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Photo Contest: This is How I Live United

United Way of Olmsted County and our partners work every day to ensure everyone in our community has the building blocks for a better life – health, education, and financial stability. And you are part of this work — whether through donations, volunteering, or lending a helping hand to those in need.

When we LIVE UNITED we think outside ourselves. We have the power to bring about positive and lasting change. We improve people’s lives, we build strength in our neighborhoods, we bolster the health and outlook of our community. We each have the ability to LIVE UNITED and improve the lives of those around us every day.

 

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How do you LIVE UNITED?

Reading to kids? Volunteering at a food pantry? Helping your elderly neighbor unpack her groceries? Mentoring a friend about how to balance his checkbook? Being a healthy role model? Tutoring kids after school? Being generous with your time and money? Helping people in a crisis? Taking a meal to a friend during times of need?

Take a picture featuring you… your family… your friends… your coworkers… your group… showing the LIVE UNITED spirit while wearing your LIVE UNITED t-shirt, and become a part of our "Live United Community" Gallery. 

 

*Send your photo to us through the online entry form by February 29th, 2020 and it may win a prize, be featured in the “Live United Community” Gallery, and be chosen for use by United Way of Olmsted County in our campaign materials and other publications! Four winners will be chosen as our Live United Community Advocates to be featured in upcoming promotional materials and of course will take home a prize! 

So wear your Live United shirt, grab your camera, and show us how you Live United! Get the Shirt! -Simply stop by the United Way office at 903 West Center Street, Suite 100, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5pm to pick up your Live United t-shirt. Or give us a call at (507)287-2000.

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ENTER NOW!!

*Online Entry Form

*Photo and Model Release (Please sign the e-form and email to chelseym@uwolmsted.org, thank you)

 

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Contest Categories

A successful entry will capture community members wearing a “Live United” t-shirt and participating in activities relating to one or more of our three focus areas:

EDUCATION : Helping children and youth achieve their full potential
  • Improving access to quality, affordable childcare and early learning opportunities
  • Partnering with schools and parents to improve graduation rates
  • Providing after-school and mentoring programs for at-risk youth
HEALTH - Improving people's physical and mental health
  • Reducing substance abuse, child abuse and domestic violence
  • Providing access to nutritional food
  • Increasing access to critical mental and physical healthcare services and preventative care
  • Providing skilled, quality care for senior citizens or individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Providing disaster relief and/or emergency preparedness services
FINANCIAL STABILITY - Helping families become financially stable and independent
  • Supporting basic needs while increasing financial education
  • Helping hardworking people obtain job training and family-sustaining wages
  • Connecting people to the resources they need

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Prizes

The first winning images, along with the respective photographers name, from each of the three categories — plus the Facebook “fan favorite” — will be featured as part of the “Live United Community” Gallery. 4 winners in total.

Images may also be used for United Way of Olmsted County campaign materials, posters, website, social media, etc and Live United Community Advocates will be offered to opportunity to be featured in prominent building signage and decoration. 

All winners will receive a $25 gift card and a Live United loot bag, available for pickup at the United Way office.

 

Rules and Regulations / Terms

United Way of Olmsted County “This is How I Live United” Photo Contest runs now through February 29th, 2020. Contestants submitting entries agree to the rules of the contest and terms within the photo/model release form, listed above. Contestants 18 or younger must provide a signed consent form from a parent or guardian to be eligible for entry.

Who May Enter

Photographers of any age who are residents of Olmsted County may enter. United Way staff, board members, and their immediate families may submit photographs for use by United Way of Olmsted County, under the contest rules, but are not eligible to win a prize.

Entry Fees

None. Live United t-shirts are available at the United Way office (903 West Center Street, Suite 100, Rochester MN, 55902) Feel free to stop by anytime 8:30am-5pm M-F.

 

How To Enter

You are welcome to submit multiple entries but a separate entry form must be completed for each photo. Please submit digital photographs and requested information via online no later than February 29th, 2020.

Include your name in the file name (ex: janedoe1.jpg). Digital photographs should be taken at the highest possible resolution. Files submitted should not be larger than 10240K (10Mb) and must be in JPEG or PNG format, with a resolution of at least 300 DPI (dots per inch). Winning images will be enlarged to 16” x 20”, so should be a minimum of 2240 x 1680 pixels (4 megapixels). **Please submit photos in JPG or PNG format, thank you. 

Photo Release

By entering the contest, entrants grant United Way of Olmsted County, Inc.,  and their designees a royalty-free, worldwide perpetual, non-exclusive right to use, reproduce, edit, display, transmit, prepare derivative works of, modify, publish and otherwise make use of the submitted photo or other information in any and all media (including, but not limited to, print, web, video, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other media channels), whether now known or hereinafter created, throughout the world and for any purpose. In addition to other things, the rights granted to United Way of Olmsted County include, but are not limited to, the right to resize, crop, censor, compress, edit, feature, caption, affix logos to, and to otherwise alter or make use of the submitted photo.

United Way of Olmsted County reserves the right to disqualify any image. You acknowledge and agree that United Way of Olmsted County shall have no obligation to post, display, or otherwise make publicly available any photo or information submitted by you, and may, in its sole and unfettered discretion, remove, edit, modify, or delete any photo or information submitted.

By submitting any photo or information to United Way of Olmsted County, you hereby waive any privacy expectations that you may have with respect to any such photo or information submitted by you. You also guarantee that you are the photographer and copyright holder of this photo submission.

Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. United Way of Olmsted County will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Model Release

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, the entrant must have secured a model release from each subject person, or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian. By submitting a photo, the entrant agrees that you have obtained all necessary photo releases and will provide them to United Way of Olmsted County at the time of entry submission. The release form is available by clicking here.

By entering, participants agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless United Way of Olmsted County, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives, from any and all third party liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the competition including, without limitation, any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity right.

Image Modifications:  Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified. **Please submit photos in JPG or PNG format, thank you. 
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 as feasible.
  • Adding or replacing elements in an image.
  • Using artistic filters.
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.
Judging

Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and the effectiveness of conveying the Live United spirit in each category. All entries should include the words “Live United” in a highly visible form. A panel of United Way staff, board, and volunteer design professionals will judge the entries. All contest decisions are final.

Winners

Winners will be selected for each category (Health, Education, Financial Stability). Additionally a fan-favorite will also be chosen based on the number of “likes” it receives on our Facebook page. (personal sharing is highly encouraged) All decisions by the judges will be final. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after February 29th, 2020.

Prizes

All winning images, along with the respective photographers name, from each of the three categories — plus the Facebook “fan favorite” — will be featured in the “Live United Community” Gallery online. And images may also be used for United Way of Olmsted County campaign materials, posters, website, social media, building signage and decoration, etc.

All winners and the “fan favorite” will receive a gift card and a Live United swag bag, available for pickup from the United Way office.

United Way staff, board members, and their immediate families may submit photographs for use by United Way of Olmsted County, under these Rules, but are not eligible to win a prize.

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United Way reserves the right to alter any rules of this contest at any time.

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