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[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 14, 2015 4:00:00 PM / by IQ News Update

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2015 will see the launch of the IQ’s new photo competition, which will be open to all of our current members and is running under the theme #QuarriesRock.

The theme is open to interpretation but we are looking to see and demonstrate the diversity of quarry sites and how wildlife lives in harmony with them, thriving alongside operations being undertaken. Twelve of the best images submitted will be selected to launch our 2016 #QuarriesRock calendar.

The closing date for the competition will be at midnight on Sunday, 4 SandMartin.jpgOctober 2015 with the winners being notified and announced within 21 days after this.

The 12 successful entries will see their images published on the IQ website in addition to receiving a copy of the calendar the images will be contributing to. We will also have two joint first prize-winners, one selected by our judges and the other through a public vote.

In addition to having their images printed in the calendar, the two first prize-winners will also receive a canvas of their image, presented to them at the IQ conference later this year, for which they will also receive complimentary tickets for both them and a guest.

There are two ways to enter:

  • You can post your photo on Twitter, remembering to tag in @IQ_UK and using the hashtag #QuarriesRock
  • You can submit your entry to

Don’t forget to include on your entries why you think #QuarriesRock in 120 characters or less.

The competition rules can be viewed below.

Competition rules

  1. The competition is open to all members of the Institute of Quarrying, any images submitted must have been taken by the individual entering.
  2. Only digital images can be accepted for the competition.
  3. Up to 4 images maybe submitted per person entering.
  4. Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, but not manipulated. For example, you may enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc, but should not manipulate the content.
  5. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, 4 October 2015.
  6. 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. Any images taken must also be in accordance with current safe practices, with appropriate permission sought to photograph if required.
  7. Judging will take place within 2 weeks of the closing date and we will contact all successful entries within 21 days. The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  8. The Institute of Quarrying reserves the right to use any entries in publications and/or exhibitions. 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 photographers' names.
  9. A panel of judges will consider all entries. The judges will select a shortlist of twelve photographs (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 appeal of the photographs.
  10. Twelve finalists will all feature in the IQ calendar for 2016, with two first prizes winners selected from these, one by our panel of judges and the other through a public vote. The two first prize-winners will receive a print of their image presented at the upcoming IQ 2015 conference for which they will both receive complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest. The prizes are as stated, there is no cash alternative and these cannot be sold or transferred.
  11. If we are unable to contact the winner after reasonable attempts have been made we reserve the right to offer the prize to one of the other competition entries.

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