Wheels UP! Photo Contest Rules and Regs

Everything you need to know about the 2019 Wheels UP! Photo Contest


Photo Contest: The Wheels Up Photo Contest is open for submissions August 5 – 16. You are invited to submit photos of your favorite wheelchair accessible hot spot, wheelchair sporting events or recreational activity. Photos should be in keeping with the general theme of the contest of accessible sports, travel and recreation. Submitted photos will be added to our gallery where they will be judged for first, second, third, and fourth-place.

See Prizes and Other Stuff for the list of prizes.

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

By submitting a photo(s), you agree and grant SPORTS ‘N SPOKES (PVA Publications), Cure Medical and Abilities Expo staff the right to publish or use submitted photo(s), name, city, and any captions submitted to our respective websites, social media platforms and/or to be used in future marketing or print publication materials. All photos become the property of PVA Publications and above listed campaign partners and are subject to editing and photo correction procedures. The Wheels Up Photo contest is open to all persons 18 years of age or older, except employees, relatives of employees and contractors of PVA Publications, Cure Medical and Abilities Expo. The contest is open to all participants in the United States and Canada and is subject to the laws of your jurisdiction. Contestants under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian submit photos on your behalf.

How to Submit Photos to the Contest:

For photos to be considered for the Wheels Up Photo contest they MUST be submitted to the Wheels Up photo form. When uploading your entries, remember to tell us something about the photo, who took the photo and when and where the photo was taken.

Contest Photo Form

When submitting your photo, remember all photos for magazine cover use should have a minimum resolution of 400 pixels and a maximum of 960 pixels. Photos shot in a portrait orientation are best suited for magazine covers. Keep that in mind if you’re hoping for that S’NS cover shot. Please retain your original unedited images in the event your photo is selected winning shot. Entry Period August 5 – 16 | Winners Announced: November 2019


An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph he or she submits to the contest. Photos may not have been previously published in any media outlet, magazine, news outlet or website. Personal social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like are exempt provided said photos are held legally by the entrant. We WILL NOT accept photos that are screenshots of pictures, contain a professional photographer watermark or any photos with writing, clip art or emblem on the photo.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must retain a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian consent. An image that contains recognizable people will not be selected for an award if the photographer is unable to provide a valid model release upon request.

“Recognizable” means that a third party could identify the individual in the image, due to the visibility of any distinctive physical features, uniform, identification numbers, and so on. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible.

Individuals submitting photos into the contest retain full rights to their photos, including ownership, but through the act of participation (entering a photo into the Wheels Up Photo contest and tagging those photos with the appropriate contest tags) will also grant to SPORTS ‘N SPOKES and our partner, Cure Medical and Abilities Expo a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and display the submitted photos which might include, by example, methods listed below:

The right to publish the image in any format, including on the web and in print publications or presentations, such as newsletters, brochures, fundraising appeals, public service announcements, grant proposals, reports, awards, thank you cards, displays, mailings and invitations.

The right to provide images to other individuals and organizations for nonprofit, SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, PVA Publications, and/or Cure Medical, Abilities Expo and related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, wayside exhibits and the like.

The right to use the photo’s title, your name, city, state, and country of residence in our publications.

The right to keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD or in other electronic forms, so that your photos can be used to support our mission and be properly credited.

We reserve sole rights to eliminate and/or delete photographic submissions to our Facebook group or content that we deem to be objectionable or of dubious provenance.

No prior warning or notification will be required. Photos containing nudity, children or animals depicted in a derogatory or dangerous position WILL NOT be accepted. Such images could result in CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Cure Medical and Abilities Expo staff reserves the right to refuse ANY photograph which is deemed unacceptable. Examples of photos we would consider removing without warning are:

Photos that showcase dubious taste or themes

Photos involving racial or ethnic insensitivities

Photos involving salacious subjects and presentations

Photos that are unrelated to the theme of the 2019 Wheels Up! Photo Contest

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Cure Medical and Abilities Expo will reserve the rights to change or modify all text associated with a photo entered into the contest. This would include titles of the photo, accompanying descriptions and tags.

Naming the Winners

Winners will be contacted via email and announced November 2019.

Entrants may enter as many photos as they like during the course of the photo contest. Please note that a single entrant is not eligible to be declared as the grand prize winner more than two consecutive years.

This contest is void where prohibited by law. The contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing their local laws in regard to photo contests and are subject to any local, state, national laws. SPORTS ‘N SPOKES (PVA Publications), Cure Medical and Abilities Expo accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.

Due to the nature of this contest, mail-in submissions will not be accepted.

Please ensure your information is completed accurately. SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Cure Medical and/or Abilities Expo will not be responsible for photos that are mislabeled, misaddressed, electronically lost in transmit or never received.


Submissions for the photo contest will be accepted beginning August 5 and end August 16, 2019. Winners will be officially announced in the November 2019 SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine and S’NS website.

Photo Contest Awards

See Contest Prizes and Other Stuff


The 2019 Wheels Up Photo contest is judged by active members of the wheelchair community. Photos are judged based on composition, clarity and theme without discrimination towards sex, race, or age. All decisions are final.

Photo Judges:

Christiaan “Otter” Bailey –

Clint Cook –

Chad Waligura –

Kristina Rhodes –

Chris Malcom –

Julianne Delora –

Bob Yant –

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Cure Medical and Abilities Expo Rights and Indemnifications

By entering the 2019 Wheels Up Photo contest participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless SPORTS ‘N SPOKES (PVA Publications), Cure Medical and/or Abilities Expo its affiliates, employees, and officers from any issues, losses, or actions emanating from or in relation to the 2019 Wheels Up Photo Contest. This would include any losses or issues related to third party claims of copyright infringement or violations of personal privacy.

All participants agree and/or acknowledge and/or consent to being contacted either by phone or email and/or physical address by third-party sponsors and/or partners for use in future promotions, articles and/or marketing campaigns. Private information collected as a result of the 2019 Wheels Up Photo contest WILL NOT be sold or shared with parties outside the contest partnership without the prior consent of the individual.

The Wheels Up Photo Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Each participant in the photo contest is responsible for ensuring that he or she possesses the full rights to the photos that he or she is submitting. Each participant is responsible for accurately titling and describing his or her photos.

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Cure Medical and/or Abilities Expo has, at its sole discretion, reserved the right to terminate, suspend, or modify the photo contest at any time without prior notification.


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