15 May 2019
midnight (CET) 17 July 2019
Step 1 Participation in the Contest
You must read all terms & conditions before entering the contest – by entering the contest you will be deemed to have agreed to the terms & conditions. Follow the steps under Contest Entry to take part by midnight (CET) on 17th July, 2019.
Step 2 Contact of Shortlisted Participants
Shortlisted participants will be contacted via Instagram Direct from "@Sony.Alpha_photocontest" Instagram account by 18th August 2019 and will be required to send in their photos with EXIF data intact within the designated period.
*If no response is received within 5 days of being contacted, the participant is deemed to have withdrawn from the contest.
**Please be informed that only shortlisted participants will be contacted.
Step 3 Announcement of European Winners
Winners in Europe will be announced by 31th August 2019 through Sony Europe E-mail. Winning photos from Europe may also be shared via "@Sony.Alpha_photocontest" Instagram account and other Sony Group Social Media accounts.
Step 4 Announcement of Global Winners
Global winners will be selected among winning entries from each region, and announced by 30th September 2019 on "@Sony.Alpha_photocontest" Instagram accounts, and also on Sony group Social Media accounts and websites.
Step 5 Dispatch of Prizes
Both regional winners and global winners will be notified via Instagram Direct from the "@Sony.Alpha_photocontest" Instagram account and will be requested to provide their contact details including address to facilitate the dispatch of prizes.
Awards and Prizes
Prizes for European Winners: 3 Persons
Winners will be awarded with following prizes;
|1st Place (1 Person)
|Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α7R III
|2nd Place (1 Person)
|Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α7 III
|3rd Place (1 Person)
|Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α6400
Prizes for Global Winners: 5 Persons
5 global winners will each be awarded with an Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α9 as well as a Sony G Master Series lens of their choice from the list below.
|Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α9
|Winner's choice of a lens from the Sony G Master Series lenses listed below;
|FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
|FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS
|FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
|FE 135mm F1.8 GM
|FE 24mm F1.4GM
Terms and Conditions:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
- The promoter of the Sony Alpha Instagram Animal Photo Contest ("Contest") is Sony Europe B.V., The Heights, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0XW, United Kingdom ("Sony"). The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. Instagram is hereby completely released of all liability by each participant in this Contest.
- The Contest is open to individuals aged over 18 who have a personal Instagram account and are resident in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal, Bulgaria, Ireland, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey. ("Qualifying Countries"). Employees of Sony group companies and their family members are not eligible to enter.
- The Contest will start on 15 May 2019 and will end at midnight on 17 July 2019 ("Contest Period")
- To enter the Contest you must complete the following steps:
Step 1: follow the '@Sony.Alpha_photocontest' Instagram account;
Step 2: upload to your Instagram account a photograph taken by you personally using a Sony α series camera and add the following hashtags:
'#country_ILC' (to be completed with your country of residence using the list below)
'#model name' (e.g. #a7RM3, #a6400, #a9)
List of valid country hashtags:
(e.g. #SonyAlphaAnimalPortrait #UK_ILC #a6400)
- Submitted photos must have been taken using a Sony α series camera. Your Instagram account must be set to public in order to participate in the competition. Once posted, your photo must remain on your Instagram account until the end of the Contest Period set out at section 3 above, otherwise your entry may not be acknowledged.
- By submitting photos in accordance with section 4 above and entering the Contest, participants will be deemed to have accepted and to be bound by the Contest rules and these terms and conditions. Any further entry instructions given by Sony and posted on this webpage or @Sony.Alpha_photocontest Instagram account will form part of the Contest rules.
- Subject to section 9 below, the photos should be of animal portrait photography that takes advantage of the features of your Sony α camera. There is no limit on the number of photos that you can upload to participate, but each photo must be unique and comply with these terms and conditions.
- Photo(s) that are modified with any image editing software or equivalent programs are accepted. Participant guarantees that photo enhancement was made via use of legally acquired software.
- Sony will review all eligible entries submitted through Instagram during the Contest Period and the photos will be judged, at Sony’s sole discretion, on the basis of the level of creativity, originality and visual/emotional impact of the image. A shortlist of entries will be selected by Sony on the basis of the preceding criteria and the final decision on winning entries will be made by an independent judge whose decisions will be final and binding.
- Participants who have submitted potentially winning entries will be contacted using Instagram Direct from the @Sony.Alpha_photocontest Instagram account and will be required to submit the EXIF data relating to the selected photo to demonstrate compliance with the entry requirements. Sony will subsequently follow up with potential winners via email with instructions on how to claim the prize. If a potential winner does not respond and comply with the instructions in the initial Instagram Direct message within five (5) days, or if the data reveals that the photo does not comply with these terms and conditions, the participant will not be eligible to receive the prize and an alternative winner will be selected. A maximum of three (3) alternate winners will be contacted.
