Smith Optics backcountry photo contest

Check out the new Smith Optics backcountry photo contest. You could win some serious gear or a trip to their private Prospecting Idaho zone!

http://www.smithoptics.com/lounge/prospectingidaho/contest/

Upload your best photo then place a pin on the Google Earth map to enter. Images will be updated on the map within 24 hours.

Contest Overview/Prizes

We're showing you our backyard, but we know you have one too. We've teamed up with Ortovox and the American Avalanche Association to raise backcountry safety awareness and give out gobs of gear. Please go out and support your local avalanche center as we head into the white season.

Submit your image and story about your backcountry adventures and show us how you're prospecting your backyard. Get your zone noticed by having "Sharing" your submission and getting your friends to "Like" your image. This will help increase the exposure of your image...and just might help get the judges attention. Submissions will close on December 20th, 2011.

A panel of Smith's top athletes such as Austin Smith, Bobby Brown, BJ Leines, and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa as well as Smith's marketing/design team will judge the entries. Criteria includes everything from stoke to photo composition. Multiple submissions are not required and a single image can win the Grand Prize, however multiple submissions may help us get to know you better.

North America Contest:

Grand Prize: The Grand Prize winner will win a trip for 2 to Smith's backcountry playground. Prize includes transportation for 2 people to-and-from a major US metropolitan airport to Sun Valley, ID, 3 nights lodging, a day shredding Sun Valley resort, day/overnight/day in the Prospecting Idaho zone, and gear from Smith and Ortovox. Winners must be advanced to expert riders and comfortable in backcountry powder conditions.

First Place: 10 winners will receive:

• 1 x Smith I/O or I/OS Interchangeable goggle
• 1 x Smith Vantage, Maze, or Allure helmet
• 1 x Smith sunglass of choice
• 1 x Smith hoodie, tee, and beanie
• 1 x Ortovox Patroller Digital Beacon
• 1 x Ortovox Beast Shovel
• 1 x Ortovox 240 Light Probe
• 1 x Ortovox Cross Rider Pack 22

Weekly Prizes: From October 20th to December 20th, we'll be awarding weekly prizes including Smith goggles, helmets, sunglasses, and apparel.

Europe Contest:

First Place: 10 winners will receive:

• 1 x Smith I/O or I/OS Interchangeable goggle
• 1 x Smith Vantage, Maze, or Allure helmet
• 1 x Smith sunglass of choice
• 1 x Smith hoodie, tee, and beanie

Weekly Prizes: From October 20th to December 20th, we'll be awarding weekly prizes including Smith Stance goggles, Smith sunglasses, and Smith tees.

Contest Rules

You may submit up to 5 images. You must have rights from the photographer to submit the image. Images can be from anywhere in the world and capture anything that’s backyard prospecting- from big peaks and tight coliours, to backyard parks and jibs.

North America Contest: Grand Prize winner must fly from a major US metropolitan airport. First Place and Weekly Prize winners must have a US or Canada address to receive prizes.

Europe Contest: First Place and Weekly Prize winners must have a European address to receive prizes.

Submissions will close December 20, 2011
Smith Optics athletes and marketing/design team will review all images by December 31st, 2011 and Grand and First Prize winners will be announced on January 17th, 2012. Members of the Smith marketing/design team will choose the weekly winners. All rulings are final.

Get your image noticed by “Sharing” your submission with your friends and having them “Like” your image. This will help increase the exposure of your image…and just might help get the judges attention. It will not influence the outcome of the contest.

All submissions will go through an approval process. If you’re submission is approved, it will be live on the site within 24-48 hours of submission.

Judges Criteria:
Overall impression is the key criteria. Submissions will be judged on a mixture of image description, image composition, and adventure/creative/stoke impression. Multiple submissions are not required and a single edit can win the Grand Prize, however you may submit up to 5 images to help us get to know you better.

Judges include Austin Smith, BJ Leines, Bobby Brown, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, and members of the Smith marketing/design team.

Ability to Accept Terms of Service:
You affirm that you are either over 18 years of age, an emancipated minor or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service.

By submitting images, you are authorizing Smith Optics to use and feature the image on smithoptics.com in perpetuity. The complete image will remain intact with full credit to the athlete and the photographer. In addition, the image can be edited and used by Smith Optics for promotional materials related to this contest and future Smith Optics contests. The athlete, production company, and/or photographer will maintain full rights and copyright to all images submitted. Smith Optics will have no copyright or ownership of images, just licensed rights as listed above.