United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria NaijaGems Photography Contest, 2018

NaijaGems Photo Contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and the United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria.

Description of Contest Objectives

  • The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, initiated this venture to lift nationwide pleasure and consciousness of Nigeria’s magnificence.
  • There is way to be admired and celebrated in Nigeria. We are giving Nigerians a possibility to inform their optimistic tales in footage.


Events from this contest could also be introduced and promoted on numerous Social Media platforms together with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr and SoundCloud. Contest entry and administration will happen via Flickr, Google Forms, Instagram and Facebook. Contest winners might also be introduced on Facebook; nonetheless these platforms should not companions or sponsors of the competition. Contestants are reminded that by collaborating in the competition and importing content material to Flickr, Instagram they’re certain by Flickr/Yahoo’s, Instagram’s Terms of Service and any settlement with Flickr/Yahoo contained therein.

How to Enter

  • Contestants shall be requested to provide high-resolution authentic images of spectacular magnificence which might be peculiar to a area or state; the areas must be a logo of pleasure to the folks and tradition of that state.
  • Two similar photographs are to be taken; one ought to embrace a human topic who verifies the originality of the work and he/she must be tagged in the submission.
  • An entry is made by importing the photographs to Flickr with a transparent description (250 phrases max) of the situation and why the item or scene is necessary to that group, state, or the nation as an entire.
  • Upload photographs to Instagram and tag the U.S. Mission Nigeria (@usinnigeria), tag the human topic in the photograph and undertake the competition hashtag, #NaijaGEMs.
  • Photo metadata should be seen on Flickr to qualify. Manipulated photographs shall be disqualified.
  • Contestants are to finish an entry/join type [http://bit.ly/naijagemsform] after importing the photographs with the next info:
  • Contestant particulars
  • Flickr photograph URLs
  • Instagram ID
  • Confirm the originality of the photograph
  • Sign a launch – permitting the Embassy to submit and share the photographs

Once is submitted, it’s thought of a remaining submission and will not be modified, edited, or changed. Individual contestants could submit no a couple of photograph set.

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Participation in this contest is deemed as acceptance of those Official Contest Rules.

A submission should be an authentic , taken by the contestant.

The contest commences at April 6, 2018, at 12:00PM in West African Time (WAT). Entries could also be submitted between April 6, 2018, and May four, 2018, 11:59PM. Judging begins on May eight, 2018 and ends on May 25, 2018. 

Content Requirements

  • Submissions should not include obscenity, express sexual materials, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, industrial solicitation or industrial promotion. Submissions should conform to native regulation and should not include content material or photos that could possibly be thought of abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful to any of the Contest Sponsors, or to any teams, people or establishments. Submissions should adhere each in look and in reality to the norms of civil discourse. In different phrases, the content material of all submissions should be appropriate for a world, public viewers.
  • Submissions should be authentic content material created by the contestant and should not include any parts which might be protected by another person’s copyright or in any other case topic to 3rd social gathering mental property or proprietary rights, together with privateness and publicity rights (besides as expressly permitted beneath in (d)). Contest Sponsors acknowledge no allowance for “fair use” of copyrighted materials, nor do Contest Sponsors acknowledge allowance to be used of licensed supplies created or owned by a 3rd social gathering.
  • Contest Sponsors reserve the correct to disqualify, at their sole and absolute discretion, any submission that doesn’t adhere to those standards and to the intent and substance of those Official Contest Rules.
  • In the occasion of any query or distinction of views concerning compliance with, interpretation, or application of those content material necessities or different provisions of those Official Contest Rules, Contest Sponsors reserve the unique proper to resolve such questions or variations of views in their sole discretion.
  • By submitting to the competition, the contestant affirms that she or he has obtained written consent from all people whose picture or likeness seems in the (or from the people’ father or mother/authorized guardian if any such people are thought of a minor in their nation of residence), and that she or he has obtained the mandatory rights, licenses, consents, and permissions to make use of all materials equivalent to music, photos, textual content and different content material in the submission. The contestant additional affirms that she or he is ready to supply dependable documentation of any and all such consents, licenses, and so on., upon request. Failure to acquire such rights, license consents, and permissions could end result in the disqualification of the photograph submission on the Contest Sponsors’ sole and absolute discretion.
  • Technical Format Requirements

    • Photo submissions should be in JPG format, not less than 1024×768 pixels (300 pixels per inch) and less than 10 MB. Submissions should have no seen watermarks, signatures, or personally identifiable info.
    • Retouching of Photos: The submitted can’t be considerably retouched: nothing in the (folks, animals, surroundings, objects, and so on.) could also be altered, eliminated, augmented or rearranged. Cropping is permitted, as is modest darkening or lightening of elements of the picture. Photo metadata should be retained.


