City of Ventura Photo Contest
Entry for the 2018 photo contest is now open!
Photographers of all ages are invited to enter their best high-resolution images celebrating our community in the 13th annual City of Ventura Photo Contest between February 5 and October 1, 2018. Entering is easy, free. Please see below for information related to this year’s categories, the entry agreement, entry requirements and information on naming and submitting your entry. For more information, contact Peter Graves at 805-658-4781, or [email protected]
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General Contest Information
The mission of the contest is to celebrate the City of Ventura. Therefore all photos entered must be taken within our city limits or directly adjacent--beaches, mountains, Channel Islands, etc. Photos taken of locations outside the City of Ventura will be disqualified, as will low-resolution images that cannot be well reproduced in printed materials.
There are two ways to win: (1) People's Choice by online votes; and (2) Judges' Choice by visual art professionals.
Voters and judges will select images that best depict Ventura in four categories. All participants are invited to a City Hall Bridge Gallery exhibit of winners in late fall that includes a reception and City Council presentation. All contest entries are eligible to be featured in citywide publications of print and electronic media with photo credit. Please note that the photo contest coordinator may reassign some entries to a more appropriate category.
Capture Ventura's beautiful environment, eclectic architecture, active people and vibrant community life, and submit your favorite photographs in these categories:
1. Environment - sky, beach, mountain, island, park, and wildlife
2. Architecture - urban design, cityscapes, landmarks and infrastructure
3. Culture & Community – people, art, food, music, local events, etc., everything that contributes to our rich culture and community of the City of Ventura
4. Parks & Recreation- children and adults involved in Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships sponsored sports, classes, art, and special event activities
In submitting the attached photo(s) (PHOTO) to the City of San Buenaventura (CITY) and participating in the City of Ventura Photo Contest I /we (CONTESTANT) hereby warrant and agree to the following:
- The PHOTO is the result of CONTESTANT'S sole artistic efforts unless otherwise stated above as a collaboration.
- Except as otherwise disclosed in writing to CITY in this submittal form, the PHOTO is unique and original and does not infringe upon any copyright or patent.
- CONTESTANT warrants to CITY that he/she has lawful usage rights to the PHOTO, and that the PHOTO is free and clear of any lien. Except for title and possession, pursuant to the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.), CONTESTANT will retain the copyright and all other rights in and to the PHOTO.
- CONTESTANT grants to CITY an irrevocable, royalty-free non-exclusive worldwide license to reproduce, to distribute, and/or to display two- or three-dimensional reproductions of the PHOTO in any manner whatsoever relating to any CITY publication or event, including, without limitation:
- Public display as well as reproduction on CITY items, such as print ads, postcards, posters, brochures, applications, television programs and the City website.
- In addition, the CITY will include CONTESTANT'S name somewhere on the document where the photo is used.
- The CITY may alter images of the PHOTO as necessary.
- The CITY may use the PHOTO on CITY merchandise and commercial items, such as a calendar, which may be sold for fundraising purposes. CITY may also use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
- CITY may indefinitely retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in the CITY’s photo library, which is accessible to CITY staff via the CITY’s online photo archive
Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 106A(3) and only to the extent that this Agreement differs, CONTESTANT expressly waives any rights that he/she may have under Cal. Civ. Code § 987 or 17 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq., including, without limitation, 17 U.S.C. §§ 106, 106A, and 113, or any successor statute(s) or regulation(s).
CONTESTANT agrees to release CITY, its agents, officials, employees, and volunteers from and against all liability, including copyright or patent infringement claims or causes of action, arising out of this Agreement and claims arising from CONTESTANT'S participation in the City of Ventura Photo Contest. CONTESTANT agrees to defend (with counsel satisfactory to CITY), indemnify and hold City harmless and free from all liability, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, arising out of CONTESTANT'S participation or association with the City of Ventura Photo Contest. CONTESTANT agrees to pay all costs incident to any claim, including, without limitation, attorneys' fees and consequential damages.
I agree that the above information is correct. I further agree that this agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of California.
- Formats accepted in .JPG or .PNG.
- Only digital formats will be accepted. We do not accept hard copies of photos.
- Minimum file size 3 megabytes.
- Image size minimum 5”x7”.
- Be sure to set your camera or smartphone settings at the highest possible resolution for best results.
- Be sure your email program is not set to reduce your attachments to a low-resolution format.
- Please submit the image only - do not embed captions, words, watermarks or photographer's name on the image. The city will add the photographer's photo credit to any image it uses using a standard format.
Naming and Submitting Your Files
File names must be named as follows: category number (1-4), first and last name of contestant, short title of photograph and ending with "2018 photo contest".
- 1- Environment
- 2- Architecture
- 3- Culture & Community
- 4- Parks & Recreation
Example: if Mike Smith entered an architectural shot of the Ventura Pier he would rename his photo entry:
Submit Your Photos by Email
- Limit: up to six entries per contestant in any combination of categories.
- Send only one image file per email as an attachment (do not embed image files in the message area).
- Send to [email protected]
- Subject line should read #2018 photo contest entry#.
In the message area enter:
- First and last name of contestant
- Contact phone number
- Email address
- Select category by number (1-4)
- Please note that some email programs are set to reduce file attachments to a low-resolution format, check to be sure that your file is being sent at the original file size.
- By submitting entries, the contestant acknowledges and agrees to the terms of the Entry Agreement.
The City of Ventura’s 12th Annual Photo Contest winners have been selected!
The winners were honored at an exhibit and reception in City Hall’s Bridge Gallery, 501 Poli St., on Monday, December 4.. Following the reception, Mayor Erik Nasarenko awarded certificates to contest winners in Council Chambers.
Seventy-two photographers submitted 240 amazing images in three categories; Environment, Architecture, and Culture and Community. Members of the public voted online for the “People’s Choice” awards and a second set of judges, all visual arts professionals from the City of Ventura’s Community Partnerships division, awarded “Judges’ Choice” winners. For artist information, please contact Peter Graves at 805-658-4781, or [email protected].
The 2017 City of Ventura Photo Contest winners:
|Category 1- Environment|
People’s Choice- Hector Vargas
Judges’ Choice- Chris Ramer
|Category 2- Architecture|
People’s Choice- Tammy Sims
Judges’ Choice- Steve Cattanach
|Category 3- Culture and Community|
People’s Choice- Jeffrey Grunigen
Judges' Choice- Steve Cattanach
|Judges’ Choice Honorable Mentions|
Hector Vargas - People's Choice Environment
Jacqueline Counter - Honorable Mention
Rip Rippey - Honorable Mention
Steve Cattanach - Judges' Choice Community & Culture
Jeffrey Grunigen - People's Choice Community & Culture
Chris Ramer - Judges' Choice Environment
Steve Cattanach - Judges' Choice Architecture
Tammy Sims - People's Choice Architecture