THE 2012 SPRING COTTAGE LIFE SHOW $1,000 SHOPPING SPREE CONTEST
Official Rules & Regulations
ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE CONTEST RULES.
1. This Spring Cottage Life Show $1,000 Shopping Spree Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Cottage Life magazine (“Quarto Communications”) hereinafter referred to as the “Contest Sponsor”.
2. This contest is open to residents of Canada, EXCLUDING the province of Quebec. Employees of the Contest Sponsor and their respective immediate families and employees are also excluded.
3. The Contest opens on or about Monday, February 13, 2012 at 12 p.m. (EDT) and closes Tuesday March 20, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) (the "Contest Period"). Only eligible entries received during the Contest Period will be entered in the Contest. Entrants’ completed online registration form will serve as the entry ballot for the Contest.
4. Entrants can only enter the Contest once during the Contest Period. No purchase necessary to enter, although online access, provision of an entrants contact information, and a valid e-mail address are required in order to participate.
Enter by logging on to www.cottagelife.com during the Contest Period and completing the ballot. All entries must be received no later than Tuesday March 20, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
5. There will be one (1) random draw for the Contest prize. The prize consists of: 5 x $100 + 10 x $50 vouchers totaling $1000 to be redeemed at selected 2012 Spring Cottage Life Show exhibitors booths. Retail value of the prize: $1000.00 CDN. Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not substitutable, transferable or convertible to cash. The vouchers must be used in full and cannot be broken. No cash will be refunded or change given for the unused portion of the vouchers. Prize must be collected by the contest winner at the 2012 Spring Cottage Life Show, March 30-April 1, 2012 at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Toronto ON, before Sunday April 1, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT).
6. Odds of winning depend on the number of ballots received before the Contest deadline.
7. A random draw will be held on Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT), at Cottage Life magazine’s head office: 54 St. Patrick Street, Toronto, Ontario, from all ballots received by the draw deadline. Only online entries will be eligible.
8. All entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, incomplete, forged, falsified, altered, or tampered with in any way.
9. In order to win, selected entrants must first correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited, mathematical, skill testing question administered by telephone or e-mail.
10. To be declared a winner and claim a prize, the potential winner must be reachable by phone within two (2) business days following the random draw at the phone number listed on the entrant’s online registration form.
11. Should the potential winner not be reached during the two (2) business days period for any reason, including, but not limited to, the fact that the potential winner has a call privacy feature on his/her phone, or if the potential winner does not meet all of the contest conditions as set out herein, the prize(s) shall be automatically forfeited by that potential winner.
12. All entries shall become the property of the Contest Sponsor.
13. The winning entrant may be required to sign a declaration and release from liability. The winner agrees to permit the Contest Sponsor to publish the winner’s name, address, photograph, or likeness without further compensation to the winner, in any publicity carried out by Contest Sponsor.
14. If the Contest Sponsor are unable to award the prizes, it will be considered null and void and without value on April 2, 2012.
15. The Contest Sponsor reserve the right to replace the prizes with prizes of equal or greater value.
16. The winner releases the Contest Sponsor as well as their advertising and promotional agencies, from liability for any damage or prejudice arising out of the awarding and use of the prizes.
The Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. The Contest and the terms and conditions contained in these rules shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the province of Ontario. Any dispute arising hereunder shall be adjudicated in the applicable court in Toronto, Ontario.
• You can upload 5 images for judging.
• We love our camera phones too but we need high resolution images. Minimum 2560 pixels on the longest side.
• Only amateur photographers, professionals (defined by earning more than $1000/year from selling your images) will be disqualified.
• You must be the owner and creator of the photo
• The image must be a photograph (not digital art, painting or illustration)
• Make sure there is minimal digital alteration (minimal colour correction and cropping acceptable)
• Images must be no more than 10MB in size
• Only jpegs are accepted
• For the Kids category, participants must be under 15 when they take the photo.
• No date stamps or watermarks.
Tips for Taking Winning Photos:
1. Get down on their level
• Shoot from ground level for kids, pets and plants
• Get high for an overview shot
2. Use a plain background
• If you can, find a way to eliminate distracting backgrounds. Get higher, lower, shift things around until the background is all one colour or variations of a colour or texture.
3. Use flash outdoors
• Flash can be used outdoors to fill in hard shadows on a sunny day. Some cameras have a fill flash settings, on others you can reduce the output of the flash. You only need a little light to make this idea work.
4. Move in close
• If your camera has a macro setting, use it to shoot flowers or other interesting small objects. It will blur the background and make the subject of your image pop.
• Even it doesn’t have a macro setting you can still get in close - just be careful of focus. Most cameras have a limit of about a metre. Putting the camera closer than that will produce fuzzy shot.
5. Go vertical
• Some subjects (like most portraits) look better in a vertical format. If you not sure, take one horizontal and one vertical just to be sure.
6. Lock the focus
• The best shots have something in focus. They eye needs something to draw it into the image. Keep your hands steady, make sure the camera has locked in the auto focus.
• Most cameras have a center-weighted focus but you can get around this by pushing the button down half way and holding it. Then you can move the camera where you want it and push the button down the rest of the way.
• The landscape and macro settings can help with focus too. Landscape will put as much as possible in focus. The Macro setting will focus on your subject and blur everything else.
7. Move it from the middle
• Our instinct is to put the most important part of the picture right in the middle of the image but often a better composition is to move things off to the sides. Click here for more information on the Rule of Thirds.
• Cropping out distracting elements like poles and furniture is another way to focus in on your subject.
8. Look for interesting light
• The middle of a bright sunny day produces the flattest light. Try shooting at dawn or dusk when the light is warmer and produces more dramatic shadows.
• There are also many sources of light like candles, indoor lights, street lights, and bonfires that you can shoot with. Just remember you may need to set the camera on a solid structure or tripod for low lighting situations.
• Overcast skys are great for portraits but for landscapes look for interesting cloud formations.
9. Be a picture director – don’t be afraid to direct your subjects where you want them
• Set up an action shot – set your camera to multiple images (overlapping rectangle) vs single shot (single rectangle)
• Move people around to create more interesting groupings
• Move people into the shade for more diffused light. Sunny days create harsh shadows that can be unflattering to people’s faces.
10. Make sure your camera settings are set for the highest resolution
• Most cameras have a variety of settings for image resolution. Resolution is the number of pixels used to make up the image. The more pixels, the higher the resolution, the higher the resolution the better the output. For images to be used for print the need a high resolution.
• Even if you plan to only view the image on a computer, it is better to shoot with more pixels than less. You can always throw away pixels but you can’t add them if they didn’t exist in the first place.