Wood Business

Rules & Regulations


These Rules and Regulations are final on all matters relating to the BC Council of Forest Industries’ Photo Contest (the “Contest”). By applying, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations.


The sponsor (“Contest Sponsor”) of the Contest is the BC Council of Forest Industries (“COFI”) (1220 – 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5).

Media Partner

The media partner (“Media Partner”) of the Contest is Annex Business Media, and its publications Canadian Forest Industries magazine and woodbusiness.ca (“CFI Magazine”) (105 Donly Drive South, Simcoe, ON, N3Y 4N5).


To be eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize, you must be a permanent resident of British Columbia. Employees of COFI member companies are eligible and encouraged to enter. No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest or to win a prize. All photographs entered in the Contest must be of British Columbia content (i.e. taken in British Columbia). Participation in the Contest constitutes Entrants’ full and unconditional agreement to abide by these Contest Rules and Regulations and the Contest Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.

Personal Information

Personal Information collected from Entrants by the Contest Sponsor will be used by the Contest Sponsor or its affiliates to administer the Contest and in connection with the publication of winning photographs. Neither the Contest Sponsor nor its affiliates will share personal information relating to Entrants with any third parties, except as necessary for the administration of the Contest or as may be required by law. The Contest Sponsor will not attempt to contact the Entrant for any other purpose than to administer the Contest or as may be required by law unless they have opted-in to receive relevant communications from the Contest Sponsor. The Contest Sponsor respects the privacy of everyone who enters the contest.

Format of Photographs for Submission

Entries can be submitted electronically through the website of the contest (www.woodbusiness.ca) or by email (jellson@annexbusinessmedia.com). Submissions made by email must include the entrant’s full name, address, email and contact phone number, and a description of your photo to be eligible.

Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable; cropping of photos is permitted, tonal or colour corrections are acceptable, including black and white conversion. Winning entrants must be able to provide a high-resolution version of each photo that they submit (uncompressed TIFF or maximum quality JPEG, Grayscale or Colour (RGB)). Digital files should be 3600 pixels wide by 2700 pixels tall (or 12” x 9”) at 300 dpi. For photographs that are selected as winning entries, the high-resolution version of the photograph will be required for reproduction. Entrants who fail to provide a high-resolution version within the time period set by the Contest Sponsors (not to exceed one week following prize notification) will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected by the judging panel. In such a case, no substitute prizes will be awarded.

Use and Publication

By submitting a photo to the contest, the entrant hereby grants COFI and CFI Magazine the right to use photos submitted to the contest. COFI and CFI Magazine will have rights to use images digitally to (a) further expand on the print and digital editions of the magazine; (b) promote COFI and CFI Magazine; and (c) promote COFI and CFI Magazine via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and other social media outlets. By submitting a photo to the contest, the entrant also hereby grants to COFI and CFI Magazine the non-exclusive, perpetual right and license to reproduce, publish and distribute, and to authorize the reproduction, publication and distribution of the photos, in print, on microfilm and microfiche, and in all electronic forms and media now known or later developed, including, but not limited to, on CD-ROM, over the Internet. By uploading a photo to the contest, entrants agree that any such reproduction, publication or distribution may be the work alone and not in conjunction with the works with which it is first published by COFI or CFI Magazine. COFI and CFI Magazine reserve the non-exclusive right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in its material during or after the Contest without further compensation to the entrants. For COFI and CFI Magazine, promotional material shall include without limitation any print or electronic advertising or marketing material such as posters, online images, newspaper ads, television ads, e-mails and social media content.

Copyright Notice

In order that COFI and CFI Magazine can use your photo, you confirm that (a) your photo is your own original work; (b) you own all the rights in the photo, including copyright; (c) you have the right to give COFI and CFI Magazine permission to use your photo for the purposes specified in these rules; (d) the photo is not defamatory and does not infringe any Canadian laws or violate the rights of any third party; (e) you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your photo or the consent of their parent / guardian if they are minors; (f) you waive any moral rights that you may have in the photo; (g) you indemnify COFI and CFI Magazine against any claim, demand, action, suit, or other proceedings against COFI or CFI Magazine arising out of the use of the photo or any false or inaccurate statements.
If you do not want to grant COFI and CFI Magazine the permission set out in these rules, please do not submit your photo.


Contest opens November 9, 2022 and closes at 11:59 PST on January 7, 2023.
All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor and will not be returned. The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for entries lost, late, misdirected, illegible or delayed for any reason.


A panel of judges selected by COFI and CFI Magazine will pick ten photos from all entries received. The team will make its selections considering the following criteria:

1) The meaning of the photo is reasonably apparent to the audience (i.e. it portrays a clear subject with effect/emotion).

2) Technical quality (i.e. clear and clean composition).

The selected ten photos will be published in a print edition of CFI Magazine as well as in CFI Magazine’s digital property, woodbusiness.ca. The top photo selected will be published on the cover of a print edition of CFI Magazine.

In addition, three runner-up winners and one grand prize winner will be selected to receive a prize. The selected winners will be contacted by telephone or email during the week following the vote and should acknowledge his/her prize as instructed by the Contest Sponsor by no later than three (3) days following the Contest Sponsor’s attempt at contacting the selected winner. If the prize is not claimed within this period, a new winner will be selected.


In addition to publication in CFI Magazine and woodbusiness.ca, one prize will be awarded to each of the runner-up winners. An additional prize will be awarded to the grand prize winner.

The grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of CFI Magazine, and will receive a $500 Canadian Tire gift card. Runner-up winners will also be selected to have their photos published in CFI magazine, and will receive a $75 gift card to Canadian Tire.

The prize shall be accepted as is and may not be exchanged for an amount of money, nor sold nor transferred. No substitutions will be allowed.

If the prize cannot be awarded as described, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize component with another of comparable value.

Refusal to accept the prize releases COFI and CFI Magazine, as well as their respective directors, officers and employees, of all obligations.


The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any failure of the website during this Contest. Nor is it responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any e-mail, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion.

Chances of Winning

The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible photographs received and the evaluation of the photographs by the judging panel.


By participating in the Contest, each Entrant agrees to be bound by these Contest Rules and Regulations. In the event of any disagreement as to whether a person is an Entrant, a potential winner or a winner, or as to the qualification of any Entrant, potential winner or winner to, or the adequacy of any prize or any substitute prize, the decision of the Contest Sponsor will be final. Please consult our rules and regulations for full details.