The Parents Cover Photo Contest and $10,000 Grand Prize Sweepstakes

Void outside the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia at the time of entry.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.?? CONTEST ENTRY/PHOTO UPLOAD IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER SWEEPSTAKES

Promotion Period: The “2012 Parents Cover” Photo Contest (the “Photo Contest”) and “$10,000 Grand Prize” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes,” and collectively with the Photo Contest, the “Promotion”) commence at 12:00:01 AM Central Time (“CT”) on April 1, 2012 and end at 8:59 PM CT on June 23, 2012 (the “Promotion Period”).??

THE PHOTO CONTEST: There are two (2) ways to enter.

  1. ??Facebook Entry: Visit Facebook.com/parentsmagazine and click the 2012 Cover Contest tab. Then, follow the directions provided to complete the registration form and upload one (1) current photo of your child between the ages of three (3) months and six (6) years as of the date of entry. You must be a parent or legal guardian of the child depicted in the photo. Photo must be recent (taken within one month of entry), taken by entrant, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Photo must be in either .jpeg or .bmp image format and cannot exceed 3 MB in size.
  2. Mobile Entry: Using a web-enabled mobile phone, visit Parents.com/cover2012 and follow the directions to complete the registration form and upload one (1) current photo of your child between the ages of three (3) months and six (6) years as of the date of entry. You must be a parent or legal guardian of the child depicted in the photo. Standard data rates may apply. Please contact your mobile phone provider for mobile phone capabilities and any applicable costs. Photo must be recent (taken within one month of entry), taken by entrant, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Photo must be in either .jpeg or .bmp image format and cannot exceed 3 MB in size.

This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Meredith Corporation, publisher of Parents magazine, and not to Facebook. The information you provide will be used to administer the Promotion and register you as a member of the Parents.com family of websites (if you are not already registered).

LIMIT: One (1) entry per household and per eligible child.  For entries of more than one eligible child in the household, the entry process must be completed separately for each child. ??Entries received in excess of the above stated limitation will be void.
PHOTO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

All entries are final upon submission. Entry materials may not contain brand names or trademarks. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject and/or disqualify any entries, subjects, or related materials that Sponsor deems to be nude, obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests or that Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any entry or related materials, request additional information and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the contest, Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule.

PHOTO CONTEST JUDGING AND WINNER SELECTION
There will be three (3) rounds of judging:
First Round - on or about July 6, 2012, twenty (20) potential Semi-finalists will be selected from among all eligible entries by qualified judges appointed by Sponsor based on the following criteria; overall appearance of the child as shown in the photo (34%), personality of child as expressed through the photo (33%) and quality of photo (33%). The twenty (20) entries receiving the highest scores will be deemed potential Semi-finalists. Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than twenty (20) Semi-finalists if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. On or about July 6, 2012, potential Semi-finalists will be notified by email and/or telephone to confirm compliance with the eligibility requirements stated herein and to submit five (5) additional non-professional photos of the child, taken between July 6, 2012, and July 11, 2012. Photos must be received via email no later than 11:59 p.m. on July 11, 2012.
Second Round - on or about July 16, 2012, a qualified panel of judges appointed by Sponsor will select nine (9) Finalists from among the twenty (20) Semi-finalists by applying the same judging criteria as used in the First Round to the five (5) additional photos submitted by each of the Semi-finalists.
If a tie occurs in either round, the entry from among the tied entries having the highest score in the criterion of overall appearance of child as shown in the photo will be deemed the Semi-finalist or Finalist in question. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects.

