Terms and Conditions


CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year 2015 contest("Contest") Official Rules



1. Eligibility

Open only to individuals 13 years of age or older as of date of entry.  Employees, officers and directors of CBRE, Inc. (“Sponsor”), Plan International, and their respective parent, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, advertising, promotion or production agencies, Web masters/suppliers (and their immediate family members [spouse, parents, children, siblings] and individuals residing in their same household, whether or not related) are not eligible to participate.  By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and/or its independent judging agency which are final and binding in all respects.  Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Subject to all applicable laws and regulations. 


2. Contest timing

The Contest begins April 15, 2015 at 12:00:00 pm British Summer Time (“BST”) and ends August 14, 2015 at 11:59:59 pm “BST”  (the “Contest Period”).  Sponsor’s computer is the official clock for this Contest. 


3. Contest assignment

The Contest invites the entrant to submit original photos capturing what the entrant considers to be the essence of “cities at work,” at any time of day, be it poignant, inspiring, quirky or amusing (the “Photo” or “Photos”). 


4. To Enter

To enter the Contest, visit www.cbreupoty.com (the “Website”).  Then, follow the online instructions to complete an entry form, select your age range, upload and submit your Photo(s), provide a description of the Photo(s), and specify which hour of the day each Photo is meant to represent.  The Photo submitted for a specific hour need not have been taken during that hour, but should look as if it was.

You may enter one image for each hour of the day up to 24 images in total per person/email address - there being 24 hours in a standard day - one per hour. 

Photo Guidelines: 

  • The Photo must be in .jpg format;
  • The Photo must be between 1MB and 8MB in size;

Content Restrictions:

  • The Photo must comply with these Official Rules;
  • In its sole and absolute discretion, Sponsor may reject any Photo that i) includes material or subject matter that is inappropriate, disparaging, unlawful, offensive, false or misleading, ii) depicts or promotes the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, firearms or weapons, or iii) includes personally identifying information of any kind;
  • The Photo must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, trademark rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;
  • Entrants agree to not post, e-mail or otherwise submit anything that knowingly contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
  • The Photo cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion or competition of any kind or won previous awards.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to remove any Entry and disqualify you from the Contest if it believes that the Entry fails to conform to the above Photo Guidelines and/or Content Restrictions or any restrictions set forth in the Official Rules.  Receipt of Entry will not be acknowledged or returned. Only fully completed entry forms are eligible.  Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. 

BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HIS/HER PHOTO MAY BE POSTED (SUBJECT TO SPONSOR’S DISCRETION) ON THE WEBSITE DURING THE CONTEST PERIOD.  By entering, each entrant warrants and represents the following with respect to their Photos: (a) entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the Photo; (b) the Photo is entrant’s own creation and is 100% original; and (c) publication of the Photo will not infringe on any rights of any third parties.  Any such entrant will indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and Releasees (as defined in Section 7) from any claims to the contrary.  Any Photo which is deemed to be inappropriate for publication, obscene or vulgar (all as solely determined by Sponsor), fails to comply with these Official Rules or any Terms of Service on the Website, or violates third party rights will be deemed ineligible.  If Photos are posted to the Website, Sponsor reserves the right to, and may or may not, monitor/screen Photos prior to posting them to the Website.  By entering, you acknowledge that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Photo you submit.  No other form of participation other than as stated in these Official Rules is valid. Further, by submitting an Photo, entrant grants Sponsor and its agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, license and right to post, publish, edit, modify and otherwise make use of, entrant’s first name, last initial, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, biographical information, Photo description and Photo in publication and/or on the internet for, advertising and promotional use only of the UPOTY Competition without notice, payment or consideration to the entrant, except where prohibited by law and warrants and represents that he/she has properly secured, and has all right to grant such permission. Sponsor suggests that each entrant keep a copy of his/her Photo.   


5. The Judging

This is a skills-based competition and eligible Photographs will be evaluated by the Chairman of Judges in accordance with the following skills-based judging criteria which shall be weighted and balanced in the sole and absolute discretion of the Chairman of Judges (“Judging Criteria”):

  • Impact
  • Creativity & style
  • Composition
  • Image or print presentation
  • Centre of interest
  • Lighting
  • Colour balance
  • Technical excellence
  • Photographic technique
  • Story telling & subject matter

Judging will take place on or about 28 August 2015. [For Photos submitted by an entrant that is age 16 or greater,] the Photo that receives the highest total scores based on the Judging Criteria for each hour of the day will be deemed a finalist (each, a “Finalist” and collectively, the “Finalists”).  Each Finalist will receive an Hourly Prize (all prizes shall as set forth in more detail here [insert link to prizes site]) and will be eligible for consideration as a potential Regional Prize Winner and potential Grand Prize Winner. [Each Finalist between the ages of 16 and 25 will be eligible for consideration as a potential Student Prize Winner.] Each Finalist will only be permitted to retain the highest value prize they are awarded, and will be required to forfeit any other prizes of lesser that may have been awarded. [Photos submitted by entrants between the ages of 13 and 15 will be eligible for consideration as a potential Youth Prize Winner.]  As a condition of entering, entrants further agree to these Official Rules and to the judges’ decisions, which are final and binding in all respects.


