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Submissions Open for #UMassFallPhoto17 Contest

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October 16—November 6, 2017

All Campus

UMass Amherst Social Media Team

NEW! Contest deadline extended to November 6.

You've waited all year for this. It's time for the annual UMass Amherst Fall Photo Contest.

Submit your best photos of UMass Amherst in fall to Instagram with the hashtag #UMassFallPhoto17 . Three winners will each receive Amazon gift cards.

How to enter, how to win, how not to be disqualified:

1. Take your best shots of the UMass Amherst campus in fall.  Photos must be taken between September 1 and November 6, 2017.   Photos deemed to be taken outside of this time and not on the UMass Amherst campus will be disqualified. 

2. Photos will be judged by multiple criteria, including:  1) Photographic and artistic quality. Note that excessive and obvious use of filters rarely results in a better photo.  2) Integration of the campus into the photo. The judges are looking photos that are obviously taken on campus.  3) Unique point of view. We all know how beautiful the view of the campus can be from the 23rd floor of the Du  Bois Library. Think of shooting something different. 

3. Post your photos to  Instagram using #UMassFallPhoto17 . Submissions are only through Instagram.  Your are always free to post to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or other channels but these photos will not be considered as contest entries.  This is an Instagram only contest.

4. Photos must be your own work or accurately credited with the name of the photographer if it's not you.  Prizes will be awarded to the photographer, not to the submitter. Photos that are judged to not be your own work or property credited as someone else's work will be disqualified from the contest.

5. For best results, use filters thoughtfully, if at all.

6. Photos posted to Instagram with #UMassFallPhoto17 may be used by UMass Amherst 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.

8. Submit as many photos as you want.

9. To make it easy for us to give credit where credit is due, if possible please include your full name in your Instagram post.

10. Three winners will each receive $30 Amazon gift cards.  A photographer may have multiple photos selected as finalists but each photographer can only win one prize.  Contest winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

The winners and finalists will be included in a photo gallery to be posted on official UMass Amherst social media.  

During the month of October, while the contest is running, selected photo entries may also be shared by UMass Amherst on official campus UMass social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat.

Need some inspiration?  Check out all the finalists from last year's UMass Fall Photo 16 contest at

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