“Texture in the natural world” photo contest
This contest challenges you to look and find the appropriate interesting objects for shooting and to take part with your personal images on the topic.
Feel the freedom of photography
Texture in nature include photos showing the composition of an object in nature. It can be formed by surface irregularities, such as at the surface of an old brick or small shapes which are located on a surface as those on a pile of coins.
In this type of photography, taking pictures of details on the surface of the object is the most important characteristic for a photograph. The actual object is of lower significance. In order to use this technique, the camera must be positioned for a close-up detail, or can be shot only part of the whole picture. An example of this type of texture image will close up patterns seen in old rock formations.
This style can be a challenge, since the composition, light and depth work differently in comparison with, for example, landscape photography. In texture photography, it's all about patterns, colors and depth. Every single detail plays a significant role in the overall perception of the image. The combination of these complex details, interesting patterns, vibrant colors and greater depth - all contribute to a more beautiful picture.
Obviously, to shoot texture, you must first find it. Finding the ordinary is very easy. They are all around us and not have to go far to find them - you can shoot everything from brick wall to the grass in the backyard.
Finding a unique, beautiful and eye-catching textures, on the other hand is difficult. But once you start looking, you'll begin to notice many more all around you. And eventually you will begin to encounter those that are unique and beautiful. When working, use a tripod, if possible. Experimenting is perhaps one of the most important things.
Participate and we promise you great rewards
Every registered user may participate, by paying an entry fee of 5 Wings. Organizer guarantees a prize fund of awesome 150 euro. 50% of the collected entry fees or exactly 2,5 WINGS, will accumulate in additional prize money over secure 150 euro. 1 WINGS of virtual currency on the site amounts to 0.32 euro, which means that each allowed to participate, will add 0.80 euro to the guaranteed prize fund.
An important condition, without which the competition cannot start, is to have at least 2 registered participants. To participate, you must have in the portfolio to your registration at least 5 WINGS (at a price of 2.40 euro) for each media. VOUBS operates with its own virtual currency WINGS, which is added to your online wallet and through it you pay the entry fees to participate. How you can buy the virtual currency? This is done online via PayPal and ePay.
The winner with the highest overall score will receive 150 euro cash award, plus 50% of the entry fees, received by all participants. Ranked from 2nd to 10th position will receive 10 WINGS as an encouragement award in their account. Voting and determining the winners will be jury team of 3 people. 75% is the maximum score that can be achieved every participant.
Registration starts on 24.02.2017 and ends on 06.04.2017. Voting of the media will start on 03.03.2017 and will end on 09.04.2017. Winners will be announced online. Standings and results will be visible in the last 7 days of competition.
Why to choose VOUBS?
This is the place where, while having fun, you can win cash prizes, great products and virtual currency WINGS. Here every registered user can create their own contests and to offer prizes in all disciplines. Organizer and owner of the site and the brand VOUBS is Famozzo Group Ltd.
GENERAL TERMS FOR PARTICIPATION in contest for professional and non-professional photographers - “Texture in the natural world”
1.1. These General Terms (hereinafter referred to as the GENERAL TERMS) for participation in the contest “Texture in the natural world”, hereinafter referred to as the Contest settle the terms and conditions for participation in the Contest for choosing the best photographs.
1.2. The Contest is conducted in order to find the User uploaded the greatest MEDIA file and to reward the winners of the contest.
1.3. The GENERAL TERMS constitute a contract between the Organizer and each Participant who has submitted an application for participation in the Contest in the manner described in below. For the avoidance of any doubt, these GENERAL TERMS are binding for each Participant from the time of the application and entry in the Contest.
1.4. The official language for this contest is "English". Terms and Conditions, Contest rules, Descriptions and communication with the Organizer will be through the official contest language.
