Metro Vancouver Regional Parks 2016 Photo Contest
Contest Information & Terms & Conditions


*For each Contest Entrant under the age of 19, the legal guardian of the Entrant must read these Terms & Conditions and each reference to the “Entrant” shall mean both the Entrant and the legal guardian of the Entrant.
1. About Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
1.1 The Greater Vancouver Regional District, also known as “Metro Vancouver”, is responsible for 23 regional parks that protect diverse habitat and provide inspirational landscapes for public use. The Regional Parks and Greenways system is a network of greenspaces, special landscapes and trails with important wildlife habitat and thousands of years of human history. From Crippen Regional Park on Bowen Island to Aldergrove Regional Park in the Township of Langley and Abbotsford, regional parks are places set aside for the enjoyment and appreciation of current and future generations. Step outside! They are yours to explore. Learn more about the 23 regional parks.
2. About the Contest
2.1 This Contest is intended to raise awareness about the many programs and opportunities available in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. We hope to see this contest drawing on the talents of both amateur and professional photographers alike, whose imagery may be used in the future by Metro Vancouver for educational, public information and promotional purposes.
2.2 For information about Metro Vancouver’s regional parks function, read the Regional Parks Plan.
2.3 IMPORTANT: By participating in this Contest, each Entrant hereby declares that he or she:
2.3.1. has read, understood and complied with the Terms & Conditions set out in this document;
2.3.2. agrees to abide by all decisions of Metro Vancouver related to this Contest;
2.4 The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, municipal and local laws. Metro Vancouver reserves the right to modify or terminate this Contest at any time without notice to the Entrants.
3. Contest Duration
3.1 The Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ 2016 Photo Contest will be accepting entries from May 6, 2016 to August 31, 2016. Entries must be received by no later than August 31, 2016 at 11:59:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time).
4. Who May Enter
4.1. The Contest is open to any and all Metro Vancouver Regional Park visitors aged 13 and older.

4.2. An Entrant cannot be an employee, contractor, agent or representative of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
5. Contest Entry Procedure
5.1. No purchase is necessary. To participate, each Entrant must take the following four steps:

Step 1. Review the terms and conditions of this document.
Step 2.  Plan your outing(s) to one or more of the 23 Regional Parks. Ensure that the photo you take is within the park boundaries. This contest is specific to a Metro Vancouver Regional Park and pictures taken in any other park or greenspace will not be considered compliant with the requirements of this Contest. A Metro Vancouver Regional Park is identifiable through signage and with reference to Metro Vancouver’s website. *Please note: the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, Grouse Grind, Burns Bog and regional greenways are not eligible locations for this contest as they are not classified as regional parks. Visit the Metro Vancouver website for a full list of regional parks and other useful information including maps and directions, park hours, trail advisories, and upcoming programs and events.
Step 3.  Capture your photo(s) using your favourite camera device.   
Step 4.  Visit the Follow the directions and be sure to check the box to agree to the terms and conditions.
Step 5.  Fill out the required information and submit your photo(s).

5.2 If the Entrant is under the age of 19, the guardian of the Entrant must read and agree to these Terms & Conditions.
5.3 Each Entrant can submit no more than 3 photographs.
5.4 Each photo must be taken within the boundaries of a Metro Vancouver Regional Park.


6. Photograph Requirements
6.1 If you have any recognizable faces of people in your photograph, you must obtain their permission before capturing the photograph.
6.2 Photographs must be in digital format. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this contest. If your camera has a quality setting, please use the best possible setting to capture your photo.
6.3 Based on the sole discretion of Metro Vancouver, any submitted photograph that contains obscene, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content will be disqualified.  Please view our full moderation policy for a full listing of inappropriate characteristics that will warrant immediate disqualification.
6.4 All submitted images must be, in their entirety, single photographic images taken by the Entrant.
6.5 Metro Vancouver believes that following certain practices promotes the well-being of the location, subject(s) and photographer. Every place, plant, and animal, whether above or below water, is unique, and cumulative impacts occur over time. Therefore, one must always exercise good individual judgment. Be sure to practice good stewardship of our resources when photographing nature. Be sure to watch your step when taking pictures.  Some of your subjects may be endangered species. Never uproot or cut any plant, and be careful not to trample on plants or insects. Please review the principles of ethical field practices for additional guidelines. Follow this list of things you can do to reduce the risk of injury during a visit. Always stay on designated trails and adhere to park and trail advisories as posted in-park kiosks.
7. Suggested Photograph Tips
7.1. Use two hands for stability, and hold the mobile device close to your body. The closer to your torso you hold the device, the more stable you will be.

