Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Snap and Share your Parks, Forestry and Recreation moments presented by Nikon Canada

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Snap & share your parks, forestry and recreation moments

Get your camera ready because the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation division is hosting a photo contest!

Contest Period: August 18 - September 30, 2014

From August 18 through September 30 get outside and take pictures of your experiences and memorable moments in Toronto's parks, urban forests, natural environments and recreation spaces! You could win a Nikon D3300 with lenses or a Nikon Coolpix AW120 and your pictures may be featured on toronto.ca, and the City of Toronto's social media and posters!

Before you get outside and snap those photos don't forget to read the contest rules and regulations first.

Email your picture (feel free to enter as many times as you want, but one picture per email please) to pfr@toronto.ca with your photo category in the subject line. Be sure to set your camera to high resolution, take your shots and send each one to use in an email that includes:

  • Photo title
  • Photo date and location
  • Photographer name, full address, phone number and email address
  • Photo category entered (Parks, Forestry or Recreation)
  • (Optional): A brief description of the photo and moment shared
  • A signed release form if your photo has an identifiable person. (Please download the form, fill and sign, and remember to attach a scanned copy to your email.)

Please Note:  A confirmation email will be sent to you upon receipt of your entry.  You must respond to this email to complete your submission.  Please ensure you check your junk mail folders if you do not receive the confirmation email.

Pictures must be taken during the contest period. By submitting a photo you're giving the City of Toronto the right and permission to use, reuse, alter, modify, crop, publish, republish or distribute photographic images for use on the City's website, posters, social media feeds, brochures, and other promotional materials should your photo be one of the winners or of honourable mention.

E-mail your Picture

For information on alternative accessibility options for submitting entries please contact Ashalea Stone, Market Research & Promotions Consultant, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, City of Toronto by telephone at 416-338-2934 or email at astone@toronto.ca.

Nikon Canada logo This City of Toronto photo contest is presented by Nikon Canada

The City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation division has a mission to improve the quality of life of Toronto’s diverse communities by providing safe, beautiful parks, a healthy, expanding urban forest, and high quality, community focused recreational experiences.

The contest's three photo categories:

ParksForestryRecreation

The parks category includes pictures taken in Toronto's parks which show their beauty or the many different ways that people use, experience or enjoy parks. Examples include pictures showcasing:

  • the natural beauty of Toronto park landscapes, flowers, and views
  • families and friends using Toronto parks for picnics, barbeques, socializing and other activities
  • the quality of life parks bring to an urban area

The forestry category includes photos that showcase the beauty of Toronto's natural environment. Photos include pictures of animals, people, trees and trails. Examples include pictures showcasing:

  • Toronto trees
  • hiking or biking through Toronto's trails and ravines
  • Toronto's tree canopy
  • wildlife in the city

The recreation category includes photos of people participating in outdoor recreational activities and being active in Toronto. Examples include pictures showcasing people:

  • keeping active in Toronto beaches and parks
  • participating in outdoor sports
  • enjoying activities such as yoga, Frisbee, volleyball soccer, cricket, and more

Want some ideas of great places to take photos? Check out our ravines and trails, leisure spaces, beaches, golf coursesconservatories even the zoos and animal attractions.

Judging and Notification

All entries will be screened for eligibility. Those that meet the rules and regulations will qualify to move forward in the contest. All eligible photos will go through four rounds of judging. In rounds one and two, panels of City employees will assess photos with consideration of the contest judging criteria (technical, composition, impact, and content) to determine which photographs  move forward. Three expert judges will then review those photos with a professional eye against the following criteria to create a list of finalists out of which the Grand Prize and category winners will be selected.

Technical

  • Clarity and sharpness of image
  • Use of contrast and colour
  • Use of light

Composition

  • Does the photo tell a story, share a moment or experience?
  • Visual balance
  • Focal points and angles
  • Items of interest

Impact

  • Captures uniqueness, beauty, dramatic, humour, power, etc.
  • Elicits an emotion
  • Attention grabbing
  • Is there a "wow" factor?

Content

  • Matches contest themes and categories
  • Fits the spirit and identity of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Captures the moment and experience

All contest winners will be notified at the end of December 2014. Winners must respond within ten (10) business days of such notification. Entrants who do not respond will be disqualified and will not receive a prize. Another winning contestant will be selected.

Only winners or those who receive honourable mention will be contacted.

Decision of the judges is final.

