Vote for your favorite Photo!

Voting will begin on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at 12:00 am.  Each person may vote once per day, per IP address. Share with your friends and family to get as many votes for your favorite photo. Voting ends on Oct. 15, 2016 at midnight. The winner will be announce on Oct. 16, 2016. Good luck to all our entries!

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2016 Cover Photo Contest Rules and Information


PRIZES: We are excited to announce that the 1st Place winner of the cover photo contest will win  $100 Gift Certificate  to Saddlery Liquidators AND 4 tickets to any performance of the 2016 Washington International Horse Show! The 2nd and 3rd place winners will each receive 2 tickets to any performance of the 2016 Washington International Horse Show.

Cover Photo Contest Details and Rules:

Limited to 3 photos per person. Open to both Amateur and Professional Photographers. Photographers must follow the official rules below and submit your photo(s) along with your name, address, phone number and email address.

Remember to consider the format of our cover when submitting photos. Vertical photos without a lot of clutter in the background work best and the judges will take that into consideration. Photos MUST be high resolution, please send us the highest resolution photo. We can downsize it to put on our website. Any photos that are not a large enough format will be automatically eliminated from consideration. Most cell phone cameras will not work (See Submitting Digital Images below)

Deadline for Entries is 12:00 midnight, Sept. 28th at 11:59pm. Entries will be judged by the staff of Horse Talk. The top 15 entries will then be posted on our page on Facebook from Oct.1 – Oct. 15, 2016. Make sure to tell all your friends and family to vote for their favorite photo up until midnight on Oct. 15, 2016. Each person may vote once a day. The 3 photos with the most votes will each win 2 tickets to the Washington International Horse Show. The 1st Place photo with the most votes will also win $100 Gift Certificate to Saddlery Liquidators and an additional 2 tickets to any performance at the WIHS. The 3 winning photos will then be used as future Horse Talk cover photos. Winners will be announced on Oct. 16, 2016

Entries: Sept. 7- Sept. 28, 2016

Voting: Oct. 1- Oct. 15, 2016 on Facebook

Winner Announced: October 16, 2016



No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win

Photo Eligibility 
To enter, you must be at least 16 years of age and a U.S. citizen All photos must be in color and taken in Virginia within the last five years. The photo subject must be relevant to Equestrians and Horses.
Entries may be color prints or digital images. Black and white images are not eligible. Please read the specific guidelines for submitting prints and digital images.

Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

Number of Entries 
An individual may submit up to 3 photos.

Photo Subject Restrictions 
Photos containing recognizable people must be able to provide a signed model release form if your photo is chosen as a winner.

Ownership/Use Rights 
Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs. By entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on the cover of Horse Talk Magazine and on the website without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that Horse Talk Magazine may display winning photos in a “winners” photo gallery and may make and retain copies of the photograph for archival purposes. Photos will be credited to the photographer named in the entry form. Entries (including non-winning entries) may be selected for display or use on web pages, with permission from the photographer. Entrants agree that Horse Talk may contact them to obtain permission for use of photos in this way. Entries will never be used by Horse Talk in any manner for advertising or sale. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to Horse Talk is contested in any manner, Horse Talk retains the discretion to disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph.

How to Enter 
Digital photos may be submitted using the online entry form on this page.  Each entry must be accompanied by a completed contest entry form below. If you are submitting multiple entries, be sure to fill out a separate entry form with each photo. Deadline for Entries is 12:00 midnight, Sept. 28, 2016

Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of Horses in Virginia. Horse Talk staff will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final. The top 15 entries will then be posted on our Facebook page  from Oct. 1-15, 2016 for voting.

Final Winners will be decided by the number of  votes that each photo receives. Friends and family can vote for their favorite photo up until midnight on Oct. 15, 2016. The 3 photos with the most votes will each win 2 ticket vouchers to any performance of the 2016 Washington International Horse Show.  The 1st Place photo with the most votes, will also win $100 Gift Certificate at Saddlery Liquidators and 2 additional tickets to the WIHS. Winners will be notified on October 16, 2016 by email using the information on the entry form. Winning photographs, along with the photographer’s name,  and information about the photo, will be displayed on the website. The entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified. No financial compensation is provided to winners.

Submitting Digital Images – READ THIS – VERY IMPORTANT
Digital images should be submitted using the online entry form. Images should be formatted to 300 dpi and no smaller than 3300 by 4200 pixels. Photos should be taken in a VERTICAL FORMAT to fit correctly on the cover. Horizontal or Panoramic photos will not work on the cover are not eligible. Images should be submitted in JPG (at high quality) or TIFF format. File sizes must be at least 1.9mb or higher per image. Images must be in natural color. Black and white, sepia tone, and duotone images are not eligible. Digital images will not be returned.

Image Modifications: 
Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

Not Permitted:
No borders or frames may be added to images.
No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to images. All winning images will be displayed with the photographer’s name.
Adding or replacing elements in an image is not permitted.
Artistic filters are not permitted.

Permitted Modifications:
Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within the specifications above.
Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained
Red-eye removal and spot editing. One-step enhancement (such as “AutoFix”, “QuickFix”, “Auto Levels”, etc.). Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise. Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint.

 Entry Form

*Your Name (required)

*Your Email (required)

Title of your Photo

* Required

Tell Us About Your Photo

By submitting this photo you agree that you have read the rules above and agree to them. The photo you are submitting is free of all copyrights and was taken by yourself. You agree to let Horse Talk Magazine use the photo on their cover and on any promotional material and on their website and social media sites.

Upload Photo - Size MUST be at least 1.9mb or larger to be consider for contest. Sorry but anything smaller will not print well on the cover. We will notify you if the size is too small and you may re-submit a larger file.

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If you have more than one photo, please submit each one separately. Thanks for entering our contest and Good Luck!