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Terms and Conditions

GENERAL

Back from the Brink is launching the Back from the Brink Film & Photography Competition in November 2018, supported by Wildscreen, culminating in an exciting Back from the Brink Festival in the autumn of 2019.

The competition open to all UK residents, aged 13 years and above who will submit short films or images featuring an aspect of the UK’s natural environment, with the aim of encouraging others and inspiring communities to engage with the natural world around them. The best of these films and images will be screened and displayed at a Back from the Brink Festival in autumn 2019, as part of an exciting Wildscreen-led event.

More information on the event will be revealed over the coming year!

Now for the important information…

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The Back from the Brink Film & Photography Competition (‘the Competition’) is owned by Back from the Brink (‘the Owners’).

This Competition is supported by Back from the Brink funders: Heritage Lottery Fund, People’s Postcode Lottery, Garfield Weston Foundation, Natural England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Patsy Wood Trust, EU Life, Forestry Commission, Veolia.

Any contact regarding the Competition (unless otherwise specified below) should be via the email address: bftbcompetition@wildscreen.org

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

By submitting an entry, you agree to be legally bound by the Rules and Terms and Conditions of the competition.

The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

The Competition is open to all legal residents of the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man aged 13 and above. Back from the Brink project managers and volunteers are eligible to enter.

Entrants 17 years or under must have parent or guardian consent to enter. Parents/guardians agree to the competition rules, terms and conditions as set out herein on behalf of the entrant, and must complete our consent form.

This competition is open to amateur filmmakers and photographers only. For the purposes of this competition, a professional filmmaker or photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their films or photographs.

The content of all films and images must have been captured within the UK, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

No wildlife or habitats should be harmed or unduly disturbed in the process of filming or taking photographs.

The entries must not:

  • portray subjects that have been captured using live bait
  • portray subjects that are captive, models, restrained, domesticated, or being exploited for profit, except if done so for the purposes of reporting on exploitation of animal(s) by a third party, a welfare issue or the impacts of domesticated animals on wildlife.

Further guidance is available at: http://www.rps.org/adminuploads/external/images/nature@rps.org/Nature%20Photographers%20Code%20of%20Practice.pdf

Back from the Brink and Wildscreen accepts no responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or of any other kind, which may result in any entry being lost, corrupted, not properly recorded or delayed.

Back from the Brink and Wildscreen accept no responsibility for entries which are lost or corrupted during upload.

This competition will culminate in a Back from the Brink Festival in autumn 2019, as part of an exciting Wildscreen-led event, where the winning films and images will be showcased through special screenings and exhibitions.  More information about this will be revealed over the coming year.

CONSENT

Entrants must have obtained the consent of anyone who features in their film or photography.

If entrants wish to include anyone under the age of 18 (a minor) in their film or photography, they must first obtain written consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian using a consent form.  Back from the Brink can provide these here.

If clearances and permissions are not obtained for the film or images, minors must not appear visibly.

In the interests of child protection, any credits added to the film which refer to children must contain first names only. Any films containing full names and/or other identifiers such as the name of a school cannot be considered for the Competition.

  • No advertising is permitted within films or photography.
  • The films and photography must not contain anything that is obscene, defamatory, indecent, unlawful, disrespectful or offensive.

DATES

Entries open at www.naturebftb.co.uk/competition Wednesday 28 November 2018
Official submission deadline Friday 30 August 2019
Winners announced Mid-October 2019

FILM ENTRIES

We are looking for each participant to produce and submit a short film (no longer than fifteen (15) minutes in length, including any title sequences and/or credits) that has an aspect of the natural world as the focus.

For film entries, all entrants must have a YouTube or Vimeo account onto which they can upload their film.

If entrants choose to use music, images or footage in their film, it is their responsibility to ensure that it is either their own original piece (including composition and performance) or used under a creative commons license.

To be eligible, films:

  • must have been filmed and produced since 15 November 2017 - the start of the Back from the Brink project
  • must contain no more than 40% stock footage - Back from the Brink and Wildscreen reserve the right to check this for all shortlisted entries.
  • can be shot on smartphones or digital cameras
  • can be live action, stop motion or animated

FILM SUBMISSION PROCESS

Entrants must complete a separate Competition submission form for each film and nominate it for consideration in one or more award categories.  Films may be entered into more than one category.

Each entrant must upload their film to their personal YouTube or Vimeo account.

The relevant video URL must be submitted via the Competition submission form located on the Back from the Brink website at https://naturebftb.co.uk/competition.

Entrants must not:

  • edit or amend the film after submission
  • enable the advertising functionality on YouTube

Submission materials and limited information will be shared between Back from the Brink and Wildscreen, solely for the purposes of administering the Competition.

Should you have any difficulties submitting films in this way, please get in contact via bftbcompetition@wildscreen.org.

