Indiana, Naturally: A Nature Photography Competition

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and The Nature Conservancy/Indiana in

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and The Nature Conservancy/Indiana invite artists to submit photographs and photo-based artworks highlighting the natural beauty of Indiana, to be selected through a competition format for consideration for display at the Indianapolis International Airport for a three-month period beginning in July 2019.

All submitted artworks must be photographs or photo-based images or artworks.

All photographs must have been shot within the past five years (2014-2018).

Within each division, photographers may submit up to 3 images in each of the following categories, for a total maximum submission of 12 artworks:

Plant life
Wildlife in natural habitat
All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (defined as removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) and are entered into a division other than “Artistic” will be disqualified. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single high dynamic range image are acceptable. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged, as determined by the judging panel in its sole discretion.

Digital montages, significantly recolored or enhanced images, images with special visual effects or filters, composite or collaged images, photo-based mixed-media works, or multi- panel images of any kind are allowable but must be submitted in the “Artistic” category.

Each category will be adjudicated separately. Judges reserve the right to independently recategorize a submitted image during the selection process without notifying the artist. To avoid this, please contact the competition director BEFORE SUBMITTING if there is a question about which category is appropriate for a particular image.

Images will be judged on originality, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. The 5-judge panel will be announced after the final date for contest submissions. The Arts Council of Indianapolis and The Nature Conservancy, upon recommendation from the judging panel, shall determine winner eligibility in their sole and absolute discretion. Whether any artwork will actually be displayed at the Indianapolis International Airport shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of the Indianapolis International Airport Authority. All decisions are final.


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Except as otherwise provided, the competition is open to professional and amateur photographers based in the U.S. regardless of citizenship[JM1] , so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation and they are able to comply with the rules and procedures of this competition. Employees of The Nature Conservancy, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority, and the immediate families of such employees, are not eligible to participate. Photographers must be age 13 or older. Due to copyright licensing requirements and other laws, applicants under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian available to co-sign the application form and to authorize participation and any applicable agreements. Applicants must be able to prepare digital files according to the guidelines below and fill out an online entry form, which includes uploading the image files. Applicants must also have reliable access to a valid email address for communication with competition officials. By submitting an entry to this competition, entrants certify that their participation in this competition is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act, and that the laws of their governing jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry do not prohibit or restrict any of the rights granted herein, including licenses to photography and artwork.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The photographer retains full copyright to his or her photographs or photo-based images. However, upon submission of photographs or photo-based images, the entrant grants royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual licenses, to the Indianapolis Airport Authority, The Nature Conservancy, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis in order to:

Use the photographs or photo-based images, without compensation to the artist, on the organizations’ respective websites and in news releases, which may then appear in print or on third party websites, for the purpose of publicizing the resulting exhibition, any of the Indianapolis Airport Authority’s activities, any of The Nature Conservancy’s or the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ activities, and future competitions.
Use the photographs or photo-based images, without compensation to the artist, in any of the organizations’ respective communications.
Provide the photographs or photo-based images, without compensation to the artist, to other individuals and organizations for use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, and the like, including posting to TNC’s Facebook page for the purpose of operating the “People’s Choice” competition.
Use, in connection with Indiana, Naturally, your name, city, state, and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
Keep the files provided, and to archive the photographs and photo-based images on CD or in other electronic forms, so that they can be used to support the sponsoring organizations and be properly credited.
The Nature Conservancy, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority shall endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption “© [Artist’s Name]”


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