Last Modified: 08/28/2023
Welcome to the reFocus Awards
How to Enter the Competition
We welcome participation by any individual content creator at least eighteen (18) years of age other than affiliates, employees, or family members of CRC or any Competition Jury member.
To enter the Competition, you must:
- Complete the required registration information on the Site;
- Submit your Competition entrance materials (each individual submission, an “Entry”) in the form and format and with the required information for the specific Competition category for which you are submitting an Entry (defined below), as set forth on the Site; and
The periods during which Entries are accepted, judging occurs, and winners and awards are announced are subject to change without notice.
Deadlines for Entries will be stated on the Site. Each Entry will be reviewed and evaluated by an initial committee of our staff and at least one external, independent judge (the “Nominating Committee”). The Nominating Committee will nominate Entries for judging by a panel of industry professionals and experts (the “Jury”); however, if no Entries satisfy the Nominating Committee’s standards for a particular Competition category, we may cancel that category, and we will either refund your entry fees for that Entry or, with your consent, reassign your Entry to a different category. All nominated Entries will be reviewed by the Jury. The Jury will select one or more nominated Entry or Entries as the winner in each category, and the Jury may select additional Entries for awards or other recognition. Additional details will be posted on the Site. Certain category winners and other award recipients will be eligible to receive a monetary award The Jury shall have sole discretion as to the selection of award winners (other than the People’s Vote Awards, as described below), including judging methodologies and criteria.
All Entries nominated for judging will be automatically entered into the “People’s Vote Awards.” for each Competition category, and the Entry will be posted on the Site or affiliated websites for voting by members of the public. There is no monetary award for winning a People Vote Award.
Members of the Nominating Committee and Jury may change at any time, without notice. Contacting or lobbying any member of the Nominating Committee or Jury, directly or indirectly, is strictly prohibited and may lead to disqualification of your Entry or Entries.
Each refocus Competition lists the awards and/or benefits which will be given to award winners based on their entry level and distinction, on the competition landing page. Additional information regarding the breakdown of such awards (i.e. monetary awards) can be found on the
Monetary awards will be issued by check, wire transfer, or other payment method, at our sole discretion. We may need additional information to be able to issue your award, and if you don’t provide such details, the delivery of your award may be delayed or withheld.
All Entries shall also include a reward credit worth between five (5) and ten (10) percent of the fees paid for such Entry. The exact percentage earned will be displayed on each contest “Entry Fees & Pricing” section. These credits shall have no cash value and may not be redeemed for anything other than as a credit on future Competition Entry fees. Such credits will be subject to expiration in accordance with further rules and qualifications established by CRC and posted on the Site or provided by email. If the Competition is discontinued or if there is a change of control of CRC, such rewards credits may immediately expire.
Award winners and other honorees will be listed on the Site. Award winners will be notified by e-mail. Winners of monetary or other valuable awards are solely responsible for any costs associated with acceptance and receipt of such award, including, without limitation, wire transfer fees, currency exchange fees, and any national, state, provincial, county, and local taxes. Monetary awards will be paid in United States dollars. We will not offer any alternative awards or prizes.
If your award includes a trophy, certificate, or cash prize that will need to be sent to you either physically or digitally (i.e. wire transfer), or should you purchase a trophy, it is essential that you provide us with the correct and complete delivery information. We will not be responsible for any fees or costs associated with resending such items in the event of a failed delivery due to incorrect or incomplete delivery information you provided. We will resend the prizes won or trophies ordered at your cost, less any fees which may have been incurred by reFocus for the initial failed delivery attempt. Please note that if you refuse delivery or to pay duties or taxes, or if you claim to have never received your prizes or trophy even though there is proof of delivery, we will consider our obligation to you as fulfilled and will maintain no responsibilities for issuing replacements or refunds.
Some award winners and other artists, at our discretion, may receive a public profile in reFocus’s Artist Directory. The duration within which an Artist’s profile may be included in the Artist Directory is the sole discretion of CRC and is subject to change without notice. If an Artist does not wish to have their profile be included in the Artist Directory, please email [email protected] with a request stating such.
Eligibility and Additional Rules
Some Competition categories or contests are open only to professional or amateur content creators. We define “professional” as an individual who has earned income from photography or videography services or selling their own photographs or other media content at any time. We define “non-professional” as an individual who has never earned income from their photography. If we suspect that you have improperly entered an amateur contest, we reserve the right to request confirmatory documentation.
