The 11th year of DIVERGE has begun. A photo contest that’s stood the test of time thanks to incredible images that have done the same. DIVERGE has pushed the boundaries of what a hunting photo can look like.
When we first launched this photo contest eleven years ago, we hoped to see photos that celebrated the life we knew as hunters, but seldom saw depicted in traditional hunting media. We wanted DIVERGE to be a platform for the raw, rugged, beautiful, and true moments—both good and bad—not just trophy shots.
As we enter a new decade of stalking with shutters, we hope you to never settle in the pursuit of images that echo well beyond the wild. Show us shots from your hunts, but also your lives as hunters—images that inspire and capture the connection between humans, hunting, and the surrounding ecosystems that we’re all a part of.
With consistent physical struggle, remote wilderness, rugged terrain and weather, big game hunting is rich with striking visuals. But this extremely photogenic environment can cause us to overlook subtleties that help tell the whole story. Here are a few ideas to help capture the hunt.
Waterfowl hunters can capture most aspects of the hunt during the span of a few hours. This pursuit is full of action – still, it takes intention to bring a fresh perspective to an environment you’ve photographed thousands of times. Here are a few tips that could help add to your portfolio.
Often in well-tracked areas of the midwest under a thick canopy, the scene can be visually dull. However, the whitetail world is rich in tradition, culture, and community. This creates an opportunity to explore outside the treestand. Below is a shot list to help spur some ideas for this fall.
Hunting is far more than a season. It’s a way of living. We stay connected year around – whether it’s gardening, foraging, preparing, learning, or teaching. We see being a part of (not apart from) the natural world as an engaging and exciting lifelong journey. Here are a few tips to help you capture it.
This new category is for your raw, uncut footage from the field. This isn’t the place for polished, premeditated videos, we want to see shaky cameras, spiked heart rates – real experiences. Whether you're shooting on a cell phone or cinema-level camera, the moments are what matters.
No purchase necessary to enter. Purchase will not improve chances of winning. This Promotion is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C., and Canada who are at least eighteen (18) years old at time of entry, except employees of Sponsor, its affiliated companies, subsidiaries, dealers, sales representatives, distributors, advertising agencies, promotional and prize suppliers and the immediate families and household members of each. This Promotion shall only be construed and evaluated according to applicable state and federal law. Void outside the fifty (50) United States, D.C., and Canada, and where prohibited. Residents of Quebec are not eligible to participate. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period.
To be declared a winner, any Canadian resident selected as a potential winner will be required to correctly answer without assistance of any kind, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question. The question will be administered by telephone or email at a mutually convenient time.
2. HOW TO ENTER
To enter the SITKA® DIVERGE Photo Contest: During the Submission Period, upload your photo to the SITKA® DIVERGE entry page at https://www.sitkagear.com/diverge from your computer or mobile device. Photos may also be submitted via Instagram by tagging @SITKAGear and using the hashtag "#Diverge11". The Submission Period begins September 19, 2022 and ends January 13, 2023. (See photo rules below to make sure your photo will be considered).
All photos must be submitted via the URL or Instagram by the end of the Submission Period in order to be considered.
Photos must not include a competitor's apparel.
By entering, you warrant that the photo you submit is original and is your own, and does not infringe on the rights of any third party. You further warrant that your participation in this photo contest does not violate any agreement between you and a third party.
By entering the photo contest, you grant SITKA® Gear the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display your photograph, and to create derivative works from your photograph, in perpetuity, in any of its online, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for promotional purposes, including but not limited to for editorial, advertising, and publicity, without payment or compensation unless prohibited by law. You grant SITKA® Gear permission to provide your name, and your city and state of residence, when publishing, reproducing or otherwise using your photo and when identifying you as an entrant or prize winner in the photo contest. While SITKA® Gear will make every effort to credit photographers when using photos, there may be circumstances where it is not possible to do so. Subject to the rights granted to SITKA® Gear, you retain all other copyrights and rights to future use of the photographs you enter into the contest.
If your photograph(s) include a recognizable person or people, you must secure permission from each person (or in the case of a minor, the minor's parent or guardian) to use his/her image in the photo contest, and present it to SITKA® Gear, if requested. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify an entry if it finds, in its sole discretion, that an entrant has not secured a necessary release.
Any photos containing offensive content will not be eligible. All content must be appropriate for posting on a website that may be viewed by anyone. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered, and will result in disqualification of the photo. SITKA® Gear retains sole discretion to determine what constitutes inappropriate content.
SITKA® Gear reserves the right to modify any photo to fit spatial and branding requirements.
3. JUDGING CRITERIA, VOTING, & WINNER SELECTION
A. Finalists and Category Winners
All submissions will be displayed until 11:59 p.m. on January 13, 2023, when 25 Finalists will be chosen by SITKA® Gear from all eligible submissions and displayed on a new voting page attached to the SITKA® Diverge page, www.sitkagear.com/diverge. The selection of finalists will be at the discretion of the judges. Fans will then be allowed to vote on January 16, 2023 - January 22nd, 2023 at 11:59 MST. The images with the most fan votes will be declared as the “Category Winners.” These five (5) “Category Winners” will receive prizes listed in the prize section.