PHOTOGRAPHY ENTRIES

We are looking for participants to submit images that celebrate the diversity and beauty of UK wildlife and habitats.

To be eligible, images:

  • must have been taken since 15 November 2017 - the start of the Back from the Brink project except if entering the Storytelling Category, where half of the images may be taken prior to 15 November 2017 if appropriate to the narrative of the entry.
  • must not have been excessively treated so as to alter their authenticity, see below.

Digital adjustments including cropping, tone and contrast, sharpening, stitching, multiple exposures are permitted. The removal of objects, people, vegetation, background features or any action that alters the meaning or message of the photograph is not permitted.

Entrants may enter each category a maximum of three (3) times.

PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSION PROCESS

Entrants must complete a separate Competition submission form for each image and nominate it for consideration in an award category.  

Entrants must not edit or amend the images after submission.

Submission materials and limited information will be shared between Back from the Brink and Wildscreen, solely for the purposes of administering the Competition.

Should you have any difficulties submitting entries in this way, please get in contact via bftbcompetition@wildscreen.org.

JUDGING PROCESS

There will be two rounds of judging for both the film and photography competition.

All submissions received by the entry deadline will be reviewed by a Preliminary Jury and the entries deemed to be the best in each category will be shortlisted for the category award and put forward for consideration by the Final Jury.

The preliminary and final jury will be conducted by a panel consisting of Back from the Brink and Wildscreen representatives, industry experts and conservationists.

Entrants will receive notification of the outcome of the judging process by the Preliminary Jury soon after the end of September 2019.

All shortlisted entries will be reviewed by the Final Jury, which will select the winner of each award category.

PRIZES

There will be one (1) overall winner and may, at the jury’s discretion, be two or three runners-up (the other Nominees) in each category.

The overall winners of the Competition categories will receive:

  • A goody bag of prizes donated by Back from the Brink project partners and Wildscreen
  • A Back from the Brink Film and Photography Competition Wildscreen certificate
  • A special screening of their film or exhibition of their image(s) at the Back from the Brink Festival in Autumn 2019.
  • The opportunity to have their video or image(s) featured on the Back from the Brink and Wildscreen websites
  • The opportunity to have their video or image(s) featured on the Wildscreen website

All other Nominees invited to the Event will receive:

  • An invitation to attend a film screening or exhibition of their image(s) at the Back from the Brink Festival in Autumn 2019.
  • The opportunity to have their film or images featured on the Back from the Brink and Wildscreen websites
  • A Back from the Brink Film and Photography Competition Wildscreen certificate

No alternative prize will be given and the Prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable.

The Owners reserve the right to change the Prize as a result of circumstances beyond their control or to offer an alternative prize of a similar value.

The Owners reserve the right not to award a prize if, in the judges’ opinion, no entries reach a sufficient standard or where the contact details provided on the entry form are incorrect.

USE OF SUBMISSION MATERIALS

Each entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other party.

Ownership of the copyright in any entry submitted to the Competition will remain with the copyright owner. Films and images will be credited where possible and appropriate. The entrant agrees that Back from the Brink and Wildscreen will not be liable to the copyright holder in the event of inadvertent omission of credit.

By entering the Competition, the entrant grants to Back from the Brink and Wildscreen a free non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to use the film and images in all their publicity, publication and activities and in any promotional material connected to this Competition. This licence is granted only for use in relation to the Competition and subsequent Event, which shall include but is not limited to any of the following uses:

  • Competition judging process
  • Display in online materials
  • Display during the Event and other related public events

PUBLICITY

Selected entries will be featured online and/or in publicity materials relating to the Competition, including but not limited to Back from the Brink, their Partners’ and Wildscreen websites.

Entry to the Competition gives Back from the Brink and Wildscreen the right, without separate consent or compensation, to publicise the names of the Winners, and Nominees if applicable, and to make further use of these in printed or online materials solely for the purposes of administering this Competition in accordance with applicable law.

Some entries may be featured on the Back from the Brink and/or Wildscreen website, but this will not impact on the judging panel’s decision.

Entrants also acknowledge that publicity materials featuring them may be provided to Wildscreen for the purposes of promoting their association with the Competition and awarding the relevant prizes.

LIABILITY ACCEPTANCE

Submitting a film to the Back from the Brink Film & Photography Competition implies full acceptance of the rules of the competition.

By submitting your film to the Back from the Brink Film & Photography Competition, you are declaring that it is your own original work (with the exception of the allowed maximum 40% of stock footage, which must be credited) and that you are the author of the content.

Entrants agree to fully indemnify Back from the Brink, Wildscreen, its judges, funders, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against any actual or threatened claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses, including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims, based on material submitted to the Competition or use of the Prize.

CONTACT

In the event of any queries please contact:

bftbcompetition@wildscreen.org

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