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The 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest

Featuring over 330 great concert photos from nearly 200 concert photographers around the world.

Official Rules

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The 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest (the "Contest") begins on June 15th, 2008 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). Entries must be submitted to the 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest Group (the "Group") by September 30, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).


By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.

The competition is open to anyone age 18 and over. Jamtopia reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of the winners.

CONTEST VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants agree that this Contest shall be subject to and governed by and subject to the laws of the Illinois and the forum for any dispute shall be in Illinois, United States of America.


Entries must be original still photographs, taken by the entrant, depicting a live concert performance. This includes any public musical performance by a solo artist or group playing instruments or singing a cappella.

All entries must include the name of the artist / group as well as the date of the performance in the title and/or description of the photo.

Upon request, all entries must be made available to Jamtopia in a resolution no less than 1280x1024 at 72dpi.

Jamtopia reserves the right to deny any photo entry into the contest, especially if it's not a concert photo, not original, is obscene, or otherwise doesn't follow the conditions outline above. Entries void if Jamtopia determines entry not be an original photograph taken by the entrant.

Judging Criteria

All submissions will be judged on the following criteria: (a) originality and creativity of expression; (b) consistency with the theme of the Contest; (c) entertainment value; and (d) composition and use of innovative techniques. The judgment and rating of all submissions will be made by Jamtopia and the contest judges in their sole discretion and their decisions will be deemed final.

License & Usage

Entrants retain the copyright for their photos!

By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to Jamtopia as well as Jambase, Jambands.com, Relix, and Bob Minkin Photography ("Authorized Parties") to reproduce, publish, promote, distribute, and publicly display the entry (without limitation or further compensation to entrant) solely and exclusively in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, for a period of no more than 5 years from the date of the announcement of the winners.

Any use of the entry as described above will include name attribution to the entrant.

Additionally, by entering, all entrants grant to Jamtopia and Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest solely and exclusively in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for a period of no more than 5 years from the date of the announcement of the winners.

For any usage of entries or statements beyond this 5 year period, Jamtopia and Authorized Parties will seek the permission and agreement from the entrant before using their image(s).

Entries will not be used in commercial products or merchandise nor licensed commercially. Should commercial opportunities arise, the entrant will be notified and will be free to negotiate terms independent of the competition. Entrants may decline any commercial usage license offer and such action will not affect their chances in the contest.

Limitation of Liability

By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Jamtopia and Authorized Parties from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities or resulting from Jamtopia or Authorized Parties use of your submission, including infringement of intellectual property rights and including, without limitation, any claim brought by any person appearing in your submission.

By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Jamtopia and Authorized Parties from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Jamtopia assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries; or alteration of entries. Jamtopia is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to the Contest.


The grand-prize winner will receive one (1) Canon PowerShot SD750. Two runners-up will each receive one (1) copy of the book Trust: Photography of Jim Marhsall.

The selected winner(s) will be contacted through their Flickr account(s) and must respond within 10 days to receive the prize(s). No prize transfer or assignment permitted by the selected winner(s). In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible, cannot be traced or do not respond within 10 days to a winner notification as required by the Contest Rules, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Jamtopia, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

If a prize is unavailable, Jamtopia, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the original prize with an alternative prize to the equal monetary value and/or specification, unless to do so would be prohibited by law.

If the winner resides outside of the United States or Canada, Jamtopia reserves the right to substitute a cash prize of equal value to be paid via American Express Travelers Cheques in US dollars.


Right to Cancel or Suspend Contest

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Jamtopia that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Jamtopia reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest.

If Jamtopia elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, Jamtopia will not retain any rights to the submitted photographs.

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The Grand Prize

Canon PowerShot SD750

Canon PowerShot SD750 Camera
7.1 Megapixel
3x Optical Zoom
3.0" PureColor LCD

Plus two runners-up will win…


Bob Minkin

Bob Minkin
— Concert photographer

Andy Gadiel

Andy Gadiel
— Founder of JamBase

Dean Budnick

Dean Budnick
— Senior Editor of Relix


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