FAQs for APHA's 2018 Get Ready Photo Contest


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NOTE: Submissions are now closed! Thanks for entering

Does my photo have to show a specific type of animal, like a cat or a dog?
Nope. We’re accepting submissions of all types of animals, pets or otherwise. For example, it can be your kitten or puppy, a farm animal or an animal at your local zoo, just as long as they're behaving like a person. The more variety the better!

What counts as an appropriate picture?
We want photos of animals acting like people. We’d love to see pictures of the animals in your life reading the newspaper, cleaning, using the computer, etc. Use your creativity!

Can I edit my pictures?
Unfortunately, we will not accept pictures that have been edited using Photoshop or any other program.

Is this just about preparing your animals for an emergency?
No, this is a play on preparedness for everyone. But having a plan for your pet is an important part of being prepared.

Can people be in the photos?
No, the focus should be on the animal.

Should I send a photo with a caption on it?
Send your photo without words or a caption. We’ll add captions to winning photos later. (But if you have an idea for a caption, send it in your email or add it to your Instagram post.

What’s the prize?
Winning photos will be featured in a Get Ready calendar. There are no other prizes.

What kind of calendar is it?
We are planning to create a calendar for APHA’s Get Ready campaign that features winning photos and preparedness tips.

Do you own my photo? What will you do with it?
You will retain ownership of your photo. But by submitting your photo you are granting APHA unlimited, irrevocable, uncompensated licensing rights to your photo. That’s so we can use it for things like marketing, promotion, editorial use and communication, etc. We won’t sell or relicense your actual photo, but we may sell or give away a calendar or T-shirt, etc., that has your photo on it to promote preparedness.

How will photos be judged? Who picks the winners? How many winners will there be?
The photos will be judged for quality, applicability to preparedness and general appeal. A committee from APHA’s Get Ready team will pick the winning photos.

When will the winners be announced?
The contest was open for submissions July 5-Aug. 3. Winners will be announced on the Get Ready website.

Where’s the fine print?
As in any contest, we have legal rules and regulations. Check them out here.

Please don’t hurt the animals! Photographers should maintain the safety of animals — and themselves — when taking their photos.