25th Anniversary Photo Contest

Mālama Mānoa 25th Anniversary Photo Contest Mālama Mānoa’s mission celebrates and supports the people and places that make our valley so special. To celebrate 25 years of service in our valley, we’d like to know: “What’s your Mānoa?” What does this valley mean to you? Everyone sees the valley through a different lens, and we want you to show us yours! “Kuʻu Mānoa” is open to all professional and amateur photographers.  You do not have to be a resident of Manoa Valley to participate.  We will hold a celebration of our contest winners at our Fall Annual Membership Meeting, November 12th at the Mānoa Public Library. The winning photos will be on display throughout November in the library lobby, and winning images may be selected for our limited edition 25th anniversary merchandise. ENTRY PERIOD Entries will be accepted by Mālama Mānoa from July 15-October 1. CONTEST CATEGORIES Images will be judged on relevance to our valley and Mālama Mānoa’s mission, originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Judging will be conducted by a panel of photographers and community members (the “Panel”). The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and award recognition in the following categories:
  • Grand Prize: A winner and first runner up will be selected from all photos submitted in any category. This is the photo that nails it. Your image rises above the rest and encapsulates what makes our valley special in a stunning way. Grand Prize will be awarded $250, runner up, $100.
  • Category Winners: A category winner and honorable mention will be awarded in each area, recognizing images that honor our mission and celebrate our community.  Each category winner will receive a $25 Gift Card from our valley partners.
    • Cultural Diversity and Heritage Submit pictures that capture Mānoa’s diverse community and rich social landscape.
    • Natural Environment Mānoa gets much of its special character from the natural environment that surrounds us. Images in this category find ways to recognize and celebrate the ways nature makes our valley so wonderful.
    • Historic Environment One of our most popular Mālama Mānoa events is the Historic Walking Tour, celebrating the architectural history and heritage of our valley. 
    • Kūpuna Images in this category find ways to honor and share the special kūpuna that are a part of this valley.
    • Young Photographers Best photos, taken by contestants younger than age 12, and between 13 and 18 years old, any category.
    • #malamamanoa In this special category, Instagram your best images of the valley and be sure to hashtag and follow us via your post.
  • To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit jpeg files between 240-300 ppi resolution and a minimum 1200 pixels in width or height. Jpeg files can not exceed 20MB. Higher resolution files may be requested should an entry be selected to be awarded a prize or an honorable mention.
  • All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.
  • All photos must be original (e.g, the author’s own work). If the work is copywrited, the photographer(s), or the agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the pictures.
  • Photos must have permission to print and possibly display (If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases upon request.)
  • Photos must be appropriate for a public audience (e.g., PG).
  • Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, form.
  • Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license. You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Mālama Mānoa upon request.
Mālama Mānoa shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging. Images will be judged on relevance to our valley and Mālama Mānoaʻs mission, originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. All images must be submitted though our email account, malamamanoa12@gmail.com and include the entrant’s first and last name, email address, phone number and caption for your photo submission. Caption information should include:
  • Location
  • Date
  • Detailed caption of subject matter
  • Artist name
  • Category
Participants may enter once in any category for which they are eligible. Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as with a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo) anytime on or after October 1, 2017. Mālama Mānoa will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry. Photographers own their own copyright and enter Mālama Mānoaʻs competition of their own free will. As a condition of having a photograph selected as a winning image, photographers agree to a non-exclusive transfer of worldwide rights allowing Mālama Mānoa the following uses including, but not limited to: publishing the image(s) through social media; hanging the image(s) in public exhibitions; and displaying the image(s) on the Mālama Mānoa Website; and using the image(s) to promote Mālama Mānoa. Non-exclusive allows the photographer to market the image as they choose. Mālama Mānoa does not restrict future sales of the image. Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. For awarded pictures, copyright holders grant Mālama Mānoa unlimited non-exclusive use of high-resolution pictures for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of Mālama Mānoa, without any remuneration being due.  

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