7.2. Avoid using the digital zoom feature. The greater the zoom, the more likely that camera shake will blur your images.

7.3. Ensure that you have a sufficient amount of light. If your camera needs to use the flash it is likely that you are shooting in low-light conditions. Try to avoid the use of the flash.

7.4. The best weather for camera phones is overcast or even slightly foggy. Early morning light is generally good.
8. Representations & Warranties of the Entrant
8.1 By entering the Contest, each Entrant acknowledges, represents, and warrants the following:
8.1.1 That the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the Entrant.
8.1.2. 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. That no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.

8.1.3. The Entrant acknowledges that it has read and fully complied with these Terms & Conditions.
8.1.4. The Entrant understands that any breach of these Terms & Conditions will result in the immediate forfeiture of any prize that the Entrant may be eligible to win.

8.1.5. The Entrant grants to the Greater Vancouver Regional District, also known as Metro Vancouver, non-exclusive permission to produce, reproduce, use, perform, publish, display and distribute the Photographs in whole or in part, in any manner and in any media, either presently existing or created in the future and in perpetuity for educational, public information, promotional, or any other lawful purpose related to Metro Vancouver including for publicity, illustration, advertising, and internet content, with or without the Entrant’s full name and without demand for royalties or compensation.
8.1.6. The Entrant grants permission to Metro Vancouver to edit, modify, alter and juxtapose the Photographs and incorporate them either in whole or in part with or without other material, including text and other recordings and images.
8.1.7 The Entrant agrees to give Metro Vancouver the right to use any image submitted for educational, public information and promotional purposes related to their mandates, which includes sharing the images for such purposes with other individuals and organizations such as the Pacific Parklands Foundation.
8.1.8 The Entrant waives any right to inspect or approve the Photographs or any derivatives of them.
8.1.9 The Entrant agrees to the publication of his or her full name on any of Metro Vancouver’s social media mediums if his or her entry is either deemed a winner of either of the three prizes, or worthy of being shortlisted or honourably mentioned.
8.1.10. The Entrant warrants that it has not licensed, assigned, or otherwise granted any exclusive interest in the Photographs to any other person or entity, explicitly, implicitly, or by operation of law.

8.1.11. The Entrant warrants that it is not aware of any person or entity, other than itself, who has asserted, may currently be asserting, or in the future may assert an exclusive interest in the Photographs and the Entrant agrees that it will not, in the future, grant an exclusive license, assign, or interest in the Photographs to any person.
8.1.12. The Entrant understands that the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks 2016 Photo Contest does not in any way, involve sponsorship, organization or administration on the part of Facebook.

8.1.13. The Entrant hereby releases and forever discharges the Greater Vancouver Regional District, also known as Metro Vancouver, its directors, officers, employees, agents and contractors from any and all actions, causes of action, claims, suits, demands, damages, interest, expenses or compensation of whatever kind, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, arising in law or in equity, including without limitation any matters arising in connection with participating in the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks 2016 Photo Contest, receiving and making use of any of the prizes awarded, and any errors or omissions in the offer or administration of this contest, including but not limited to errors in the advertising, the contest rules, the selection and announcement of the finalists, runner-up or winner, or the distribution of any prize.
8.2. By entering this Contest, the Entrant warrants that any recognizable Subject of a photograph submitted to this Contest, has been made aware of, understands and has granted the Entrant the right to take a photograph of the Subject and submit such photograph in connection with the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks 2016 Photo Contest; that the Subject authorizes Metro Vancouver, its assigns and transferees to use and publish such photograph in print and/or electronically including publication on-line; agrees that Metro Vancouver may use such photographs of the Subject with or without the Subject name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content. For a photo in which a person under the age of 19 is recognizable, by entering the Contest the Entrant warrants that the Subject’s parent or guardian has provided consent to the entry of the photo into the Contest. Metro Vancouver reserves the right to disqualify a photograph if Subject consent is determined not to have been obtained.
8.3 Metro Vancouver reserves the right to disqualify a photograph if it is believed there may be a legal issue or if any activity in the photo contravenes a park bylaw.
9. Selection of Winner(s)
9.1. After the closing date for the contest on August 31, 2016, selection of the winners will take place from September 1 to 15, 2016. A panel of judges appointed by Metro Vancouver will select the short-listed finalists and eventually the first, second and third place winners. Members of the public will vote during this time period for the single People’s Choice Award.

