Rules

Term

The Kingman Billboard Leap-year Photo Contest begins February 1, 2024, and ends February 29, 2024, at 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. By submitting a photo, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is at least 18 years old.

Who may enter

Category prizes are open to photographers who are at least 18 years old. City of Kingman employees and their immediate families (children, parents, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households may enter but are not eligible for any prize monies. The City will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

What to enter

The following three contest categories are representative of Kingman’s three main areas of Tourism:

  1. Route 66: landmarks, open road, highways, landscapes, vehicles, travelers, events.
  2. History: Downtown, historic landmarks, museums, people or activities that convey a sense of place.
  3. Outdoors: scenic landscapes, wide open spaces, people hiking or mountain biking, flora and fauna.

To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant within the greater Kingman area. The contestant certifies that he/she is the sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph.

Minor adjustments, including the removal of sensor dust or scratches on scans of negatives, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast, toning, slight color adjustment may be acceptable. Cropped photos aren’t encouraged but are eligible. Grayscale photos are not eligible. The addition and subtraction of objects is not permitted. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo beyond normal photojournalism best practices, they reserve the right to disqualify it. Images generated using Artificial Intelligence (AI) are not permitted.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must be prepared to provide a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian, to the City upon request.

The City’s model release is available here

Similarly, entrants whose photos depict other people’s work (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyrightable works) must be prepared to provide a release from the rights holder to the Smithsonian upon request. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person's creation.

If the entrant is unable to provide all required releases, the City in its sole discretion reserves the right to disqualify the submission, seek to secure the required releases, or permit the submission to remain in the contest.

Photos must be taken in accordance with federal, state and local laws.

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by the City in its sole discretion, are ineligible for all categories of this contest.

Ethics

Entrants must disclose the circumstances under which an image was captured and any instructions given to a subject.

The welfare of a subject and its environment must be placed ahead of the desire to capture a photograph. Upon entering the contest, entrants certify that subjects were treated with respect and dignity, and that no people, wildlife or the environment were harmed in creating a photograph.

If baiting was used to attract wildlife, or special equipment such as camera traps and drones used to capture the photograph, this must be disclosed. Live baiting of wildlife is not permitted. 

How to Enter

Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website choosekingman.com/photocontest. You may submit up to two (2) photographs per category for a contest total of six (6) submissions. Photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or RAW format, be at least 6,000 pixels wide and 3,000 pixels high, and no larger than 50 MB. You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted.

We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail and do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address. Photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.

Finalists must be prepared to complete our media release form and submit the original, unedited digital file. The City reserves the right to disqualify incomplete submissions and/or contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 6,000 pixels on the horizontal side and 3,000 pixels on the vertical side.

The City's media release is available here

The City may collect a photograph’s metadata upon submission.

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by submitting the media release form and accepting a prize in any category, you grant the City (and those authorized by the City) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the submissions, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the City and its website, exhibition, and commercial products (this includes any sales of products utilizing the photograph), including but not limited to City publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The City will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Use of your personal data

Participation in the contest requires the collection of your name and email address. By entering this contest, you are consenting to the use of your name and email address for further communications regarding this contest. 

Submission deadline

The contest begins on February 1, 2024. All submissions must be received through ChooseKingman.com by 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time on February 29, 2024.

Judging

Photo submissions will be judged based on composition, authenticity, quality, originality, how representative it is of Kingman and the category, and overall impact.

The City will select finalists in each category. The finalists will be notified of their status and appear on our website after the judging has concluded. The Grand Prize winners  in each category will be revealed online in spring 2024. These dates may be subject to change.

The City will notify winners via the contact information provided at the time of submission; the City may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five business days.

Please do not contact us about the status of submissions or judging.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded, as follows:

Category Grand Prize Winners

The top winners of each of the three categories will receive $500.

Finalists

The remaining finalists will each receive $100.

Cash prizes per person are capped at $500; winners may receive additional non-cash prizes or accolades. Winners may elect to withdraw submissions for which they will not receive cash prizes. Winners must sign a photo release and license, as well as a declaration of eligibility, and will be responsible for paying any fees or taxes associated with the prize. All prizes are awarded “as is” and non-transferable.  In case applicable law prohibits the City from awarding a photographer the cash prize and/or any non-cash prize, the City may award the prize in name only.

Online Features

The City may select photos from the grand prize winners and finalists for highlight on its website or display in a publicly accessible contest archive. Such selections will be made in the City’s sole discretion.

Conditions of Submission

All entrants hold the Sponsors and their respective regents, directors, officers, employees, emeriti, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred because of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected submissions, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their submissions. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The City reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, the City reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. The City reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose submission or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. 

Decisions of the City are final and binding.