for the photo contest will be accepted between July 15, 2013 to July 28, 2013. Winners will be officially announced in the September 2013 SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine and S’NS website.

Photo Contest Awards

From all qualified photos we will select a first, second, and third place winner.

Three winners total will receive the Get Out, Enjoy Life Prize Pack which includes an S’NS t-shirt, luggage tag, and carabiner packed inside a handy Hollister back pack. In addition, photos may be included in various S’NS and LASCI presentations, both online and offline.

First Place Photo Winner

First-place winner will receive an Invacare Top End Excelerator Stock Handcycle, the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack mentioned above, and based on photo quality, the cover spot of the September 2013 S’NS issue. Winning photos that do not meet our production and design resolutions will be placed in the Final Frame section of the magazine and the winner will receive a 2-year subscription to compensate the prize. Invacare/Top End offers no substitutions or exchanges for other products.

Second Place Photo Winner

Second-place winner will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to S’NS, a set of Morph Wheels, foldable wheelchair wheels/tires courtesy Maddak, Inc., and their winning picture featured as Final Frame in the September 2013 issue of S’NS, and the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack above.

Third Place Photo Winner

Third-place winners will receive a $200 gift certificate courtesy At Home Medical, a complimentary copy of the September 2013 S’NS issue, and the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack above. The winning photo will be featured as Spoke of the Week on the S’NS web site.

Participation Award Winner

Participation award winner will receive a voucher from AMS Vans for a free week's rental of an accessible van, a copy of the September 2013 S'NS, and the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack.


The Get Out, Enjoy Life Contest is judged by SPORTS ‘N SPOKES freelance photographers and photo journalist professionals. Photos are judged with no discrimination towards sex, race, or age. All decisions are final.

Photo Judges:

Loren Worthington - Loren has been a good friend to S’NS and the disabled community of Arizona. His love for telling stories through pictures shines through in his bright, crisp imagery of wheelchair athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. You can view his work online.

Gayla Elizabeth - Gayla is a talented photographer and videographer who’s philosophy is simple.  Love - Laugh - Smile. She is from Hawaii but calls Los Angels home where she captures the emotions and connections of people through imagery. Join her carefree world online and see the world through her eyes.

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Wheel:Life, and LASCI Rights and Indemnifications

By entering the contest the participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless SPORTS ‘N SPOKES (PVA Publications), Wheel:Life, and/or Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI), its affiliates, employees, and officers from any issues, losses, or actions emanating from or in relation to the Get Out, Enjoy Life Photo Contest. This would include any losses or issues related to third party claims of copyright infringement or violations of personal privacy.

The Get Out, Enjoy Life Photo Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Each participant in the photo contest is responsible for ensuring that he or she possess the full rights to the photos that they are submitting. Each participant is responsible for accurately titling and describing his or her photos.

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Wheel:Life, and/or LASCI has, at its sole discretion, reserved the right to terminate, suspend, or modify the photo contest.


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