The Green Burial Council Fall 2013 Photo Contest

Photo Contest: Rules, Terms and Conditions

The Green Burial Council (GBC) invites all photographers to enter its Fall 2013 Photo Contest. You must read the following rules, terms and legal conditions before submitting any photos!
The GBC Fall 2013 Photo Contest (henceforth referred to as the “Contest”) is open to ALL photographers at least 18 years of age, regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.


We are looking for images of nature that demonstrate the interconnectedness of flora, fauna, and humanity with life and death. We are particularly interested in images that illustrate the benefits of green burial grounds- show us how these areas are more than just cemeteries. You may include portraits of wildlife, plant life, weather, seasons, people enjoying nature (hiking, picnicking, bird watching), etc.

Please note that if you choose to include people in your photo submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to the GBC upon request. Entrants must not submit images that involve damage to the environment by the photographer, put any individual or animal in danger, or infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

All images must be submitted via email to monica@greenburialcouncil.orgwith the subject line “GBC Photo Competition Submission.” Please be sure to include your name, email and other information about the photo (what is it depicting, location, etc.)

You can email an image directly via attachment, or submit images by sending a link to Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, for consideration in the contest. 


To ensure eligibility for the contest all entries must be the work and property of the individual submitting the photograph.

Entries may originate in any format so long as they are submitted electronically. Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to the Green Burial Council upon request.

Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. The judges are a panel of Green Burial Council staff members and board of directors.

All decisions made by the judges are final.


Deadline for submitting entries is 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time on November 28, 2013.

Winners will be announced in mid-December 2013.

The Green Burial Council reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.


The judging panel will select approximately 5 photos to be the contest’s Winner and Honorable Mentions.

The grand-prize winner’s image will be featured on the Green Burial Council website, social media sites, and upcoming newsletter. The winner and honorable mentions will all receive a certificate and a GBC “regeneration” t-shirt.


By submitting your photograph, you grant the Green Burial Council rights (as described below) to your photograph.

By submitting your photograph to the competition, you grant the Green Burial Council a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the photograph on the Internet in support of our mission.

  • Use the photograph in the Green Burial Council’s non-commercial communications.

  • Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for non-commercial use, GBC-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, and the like.

  • Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

  • Keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD or in other electronic forms, so that your photos can be used to support our mission and be properly credited.

As conditions of this permission, the Green Burial Council shall credit all photographs with the caption “© Person’s Name” when the full name is available.


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to

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