VotoArt Contest Rules

Sponsor

VotoArt, Inc. Grand Rapids, MI 49534

General Contest Rules

Eligibility

The VotoArt contests are open to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who do NOT reside in Colorado, Maryland, Nebraska, North Dakota and Vermont. Minors over 13 years of age are eligible but must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to enter the contest.

License

You retain the copyright for any user content you post on the site. VotoArt does not have any ownership of your content. However, by uploading and/or posting any user content to the site, you grant VotoArt a perpetual, nonexclusive and royalty-free right to the use of user content and the name that is submitted in connection with such user content, as is reasonably necessary to display the user content, rank the content using Square Offs, provide the services and to facilitate, at content owner's direction, the license of images, or the sale of products on the site. You grant VotoArt a perpetual, nonexclusive and royalty- free right to the use of user content and the name that is submitted in connection with it in the VotoArt promotional and marketing campaigns as well as social media channels.

Watermarks

VotoArt provides the option of using a VotoArt watermark in order to protect your photos. This option is available during the photo submission process. no photo may enter a contest with any sort of brand, non VotoArt watermarks, email, phone number, website, etc. A small, non-distracting signature, placed in one of the corners of the photo is allowed as credit to the photographer. Disqualification based on size and obtrusiveness of signature are at the sole discretion of VotoArt.

Duplicate photos

No Duplicate or variations of the same photo may be entered into the same contest. Photos may only be entered once in the same contest. A Free contest photo may be reentered into a Cash contest. Duplicate/Re-submitted photos in the same contest will be removed at the sole discretion of the VotoArt team.

Photo Progression

Photos are first uploaded into the WonUp Championships where they will challenge the current WonUp champion. Five random members will vote on the two photos and the photo that receives 80 or more of the 150 possible points will be the next WonUp champion. The Winning photo will remain in the WonUp Champion slot and wait for the next challenger. The photo that does not win will be given a second chance by being automatically moved into the qualifying round for the weekly contest. There are no additional entry fees for either photo. In the weekly contest, VotoArt credits will be awarded to every cash contest entry based on where they place in the weekly standings. These VotoArt credits may be used to enter photos in the WonUp contest for another chance to win up to $600.

Voting

All winners are determined through site member voting and VotoArt's sophisticated algorithm process. Members are not allowed to vote on their own photos.

Claiming a Cash Prize

Withdraw or Convert Prizes

Withdraw or Convert Cash Prizes. You may request to have funds transferred to your PayPal account or you may exchange prize money for VotoArt Credits. $10 in awards money may be exchanged for $11 in VotoArt credits. All cash prizes will be paid using PayPal. Winners are responsible for all PayPal fees and the taxes associated with cash earnings.

Withdraw Minimum

You must have a minimum of $25 in awards to withdraw cash to your PayPal account. There is no minimum for converting awards to VotoArt credits.

Unclaimed Prizes

Any Cash Awards that go unclaimed for more than 6 months from the time of being credited to the photographers account will be converted to VotoArt Credits.

Taxes & Liabilities

The winners of cash prizes will be solely responsible for all taxes and liabilities that may be associated with the amount of cash won. VotoArt will provide a 1099 misc form for US citizens who withdraw over $600 in cash awards to their PayPal account.

Acquiring VotoArt Credits

Buying VotoArt Credits

You can Buy VotoArt Credits at a rate of $1 per VotoArt Credit with your PayPal account, or through PayPal's secure credit card checkout process.

Converting Prizes to VotoArt Credits

If you have received a contest cash prize, you will also have the option of Converting Winnings to VotoArt Credits. When converting, you will receive an extra VotoArt Credit for every $10 in cash prizes you convert.

Categories

Photos must be entered into the appropriate category to be eligible. Photos determined to be in the wrong category will be moved or deleted at the sole discretion of the VotoArt team.

Categories are based on the main subject of the photo. If there are two equally weighted subjects in the photo it should go into Mixed Subjects.

Category Descriptions

Use the following guidelines to determine which category is appropriate for your photo. The category should reflect the main subject of the photo.

  • Animals & Insects - pets, insects, birds, fish, mammals, etc.
  • Plants & Natural Objects - flowers, rocks, fungi, leaves, shells, driftwood, etc.
  • Man-made Objects - vehicles, jewelry, tools, artistic objects, household items, buildings that are not part of a scape etc.
  • People & Events - Any family-friendly photo where people are the main focus
  • Scenery & Scapes - mountains, sunsets, cityscapes, beaches, waterfalls, fields, etc.
  • Miscellaneous - if there is clearly a subject that fits one of the other five categories, the photo should be placed in that category all other photos not clearly fitting a category should be placed in Miscellaneous. Examples are food, drinks, digital art, abstract, or two main subjects

Criteria and Conditions

Family Friendly

All photos must be family friendly. Photos of nudity or of a provocative nature are not allowed and will be deleted at the sole discretion of VotoArt. Reading the rules is your responsibility. When becoming a member of VotoArt you agree to follow the rules, therefor refunds will not be given for photos deleted due to rule violations.

Fraud

Photographers suspected of attempting to unduly influence the contest or its results in any way will:

  • Have their photos disqualified
  • Have their accounts removed
  • Be reported to the proper authorities
* at VotoArt's sole discretion

Non-Compliance

If a photo is determined to not comply with all the rules of this site and the specific contest, it will be disqualified from the contest, forfeit all of its winnings, and be deleted at the sole discretion of VotoArt.

Disputes

The VotoArt Team has the final say in all disputed matters or conflicts arising from any of its contests.

