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Peel Online – Photos of the Month competition rules    

Peel Online invites all photographers, locals or visitors, amateur or professional, to submit photographs taken in and around Peel throughout the coming year for inclusion in its “Photos of the Month” feature.

Photographs should feature events, activities, people and happenings around the Town. Photos can be “newsworthy”, or they may be scenic or include wildlife reflecting the current season. Photographs included in Photos of the Month over the last year have included: the January storms, fireworks, the Carnival, Peel Day, Vintage Car Rally, the new year dip, building work around the town, and more…

The best photographs submitted each month will be displayed on Peel Online and the Peel Online Facebook page where they will be voted on by Facebook followers each month. The best will go forward at around October/November each year to be judged to receive prizes. The best photographs will secure a share of a £100 prize for the photographer.

Photographs will be judged on their merits in capturing life around the town, and in displaying well on a computer screen, as well as the conventional compositional merits of photography.

Topical photographs should be submitted as soon as possible after the event to increase chances of the photo being used on the site.

New: A calendar will be produced for sale containing a photograph for each month of the year. In order to allow for printing and sales prior to the year of the calendar, the calendar will be made up of photographs from the the previous two years of the competition. Photographers will be credited on the calendar. Any profits will go to a local charity.

Rules

Contributors should supply their name, address and either telephone or email address.

Photographs must be in digital format and supplied by email to photos@peelonline.net .

A maximum of 5 photographs per photographer per month applies.

There are no deadlines for submission of photographs during the year; they should be sent as soon as possible after the event, and within the month they were taken. The competition will be judged on photographs received up to the end of October or November according to the date of the Peel Commissioners' Peel Achievers event.

Photographs will be displayed on the site as a “thumbnail” size 200 pixels wide (landscape) or 200 pixels high (portrait) and linked to a larger-sized image of around 600 pixels wide or high, and on Facebook at 851 pixels wide. A file size of 150k in JPEG format is normally sufficient for clear display on a computer screen, and should be insufficient to enable site visitors to produce high quality prints from the image. Peel Online reserves the right to crop the image to produce the “thumbnail” image unless requested not to by the photographer.

Acknowledgements will be given to the photographer, and copyright will remain with photographer. Images should not have a copyright statement included on the image, unless it is small, unobtrusive and placed in one corner of the image. Peel Town Commissioners reserve the right to use photographs in publicity and marketing material, including as our Facebook cover photo; appropriate acknowledgement will be given.

Photographs containing children who might be identified must be accompanied by a statement that parental permission was requested and has been given to use the image on the web site.

Photographers should supply a caption or description to accompany the photograph, including names of the subjects. Children will not be named on the web site without personal authority from their parents. This will be subsequently confirmed by Peel Online by telephone or email.

Peel Online has the right not to use any photographs that it deems to be potentially controversial or unsuitable in any way.

Commissioners, their relatives, staff of the Town Hall and Peel Online and their relatives are welcome to submit photographs for use on the site but will not be eligible to receive a prize.

Judges will be nominated by Peel Town Commissioners, and their decision is final.

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