Winning images will be selected by our judging panel including:

Kristian Bogner

Kristian BogdenKristian Bogner is a world-class professional photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador. His photography is fuelled by ultimate positivity, passion and taking his technical expertise in photography to the extreme.

Kristian has received the Commercial Photographer of the Year for Canada Award three times from the Professional Photographers of Canada Association. He is also a four-time recipient of Photographer of the Year for Alberta, seven-time Photographer of the Year for Canada Finalist, and winner of numerous other awards for best fashion, best sports, best illustrative, best industrial and best scenic images in Canada.

Kristian’s recent photographic expeditions have taken him to Dali, China and Ladakh, India, where he captured amazing images of tribes, monks, nomads, mountainscapes, palaces and ancient cultures. He has shot everything from the Olympics and extreme sports to fashion, high-end architecture, aircraft, landscapes and much more, along with many commercial photography assignments. http://kristianbogner.com/

Dr. Roberta Bondar

Doctor Roberta BondarDr. Roberta Bondar launched from Earth in January 1992 aboard NASA's space shuttle Discovery as the first neurologist in space and Canada's first woman astronaut. As a payload specialist she conducted over forty advanced scientific experiments for fourteen nations.

Roberta Bondar's photographic explorations have taken her to some of the most extreme climatic and geological locations on Earth. She has captured the beauty, solitude and dramatic landscape of the American Southwest, the High Arctic and the Sahara Desert with its ancient Roman ruins.

Roberta Bondar's photographic proficiency adds a multi-dimension to her expression of experiences. As an Honors student in Professional Nature Photography at the Brook's Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, she was deeply influenced by the poetic tableaus of renowned American photographer Ansel Adams.

Having seen Earth from the unique perspective of space, her Earth centered pictorial images celebrate the beauty of our natural environment at an intimate level.

 Her photographic works may be found in private, corporate and institutional collections. In 2009 , Roberta was the feature photographer for the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation's Toronto Tree Portraits calendar. http://www.robertabondar.com/photographer.php

Moses Znaimer

Moses Znaimer in Much Music Ballcap long black overcoat and pink scarfMoses is best known for his achievements in television, his contributions to the Canadian music industry, and now, for his newest and ongoing role as a Champion for Canada’s 15.3 million people aged 45plus (aka Zoomers).

In the 1970s, long before Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, Moses anticipated the popularity of user-generated content. His groundbreaking television concepts, notably Speaker’s Corner, Videography, and the Studioless Streetfront Television Operating System were at the core of the over 20 independent stations and channels he co-founded, including CityTV, SPACE, Bravo! and CablePulse24; not to mention MuchMusic and MusiquePlus, which served to define a generation of Canadian youth in both official languages. Among Moses’ many honours commemorating his visionary contribution to Toronto’s urban landscape, his favourite is that the City of Toronto designated a famous downtown stretch of the legendary Queen Street MOSES ZNAIMER WAY.

Today, Moses is President of CARP, and the Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited (TSXV: ZUM), a global leader in creating media, information, entertainment and spiritual experiences for the 45plus in television, radio, web, conferences, trade shows, and the flagship Zoomer magazine, Canada’s largest paid circulation magazine for mature men and women, in which Moses pens chapters for his “Zoomer Philosophy”.

In October 2013, on the occasion of its 120th anniversary, the High Park Zoo held a special ceremony to officially name a new baby wallaby "Zoomer" in recognition of Moses' contribution to keeping the Zoo open when City Council moved to shut it down to save the annual operating expense.

Nikon Canada LogoThe City of Toronto snap & share your parks, forestry and recreation moments photo contest is presented by Nikon Canada


Thanks to Nikon Canada for the support.

Grand Prize

Nikon D3300 DSLR with 18 - 55 millimeter lens

The grand prize winner will receive a Nikon D3300 camera, 18-55mm lens and 55-300mm lens and Nikon camera bag valued at an approximate retail value of $1,079.

Category Prize

Coolpix AW120 camera

There will be one first place winner in each of the three categories. Each category winner will receive a Nikon CoolPix AW120 Camera with an approximate retail value of $379.

Additional Prizing

Once the category first place winners have been determined, the next top three photos will be receive a certificate from the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

Some photos may receive honorable mention.

Winning photos and those that receive honourable mention will be exhibited at City Hall in the rotunda.

Winning images will also be featured in the Spring Summer 2015 issue of Toronto FUN Guide.