Release

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in the Official Rules without additional compensation. Where feasible, entrants should obtain a personal release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, authorizing use of the photograph in VotoArt's promotional materials to feature the winning entry, without compensation, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. In short, it’s against the rules to use someone else's photo or likeness without their permission.

Right to Cancel or Suspend Contest

If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, Trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of VotoArt that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the contest, VotoArt reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest. If VotoArt elects to cancel or terminate the contest, VotoArt will not retain any rights to the submitted photographs.

Contests & Terms

Free Contests

WonUP Free Contest - 5 Square Offs determines the winner. The winner continues to compete in the next WonUP challenge. Photos that do not win will automatically move to the weekly contest qualifying round.
Weekly Free Contest - Start and end on Wednesday at noon ET each week. Photos must be qualified prior to this time or they will go into the contest for the following week.

Cash Prize Contests

WonUP Cash Contest - 5 Square Offs determines the winner. The winner continues to compete in the next WonUP challenge.
Weekly Cash Contest - Start and end on Wednesday at noon ET each week. Photos must be qualified prior to this time or they will go into the contest for the following week.



WonUP Contest Overview

Description

The WonUp contest is a 1-on-1 Championship where two photos square off against each other, in a specific category. VotoArt members determine who has the best photo between the two photos. The winning photo remains in the WonUP Champion position to take on the next challenger. Results will be posted on the VotoArt site, at the closing of a contest, under the Leaders tab. Awards will also be posted on the photographers portfolio page.

Prizes

Cash Contest - Win up to $600 total. Every matchup is worth $5 for the winner, with bonuses for every 25th win, up to 100.

Free Contest - Digital Awards

Entry Fees

Cash Contest - 10 VotoArt Credits and 30 Voting Vouchers

Free Contest - 30 Voting Vouchers

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How It Works

WonUP is a skill based photo contest that works like the old game of King of the Hill. Simply:

  1. Upload a photo
  2. Select the Free or Cash Prize WonUp contest from the drop-down menu
  3. Select the Appropriate Category
Once you submit your photo it will be placed in a Queue to challenge the current WonUP Champion. From the Queue, your photo will be placed in five "Square Offs" against the champion. Voters will decide which photo displays the most skill in these three areas:
  • General Impression
  • Color & Lighting
  • Composition & Focus
The photo with the most points takes over the WonUp Champion position.
Note: In the WonUP Cash contest each WonUp victory is worth $5.

Criteria & Conditions

The following is in addition to the VotoArt contest rules and are specific to the WonUP contest.

  • A photo that wins the WonUp position will remain in with no fees. It will remain in the WonUp position until it is defeated by a challenger, or until it reaches the Hall of Fame status at 100 consecutive wins.
  • Photos with the maximum 100 consecutive wins may not be reentered into any WonUp contest. . Duplicate entries of the same photo in a contest are prohibited.
  • A photo that loses in a WonUp contest may be reentered into that contest only after it is finished competing in the weekly contest. Duplicate photos and their awards will be deleted.
  • Points given in the 5 Square Off matches by the assigned judges will determine the winner. Their judgments are final. If the VotoArt team suspects a voter of being biased for personal gain, appropriate action will be taken to eliminate the influence of that voter. This will be at VotoArt's sole discretion.
  • Photos must be entered into the appropriate category to be eligible. If a photo is determined to be unrelated to the category it is competing in, it will be disqualified from the contest, forfeit all of its winnings, and be deleted at the sole discretion of VotoArt.


Weekly Contest Overview

Description

The Weekly Contest is a contest where photos in the same category are shown to the voters for 7 days. Member voters will be presented with two photos at a time and will determine which photo demonstrates the most skill in the following areas.

  • General Impression
  • Color & Lighting
  • Composition & Focus
At the end of the week a proprietary algorithm process will be used to turn accumulated voting points into a ranking score. This ranking score will be used to determine the contest winners.

Prizes

Weekly Cash Contest - VotoArt Credits

Weekly Free Contest - Digital Awards

How It Works

Photos entered in the WonUps will be automatically submitted to the qualifying round for the weekly contest when they leave the WonUp Championship.

Qualifying

A photo submitted to the Weekly Contest must first qualify before it can compete in the actual contest. To qualify it will be placed in 5 "SQUARE OFFS" with other photos. Voters will decide which of the two photos in each SQUARE OFF is the best in three areas:

  • General Impression
  • Color & Lighting
  • Composition & Focus
If your photo receives a minimum of 80 points from voters it will qualify to compete and automatically be entered into the next weekly contest. Weekly contest begin every Wed at 12PM EST for all caterogies that have at least 12 qaulified entries.
Pro members' photos qualify automatically for weekly contests.

To follow the progress of your photo, use the "PHOTO STATUS" button in Your VotoArt Portfolio

Term

Weekly Contests will start every Wednesday at noon Eastern Standard Time and end the following Wednesday at noon. If there are less than 12 qualifiers in a category for a contest, VotoArt will continue to take entrants until there are at least 12 qualifying photos at the Wednesday contest start time (noon ET).

Criteria & Conditions

The following is in addition to the VotoArt contest rules and are specific to the Weekly contest.

  • A photo may not be reentered into other weekly contests of the same level. Duplicate entries of the same photo in other VotoArt contests are prohibited.
  • Points given in the Square Off match ups by the assigned judges will determine if a photo qualifies for the weekly contest. Their judgments are final. If the VotoArt team suspects a voter of being biased for personal gain, appropriate action will be taken to eliminate the influence of that voter. This will be at VotoArt's sole discretion.
  • Photos must be entered into the appropriate category to be eligible. If a photo is determined to be unrelated to the category it is competing in, it will be disqualified from the contest, forfeit all of its winnings, and be deleted at the sole discretion of VotoArt.
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