9.2. The judging criteria includes:
  • How well the photo addresses the question posed by the contest “Why I love Metro Vancouver Regional Parks”.
  • How well the photo is composed in terms of framing, lighting and clarity.
10. Contest Prizes
10.1 Four prizes will be awarded. Winners will select the award of their choosing in the following order:
10.1.1. Judge’s first place winner has first choice of the four prizes.
10.1.2. People’s Choice Award winner has second choice of the remaining three prizes.
10.1.3. Judge’s second place winner has third choice of the remaining two prizes.
10.1.4. Judge’s third place winner is awarded the final remaining prize.
Prize A:

Picnic Package. Includes the following Metro Vancouver-branded items: one picnic blanket (folds up compact with carry handle), two ceramic tumblers, and one tote bag.

  • Winner will need to provide: full name, mailing address, email and phone number.
  • No substitutions.
Prize B:

A group campsite for Friday and Saturday night. The campsite can accommodate a maximum total of 40 and will be solely for the winning Entrant’s group only.

The winner will select one group campsite from the following list of options:

Muskrat Meadows
Deas Island Regional Park, Delta

Camp Coyote
Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley

Raven’s Nest
Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey

Note: Choice does NOT include Camp Capilano in Capilano River Regional Park and Fort Camping in Brae Island Regional Park.
Full details on individual group campsites including amenities and availability are on the Metro Vancouver website.

  • Location and dates subject to availability.
  • Winner will need to provide: full name, mailing address, email and phone number.
  • Registration by phone only.
  • Expiry: Must be redeemed by August 2017.
Prize C:

Private use of a picnic shelter for one day. The capacity is dependent on the location. The picnic shelter will be solely for the winning Entrant’s group only. The winner will select one picnic shelter from the following list of options:

Blacktail Picnic Shelter
Aldergrove Regional Park, Aldergrove

Belcarra Picnic Area Shelter
Belcarra Regional Park, Belcarra

Centennial Beach Picnic Shelter
Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta

Old Orchard Picnic Shelter
Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley

Snug Cove Shelter
Crippen Regional Park, Bowen Island

Fisher’s Field Picnic Shelter
Deas Island Regional Park, Delta

Marpole Picnic Shelter
Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley

Note: Choice does NOT include Mid Valley Picnic Shelter in Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

Full details on individual shelters including capacity, amenities, accessibility, and availability are on the Metro Vancouver website.
  • Facility and dates subject to availability.
  • Winner will need to provide: full name, mailing address, email and phone number.
  • Registration by phone only.
  • Expiry: Must be redeemed by August 2017.
Prize D:

Free registration for 4 to a park program

  • Maximum of 4 individuals (adults and/or children)
  • Must be redeemed in its entirety for the same program (date, time, location). For example, you cannot register two individuals for one program and two for a different program.
  • Winner will choose from registered programs offered in a regional park as advertised in the Check it Out! program guide. Download the current guide from the Metro Vancouver website or subscribe to receive the online version of the “Check It Out Guide”. All winners will need to provide: full name, mailing address, email and phone number. Registration by phone only (on-line registration not available).
  • Expiry: Program chosen must be selected from the following Check it out! program guides: Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017. Does not include programs advertised in Fall 2017 guide and beyond.
  • Please note that only the full value can be used at one time; refunds will not be provided for a partial redemption. Cash or other compensation will not be provided if less than 4 individuals are registered.
General Conditions for all prizes:
  • Prizes must be accepted as awarded. Prizes are non-transferable and non-redeemable for cash. No substitutions are permitted, except with the permission of Metro Vancouver, who reserves the right to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value. The odds of winning any prize depends on the total number of eligible entries received by Metro Vancouver.
  • There is no monetary value for any of the prizes and no cash or compensation will be offered in exchange for not participating in any of the above-listed programs.