Official Eco-Contest Rules

THIS CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. DO NOT ENTER UNLESS YOU MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND ARE LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PLAY IT SAFE, FOR ECOCONTEST AND / OR ITS SPONSORS AND PARTNERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURIES, ACCIDENTS, DAMAGES TO PERSONAL PROPERTY OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THAT MAY INCUR FROM ENTRY PHOTO OR VIDEO TAKING ACTIVITIES – BEFORE DURING AND AFTER THE PHOTO OR VIDEO TAKING.
Furthermore, EcoContest and sponsors are not responsible for any personal or property damages / injuries / loss that may occur after the winner has received the prize. (Bicycle shall be assembled by certified / professional bicycle shop personnel.) Further, entrant and its associates (peers, family members, or anyone who was involved in making / taking the photos) agrees to indemnify and hold EcoContest, sponsors, partners, its agencies and Contest Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, injuries, injury compensations, (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements) that may incur from entry photo / video taking activities – before during and after the photo taking, plus any possible social media related criticism, harassing, intimidation that may occur to the entrants. Photos depicting or describing actions or surroundings in unsafe conditions or not exemplifying responsible society / community member, in EcoContest’s sole discretion, will be disqualified. EcoContest, its sponsors and partners maintain a wholesome, family-oriented, decent, non-exploitative image for their brands. Entries must properly reflect our brands’ image. The contest is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry (19 years of age or older if a resident of AL or NE; 21 years of age or older if a resident of MS). Contest is void outside the USA and where prohibited.
OVERVIEW: Eligible individuals may enter the Contest by creating and submitting a photo / video of showing how one is helping, healing, saving the environment / earth. Images can be of the contestant, an object, or even a hand written sign, doesn’t have to selfie. Photos / videos shall be posted on contestant’s personal account from Instagram or twitter. The winners will be contacted and asked for any personal information that may be required upon selection of winners, relating to winner’s shipping address, name, email address, and proof of age at the time of entering the contest. Winners will be selected based upon fan interaction, ‘likes’ and ultimately decided by the panel of judges formed by the contest party. The Contest entry period begins at between 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on May 22, 2017 and ends at 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on October 5, 2017.  In the events of partners ending supplying prizes for any reasons, EcoContest does not bear any liability in prematurely ending the event. Also, under unexpected circumstances which disable EcoContest from continuing the event, EcoContest is not held liable for any loss or complaints made from the contestants. Visit www.envirocontest.org and follow the instructions and submit your photo / video. The EcoContest reserves the right to reject and delete the entry, as determined by EcoContest in its sole discretion. All photos . videos must adhere to the Entry Requirements and Entry Restrictions specified below. You may submit more than one Entry; however each Entry must be unique and different from any other Entry you submit. No correspondence about Entries will be entered into, nor will be acknowledged or returned. If required information is not included, Entry will be disqualified. Entries that meet the Entry Requirements, Content Requirements and Conditions of Entry specified below may be posted to the Web Site or social media sites. If you think that any Entry infringes your intellectual property rights, click here if you wish to report it: http://ecocontest.org/contact Entry Requirements:  A completed online entry form including a photo(s) / a video(s) using hashtag #EcoContest (#eco_contest for twitter). A title and description text for your Entry. Limit of 250 Characters.  An original that features how you are helping to save, heal the environment / earth.  If there is narration in yours, the narration must be your original writing, and must not infringe on third-party rights. The photo may be deleted / removed by EcoContest in EcoContest’s sole discretion. Any image / object / writing / sound recording included in a photo / video must be original: all images, objects and / sound recording or writings must not infringe on third-party rights. If EcoContest determines in its sole discretion that the images / objects / writing you have included in your photo / video is not original, or infringes on any third-party rights, or photoshoped / doctored, the EcoContest may disqualify your entry. Person(s) featured in photo(s) / video(s) should be safely positioned. EcoContest AND / OR ITS partners are not responsible for any injuries, accidents, damages to personal, property or intellectual property. Entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET on October 5, 2017. Once the entry form is completed and the Entry is uploaded, the Entry is final and may not be modified, supplemented or edited. The entry may be deleted at the contestant’s discretion at any time. Submission of an Entry is also subject to 1) Being displayed on contest website and 2) Policies and rules of Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform the contestant is using in sharing with their peers, relatives, family members. Please refer to the Terms of Service and Community Guidelines for details provided by the aforementioned social media platforms. Submissions which include a photo that fails adhere to any of the requirements set forth in these Official Rules, including the requirements set forth in this section, as well as the requirements set forth below and the requirements of the contest EcoContest Terms and Conditions for UserGenerated Content, and the requirements of the social media platform via which a photo / video is submitted or posted (if applicable), as determined by EcoContest and/or Promotion Fulfillment Center (the “Contest Administrator”), in their sole discretion, may be disqualified or deleted / removed or edited by EcoContest only as specifically provided herein (by blurring incidental third party trademarks or logos).  