Entering The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

MonkeyListen up - this page is very important so please read it. The following rules tell you about what you will be deemed to have agreed to by entering the competition, including what we and you can and can’t do or have done with the pictures you enter, so you really need to read them! We have tried to make them as concise as possible.


Rules, Terms and Conditions 2024

1. We, Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Limited of 65 Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RD, are the organizer and promoter of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards ('CWPA').

2. The winner will be the picture, which, in the opinion of the judges, combines the best technical excellence with the most amusing content and caption. The judges’ decision will be final, and we will not enter into any correspondence concerning the final decision or the way the competition is organised.

3. Anyone can enter this competition as long as the law in their country of residence allows them to do so and neither they nor any member of their immediate families are employed by the sponsors, or us or are professionally involved in any way with the organisation or administration of the competition. By entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and to claim the prize. We may require you to provide proof of such eligibility. There are no age restrictions, with the exception of the ‘Junior Category’ in which the Entrant is required to be 16 or under by 11.59pm 31st July 2024 (BST) and the 'Young Photographer Category' in which the Entrant is required to be 25 or under by 11.59pm 31st July 2024 (BST) If you are under 18 you will not be eligible for the main prize unless you are accompanied on the trip by your parent or guardian. We reserve the right to require that the parent or guardian of any entrant under 18 confirms in writing that they agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and will travel with you on the trip if you are the prizewinner.

4. To enter the competition, you must visit our website, www.comedywildlifephoto.com, complete the online entry form and upload your entry(ies) before the deadline of 11.59pm, BST on 31st July 2024. We do not control the internet, and are not computer geeks, so we can’t take responsibility for any technical problems. It is up to you to ensure your entries reach us on time, no excuses.

5. You can enter up to a total of 6 images, with a maximum of three images into each category, plus 4 images into the Portfolio Category - yes it must be 4 for this one, and up to two video clips of no more than 60 seconds into the Video Clip Category. Each of the photographs entered must be in JPEG format, under 4MB per image. If you reach the finals, we will also require high resolution versions and the raw images or the original file the photo was taken on. Remember quality over quantity. You are much more likely to win if you enter one or two really funny images than four, sort of, funny images.

6. There are no restrictions on entering images that have been published before, but you must inform us if they have won or been awarded in any other competitions. You must be the sole copyright owner, must have obtained all (if any) permissions needed to take and publish the picture (including, for example, from the owner of the premises where it was taken, or from any person or the owner of anything else featured in it), and must be free to grant us and our sponsors the rights mentioned in paragraph 13 below. I know that sounds complicated, but if you have taken the picture you are more than likely the copyright owner, but not necessarily, so please check and make sure and, if the picture has already been published elsewhere, check and make sure you have not already granted publication rights which conflict with those mentioned below. We will look to you to indemnify us for any liabilities and costs we incur, including legal costs, if anyone brings a valid claim against us alleging that any of the requirements of this paragraph have not been complied with. So, if your image is licensed, exclusively, to someone else, tell us please. It won't affect your entry, but it will affect the license you are granting us!

7. Conservation is a crucial part of this competition and very close to all our hearts, which means that, if we get a sense that any animal has been disturbed, harassed, traumatized, or of course hurt or injured in the process of you getting your picture, you will be disqualified, your image removed and you will be banned for life from entering the competition.

8. No Pets, domestic, farm or captive animals please! Sorry, I know your hound is hilarious but this is a wildlife photography competition and that means no domestic animals and no animals that live in zoos or other captive environments.

9. No digital manipulation, including any AI editing. You can of course, make basic digital corrections (including tone and contrast, burning, dodging, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction and minor cleaning work) but DO NOT ALTER THE INTEGRITY OF THE IMAGE. If you reach the finals, we will ask for the original image and we have the finest team of digital detectives on the planet to make sure every image is verified. These guys are serious pixel Sherlocks, so pay attention, no cheating!

10. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry which we consider doesn’t comply with any of these terms and conditions, or otherwise to be contrary to the spirit or intention of the competition.

