Canadian amateur photographers of all experience levels (entrants must be the age of majority in their province of residence) can now vie for the Toronto Star Amateur Photographer of the Year prize which consists of $4,000 cash and equipment. Categories include Feature, Travel, Portrait, Black and White, Lifestyle, Sports, Nature, Open, and Colour.
Creativity is the buzz word for this contest. The deadline for entries is June 8, 2014. Shortlisted photographers will be announced June 13, while winners will be featured online at thestar.com June 27 and in the June 28 print edition of the Star.
Read carefully the rules, including what and how much digital retouching is permitted, as well as the ownership/use rights from the contest sponsors:
Entrants may make reasonable use of digital darkroom type techniques which enhance quality but do not distort the photograph. Only minor burning, dodging and/or colour correction is acceptable, as is cropping. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitches panorama are NOT acceptable. Any changes to the original Photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the Photograph ineligible for a prize – the open and colour categories are exempt from this rule.
Ownership/Use Rights: Entrants retain the copyright to their photographs. However, by entering the contest, you hereby grant the Sponsors a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to print, publish, use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of your Contest entry, and display your full name and photograph in connection with your Contest entry, in any media formats and through any media channels.
To submit your entry, go to www.thestar.com/photographyawards