Entry Restrictions:  Brand Image: Our sponsors and partners maintain a wholesome, family-oriented, decent, non-exploitative image for their brands. Entries must properly reflect our brands’ image. EcoContest’s determination on brand image shall be final. Because the contest sponsor promotes the compassionate care of the environment as well as people, photos / videos depicting or describing actions or surroundings in unsafe conditions or not exemplifying responsible society / community member, in EcoContest’s sole discretion, will be disqualified. (In addition, EcoContests and partners will not be held liable for any injury or loss of properties incurred by photo / video taking and / or submitting the photos / videos for the contest) You should avoid even the “appearance” of your and / or other persons or animals and the properties or environment being in unsafe conditions in your Entry. EcoContest’s determination of what constitutes an unsafe activity or condition shall be final. No third party trademarks/logos/intellectual property. Be careful that your photo / video and/or caption doesn’t inadvertently contain another company’s trademark, logo or intellectual property because that may cause your photo / video to be disqualified. Examples to watch for: a trademark/logo on a baseball cap, sneakers or t-shirt or a trademark/logo on a pet toy. EcoContest may elect to blur incidental third party trademarks or logos in photos at its sole discretion. EcoContest(s) are not responsible for late or incomplete Entries. If a problem occurs in the online submission process or in uploading a photo, the EcoContest is not responsible or held liable. However, the responsibility to electronically complete the Entry process and upload a photo / video is the Entrant’s and neither EcoContest nor the Contest Administrator shall be responsible for any photo / video not actually received due to incomplete or improper transmission or malfunction of the contest website or the social media platform, through which the photo / video is submitted. Similarly, neither EcoContest nor Contest Administrator has any obligation to advise Entrant of an incomplete Entry or photo / video submission.
CONTENT REQUIREMENTS: Entrants may capture the photo / video themselves, or Entrants may have another person capture the photo / video. If someone other than the Entrant has captured the photo / video, the Entrant must have written permission from that person to submit the photo / video and Entrant must be able to obtain a signed release from the photographer / videographer upon the request of EcoContest. If photo / video features a person(s) or animal(s), Entrant must have permission from the individuals or the owner of each such animal to submit the photo / video. Entrant must be able to obtain a signed release from those individuals the owner of the animal(s) upon request of the EcoContest.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: Entrant warrants and represents that the photo / video: is original (photo / video may be captured by someone other than the Entrant if the Entrant obtained written permission to submit the photo / video, as set forth below); does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy, publicity rights, ownership or any other legal or moral rights of any third party; has not been entered in contests EcoContested by anyone and is suitable for public viewing. By submitting an Entry, Entrant represents that he/she owns all rights to each element of his/her Entry, including, without limitation, the copyrights in the photo / video. If someone other than the Entrant captured the photo / video, Entrant further represents that he/she has obtained an assignment of rights from the third party that captured the photo / video. EcoContest’s determination as to whether the photo / video violates the rights of any third party is final. Each Entrant irrevocably grants EcoContest and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), on an exclusive basis within the environment conservation and protection category, each element of the Entrant’s Entry, and use of the Entrant’s name, likeness, photograph (collectively, “Likeness”) / video, and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Entrant’s name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without additional compensation or approval from the Entrant or any other party. Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the EcoContest’s use of any element of the Entry, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the EcoContest for the use of any element of the Entry or Entrant’s Likeness or statements. Entrant further grants all end users of EcoContest’s Web Site (a) the ability to rate, vote, review, comment on and tag the Entry; (b) the ability to send and distribute the Entry via e-mail, instant messenger, and via social media or other electronic means.  Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold EcoContest, its agencies and Contest Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnitees due to or arising out of the use of any element of Entrant’s Entry, or the Entrant’s conduct in submitting an Entry or creating a photo / video or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violation of an individual’s right of publicity or right of privacy, or defamation. Entrant further agrees to release EcoContest from any and all claims that any advertising subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of EcoContest infringes Entrant’s rights with regard to any elements or ideas contained in any element of the Entry.  Further, entrant and its associates (peers, family members, or anyone who was involved in making / taking the photos / videos) agrees to indemnify and hold EcoContest, partners, its agencies and Contest Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, injuries, injury compensations, (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements) that may incur from entry photo taking activities – before during and after the photo taking.
