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Sigma Canada Scholarship Contest


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Gentec International (“Sigma”) is proud to offer the Sigma Canada Scholarship Contest (“Contest”). The Contest illustrates Sigma’s five decades of technological advancement and innovation in the industry, and Sigma’s desire to empower and support up-and-coming photographers. This contest is brought to you by Gentec International (“Contest Sponsor”) distributor of Sigma products.

The Contest is for residents of Canada only and shall be construed and evaluated according to the laws of Canada. Do not proceed in this Contest if you are not a legal resident of Canada. Further eligibility restrictions are contained in the official rules below.

Entries will be accepted from October 15, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) to April 30, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET. (“Contest Period”).

The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada, who are entering into or already enrolled in an accredited Photography or imaging program – full time program, and aspire to obtain a degree or certificate in that program. Must be 18 years or older. Employees of the Contest Sponsor, Sigma, its affiliates, dealers or subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, suppliers and members of the immediate family and household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings or any person residing in the same household as employee. Void where prohibited by law. Entries must be from individuals only; groups, organizations, studios, professional photographers, and multiple-party entries are not eligible.

Eligible entrants are asked to submit an application (the “Application”), essay (the “Essay”), and an image that has a connection to the theme (the “Images”). A complete entry consists of (1) the completed online Application, (2) the Essay, and (3) the Image (the “Entry”). The Essay should describe your methodology and thematic intent for creating the Image, to help the judges better understand your process of capturing and selecting the photograph. The Application, Essay and Image must be submitted to the Contest Sponsor via Sigma’s secure website at Each person can enter up to 3 times with three different images but must use the same name and contact details and must be submitted within the Contest Period.

Incomplete entries will not be eligible to win. Entrants must have all ownership rights in and to the Entry, and the Entry must not infringe the rights of any third party and must be suitable for publication and use. Sigma reserves the right to disqualify, without notice, any Entry if found in Sigma’s sole discretion to be incomplete, fraudulent, infringing upon existing rights of others, inappropriate, libelous, plagiarized, obscene, vulgar, offensive or otherwise unsuitable in any way for print or publication.

The Application must be completed online at and entrant must complete all required fields.

The Essay must be between 300 and 800 words in length, and Sigma reserves the right to reject any Essay that is shorter than 300 words or longer than 800 words. The Essay should describe the creative process through which entrant captured, selected and edited the Image. The Essay should describe how the Image is linked to the theme, how the Image was captured and the creative process the entrant used to obtain the Image. The Essay must be the entrant’s own original work.

The Image must consist of 1 photograph that is thematically tied and that illustrates outstanding image quality. The Image must be saved in Jpeg, RGB, 300 dpi, file size must be 1MB or less. The Image must be the entrant’s own original work shot with a Sigma lens.

Sigma will post Images and Essays that meet the entry requirements on the A judging panel comprised of Sigma executives and professional photographers will choose the Contest Winner from the Contest Finalists. The Sigma judging panel will evaluate entries based on image quality (50%), creativity (25%), and technique (25%). The decisions of the Sigma judging panel in all matters relating to this Contest are final. Potential winners will be notified by e-mail, telephone, overnight carrier or regular mail on or about May 30, 2013. Return of any prize as undeliverable or if Sigma is unable to contact the potential winner after reasonable effort, or failure of potential winner to respond within seven (7) days of first attempted notification, will result in forfeiture of prize and selection of an alternate winner.

There will be three (3) Grand Prizes and three (3) First prizes awarded, One (1) Grand Prize and one (1) first prize will be awarded in each of the following regions of Canada: Western Region (BC,AB,SK,MB), Central Canada (ON,QU), Eastern Canada ( NS, NB, NL PEI, YU, NVT). Each Regional Grand Prize Winner will receive one (1) cheque in the amount of $3,000.00. Each Regional First Prize Winner will receive one (1) photo gear prize package valued at $1000.00 consisting of: a Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS lens, a Gary Fong Lightsphere® Collapsible flash diffuser, a Black Rapid RS-4 camera strap, and a Roots TRZ40 DSLR system backpack. For product details, visit per region. Prizes will be awarded within thirty (30) days of the announcement of the winners. Winners are subject to eligibility verification and compliance with these Official Rules. The Prizes are neither transferable nor redeemable for cash. Gentec International reserves the right to award a prize of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability of any item.

By submitting an Entry, entrant, or in the case of a minor, the minor’s parent or legal guardian, grants to Sigma and its affiliated companies, for a period of 18 months, (1) an irrevocable, nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free right and license to use, display, modify, reproduce, publish, distribute, make derivative works of, sublicense, and otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit the Images, the Essay, and all intellectual property rights therein, including copyrights, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed (including but not limited to print, film, or electronic storage devices), without compensation of any kind to entrant or any third party and (2) the right, except where prohibited by law, to use entrant’s name, likeness, picture, address (city and state), e-mail address, voice, biographical information and written or oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes in promoting or publicizing Sigma and its products or services, without compensation unless required by law. Entrant shall have no right of approval, no claim to compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration, or use in composite form of entrant’s name, picture, likeness, address (city and state), email address, biographical information, or Entry. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to Sigma and its affiliated companies with respect to all entrants in the Contest, including non-winners and winners. Sigma Canada respects the copyright ownership rights of photographers, and should Sigma wish in the future to use an Image for a purpose other than in connection with promotion of future contests, Sigma will contact the owner to purchase the rights for this use for a reasonable fee.

The Contest Winner will be required to complete and return a standard Declaration and Release Form within seven (7) days of receipt before the Prize can be officially awarded. Should a winner be deemed ineligible or fail to return the required form within the time period allowed, an alternate winner may or may not be selected. Sigma reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest should the administration or security of the Contest become compromised. The Contest Sponsor assumes no responsibility for: entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected, or for the failure, interruption, technical malfunction or delay of any email or other communication to be received, for any reason; any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by contest website users or by an equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the contest by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of entries in the contest; problems with the function of any website or website feature howsoever caused; the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; any functionality lost due to not having cookies enabled; traffic congestion on the Internet; the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". By entering, entrant, (a) agrees to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of Sigma (including but not limited to eligibility determinations) which are final and binding in all respects; (b) agrees to release Sigma and its employees and agents from any and all liability, loss, damage or injury resulting from participation in this Contest or awarding, receipt, possession use and/or misuse of any prize awarded herein and acknowledge that Sigma and its employees and agents have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize; and (c) consents to use of entrant’s name, Contest Entry and/or likeness for advertising and promotional purposes in connection with this Contest without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

By entering this Contest, each entrant expressly consents to the Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her Entry only for the purpose of administering the Contest. You may view Gentec International’s privacy policy at:

Quebec residents may submit any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.