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New Jersey, a third world country?

Terry Lyons , Nov 27, 2010; 10:25 a.m.

Entry for the 2010 National Geographic photo contest ends Nov. 30. I decided to enter at the last minute but after filling out the entry form I was denied. Seems there's a line in the the terms and conditions that reads:


So I live in New Jersey. What a bummer! Why is Arizona, New Jersey and Vermont on the list?


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Peter Mounier , Nov 27, 2010; 10:42 a.m.

Seems there's a line in the faqs that reads:

"Why are Arizona, New Jersey, and Vermont not allowed to participate this year?
Those states do not allow operation of a skill contest that requires an entry fee."


Craig Dickson , Nov 27, 2010; 10:47 a.m.

I believe Peter is correct. Google turns up discussions on other sites in which the same answer comes up.

Matt Laur , Nov 27, 2010; 10:47 a.m.

Yup, that's it. Some states allow you to pay to enter a contest, as long as everyone has the same chance of winning a prize ... or, they allow prizes to be based on skill ... but not both.

As for New Jersey being a third world country? Depends. What exit?

JDM von Weinberg , Nov 27, 2010; 10:57 a.m.

Perhaps interestingly, Vermont actually was an independent republic for a period after the Revolution. Joined the US of A in 1791.
I hadn't heard of any freedom fighters or liberation movement in New Jersey however.

ross b , Nov 27, 2010; 10:58 a.m.

I heard there has been reported an infestation of Leica M3 photographers in those areas. It's been over 50 years since their last upgrade and it cannot be tolerated.

Derek Kennedy , Nov 27, 2010; 11:35 a.m.

Not sure what the laws are in Quebec but every time I see some sort of Canada wide contest, void in Quebec.

Mark Drutz , Nov 27, 2010; 11:52 a.m.

Most New Yorkers do consider New Jersey to be a third world country. Actually it's a very nice state. They call it the Garden State because large parts of it smell like fertilizer.

Simon Jenkins , Nov 27, 2010; 12:50 p.m.

New Jersey is the American equivalent to the UK's Essex in so many ways, well in that generalised TV kind of way.

Terry Lyons , Nov 27, 2010; 01:20 p.m.

"Those states do not allow operation of a skill contest that requires an entry fee."

I enter several 'Call for Entry' juried shows held around the country every year that charge a fee per image entered. With each one, I fill out an entry form which lists my home state of New Jersey. Are these contests breaking the law?

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