1) The subject for the BBC Countryfile Photographic Competition 2009 is "Wild and Wonderful." The theme is open to individual interpretation but entries must have the natural world at their heart. You might choose to photo British wildlife (which includes animals and plants), landscapes or even the weather. Pictures of domestic animals (eg pets and livestock) and cultivated plants are not eligible. Images of British wildlife in captivity must be declared as such.
2) Entries must be taken in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
3) Entrants can submit up to four photoseither as prints or slides, in colour or black and white. Electronic images cannot be accepted.
4) Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, but not manipulated. Entrants can enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc, but not manipulate the content. BBC Countryfile and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.
5) The competition is open to UK residents only (including residents of the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). Employees of BBC Worldwide or the BBC, as well as their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Entrants under the age of 12 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter.
6) Entrants must not be professional photographers and, for the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.
7) Each entry should be marked with name, address, contact telephone number (both daytime and evening) and where the photo was taken.
8) Entries should be sent to: Countryfile Photographic Competition 2009, BBC, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF
9) The competition closes at midnight on Friday 4 September 2009.
10) No entries can be returned and proof of posting is not proof of receipt. The organisers accept no responsibility for entries lost, damaged or delayed in the post.
11) All entries will be judged by a panel of judges. One panel of judges will first select a long list of photographs from which another panel of judges will select a shortlist of 12 (the "Finalists") which, in their opinion, best illustrate the theme of the competition. They will consider a range of factors including composition, technical ability, originality, interpretation of the brief and the commercial appeal of the photographs. Viewers will be invited to vote for the Finalist they like the best. That winner will receive a prize of Ł1000 worth of photography vouchers from an outlet selected by the winner. The judges will select their own favourite entry and that winner will receive a prize of Ł500 worth of photography vouchers from an outlet selected by that winner. The Finalists together with a further fourteen photographs to be selected from the entrants by the judges and/or the BBC shall appear in the Countryfile Calendar 2010, to be sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need Appeal and the Finalists may also be published in the BBC Countryfile Magazine. The prize is as stated. There is no cash alternative and it cannot be sold or transferred.
12) In the event of a technical problem or evidence of impropriety with regard to the viewers' vote, the judges shall have the final decision. If the viewers' vote results in a tie, the judges shall have the casting vote. The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
13) All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
14) Prior to submission, entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, been paid for any publication of any of their entries or won or been a runner up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries.
15) Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to the BBC. By entering the competition all entrants grant to the BBC the right to publish and exhibit their photographs on television and on the BBC's website. Entrants whose photographs are one of the Finalists or selected to appear in the Countryfile Calendar 2010 pursuant to paragraph 11 above grant to the BBC (including BBC Worldwide and other publishers authorised by the BBC) the further rights to publish and exhibit their photographs in print, on their respective websites or in any other media. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Entrants whose photographs are one of the Finalists also agree to take part in post-competition publicity. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every broadcast use of the photographs will include the photographers' names.
16) By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and the BBC reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if the BBC has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.
17) The BBC reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
18) If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made; the BBC reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.
19) These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. This competition is administered by the BBC.