The following rules apply to all submitted photographs:

  • Pictures can be taken anywhere in the world
  • The competition is open to all employees, contractor and partners of EPI-USE and groupelephant.com associated companies. Direct family members (mother, father, wife, children) may also submit entries.
  • The entrant must be the sole owner and author / photographer of each submitted photograph.
  • The picture has not been submitted before for an EPI-USE photo competition.
  • The Judges may request an entrant to supply them with proof of the authenticity of all the elements in the presented image(s). If the entrant cannot supply such proof, his/her entry will be disqualified.
  • EPI-USE assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright by the entrant.
  • You may enter as many pictures as you’d like.
  • By entering the competition you accept the terms & conditions and competition rules.
  • Winners will be announced within 60 days after the closure of the competition.
  • The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No offensive or degrading pictures will be accepted.
  • No camera model releases need to be provided.
  • Photos submitted after the closing date will not be considered for the prices.
  • EPI-USE and groupelephant.com will be granted ownership for usage of all pictures entered.

 

IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS
  • Only digital files will be accepted.
  • File formats: JPG or JPEG with at least 72 dpi and must be at least 1200 pixels Tall or Wide.
  • Maximum file size of 5MB.
  • No constructive changes may be made to your photo except for cropping.
  • Color corrections are allowed as long as the picture is kept realistic.
  • Photo-stitching, extreme photo manipulation, and combining of images is forbidden.
  • Correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberrations, purple fringing, lens vignette and vertical/horizontal perspective adjustments.
  • Removal of dust spots or scratch marks from sensor or scanned images.
  • Due to the limitation of digital sensors regarding dynamic range, the blending of different exposures of the same scene to broaden the dynamic range. (e.g. HDR);
  • Focus stacking to widen the depth of field especially in Macro photography.
  • Photo stacking to overcome the limitations of the digital sensor heat artefacts in long exposures.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos are permitted. Please indicate in the caption / description of your image if it is HDR.
  • Do not frame, date-stamp or watermark any submitted photos.
  • All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image (300DPI) suitable for printing in media should the image be chosen to be printed in any format.
  • Photos may be changed to Black and White.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • By entering the competition you accept the terms & conditions and competition rules.
  • The competition is open to all employees of EPI-USE association of companies.
  • The aim is to announce winners within 45 days after the closure of the competition.
  • The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No offensive or degrading pictures will be accepted.
  • No camera model releases need to be provided.
  • Photos submitted after the closing date will not be considered for the prices.
  • EPI-USE will be granted ownership for usage of all pictures entered.