5th Annual You Be the Tour Guide Photo Contest

Monday, February 24, 2014

Frisco is a bunch of fun and a unique destination for business and leisure travelers! The Frisco CVB invites you to participate in our 5th Annual You Be the Tour Guide Photo Contest, March 7 -April 18, 2014 in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week in May. The contest is free and open to anyone age 14 or older and photography is your passion, hobby or an occasional past time. Bottom line is you have to be an amateur. No professional photographers may participate. Our on-going goal is to help draw visitors and promote tourism in Frisco. That's why we're asking you to be the tour guide and submit your best images that illustrate how interesting, attractive and fun Frisco is!

Contest Terms and Conditions:

Start Date:  Friday, March 7  -  End Date:  Friday, April 18, 2014

No payment or purchase necessary to enter or to win.

To enter, you must be at least 14 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. The contest is open to amateurs only. The CVB will announce the winners Saturday, May 10 inside Stonebriar Centre on the lower level outside of Nordstrom's. City of Frisco, Frisco CVB employees and CVB Board members and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes spouses, parents, and children. All photos must be in color and taken in Frisco within the last two years. Here are a few ideas to emphasize:

Photo Formats:
Entries must be color digital images. Black and white images are not eligible. Please read the specific guidelines for submitting images.

Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

Number of Entries:

Individuals may submit up to five photos.

Photo Subject Restrictions:
Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public government website. The Frisco CVB cannot consider or accept obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content. The Frisco CVB retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content. A signed model release form must accompany photos containing recognizable people.

Return of Photos:
The Frisco CVB will not return photos, regardless of the medium. Please do not
send your only copy of a photo.

Ownership/Use Rights
Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs. By entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on the Visitfrisco.com website without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that the Frisco CVB may display winning photos in the Frisco CVB e-newsletter and social media outlets or they may be selected for display or use in other CVB or City of Frisco marketing and advertising initiatives. Entrant will be responsible for obtaining all consents necessary of any persons
featured in any photograph for the Frisco CVB to use the photograph for any purpose contemplated by these rules. Failure to obtain consent will result in disqualification.

How to Enter
The contest entry form can be found on the homepage of visitfrisco.com. The entry form will be made available as of Friday, March 7, 2014. All entries and completed entry forms must be received by
midnight April 18, 2014.

Entries will be judged on the basis of:

Composition - (does the photo tell a story)

Impact - (the wow or ahh factor of an image)

Creativity - (does it evoke emotion or thought beyond the predictable)

Technical Merit - (focus, brightness, sharpness, detail, use of light)

Promotional Appeal

The Frisco CVB will assemble a panel of judges and all contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified. The Frisco CVB judge's panel will include professionals in
graphic design, website design, website development, marketing and public relations and professional photographers.


Judges will select and award one overall grand prize winner in addition to one second and third place winner in the adult entires. There will also be one overall $500 Stonebriar Centre Giftcard winner from the students who enter within the Frisco ISD along with a 2nd and 3rd place prize. The FISD High School with the most entries, their photo journalism department will win a $500 Stonebriar Centre Giftcard Winners will be announced at a National Travel & Tourism Week event Saturday, May 10 at Stonebriar Centre.

The winners and other photos will also be considered for publication in the 2015 Official Visitor's Guide.


Adult Grand Prize (Worth $425.00)

(1) Weekend stay at a Frisco hotel
(Friday & Saturday night based on availability)

(4) tickets to see the Frisco RoughRiders

(1) one hour free photography lesson
from Style Creative Photography

Adult 2nd Place Prize (Worth $300.00)

(4) tickets to see FC Dallas

(1) one hour free photography lesson from Style Creative Photography

$50 Randy's Steakhouse gift certificate

Adult 3rd Place Prize (Worth $260.00)

$50 IKEA gift card

(4) tickets to see the Texas Legends NBA D-League Team

(1) one hour free photography lesson from Style Creative Photography

The FISD high school with the most entries will receive a $500 donation to the photo journalism department from Stonebriar Centre. There will also be one grand prize winner from the high school entries that will be
chosen to receive a $500 gift certificate from Stonebriar Centre in addition to a 2nd Place group flight session at iFLY Dallas and a  3rd Place prize of (4) tickets to the all-you-can-eat section of a RoughRiders home game.

Submitting Digital Images
Digital images must be 8 inches by 10 inches and 300 dpi (2400 X 3000 pixels). Panoramic photos are not eligible. All images should be submitted in .JPG high resolution format. Images must be in natural color. Black and white, sepia tone, and duotone images are not eligible.

Image Modifications:
Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

Not Permitted:

Additional Terms and Conditions
The Frisco CVB is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, the Frisco CVB is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible,
unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. The Frisco CVB reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any
portion of this contest without notice if factors beyond the Frisco CVB's control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. The Frisco CVB is entitled
to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. The Frisco CVB reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that the CVB has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.

By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless the City of Frisco, the Frisco CVB and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. The City of Frisco and the Frisco CVB and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.

Additional questions may be submitted to info@visitfrisco.com with the subject line: Photo Contest/Questions.