Snap and share your Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Moments

August 18 - September 30, 2014

Eligibility

  1. This contest is sponsored by the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division (the city) and is open to photographers who are residents of Ontario, except employees, officers and directors of the City and contest judges, and any persons with whom these persons are residing or any member of their immediate family.
  2. To be eligible, all submissions must be created by and the property of the contestant and not created by another party. Contestants must be the sole owner of all rights to the photos submitted.
  3. Submission of a photo is acknowledgement of, and agreement to, the terms and conditions of the contest.

How to Enter

  1. The contest theme is around getting outdoors to create and share memorable moments and experiences with the City of Toronto's parks, urban forest or engaging in recreation activities. These may be personal moments from the contestant's experiences or experiences of others that illustrate how the City's parks, forestry and recreation contributes to enhancing the quality of life for Toronto residents.
  2. Commencing at 9:00am on August 18, 2014 and ending at 5:00pm on September 30, 2014 contestants must submit their photo via email to pfr@toronto.ca, with the category they wish to enter in the subject line and the body of the email to include:
    • The title of the photo
    • The location and date where and when the photo was taken
    • The name, full address, phone number and email address of the photographer
    • Category in which it is being entered (Parks, Forestry or Recreation)
    • (Optional): A brief description of the photo and moment shared.(If applicable)
    • A signed photo release form if there are identifiable individuals in the photo under the age of 18

    For information on alternative accessibility options for submitting entries please contact Ashalea Stone, Market Research & Promotions Consultant, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, City of Toronto by telephone at 416-338-2934 or email at astone@toronto.ca.

  3. Any submissions must be an original photo taken in the City of Toronto during the contest period, and fall into one of the following categories:
    ParksForestryRecreation

    The parks category includes pictures taken in Toronto's parks which show their beauty or the many different ways that people use, experience or enjoy parks. Examples include:

    • The natural beauty of Toronto park landscapes, flowers, views, etc...
    • Families and friends using Toronto parks for picnics, barbeques, socializing and other activities
    • Pictures that capture the quality of life parks bring to an urban area.

    The forestry category includes photos that showcase the beauty of Toronto's natural environment, whether in a park or elsewhere. Photos include pictures of animals, people, trees and trails. Examples include:

    • Toronto trees
    • Hiking or biking through Toronto's trails and ravines
    • Shots of the tree canopy
    • Photos of wildlife in the city

    The recreation category includes photos of people participating in outdoor recreational activities and being active in Toronto.

    Examples include:

    • People keeping active in Toronto beaches and parks
    • Participating in outdoor sports
    • Enjoying activities such as yoga, Frisbee, volleyball soccer, cricket, etc.
  4. Contestants may enter multiple photos into more than one category; however one picture cannot be entered into more than one category.
  5. The photo subject must be relevant to the photo contest’s theme and the category in which the photo is submitted. Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public government website. Photos that contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, nudity, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content will not be considered. The City of Toronto will determine, in its sole discretion, what constitutes such content.
  6. Photos that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered as eligible for prize consideration.
  7. No purchase or participation fee is necessary.

Format

  1. Photos must be high resolution in JPG format, of at least 3600 pixels x 2,400 pixels. Photos can be in colour, black and white, sepia tone or duotone and must be taken in Toronto.

Copyright and Use of Photographs

  1. Photos must have been created by the person submitting them to the contest and photos created by someone else should not be submitted. The contestant must be the sole owner of all rights to the photos that the contestant submits.
  2. Photos entered must not have been previously published.
  3. Entering the contest constitutes an agreement by the contestant to give a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to the City, and anyone it authorizes, to display, distribute, modify, crop reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed including the Internet, for any City purpose including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion.  Such license is provided without any fee or other form of compensation, or any requirement for additional approvals, photo credit will be given where possible.
  4. The entrant waives all moral rights in any of his or her winning entries.
  5. In the event that ownership of, or rights to, any photo submitted to the contest is contested in any manner, the City retains the sole discretion to disqualify that photo from the contest and discontinue use of the photo.
  6. The contestant will hold the City harmless from any infringement of any copyright in the photos the contestant submits. 

Privacy and Publicity

  1. The photographs submitted to the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Photo Contest are considered to be part of a public record as defined by section 27 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. There is no expectation of privacy and the photographer acknowledges that they have the consent of all people in the photograph if necessary.
  2. Any photograph that captures the image of someone under the age of 18 will require the attached photographic consent form be completed. We reserved the right to refuse any photograph that does not meet all the terms and conditions set out in the contest rules.

Contestant's Personal Information

  1. Each contestant will be required to provide the City with his or her name, e-mail address and mailing address for the purpose of its administration of the contest.
  2. Winners' names and photographs will be published in promotional materials and may be publicized in any other reasonable manner the City considers appropriate for the purposes of the contest.

