A Date with Nature

A Date With Nature Official Contest Rules

The National Setting of the United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland OH, 44115

The 2018 “Date with Nature” Photo Contest begins September 22, 2018 at 12:00:00p.m. EST and ends October 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 p.m. EST. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY October 22, 2018 at 12:00:00p.m. EST.

Who can enter:
The “A Date with Nature” photo contest is open to anyone living within the United States. No age requirement is necessary for submission.

How to enter:
To enter, head over to Instagram and post your photo using the Hashtag #UCCDateWithNature. By entering the contest, you are agreeing to the release and indemnification provisions below. Each entry consists of a single photograph, and an optional caption describing the significance of the photo and how it displays God’s magnificence through the lens of creation.

  1. Photographs must be in digital format. No print submissions will be accepted for entry into this contest.
  2. Photographs must have been taken within two (2) years before the date of entry.
  3. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant.
  4. The photograph must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Three winners will be chosen during the judging phase of the contest. Those winners will be chosen by public vote, according to Instagram likes. The 3 winning photos will be displayed on the United Church of Christ Instagram page and the owners of those photos contacted via Instagram.

In the event of a tie, UCC staff will review the tied entries and a winner will be determined. Winners will be chosen on November 6, 2018 and will be notified via Instagram no later than November 6th, 2018. 

Release and Indemnification
You represent that you are the sole owner of the copyright to the photograph submitted for this contest, and that neither the materials nor the permission granted in this release infringe upon the rights of others.

You grant permission and a license to the National Setting of the United Church of Christ to reproduce the photographs/images, in whole or in part, in its displays, publications, web pages, or elsewhere and in any form or medium for an unlimited period of time. You hereby waive any right to inspect or approve of the finished product using such images.

You represent that if the submitted photograph contains images of persons, you have secured permission from those persons to enter the photograph in this contest.

You agree to indemnify the National Setting of the United Church of Christ, the United Church of Christ Board, the Covenanted Ministries, and its affiliates, successors, and assigns for claims arising out of your submission of a photograph if the representations in this release are inaccurate in any way.

Receipt and acknowledgment of this document also serves as a release of use for your information including; name, age, geographic location, photograph and caption. Information collected will be solely used by the National Setting of the United Church of Christ.

Contest prizes:
We are grateful to announce that the prize photos will be framed by CanvasPop. The grand prize will be a 24 x 36 inch framed photo. The two runners-up will be 16 x 24 inch framed photos.