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Veteran Ink (“Tattoo of the Month Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old and Veteran and/or Active Service member of the military. Trustees, Board Members, Employees, interns, or partners, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.

Please see each individual contest page for when the contest will begin and end.

To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit files no larger than 5MB at the time of entry. Higher resolution files of at least 240 dpi/ppi will be requested should an entry be preselected to be awarded a prize or an honorable mention. All images should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png form. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to The Nature Conservancy upon request.

All images must be submitted though our website submission application, including all required fields, including name, email and other information about your submission. Digital images from your desktop, phone, tablet, or other electronic device are eligible. We will not accept links to photos or images stored on third-party websites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc…).

You may enter an unlimited number of times, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

The Veteran Ink Staff will select one Grand Prize winner, based off several criteria:

  1. The story associated/behind the contestant’s tattoo.
  2. Design and quality of tattoo workmanship.

The Veteran Ink Staff has the right to overlook any judging criteria and/or disqualify a contestant if we feel the submitted image is plagiarized.

Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age, and liability/publicity release within 14 days. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.

We will select one (1) winner every two (2) weeks for a free t-shirt.

If you have questions and inquiries about a contest and/or its rules, please click here to send us an email.


You will retain all ownership of any photograph you submit.

If you submit an image to enter the Veteran Ink website, you grant VeteranInk.com a royalty-free, non-exclusive right during the and after the contest to:

  1. Display the photograph on the Veteran Ink submission website (http://www.VeteranInk.com)
  2. Display your photograph, but not limited to advertising materials, electronic or print publications, email marketing campaigns, and videos.
  3. Allow third-parties to share the photograph on the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

If your photograph is formally honored by the competition as a winner or an honorable mention, you grant Veteran Ink (www.VeteranInk.com) a royalty-free, exclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  1. Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
  2. Use the photograph in The Veteran Ink’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, annual report and Veteran Ink’s magazine.
  3. Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for Conservancy-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, membership premiums, and the like.

Use, in connection with the Veteran Ink, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

Retain a digital copy of your photograph submission that will be archived in the Veteran Ink photo library and accessible to Veteran Ink staff via the Veteran Ink internal online photo archive.

The Veteran Ink will endeavor to credit all images with the caption “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Veteran Ink is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Veteran Ink to address the impairment and then resume the Veteran Ink; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Veteran Ink, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Veteran Ink is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Veteran Ink or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Veteran Ink; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Veteran Ink; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

Any information you submit as part of the Veteran Ink will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to Sponsor, not to Facebook. Except where prohibited, you consent to Sponsor’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.

You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, Veteran Ink or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in California. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Veteran Ink, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than California.

When available Veteran Ink will contact winners of each contest via the email address provided during the entry process. To see a list of all the contest winners please visit the link below.

Conditions of Entry
All entrants hold the Sponsors and their respective regents, directors, officers, employees, emeriti, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Veteran Ink reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, Veteran Ink reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. Veteran Ink reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Decisions of Veteran Ink are final and binding.

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to info@VeteranInk.com.

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