2. Organizer of the Contest (ORGANIZER)
ORGANIZER of the CONTEST is Famozzo Group LLC - VAT - BG203171695, registered in Bulgaria, Sofia, bul. Vasil Levski 123
3. Period for conducting the Contest (“Contest Period”)
3.1 Registrations for this CONTEST starts from 00:00 h on 24.02.2017 to 23:59 on 06.04.2017.
3.2 The voting starts from 00:00 h. on 03.03.2017 and ends at 23:59 h on 09.04.2017.
3.3 The ranking and total score results will be visible in the last seven days of the contest..
3.4.The final ranking and the contest winners will be visible on the contest page on 10.04.2017.
4.1. Participants in the Contest may be all individuals at the age of at least 18 years, who have registration in VOUBS and do not breach any of the conditions indicated in the Declaration of rights and responsibilities of VOUBS.
4.2. Participant in the Contest (“Participant”) is anyone who is eligible under item. 4.1. and has submitted an application for participation in the Contest within the specified in these GENERAL TERMS period.
4.3. There is a 5 WINGS entry fee for each media in this contest. Every participant must have at least 5 WINGS at his VOUBS account to be able to join the contest.
4.4. This contest is opened for Participants from all over the world.
5. Conducting the Contest and Entry requirements
5.1. This contest is conducted in 1 round only.
5.2. Within the registration period (see 3.1) all Participants shall sent an appropriate media related to the topic of the contest.
5.3. The participants shall register in the page of the Contest “Texture in the natural world” at http://www.voubs.com.
5.4. The participants are required to submit their real names, telephone number and e-mail for contact in their VOUBS profile. If a participant has not submitted or refuses to submit his/her name, telephone number and e-mail for contact, he/she may be disqualified.
5.5. This contest is with entry fee of 5 WINGS.
5.6. The user participant must be the author and sole owner of the copyrights. You are allowed to use watermarks to protect your copyrights from downloads.
5.7. The total score results will be visible in the last seven days of the contest.
5.8. The total score result and the rankings are not updated immediately.
5.9. The highest total score result at the end of the contest will be announced as the winner.
5.10. All the winners will be notified by either e-mail or mobile number or personal message sent to their VOUBS profile.
6.1. The winners will be participants with the highest total score result as a sum from public vote, jury vote and WINGS vote.
6.2. The maximum rating that can achieve a participant in this contest is 75 percent, as follows:
6.2.1. Jury vote (maximum 55% share)
a) Jury rating is 55% share of the total score, which is 75%;
b) There will be 3 jury members for this contest that will be able to vote;
c) Each jury member will rate from 1 to 10 to his/her favourite entries. If it does not vote for a media automatically mean rating 0;
d) The jury will vote only for their favorites;
e) The jury will evaluate and vote for the best photographs representing the idea of the contest. The main evaluation criteria are 50% original composition, 30% technique, 10% creativity,10% Proper Description and Completeness;
g) The jury may vote at any time during the round voting period.
6.2.2. Public vote (maximum 10% share)
a) User Rating is 10% share of the total score and includes the following indicators:
- User voting - 4% share;
- Number of votes - 4% share;
- Number of views - 2% share;
b) Each user vote on a scale from 1 to 10 for each participant.
c) Extra Vote which adds value to your public voting result:
- Mini booster = 3x10 user ratings = 30 pts (5 WINGS);
- Best offer = 18x10 user ratings = 180 pts (20 WINGS);
- Mega offer = 90x10 user ratings = 900 pts (80 WINGS).
d) Any user may decide to give extra votes and to promote other participants as well as himself too.
6.2.3. WINGS vote(10%)
a) Paid user voting has a 10% share of the 75% maximum.
b) Each user can vote for a favourite media by buying 1 to 80 WINGS (1 WINGS = 0,48 euros). 1 WINGS equals 1 vote.
c) Each user has the right to use a maximum of 80 WINGS to vote per media.
d) The user with the highest number of WINGS votes will receive the maximum of 10%. The rest will receive a percentage as a proportion of their own WINGS votes compared to the leading media with the most WINGS votes.
6.3. Votes may be erased from your media at any time if we have deleted, blocked and banned fake registered profiles who have voted for your media (This is an automatic process and is not a subject to any appeals).
