2017 ExploreSask Photo Contest

Explore Saskatchewan this summer and start snapping to win great prizes from Tourism Saskatchewan! Enter the ExploreSask Photo Contest, and you could win a $250 gift card from Don’s Photo, plus the Grand Prize!

Enter your Saskatchewan photos in these six categories:

• City Life – Images that portray the community spirit and liveliness of Saskatchewan cities and towns, including cityscapes, nightlife, dining and urban scenes. 
• Events and Festivals – Photos showing people brought together by festivals, celebrations and events taking place anywhere in the province, anytime of the year.  
• Outdoor Fun – Photos capturing fun in the great outdoors – people enjoying their vacation, family gatherings or activities, such as boating, swimming, ice skating, skiing, golfing, biking, horseback riding, fishing and more. 
• Park Adventures – Photos of your best times spent hiking, camping and exploring Saskatchewan’s regional, provincial or national parks. 
• Prairie Life – Scenic photos from prairie regions, showcasing the spirit of our people, as well as hidden treasures, such as valleys, hills and badlands, and other natural features displaying the province’s diverse geography in any season.
• Woods and Water – Photography that reflects our parkland, boreal forest and lake settings.


Two Ways to Enter

  1. Entry Form

Visit TourismSaskatchewan.com/PhotoContest and click the “Enter Now” button. Follow the entry and submission instructions.

Only digital (.jpg, .png or .gif format) submissions will be accepted. You will receive an email confirmation upon uploading your photo(s). By digitally submitting your photographs, you are acknowledging that you have read, understand and abide by all contest rules and regulations.

  1. Instagram or Twitter

Post an image that you would like to enter on either Instagram or Twitter, and be sure to tag with the hashtag that corresponds to the category into which you are entering:

Category

Hashtag

 

 

City Life

#ExploreSaskCity

Events and Festivals

#ExploreSaskEvents

Outdoor Fun

#ExploreSaskOutdoor

Parks Adventures

#ExploreSaskParks

Prairie Life

#ExploreSaskPrairie

Woods & Water

#ExploreSaskWoods

 

Images tagged with these entries will be downloaded from Instagram or Twitter and displayed in galleries at TourismSaskatchewan.com/PhotoContest. Should any images entered via Instagram or Twitter be selected as potential winners or honourable mentions, Tourism Saskatchewan will contact the winner via comment (Instagram) or reply (Twitter). Entrants will be requested to send an email to photocontest@sasktourism.com to confirm their identity and provide further details. Responses must be received by email within 72 hours in order for their images to be confirmed as winners or honourable mentions.

Photos submitted through either method will be available to view online in this gallery. All Images will be reviewed to ensure that they comply with the guidelines of the contest.

Each individual image can be entered into one category only. Multiple entries of different images into one category are permitted. All photographs must have been taken within the province of Saskatchewan prior to the closing date of the contest. While there are no specific timeframe restrictions, photos should not look dated. Some electronic manipulation, such as cropping or minor adjustments to exposure, tone, colour, etc. is allowed. Techniques such as post-processing HDR, compositing or retouching are unacceptable. Pictures with embedded script (i.e. logo, signature, location, etc.) will not be accepted. Determination on whether a photo has been overly manipulated will be at the discretion of the judges.

Eligibility: This contest is intended for participation of United States and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec and where otherwise prohibited by law). Entries from outside of the U.S. and Canada are not eligible. The winner must have reached the age of majority in their province or state of residence.

Contest Dates: Entries must be received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. CST on September 15, 2017.

Official Contest Rules

This contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. No entry fee or purchase is required. One major prize ($250 Visa gift card) will be awarded in each of the categories:

• City Life

• Events and Festivals

• Outdoor Fun

• Parks Adventures

• Prairie Life

• Woods and Water

The Grand Prize winner, selected from the six category winners, will receive an additional $250 Visa gift card. Five honourable mention winners in each category will receive a prize.

Submitting Entries: Only digital (.jpg, .png. or .gif format) submissions will be eligible to win. Submit your photos online at TourismSaskatchewan.com/PhotoContest. Include the name and address of the photographer, specify the location of each photograph and indicate the category to which you are entering each photograph. All submissions will receive an email confirmation of receipt within one week. By digitally submitting your photographs, you are acknowledging that you have read, understand and abide by all contest rules and regulations.

