Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ricoh Launches Second Instagram Contest for Theta


Ricoh has announced their second Instagram contest for the Ricoh Theta.  The theme for this contest is "Show us your #squad" -- use the Theta to take pictures with your friends!  The contest period will be from February 24 to March 17. The contest rules don't expressly say that the photo itself has to be taken within that time period, but they do say you're not allowed to use pictures that you've previously posted.

HOW TO JOIN THE CONTEST:
1. You need to follow the official Ricoh Theta Instagram account (@theta360official).
2. Photos must be taken with the Theta (original, m15 or S), and must be edited on the Theta or Theta+ app.
3. You must tag your entry with #theta360 and #theta360contest.  (You may want to use the #squad tag as well, even though the rules don't say it.)

You can submit as many entries as you want.  If you're selected as a winner, they will ask you for the original equirectangular image, and the edited cropped entry.

PRIZES:
There will be 1 winner and 9 runner-ups each for photos and for videos.  The winners will receive an original Theta soft case, or a Theta strap attachment set.  Each runner-up will receive a Theta tote bag and original stickers.   Winning images will also be featured on the Ricoh Theta website, SNS and at RICOH Imaging Square.

Note: the first Theta Instagram contest had over 1,000 entries.

LEGAL FINE PRINT:
Some contests these days require you to assign your copyright to those running contest.  This one states that: "Copyright of submitted images remains with the photographer (the applicant). However, the sponsors will retain the right to display, publicize and release online and otherwise use submitted works without payment (including the right to alter such images). When displaying works, the photographer’s name, the title and the place at which the image was taken may also be displayed."

The official website for the contest is here.