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Mountain Click Photo Comp


Mountain Click Photo Comp

**2012 Mountain Click Photo Comp Winners**

We recognize the unique challenges photographers face in their creative pursuit to capture the spirit of adventure sports and the great outdoors. Amateur and professional shutterbugs are welcome and all competitors receive credentials for accss not granted to the general public. Once you've clicked your way around four days of athletes, art, music and mountains, submit up to three photos to be judged by our panel of professional sport and outdoor photographers in any of three categories; Vibe, Performance and Mountain Magic.


The sports and action images that define the Mountain Games: Action.

Details, humor and the personality of the Mountain Games: Mood.

The home of the digitally altered which is comprised of moments captured during the Mountain Games and blended to create the art of the event: Visual Impact




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Friday - Sunday
February 8-10, 2013

February 8, 10am - (Start)
February 9, 7:30am - (Start)
February 10, 7am - (Start)

Throughout The Event


$40 Online/$45 On-Site

All comps at the Games have limited capacity and will fill up quickly. Please register early to ensure you receive an athlete gift bag. Late or on-site registrations may not receive SWAG.


The Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer continue to set the standard and push the envelope in the outdoor industry.  For the 2013 Mountain Click photography competition, photographers will have three days to take photos during the Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer.  At the conclusion of these three days, photographers will submit their top photo for each category to the judging panel made up of professional sport and outdoor photographers. A maximum of three photos may be submitted, one in each of the following categories: Performance, Vibe and Mountain Magic. The top three winners in each category will share the prize purse of more than $1,950.

All interested persons can pre-register on the Winter Mountain Games website prior to 5pm (mst) February 7, 2013 @  Registration will also be available at Main Registration in Vail until 10am, February 10, 2013. Organizers will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, or misdirected registrations or for registrations not received for any reason, including, without limitation, failure or malfunction of any communications network or equipment or computer software or hardware. This is an individual competition, and all photographers must check in at registration during the competition to sign their liability release and receive their photo comp credential.


1st: $400
2nd: $200
3rd: $50

Mountain Click Photo Comp - Official Rules and Regulations

Photographers will be responsible for providing all equipment needed to compete.

1) Competition will begin at 9am (mst), Friday, February 8 and end at 5pm (mst), Sunday, February 10.  Any photos taken before or after these times will not be eligible and the photographers work will be disqualified.

2) This is a unique event where there is not an official "start line" but we know competitors will begin shooting at 9am on February 8.  For this reason and not to limit competitors, ALL photographers, even those pre-registered, must check-in at a Main Registration at some time during the competition prior to 10am, Sunday, February 10.  This is to sign their liability waiver and receive their photo comp credential. There will be no onsite registration for Mountain Click competitors at the individual competitions.

3) Upon completion of the Winter Mountain Games, photographers will email their best image (one) for each category in which they wish to compete, for a maximum of three images total.  Images must be received in the Mountain Click inbox no later than 5pm (mst) on Monday, February 18, 2013. Email: Photos must be saved by CATEGORY'S CODE, FIRST INITIAL and LAST NAME. Category Codes: Performance-P; Vibe-V; Mountain Magic-MM. (Example for Zach Thompson's submittals: PZThompson, VZThompson, MMZThompson.) Competitors not wishing to submit one image in each category may submit multiple images in any category with a maximum of three images total for the contest. If photographers feel one image falls into multiple categories, they may submit the same image in multiple categories by properly labeling the photo files as indicated above. Winners from all three categories will be notified and announced by 5pm (mst) on Friday, March  8, 2013. A completed judging sheet listing competitors' final rank will be made available on at the conclusion of the Mountain Click competition.

4) Photographers work will be judged by a jury of sport and photography professionals. (Learn more about the judges at
The following three categories will comprise the 2013 competition:
Performance - the sports and action images that define WMG-Action.
Vibe - Details, humor and the personality of WMG-Mood.
Mountain Magic - The home of the digitally altered which comprise moments captured during WMG and blended to create the art of the event-Visual Impact. Only the TOP 10 photos in each category will receive judges' ranking. Any photo ranking below 10th place will not be announced nor listed on final results.

All entries submitted to will be posted on the WMG Flickr account.

In an effort to encourage that the images are of the highest integrity, no digital manipulation - other than standard digital processing, color adjustment, exposure and dust removal - will be allowed, (basic "cleaning up.") Black & White and Sepia Tone images are allowed in the Performance and Vibe categories. In our third category, Mountain Magic - anything goes. We encourage you to layer images, replace skies and create amazing interpretive digital art that represents your ideal moment in the Games and that will have strong visual impact. It is the sole discretion of the Mountain Click judging panel to disqualify images from the first two categories that show evidence of digital manipulation other than what is stated above.

5) Photos should be taken with a digital camera. Recommended minimum image size for competition is 10" at 300dpi(ppi) on the longest side or 3,000 pixels (on the longest side). sRGB color space preferred.

6) Photographers will not be given special treatment or access to restricted areas throughout the venues.  In order to submit photos for judging, photographers must register, pick up their registration packet, sign liability and receive their photo competition credential. Mountain Click competitors may enter certain shooting areas, but any competitor may be denied access at any time, for any reason by a WMG staff member or security personnel. Per WMG's permit usage agreement with the US Forest Service, competitors wishing to photograph certain competitions may not be allowed based on numbers, course deterioration or safety concerns

7) Any image not correctly prepared or suffering from image degradation due to over-compensation or over saturation will be rejected - be careful.

8) Copyright of photography entered in the competition will remain the property of the photographer. Photographers will release the rights of images entered in the competition to Winter Mountain Games/Vail Valley Foundation to publish and promote WMG and/or the VVF. No third party issuance of the images will be granted by WMG without written approval by the photographer.

Additional Rules and Information

The competition is open to all interested photographers regardless of state and/or country of residency.  Competitors who are under the age of 18 must register with a parent or legal guardian. Photographers will be required to provide all their own equipment.  Furthermore, competitors must abide by all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations during their participation in the Winter Mountain Games.

Competitors agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of Organizers. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any persons found tampering with, or otherwise abusing any aspect of the competition as solely determined by Organizers.

Organizers will appoint judges and the decision of those judges will be final.  There will be no review of scoring, even with the presence of TV cameras.  Disputes with Organizers and/or appointed judges will result in disqualification.

Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any competitor for any reason, including, without limitation, acting in an unsafe, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to intimidate, threaten or harass, or harm another person.  All decisions with respect to the disqualification of a competitor shall be made by Organizers and/or appointed judges.  Failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in a competitor's disqualification and the forfeiture of his/her interest in any prize. Organizers reserve the right to amend these Official Rules at any time in its sole discretion, and competitors shall have no recourse for any such changes or for any failure (whether inadvertent or otherwise) by Organizers to follow the stated rules.  In the event that the competition is cancelled prior to the completion of the final event, no prizes will be awarded.  If the Winter Mountain Games are cancelled prior to February 10, 2013 for any reason, competitors will be reimbursed only for his/her entry fee.  Competitors will not be otherwise compensated for any costs or expenses associated with their participation in the competition. No other refunds will be issued for any reason.

The 2013 Winter Mountain Games Mountain Click Photography Competition ("Photo Comp") will be organized and produced by staff from the Vail Valley Foundation "Organizers").  The decisions of Organizers regarding the selection and elimination of competitors, the selection of finalists and winners, and the production and administration of related events, and all other aspects of the Photo Comp, shall be final and binding in all respects. Organizers will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Photo Comp.

For additional questions, please contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 970-777-2015 or


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