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Admissions Photo Contest

As we see daily in the Bloomberg School, public health covers a broad spectrum of disciplines. Admission Services wants to know . . .

What does public health mean to you?

Answer this question with a winning photo and your image will appear on the cover of our 2014-2015 Academic Prospectus!  We’ll even treat you to a cup of coffee—or about twelve—with a $25 gift certificate to the Daily Grind.

The Academic Prospectus is Admissions’ main recruiting tool. We use it to explain public health, and specifically public health at the Bloomberg School, to prospective students around the world. We print about 7500 copies and post a pdf of the book on the web.

Help us by sharing your images!

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A winner will be announced by March 22, 2013!

Official Rules

These rules govern your participation in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Admissions Services Photo Contest (Contest). Participation in the Contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules:

Entry Period

You may enter the Contest from February 1 – March 1, 2013 (Contest Period). The Contest is sponsored and run by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Admissions Services at 615 North Wolfe Street, Suite E1002, Baltimore, MD 21205 USA.


The Contest is open to students, alumni, faculty and staff of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (the School), anyone with a email address.

Admissions is not responsible for late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible or unintelligible entries. Incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries are not eligible.

The Contest allows five (5) photos per entrant, and Admissions will treat the person who holds the email address of an eligible photo submission as the contest entrant.

To be eligible an entrant must be the sole author and copyright owner of the photo. Any materials that infringe on the rights of any third party (i.e., materials used without express permission of the copyright owner) may not be used.

How to Enter

Admissions Services is asking you to help promote the School and its mission. The entry requirements are as follows:

  1. Take a photo that represents what public health means to you.
  2. Email your photo from your email address to  
  3. Include your name and phone number (in case we’re unable to reach you by email) in your message.
  4. Specify where the photograph was taken and supply a caption that describes how the photo illustrates what public health means.

If you submit a photo that does not comply with the rules stated on this page, your entry will automatically be disqualified. Admissions reserves the right to disqualify any entry that violates these rules and any terms, conditions or policies.

Format of Entries

Entries must be submitted in JPEG format. If the image size is less than 1024x768, to be eligible as a winner the entrant must have a high resolution version available on request.

Use of Photos

By submitting a photo as part of the Contest, you agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license for full and unrestricted use of that photo to Admissions Services. Admissions reserves the right to evaluate each entry's eligibility under the rules as well as for compliance with the U.S. Copyright Act and any and all other applicable laws.

By submitting an entry you are representing and warranting that the subject in your entry is authorized to be photographed and included on the School's website, in publications promoting the School and its mission.

Admissions reserves the right to crop your photograph for editorial use.

Contest participants understand that when the contest is over, their entries may be selected for inclusion in the Bloomberg School’s photograph collection and may be used for educational and recruitment use promoting health and development.

The School’s photography collection falls under the category of editorial photography. Unlike commercial photography — which is usually obtained for promotional purposes through contracts with professional photographers and stock agencies — editorial photography calls for a journalistic approach to taking and using photos. In other words, editorial photography is intended for objective, accurate representation or illustration of a real situation, subject or physical location.

The images added to the School’s photo collection through this contest are strictly for non-profit, educational use promoting public health under the principles of editorial photography. They may be used to portray the people, stories and issues related to public health. We expect entrants to respect human photo subjects and take into consideration whether photo subjects may experience negative consequences of having their photo used. The value and importance of using a photograph should always be weighed against regard for the photographic subjects' reputation, privacy and integrity.


The winning entries will be selected by Admissions Services staff, as determined by highest overall grading score from all eligible entries received during the judging period according to the following criteria:

All voting decisions are final. Admissions reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is, in Admissions discretion, inappropriate, offensive or demeaning to the School's reputation or goodwill, or contrary to the School's mission or these rules.  Admissions reserves the right to not select a winner if all submitted photo entries do not meet the overall expectations of the contest.   

A winning photo will be chosen by March 22, 2013. Once the winner is chosen, we will notify the winning entrants via email and the contact information provided. If a winner fails to respond within 7 days of the date of the notification, that winner will be disqualified and the next highest scoring photo will be selected as an alternate winner and notified according to this procedure. If a winner fails to submit a high resolution version of their winning photo within 7 days, that winner will be disqualified and the next highest scoring photo will be selected as an alternate winner and notified according to this procedure.

General Terms and Conditions

By participating, entrants agree that the parties are not responsible or liable for, and are released and held harmless from: (i) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (ii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of School that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted, including without limitation the functioning or lack thereof of the email address; (iii) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest; (iv) any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in the Contest or acceptance of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Admissions reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel Contest at any time if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper conduct of the Contest. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these rules, or the rights and obligations of participant in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland.


By entering into this Contest you consent to the use of your name as set out in the School's Privacy Policy, available at, regarding use of all material entered and/or submitted for this Contest. Please note that as a condition of submitting a photo to this contest, you may be required to agree to and comply with the School's privacy policy.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Compliance

Johns Hopkins University complies with the provisions of the DMCA. As such, a Designated Agent has been established with proper documentation sent to the U.S. Copyright Office. If you have a concern regarding the use of copyrighted material on a site please contact the agent designated to respond to reports alleging copyright infringement.