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2017 Official Photography Contest Weekly Topics and Rules


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2017 Official Contest Calendar
updated 12/17/16

Hello all and welcome to this year’s photo contests! I went through last year’s contests and removed some of the less popular contests, and replaced them with some other ideas. I’m looking forward to a great year of photo contests, so let’s get this party started!

Here is the calendar for 2017:
1/01-1/06 Poster’s Choice – Post your favorite Disney photo.
1/07-1/13 Epcot - Any photo taken at Epcot will be accepted
1/14-1/20 Disney Transportation - Any photo of Disney transportation (Bus, boat,
monorail, etc.) will work
1/21-1/27 The Magic Kingdom - Any photo taken within a Magic Kingdom will be accepted
1/28-2/03 Meet & Greet - Any photo taken during a character meet and greet will work
2/04- 2/10 The Little Things - This contest focuses on the little Disney details that are
easily missed
2/11-2/17 Love – Post a photo of love at a Disney Park or Resort
2/18-2/24 Park Icons - Photos must be focused on a Disney Park icon
2/25-3/03 Cast Member Appreciation - Photos should be of cast members doing what
they do best, making magic
3/04-3/10 Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Photos taken within the Africa area of
Animal Kingdom will be accepted
3/11-3/17 Fire - Any photo where fire is the theme taken in a park or resort
3/18-3/24 Parades - Any parade (current or former) at any Disney Park would be
3/25-3/31 Looking Up – Enter your photo that you had to look up to take
4/01-4/07 Rainy Days at Disney – Post your favorite photo of rain at Disney
4/08-4/14 Resorts - Any photo taken at a Disney hotel will qualify
4/15-4/21 Where Am I? – Post your photo taken in a Disney Park or Resort that will
require some thought as to where it is
4/22-4/28 Future World - Any photo taken in Future World at Epcot is acceptable
4/29-5/05 Star Wars - Entries with a Star Wars theme will be accepted
5/06-5/12 Oops – We have all taken that photo or two that just didn’t turn out as we had
intended. Show us how yours turned out.
5/13-5/19 Postcard Shots - Post a photo you think looks like a postcard
5/20-5/26 Land Of Extinction – Photos of things that are no longer there. Rides and
attractions, signs, etc. that were once within a Disney Park or Resort will be
5/27-6/02 Flower and Garden - The plant life of the Disney parks and resorts
6/03-6/09 Park Entrances – Post your photo taken of a Disney Park from outside the
6/10-6/16 Celebrations – Enter your photo of a celebration at Disney
6/17-6/23 Tomorrowland – Enter your photo in or of a Tomorrowland at a Disney Park
6/24-6/30 Disney Mountains - Photos must include any of the Disney mountains
7/01-7/07 The Red, White and Blue of Disney - Show us your photo of patriotism at
7/08-7/14 Fireworks - Photos of fireworks will be accepted
7/15-7/21 Disney’s Hollywood Studios - Photos must be taken in and of Disney’s Hollywood Studios
7/22-7/28 Sunrise/Sunset - Any photo featuring a Disney sunrise or sunset will be accepted
7/29-8/04 The Muppets - Show us your favorite photo that features the Muppets
8/05-8/11 Water - Any photo where water is the theme taken in a park or resort
8/12-8/18 Princes & Princesses – Enter your photo of a Prince and/or Princess at a
Disney Park or Resort
8/19-8/25 Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Photos taken within the Asia area of Animal
Kingdom will be accepted
8/26-9/01 Pixar - Anything that includes something Pixar-related will work
9/02-9/08 Signage - This contest revolves around the signs of the Disney resort
9/09-9/15 Critters - This contest is for any live animal found in a Disney park
9/16-9/22 World Showcase - Any photo taken in World Showcase is acceptable
9/23-9/29 Color - Capture the colors of Disney
9/30-10/06 Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Photos taken in and of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
10/07-10/13 Laughter - Share a photo that shows something you thought was funny or
someone else’s reaction to something funny that was taken at a Disney park or resort or otherwise involves Disney. And if there’s a story involved, we would love to hear it!
10/14-10/20 Haunted Mansions - Any photo where one of the Haunted Mansions (or
Phantom Manor) is the focus will be accepted
10/21-10/27 Disney Villains - Photos with any of the Disney Villains as the subject are
10/28-11/03 Halloween - Any Halloween photo at a park or resort or even at home with a Disney subject
11/04-11/10 Nighttime - Photos must be taken at night of anything Disney
11/11-11/17 Food & Drink - To coincide with Food & Wine, photos can be of any food and/or drink anywhere on property.
11/18-11/24 Fantasyland - Photos taken in or of any Fantasyland will be accepted
11/25-12/01 Adventureland – Photos taken in or of any Adventureland will be accepted
12/02-12/08 Architecture - Any photo featuring the architectural elements of Disney will be accepted
12/09-12/15 Lights - Any photo of light at Disney is acceptable
12/16-12/31 Holidays – Enter your photo of Holidays at a Disney Park or Resort

Official Contest Rules
The rules will be very similar to previous years.

Contests will run from Saturday-Friday 11:59pm PACIFIC TIME, submissions after this time will not be included. An individual thread will be created for each contest.

One submission per member, per contest. Once you post your picture, you cannot replace it. You cannot re-use the same entry in multiple contests even if used in a different year. Obviously I cannot remember every picture posted in a contest so try your best to remember if you have entered a picture.

Pictures can be taken with any type of camera (film or digital)

Pictures can not be altered in any way, except to adjust size, crop, or add your own personal watermark. This is a photography contest, not a photo-editing contest, except for the one that is a photo editing contest.

Please resize pictures to be no larger than 1024x768 OR 768X1024

You may attach the photo to your post or upload it to your own personal site and link the photo. If you use your own site, you are responsible to ensure the photo is viewable at all times (and not subject to bandwidth limitations).

Pictures can be taken at any time for any contest for example, if you visited in April of 2002, you can use those pictures for any contest that interests you.

Pictures must be taken by the member submitting the entry, and not by a family member or by a cast member (meaning you physically have to take the entry. CM’s are of course allowed to enter their own photos) again, except for the one contest where it is allowed.

Voting will begin shortly after the contest end time.
If 10 or less people participated, 1 poll will be posted, and it will be open for 6 days.
If more than 10 entries exist, the entries will be divided into similar-sized groups, and will be listed in the order that they were submitted.

No breaking of park rules or common etiquette to take your pictures. (No accessing restricted areas, no flash photography on attractions which do not allow it....stuff like that)

The overall subject of the contest is "Disney". Although some contests are specific to areas of Walt Disney World, anything "Disney related" can be taken for other contests, including, but not limited to, other Disney parks. For contests like the "Fantasyland photo contest", any Disney park's Fantasyland would be accepted. Some contests allow photos not taken on Disney property and this is noted in the topic description.

If there are any changes to these rules those changes will be posted in this thread as well as at the beginning of each week’s contest after the change takes effect.