The Royal Photo Contest

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Contest Subject Guidelines

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival invites photographers to submit performance day images from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The Minnesota Renaissance is one of the most photographed events in the entire Midwest. Now, photographers have a chance to score great prizes!

The contest challenge is to capture the colorful celebratory quality of the participants, patrons and even the pets. Your photographs can show performers and crafters, jousters and fairies, customers and royalty, dogs and dukes. Use your imagination, tell a story, and enter for a chance to win great prizes from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and the Minneapolis Photo Center. As a winner or a select runner-up, or on display at festival sponsored events or galleries. Show us the magic!

Contest Deadline: October 30, 2015
Eligibility: United States
Royal Photo Contest Fee: $10 for 3 entries
$3 per entry there after

Submission Guidelines

Entries must be submitted to the Smarter Entry System

Click the link above to begin the submission process, create an account on Smarter Entry. Once your account is set up, you will be directed to your Account, the available competition box will show up, you can then click "Purchase Competitions" and follow the instructions.

West Photo
21 University Avenue N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Photography should capture the spirit and energy of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The focus could be on any element of the festival, from crafts to entertainment, food, dogs or special events.

Photographs will be judged on the overall quality of both the image (technical), and the subject, and how these two combined elements present a compelling narrative or idea.

2015 Prizes TBA

2014 Prizes:

Grand Prize
• Professional Print Package and Service from West Photo, the premier photo store in the midwest
• A one of a kind custom made leather mug featuring your name and a specially designed prize photography logo
•One Year Season's Pass (2015) Minnesota Renaissance Festival
• Appear on the MRF Web Page, along with links to your photography home page
• Your image will be featured in the MRF Color Calendar

Second Place
• Introductory Printing Package compliments of West PHoto, the source for professional photo equipment, rental, printing and more.
• 6 Tickets to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2015 Season
• Appear on the MRF Webpage and featured on our upcoming Calendar

Third Place
• A certificate for $25 worht of photo printing at West Photo
• 3 tickets to the 2015 seasons of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival
• Appear on the MRF Webpage and featured in our upcoming calendar

Photo Contest Submission Guidelines

• Each entrant may submit up to 3 photographs
• Photographs must be submitted by Smarter Entry
• Entries must be submitted no later than midnight on December, 16th, 2015.
• Each entry must include photographer name, email address, phone number, mailing address, photo caption, type of equipment used and, if possible, any additional metadata.
• Each photograph should be named, based on the content or idea presented.

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Rights & Restrictions

All photographs must be taken during a performance day from the 2015 season.
Entrants must be 18 years or older.

All photos submitted to the Mid-America Festivals Inc must be the legal property of the person submitting the image. Mid America Festivals will not be held responsible for any copyright infringements.

Usage Rights:
By entering this competition you grant Mid-America Festivals Inc the right to publish or reproduce submitted photo(s), along with your name, location, type of photographic equipment used (if available) on any Mid-America website, printed materials, newsletter and other social networking channels, without fee or compensation. Mid-America Festivals may use submitted photographs for promotional use only, NOT for commercial use. Small photo alterations may be made by our staff in order to format submitted for social media, print or promotional purposes.

Mid-America Festivals will not accept photographic images of children under the age of 16 without consent of a legal guardian or parent.

Film/Photo Rights:
All film rights are reserved. Commercial use of photos, videos or audio tapes made at the festival without written permission from the Marketing Department is strictly prohibited. We prohibit the use of video or photographic monopods or tripods unless authorized by MRF management.

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