2019 Visit Tampa Bay & Arts Council of Hillsborough County
Official Visitors Guide Contest Rules


ELIGIBILITY: Submitting an entry into the 2019 Official Visitors Guide contest is open to individuals of at least 18 years of age, who reside in Hillsborough County. Visit Tampa Bay employees, directors, and their immediate family members are not eligible.  For purposes of this contest, “immediate family members” means legal parents, spouses, dependents, and siblings, whether residents of the same household or not.

HOW TO ENTER: Complete the entry form located at: https://www.visittampabay.com/covercontest/.   There is no fee to submit images. All entries are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. All entries must be submitted the stated website by 11:59pm on July 31, 2018.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: All submissions will be judged by a committee based on the following Judging Criteria: technical execution, composition and impact, as well as suitability and effectiveness as a commercial magazine cover. Visit Tampa Bay and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and committee members with their expertise in photography and image curation will review all submissions and choose qualifying entries that will ultimately be chosen as the winning images. All judging decisions are final. The chosen winner will be contacted by Visit Tampa Bay, please do not contact Visit Tampa Bay or committee members about the status of entries.

TERMS OF ENTRY: (a) By participating in this contest, contestant warrants that his or her entry and all elements thereof (i) do not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, logos, contract and licensing rights, rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights, or any other intellectual property rights; (ii) are not subject to any third party agreements for which Visit Tampa Bay and/or Arts Council of Hillsborough County could be held financially or legally liable; and (iii) do not contain any content that could adversely affect the name, reputation, or goodwill of Visit Tampa Bay and/or Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Contestant agrees to indemnify Visit Tampa Bay and Arts Council of Hillsborough County against all damages, costs, and attorney’s fees related to any claims or litigation that arises in relation to Contestant’s participation in the Contest. (iv) all submissions must be an original work.

(b) The contestant retains the copyright and exclusive possession of all submissions. The contestant will grant to Visit Tampa Bay the nontransferable, nonexclusive license to use, with complete attribution, via any medium, the submission for promotional or other purposes as deemed fit by Visit Tampa Bay.

(c) Usage rights for the stated publication/project, all associated digital adaptations of the stated publication/project (digital editions/tablets/interactive digital magazines), the right to modify (minor retouching/color correcting) photography/illustration as needed (with permission from the artist) and the non-exclusive right to publishing the photography/illustration within the company publications to promote Visit Tampa Bay and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County  These usage rights cover the duration of the lifespan of the stated publication/project in its original circulation/distribution.

(d) The winning artist will receive an artist attribution wherever the photo is to appear, and a cash prize of $1,000.00. All submissions must be high-resolution images, suitable for printing. All image submissions must be a minimum of:  7.875” x 10.5” at 300 dpi. Please note the images pulled directly from websites or social media platforms will not meet the stated requirements/specifications.

 (e) Neither Visit Tampa Bay or Arts Council of Hillsborough County nor any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, contractors, subcontractors and each of their respective officers, directors, shareholders, agents and employees, nor any Internet access providers are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information, human error, technical malfunction, lost/delayed data transmission, lost/delayed/misdirected mail, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failure of any telephone or other network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, inability to access the contest website, for problems uploading or downloading any contest-related materials from the contest website, or for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incorrect or incomplete entries.

(f) All entries must be submitted and received by July 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Any entry information collected from the Contest may be recorded by Visit Tampa Bay for further promotional or marketing purposes.