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#GearUpUMass Photo Contest

Event Details

June 30—July 18, 2016


Nina Sossen, Office of News and Media Relations



Wherever you are in the world this summer, show us your UMass Amherst gear in the #GearUpUMass photo contest!

Submit your photos through Instagram or Twitter using #GearUpUMass

How to participate, and the rules:

1. Take your best shots of showing you with a UMass Amherst shirt, jacket, coffee mug, bobblehead, golf ball or any UMass-branded gear, anywhere in the world. Don't have any gear?  Be creative!

2. Post your photos to either Instagram or to Twitter using #GearUpUMass  and include where the photo was taken.

3. Submissions may be made only through Instagram or Twitter.  

4. Photos must be your own work or accurately credited with the name of the photographer. . Photos that are judged to not be your own work or not properly credited as someone else's work, will be disqualified from the contest. We are serious about this.

5. For best results, use Instagram filters very thoughtfully.  

6. By posting a photo with the hashtag #GearUpUMass you give permission to UMass Amherst to re-use your images in print or online publications in perpetuity. When feasible, credit will be given to the photographer, but this is not always possible.

7. The contest is open to all. Enter as many times as you want

8. To make it easy for us to give credit where credit is due, if possible please include your full name in your Instagram or Twitter post, along with the photo.


Prizes! Judging!

Our judging panel will select a group of photos from all the submissions as finalists.  Finalists will appear in a gallery on UMass Amherst social media.

Three photos will be selected as WINNERS.  The submitter of each winning photo receives a $50 gift card, good at Amazon@UMass or with any purchase.


How to Win

The judges are looking for this in winning photos:

1. Good photos. Above all, a photo has to be well-composed, well-lit, and in focus. If you use filters, use them to enhance the story your photo tells. In many cases, they distract rather than add.

2. Photos that clearly show the UMass-branded gear. 

3. Photos taken in an unusual or interesting setting or a familiar setting shown in a new way. It can be around the world or right on campus in Amherst. 


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