2015 Photo Contest Rules - Ohio State Park Lodges

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2015 Photo Contest Rules
Photo Formats

Entries may be digital images. Please be sure photos meet our minimum requirements of 1024×768 pixels (300dpi or 1 – 5 MB .jpg files) and that there are no special characters (/ * # ” : &) or spaces in the photo file name. When submitting your photo, please save your file as the name you’ve selected for the photograph in the entry form.

Additional Tips for Submitting your Photos

If you have software on your computer that automatically decreases the size of your photos before uploading, please disable this software while uploading your photos for this contest. Please be sure to remove any time or date stamps on the photos before uploading. Please see the contest rules for additional options for submitting your photos.


Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than you. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

Photo Subject Restrictions

Questionable or inappropriate content will not be considered. Xanterra Parks & Resorts (Xanterra) retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content. Photos containing recognizable people must be accompanied by a signed model release form. A model release form must be signed for each person in the photo. There is no limit to the amount of photos one can submit per category. Entrants can submit photos for each category.

Return of Photos

Photos, regardless of the medium will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy of a photo.

Ownership/Use Rights

By entering the contest, photographers agree to grant Xanterra the royalty-free and nonexclusive right to distribute, publish and use the photograph(s) in publications and on the Internet to promote Xanterra or Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers operated by Xanterra to use as they see fit.

How to Enter

There are many ways to submit photographs. Please do not send prints.

1. Contestants may fill out the online Photo Contest Entry Form, which includes the option to upload their photos (up to 5 MB) and photograph release form. Please upload only one photo at a time.
2. Contestants may e-mail their digital photos (up to 5 MB) to photocontest@xanterra.net. Completed photographer and model release forms may be scanned and e-mailed to the same e-mail address. Forms may also be faxed to (740) 869-4059.
3. Post your entry to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ohiostateparklodges; tweet it to @OhStPkLodges, using hashtag #OHTheSurprises; or post to Instagram, tagging @ohiostateparklodges. Be sure to indicate where the image was taken and the category that you are submitting to with each entry.
6. Contestants may submit photographs digitally by mail on a CD or DVD. Please do not send prints. Mail to: Ohio State Park Lodges 2015 Photo Contest, 22300 State Park Road #20, P.O. Box 125, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143.

Regardless of entry method, all submissions are subject to the Ownership/Use Rights, Photographer/Rights, and all other rules and conditions included on this page.


Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of the Ohio State Park Lodges.  Photos must be submitted prior to November 1, 2015.


Judges will select one grand prize winner encompassing all the categories, as well as a first and second place winner for each of the contest categories. If fewer than ten eligible photographs are entered in a category, Xanterra may choose to name only a first place winner, or may cancel that category. In addition, one or more honorable mention winners may be selected in categories with especially large numbers of entries, at the discretion of the judging panel. Winners will be notified on or before December 30, 2015 by phone and e-mail using the information on the entry form. Random photo submissions will be posted in the online photo gallery. Winning photos will also be published on www.ohiostateparklodges.com in the Photo Contest section after winners have been announced.


One Grand Prize Winner will receive a Two Night Buckeye Package. Package includes lodging for two nights in Double Room or Double Lakeview Room, dinner for two, breakfast each morning and a $100 gift shop certificate.

One First place winner in each category will receive a two night stay and breakfast for two at any Ohio State Park Lodge and Conference Center operated by Xanterra.

One Second place winner in each category will receive a one night stay at any Ohio State Park Lodge.

No financial compensation is provided to winners.