Your Photography @ McMillan Contest and Exhibit Rules



Your Photography @ McMillan

McMillan Library is holding regular photography contests with varying themes.  The theme of our Spring 2019 contest is wildlife photography. These can be anything from bugs to bears but they should be wild animals rather than pets (which will be the theme for a different show).  While we are only accepting photos from local photographers, neither the subject nor the location needs to be local.  Each photographer may submit one photo. As with all of our contests, the selected winners will be displayed in our gallery space and then become part of our permanent circulating collection. This exhibit will be displayed in November.

 See complete rules below.



Your photographs will be judged by our panel of judges. The images will be primarily judged on the overall beauty, power, creativity, skill, and originality of the images. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of selection for the exhibit and inclusion in McMillan Library’s permanent collection. The judging will be ‘blind’, which means the photographer will remain anonymous throughout the judging process to ensure that each contestant is judged solely on his or her photograph. All judges will be appointed by the McMillan Library. The selections for the exhibit and inclusion in our collection will be determined by the judges and the McMillan Library in accordance with the competition rules. Their decision is final on all matters relating to the competition.  McMillan Library will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging or organization of the competition.



By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to McMillan Library’s rules and agrees that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the rules. McMillan Library neither assumes nor bears any responsibility for any form or type of loss, damage, or injury incurred as a result of participating in the contest. Content of all images submitted is the responsibility of each entrant. It is the responsibility of each entrant to obtain all relevant model and/or property releases. By submitting images each entrant assures that all images are their original works and no copyright and/or trademark infringement rights have been violated.  The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the pictures does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the McMillan Library specified above. It is not the responsibility of McMillan Library to obtain model and/or property release forms or to assure/examine protection of trademark infringement rights.



If you submit an image, McMillan Library reserves the right to free reproduction of entered images in all media, but only in connection with this contest and related programs. The copyright will, at all times, be respected by McMillan Library and retained by the photographer.  Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition and inclusion in our collection grant McMillan Library the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting the Library’s programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on the Library’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for McMillan Library with artist credit. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from McMillan Library.  



Photographs must not show the name of a photographer, agency, or publication, or any other information (these details can be included in the metadata of the pictures but must not be visible on the picture itself).  All entries must have accurate captions, written in English only, and containing the photographer’s name, date of the photograph, location of the photograph, artist’s website if applicable, and title, if any.



Entrants must be current residents of Wood, Adams, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, Marathon, Portage or Waupaca counties.  This competition is open to photographers of all ages. Each entrant may submit one entry at no charge.



Selected items will be printed for display in McMillan Library’s gallery space and then become part of our circulating collection and subject to McMillan Library’s collection development policy. If damaged in use, they will be reprinted.



McMillan Library will not edit images to alter or improve quality but may crop or enlarge images to fit our final print size of 13 x 19 inches.  Photographs which are otherwise worthy of inclusion in a given show but which do not have sufficiently high resolution to print well at this size will not be selected.  The size of the original should be a maximum of 13 x 19 inches and a minimum of 5 x 8 inches. Image DPI must be a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 4000.



Image entries should be suitable for display in our gallery space that is open to all ages.



Entries must be submitted by 5pm on May 15, 2019 via email to: