The Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair conducts a photo contest each year and with all profits going toward local charities, the Balloonfest committee promotes this event through various media. Prior to each year’s event, the BalloonFest committee prints an Official BalloonFest Calendar, using the photos that won the previous years’ photo contest.

Building on previous year’s calendars, and the Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau website events pages, the calendar includes the dates for most other Lake Havasu City annual events. It is a must have calendar for all residents and visitors to our great city.

You are invited to participate in the 6th Annual Havasu BalloonFest Photo Contest. It is very easy to simply submit your photos via email to our photo contest committee. Just follow the simple rules below, and you may see your photos in magazines, calendars, and billboards!

Details and rules for the photo contest below.

Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair Photo Contest Terms & Conditions, General Rules:

This competition is an on line digital competition only. Postal entries cannot be accepted. Digital images must be submitted via email only. All entries MUST be a minimum of 1mb in size and no larger than 5mb in size. You must resize your photos prior to submitting, to comply with these criteria. All entries MUST conform to these size limitations and deadlines – there will be NO EXCEPTIONS. Any photo not conforming will NOT be forwarded to the judges. It is the responsibility of each participant to follow the contest progress. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”>

It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

All categories you submit your entry into, hereby grant Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair Inc., the London Bridge Rotary Club, the London Bridge Lions Club, the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club and the Daybreakers Lions club all rights to use any image/images that you submit to be used by for the purpose of advertising or promotion within any materials now or in the future, as the above organizations deem appropriate, either with other organizations to promote the event, in the press, or online. From time to time we may get inquiries from other interested parties wishing to purchase/use an image that you may have submitted. We will not release nor give away your rights to such photos and will attempt to forward that inquiry to you via the email address you entered when registering on our site, or by posting the information on the website or Facebook page.

The first 64 images selected to be in the contest held to the highest of standards of the professional entries received including proper light and composition, color/saturation, and artistic creativity of the balloons in photos when included in the running for the winning photograph. Please do not over edit/photoshop or oversaturate your images.

A maximum of 2 entries per photographer. All photos should be submitted and uploaded via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”> Be sure to include your name and contact information.

All entries must be received by February1, 2016. Late entries not accepted.

Each submitted photo MUST include: Name, Phone, Address, Age, Occupation (or ‘Lake Havasu City Student’). Please label each entry by naming your photo file (FILENAME) to include your own name. Example: Jane Doe1.jpg, Jane Doe2.jpg, Jane Doe3.jpg.

The judges will be selected from local or regional persons familiar with photography. Judges’ will select the best 64 photos to be entered into the contest. The contest will be conducted on our facebook page patterned after the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament basketball playoff grouping that happens in March Madness. You can cast your vote for your favorite each day with only one vote allowed per day per grouping. The winners of each grouping is advanced to the next level and is verified by screenshot images of each groupings’ results.

All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own all rights for it. Submitted photographs must be taken during the 2016 Havasu Balloon Festival.

Only 2 entries (photos) per person are allowed in each of the photo contests. The deadline is February 1, 2016. Late, illegible, miss-sized, or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

Any entry which is deemed inappropriate (e.g., defamatory or depicts nudity, violence or inappropriate acts, not suitable for the competitions, etc. or which otherwise violates these General Rules), will be removed and the entrant disqualified from any future competitions.

Any image that becomes entangled in any copyright dispute issues may be removed from the competition and the entrant may be banned from entering future competitions.

The winners may be requested to take part in publicity events.
There are 3 categories of competitions.

The Amateur Category is the 1st category – open to Non-Professional entrants of any age – The single best entry from a non-professional entrant is eligible for a cash prize of $500.00. Amateur photographers abide by the same rules as listed above, including two entries per photographer.

The Student Category is the 2nd category is open to non-professional entrants who are students. The single best entry from any student of legal residence in the State of Arizona attending any school in Arizona, will be eligible for a $1000 academic scholarship, to be awarded to their school, by Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, Inc. The Havasu Balloon Festival committee will determine whether the student met the criteria either prior to, during or after the contest if it was not determined prior to the contest. Student photographers abide by the same rules as listed above, including two entries per photographer.

The Professional Photographers is the 3rd category that is open to professional photographers. The winning image in the Professional category will receive the right to keep their watermark on the lower left or right hand corner of the image when submitting their images. A professional photographer in this contest is a photographer that has a website, facebook page indicating they are a photographer and sells their photos, as determined by the photo contest committee. Professional photographer entries still abide by the same rules as listed above, including two entries per photographer.

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