Others' Personal Information

  1. Each contestant agrees that they have obtained consent from all identifiable persons in the submitted photos for use of their image in the photos and must agree to this condition by reviewing and accepting the online terms and conditions.
  2. For photos that include identifiable children, each of the contestant's submissions must be accompanied by a signed consent form from each child’s parent/legal guardian.
  3. By submitting  photos in this contest, each contestant is confirming that he or she has received permission from all recognizable individuals in those photos to use their images in the photos as part of this contest and that they are aware of the City's contest rules and the uses that may be made of the winning photos.

Prizes and Chances of Winning

  1. The chances of winning are dependent on the number of eligible photos received in each category and in the contest as a whole.
  2. There will be one Grand Prize from all entries across all categories.  The Grand Prize will be a Nikon D3300 camera with two lenses, bag, SD card and tripod valued at an approximate retail value of $1,079.90. There will be one first prize in each of the three (3) categories of prizes to be won.  First place in each category will receive Nikon Coolpix camera with an approximate retail value of $379.95.
  3. All finalists will receive a certificate from the City of Toronto.
  4. There may also be a number of honourable mentions.

Judging Process and Criteria

  1. Three panels of judges composed of City employees in two cases, and one composed of non-City employees, will be selected by the City, in its sole discretion.
  2. A panel of judges composed of three City employees will pre-qualify each photo in terms of relevance to the applicable category theme, and compliance with  the relevant requirements of these rules.
  3. Qualified photos will then be judged by a larger panel of judges composed of City employees who will assess  if the image:
    • Tells a story or shows an experience
    • Connects parks, forestry and recreation to the contest theme and meets the specified category criteria
  4. A final panel of judges composed of non-City employees will further evaluate each photograph as it relates to the category in which the photo was submitted as well as these areas:
    • Technical
    • Composition
    • Impact
    • Content
  5. The final panel of judges will determine the contest winner(s).

Winner selection and notification

  1. Contestants who have submitted winning/honourable mention photos will be notified at the end of December 2014, approximately.  All winners will be notified and, upon notification, each winner must respond within ten(10) days of such notification. If a winner doesn't respond within that time, that winner will be disqualified and will not receive a prize and another winning contestant may be selected.
  2. The decision of the judges is final. Prizes must be picked up by December 31, 2014 or as otherwise arranged.

General Rules

  1. By entering the contest, the contestant, or if the contestant is a minor, his/her parent, guardian or tutor, agrees to abide by the contest rules.
  2.  No prize substitutions will be made, save for the City’s right, at its sole discretion, to make an offer or prize substitution of equivalent value.
  3. The City reserves the right to verify the full legal name and address of the contest winners with the information on the selected entry form. To claim the prize, valid government issued photo identification may be required.
  4. The City reserves the right, at its complete discretion, to cancel or modify the contest in the event that, in its opinion, the holding of the contest would be prevented for one reason or another, including a technical failure or breakdown, an unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other cause beyond the control of the City which would compromise the management, security, impartiality, integrity or smooth running of this contest.
  5. This contest is null and void where prohibited by law. Any dispute regarding the organizing or conduct of this contest may be submitted to the Market Research and Promotions Consultant, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Metro Hall 24th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6.
  6. The City is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that affect the contest or your participation in it. Furthermore, the City is not responsible for: 1) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete or late entries or 2) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. The City is not responsible for any technical delays in submission emails, entries and/or uploads and updates.
  7. The City reserves the right to disqualify any contestant that it has reason to believe does not comply with the contest rules.  If after the awarding of the contest prizes a contest winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these rules.
  8. The City reserves the right to change or alter these rules  for the purpose of  accommodation of participants in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
  9. The City is entitled to interpret these rules as required and its decisions are final.
  10. For more information, please read the contest rules or contact the Market Research and Promotions Consultant at 416-338-2934.
  11. By participating in the contest, the contestant agrees to hold harmless the City and its employees, agents and representatives from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from the contestant's participation in this contest, including infringement of another person’s intellectual property rights.  The contestant also release the City and its employees, agents and representatives from any responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind the contestant may incur or suffer arising in whole or in part from participation in this contest.
  12. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations. These contest rules are subject to change without notice in order to comply with any applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws or the policy of any other entity having jurisdiction over the contest.
  13. Any and all disputes arising from the contest will be resolved in the courts of the Province of Ontario and are subject to the laws of that Province.

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