If you’re an NC REALTOR®, odds are you have mad photography skills. After all, photos say 1,000 words, and listing photos are no different. If you dabble in other areas of photography, like nature, architecture, and landscapes, share the best of the best of your portfolio, and your pics could deck the walls of our newly renovated digs. Plus, you can win great prizes like gift cards, complimentary registration to xchange ’17, and hotel stays at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
Enter exclusively via Instagram using #deckthewalls and #ncrealtors by March 30, 2017.
This is a member-only photography contest where the winners’ photographs will be printed, framed, and permanently hung in the NC REALTORS® Greensboro and Raleigh offices (as deemed appropriate).
Start Date: December 18, 2016
End Date: March 31, 2017
Jury: Entries will not be selected by a jury. All winning entries will be selected based on the most number of likes per entry on Instagram.
How to Enter: Please submit high-quality photographs representing North Carolina landscapes, nature, and/or architecture, and requested information online, utilizing Instagram by tagging NC REALTORS®’ Instagram handle (@ncrealtors) and using hashtags #deckthewalls and #ncrealtors in your description of the post. Also, in the description, please include your name, a brief description of what is pictured, and the location (city) of the picture.
Term: NC REALTORS®’ Photo Contest (“Contest) begins December 18, 2016 and ends March 31, 2017. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest, outlined below.
Who may enter: Members of NC REALTORS®. Employees of NC REALTORS®, their immediate family members, as well as sponsors of this Contest are not allowed to participate. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
What to enter: The NC REALTORS® Photo Contest categories can be drawn from beautiful and unique architecture of special interest from the state of North Carolina: parks and recreation; arts and culture; outdoors and natural attractions; travel destinations; and orchards and markets. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, the entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph. Each photo must have been taken no earlier than January 1, 2016.
Submitted photos may NOT contain:
(1) human subjects;
(2) third-party stock photography or artwork of any copy;
(3) images of any property currently listed with any real estate broker or entity, including the Contest entrant or his/her entity;
(4) images promoting any entity including the entity of the Contest entrant; and
(5) nudity, offensive gestures, or lewd or vulgar behavior.
Entries must be appropriate for a mass audience.
Photos including, depicting or promoting any of the aforementioned items will be deemed ineligible. Photos referencing drugs, sex or violence are not eligible. Any photo deemed inappropriate, indecent or obscene, as determined by the NC REALTORS®, will not be eligible.
Your entry to the Contest, constitutes your agreement to allow your entered photographs — and your name, company, city, state and county of residence — to be published as Winners or Honorable Mentions in Insight magazine and on the NC REALTORS® website or other media now and hereafter known. By entering the Contest, you grant NC REALTORS® a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries in any existing or subsequently developed media for NC REALTOR® purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. NC REALTORS® will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
How to enter:
Please submit photographs and requested information online, utilizing Instagram by tagging NC REALTORS®’ Instagram handle (@ncrealtors) and using hashtags #deckthewalls and #ncrealtors in your description of the post. Photographs submitted by mail, e-mail, fax or via other social media websites, such as Facebook or Twitter, will not be eligible for competition. Contestants are allowed an unlimited number of photos to upload. Each photo submitted constitutes a separate entry. Each photo will be judged individually and not as part of a collection. High-quality scans or non-digital (film) photographs are not acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible. All entries must be submitted in .jpeg or .jpg format. Files submitted / posted on Instagram should adhere to Instagram’s ideal photo size and resolution recommendations to ensure the highest quality entry for judging purposes. Following the contest, winning and other entrants selected to display their photographs in print will be required to submit via NC REALTORS® Dropbox a high-resolution, print-ready quality image file of at least 2240x1680 resolution (pixels), 300 dpi, at 8 x 10 inches.
NC REALTORS® reserves the right to disqualify entries and/or contestants unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of the winning entry image of at least 2240x1680 resolution, 300 dpi, at 8 x 10 inches.
Entry deadline: All entries must be received via Instagram, per the above instructions, no later than March 31, 2017 at 11:59pm. Submissions after this time will not be eligible; however, images may still be submitted for sharing, conversation, and engagement purposes if desired.
Judging: NC REALTORS® and its subsidiaries’ staff are not allowed to “rate” photos. Rating and voting will take place inside the Instagram community by the audience liking each entry via engagement as deemed by the most clicks of the “heart” symbol on each photo. Contestants may vote for as many photos as they wish. However, only one vote by a contestant for their own entry will be permissible. If it’s deemed an entrant created “dark” or “ghost” accounts to skew the voting process, the entrant’s entries will be removed from the competition. All members of the public are eligible to vote on entries/photos.
Vary depending on level per the below
Grand Prize – Complimentary xchange ’17 registration plus one night hotel stay during Conference, plus promotion/display during Conference, feature article in Insight, promotion across all/most NC REALTORS® digital and social channels, pitch to local media for coverage, semi-permanent* display of photography at NC REALTORS® Greensboro (and possibly the NC REALTORS® Raleigh) locations with recognition through name plate below the frame or on the frame, bragging rights (one winner will be selected).
1st Runner Up - $100 gift card plus promotion/display during Conference, feature article in Insight, promotion across all/most NC REALTORS® digital and social channels, pitch to local media for coverage, semi-permanent* display of photography at NC REALTORS® Greensboro (and possibly the NC REALTORS® Raleigh) locations with recognition through name plate below the frame or on the frame, bragging rights (one winner will be selected)
2nd Runner Up - $50 gift card plus promotion/display during Conference, feature article in Insight, promotion across all/most NC REALTORS® digital and social channels, pitch to local media for coverage, semi-permanent* display of photography at NC REALTORS® Greensboro (and possibly the NC REALTORS® Raleigh) locations with recognition through name plate below the frame or on the frame, bragging rights (one winner will be selected)
Honorable Mentions - Promotion/display during Conference, feature article in Insight, promotion across all/most NC REALTORS® digital and social channels, pitch to local media for coverage, semi-permanent* display of photography at NC REALTORS® Greensboro (and possibly the NC REALTORS® Raleigh) locations with recognition through name plate below the frame or on the frame, bragging rights (a minimum of one will be selected).
All Entrants – Possible promotion across some NC REALTORS® social channels, possible semi-permanent* display of photography at NC REALTORS® Greensboro (and possibly the NC REALTORS® Raleigh) locations with recognition through name plate below the frame or on the frame.
All winners will be promoted during the xchange ’17 Opening Session.
All winners will be announced on Instagram on or by April 7, 2017, by 5:00 p.m. NC REALTORS® will announce the winners by commenting directly on the winning photo/entry and asking the entrant to contact NC REALTORS® directly for further instructions and to collect their prize. Winners will have no more than two weeks from the date of notification (comment on the winning entry post/photo) to contact NC REALTORS® and claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed, the prize will be awarded to the next entrant for the entry with the closest number of likes.
NC REALTORS® reserves the right to override the winning entries on Instagram only as it relates to the installation of winning photos in its Greensboro and/or Raleigh offices if NC REALTORS® determines the photo(s) do not agree with the desired image it wants to project for its brand. All other prizes and promotional rewards will still be honored if the installation/display of photographs in the office spaces is not elected.
Any NC REALTORS® xchange ‘17 registration or gift certificate is non-transferable. No prize transfer, assignment or substitution by winners permitted. If a prize (or a part of a prize) is unavailable, NC REALTORS® will, at its discretion, reserve the right to substitute the original prize (or that part of the prize) with an alternative prize to the equal monetary value and/or specification, unless doing so would be prohibited by law.
Limitation of Liability: By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless NC REALTORS® from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. NC REALTORS® assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. NC REALTORS® is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any technology networks, lines, online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at the host website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to in this Contest.
The contest is governed by the laws of the United States and is subject to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved with NC REALTORS®, and causes of action arising out of or connected with NC REALTORS®, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, before a court of competent jurisdiction located in Guilford County, Greensboro, North Carolina, which court shall apply the laws of the State of North Carolina without regard for rules of conflicts of law. In any such dispute, contestant shall, under no circumstances, be entitled to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (if any) associated with participating in the Contest.
In no event will NC REALTORS® be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of participant’s access to and use of the Contest host websites or the downloading or uploading and/or printing of material from said site.