7.1. The Organizer guarantees a prize fund of € 150 for first place.
7.2. This competition provides an increasing prize fund - 50% of the collected entry fees (2,5 WINGS) will be accumulated to the guaranteed prize money of € 150.
7.2.1. 1 WINGS amounts to 0,32 Euro which means that every approved participant will add 0,80 Euro to the 150 Euro guaranteed price and will be paid to the winner at the end of the contest.
7.2.2. The contest winner with the highest total score at the end of the contest will receive guaranteed by VOUBS 150 euro cash award + 50% of the entry fees collected from all participants.
7.2.3. There must be a minimum of 2 different participants who entered the contest so it can start.
7.3. The awards are non-transferable to third parties.
7.4. The Organizer is not allowed to change the nature and amount of the awards without notifying the Participants.
7.5. The manner of receiving the awards under p. 7.1. will be done through a bank transfer.
7.6. All transaction fees, taxes or any other costs that may appear for the transfer shall be borne by the user.
7.7. The winners must provide the Organizer with their personal bank accounts and personal identification document (passport, ID card or driving license).
7.8. If the winner does not provide the Organizer with the details specified in p. 7.6 within 30 days, the Organizer will pay the winner the WINGS value equivalent of the prize cash amount. Once paid in WINGS, the winner will not be able to claim their award in cash;
7.9. Every participant is allowed to win no more than one award from this contest. If he/she has more than one image among the winners, the best placed media will be allowed to claim for its award.
7.10. Relatives are not allowed to win more than one award from this contest. If there are two relatives among the winners the higher placed contestant will have the chance to apply for the award.
7.11. All participants in the Contest, who do not win awards, shall preserve the copyrights over their images. VOUBS shall not resell or cede their copyrights to third parties.
7.12. If the cash award winner does not reply to 3 emails by the Organizer notifying them of their win, the Organizer will pay them the award value in WINGS. The exchange rate is 0.32 euro for 1 WINGS;
7.13. Ranked from 2nd to 10th position will receive 10 WINGS as an encouragement award in their VOUBS account within 7 days of the Contest End;
8. Rights and obligations of the Organizer and Participants
8.1. For the purpose of participating in the Contest the Participants shall submit a completely new material – media files created specifically for the Contest.
8.2. By entering the Contest, the Participants understand and agree that upon receipt of an award their names and media/s could be used in audio, print and video materials by the Organizer, for which the Organizer does not owe any payment.
8.3. The Participants agree the Organizer or authorized by him persons to communicate with them through phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages during the Contest and for a period of three months thereafter. The access to personal data of the Participants serves to establish contact therewith.
8.4. The Participant is personally liable for the correctness of the data submitted during the Contest. The provided information will be used for the purposes of the Contest and may be disclosed to third parties.
8.5. The Organizer is not liable for MEDIA files which have been lost.
8.6. The Organizer reserves the right to suspend or terminate the Contest or to amend the GENERAL TERMS at any time, for any valid technical or commercial reason.
8.7. The Organizer has the right to disqualify any applicant who does not meet the requirements to the Participants and their MEDIA files and Projects, indicated in these GENERAL TERMS, even in case the application of the Participant has been presented on the VOUBS Contest page.
9. Intellectual Property Rights
9.1. The Participants undertake until the determination of the winner of the Contest not to transfer and make available to third parties copyrights over the MEDIA files, arising under the Law on Copyright and Related Rights.
9.2. Unless otherwise stipulated in the specific contest rules, by accepting the current GENERAL TERMS, the Contestant agrees that, in case s/he is the award winner, all copyrights over the MEDIA files arising under the Copyright and Related Rights Act, remain the property of the Contestant.
9.3. The Participant reserves the right to change and alter the provided MEDIA files by sending a request to the Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org;
9.4. With presenting the MEDIA files, the Participant declares that he is the sole author of the latter and that the MEDIA file is his original work. The Participant declares that he is the sole holder of the copyright and that the latter does not include trademarks or other intellectual property rights of a third individual or corporation.