SELECTION OF FINALISTS AND THE PRIZE WINNERS:  Selection of Finalists: Entries will be judged based on the following judging criteria. Each week the top 10 photos from the platform of twitter, and instagram, will be selected based on its quality and relevance to environment protection. If the number of entries exceed what is capable of the panel to examine each entry, the finalists and the winners may be randomly selected. If the condition and nature of collecting likes-data relating to entires become unfeasible in any way as determined by the EcoContest, the finalists and the winners may be randomly selected.  Originality & overall artistic impression   Audience appeal & environmental protection / conservation quality   Sense that there’s a practical and pragmatic practice being told   The finalists (“Finalists”), subject to verification, and will be notified on or about each week. Potential Finalists who entered by posting their photo / video to Instagram or twitter will be notified by a direct message from the EcoContest and such potential Finalists must then provide EcoContest with the requested contact information within 2 days of such notification by following the directions provided in the direct message or the opportunity to be a Finalist will be forfeited. Finalists’ Entries may also be posted for public voting on other social media pages operated by EcoContest during the same period, at EcoContest’s sole discretion.   PRIZES:  Furthermore, EcoContest and sponsors are not responsible for any personal or property damages / injuries / loss that may occur after the winner has received the prize.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Potential Finalists and Winners are subject to verification, including without limitation, verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Potential Finalists may become required to complete, sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release and, where lawful, Publicity Release. Each potential Finalist will also may be required to execute an Assignment of Rights, in which he/she irrevocably assigns and transfers to the EcoContest any and all rights, title and interest in each element of the Entry (including the photo and title), including, without limitation, all copyrights, and waives all moral rights in those works. All completed documents must be returned to Contract Administrator within 7 days of the date notice was sent or Finalist status will be forfeited and an alternate Finalist may be selected. Notification of Finalist or winner status must be kept confidential until the Finalists and winners are announced by EcoContest. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disqualification. All winners are solely responsible for any taxes on their respective individual prizes. No substitution of prize will be offered, except at the sole discretion of the EcoContest. Prizes are non-transferable. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, EcoContest reserves the right, at its sole discretion to cancel, modify or terminate the Contest. Further, EcoContest reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (b) violating the Official Rules; or (c) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. EcoContest reserves the right to require winners to submit to a confidential background check to confirm eligibility as a condition of awarding any prize to help ensure that the use of any such person in advertising or publicity for the Contest will not bring Contest Parties into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reflect unfavorably on the Contest as determined by EcoContest in its sole discretion. Entrants/Finalists agree that the EcoContest has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of EcoContest are final and binding. This Contest is governed by the laws of the state of Washington and by entering; Entrants/Finalists agree that all claims or disputes must be resolved exclusively in the federal or state courts in the state of Washington.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE: No liability or responsibility is assumed by EcoContest or Contest Parties resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Contest. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the EcoContest or Contest Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Contest: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site, Vine or Instagram or other social networking media, in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Contest. EcoContest and Contest Parties are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of the Web Site, facebook, twitter, Vine or Instagram is at user’s own risk. EcoContest, the Contest Parties, Vine Labs, Inc., Instagram, LLC. and YouTube, LLC (“Released Parties”) facebook, twitter are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained by user’s or any other person’s computer equipment resulting from participation in the Contest, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant releases the Released Parties (including companies providing prizes and EcoContest personnel) from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant’s participation in the Contest. By accepting a prize, winners agree that the Released Parties (including companies providing prizes, EcoContest and EcoContest personnel) shall not be liable for any loss or injury resulting from participation in the Contest, or the acceptance or use of any prize. The Released Parties are not liable in the event that any portion of the Contest or scheduled Events are cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, prize providers’ decision to withdrawal or any other condition beyond their control. Winners List: For a list of the Finalists and winners, visit www.ecocontest.org. Privacy: By submitting an Entry in this Contest, each Entrant agrees to EcoContest’s use of participant’s personal information as described in the EcoContest’s Privacy Policy.  EcoContest is based in Seattle WA. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram, Vine or YouTube, facebook, tiwtter, or any other social networking media.