B. Selection of the SITKA //Diverge// Grand Prize Winner
The SITKA® Diverge Photo Contest Grand Prize winner will be chosen by SITKA® Gear Judges, Judges will vote on the images and the image with the most votes will be recognized as Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from the 25 Finalists but does not have to be chosen from the 5 Category Winners. The entrants whose photos are selected as the SITKA® Diverge Photo Contest Winners may have their photo appear in SITKA® Gear advertisements.
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5. WINNER NOTIFICATION / PRIZE RESTRICTIONS
By January 31, 2023, winners will be notified by SITKA® Gear using the e-mail address or phone number they provided with their entry. Prize must be claimed within seven (7) days. To claim a prize, Winner must respond to the prize notification e-mail or phone call/message and may be required to provide proof of identity, address and birth date and/or execute an affidavit of eligibility, liability release and, except where prohibited by law, a publicity release. Prizes not claimed within seven (7) days will be forfeited. Sponsor will select alternate Winners for any unclaimed/forfeited prizes if a sufficient number of eligible and/or qualified entries remain. Any portion of a prize not accepted by the winner will be forfeited. If an entrant changes his/her e-mail address or phone number after he/she enters the Contest, or any portion of this Promotion, it is his/her sole responsibility to notify SITKA® Gear by postal mailing notice to the address listed below, to be received by the end of the Promotion Period. Winners are solely responsible for all costs, incidentals, and any other expenses not specifically mentioned as being included in the Prize. All federal, state and local taxes are sole responsibility winner. Prizes may not be returned or exchanged for cash. Prizes may not be transferred or substituted except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value.
6. WEB RESTRICTIONS
a. This Promotion is not open to competition associations or automated competition entry services. Any use of such automated devices will cause disqualification. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual (and his or her Contest entry) who tampers with the entry or voting process. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest should fraud, virus, bug or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures or delays in computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Proof of entering information on SITKA® Gear’s website is not considered proof of delivery or receipt by SITKA® Gear. SITKA® Gear reserves the right to exclude certain individuals from participating for reasons such as violation of the conditions of participation, duplicate participation, attempted manipulation of the Promotion or its voting processes, and reserves the right to take legal action.
7. GENERAL CONDITIONS
Entrants hereby declare that they agree to the collection of all data by Sponsor required for the implementation and administration of this competition and its storage for the entire duration of the competition. The data is stored by Shortstack (shortstackapp.com) . The data will be handled in confidence and not transmitted to a third party. All Entrants have the right to request information about the use of any personal data concerning them. SITKA® Gear undertakes to supply them at any time upon request with full information on the stored data free of charge, if they are the subject of such information. Entrants are simply required to send an e-mail to SITKAdivergecontest@gmail.com. All Entrants are also free to revoke their consent to the use and storage of their personal data by Sponsor, simply by sending an informal e-mail to SITKAdivergecontest@gmail.com. The data can also be rectified in the same way. In case of revocation, the data shall be immediately deleted. The revocation and subsequent deletion will be confirmed by e-mail upon request. Should the revocation intervene prior to the end of the competition, all further participation in the SITKA® //Diverge// Photo Contest is excluded.
This Promotion is not associated with Facebook or Instagram in any way whatsoever and is in no way Sponsored, supported or organized by Facebook or Instagram. Neither Facebook nor Instagram is responsible for any content published within the context of this action. It is not Facebook or Instagram, but SITKA® Gear, who receives the information supplied by Entrants. The data supplied will be used for contact purposes in the event of a winner and for subscription to the SITKA® Gear Dispatch Newsletter as per explicit requests made at the time of registration. Sponsor holds Facebook and Instagram harmless from any recourse by third parties in connection with this Promotion. Any questions, comments or complaints against the action are not to be addressed to Facebook or Instagram, but to Sponsor by writing to email@example.com.
Participation in this Promotion and/or entering the SITKA® //Diverge// Photo Contest is considered a complete release of Facebook and Instagram by each Entrant.
Should any of the stipulations in the conditions of participation be or become invalid, the remaining conditions of participation shall continue to apply with full force and effect. In its place an appropriate provision shall enter into force, corresponding to the closest purpose of the ineffective provision.
SITKA® Gear reserves the right to cancel the SITKA® Diverge Photo Contest and Sweepstakes. Such cancellation can occur in situations, but is not limited to these situations, where the smooth running of the competition can no longer be guaranteed for technical or legal reasons.
8. LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
Sponsor shall not be responsible for: (1) misdirected, inaccurate, incomplete, lost, late, delayed, undelivered, damaged or illegible entries, and all such entries will be void; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; or (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; or (4) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant's participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.
9. GOVERNING LAW
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Delaware without regard to conflicts of law principles. All entrants consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the state of Delaware.
10. OFFICIAL RULES AND WINNERS LIST REQUESTS
For a copy of these Official Rules or a list of the names of the winners, send your written request to: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. at 231 East Oak, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Sponsor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
231 East Oak
Bozeman, MT 59715