Photo Calendar competition

The PFLA is looking for beautiful photographs that will show off the diverse landscapes, livestock and culinary creations of certified members’ farms.

They will promote the virtues of grassland farming – from abundantly rich herbal leys to cow-covered pastures, to delicious and juicy roasted joints or barbequed steaks.

The 12 photos selected by the judges will appear in the PFLA Calendar for 2018, sold in support of the work of the PFLA, which promotes the unique quality of produce raised exclusively on pasture.

The overall winner will be voted for by PFLA members and supporters, and will win a cash prize of £100. Their photo will also feature on the front cover of the calendar, as well as on one of the months inside.

“Our certified ‘Pasture for Life’ farms are all visually stunning,” says PFLA director Sara Gregson. “There is wonderful scenery, gorgeous animals and verdant green pastures – and we want to capture some of these images and display them for other people to enjoy.

“The winners will also have a month where their farm and contact details will be on show – which we hope will offer additional promotional opportunities for them and their meat and dairy products. We are very excited about launching this competition.”

Up to three digital images, ideally landscape shots, can be entered per person in total. We are particularly looking for photos taken across the seasons. The closing date for entries is midnight Thursday 31 August 2017. Email photos to [email protected].

Please read the General Terms & Conditions below before entering.

General Terms & Conditions

  1. The title for the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) Photographic Competition 2017 is ‘Pasture for Life’. The theme is open to personal interpretation, but we are looking for beautiful photographs that will show off the diverse landscapes, livestock and culinary delights created by certified members of the PFLA. The photos MUST be pictures taken of CERTIFIED ‘Pasture for Life’ farms and retailers. The PFLA’s decision as to the eligibility of individual photographs will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  2. Photographs entered must be taken in the UK or the Isle of Man.
  3. Entrants can submit up to three digital images in total as electronic images, in colour or black and white. Images should preferably be in landscape format, or able to be cropped to landscape format. Image resolution to be high and at least 1MB in size.
  4. The PFLA is aware that digital photography does allow for some image enhancement. You can enter images that have had spots, scratches or other blemishes or minor features removed. You can have worked on the colour or enhanced the image for the sake of the composition. You can also crop the image to improve composition. We will not accept composite images – entries that stitch two or more separate photographs together to make one image, or entries that superimpose elements photographed separately onto an image. We want you to stay faithful to the spirit of the competition, and never deceive the viewer or misrepresent the aspect of nature being portrayed. The judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.
  5. The competition is open to UK residents only, who are members of the PFLA (including residents of the Isle of Man). Entrants under the age of 16 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter.
  6. Entrants must email images to: [email protected] with their name, address and contact telephone number (both daytime and evening).
  7. The PFLA will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering the scheme.
  8. If you are unable to email digital images, send photographs to: PFLA Photographic Competition, Farm491, Trent Lodge, Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS.
  9. The competition closes at midnight on Thursday 31 August 2017. Entries received after this date will not be considered. The PFLA cannot accept any responsibility for any problem with the postal service, which may result in any entry being lost or delayed. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on any entry will be provided. All photographs will be judged on the following criteria: i) composition, ii) public appeal and iii) suitability for inclusion in the ‘Pasture for Life’ calendar.
  10. The photographs will be judged through the following process:
    1. Stage One
      A judging panel, comprised of members of the PFLA staff and board directors, will review all entries and select a long-list of photographs, based on the above criteria. These will then be reviewed to select the 12 best, based on the above criteria. A member of the PFLA board will contact each of the finalists within a week of judging in early September 2017. If after reasonable attempts a winner cannot be contacted, the PFLA reserves the right to offer the place to the next best entry.
    2. Stage Two – The Members Vote
      All PFLA members and supporters will be asked to vote for their favourite photos. This will be on either via a general email newsletter or a special email newsletter. The overall winner will be the entry that receives the most votes and will be featured on the front of the calendar as one as inside on one of the months. They will also receive a cash prize of £100.
  11. All 12 finalists winning images shall appear in the ‘Pasture for Life’ Calendar 2018. Finalists will be credited for the image, along with details of their farm, farm shop or butchery if applicable. Calendars are to be sold in support of the work of the PFLA, which promotes the unique quality of produce raised exclusively on pasture.
  12. The entry photographs may also be published in the PFLA newsletters and used in other PFLA promotions.
  13. In the event of a technical problem with regard to the members’ vote, the judges shall have the final decision. If the members’ vote results in a tie, the judges shall have the casting vote. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  14. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Where an individual, or a residential property, belonging to someone other than the photographer is featured, the photographer must seek permission and be prepared to provide written consent, if requested. Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
  15. We are looking for original photographs, so entries must not have won any national competition prize previously. For the purposes of this competition, ‘national’ refers to the whole of the UK – or to individual national competitions in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
  16. Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to the PFLA. By entering the competition all entrants grant to the PFLA the right to publish and exhibit their photographs on the PFLA’s website, in newsletters and promotional materials. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every broadcast use of the photographs will include the photographers’ names. Entrants must ensure that the photograph is not used to publicise or promote companies, individuals, organisations or causes – other than the PFLA (including the photographic competition, the calendar and any associated PFLA promotions) and the winning photographer them self – until the 1st January 2018.
  17. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and the PFLA reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if the PFLA has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.
  18. The PFLA reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  19. These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. This competition is administered by the PFLA.
  20. Please take your photos responsibly and always follow the Countryside Code. You can find more information here: The Countryside Code

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