6. The Prizes

Hour 00:00: Billingham Hadley Pro Bag. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): £180 GBP/$302USD
Hour 01:00: Triple Scoop Music, 10 Tracks ARV: £400/$600USD
Hour 02:00: Ultimat Designer Framed Image, ARV: £350/$587USD
Hour 03:00: Light Blue Software. ARV: £295/$495USD
Hour 04:00: AKM Music CD Collection. ARV: £160/$268USD
Hour 05:00: Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter. ARV: £160/$268USD
Hour 06:00: £250 towards One Vision Imaging prints or products. ARV: £250/$419USD
Hour 07:00: Induro Tripod AKB2 Adventue Kit. ARV: £190/$250USD
Hour 08:00: £150 worth of Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper. ARV: £150/251$USD
Hour 09:00: £250 towards One Vision Imaging prints or products. ARV: £250/$419USD
Hour 10:00: Light Blue Software. ARV: £295/$495USD
Hour 11:00: Photodex Proshow Producer. ARV: £210/$352USD
Hour 12:00: OnOne software - Version 9.5. ARV: £160/$268USD
Hour 13:00: Zenfolio website for one (1) year. ARV: £150/$251USD
Hour 14:00: OnOne software - Version 9.5. ARV: £160/$268USD
Hour 15:00: The Image File Full Pro account for one (1) year. ARV: £300/$503USD
Hour 16:00: Manfrotto Prolight Bumblebee. ARV: £200/$335USD
Hour 17:00: One (1) year subscription to all Icon Publishing Prophoto publications. ARV: £120/$132USD
Hour 18:00: £150 worth of Permajet paper. ARV: £150/$251USD
Hour 19:00: Macphun Creative Kit Plus ARV: £150/$200USD
Hour 20:00: 10 License Free tracks from Triple Scoop Music. ARV: £450/$754USD
Hour 21:00: £135 worth of Aperture Books products. ARV: £135/$226USD
Hour 22:00: £250 towards Vision Impress prints or products. ARV: £250/$419USD
Hour 23:00: Lastolite collapsible background. ARV: £165/$277USD

B.  REGIONAL PRIZES (3): EOS 70D 18-55 IS STM, Canon 300EG bag,  32gb SD card, 270ex Flash Gun, BG-E14 Battery Grip, LP-E6 Battery, TriPod. ARV: £1,915.94/$3,211.79USD

C. GRAND PRIZE (1): One (1) winner will receive a photo safari holiday. CBRE will provide a selection of travel agencies with which winner may work to plan the trip and CBRE will cover costs associated with the trip up to £5,000/$8,381.75USD. Prize includes: (i) round-trip, coach class air transportation for the winner from the major commercial airport near winner’s residence (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to chosen destination and (ii) hotel accommodations for seven (7) nights in one (1) standard hotel room. ARV: £5,000/$8,381.75USD. Actual value of trip may vary based on point of departure and airfare fluctuations.  Any difference between stated approximate retail value and actual value of prize will not be awarded.  If Winner is located in the United States, Winner will receive an IRS form 1099 for value of prize. All prize details not specified in the Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Selection of the airline, departure and arrival airport, and hotel are solely within Sponsor’s sole discretion.  If, in the judgment of Sponsor, air travel is not required due to a winner's proximity to chosen location, ground transportation will be substituted for roundtrip air travel at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.  The difference in value will not be awarded to the winner.  Prize(s) are non-transferable, are not redeemable for cash and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason.

Winner is solely responsible for any and all expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the prize description herein, including but not limited to, ground transportation to/from winner’s residence and departure airport, in-room charges (e.g., mini-bar, room service, telephone, movies, etc.), meals and beverages, gratuities, travel upgrades, baggage fees, and personal incidentals. Travel must be completed by August 30, 2016. Winner will be required to provide a valid major credit card or some other acceptable form of payment, as determined in the hotel’s sole discretion upon hotel check-in and all in-room charges, telephone calls, meals, beverages, hotel upgrades, amenities, personal incidentals and any other expenses charged to the winner’s hotel room will be charged to that major valid credit card or deducted from the deposit provided. Travel is subject to terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules and those set forth by selected travel providers, availability and other material restrictions may apply. Winner must have all necessary identification and/or travel documents (e.g., a valid passport) required for travel. Sponsor is not responsible for any fees or additional charges resulting from a winner’s change to itinerary or accommodations. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitution or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air carriers, hotels or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof such as changes in services or accommodations necessitated by same. Sponsor shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage. Winner is responsible for obtaining his/her own medical and life insurance and the associated costs. All travel is subject to any and all restrictions instituted by the U.S. Department of Defense and/or Department of Homeland Security, as required.  Airline tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable and are not valid for upgrades and/or frequent flyer miles.  All airline tickets are subject to flight variation, work stoppages, and schedule or route changes.  Additional prize award details and travel information to be provided to the winner at the time of notification.  Lost, stolen or damaged airline tickets, travel vouchers or certificates will not be replaced or exchanged. 

