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DEADLINE EXTENDED – AfricaConnect3 launches online photo contest with prizes! #iShareAC3

Have you heard? We are handing out gift baskets!

We are excited to announce that the AfricaConnect3 (AC3) Partners are launching AC3’s first Twitter photo contest I share! Started as an opportunity to build a valuable repository of user-generated images, we hope that the contest will increase awareness of the project impact on the African Research & Education community and bolster affinity with our followers!

I share! targets our partner African NRENs and fellow users of AC3-supported research and education network services. We are looking for pictures representing:


Users: We would like to give as much spotlight as possible to people. Images of users might include students, researchers and academic staff at higher education institutions and research centres connected to the NREN backbone; students using eduroam; campus network engineers and administrators at work; and any other user performing an activity or benefiting from a service provided by the NREN on AC3 support.

Events and trainingEvents and training: Pictures taken at events, training and workshops representing the audience, the presenters as well as group of participants during hands-on workshops.

Networks and infrastructureNetworks and infrastructure: Pictures of the systems, networks, and infrastructure that NRENs and their member institutions have in place, such as computer infrastructures, routers, cable systems, etc.


Submission deadline EXTENDED: 6 April 2022

The winners will be announced during WACREN2022

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #iShareAC3 to be considered in the contest!

We will select 10 winners who will be awarded each with a gift basket containing AC3 – branded merchandise. Now is your time to share your picture and be seen!

More information and details about eligibility, submission conditions and prizes in the guidelines below.

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Please read carefully the official rules of the photo contest. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to the below rules and warrants:

The I share! contest (hereinafter: contest) is open to the employees of AC3 partner NRENs and all users who are part of member Institutions. Please check with your Institution to make sure of your eligibility. Entrants must be 18 years or older and in possession of a Twitter account. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of parent or guardian. Employees of AC3 regional Research and Education networks – namely the UbuntuNet Alliance, the West and Central African Research and Education Network, and the Arab States Research and Education Network – are not eligible.

Entrants may submit an unlimited number of entries for the competition. All entries must be received by 6 April 2022 via Twitter (@AC3_News) only. Participants must use the hashtag #iShareAC3 to be considered.
Entrants in the contest must also include required information in the post, including name, affiliation, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph with the instructions that follow:

  1. Photographs must be in digital format and shared on Twitter. Only online entries will be eligible. No print submissions not submissions via email will be accepted for entry into this contest. All digital images need to be of high-quality resolution and of a minimum size of 960×540, or 1024×576 or 1280×720 (recommended) – in any case, with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Mobile photographs are exempt from this requirement but must be submitted at their highest resolution.
  2. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.
  3. The photograph must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
  4. The caption must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification.
  5. Watermarks are unacceptable.
Contest entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, genuineness, and authenticity of the content. Judging will be conducted by the AfricaConnect3 Communications team, who will select 10 winners. Winners will be announced during the week of WACREN2022 conference on the AC3 Twitter account.
<strong>Contest prizes</strong>
Every selected winner will receive a gift basket from the AC3 Partners (hereinafter: Partners) consisting of 1x branded cotton tote bag, 1x branded notepad, 1x branded mousepad, 1x branded aluminium bottle, 1x ceramic mug, and 1x AC3 sticker. The gifts are financed by the European Commission. AC3 Partners are committed to reimburse all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt upon submission of a valid invoice/receipt via email.
You retain your right to your photograph; however, by entering the Contest, you grant the Partners an irrevocable, perpetual, royal-free, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest, in any media now or hereafter known, for no additional compensation, including, but not limited to: promotion and advocacy. Any photography reproduced will include name credit. Partners may select photos for highlight on its website or display in publicly accessible contest archive, such selections will be made in the project’s sole discretion.

Entries are void if Partners determine the photograph to not be an original, or if the entries are incomplete, inaccessible or blocked, corrupted, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.


If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph as set forth in these rules. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Upon the request of the Partners, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven [7] calendar days of receipt of Sponsor’s request), a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification at any time during the contest and selection of an alternate winner.


Each entrant hereby holds harmless, release, indemnify and discharge the Partners from all liability, claims, judgments, demands, controversies, agreements, damages, actions and causes of action whatsoever, arising out of or related in any way to the contest or the conduct of the contest and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded, whether in law or in equity, no matter what the cause or nature, and entrants further waive any claims that they may state or assert against the Partners in association with the contest or any of its associated activities, or in any way related to or resulting from the contest even if such injury or claims results from or is caused by the negligence or gross negligence of the Partners, in whole or in part, due to human error or otherwise. You further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Partners from any claim arising out of your participation in the contest including, without limitation, all claims brought or asserted by any third party as a result of any injury or loss that You or they may sustain in any way associated with your participation in the contest.

Under no circumstance will the Partners be liable for any:
a) lost, late, misdirected, stolen, illegible or incomplete Submissions;
b) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, submitted Photo(s);
c) problems, failures or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players or browsers, on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing;
d) incorrect or inaccurate information, caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of the Photos and/or the Submissions. And/or;
e) injury or damage to any Participant or to any computer related to, resulting from or connection with the Contest.

If, for any reason, the contest is not capable of being conducted as anticipated, due to computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Partners, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, the Partners reserve the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest as deemed appropriate, disqualify any Participant, and/or select winners from all eligible Photos submitted prior to the termination, cancellation, modification or suspension. The Partners reserve the right to correct any typo-graphical, printing, computer programming or operating errors at any time.

<strong>Data Privacy</strong>
Entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the photo contest and any other purposes outlined in these rules. The Contest Privacy Notice can be found here.


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