Ian Walsh Photography Competition Official Rules + Regulations

The Fifth Annual Ian Walsh Photography Contest (The “Contest”)

Official Rules & Regulations


Sponsors: Kingston Life Magazine, Kingston Accommodation Partners, Alphabet, Frameworks and Camera Kingston.


No purchase necessary. The contest begins on February 1, 2019 and ends on December 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (the “Submission Deadline”). To enter, visit ianwalshphoto.ca, to upload your digital file(s). Digital entries only will be accepted. Print entries will not be accepted.

Each entrant can enter a maximum of five (5) photos in the contest.

Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the stated maximum number of entries by using multiple/different names, email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that person’s entries and eligibility to win the prize and that participant will be disqualified from the contest, and, at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, any of the Sponsor’s other promotions.


The 2019 Theme for the Ian Walsh Photography Contest is ‘Made in Kingston’, with the goal being for passionate people – residents and visitors – to submit their photos capturing Kingston’s vibrant maker community. We want to see it all: farmer’s fields growing local produce, our vibrant live music scene, unique creations from our talented maker community, plated appetizers and entrees, works of art from our artists and creators – if it’s made in Kingston, we want to see!

Just a reminder that this contest is open to everyone – both professionals and hobbyists alike!


The Contest is open to all eligible parties, and not exclusively residents of Kingston, Ontario.

Entries will be rejected if the entry form is not fully completed and the entry is not received by the Submission Deadline.

Entries can be uploaded electronically as .jpeg, .jpg, .gif or .png files atianwalshphoto.ca. Digital files should be at least 5 megapixels, or 2560 x 1950 pixels; image quality setting: high. Colour correction and tonal cast changes are acceptable; compositional changes, and well as added watermarks or signatures will result in automatic disqualification. Entries that do not meet technical requirements will be automatically rejected.

If a photo is chosen as a winner, all original material, including digital capture files, must be made available to the Sponsor as a condition of receiving a prize.


Contest is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), except employees (and those with whom such employees are domiciled) or agents of the Sponsor, its affiliates and their respective advertising and promotion agencies, and the Contest judges. Entrants 13 years of age or younger must have consent from their parent or legal guardian to enter this Contest. In the event it is discovered that you have entered without consent from your parent or legal guardian, all entries will be void.

Entries are limited to individuals only; commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible to enter the Contest.


  1. You must have taken the Photo that you submit for the Contest.
  2. The submitted photo must adhere to the 2019 Contest Theme
  3. You will require the consent of all individuals who are included in the Photo and consent from the individuals who own any personal property (i.e. a restaurant, venue, home, etc.) featured in the Photo – if your Photo is selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide model release forms for any individuals pictured;
  4. The submitted Photo must never have been previously published, exhibited publicly, or selected as a winner in any other Contest.
  5. By entering the contest, you represent and warrant to Sponsor that the Photo will not violate the rights of any third parties or any applicable laws. All photos submitted become the property of the Sponsor and/or its affiliates and by entering this contest, entrant hereby assigns all right, title and interest, including, without limitation, copyright in the Photo and its underlying elements to Sponsor. Entries not complying with these contest rules will be disqualified.


There are three prizes to be won:

  1. There is a $2,500 First Place Prize to be won
  2. There is a $1,500 Second Place Prize to be won
  3. There is a $1,000 Third Place Prize to be won

Prizes must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions except at the Sponsor’s discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or a prize component with one of equal or greater quality/value. Taxes on prize may be the sole responsibility of the winners. If the winner is a minor in his/her province/territory of residence, such winner’s parent or legal guardian must accept the prize on his/her behalf.


The winning photos will be selected via peer voting on Visit Kingston’s official Facebook page, with the top three photos receiving the most likes/loves receiving the prize. Photos will move through initial voting, quarter finals, semi finals and finals before being declared a winner.

Odds of a photo being selected as a First Prize Winner depend on the number and caliber of entries received. Odds of a Photo being selected as the winner of a Second or Third Prize depend on the number and caliber of entries received.

Winner grants the Sponsor the right in perpetuity to publish and use the winners’ Photo, as is or as may be edited in Sponsor’s sole discretion, in any media, worldwide in perpetuity. Selected winners agree to waive all moral rights in and to the Photo in favour of the Sponsor.


No correspondence will be entered into except with the selected winners. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws. Void where prohibited by law. The decisions of the contest Judges with respect to all aspects of this contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal.

Selected winners (or winner’s parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) will be required to sign and return a standard Declaration, Liability and Publicity Release, releasing the Sponsor, prize suppliers, and their respective advertising and promotional agencies, and the contest judges, from any all liability arising directly or indirectly from this contest, participation in contest related activities, the awarding of a prize, and the use or misuse of any prize.

By entering the contest, selected winners agree to comply with these official contest Rules and agree to the publication, reproduction, and/or other use of his/her name, address, voice, statements about the contest, and/or personal photograph or other likeness without further compensation, in any publicity or advertising carried out by the Sponsor in any manner whatsoever, including but not limited to print, broadcast and digital.

The Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies, and the contest Judges are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or delayed entries. Without limitation, the Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies, and the contest Judges will not be liable for the failure of any entry or Photo to be received.

The Sponsor reserves the right to withdraw or amend this contest in any way, in the event of an error, technical problem, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor that interferes with the proper conduct of this contest as contemplated by these Rules. Any attempt to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of this contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend this contest in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error of any kind without prior notice or obligation.

By entering the contest, each entrant grants the Sponsor the right in perpetuity to publish and use the entrant’s submitted Photo, as is or as may be edited in Sponsor’s sole discretion, in any media, worldwide in perpetuity. Entrants agree to waive all moral rights in and to the Photo in favour of the Sponsor.

By entering this contest, each entrant expressly consents to the Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry only for the purpose of administering the contest.