Alpine Communications Directory Photo Contest Rules

Alpine Communications Directory Photo Contest Rules Photo Eligibility

All photos must have been taken in the Alpine Communications service area within the last three years. Entries are open to customers of all ages who are Alpine Communications customers.


Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. This contest is for amateur photographers only. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than you. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

Number of Entries

An individual may submit only two photos for each contest period.

Photo Subject Restrictions

Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public website. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Alpine Communications retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

Ownership/Use Rights

Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs. By entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on the Alpine Communications website and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+) without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that Alpine Communications may display winning photos on their website and social media pages, and may retain copies of the photograph for archival purposes. Photos may be credited to the photographer named in the entry form. Entries (including non-winning entries) may be selected for display or use in other Alpine Communications web pages and promotional materials. Entries will never be used by Alpine Communications in any manner for sale. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to Alpine Communications is contested in any manner, Alpine Communications retains the discretion to disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph.

How to Enter

Digital photos are submitted using the online entry form or via email to


Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of Northeast Iowa. Alpine Communications employees will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified.


Alpine Communications employees will select a winning photo.  Winners will be notified by email using the information on the entry form. Winning photographs, along with the photographer’s name and information about the photo will be displayed on the Alpine Communications website.

Submitting Digital Images

Submit your digital photos using the online photo contest entry form at  Images must be submitted in a high quality format. Images submitted that are smaller than 600 by 400 pixels may be rejected.  Please contact us if you have questions about image type, size or quality.

Image Modifications:

Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

Not Permitted:

  • No borders or frames may be added to images.
  • No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to images. All winning images will be displayed with the photographer’s name.
  • Adding or replacing elements in an image is not permitted.
  • Artistic filters are not permitted.

Permitted Modifications:

  • Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within the specifications above.
  • Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained
  • Red-eye removal and spot editing
  • One-step enhancement (such as “AutoFix”, “QuickFix”, “Auto Levels”, etc.)
  • Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise.
  • Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint. To submit digital images, visit, complete the entry form and upload your photo.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Alpine Communications is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, Alpine Communications is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. Alpine Communications reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice if factors beyond Alpine Communications control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. Void where prohibited. Alpine Communications is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. Alpine Communications reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that Alpine Communications has reason to believe is not the original work of the entrant or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules. By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Alpine Communications and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, contest sponsors, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. Alpine Communications and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, contest sponsors, and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.