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Polar Express Photo Contest


Please read the complete contest rules before entering.
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win

Photo Eligibility:

To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. Grand Canyon Railway employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes spouses, parents and children. All photos must be in color and taken during Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express Train Ride between November 10, 2017 and January 6, 2018. The photo subject must be relevant to Grand Canyon Railway’s The Polar Express.

Photo Formats:

Entries may only be digital, color images. Black and white images are not eligible. Please read the specific guidelines for submitting digital images (below).


Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

Number of Entries:

An individual may submit up to 3 photos.

Photo Subject Restrictions:

Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public Web site and for use in printed materials. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Grand Canyon Railway retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

Ownership/Use Rights:

Photographers relinquish the copyright to their photographs upon contest entry. By entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on Grand Canyon Railway and/or affiliate Web sites or printed materials, at the sole discretion of Grand Canyon Railway and without any fee or other form of compensation paid to the photographer. Photographers also agree that Grand Canyon Railway may display winning photos in a “past winners” or similar photo gallery and may make and retain copies of the photograph for archival purposes. Posted photos will be subject to Grand Canyon Railway’s Web site photo use policy (below). Entries (including non-winning entries) may be selected for display or use in Grand Canyon Railway and/or affiliate Web pages, without permission from the photographer. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to Grand Canyon Railway is contested in any manner, Grand Canyon Railway retains the discretion to disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph.


Use the submission form to the left to upload your photos. Each entry should be accompanied by your first and last name, address, and phone number. Entries must be received by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.


Digital images must be submitted by using the photo upload feature located on this page.

Panoramic photos are not eligible. Images should be at least 4” x 6” in size and submitted in JPEG format. Images must be in natural color. Black and white, sepia tone, and duotone images are not eligible.


Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the uniqueness of Grand Canyon Railway’s The Polar Express and its guests. A Grand Canyon Railway panel will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with these Official Contest Rules will be disqualified. The Grand Canyon Railway panel will include professionals in graphic design, Web site design, Web site development, marketing, and public relations.


The Grand Canyon Railway panel of judges will select 10 finalists, then all 10 photos will be posted on the Grand Canyon Railway Facebook Page where our fans will choose the Grand Prize winner and runners up. Winners will be notified via email. Winning photographs, along with the photographer’s name, city and state, and information about the photo, may be displayed on the Grand Canyon Railway or affiliate websites at any time. No financial compensation is provided to winners.

Image Modifications:

Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will not be considered.

Not Permitted:

– No borders or frames may be added to images.
– No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to images.
– Adding or replacing elements in an image is not permitted.
– Artistic filters are not permitted.

Permitted Modifications:

– Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within the specifications above.
– Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained
– Red-eye removal and spot editing
– One-step enhancement (such as “AutoFix”, “QuickFix”, “Auto Levels”, etc.)
– Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise.
– Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint.


Grand Canyon Railway is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, Grand Canyon Railway is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. Grand Canyon Railway reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice if factors beyond Grand Canyon Railway’s control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. Void where prohibited. Grand Canyon Railway is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. Grand Canyon Railway reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that Grand Canyon Railway has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.
By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Grand Canyon Railway and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. Grand Canyon Railway and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.

Grand Canyon Railway’s website photo use policy:

Permission to use the photographs is granted for the following limited uses:

– Photos may be printed from a web browser for personal, non-commercial uses.
– Photos may be downloaded/copied electronically from a web browser for personal, non-commercial uses, with the following limitations:
– Photos may not be altered in any way, including resizing or cropping.
– Photo credits to Grand Canyon Railway must be provided.
– Credit should be given as follows: “Photograph by Grand Canyon Railway. Used by permission from”

Photos may not be sold or used in any way for profit or commercial purposes, including use in commercial or professional websites or printed materials unless expressed written consent is provided by Grand Canyon Railway.

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