Thursday, April 2, 2009


So, we know this is a little last minute, but we are just getting so excited about the upcoming World Irish Dancing Championships we've decided to have a little contest.... A photo contest!

We want you to show us the single picture that defines your World's "experience". When you think back to Philly in 2009, what will you remember? What is that one image that captures what World's means to you?

When you've got it, send it in with a title and a short caption describing what it's all about to

Please include your name and a working email address in your submission, as well as the names and email addresses of any people other than you in the photo as we will have to contact them for permission if the photo is chosen as a winner. We will only post the first initial and last name of the person who submitted the photo if it is chosen, and we can omit even that if you would prefer!

Photo entries are due APRIL 24th, and winning photos will be posted the following week here on the IHTD blog! Winners will be notified by email also, so make sure your address works :)

But what do you win?? We'll award one grand prize of a $50 (Canadian) gift certificate to spend on the IHTD website, plus free shipping for that order anywhere in the world. We'll also award at least two "runner-up" prizes of $25 (Canadian), and probably more if we get a lot of entries. If we get no entries, we will buy $50 worth of ice cream and cry ourselves to sleep wondering why nobody loves us -- no pressure to enter though LOL.

Now for the rules:

1) You don't have to be competing to enter the contest -- dance parents, siblings, teachers and spectators are all welcome to contribute! Professionally taken photos are NOT eligible (if you're just really really good with a camera, that's OK :) ).

2) Your picture doesn't need to include dancers, but it must have something about it that clearly indicates it was taken at Worlds 2009 (no photos from last year's dance school Christmas party please ;) )

3) If your photo does include people other than you as subjects, make sure to include their names and email addresses in your submission email. If your photo is chosen, we need to get permission from anyone in your photo (or their parents/guardians if they are under 18) before posting it to the blog.

4) We abide by the CLRG regulation about photos taken of dancers on stage during competition and therefore will NOT accept any photos of this type. If the photo was taken "whilst in motion" but you are practicing backstage or otherwise not competing when the photo was taken, that's fine.

Feel free to send us an email if you've got any questions, we're happy to help! And we can't wait to see your pictures :) Don't make us go buy that ice cream!

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