Call for participation | NaijaGems Photo contest

NaijaGems Photo Contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and the United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria.

Description of Contest Objectives
·         The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, initiated this project to raise national pride and awareness of Nigeria’s beauty.
·         There is much to be admired and celebrated in Nigeria. We are giving Nigerians an opportunity to tell their positive stories in pictures.

Events from this contest may be announced and promoted on various Social Media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr and SoundCloud. Contest entry and administration will take place through Flickr, Google Forms, Instagram and Facebook. Contest winners may also be announced on Facebook; however these platforms are not partners or sponsors of the contest. Contestants are reminded that by participating in the contest and uploading content to Flickr, Instagram they are bound by Flickr/Yahoo’s, Instagram’s Terms of Service and any agreement with Flickr/Yahoocontained therein.

How to Enter
·         Contestants will be asked to produce high-resolution original photographs of spectacular beauty that are peculiar to a region or state; the locations should be a symbol of pride to the people and culture of that state.
·         Two identical photos are to be taken; one should include a human subject who verifies the originality of the work and he/she should be tagged in the submission.
·         An entry is made by uploading the photos to Flickr with a clear description (250 words max) of the location and why the object or scene is important to that community, state, or the nation as a whole.
·         Upload photos to Instagram and tag the U.S. Mission Nigeria (@usinnigeria), tag the human subject in the photo and adopt the contest hashtag, #NaijaGEMs.
·         Photo metadata must be visible on Flickr to qualify. Manipulated photos will be disqualified.
·         Contestants are to complete an entry/sign up form [] after uploading the photos with the following information:
1.      Contestant details
2.      Flickr photo URLs
3.      Instagram ID
4.      Confirm the originality of the photo
5.      Sign a release – allowing the Embassy to post and share the photos
Once a photograph is submitted, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited, or replaced. Individual contestants may submit no more than one photo set.
Participation in this contest is deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules.
A submission must be an original photograph, taken by the contestant.
The contest commences at April 6, 2018, at 12:00PM in West African Time (WAT). Entries may be submitted between April 6, 2018, and May 4, 2018, 11:59PM. Judging begins on May 8, 2018 and ends on May 25, 2018. 

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