Terms of use

1. Introduction

Access to and use of www.shine-photo-award.com (‘the Site’) is provided by SHINE Photo Award, subject to the following Terms of Use (‘Terms’).

These Terms govern your use of the Site, any correspondence between you and SHINE Photo Award, and any newsletters or publications downloaded by you or sent to you by SHINE Photo Award. By using the Site, you accept these Terms in full. If you disagree with these Terms or any part of these Terms, you should not use the Site.

SHINE Photo Award reserves the right to change these Terms by publishing the changes on the Site. Your continued use of the Site after changes are published means you accept the modified agreement. 

2. Use of content

Unless otherwise stated, all content on the Site remains the intellectual property of SHINE Photo Award, its contributors or in respect of certain images, the author of the image.

All images published on the site are protected by copyright and may not be used or copied in any case without the written permission of the copyright owner. 

It is not permitted to copy, download and print or republish written information from the Site. It is also not permitted to sell, reproduce, duplicate, rent or sub-license material from the Site for commercial purpose.

It is strictly forbidden to create a database (electronic or otherwise) that includes material downloaded or otherwise obtained from the Site.
3. Acceptable use

You agree to use the Site only for lawful purposes, and not to infringe the rights of, or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the Site by any third party. This inhibition and restriction includes, without limitation:

– unlawful conduct

– the transmission offensive or obscene material

– behavior that may cause harassment, distress or inconvenience to any person

– to collect or track the personal information of others

– to transmit or send unsolicited commercial communications and  / or transmitting of virus and malware code

4. Removal of material

SHINE Photo Award reserves the right to remove any material posted, uploaded, emailed or otherwise transmitted to the Site, at any time and for any reason without giving advance notice.
5. Access to the website

SHINE Photo Award reserves the right to restrict access to areas of the Site, or indeed the whole Site, at our discretion and to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

6. Submissions and orders

A submission can only be made when the submission fee is fully paid in advance through the website using Paypal. Submission fees are not refundable even when the submitted images are for any reason not accepted in the competition.

SHINE Photo Award may publish any material you submit, post, upload, email or otherwise transmit to it or to the website at its sole discretion and it shall be entitled to make additions or deletions to any such material prior to publication. 

Any image submitted to the competition may be used by the SHINE Photo Award, for marketing and promotional purposes of the competition only. You hereby grant the SHINE Photo Award a non-exclusive, irrevocable license in each entry throughout the world in all media for any use in connection with the competition. 

All awarded Entries will be published online on www.shine-photo-award.com and on all used social media sites like Facebook, Instagram etc..

All products that can be purchased from SHINE Photo Award are personalized products, such as certificates, trophies, etc. Therefore an order can not be cancelled or refunded.

Pictures shown on the website with emblems may be sample pictures to demonstrate the look of the award on winning images. All actual winners will be marked as winners and will be clearly recognizable.

7. Prices and payment

Prices for submissions and products are available on the website and must be paid in advance through the website using Paypal. Prices may be subject to change from time to time. When ordering products from the website there will be an additional charge for packaging and postage depending on the country of destination.

8. Virus checking

Whilst efforts have been made to ensure the Site is free from viruses, we cannot guarantee the Site, or downloaded files, are free from viruses or malware and we do not accept any responsibility for damage or loss caused by any such virus or malware. For your own protection you must use adequate virus-checking software when using the Site, and we ask that you virus check any file you submit to us.
9. Links

Links to third party websites on the Site are provided as a convenience to you. SHINE Photo Award is not responsible for the contents or the reliability of linked third party websites, either to or from the Site, and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. If you decide to access any of the links to third party websites, you do so entirely at your own risk.
10. Personal information

More information about our Privacy Policy, you can find here.
11. Disclaimer of warranties

SHINE Photo Award does not guarantee, represent or warrant that the material on the Site will be uninterrupted, error free or that defects will be corrected. SHINE Photo Award may make changes to the materials on the Site, or to the information, products, services and prices described in them at any time without notice. SHINE Photo Award may remove the service for indefinite periods of time or cancel the service at any time, without notice.
12. Limitation of liability

In no case shall SHINE Photo Award be liable for any injury, loss, claim, or any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special, or consequential damages of any kind, including, without limitation lost profits, lost revenue, lost savings, loss of data, replacement costs, or any similar damages, whether based in contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise, arising from your use of any of the Site or any products procured using the service, or for any other claim related in any way to your use of the service or any product, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the service or any content (or product) posted, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the service, even if advised of their possibility.
13. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless SHINE Photo Award from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of these Terms or the documents they incorporate by reference, or your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.
14. Severability

In the event that any provision of these Terms is determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, such provision shall nonetheless be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and the unenforceable portion shall be deemed to be severed from these Terms, such determination shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other remaining provisions. If a provision of these Terms is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect. If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

Failure by either party to exercise any right or remedy under these Terms does not constitute a waiver of that right or remedy.

15. Entire agreement

These Terms together with our Privacy Policy and if you enter the competition, the rules, constitute the entire agreement between you and SHINE Photo Award in relation to your use of the Site, and supersede all previous agreements in respect of your use of the Site.
16. Law and jurisdiction

These Terms of Use will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Germany, and any disputes arising from matters to the Site shall be exclusively  subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Germany.

17. Contact information

Any questions about the Terms of Use should be sent by email to info@shine-photo-award.com.

Updated in March 2020.