A close-up of a common swift

Nature in the City art competition

The Nature in the City competition is now closed.

The winning artwork, ‘Swifts in Flight’ by J C Clayton, can be seen at an exhibition including all shortlisted works until Tuesday 21 August in the Jam Factory gallery in central Oxford. The exhibition is free to visit and can viewed during the Jam Factory’s opening hours. 

Find out more information about the Oxford Swift City project.

Got questions about Swift City?

Swifts flying over rooftops

Get in touch by email or phone.

Emily Seccombe, Oxford Swift City Project Officer

Tel: 07740 515848

E-mail: oxfordswiftcity@rspb.org.uk

Rules

ENTRY

1.This competition is open to all UK residents aged 16 and over, except any employee of or person directly connected with the RSPB and their immediate family members. Proof of age may be required. 

 

2.Applicants under 18 must get consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before entering the competition. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of applicants under 18 agree to the Rules and Terms and Conditions on behalf of the applicants. 

 

3.The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

 

4.All entries must be submitted by emailing a completed entry form and an image of the artwork to oxfordswiftcity@rspb.org.uk. 

 

5.The RSPB must receive entries by 11.59pm on Thursday 31 May 2018. Any entry which is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the RSPB.

 

6.The RSPB accepts no responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or any other problem with any server, internet access system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost, corrupted or not properly registered or recorded.

 

7.Collaborative works are accepted.

 

8.There is no maximum number of entries per person. One entry form must be completed per entry.

 

9.There is no size limit, although the size of the work in relation to the exhibition space will be a consideration in the shortlisting process. All work must be suitable for wall hanging. Sculpture and photography will not be accepted.

 

10.If you are submitting a series, this is considered one work. You can attach images of more than one work within the series.

 

 

SHORTLISTING AND EXHIBITION

11. Artwork will be judged in regard to how well it fits the competition brief. As the competition is part of the Oxford Swift City Project which seeks to raise awareness of swifts, artwork featuring swifts may be favoured in the judging process. 

 

12.The judges shall assess the entries and determine the shortlist from the scanned or photographed images. One winner shall be selected from the shortlisted works once the artwork is on display in the gallery before the launch and prize giving. The judges’ decisions shall be final.  No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into

 

13.All entrants whose work is shortlisted will have their art displayed in the Jam Factory, Hollybush Row, Oxford, OX11HU, for exhibition from Wednesday 11 June to Tuesday 21 August 2018. 

 

14.All shortlisted entrants will be invited to the launch and prize giving at the Jam Factory on Sunday 15 July 2018 where the winner will be announced. The winner will also be announced on the competition webpage by the end of Tuesday 17 July.

 

15.All work must be ready to hang. Insufficiently framed art will not be accepted and will be removed from the competition. 

 

16.The shortlisted entrants will be notified by email or telephone (using the details provided on the entry form) within 1 week of the shortlist being decided. If the shortlisted entrant does not respond within 14 days of first being notified by the RSPB, then they will forfeit their place in the exhibition and chance of winning.

 

17.If the winner does not attend the prize giving event and does not respond to the RSPB within 14 days of first being notified by the RSPB, then they will forfeit their prize and a replacement winner will be selected from the other applicants and they will receive the prize. 

 

18.Shortlisted entrants must submit sale prices, or declare that they do not want their art to be on sale, by 5pm Thursday 21 June 2018. If you do not submit a price, the art will be exhibited but not for sale.

 

19.Shortlisted entrants are responsible for delivering their artwork to the Jam Factory, between 2pm and 5pm on Monday 9 July 2018. Failure to deliver shortlisted artworks in this time will result in removal from the competition. Artists are responsible for collecting any unsold artwork on Wednesday 22 August 2018 from a location in central Oxford, to be confirmed. The RSPB takes no responsibility for any unsold artwork which is not collected by the entrant. Any artwork left after this time may be sold or disposed of. 

 

20.Artists selected for the exhibition will be responsible for all transportation costs. Packaging cannot be stored for reasons of space.

 

21.If selected for exhibition, it is the artist’s responsibility to take out insurance for their artwork, if they choose to, for the duration of the exhibition, transportation, and storage. The Jam Factory is a secure space fitted with alarm and comprehensive CCTV system. During opening hours the space is staffed at all times. Neither the Jam Factory nor the RSPB will be held liable for any loss or damage that occurs on the premises or in transit. 

