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The Value of Childhood
Photo Contest

Sponsored by
The Northwest Alabama Arts Council and The Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Conference

Photo Contest Entries Should Display Children 15 Years of Age or Younger Enjoying Childhood in a Variety of Settings and Situations


The Value of Childhood Photo Contest ends on January 31, 2016. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest.

Who May Enter:

Photo contest is open to photographers ages 6 to adult in their appropriate contestant age category and are residents of the United States of America. Board members of the Northwest Alabama Arts Council and employees of the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center and their immediate family members are ineligible.

Contestant Age Categories:

Contestants will enter the contest in the correct age division according to the photographer’s age at the time the submitted photo was taken. Categories are as follows:

Photographer Ages 6-12 years
Photographer Ages 13-18 years
Photographer Ages 19 – Adult

Prizes will be awarded in all three Contestant Age Categories:

First Place - $100
Second Place - $75
Third Place - $50
Honorable Mention

Winning photographs will be published in the Journal Record Newspaper, displayed at the 2016 Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Conference, the Clyde Nix Public Library, and First National Bank in Hamilton.

$5 Entry Fee to Benefit the 2016 Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Conference
Official Rules to Enter:

*Photograph entries should display children 15 years of age or younger, enjoying childhood in a variety of settings and situations.

*By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules; that the decisions of the Judge are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; and if the entrant wins, that Authorized Parties may use the winning photographs and each winner’s name, photograph, likeness, in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without further compensation or approval except where prohibited by law.

*Each entry consists of an entry form, a model release form, a photographers release form, a single photograph and an entry fee. The entry fee is $5 per photo and each contestant may submit up to five different entries.

*Photographs must have been taken within the past two years before the date of the entry.

* Photographs must be in digital format. All digital files must be in JPEG or .jpg format and must not be larger than 10 MB. Only online entries will be eligible.

*Watermarks are unacceptable. As this is a blind judged contest, no identifying marks as to the identity of the contestant must be seen by the judge on the photograph.

*The photograph must be the single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, 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.

*The photograph must be in good taste and in the sole discretion of the Sponsors and/or Judge, not contain any obscene, defamatory or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

*The entrant retains the rights to their photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant the Northwest Alabama Arts Council and the Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Conference a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Northwest Alabama Arts Council and the Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Conference purpose including but not limited to The Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Conference promotions, publicity, and displays. The sponsors will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

*Winners must provide signed written release forms to sponsors within seven calendar days of receipt of Sponsor’s request. The entrant will be deemed to be in receipt of Sponsor’s request or notification if sent by postal mail, five business days after the request was sent by Sponsor, and in the event that Sponsor sends the request by email, on the day that the email was sent by Sponsor. Failure to provide releases upon request will result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

Winners List

Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Winners’ names will be available online at www.northwestalabamaarts.org and at www.breakingthecycleofabuse.org on or about February 14, 2016.


Photographs will be judged by Image Master Mentor, John Dersham, of Fort Payne, Alabama. Dersham is the President/CEO of DeKalb Tourism in N.E. Alabama. John and his wife Kyle selected DeKalb County as their place to call home after John completed a 30 year career in management at Eastman Kodak. John and family (two children Jennifer and Jad) lived in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast during John’s Kodak tenure. John has enjoyed a lifelong passion for photography. John majored in photography and marketing at the University of Missouri and was the school yearbook photographer from junior high school through college. Kodak became a natural fit for John’s education and personal passion. Through the years John has become an exhibiting fine art photographer with solo and group shows all throughout the country. In the 1990’s John’s work was part of the interior design in Kodak facilities nationwide. John has taught fine art photography classes for the University of Alabama in Birmingham, he has hosted dozens of photography workshops and is currently holding some weekend workshops for Jacksonville State University. John has a passion for beautiful scenery and a love for the outdoors. Tourism in the beautiful mountains of Northeast Alabama became a perfect place for John to share his enthusiasm for such a beautiful place to live and to work.

"The photographs will be judged for composition, lighting and impact. Those are the three elements that make a picture good or not so good."
~ John Dersham

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