Privacy Policy & Legal Notice

SHINE Photo Award



This policy explains how collects personal information about the website visitors, how we use it and the conditions under which we may disclose it to others. If you have questions about this policy please contact us at

Who are we?

We are the SHINE Photo Award – an international online photography competition for maternity, newborn, child & family  and birth photography.

How do we collect information?

We obtain information about you when you visit our website. Also when you enter the competition, contact us through the website, subscribe to our newsletter or buy a product from us.

What type of information is collected and how it is used?

The personal information we collect might include:

  • Photographers name, company name, email address, website, etc.
  • We also require information about your project that is being submitted into the SHINE Photo Award 
  • information about your IP address, browser and operating system, geographical location and the type of device you are using
  • your bank or credit card details when you enter the competition or purchase a product / service from us will be used by the payment processors, who specialize in the secure online processing of credit card transactions.

We may use your information to:

  • process your entry to the competition and / or the orders that you have made
  • provide you with information, services or products you have asked for
  • provide third parties with statistical information. This information will not be used to identify any individual user. 

What about third parties?

The site cannot function effectively without using some third party service providers that require access to your information. We disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service. We will not sell, trade or rent your personal information to third parties or share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

We use the following services:

Google Analytics helps us to understand how the website is used. Google Analytics uses cookies (see Use of cookies below) to collect information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit, when they do so, and the website visited before coming to this site. We use the information from Google Analytics to improve the functionality and experience of this site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, and we do not match your IP address to any other information that would identify you as a unique individual person.

  • PayPal carry out the secure financial transactions on our website. 
  • MailChimp delivers our newsletter, which uses industry standard technology to gather statistics about email openings and any clickable actions so we can make our subscriber newsletter as relevant as possible. 

Click on the links above to review each company’s privacy policy. 

How you can access, delete and update your information:

Email us at if:

•the information we hold is inaccurate or out of date

  • you need to change any of your information
  • you would like a copy of the information we hold about you
  • you would like to delete the information we hold about you

Payment security

This website uses 256-bit SSL encryption and all payment are processed by Stripe or Paypal. SHINE Photo Award does not have direct access or store credit card information.

Use of cookies

Like most other websites, we use cookies. Cookies are small files downloaded and stored on your computer that allow websites to remember you when you visit. In our case, cookies allow you to purchase entry to the competition and help to provide you with a better website and service by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. 

It is possible to control and disable cookies on your browser preferences. Turning cookies off completely may result in a loss of functionality when using our website, such as not letting you buy anything. Whereas blocking third party cookies will stop all cookies being placed on your device by our third party providers, such as Google Analytics. 

Social media

This website may use social sharing buttons, which allow you to share web content directly from web pages to social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram. Use of the social sharing buttons is at your own discretion and you should note that the social media platform might track and save your request to share a web page through your social media account. 

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be held responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third-party site. 


If you have any questions regarding this policy contact us by email to