Photo Contest

Theme: Mining Energy for the Future

Deadline: January 13, 2016

The SME Coal & Energy Division is sponsoring the 2016 SME Photo Contest. Submissions will be accepted starting Friday, October 30, 2015 through Wednesday, January 13, 2016. All submissions must be made online using the online submission form. Each participant may submit up to three (3) images for consideration.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to win some awesome prizes and to have your image showcased at the 2016 SME Annual Conference & Expo.

Visit the SME Annual Conference & Expo website to Submit Your Photos Today!

Rules:
  • This contest is open to anyone in the Mining Industry. (Sorry, no employees of SME or their immediate families qualify!)

  • Any level of photographer may enter as long as they do not receive a major part of their income from photography.

  • Only three images may be submitted per person. Most recent entry will be used if you submit more than once.

  • Images must not have been digitally altered in any way other than necessary cropping or dust removal.

  • Entries will only be accepted through the website starting Friday October 30th, 2015 through Wednesday, January 13th, 2016. No mailed or emailed entries will be allowed. Only .jpg formatted images will be accepted. Image size must be at least 8x10 at 300dpi, but not larger than 5mb.

  • Your entry in the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs and your name (where room allows) to be published in our magazines, on our websites and for promotions including, but not limited to: exhibit displays, online photos for web pages, meeting icons, brochures and membership pamphlets. Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs.

  • By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original, do not infringe on any third party's rights, and that participant has obtained any necessary permissions from any third party if a third party or third party's property appears in the photograph. SME reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it finds in its sole discretion that any of the foregoing warranties are not true. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified. Decisions of SME shall be final and binding.

  • Images may not be published by other companies, websites or used in printed materials until May of the year following the contest.

  • SME is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the SME, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the SME, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. SME assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. SME is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, servers, providers, computer on-line systems, software, or failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, including injury or damage to participant's or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or uploading images or information to the SME.

  • By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless SME and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. SME and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.

You will need a photographic release form filled out by any person in your photographs or by a property owner, so please download the appropriate form below and retain for your records.

Prize packages:

  • First Place – $500 and 1 year of SME Membership.

  • Second Place – $250 and 1 year of SME Membership.

  • Third Place – $100 and 1 year of SME Membership.

  • Honorable mentions – Super cool SME schwag!

All winning images and honorable mentions will be displayed in the online gallery with photo credit. Images may also appear in future issues of Mining Engineering and on the SME websites to promote future events.

Visit the SME Annual Conference & Expo website to Submit Your Photos Today!

*All prizes subject to availability. Please contact Heather Gravning if you need any assistance.


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