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 7th Annual Havasu BalloonFest Photo Contest. It is very easy to submit your photos to our photo contest committee. Follow the simple instructions below when completing the form and upload your photos.

Details and rules for the 2017 photo contest are listed below. Our voting process has changed this year.

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 this form only. All entries MUST be a minimum of 1mb 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.

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 there will be no correspondence 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 entering the contest.

A team of judges will select 32 images for the amateur/student category and 32 images for the professional category to be entered the contest. The photos selected will be held to the highest of standards including proper light and composition, color/saturation, and artistic creativity of the subjects in the photos. 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 our website. The form has required fields that you must complete prior to uploading your photos.

All entries must be received by February 27, 2017. Late entries not accepted.

Please label each entry by naming your photo file (FILENAME) to include your own name. Example: Jane Doe1.jpg, Jane Doe2.jpg.

Once the judges have selected the 32 photo finalists, we will post the photos for voting on our website. The public will be allowed to vote for two photos. The judges additionally will be vote for two photos. The public vote will count for 50% of the winning count and the judges vote will count for 50% of the winning count. The total of both groups will be the top 16 photos that will be placed in the calendar.

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 2017 Havasu Balloon Festival.

Only 2 entries (photos) per person are allowed in each of the photo contests. The deadline is February 15, 2017. 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 determination of an Amateur will be at the sole discretion of Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair committee representatives.

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 meets 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 be eligible for a cash prize of $500.00. 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.

The voting on the website and the final results will be announced on our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HavasuBalloonFest/

You may see your photos in magazines, calendars, and billboards!

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