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  • John Deim snapped this great pic and became a Depict The D photo contest winner. Your photo could be next. Find out how.

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Depict The D

Spread the word: the Depict The D online photo contest is back, but this time it's ongoing. The contest gives our social media followers the chance to show off their creative side while capturing the true energy and spirit of The D.

Starting July 2, winners will be chosen weekly with their picture appearing as the cover photo on the Visit Detroit Facebook page. Best of all, a few lucky winners will have their pictures printed in the next issue of Visit Detroit magazine!

Images can be taken from any of the five regions including downtown Detroit, Dearborn/Wayne, Greater Novi, Macomb, and Oakland.

To participate, followers can upload pictures through the Visit Detroit Facebook page [], Depict the D Flickr group [], or Instagram and Twitter with the #DepictTheD hashtag. Alternatively, photos can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The complete rules, terms and conditions are listed below.

Photo Contest: Rules, Terms and Conditions

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) invites photographers to enter its Depict The D online photo contest. You must read the following rules, terms and legal conditions before submitting any photos! Click here to read the legal conditions.

The DMCVB's Depict The D online photo contest is open to ALL photographers at least 18 years of age, except employees of the DMCVB and the immediate families of such employees. The contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.


We are looking for striking digital images of The D that get to the heart of what drives this region. Images may be taken anywhere throughout metro Detroit, including Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Photos may feature buildings, landscapes, people or anything else you feel best portrays Detroit. Rather than dwelling on the past, we are especially interested in images that showcase the present and future of The D.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos 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 that have been combined to produce a single "High Dynamic Range" image are acceptable. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion.

Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include the subject of the image, the location the image was taken and the name of the photographer(s).


Each photo must be submitted electronically via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr™ or email.


To ensure eligibility for the contest, all entries must have a resolution of 6 million pixels or greater (6 megapixels) to be made available upon request. Images that do not meet this standard can still be judged, but might not be honored from the competition (at the judges' sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide the proper resolution when asked.

Resolution can be calculated by multiplying the pixel width of the image with the pixel height. For example, a photograph taken with a 6-megapixel camera set for the highest resolution and best quality produces images approximately 2832 pixels by 2128 pixels, which are acceptable under the rules (2832 x 2128 = 6 million).

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically. Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see "Your Rights" below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to the DMCVB upon request.

Submissions may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. A watermarked photo might not be honored by the competition (at the judges sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide a pristine, watermark-free version of the image when asked.

Images will be judged on ability to depict the spirit of Detroit, photographic quality (composition, lighting, color, in focus), creativity and ability to evoke emotion. The judges are a panel of DMCVB staff members and members of digital marketing agency Fluency Media. The panel is familiar with photography and is responsible for selecting images for various DMCVB printed and online marketing and membership materials.

The DMCVB shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.


Online entries can be uploaded starting 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, July 2, 2012. There is no current deadline for submitting entries; the contest will remain ongoing unless otherwise specified by the DMCVB.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (e.g, provide a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo or a watermark-free version of their photo) at any time. Weekly winners will be selected every Thursday and will be announced every Monday.

The DMCVB reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.


The judging panel will select one photo each week to be featured as the cover photo on the Visit Detroit Facebook page. The winner's name, hometown and social media profile image, in addition to their winning image, will be included in the cover photo. Each weekly winner will be contacted and will be asked to supply their mailing address in order to receive a free copy of Visit Detroit magazine.

All weekly winning photos and additional high-rated photos selected by the judging panel will be included in a Best of Depict The D Facebook album.

A few lucky winners will have their photos printed in the Winter & Spring 2013 issue of Visit Detroit magazine. These winners will be chosen November 2, 2012.


Your photographs help the DMCVB showcase all that metro Detroit has to offer as a destination for business and leisure visitors. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.

By submitting photos to the contest you grant the DMCVB a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the photograph on the Internet in support of our mission.
  • Use the photograph in the DMCVB's non-commercial communication pieces.
  • Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for non-commercial use, Detroit-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages and the like.
  • Use, in connection with the photo contest, your name, city, state and country of residence, as well as captions and explanations of the image, in promotional pieces and other publications.
  • 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.

As conditions of this permission, the DMCVB shall credit all photographs with the caption "© Person's Name" when the full name is available, or by the participant's Flickr™ username when the participant's full name is unavailable.


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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