- 3 winning entries will be selected and winners will receive one of the following prizes: 1st Place (1 Person): Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α7R III(ILCE-7RM3) (approx. value of €3,099 / £2,699) , 2nd Place (1 Person): Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α7 III(ILCE-7M3) (approx. value of €2,299 / £2,000), 3rd Place (1 Person): Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α6400(ILCE-6400) (approx. value of €1,049 / £949).
- No cash or credit alternative is available. Prizes are not exchangeable or transferable. Should the prize(s) become unavailable for any reason, Sony reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of equivalent value.
- Winners shall be fully and solely responsible for any individual tax liability relating to receipt of the prize(s) and, by accepting their prize, winners agree to release Sony from any such liability.
- European Winners will be contacted on the @Sony.Alpha_photocontest Instagram account by 18th August 2019 and prizes will be sent out to winners by 30th September 2019, at no cost to the winner. Prizes will only be delivered to addresses in the Qualifying Countries listed in section 2 above.
- All winning entries will automatically be entered into a further global prize contest ("Global Contest") alongside winners from contests in other regions, with a chance to win the following additional prizes:
5 winning entries will be selected in the Global Contest with each winner receiving the following:
One Interchangeable-lens Camera α9 (ILCE-9) (approx. value of €3,899 / £3,399)
Plus: Winner's choice of one lens from the Sony G Master Series lenses listed below;
- FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM) (approx. value of €2,699 / £2,300)
- FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS (SEL70200GM) (approx. value of €2,999 / £2,500)
- FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS (EL100400GM) (approx. value of €2,899 / £2,500)
- FE 135mm F1.4 GM (SEL135F18GM) (approx. value of €1,999 / £1,750)
- FE 24mm F1.4 GM (SEL24F14GM) (approx. value of €1,599 / £1,449)
- The Global Contest will be judged by a panel of judges set up by Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. in Japan including at least one independent judge and winning entries will be selected based on the overall composition and creativity/originality of the photo.
- Global Contest winners will be contacted using Instagram Direct from the @Sony.Alpha_photocontest Instagram account and winning entries will be announced on the @Sony.Alpha_photocontest Instagram account by 30th September, with prizes sent out by 30th November 2019.
- Acceptance of prizes shall constitute consent on the winner's part to allow the use of the winner's name, image and/or likeness by Sony for editorial, advertising, promotional, marketing and/or other purposes without further compensation except where prohibited by law. Other than notification of winners, no inquiries will be accepted regarding entries and selection of winners.
- By entering photos into the Contest, the participant warrants that: (1) the photos comply fully with the contest rules and these terms and conditions; (2) the photos are original photos taken by the participant using a Sony α series camera; (3) the participant owns all rights (including copyright) in the photo(s); and (4) the photos do not infringe the rights of any third party (including the right of publicity, privacy or any other equivalent rights of a person) and that permission has been obtained to use the image of any person included in any of the submitted photos. The participant acknowledges that the submission of images from third party sources (including, for example, other websites or blogs) is prohibited and use of such photos without permission may constitute infringement of copyright.
- Entries may be excluded or prizes rescinded if Sony reasonably determines that there has been an infringement of the entry requirements, these terms and conditions or public order and morality.
- The participant grants Sony an irrevocable, non-exclusive, free of charge licence to copy, modify, edit, adapt, publish, reproduce, display, distribute or otherwise use (including commercial and/or PR use) the submitted photos in any form or medium, anywhere in the world, forever (including a right to sub-license to other Sony group companies). The participant agrees to waive all moral rights in the use of the submitted photos. In particular, the participant acknowledges and agrees that submitted photos may be published on Sony Group websites and social media accounts and that Sony may edit or alter the photos (e.g. cropping or addition of image, music or sound effects). The participant warrants that it has the rights necessary to grant the licence set out in this clause.
- Sony accepts no liability in respect of the use of publication of submitted photos and the participant shall be solely responsible for resolving any disputes with third parties relating to the photos they have submitted, at their own cost. The participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Sony, its affiliate companies, directors, employees and agents from and against any claims, damages, losses, costs or expenses of any kind howsoever arising in connection with his/her participation in this Contest, including the use by Sony of submitted photos and the participant’s acceptance or use of the prizes.
- Sony makes no representations or warranties whether express or implied, regarding this Contest or the prizes, other than as expressly set out in these terms and conditions. Sony shall not be liable for any technical errors or errors on the Instagram platform that may prevent a participant from entering the Contest or from receiving or sending direct messages. Sony does not seek to exclude liability for death or personal injury arising from its own negligence.
- Sony may, without advance notice cancel, suspend or postpone or change duration of the contest at any time.
- All personal information provided by participants will be destroyed or deleted after the Contest is finished, except in the case of prize winners and participants whose photos will be used.
- Failure by Sony to enforce any of these rules or terms shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
- Unless local law in the participant’s country of residence provides otherwise, the Contest, including the entry requirements and these terms and conditions are governed by English law any dispute will be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.