 

 

PRIZES

1.The winner shall receive a hamper of art supplies worth £60, courtesy of Oxford Hobbycraft, vouchers for art classes at the Jam Factory, worth £50, and a £100 gift card for the RSPB online shop.  The prizes will be presented at the exhibition launch on Sunday 15 July 2018. 

 

2.The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. 

 

3.The hamper prize is provided by Oxford Hobbycraft and may be subject to further terms and conditions imposed by Oxford Hobbycraft.  The RSPB reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if necessary. 

 

4.The prize of art class vouchers are paid for by the RSPB but provided by the Jam Factory and may be subject to further terms and conditions imposed by the Jam Factory.  The RSPB reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if necessary. 

 

5.The winner's name will be published on the competition website and in Nature’s Home. 

 

6.All sales of exhibited work will be managed by the Jam Factory during the exhibition period. The Jam Factory will take a commission on all sales of 30% + VAT. If sales are made on an artist’s entries, the artist must supply bank details to oxfordswiftcity@rspb.org.uk to arrange transfer of this money for sold art. If the artist fails to supply this information before Tuesday 2 October 2018, they may forfeit their right to receive payment.

 

7.The RSPB reserves the right to refuse entry, refuse exhibition or to refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions or the spirit of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions. 

Terms & Conditions

1.By submitting an entry, you agree to be legally bound by the Rules and these Terms and Conditions.

 

2.Any entry must be your original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights. In addition, all entries must be produced legally without trespassing on any land and no wildlife or habitats should be harmed, put at risk or unduly disturbed in the process.

 

3.Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By entering the competition. the artist grants the RSPB permission to a non-exclusive license to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose connected with the exhibition without payment. This may include, but is not limited to: a) use on RSPB webpages and on the website of affiliated organisations; b) use in press releases to be distributed to national, regional and specialist press giving information about or promoting the exhibition; c) use in RSPB publications. The artist will be credited whenever any work is exhibited in public or an image of the work is published by or for the RSPB.

 

4.By submitting an entry, you agree to waive any moral rights contained in your entry. Any entry you provide shall be non-confidential.

 

5.By submitting an entry, you agree the RSPB may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising and presentations. 

 

6.By exhibiting at the Jam Factory the artist/curator grants permission to a non-exclusive license to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose connected with the exhibition without payment. This may include, but is not limited to: a) display at the Jam Factory exhibition; b) use on the Jam Factory website and on the website of affiliated organisations; c) use in press releases to be distributed to national, regional and specialist press giving information about or promoting the exhibition; d) use in Jam Factory Arts publications. The artist will be credited whenever any work is exhibited in public or an image of the work is published by or for the gallery or the RSPB.

 

7.The RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or for any costs, claims or demands of any nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of the use of your entry or any part thereof. 

 

8.Insofar as is permitted by law, the RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize, except where it is caused by the negligence of the RSPB, its subsidiaries, agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected. 

 

9.You agree to indemnify the RSPB (and its subsidiaries) against any claim from any third party for any breach of the Rules or these Terms and Conditions.

 

10.The RSPB reserves the right to update the Rules and these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on [website]. 

 

11.The Jam Factory has the right to withdraw work from an exhibition, on giving the RSPB written reasons.

 

12.Regarding the sale of artwork by the Jam Factory, the artist will be responsible for VAT on this payment and understands that they are liable to declare this income as appropriate to HMRC as no deductions will be made by the Jam Factory or the RSPB.

 

13.The RSPB takes your privacy very seriously; we will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of these Terms and Conditions and the RSPB’s Privacy Policy. By submitting an entry, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy.

 

14.Any personal data submitted will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal data supplied may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize. 

 

15.The winner may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name, town or city of residence and photograph in any media. You agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose. 

 

16.For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting your entry you warrant that all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent for their image, voice or other details to be used and, in the case of vulnerable adults or persons under 18 years of age, you warrant that you have obtained express consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). 

 

17.This competition is governed by English law and English Courts have exclusive jurisdiction.

 

18.The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (the 'RSPB') is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 207076 and in Scotland no. SC037654 whose registered address is at the Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL