Q: I have sent my photo by e-mail but it has not been published on the website. Why?
A: It may take up to three business days for photos to be published online. Entries that contain obscene, vulgar, pornographic, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory or other content that violates local or federal laws will not be uploaded. Photos submitted without the photographer's name, title of the photo, keywords describing the entry (e.g. sunset, vacations, orange), as well as the sentence “I agree with the Terms and Conditions of this competition" will not be uploaded. If you would like to submit your photo again, please click here.
Q: The photo that I submitted is no longer on the site. Why?
A: The IMA reserves the right to remove any photographs that are deemed obscene, vulgar, pornographic, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory or otherwise violates any local or federal laws.
Q: I made a mistake on my entry. Can I go back and make a correction?
A: If your entry requires a correction, you may click here and an IMA staff member will respond within three business days.
Q: Why does my photo look different?
A: Photos may appear to be cropped in the thumbnails; please click on thumbnails for the full image. For best results, we recommend using a landscape/horizontal photo. If your picture still doesn't look right, click here to e-mail us and we will do our best to help.
Q: Can I submit more than one photo?
A: You can submit as many photos as you like throughout the competition. At the beginning of each month (July, August, and September), our jury will select three winners from the previous month's submissions. Submit new photos each month to increase your chances of winning.
Q: How will I know if I won?
A: Winners will be notified by e-mail.
Q: Can I submit a photograph that I do not own the rights to?
A: Entrants may only submit work to which they own the rights.
Q: Do I retain the rights of the photo that I submit?
A: Copyright in all photographs submitted for this contest remain with the respective entrants. However, each entrant agrees to grant to the IMA a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to feature any or all of the submitted photographs in any of its publications, its websites, and/or in any promotional or exhibition material connected to this contest or other future uses as the IMA determines. Each entrant will also permit the IMA to use his or her name in connection with his or her photograph.
Q: Will my entry be searchable online outside of the contest site?
A: Once you submit your entry, it will be publicly available on the Internet and may be indexed by search engines.
Q: I am under the age of 18, can I submit a photo and participate in the competition?
A: The contest is offered and open only to natural persons age 18 and older, as of the date of entry.
Q: I am an IMA employee, can I submit a photo and participate in the competition?
A: Employees, independent contractors, officers, directors, vendors, legal advisors of the IMA, immediate family members, and persons living in the same household of such persons, are not eligible to participate in the contest. Persons in this group are still allowed to upload photographs to the contest website.
Q: We're from Arizona, Florida, New York, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Why can't we enter the competition?
A: These states have legal regulations in place that prevent its residents from participating in contests of skill, such as this one.
Q: Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to participate in the competition?
A: No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen, but you have to be a U.S. resident for the duration of the contest. For more information, click here.
Q: Has your question been answered?
A: If not, feel free to contact us by clicking here.