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Dignity. What does it look like to you? Show us through your eyes; your lens.

Prizes
$500 CASH (Grand Prize)

$500 CASH (Grand Prize)

+ 3 other prizes

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For some of us, it's having the freedom to do great work. For some, it's providing a good life for our families. Still for others, it's just treating those around us with kindness and compassion.

Dignity - though an abstract concept - is one of the most important things to the human spirit. This is one of Acumen's core beliefs and this year, the +Acumen network is bringing it to life through the global Picture Dignity contest. Picture Dignity is a photography contest aimed at inspiring the global community to define, illustrate, and show us what dignity means to them.

We want to see it through your eyes; your lens. We're counting on you to make Picture Dignity a success by submitting a photo of what dignity means to you, and joining and sharing us on Facebook. Your submission will support the +Acumen network initiatives and of course Acumen’s novel approach to tackling poverty. To find out more, visit http://acumen.org/ and http://plusacumen.org/.

Important:

For best results, please submit your image as 72 dpi and 1920 pixels on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG or JPG format, RGB color space, monochrome, or a combination of the two. At the VERY LEAST, your image should be at least 800 pixels on the longest side. First round winners will be required to submit an additional high resolution image up to 2MB in size. All entries must be named in the following format: Entrant last name_Entrant first name_current city _Caption. Example: Gomez_Linda_Chicago_Veterans.

No entries shall contain images or information of persons under 13 years of age.

We encourage all participants to read the complete entry requirements:

http://picturedignity.strutta.com/#box-requirements

Contest Requirements

PICTURE DIGNITY CONTEST RULES

COMPETITION OVERVIEW

Picture Dignity is an open photographic competition sponsored by +Acumen chapters from around the world. At +Acumen, we believe that dignity is more important to the human spirit than wealth, and we have created Picture Dignity promote this idea. The theme of this competition is the expression of dignity of people in varying circumstances and places.

+Acumen chapters promote the mission of Acumen, a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. +Acumen chapters are deeply committed volunteer-led groups learning and sharing Acumen’s principles and approach to help create a world beyond poverty.

SPONSOR

The sponsor of Picture Dignity is +Acumen, 76 Ninth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10011 (the “Sponsor”).

TERM
Picture Dignity begins July 22, 2013 at 11:59:00 p.m. US Eastern Time and ends on September 22, 2013 at 11:59:00 p.m. US Eastern Time (the “Contest”), subject to extension or earlier termination at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.

WHO MAY ENTER
This Contest is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and have full legal capacity to understand and comply with the Official Rules and grant to Sponsor the rights provided for in such Official Rules. THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

HOW TO ENTER
Each entry consists of an online entry form (available at picturedignity.strutta.com) and one (1) photographic image per entry. Completed entry forms must include the entrant’s name, email address, confirmation of age of majority, and confirmation of acceptance of Official Rules. Entrants are not required to be affiliated with a +Acumen chapter. However, to be eligible for any of the local +Acumen chapter prizes, entrants should identify one (1) +Acumen chapter on their entry forms with which they wish to affiliate. An entrant may enter only once. To enter: visit picturedignity.strutta.com; complete the entry form and submit along with your photograph and associated photo caption (of 100 words or less) in accordance with the instructions that follow.
The sole category for entry is Dignity; photographs should reflect the concept of dignity, as interpreted by the entrant. Each entry must comply with the following requirements (the "Photograph Requirements"):

1. Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. Images must be created with a digital still camera or smart phone. For best results, please submit your image as 72 dpi and 1920 pixels on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG or JPG format, RGB color space, monochrome, or a combination of the two. At the VERY LEAST, your image should be at least 800 pixels on the longest side. First round winners will be required to submit an additional high resolution image up to 2MB in size. All entries must be named in the following format: Entrant last name_Entrant first name_current city _Caption. Example: Gomez_Linda_Chicago_Veterans

2. Photographs must have been taken within two (2) years before the date of entry.

3. The image must be recognizable as a photo with minimal cropping or modification by software. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are NOT acceptable. Any changes to the original photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the photograph ineligible for a prize.

4. Photographs should include at least one human figure. [Photographs that show subjects staring into the camera should be limited and used with care. While potentially powerful, depending on context and composition, they can sometimes feel exploitative. When in doubt, please be conservative. Not all images need to be happy and cheerful, but they should represent subjects in a dignified light.]

5. Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as the submission, use, dissemination, reproduction, creation of derivative works, modification, distribution, performance and display of the photographs do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud; entrants must be prepared to obtain a release form as described below in “Release.” When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person's art.

6. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph and the associated caption is an original work created and owned, free and clear of all encumbrances, solely by the entrant, that the submission, use, dissemination, reproduction, creation of derivative works, modification, distribution, performance and display of 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.

7. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
The Sponsor reserves the right to reject any entry that does not meet the Photograph Requirements. All entries must be submitted and received by September 1, 2013 at 11:59:00 p.m. ET. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. The Sponsor reserves the right to examine, and entrant will timely provide, the original photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these Official Rules.

CONTEST PRIZES

1. Top socially voted photographs

Of all photographs entered to Picture Dignity, a prize will be awarded to the top socially voted professional photograph and the top socially voted amateur photograph, each based on number of votes received through Facebook. A professional photograph is one that is taken by a Photo Dignity participant who earns a substantial portion of his or her livelihood from compensation earned by taking photographs (a “professional photographer”), and indicates themselves as "professional" during entry. An amateur photograph is one that is taken by a Photo Dignity participant who is not a professional photographer.

The winners of the top socially voted professional photograph and amateur photograph will each receive a one-year “awesome” subscription to 500px (www.500px.com) (a $75 USD value).

2. Top 30 finalists

A panel of +Acumen judges (consisting of James Wu, Evgeny Tchebotarev, and Ryan Lobo) will choose 30 finalists they believe are the top photographs of all photographs submitted to Picture Dignity. The photographs chosen as the top 30 are in the sole discretion of the +Acumen judges. In selecting the top 30 photographs, +Acumen judges are permitted, but are not required, to consider the following criteria: creativity, the expression of the concept of dignity and photographic quality (the “Judging Criteria”).

Each of the top 30 finalists, as chosen by the +Acumen judges, will receive a one-year “plus” subscription to 500px (a $25 USD value).

3. Grand prize winner

Of the top 25 photographs chosen by the +Acumen judges, the +Acumen judges will select one grand prize winner for Picture Dignity. The grand prize winner will be chosen by the +Acumen judges in their sole discretion. In choosing the grand prize winner, the +Acumen judges are permitted, but are not required, to consider the Judging Criteria.

The grand prize winner of Picture Dignity will receive a one-year “awesome” subscription to 500px (www.500px.com) (a $75 USD value) and a $500 USD cash prize.

4. Local +Acumen chapter winners

Select +Acumen chapters will each choose one local winner of the photographs submitted to Picture Dignity on behalf of their respective chapters. Participating +Acumen chapters are Riyadh+Acumen (for 3 winners) and DC+Acumen (for 5 winners). Local +Acumen chapter winners will be chosen by their relevant local +Acumen chapter leaders in their sole discretion. In selecting the local +Acumen chapter winners, local +Acumen chapter leaders are permitted, but are not required, to consider the Judging Criteria. Eligibility is determined by your proximity to Riyadh and Washington, DC in order to claim the prize.

Each local +Acumen winner will receive a one-year “plus” subscription to 500px (a $25 USD value) plus a copy of “The Blue Sweater”, by Jacqueline Novogratz (a $16 USD value).

Any or all of the entries, if any, may be selected for broader exposure. If selected, at the discretion of the Authorized Parties, entries may be used as follows:

• Reproduction and sale at any +Acumen events
• Reproduction, modification and dissemination in connection with Acumen and/or its affiliates events, websites, communications and/or publications, and possible reproduction by licensees of Acumen (such as socially minded magazines)
• Reproduction, modification and dissemination in connection with +Acumen events, websites, communications and/or publications, by any of the +Acumen chapters

Any use of your works will include attribution as specified by you on the entry form. Associated captions may be used in conjunction with the associated work, with other works or with no works, and may be excerpted.

The Sponsor will be responsible for all printing, mounting and costs associated with displaying and selling the photographs at any +Acumen event.

Potential winners may be required to affirm the rights granted by virtue of submitting an entry as provided in these Official Rules. Upon notification from Sponsor, entrant shall sign and return within ten (10) days following an attempted notification, an Affidavit, Declaration or Certificate of Eligibility, Liability Release, and where legally permissible, a Publicity Release, and a Warranty of Ownership and License in which the entrant warrants that he/she is the owner of the photograph (and all the intellectual property rights in the photograph submitted) and grants to Sponsor and its licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, transferable license, with right of sublicense, for the submission, use, dissemination, reproduction, creation of derivative works, modification, distribution, performance and display of the entry without additional compensation. Failure to execute and deliver any required documents to Sponsor by the specified deadline may result in disqualification from the Contest, and selection of an alternate potential winner.

NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS UNDELIVERABLE, WHETHER BY REGULAR MAIL OR BY EMAIL, MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATE POTENTIAL WINNER.

No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by winners permitted. If a prize is unavailable, the Sponsor, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the original with an alternative prize, unless to do so would be prohibited by law.

LICENSE
By entering the Contest, each WINNING entrant grants an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, transferable license to the Sponsor, with right of sublicense, for the submission, use, dissemination, reproduction, creation of derivative works, modification, distribution, performance and display, in any media now or hereafter known. Entrants consent to the Sponsor doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant’s “moral rights” in their entries. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each winning entrant grants to Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest, and pictures or likenesses of Contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek or obtain any additional approval in connection with such use. Winning entrants agree to execute any assignment or other instrument as may be requested by Sponsor or its sublicensors from time to time to effect the intent of this license.

RELEASES
If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the submission, use, dissemination, reproduction, creation of derivative works, modification, distribution, performance and display of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. No entries shall contain images or information of persons under 13 years of age. If any person appearing in any photograph is over 13 years old but under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

By entering the Contest, entrant warrants that he or she owns all right, title and interest in the intellectual property rights of the photographs and associated captions submitted with his or her entries, and is able to grant the License as provided below.
To evidence such right, title and interest, upon Sponsor's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Sponsor's request):

• a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, and/or from the owner of any material that appears in the photograph entry, authorizing by Sponsor and its licensees ("Authorized Parties") the submission, use, dissemination, reproduction, creation of derivative works, modification, distribution, performance and display of the entry, in any media now or hereafter known, in perpetuity and without consideration. All releases must be in the form provided by Sponsor. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification at any time during the Contest and selection of an alternate winner, in addition to any other remedies under law or in equity.
• a signed written license from the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork, or other copyrighted material that appears in the photograph entry, authorizing by any Authorized Party the submission, use, dissemination, reproduction, creation of derivative works, modification, distribution, performance and display of the entry, in any media now or hereafter known, in perpetuity and without consideration. All releases must be in the form provided by Sponsor. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner, in addition to any other remedies under law or in equity.
• a signed written license from the owner of any private property included in the photograph entry, authorizing by any Authorized Party the submission, use, dissemination, reproduction, creation of derivative works, modification, distribution, performance and display of the entry, in any media now or hereafter known, in perpetuity and without consideration. All releases must be in the form provided by Sponsor. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner, in addition to any other remedies under law or in equity.
For the purposes of these Official Rules, the entrant will be deemed to be in receipt of Sponsor's request or notification, (a) in the event that Sponsor sends the request by postal mail, five business days after the request was sent by Sponsor, or (b) in the event that Sponsor sends the request by email, on the day that the email was sent by Sponsor.

CONTEST PRIZES

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.
Upon Sponsor's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Sponsor's request) a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, and/or from the owner of any material that appears in the photograph entry, authorizing Sponsor and its licensees ("Authorized Parties") to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known. All releases must be in the form provided by Sponsor. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification at any time during the Contest and selection of an alternate winner. (Download the Personal Release form. Acrobat Reader is required to view the download. Get the free plug-in here.)

By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Acumen and its chapters, partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

DATA PRIVACY
Entrants agree that personal data may be collected, processed, shared, transferred, published and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest, the exposure under prizes and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by the Sponsor in order to verify the participant's identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the participant's eligibility to participate in the Contest. Participants have the right to access, review, rectify, or cancel any personal data held by Sponsor by writing to +Acumen, 76 Ninth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10011. Personal data will be used by Sponsor and its affiliates exclusively for the purposes stated herein. Entrants will be added to listservs of +Acumen chapters and Acumen, for receipt of periodic newsletters and other mailings and solicitations concerning +Acumen chapters and Acumen and its programs. By submitting an entry and providing data, entrant consents to the collection, processing, sharing, transfer, publication and other use of such data.

NOTICE TO INDIVIDUALS: REMOVAL FROM MAILING LIST: Any individual (or other duly authorized person) may elect to exclude the name and address of that individual from all lists used by Sponsor to mail skill contests or other listervs. To elect to have an individual's name excluded from all such lists, submit a removal request in writing to: +Acumen, 76 Ninth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10011. This notification system may be used to prohibit mailing of all skill contests by Sponsor to such individual.

To the extent the foregoing Contest Requirements conflict with the Contest Rules below, the Contest Requirements shall govern.

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundJuly 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)September 1, 2013 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
Voting roundJuly 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)September 15, 2013 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
Judging roundSeptember 15, 2013 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)September 22, 2013 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)

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