Shoot on the Sidelines with Scott & Mike Contest!

Accepting entries August 3 to August 21, 2009
A contest for “amateur” photographers to win a dream sports assignment of a lifetime!

How to Enter

Upload your ONE (1) best sports-related shot by Friday, August 21st, 2009 before 11:59 pm EST to this Flickr Group page at


One winner will be chosen and announced on Scott Kelby’s blog on Monday, August 24th. Judging will be completed by professional sports photographer Mike Olivella

Dream Assignment Prize

An all-expense paid trip to shoot from the sidelines of the Florida State Seminoles vs. the Jacksonville State Gamecocks college football game on Saturday, September 12th!

You’ll fly into Tallahassee on Friday, September 11th where you’ll start your dream assignment by having dinner with Scott and Mike. Chances are it will be a big fat steak dinner where you’ll talk sports photography to your heart’s content.

On Saturday, at least three hours before the game starts, you’ll get picked up and transported to FSU’s Doak Campbell Stadium where you’ll shoot the team’s warm up on the field at the 50-yard line right next to FSU Seminole coach Bobby Bowden .

You’ll enjoy a pre-game meal (full blown buffet) at the stadium in the press box that overlooks the field where you can mingle with other media folks, photographers and FSU personnel. We’re told the view from the press box is really “sporty.”

Then on game day, Sept. 12, the winner will accompany Scott and Mike down to the sidelines to shoot from the same vantage point as the pros, in one of the most exciting and energy-charged stadiums in the country.

Plus, the winner will get even closer to the action, because we’ve rented them “pro glass;” a 400mm f/2.8 lens from LensPro To Go .

Post game – a ride back to the hotel and your trip home.


Sorry folks. This contest is only open to amateur photographers. If you make your living full-time as a professional photographer, this is not the contest for you. The whole idea here is to give an amateur photographer the experience of a lifetime and let them do something they may normally never get the chance to do.

Extra Details:

You’ll need to agree to some rules before you join the Flickr Group, but here are some more details to cover just one more time.

  • This contest is NOT open to professional full-time photographers
  • Your ONE photo upload to this group serves as your one and only entry.
  • Just like in professional sports, there are NO do-overs!
  • Just as there is no crying in Baseball, there is no whining in this contest.
  • Your photo entry can be of ANY sport (not just American Football)

Last but not least…
PLEASE enter this contest only if you will actually be able to make the last-minute plans necessary to BE in Tallahassee, FL on Friday, September 11 to be ready to shoot the game September 12th. Part of the whole “dream assignment”; means you have to be ready to go at a moments notice.

The following terms and conditions govern your participation in the Shoot on the Sidelines With Scott and Mike, sponsored by Scott Kelby president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and CEO of its parent company Kelby Media Group.

Scott Kelby does not claim ownership of your images taken during the 2009 Shoot on the Sidelines With Scott and Mike. Entrants willretain copyright and moral rights in their images. However, we do need certain permission rights from you with respect to your image(s).

As part of your participation, you hereby give Scott Kelby, his/her heirs, legal representatives and assigns, those for whom Scott Kelby is acting and those acting with his/her authority and permission:

a) One (1) year usage rights and permissions to use, re-use, publish, and re-publish your winning image(s) you created, or reproduction hereof in color or otherwise, made through any and all media now or hereafter known for illustration, art, promotion, advertising, trade, or any other purpose whatsoever for future promotions of future Shoot on the Sidelines With Scott and Mike.

b) When your image is used it will always contain a credit line with name as owner of the image.

c) Your image will not be sold at any time for profit.

d) You also permit the use of any printed material in connection therewith.

e) You hereby release, discharge and agree to save harmless [photographer], his/her heirs, legal representatives or assigns, and all persons functioning under his/her permission or authority, or those for whom he/she is functioning, from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of said picture or in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication thereof, including without limitation any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

f) You hereby relinquish any right that you may have to examine or approve the completed product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in conjunction therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

g) You hereby affirm that you are over the age of majority and have the right to contract in my own name. I have read the above authorization, release and agreement, prior to its execution; I fully understand the contents thereof. This agreement shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives and assigned.

In consideration of the acceptance by Kelby Training, Inc. and Kelby Media Group, Inc., (collectively “Kelby"), of my participation in the Shoot on the Sidelines with Scott and Mike competition, intending to be legally bound hereby, for myself, my personal representatives, and heirs acknowledge, agree and represent that I HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE Kelby, its officers, directors, representatives and employees  (“Releasees”), from all manner of liability to me, my personal representatives, assigns and heirs for any and all loss, costs, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees and other expenses or damage, incidental or consequential, and any and all claims or demands therefore on account of injury to me or my property or resulting in my death, whether caused by any act or omission of Releasees, including but not limited to the negligence of Releasees or otherwise.  I shall have no claim whatsoever against Releasees for any incidental or consequential damages, loss, or costs, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees and other expenses arising out of or relating to my participation in the Shoot on the Sidelines with Scott and Mike and I agree that under no circumstances whatsoever shall I be entitled to any indemnification, reimbursement or compensation from Releasees for any incidental, consequential damages, liability, loss or cost, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees and other expenses, arising out of or in any  way relating to the Shoot on the Sidelines with Scott and Mike.

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