Photographers may also participate on Twitter or Instagram. Hashtags for each photo category are:

#ExploreSaskCity

#ExploreSaskEvents

#ExploreSaskOutdoor

#ExploreSaskParks

#ExploreSaskPrairie

#ExploreSaskWoods

 

Include the relevant hashtag for the category you wish to enter when sharing a photo. Participants selected for further judging will be contacted with instructions to upload their digital (.jpg, .png or .gif format) submission at TourismSaskatchewan.com/PhotoContest. Only digital submissions will be eligible to win.  

Individuals may submit multiple photographs into each category. All photographs must have been taken within the province of Saskatchewan prior to the closing date of the contest. While there are no specific timeframe restrictions, photos should not look dated. Some electronic manipulation, such as cropping or adjustments to exposure, tone, colour, etc. is allowed. Techniques such as post-processing HDR, compositing or retouching are unacceptable. Pictures with embedded script (i.e. logo, signature, location, etc.) will not be accepted. Determination on whether a photo has been overly manipulated will be at the discretion of the judges.

Eligibility: This contest is intended for participation of United States and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec and where otherwise prohibited by law). Entries from outside of the U.S. and Canada are not eligible. The winner must have reached the age of majority in their province or state of residence.

Contest Dates: Entries must be received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. CST on September 15, 2017.

Judging: Photographs will be juried by a panel of judges. Winning photographs will be selected based on technical skill and photo merit (composition, clarity, creativity and visual impact) and the ability of the images to capture the essence of Saskatchewan and the category theme. Photos should create “a sense of place,” and evoke interest in travel to and within Saskatchewan. Images can reflect any season.

Rights: Photographic submissions remain the property of the photographer. Tourism Saskatchewan reserves full usage rights of all entries in perpetuity, without cost, for use in promotional material that includes tourism brochures and guides. Tourism Saskatchewan reserves the right to showcase all winning and honourable mention photography indefinitely on the contest website and contest promotional material. Sponsor rights shall not include the sale of submitted photographs to other parties or other commercial use. Photo credits will be provided where possible at the discretion of the sponsors.

Photo Releases: Winning entrants must be able to supply a signed release for any identifiable person or persons in the photograph or their guardians, if requested. Failure to provide model release, if requested, will result in disqualification of the entry.

Prizes: Prizes are not transferable and must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions, whether in cash or otherwise, except at the sponsor’s sole discretion. The sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equivalent or greater value if a prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason.

Announcement of Winners: Selection of the winners will be made in October 2017. The names of prize winners, along with their winning photography, will be published on Tourism Saskatchewan’s website following the announcement of winners. Winning photography may also be featured in the 2017 Saskatchewan travel guides, and may be featured in other media or public events.

Prize Release: By entering this contest, participants consent to the use of their names, images, likenesses and photographs of themselves, without compensation, in any publicity carried out in any media by or on behalf of the sponsors. Unless prohibited by law, within 14 days of receipt thereof, the winners may be required to sign and return the photography contest sponsor’s declaration and release form confirming compliance with contest rules and acceptance of prizes, as offered, and acknowledging the non-responsibility of the sponsors, its agents, and the prize suppliers in respect to injuries, accidents and misfortune relating to the contest or the awarding of the prize or the sponsor’s use of the photography.

Sponsors: This contest is sponsored by Tourism Saskatchewan. Other sponsors may be brought on at any time. Contest sponsors are not responsible for any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising out of a participant’s participation in this contest or the acceptance, possession or use of the prize package or the use by sponsors of the photography submitted for this contest.

Miscellaneous: Employees of Tourism Saskatchewan, its advertising agencies and participating sponsors and their families are excluded from participating in this contest. Entry in the contest is subject to all federal, provincial, state and local laws and regulations. The decisions of the contest organizers are final and binding in all matters related to this contest.

Further Information: For vacation photography ideas, call Tourism Saskatchewan and ask for your free copy of the 2017 Saskatchewan Discovery Guide or visit our website at TourismSaskatchewan.com.

Prizes

One major prize ($250 Visa gift card) will be awarded to the winners in each of six categories:

• City Life

• Events and Festivals

• Outdoor Fun

• Parks Adventures

• Prairie Life

• Woods and Water

The Grand Prize winner, selected from the six category winners, will receive an additional $250 Visa gift card.

Five honourable mention prizes in each category will also be awarded.