If we discover that any award winner or honoree is not eligible for the Competition or for a specific contest, that entrant shall be immediately disqualified from the Competition or the applicable contest. Any disqualified entrant shall be immediately removed from the list of winners and honorees, if applicable. We reserve the right to bar any individual from future participation in the Competition following any breach of these Terms and Conditions, as determined in our sole discretion.
We Care About Your Intellectual Property Rights
We respect your rights as a photographer and artist and we do not become the owner of your work when you submit an Entry. We will never sell any Entry to a third-party (i.e. media outlets). We will not claim any copyright or moral rights to your work submitted to the Competition.
To allow us to administer and promote CRC, the Competitions and your Entry, you grant certain rights and licenses to us. For example, we may display, or authorize the display of, your Entry for any public relations activities to promote CRC and/or the Competition which include, but are not limited, displaying, or authorize the display of, your Entry on the Site or posting it on social media accounts or other websites or displaying your Entry in an exhibition or publishing it in a digital or physical book, whether such display is solely related to a Competition or not (collectively, “Permitted Displays”). As such, and for any purpose related to CRC, the Competitions or promotion of your Entry only, you grant us, our affiliates and our sponsors, and each of their and our successors and assigns, a worldwide, nonexclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable license (the “Permitted Displays License”) to use, display, modify, publish, and distribute your Entry (in whole or in part) and to incorporate it into any of the Permitted Displays set forth in the preceding sentence. For the avoidance of doubt, (1) the Permitted Displays License is a license limited to Permitted Displays and does not grant us the right to use your Entry in any other way other than in a Permitted Display as set forth in this paragraph, and (2) we shall not be liable to you for any royalties resulting from or arising out of our promotion of the Competitions, including without limitation, any promotion of the Competitions or CRC that encompasses the incorporation of your Entry in a Permitted Display.
We do not receive any payment, fee or royalties for our delivery of Entries via press releases to third-party outlets, however, we do not guaranty any relationship between a third-party outlet and any other outlet that re-runs the third-party outlet’s story. You acknowledge and agree that you are solely liable for protecting your intellectual property rights in your work at all times.
Your Entry Must Be Your Own Work
You represent and warrant that:
- You own or control all rights in and to the Entry and have the right to grant the license and other rights granted herein. You will cooperate with any request to prove your ownership of the Entry (e.g., providing the RAW file associated with such Entry).
- Your Entry does not infringe any intellectual property rights or other rights, including moral rights and rights of privacy, or any third-party.
- Your Entry has never been the subject of any claim by any third-party regarding ownership or infringement of intellectual property rights.
You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any Entries you submit, and you have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriateness. We are not responsible or liable to any third-party for the content, copyright compliance and enforcement, or accuracy of any Entry submitted by you or any other individual or entity submitting an Entry to the Competition. You acknowledge and agree that the display or inclusion of your Entry shall be in our sole discretion and your Entry may or may not be included on the Site for any reason or no reason at all.
All Entries must comply with these content standards. Entries must, in their entirety, comply with all applicable federal, state, local, and international laws and regulations. Without limiting the foregoing, User Contributions must not:
- Contain any material which is defamatory, obscene, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable.
- Promote pornographic material.
- Infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual property or other rights of any other person.
- Promote any illegal activity, or advocate, promote, or assist any unlawful act.
- Give the impression that they emanate from or are endorsed by us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.
You acknowledge and agree that the Site, including all content posted on the Site, contains proprietary information that is protected under U.S. and international intellectual property laws, including the laws of copyright and trademark. As between you and CRC, the Site and the Site’s design are the sole and exclusive property of CRC or its affiliate.
CRC’s name, logo, and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans (including “reFocus”) are ours or our affiliates’ or licensors’ trademarks. You must not use such marks without our prior written permission; provided, however, you may, without our prior permission, use the name reFocus and any digital “badge” or logo we send to you, without alteration, to post on your social media accounts or elsewhere only to promote your nomination in the Competition or receipt of an award and only alongside your image that was nominated or won such award. If we ask you to alter or cease your use of the name reFocus or a badge, you agree to do so as soon as possible. You may not remove any copyright notices from any materials on the Site.
All goodwill generated from the use of any CRC trademark inures solely to our benefit.
In the event that you provide any user review, comment, or other feedback about the Site or the Competition (“User Feedback”), we will own that User Feedback as well as any actions we take in response to that User Feedback, without any obligation to compensate you. We may use your User Feedback for any reason, including, without limitation, to promote the Competition.
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