Contest Rules


All Photography, art and poetry will be displayed on a web site dedicated for this competition after the submission deadline of October 1, 2012.  
  1. A profile of the artists/contributor may be included in the web site, if so desired by the contributor.
  2. Visitors to the web site will be able to comment on the work of contributors.
  3. A panel will announce winners from the top three categories at a gala evening in Ottawa. See Selection process below.
  4. With approval of the contributors, the Ottawa Fertility Centre will display artwork within the Ottawa Fertility. Centre for the next year as a means to inspire patients and reinforce the notion that they are not alone in their struggles. 
  5. With the approval of the artist/contributor, the Ottawa Fertility Centre would also like to display submissions at public venues from time to time to generate awareness of infertility and the artists.
  6. By claiming an award, claimants consent to the use of their name, artwork, and/or a photograph without compensation, in any publicity or promotion carried out by the Contest Sponsor.
  7. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify the contest at any time, if it determines that for any reason the contest cannot be run as originally planned or for any other occurrence compromising the fairness or integrity of the contest.
  8. The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, mutilated, or misdirected applications.
  9. The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork submitted for the competition and the limit of its liability shall be the registration fee.
  10. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the award for one or all categories, if less than less than 10 entries are received for an individual category. Entry fees will be returned to participants if an award is cancelled due to insufficient participation.


A small multidisciplinary panel made up of 2 patients and 3 local artists (photographer, painter, writer), has been assembled to review the submissions.  The names of the panel members will only be revealed at the finale event on October 25th.  None of the panelelists are employees of the Ottawa Fertility Centre.

The panel will review submissions between October 1 and October 8 and will select the top 10 submissions in each category.  

Seletion will not be based solely on technical or artistic skill alone, but on the sentiment conveyed through the work that is reflective of the theme and spirit of the competition - expressions of infertility.

The 10 frinalists will be highlighted on this web site by or around October 11th.   The public will be able to view and comment on submissions between October 11tha nd October 24th.  Awards will be announced at a finale event on October 25th in Ottawa.

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