11. In addition to receiving a splendid trophy for the mantelpiece and the kudos of being named as Winner of the 2024 Comedy Wildlife Photographer Award, the lucky overall winner will receive a one week photographic safari holiday in Kenya consisting of a 6 night safari for 2 people sharing, at Serian “The Original” and/or Nkorombo. Please note that international flights are not included in your amazing prize. These terms and conditions also apply to your companion.  Your safari will include full board accommodation at Serian Camps in the Mara, plus full bar, daily laundry, sundowners, guided walks, a night at the tree house (without vacating your tent), game drives, exclusive use of your own vehicle with guide, and transfers to and from the local airstrip.  With your own vehicle and guide Serian is able to be completely flexible about how you spend your days. We are covering the Winner's internal flight and their park fees. Please note there are some small restrictions and exclusions, I know, I know, but don't panic. The exclusions is the internal flight from nairobi to the Masai Mara and the park fees of your friend / spouse / family member who accompanies you and also any accommodation in Nairobi you might require due to flight timings. Also the other restriction is this holiday is booked according to the availability of the supplier of the safari, in this case Serian Camps and finally, and I am sorry to say, this Winners Safari is non-transferable, so you have to take the safari you can’t give it to someone else, or sell it, bad luck.  Prizewinners and their travelling companions must comply with the terms and limitations of airlines, other transport providers, and the venues involved in the provision of the safari prize, including any insurance policy relating to the holiday. In particular, entrants must comply with all health and safety guidelines and instructions and all applicable legal and regulatory requirements. The prize does not include non-scheduled activities, gratuities, items of a personal nature and personal medical or travel insurance. Once notified to the travel agent, the travel dates cannot be changed, and you will need to ensure you and the lucky person travelling with you are available to travel and hold valid passports, any necessary visas and travel documents for the holiday on those dates. You will also need to get yourselves to and from the departure airport at your own expense. Please bring any other equipment you want, and enough spending money, and be sure to arrange adequate travel insurance for both of you and all your kit. You will be responsible for any other incidental costs not mentioned above. Please note there is no cash alternative, but we reserve the right to replace any prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond our control make this necessary. We accept no responsibility if you are unable to take up the prize for any reason, which is one reason your travel insurance is important. If your image has been successfully passed into the final round, we will send you an email by September 2024 to the email address you provided in the online entry form to inform you of this. We will likewise send an email, or call you on or by November 2024 to inform you if you have won the prize. We accept no responsibility if these emails do not reach your inbox on time or at all for any reason. You agree that, if you are the prize winner, we may publish your name, image and town or county of residence when announcing the winner of the competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional purposes. These details will be made available to the press and may be published on our website from November 2024. The prizewinner will receive their prizes at an awards ceremony in London also in November 2024 (unless circumstances change and prevent us from holding the awards night), which all the Finalists will be invited to attend (at their own expense). You also agree to participate at our expense in any reasonable publicity we may require to promote the competition.

12. The prize must be claimed within 30 days of our notification of winning. We reserve the right to award the prize, if unclaimed after this period, to an alternative prizewinner or not to award it at all and we shall have no liability in respect of the entry initially selected.

13. As mentioned in paragraph 6 above, you must be the copyright owner of the image(s) you enter. By entering the competition, you agree that we and our sponsors and conservation partner, may (but do not have to) reproduce and publish the image(s) for all purposes/in all media related to the promotion of the competition including, but not limited to: at the Awards event, in a book(s) websites, social media, magazine and newspaper articles, exhibitions, brochures, calendars, cards, stickers and flyers. We will not license your image(s) for uses not promoting the CWPA unless you have signed a separate agreement with us authorising us to license your work for such purposes subject to a percentage of the proceeds being paid to you. We will endeavour to credit you, and ask others to credit you, wherever customary and possible but we cannot be held liable if for any reason credit is not given.  You retain all rights to your images. By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used by us and our agents and suppliers as specified in these rules, and generally to administer the competition. We will not use it for anything else unless you have consented to our doing so by ticking the relevant box on the online entry form.

14. Except as specifically set out in these terms and conditions and to the maximum extent permitted by law, all conditions, warranties and representations expressed or implied by law are hereby excluded. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we hereby exclude and shall not have any liability to any entrant or prizewinner in connection with or arising out of the CWPA howsoever caused, including for any costs, expenses, forfeited prize, damages and other liabilities, provided that nothing in these terms and conditions shall operate so as to limit or exclude our liability for personal injury or death caused by our negligence. For the avoidance of doubt, this paragraph shall also apply in respect of the provider of the safari prize and to any social networking site which may host the CWPA. Where the CWPA is hosted by a social networking site, the CWPA is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with that social networking site. By entering the CWPA, the entrant indemnifies us against any and all actions, claims, damages, expenses or liabilities suffered or incurred directly or indirectly by us in consequence of any breach, non-performance or non-observation by the entrant of any agreement, condition, obligation or warranty on the part of the entrant in these terms and conditions.

15. Any tax payable as a result of a prize being awarded or received will be the responsibility of the winner. Winners should seek independent financial advice prior to accepting the prize if this is a concern.

16. This is an international competition but we have to be governed by someone’s laws, so we have chosen to have the CWPA governed by the laws of England. Any disputes which may but of course, hopefully will not arise will be sorted out exclusively by the courts of England.

17. We reserve the right to suspend, cancel, or amend the competition for any reason, but only if this is absolutely necessary.

18. You must think 'I'd Like' by Freshlyground is one of the most delightful pieces of music ever written.  If you've never heard it - check it out and then do email Paul and tell him what you think. He'd like that.

19. You must absolutely and unequivocally and with great haste rush and like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter and find us some new form of social media not invented yet we can invent...

20. You must absolutely follow Paul @pj_hicks on Instagram (Seriously, do we really have to write that? But some of his pics are really inspirational.) Alternatively follow @SullamPhoto, who we all know is possibly, maybe really quite good.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have actually read the whole Terms and Conditions! Well done indeed! First time?

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