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The MDA is pleased to announce its third annual Focus Photo Contest exclusively for MDA dentist and student members.

Contest Overview

A first and second place prize will be awarded in each of the following six categories:

Human Interest
This category included pictures of people in all walks of life and doing all types of activities ... individuals, couples and families, babies and children, young and old.

Travel & Place
This category included pictures that express the adventures of travel. It included outdoor scenes, but also people, details and other subjects you might encounter while traveling. The main purpose for photos in this category was to express a sense of place —something unique to a travel experience.

Outdoor Beauty
This category showcased outdoor beauty and Included pictures of nature and the outdoors ... of land, sea or sky.

Digital Darkroom
This category was to exclusiviely showcase digital manipulation and included photos alterated with software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Entries must have included the image before and after alteration.

All Creatures Great & Small
Insects, Birds, Fish, Mammals ... any picture of a wild or domesticated member of the great animal kingdom was included in this category.

Uniquely Missouri
This category was to showcase the Show Me State .. its people, places, things and events that are unique to Missouri.

How to Enter

All entries must be digital photos sent by email to Melissa Albertson at melissa@modental.org. Images must be 300 dpi, and not less than a minimum size of 8" by 10". This high-quality submission will ensure pixilation doesn't occur when used in print. If submitting multiple entries, please associate a file number/category name with each submission. Photos must have been taken since Jan. 1, 2013.

Each photo must have submitted with it the following details:

  • Desired Contest Category
  • Photo Title
  • Brief Description (explaining what it shows, when and where it was taken).

Each photographer must submit the following biographical information:

  • Full Name
  • Home Address
  • Practice Address
  • Practice Type
  • School and Graduation Year

Biographical information will be used for administrative purposes only and will be excluded from the judges during the selection of winners.

Winning entrants will be required to submit a photograph of themselves and more detailed biographical information for a short article in the Focus. MDA Staff will contact winners at a later date to request this information. Enter one image in up to six categories. Entry deadline is Dec. 31, 2014.

Contest Prizes & Sponsors

A $150 cash prize, sponsored by MDIS, will be awarded to winners in each category and a $50 Lands' End Business Outfitters will be awarded to each category runner-up to use for purchasing MDA apparel items from Lands' End Business Outfitters or other items from their family of online stores. Thanks to these sponsors!

The Fine Print

The contest is free to enter and open to any Missouri Dental Association member, including student members. The member submitting the entry must be the sole owner of the copyright of the image(s) submitted. Photos will be credited to the member named in the entry form.

Members may submit one entry per category, for a total of six entries per member.

Photos may be submitted in color or black and white, but photo manipulation beyond basic editing (such as light/color balance and cropping) is discouraged. If you do manipulate your photo, please note the digital techniques used in the description of your photo.

Photos must have been taken since Jan. 1, 2013. Photos may be vertical or horizontal in orientation. Note: If a winning photo's orientation needs to be cropped to fit the Focus cover, the uncropped version will be placed inside the issue.

Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs; however, winning entries may be selected for use in other Missouri Dental Association communications (print, website, social media), without any fee or other form of compensation. Winners agree to have their photograph used on the cover of the MDA Focus magazine (issue date selected will be determined by MDA staff). In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to the MDA is contested in any manner, the MDA retains the right to disqualify that photograph from the contest.

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