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2014 SustainaFest 360 Contest Participants!

2014 SustainaFest 360 Film and Photo Contest

SustainaFest invites filmmakers and photographers to enter our unique 2014 SustainaFest 360 Film & Photo Contest (360 Contest). Winners will be featured at SustainaFest 2014 on October 25th at Indian Creek School. Selected pieces will be displayed for sale with 100% of proceeds donated to support SustainaFest. Selected submissions will also be featured on our website and in organizational materials. Please read the following rules, terms and legal conditions before submitting any entries. Limit one submission per person per category.

Competition Rules, Terms, and Conditions:

We are seeking striking digital media highlighting sustainability in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Your entry should reveal something unique to the watershed and we’re especially interested in those telling a story incorporating social, economic and environmental elements.

If your submission depicts individuals, you are responsible for obtaining necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and you must provide copies of the releases to SustainaFest upon request. We will not accept submissions that infringe on the rights of any other person.

Submissions must be created within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Submissions must also be created and entered, as detailed below, within the 360 hour/15 day contest window (12:01AM September 17, 2014 through October 17, 2014).


The 360 Contest is open to contestants in two classifications: Students and Open Call, so long as the laws of your jurisdiction allow participation.

Student Classification – Restricted to students currently attending a participating school identified below. Students in this classification cannot enter in the Open Call classification:

  • Baltimore Lab School
  • Commodore John Rogers School
  • Crossroads School
  • Indian Creek School
  • The Key School

At the time of submission, Student contestants must provide all information requested including name, age, contact information, school, and submission category as follows:

  • Lower School Students (Pre-K – 5th grade)
  • Middle School Students (6th – 8th grade)
  • Upper School Students (9th – 12th grade)

Open Call Classification – Open to all artists, regardless of age, residence or citizenship, except those who qualify under the Student Classification above.  At the time of submission, Open Call contestants must provide all information requested including name, age, and contact information.


Each submission shall be entered electronically through the SustainaFest website at No hard copy, disc or print submissions will be accepted. Individuals and/or teams may submit no more than one film and one photo for consideration.


To ensure eligibility, each entry must have been created within the 360 hour/15 day contest window and must have been created within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Filmsubmissions shall be in Quicktime format and shall not exceed a run time of three (3) minutes. Resolution should be at 720p or greater to ensure clarity for large scale projection. The name(s) of the filmmaker(s) shall be clearly identified at the time of submission and, preferably, also identified within the film itself.

Photo – submissions must have a minimum resolution of 6 megapixels to be made available on request. Resolution is calculated by multiplying the pixel width by pixel height.  (e.g. photo taken with a 6-megapixel camera set for highest resolution/best quality produces images at 2832 pixels by 2128 pixels, which are acceptable under the rules (2832 x 2128 = 6 million).

All photos should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Submissions that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Multiple exposures combined to produce a single High Dynamic Range image are acceptable.

Captions must accompany all photo submissions and should include the subject of the image, date, and shot location. Photos must be named as follows: Image Title (underscore) Last Name (underscore) First Name (dot) jpg. For Example – BaltimoreMarket_Smith_Bill.jpg.

Entries may originate in any format (e.g. digital files, prints, transparencies, color or black and white) so long as they are submitted electronically. Submissions should not be watermarked.

Submissions that do not meet these standards can still be judged, but might not be honored at the competition (at the judges’ sole discretion) if the artist is unable or unavailable to provide the proper resolution when requested.