Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Photography Competition - Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions govern the Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Photography Competition. The Competition Organisers are OPAL South West and the Plymouth Woodland Project, based in the School of Biological Sciences at Plymouth University. OPAL South West will store all entries and personal details of entrants for the duration of the competition.

The organisers reserve the right to modify these terms and conditions without notice.


Competition entry

By entering the Competition, you agree to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions and to comply fully with them.

The Competition is open to all residents of England excluding employees of OPAL and the Plymouth Woodland Project, and anyone involved in running the Competition or anyone closely related to them.

If you are under the age of 18 you must have permission to enter the Competition from your parent or guardian. By submitting an entry for the competition, your parent/carer/guardian is deemed to have given such consent and to agree to the use of the entry as described in these terms and conditions.

The competition launches on Friday 20th March 2015 and the closing date for submissions is Monday 31st August 2015. All submissions received before 23:59 BST (11:59pm) on Monday 31st August 2015 will be accepted but any received after this time will not be eligible. Please note that sending is not proof of receipt.

The Organisers cannot be held responsible for emails that do not arrive due to the entrant's email security settings or restrictions placed by their Internet service provider.

All photographs must be entered via email to

Entrants must only submit photographs into the correct age bracket. The age brackets are: under-18s and over-18s. 

If your photograph features any person or people, they should be aware that they are being photographed and permission should be obtained from all involved (or their parent's/guardian's permission if under 16) for their photograph to be submitted in the competition. If it is clear that the people are not aware of their picture being taken or are embarrassed in any way by any entry we receive, the Organisers reserve the right to disqualify the entry.


What to enter

Photos must be at least 2MB (with the exception of photos entered to the mobile phone category which may be less than 2MB) but not larger than 10MB. JPEG format is preferred.

Each entrant may submit up to four photographs in each category and can only submit to categories in their age bracket. Entrants must declare their age and entries will not be accepted unless this information is provided.

Photographs must have been taken within the counties of Devon or Cornwall. Any photos found to have been taken elsewhere will be disqualified.


Image adjustment

The faithful representation of what was captured at the time of the shot being taken must be maintained. Digital adjustments are only acceptable if limited to minor cleaning work (e.g. removing dust spots), levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work. Sharpening and minimal cropping is allowed.

Compositing, multiple exposures, sandwich shots and double exposures are not permitted. Adding or removing animals, parts of animals, plants, distractions, people etc into/from the image is not allowed.


Competition judging and announcement of winners

Winners and highly commended photos will be announced on Monday 14th September.

All entrants will be emailed on this date to inform them of the winning and highly commended entries. Unless otherwise specified correspondence will be sent to the email address that each entry was submitted from.

A judging panel will be made up of Plymouth University staff with expertise in photography and natural history. The Organisers will ensure the competition is judged anonymously.

The decision of the Organisers on all matters relating to the Competition is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competition's judging and organisation.

OPAL South West reserves the right to substitute prizes. No alternative, cash or otherwise, will be given for any prizes.


Copyright and reproduction

You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all images entered. You will retain copyright of your entries at all times and always be credited alongside your picture.

See usage rights listed below.


Usage Rights

By entering your images into the competition, you grant permission to OPAL South West, OPAL Partners and Plymouth Woodland Project for a non-exclusive license to reproduce the images for the following purposes:

Display of winning and highly commended entries at an exhibition held at Plymouth University in September/October 2015.

Printing of winning and highly commended photographs in local media including the Plymouth Herald and Western Morning News. We ask that the press credit photographers where the images are used but cannot be held responsible for errors and omissions.

Inclusion of winning and highly commended photographs on the OPAL website, Plymouth Woodland Project website and Plymouth University website. Photographers will be credited alongside their work.

Your photographs will be saved by the Organisers for the period of judging but all all unsuccessful entries will be deleted by the end of December 2015 unless additional permission is granted by the photographer to keep the images beyond this time. Please note that entrants may be asked whether they are happy for their images to be used by OPAL Partners and Plymouth Woodland Project to promote wildlife found in the region. It will be entirely at your discretion whether you grant this permission for non-exclusive use of your photo for these purposes.


Data Protection

The information you provide will be collected and stored by OPAL South West and the Plymouth Woodland Project, and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We will only use your information for the purposes of administration of the Competition (including publishing your name and county if you are the winner) and any other purposes to which you have consented. We will not pass your details on to any third party.


Indemnity and Limitation of Liability

To the maximum extent permitted by law, OPAL South West, the Plymouth Woodland Project and Plymouth University excludes its liability for any loss, damage, injury, cost or expense suffered by you, whether directly or indirectly and howsoever caused, in connection with the Competition and use of any prize. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the Organisers’ liability for death or personal injury arising from the Organisers’ own negligence or any other liability that cannot, as a matter of law, be excluded.

You agree to indemnify the Organisers and keep the Organisers indemnified against any loss, damage, injury, cost or expense suffered by the Organisers as a result of your entry in the Competition, including (but not limited to) any claim of infringement of intellectual property rights made by any third party.



You agree that if you are the winner, you will take part in and cooperate fully with reasonable publicity and to the use of your name and photograph in such publicity.

The Organisers reserve the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time through the OPAL website without giving notice.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with English Law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.