D. STUDENT PRIZE: One (1) 64 GB Apple iPad (or equivalent, WiFi only). ARV: £500/$838USD.

E. YOUTH PRIZE: One (1) 64 GB Apple iPad (or equivalent,    WiFi only) awarded to an educational institution or community organization identified by Youth Prize Winner at the time of winner notification. NO PRIZE IS AWARDED TO THE WINNING YOUTH ENTRANT. YOUTH PRIZE IS AWARDED TO THE ORGANIZATION IDENTIFIED BY YOUTH ENTRANT. Sponsor reserves the right to request Youth Prize Winner to select  alternate school or community organization, at Sponsor’s sole discretion. ARV: £500/$838USD.

F. MOBILE PRIZE: One (1) 64 GB Apple iPad (or equivalent, WiFi only). ARV: £500/$838USD.

ALL PRIZES: On or about 1 October 2015, the potential winners will be notified via email. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of entrants.  The winners will be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release, and, where lawful, a Publicity Release within seven (7) calendar days of first notification attempt. If winner is a minor in his or her country of residence, prize will be awarded to the winner’s parent or legal guardian who will be required to complete and sign all paperwork. If winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, if any prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if any winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules and requirements, such prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to the Photo with the next highest score. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prize, but Sponsor reserves right to substitute prize with prize of equal or greater value if advertised prize is unavailable for any reason.  All unspecified expenses are the responsibility of winner.  Limit one Grand Prize or one Regional Prize per person/email address. Total ARV of all prizes: £16,650/$27,911USD. Apple, Inc. is not a sponsor of this Contest. Apple and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.


7. hold harmless and release

A. Hold Harmless.  To the maximum extent permitted by law, entrants and winners agree that Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies and advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (individually and collectively “Releasees”) will have no liability whatsoever for, and are released and shall be held harmless by entrants and winners against, any liability, for i) any losses or damage or violation of intellectual property or personal rights (such as but not limited to, copyright, trade name/trademark, and/or rights of privacy or publicity or portrayal in a false light) and ii) any losses, damage, or injury arising out of or related to the use of the prize or entry in this Contest.  

B.  General/Miscellaneous. 

  • Any waiver or non-use of any rights hereunder by Sponsor does not constitute a general waiver of any other Sponsor rights.   
  • Releasees are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or non-received Photos or e-mail, for any reason whatsoever. 
  • Any Persons who engage in unlawful activities in connection with the operation of the Contest, as solely determined by the Sponsor, will be disqualified.   
  • Neither Sponsor nor its agencies are responsible for injury or damage to entrant’s or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the Website. 
  • Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by technical or other failures, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest, and select the prize winner from Photos received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. 
  • In case of dispute, the authorized account subscriber of the e-mail account used to enter the Contest at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant, and must comply with these Official Rules.   


8. choice of law and jurisdiction

A.  Choice of Law. These Official Rules and the Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, English law.

B.  Jurisdiction. The courts of England shall have the non-exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute that may arise out of, under, or in connection with the Contest, these Official Rules, or the legal relationship established by them.


9. use of data

Sponsor will be collecting personal data about entrants online for the administration of the Contest, in accordance with its privacy policy.  Please review the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.  By participating in the Contest, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy.  Entrants also agree that if they are selected as a winner, their information may also be included in a publicly-available winner’s list. 


10. Winners list

For a list of the winners, visit the Website after 15 October 2015.

11. Sponsor

CBRE Limited., St Martin's Court,  10 Paternoster Row, London, EC4M 7HP

12. changes to the official rules

Sponsor reserves the right, at its discretion, to make changes to any part of these Official Rules. Due to its policy of updating and improving these Official Rules, Sponsor may wish to change these Official Rules. If an entrant uses this Website or chooses to participate in this Contest after Sponsor has published or notified entrant of the changes, entrants are agreeing now to be bound by those changes. If an entrant does not agree to be bound by those changes, an entrant should not use the Website or participate in the Contest.