The Parking Professional Photo Contest

The Parking Professional invites readers to submit entries to its third annual Parking Photo Contest.  You must read the rules and terms before submitting any photos!

The Parking Professional Photo Contest is open to all amateur photographers at least 18 years of age, except employees of the International Parking Institute (IPI) and Green Parking Council (GPC) and their immediate family members. The contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply to participation in the Contest. Void where prohibited by law.


We are looking for digital photographs in the following categories:

  • Best overall/Best in Show
  • Beautiful
  • Funny
  • People in Parking
  • Structure/Lot
  • Nature
  • Most Offbeat or Unusual

This contest is open to amateur photographers only. Professional photography (photographs by those who count more than 50 percent of their income from photography) will be disqualified.

You may only submit photos you have taken. You may not submit photos taken by others, commissioned by you or your company, or given to you.

Your images may be taken anywhere in the world.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to IPI upon request. Entrants must not submit images that cause damage to the environment by the photographer, put any individual or animal in danger, or infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include the subject of the image (people and facilities), the location where the image was taken, and the name of the photographer(s).


Please note that the entry process has changed!

Each photo must be submitted electronically via email to

  • Please send each photo you enter in a separate email. Attach the original photo at its original/largest size.
  • Use the category of each photo for the email subject line (funny, nature, beautiful, people, etc.). All photos will be entered into the best in show category.
  • In the body of the email, include your name, title, company, email address, and phone number, along with a sentence about where and when the photo was taken.

IPI is not responsible for any issues or problems encountered while trying to enter a photo.

No correspondence about entries will be entered into, nor will entries be acknowledged or returned. If all required information is not included, the entry will be disqualified. IPI will not acknowledge why an entry has been disqualified. IPI is not responsible for late or incomplete entries.


To ensure eligibility for the contest, all entries must have a resolution of 5 million pixels or greater (5 megapixels) to be made available upon request (photos taken with most newer smartphones should comply). Resolution can be calculated by multiplying the pixel width of the image with the pixel height. For example, a photograph taken with a 6-megapixel camera set for the highest resolution and best quality produces images approximately 2832 pixels by 2128 pixels, which are acceptable under the rules (2832 x 2128 = 6 million).

Entries may originate in any format, including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints-so long as they are submitted electronically. Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see "Your Rights" below).

Watermarked photos will not be eligible for this competition.

Professionally-taken, purchased, commissioned, or third-party photographs are not eligible for this competition. You may only enter photos you have taken yourself.

Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The judges are a panel of IPI members and employees, and photography/graphics professionals.

IPI shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.


Online entries can be uploaded starting 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on September 1, 2014. Deadline for submitting entries is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on December 15, 2014.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submissions (such as a paragraph about their photo, the highest resolution version of their photo, or a watermark-free version of their photo) at any time. Winners will be announced on or before February 1, 2015.

IPI reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.


Winning photos in each category will be published in an upcoming issue of The Parking Professional. The Best in Show winning photo will be published on the cover of a future issue of The Parking Professional. Other photos may be published, online and in traditional print, at the discretion of The Parking Professional staff.


By entering this contest, you grant IPI a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the photograph on the internet.
  • Use the photograph in printed and electronic communications.
  • Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for non-commercial use, IPI-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, and the like.
  • Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  • Keep the files provided, and to archive the images on disk or in other electronic forms, so that your photos can be used and properly credited.

As conditions of this permission, IPI shall credit all photographs with the name of the photographer when the full name is available.


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to Kim Fernandez at