9.5. By applying to participate in the Contest the Participants declare that they have accepted these GENERAL TERMS.
9.6. The participant shall indemnify the Organizer:
9.6.1. At any claims by third parties relating to the rights and use of the MEDIA files, provided to the Organizer, under these GENERAL TERMS as well as in case of damages incurred to the Organizer as a result of the acquisition and use of the PHOTOS.
9.6.2. The Participant shall indemnify the Organizer and all third parties for all damages and lost benefits, including paid fines, for all costs and paid legal fees, that have occurred as a result of claims by and/or compensations paid to third parties in connection with his participation in the Contest in violation of the applicable law and these GENERAL TERMS.
10. Limitation of Liability
10.1. By accepting these GENERAL TERMS the Participant declares that his participation in the Contest is entirely at his own risk and responsibility. The Organizer shall not be liable for any damage caused to the Participant in participation in the Contest, unless they are caused intentionally. The Organizer shall not be liable for the type, nature and content of the sent by the Participants media files, information and materials. The Organizer is entitled to remove from participation MEDIA files of a Participant the content of which contradicts a legal act, the morality and/or decency.
10.2. The Organizer shall not be liable for failure to provide participation in the Contest under circumstances beyond his control - cases of force majeure, fortuitous events, problems in the global Internet network and other unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the Organizer.
11.1. The Organizer has the right to immediately and without notice suspend, or limit the participation of a Participant and remove from participation a Participant when the latter acts contrary to law, these GENERAL TERMS, morality and decency.
11.2. In the above cases the Organizer shall not be liable for any damages and lost profits of the Participant or third parties that have occurred as a result from limiting the participation of a Participant in the Contest.
11.3. Where there is enough reason to assume that the act of the Participant could constitute a criminal offense, the Organizer shall refer the matter to the competent state authorities, providing all necessary information and materials that would help identifying the perpetrator and prove the committed crime.
11.4. In the circumstances under the previous article, in case to a Participant a limitation has been imposed – suspension, limitation of the participation or removal of the published MEDIA files, the restriction shall continue to be in effect until clarifying the facts of the case.
12. Supplementary provisions
12.1. Questions regarding the Contest can be addressed to the following e-mail address: email@example.com or through "Contact us" page at www.voubs.com
12.2 These GENERAL TERMS are available on the page of the contest “Texture in the natural world” at http://www.voubs.com for the duration of the Contest.
12.3. By participating in this Contest, the Participants are bound by these GENERAL TERMS and undertake to comply with them.
12.4. By participating in the Contest, all Participants agree that the Organizer is entitled to use their materials for his own advertising purposes. Any materials involved in competitions can not be deleted unless the Organizer decides to do so.
12.5. In order to receive his/her award, the Winner must be verified. This is done by sending a personal identification document and a personal bank account number. Awards can be sent only to the person who is an award winner in the Contest. If the person of age is under 18 years, he/she is required to present a parent/guardian to receive the amount of the award. The Winner must indicate a bank account to which the amount of the award to be paid. The amount of the award shall be paid within 14 working days after VOUBS obtains the necessary information about the user. All fees, deductions and taxes that may result from the transfer of the amount shall be borne by the user.
13. Disqualification may appear if:
13.1. The participant is using more than one account
13.2. The participant has submitted a MEDIA file that is not on the theme of the contest
13.3. The participant is suspected to cheat with fraudulent votes
13.4. The participant is not using his/her real names and personal details
13.5. The participant has submitted similar MEDIA files more than once
13.6. The participant has submitted a MEDIA file with copyrights of a third party
13.7. The participant is behaving arrogant against other users, organizers or VOUBS team
13.8. The participant submitted a media that previously participated in another contest
13.9. The disqualification is not a subject of any appeals. Purchased WINGS are not returned.
These GENERAL TERMS shall enter into force on 07.12.2016.