Judging Process

After submission, all photos will be reviewed to ensure that they meet the general eligibility requirements including:

  • Entry was received by the Corporation no later than 11:59 PM EDT on June 4, 2010. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged, but photos will not be returned.
  • Entrant is believed to be the sole author and copyright owner of the photo or has permission (via license or otherwise) to use or incorporate those photo elements authored or owned by third parties. Materials that infringe on the rights of any third party may not be used unless consent has been obtained. Use of images and other works in the public domain may be incorporated into photos.
  • Photo contains the AmeriCorps logo on signage, clothing, etc.
  • Photos has been entered into any other contest or won any other award.
  • Photos do not contain brand names or trademarks except those related to AmeriCorps or national service programs.
  • Photos do not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, or defamatory.
  • Photos do not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation; and
  • Photos do not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state from which the photo is being submitted.

Photos that pass this general screening process will be available for public viewing and rating during the submission period at AmeriCorpsContest.org Please note that it may take up to 72 hours after submission for a photo to appear online for public viewing.

A panel of judges consisting of national service staff, AmeriCorps program staff, and AmeriCorps alums will review and rate the photo submissions and provide their ratings and comments to select the ten finalist entries from all eligible submissions.

Judges will base their ratings of photo entrants on the following criteria:

  1. Overall Impact (educational, inspirational, persuasive)
  2. Creativity
  3. Composition or Technical Quality
  4. Memorable Content and Delivery
  5. Expression of AmeriCorps Identity and Mission
  6. Public Rating

The 10 finalists' photos will then be voted on by the general public at AmeriCorpsContest.org between June 28 and July 9, 2010 and will determine the first, second, and third place winners. There will also be an opportunity to vote during the National Conference on Volunteering and Service from June 28-30, 2010 in New York City.

For public votes, there may be only one vote per person, per active email address. For public votes, there may be only one vote per person, per active email address. Individual online votes that are either fraudulently generated or duplicated, or associated with inactive or "dummy" e-mail addresses, are subject to disqualification. It is not necessary to register on the website or participate in the Contest to vote online. The online voting period ends at 11:59 pm EDT on July 9, 2010.

Judges' decisions are final. Companies awarding prizes shall have no role, responsibility, or liability in sponsoring or administering the Photo Contest. Companies awarding prizes and AmeriCorps Alums are allowed and encouraged to publicize the contest.

The Corporation reserves the right to disqualify and remove any entry which is deemed, in the judging panel's discretion, inappropriate, offensive, defamatory, or demeaning to the Corporation's, AmeriCorps' or any other party's reputation or goodwill. Winners will be notified by e-mail, express mail and/or phone and shall be required to complete an affidavit or declaration of eligibility/liability release and, except where prohibited, a publicity release and such other documents as may be required by the Corporation to protect its right to use the winning entry. Required documents must be signed and received within 7 days of the date printed on the prize notification. Failure to comply or return of any prize notification as undeliverable may result in forfeiture of prize and selection of the next highest score entrant as the winner. The Corporation or companies awarding prizes are not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winners.

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