Northern Telephone Phone Book Cover Photo Contest

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Deadline to submit entries for consideration of the next Northern Telephone directory cover is November 30th!


Photo Eligibility 
To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (green card) and a Northern Telephone Cooperative member or employee.  

Photo Formats 
Entries must be color digital images. Black and white images are not eligible.

Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than you. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted.  Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photograph.

Photo Subject Restrictions 
Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered.  Northern Telephone retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.  Photos containing recognizable people must have a signed model release form.

Ownership/Use Rights 
Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs.  By entering the contest, photographers agree to allow their submitted photograph to be:

  1. Displayed on the Northern Telephone Web site;

  2. Used in marketing and/or other collateral; 

  3. Used on the cover of, or inside the phone book; and

  4. Used without any fee or other form of compensation.

How to Enter 
Please email your photo to by November 30th, along with a completed contest entry form (download entry form) .

Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of Northern Montana.  All contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified.

Winners will be notified approximately 2-3 weeks after the contest deadline by phone and email using the information on the entry form.


Submitting Digital Images

Digital images should be submitted using the online entry form.  Images should be formatted to 300 dpi, high resolution, and a minimum of 1,500 pixels on the long side.  Panoramic photos are not eligible. Images should be submitted in JPG (at high quality) or TIFF format.  File sizes must be less than 500K per image.  Images must be in natural color.  Black and white, sepia tone, and duo-tone images are not eligible.  Digital images will not be returned.

Image Modifications: 
Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

Not Permitted:

  • No borders or frames may be added to images.

  • No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to images. All winning images will be displayed with the photographer's name.

  • Adding or replacing elements in an image is not permitted.

  • Artistic filters are not permitted.

Permitted Modifications:

  • Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within the specifications above.

  • Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained.

  • Red-eye removal and spot editing.

  • One-step enhancement (such as "AutoFix", "QuickFix", "Auto Levels", etc.).

  • Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise.

  • Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Northern Telephone is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature.  Furthermore, Northern Telephone is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries.  Northern Telephone reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice if factors beyond Northern Telephone’s control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest.  Void where prohibited.  Northern Telephone is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final.  Northern Telephone reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that Northern Telephone has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules.  If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above.  Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.

By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Northern Telephone and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights.  Northern Telephone and its employees and board members assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.

Submit entries to:

Northern Telephone Phone Book Contest

Northern Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
PO Box 190 Sunburst, MT 59482