  • Contestants should be an grownup, 21 years and older on the date of entry into the competition. Contestants should be residents of Nigeria and will not be U.S. residents or lawful everlasting residents.
  • The particular person submitting the entry shall be thought of the contestant and would be the solely particular person eligible to compete for the prize. Organizations should not eligible to compete for the prize, both as an entity, or via illustration by a person. In order to be eligible for the prize, the contestant should present full and correct info.
  • The following people should not eligible to take part in the competition: Employees, interns, administrators, and officers of the Contest Sponsors, Flickr/Yahoo, Facebook, Instagram, or the U.S. Government; or any workers, interns, administrators, or officers of any companies, firms or entities concerned in the administration, promoting, judging, creation, growth, execution, and/or success of this contest, and the instant relations (outlined as partner, acknowledged associate, father or mother, baby, sibling, and partner or “step” of every) and people dwelling in the identical family of every such particular person.
  • Once a submission has been accepted for entry into the competition, the contestant’s title (or User ID, if the contestant needs to stay nameless) and nation could also be publicly recognized on the sole discretion of the contestant.
  • Selection of Winners

    • All photographs are topic to pre-screening by Contest Sponsors to make sure compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Any photographs out of compliance won’t be posted. Contest Sponsors reserve the correct in their sole and absolute discretion to confirm in the ultimate evaluation whether or not a possible finalist or potential successful photograph submission has totally complied with these Official Contest Rules earlier than posting to the competition web site, awarding prize, recognizing a winner, and so on.
    • Judges: The contest jury is comprised of Public Affairs Section Staff Members of the U.S. Mission Nigeria and knowledgeable photographer and get in touch with of the Mission.

    • PAS appointed judges will choose the highest 37 photographs, one from every State of Nigeria and the FCT.
    • PAS will submit all photographs on the brand new U.S. Mission Nigeria Instagram account (@usinnigeria) and create Facebook photograph album. Nigerians shall be requested to vote for his or her favourite photographs by way of engagements (likes, feedback and shares). A participant’s whole votes would be the sum of consumer engagement on Instagram.
      Note: Engagement is mixture of feedback, like and shares whereas engagement fee is ratio of Engagement/Total Users.
    • The prime 10 photographs by standard demand as decided by consumer engagement will transfer to the ultimate stage.
    • Judges will choose the prime Three photographs because the winners of the competition (1st, 2nd and third)
    • Winners: Each winner and/or finalist shall be required to signal and return to Contest Sponsors an announcement of eligibility and legal responsibility/publicity launch, and supply a brief bio(the place relevant), and a short assertion concerning the submission; in any other case the winner and/or finalist shall be ineligible for any prize. Winners and finalists could select to make use of an alias as an alternative of their actual title and should request different figuring out info be stored non-public.
    • Winner(s) shall be contacted by way of e-mail on the e-mail deal with they supplied for registration. The lack of ability of Contest Sponsors to contact a possible winner could end result in disqualification and/or number of an alternate winner from amongst all remaining eligible submissions.


    • Contest Prize(s)

    • Grand Prize: Canon EOS 5D mark iv
    • First Runner: Canon EOS 80D with Len
    • Second Runner up: Canon EOS Rebel T7i with Len
    • Winning images could also be displayed on the U.S. Mission Nigeria’s web site, social media properties and/or in the Embassy itself.
    • Winners have to substantiate the acceptance of the prize in an e mail reply inside three calendar days. If the acceptance shouldn’t be confirmed by the required date, the Contest Sponsors reserve the correct to pick an alternate winner. Each winner should present a sound bodily mailing deal with the place a prize, if any, is to be shipped. Contest Sponsors should not accountable for any issues associated to the transport of any prize, together with, however not restricted to, theft, delay, harm, or destruction/unintentional loss by the transport service.
    • Any unused portion of the prize shouldn’t be transferable, convertible, or exchangeable and can’t be taken as money. All taxes on or in reference to any prize, and the reporting penalties thereof, are the only real and unique duty of the winner.

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