READER’S CHOICE PHOTO CONTEST WEEKLY WINNER AND FINALIST SELECTION
One (1) Finalist will be determined by user vote. Each week during the Promotion Period, all entries received during that week (time frame specified below) will be entered in the Parents’ Photo Faves photo viewing and voting tool.?? For each weekly voting period, one (1) weekly Readers’ Choice winner will be determined by most votes. In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the weekly Readers’ Choice winner from among the tied entries based on photogenic appeal of the child.?? Each entrant will receive an email at the start of the week to notify them that their entry is in the Photo Faves gallery and to provide a specified URL link to the entry for voting. There will be twelve (12) weekly Readers’ Choice winners. On or about July 9, 2012, the twelve (12) weekly Readers Choice winners will be entered into the Parents Facebook Voting Application. Users will be invited to vote for their favorite Readers’ Choice winning entry from July 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM C.T. to July 16, 2012 at 11:59am C.T. One vote per Facebook account per day.?? The Readers’ Choice winner with the most votes will be a Photo Contest Finalist and will travel to New York on the dates indicated with the nine (9) other Finalists selected in the Second Round of judging. In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the weekly Readers’ Choice semi-finalist from among the tied entries based on photogenic appeal of the child. VOTE COUNTS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN COUNTED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR. Votes received from any person or Facebook account in excess of the stated limitation will be void. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Readers’ Choice Photo Faves Entry and Voting Periods:
Week 1: For contest entries submitted between 4/1/2012 and 9:00 p.m. C.T. on 4/7/2012, the Photo Faves voting period begins 4/9/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 4/15/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 2: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 4/7/2012 and 4/14/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 4/16/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 4/22/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 3: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. 4/14/2012 and 4/21/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 4/23/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 4/29/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 4: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 4/21/2012 and 4/28/2012 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 4/30/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 5/6/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 5: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 4/28/2012 and 5/5/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 5/7/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 5/13/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 6: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 5/5/2012 and 5/12/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 5/14/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 5/20/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 7: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 5/12/2012 and 5/19/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 5/21/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 5/27/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 8: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. 5/19/2012 and 5/26/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 5/28/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 6/3/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 9: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 5/26/2012 and 6/2/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 6/4/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 6/10/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 10: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 6/2/2012 and 6/9/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 6/11/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 6/17/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 11: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 6/9/2012 and 6/16/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 6/18/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 6/24/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
Week 12: For contest entries submitted between 9:00:01 p.m. C.T. on 6/16/2012 and 6/23/2012 at 9:00 p.m. C.T., the Photo Faves voting period begins 6/25/2012 at 12:00 a.m. C.T. and ends 7/2/2012 at 11:59 p.m. C.T.
The ten (10) Finalists will be notified by email, mail and/or telephone on or about July 16, 2012. To be eligible as a Finalist, each Finalist and his/her child depicted in the photos will be required to travel to New York for a Parents magazine photo shoot (travel provided by Sponsor as part of Contest prize - see Photo Contest Finalist Prizing section below for details), departing on or about August 6, 2012 and returning on or about August 8, 2012. Failure to attend the photo shoot and/or travel on specified dates will result in disqualification. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify a Finalist for any reason, including without limitation, behavior of Finalist's child at the photo shoot.

Third Round - on or about October 9, 2012, qualified judges appointed by Sponsor will select one (1) Photo Contest Grand Prize winner based on appearance of child as shown in the photo(s) from the photo shoot (50%) and personality of child as expressed through the photo(s) from the photo shoot (50%). In event of a tie, the photos of the tied Finalists from the photo shoot will be re-judged according to the criteria listed above by an additional judge who will serve as the tiebreaker.

WEEKLY READERS' CHOICE PRIZING:
The twelve (12) weekly Readers' Choice winners will each receive a $250 American Express gift card. Gift cards are subject to issuer terms, conditions, and restrictions.

PHOTO CONTEST FINALIST PRIZES (10):
The ten (10) Photo Contest Finalists will each receive a photo shoot prize package, consisting of a trip package for Finalist and his/her child depicted in the entry to a Parents magazine photo shoot in August 2012, including roundtrip coach-class air transportation for Finalist and his/her child from a major U.S. airport nearest Finalist's home (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to New York, NY, approximate retail value ("ARV") $1,800.00; ground transportation between airport/hotel/photo shoot location, ARV $300.00; three (3) days and two (2) nights hotel (standard) accommodations at a hotel of Sponsor's choice (single room, double occupancy), ARV $750.00; and a daily stipend of $150.00 for three (3) days to cover food and expenses while in New York City, ARV $450.00; total ARV of each Finalist prize package: $3,300.00. Final actual value at time of booking and travel may be substantially more or less depending on point of origin and ticket availability. Some restrictions may apply. All other expenses not listed including but not limited to any additional ground transportation, luggage fees, meals, gratuities, incidentals, souvenirs, taxes, etc., are the sole responsibility of the Finalists.

