The Mountain Games continue to set the standard and push the
envelope in the outdoor industry. For the 2013 Mountain Click
photography competition, photographers will have four days to take
photos during the Mountain Games. At the conclusion of these four
days, photographers will submit their top photo for each
category, in addition to an optional GoPro image
in performance and vibe, to the judging panel made up of
professional sport and outdoor photographers. A maximum
of five photos may be submitted, one in each of the following
categories: Performance, Vibe and GoPro Moments in addition to a
GoPro image in the performance and vibe categories (5 total
images). The top three winners in each category will share the
prize purse of almost $4,000. The best GoPro image submitted to the
Performance and Vibe categories will will a GoPro prize pack of
"Everything We Make."
HOW TO ENTER:
All interested persons can pre-register on the Mountain Games
website at www.mountaingames.com. Registration will
also be available at Main Registration. 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.
Photographers will be responsible for providing all equipment
needed to compete. All images in the GoPro Moments category must be
captured on a GoPro camera.
1) Competition will begin at 9am (mst), Thursday, and end at 5pm
(mst), Sunday. Any photos taken before or after these times will
not be eligible and the photographers work will be
2) This is a unique event where there is not an official "start
line" but we know competitors will begin shooting at 9am on
Thursday. 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. 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 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, June 17, 2013. Email: email@example.com.
Photos must be saved by CATEGORY'S CODE, FIRST INITIAL and LAST
NAME. Category Codes: Performance-P; Vibe-V; GoPro Moments-GM.
(Example for Zach Thompson's submittals: PZThompson, VZThompson,
GMZThompson.) 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. A completed judging
sheet listing competitors' final rank will be made available on www.mountaingames.com 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 www.mountaingames.com)
The following three categories will comprise the
Performance - the sports and action images that define
Vibe - Details, humor and the personality of MG-Mood.
GoPro Moments - 100% GoPro. Anything goes, as long as
it's shot on a GoPro.
All entries submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
will be posted on the MG 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, GoPro Moments, only images captured on a
GoPro will be considered.
5) Photos should be taken with a digital camera. Recommended
minimum image size for competition is 10" or 3,000 pixels (on the
longest side) sRGB Jpeg at 300ppi (pixels per inch).
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 MG staff member or security
personnel. Per MG's permit usage agreement with the US Forest
Service, competitors wishing to photograph the Steep Creek
Championship will NOT be allowed special river bank access.
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 the Mountain
Games/Vail Valley Foundation to publish and promote MG and/or the
VVF. No third party issuance of the images will be granted by MG
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 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.
RESERVATION OF RIGHTS:
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 an 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 an 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 canceled
prior to the completion of the final event, no prizes will be
awarded. If the Summer Mountain Game are cancelled prior to June 3,
2010 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
The 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
For additional questions, please contact the Vail Valley
Foundation at 970-777-2015 or email@example.com.