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swisstopo photo competition terms and conditions of participation


Participation is open to entrants aged 18 and over.
Participants must be resident in Switzerland.
Juridical persons and swisstopo employees are not permitted to take part in the competition.
Each photo submitted must have been taken by the participant themselves.
Each participant may enter a maximum of four photos in the competition.

Requirements for the image material / image content
Only photos with Swiss subjects are allowed. The pictures correspond to the topic requested in the competition announcement:
• Photo of your hiking trip
• corresponds to the theme “knowing where”
• in a hiking landscape in Switzerland
• with person/s
example pictures

Photos may be up two years old. Only digital photos will be considered. Photo editing and montages are not allowed. Minor photo editing that can be carried out on modern cameras (HDR, black/white, saturation, contract, red-eye correction, etc.) will be accepted.
The photos submitted must meet the following conditions:
• File format: TIFF, JPEG (high quality) or PNG
• Minimum Photo size: 3,000 x 2,000 pixels (6 Megapixels)
• Colour mode: RGB

By accepting these terms and conditions and participating in the competition, the participants confirm that the submitted images do not infringe the rights of any third parties (especially intellectual property or privacy rights). Any identifiable third parties in the photo must have agreed to the publication of the photo.

Photo competition process
Photos can only be uploaded and submitted online up until the specified date at

After the entry deadline, a jury made up of swisstopo employees will pre-select the best 30 pictures. These photos will be uploaded to the swisstopo website and put forward for an online vote open to all visitors to the website. Owners of participating photos will be informed by e-mail. The judges’ decision is final. If it is clear that manipulation has taken place during the online vote or the judging (e.g. multiple votes by the same person), these votes will be discounted.
The winners are the 10 participants whose photos receive the most votes. Winners will be informed individually.

Image rights
Competition participants hereby agree that any photos submitted may be published on

Participants give swisstopo permission to publish the photos during the competition on swisstopo social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn) when they send in their photos. The name of the photographer shall be published without exception when the photo is used.

Participants hereby agree that in the event of qualifying for the final of the competition (by being nominated among the best 30 photos), swisstopo has unrestricted rights of use and exploitation of the submitted photos in terms of either locality or time. swisstopo thereby acquires the right to use the photos sent by the competition finalists as it chooses, without having to pay any additional fees. When using the image, swisstopo may publish the name of the photographer as it sees fit.

General information
Acceptance of the terms of participation is necessary to take part in the competition.

Prizes cannot be transferred or paid in cash.

Any data collected as part of the competition (notably the names and addresses of the participants) will only be used for the purposes of this announcement. The names of the winners will be published. Legal framework swisstopo

There will be no correspondence about this competition and the judges’ decision is final.

Wabern, 20 June 2019