PHOTO CONTEST GRAND PRIZE:
The Grand Prize winner may be featured on the cover of a future issue of Parents Magazine and, in addition to the Finalist prize package, will receive a $100 gift card. Gift card is subject to issuer restrictions. Appearance on the magazine cover is subject to Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor is not responsible for any circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill this element of the prize, which has no retail value. If it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill this element, Sponsor will have fulfilled its prize obligation by having provided the remaining elements of the prize.

SWEEPSTAKES:?? NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.?? PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES.
There are three (3) ways to enter:

  • ??All entrants who submit an eligible entry into the Photo Contest will automatically also be entered into the Sweepstakes.
  • ??To enter the Sweepstakes without submitting a Photo Contest entry, click on the Sweepstakes Entry link on the Parents Cover Contest tab at www.Facebook.com/ParentsMagazine and submit a completed online entry form.?? There is no cost to register or enter.
  • To enter the Sweepstakes without submitting a Photo Contest entry on a mobile device, click on the Sweepstakes Entry link at Parents.com/cover2012 and submit a completed online entry form.?? There is no cost to register or enter.

LIMIT:?? One (1) Sweepstakes entry per household, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void. You may only use one email address to enter this Promotion.

SWEEPSTAKES RANDOM DRAWING: On or about July 9, 2012 Sponsor will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible Sweepstakes entries received. One (1) Sweepstakes Grand Prize winner will receive a check for $10,000.?? Sweepstakes Grand Prize winner will be notified by mail, phone or email, and prize will be delivered approximately (30) days from date of winner verification.

SWEEPSTAKES ODDS of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.????

PROMOTION DETAILS:
ELIGIBILITY: This Promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older. Employees of Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Promotion and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.

CONDITIONS/WARRANTIES: Entrants agree to be bound by Official Rules and agree that if any winner fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide documentation, is found to have violated the Official Rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Entrants understand that Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this promotion and acceptance, possession and use of prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Promotion or in the announcement of the prizes. Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.
Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled, or misdirected entries, photos, or registrations; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Promotion, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Promotion-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from or use of the website. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Promotion of the Promotion is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play, or integrity of the Promotion. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to select the winners from among all eligible entries received prior to date of cancellation. The use of automated entry systems or any other conduct that impedes the integrity of the Promotion is prohibited. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules.?? The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES (AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

RELEASES: By participating in this Promotion, entrants agree to release Sponsor and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Promotion and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Promotion and/or acceptance or use of the prize.
Entrants authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise the Promotion, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner's list, if applicable, unless prohibited by law. Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above-mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Sponsor's sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation.
By submitting entry materials, entrants certify that such materials are original and created by entrant, that entrants have the necessary rights, permission and authority to submit such materials, and, if applicable, that entrants maintain a valid copyright in the materials.
By submitting entry materials, entrants acknowledge that they understand and agree that the Released Parties' use of material containing features and elements similar to or identical with those contained in entrants' entry materials does not entitle entrants to any compensation. By entering, entrants waive any right of action against the Released Parties in connection with the Released Parties' use of any material (or any part thereof), whether or not the material contains features or elements similar or identical to those contained in entrants' entry materials.

PRIVACY: Registration at parents.com is required to enter the Contest and Sweepstakes. When you register, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, complete mailing address, and email address. The information that you provide will be added to a centralized Sponsor database and you will simultaneously be registered for Sponsor's other websites as well. By entering and providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information, samples, or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor. Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes. Your email address will not be sold or rented to third parties. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor's privacy policy at www.parents.com. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Promotion, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in New York, NY; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including attorneys’ fees, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Promotion), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

GENERAL: Except where prohibited by law, Contest Finalists will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership/Liability Release, Publicity Release and License of entry photograph within three (3) days of notification or the entry with the next highest score may become an alternate winner. If Contest winner notification is returned as undeliverable, the entry with the next highest score may become an alternate winner. Subject to all U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Finalists will be issued an IRS 1099-MISC tax form in the amount of the actual prize retail value.

FINALIST/WINNER’S NAMES: Contest Finalists and grand prize winner names will be posted on parents.com on or about October 9, 2012.