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June 18, 2014

Top Dog Contest 2014 Submission Quick Reference Guide



2014 “Top Dog” CONTEST

Quick Reference Sheet


Photograph Submissions


  1. All photographs must be reviewed and approved before posting to any website.

  2. Do NOT post any photographs of an individual(s), unless a Talent Release form has been submitted for all individuals appearing in the photograph.

  3. Do NOT post any photographs of a minor (or a person believed to be a minor) unless a parent or legal guardian appears in the photograph with the minor.

  4. Do NOT post any photograph in which a person is not fully clothed.

  5. Do NOT post any photograph which contains any content or images that could be considered: obscene, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion.

  6. Do NOT post any photograph that contains content or images that could be considered: abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful to any groups, individuals or institutions.

  7. When in doubt, seek guidance from the News and Tribune Editorial Staff prior to posting any photograph.

  8. Photographs may only be used in connection with the promotion and furtherance of the Contest and not for any other commercial purpose.




  1. Identify 3 individuals from the newsroom who will judge all photographs in the Contest.

  2. Each individual should assign a point value (1-10 – with 10 being the highest) for each criteria for each photograph:

  1. concept/idea (i.e., did the photograph address the theme of the Contest) (25%);

  2. creativity (25%); and

  3. lighting/quality of photograph (25%).

  1. One individual should collect the total number of points from all 3 judges for all photographs in each category. By obtaining the average from each judge’s score, the photograph should be assigned the average number of points in each category. For example, if a photograph received scores of 5, 7, and 9 in creativity from the judges, the photograph’s score for creativity would be 7. The total of the average point in each category will account for 75% of the photograph’s score (or up to 30 points).

  2. The remaining 25% of a photograph’s score will come from the public voting on The photograph with the greatest number of public votes should receive a 10 in the public vote category. If multiple photographs receive the same number of votes, which is also the highest number of votes, each photograph should be given a 10 in this category. All remaining photographs should receive a score of 1-9 based upon the number of votes obtained pro-rated among the number of photographs received.

  3. Once the totals are calculated, the photograph with the highest number of points (i.e., 40 points is the maximum number of points available (comprised of 30 points from the average of the judges’ votes and 10 points for the public vote)) is the potential winner.

  4. If there is a tie, the same 3 judges shall review the “tied” photographs and judge them on the following criteria: overall appeal (50%) and expression of the theme of the Contest (50%). The judges may award up to 10 points (with 10 being the highest) in each category. The photograph with the highest number of points (i.e., 20 points per judge or 60 points total) is the potential winner.

  5. You must receive the Affidavit of Eligibility and Release before announcing and posting the “winning” photograph.