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OFFICIAL RULES

The “2011 Parents Cover” Photo Contest and “$10,000 Grand Prize” Sweepstakes

Void outside the 50 United States 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, with Internet access and photo uploading capability, if applicable, prior to April 3, 2011.

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

 

Promotion Period: The “2011 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 Daylight Time (“CDT”) on April 3, 2011 and end at 9:00 PM CDT on June 25, 2011(the “Promotion Period”). 

  1. THE PHOTO CONTEST: There are two (2) ways to enter
  2.  Parents.com Entry: Visit www. parents.com/covercontest and complete the registration form, then follow the links and instructions to upload one (1) album of up to six (6) current photos of your child between the ages of three (3) months and six (6) years as of the date of entry. Photos must be recent (taken within one month of entry for children under one year of age, and within three months of entry for children over one year of age), taken by entrant, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award.  Photos must be .jpeg or .bmp image formats and cannot exceed 3 MB.  

 

  1.  Facebook Entry: Visit Facebook.com/ParentsMagazine and click the Parents Cover Contest tab. Complete the registration form and upload (1) album of up to six (6) current photos of your child between the ages of three (3) months and six (6) years as of the date of entry. Photos must be recent (taken within one month of entry for children under one year of age, and within three months of entry for children over one year of age), taken by entrant, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award.  Photos must be .jpeg or .bmp image formats and cannot exceed 3 MB.  

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.
LIMIT:  One entry per household per eligible child.  For entries of more than one eligible child in the household, the entry process must be completed separately for each child. No group entries.  Any attempt by an entrant, or any other person, to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods may result in disqualification by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
PHOTO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Entry materials may not contain brand names or trademarks.  All entries are final upon submission.  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 9, 2011, twenty (20) Semi-finalists will be selected from among all eligible entries by qualified judges appointed by Sponsor based on overall appearance of the child as shown in the photo(s) (34%), personality of child as expressed through the photo(s) (33%) and quality of photo(s) (33%).  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 9, 2011, potential Semi-finalists will be notified by email and/or telephone to confirm compliance with eligibility requirements and to submit by email, on or before July 14, 2011, at 11:59 p.m., CDT, five (5) additional non-professional photos of the child, taken between July 9, 2011, and July 14, 2011.
Second Round - on or about July 22, 2011, 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 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 will be deemed a semi-finalist or finalist.  Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects. 
READERS CHOICE WINNER SELECTION

One (1) Photo Contest 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 7, 2011, the twelve (12) weekly Readers Choice winners will be entered into the Parents Voting Application. Users will be invited to vote for their favorite Readers’ Choice winning entry from July 7, 2011 at 8AM CDT to July 14, 2011 at 11:59PM CDT. One vote per computer 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) Parents Cover Contest 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.

 

Readers Choice Photo Faves Entry and Voting Periods:


WK 1 entry period begins 4/3-4/9 9:00 p.m. CDT
WK 1 photo faves voting begins 4/11 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 4/17 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 2 entry period begins 4/9 9:01 p.m. CDT and ends 4/16 9:00 p.m. CDT

WK 2 photo faves voting begins 4/18 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 4/24 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 3 entry period runs 4/16 9:01 p.m. CDT to 4/23 9:00 p.m. CDT

WK 3 photo faves voting begins 4/25 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 5/1 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 4 entry period runs 4/23 9:01 p.m. CDT to 4/30 9:00 p.m. CDT
WK 4 photo faves voting begins 5/2 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 5/8 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 5 entry period runs 4/30 9:01 p.m. CDT to 5/7 9:00 p.m. CDT

WK 5 photo faves voting begins 5/9 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 5/15 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 6 entry period runs 5/7 9:01 p.m. CDT to 5/14 9:00 p.m. CDT

WK 6 photo faves voting begins 5/16 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 5/22 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 7 entry period runs 5/14 9:01 p.m. CDT to 5/21 9:00 p.m. CDT

WK 7 photo faves voting begins 5/23 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 5/29 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 8 entry period runs 5/21 9:01 p.m. CDT to 5/28 9:00 p.m. CDT

WK 8 photo faves voting begins 5/30 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 6/5 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 9 entry period runs 5/28 9:01 p.m. CDT to 6/4 9:00 p.m. CDT

WK 9 photo faves voting begins 6/6 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 6/12 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 10 entry period runs 6/4 9:01 p.m. CDT to 6/11 9:00 p.m. CDT

WK 10 photo faves voting begins 6/13 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 6/19 11:59 p.m. CDT

WK 11 entry period runs 6/11 9:01 p.m. CDT to 6/18 9:00 p.m. CDT
WK 11 photo faves voting begins 6/20 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 6/26 11:59 p.m. CDT
WK 12 entry period runs 6/18 9:01 p.m. CDT to 6/25 9:00 p.m. CDT
WK 12 photo faves voting begins 6/27 12:00 a.m. CDT ends 7/3 11:59 p.m. CDT

 

The ten (10) Photo Contest Finalists will be notified by email, mail and/or telephone on or about July 22, 2011. To be eligible as a Photo Contest Finalist, each Photo Contest Finalist child and one (1) parent or guardian 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 9, 2011 and returning on or about August 11, 2011.  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 September 10, 2011, 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.

PHOTO CONTEST WEEKLY PRIZING:
The twelve (12) weekly Reader’s Choice winners will each receive a $250 gift card.  Gift cards are subject to issuer restrictions. 

PHOTO CONTEST FINALIST PRIZING:
The ten (10) Photo Contest Finalists will each receive a photo shoot prize package, consisting of a trip package for Finalist child and one (1) parent/legal guardian to a Parents Magazine photo shoot, including roundtrip coach-class air transportation for one (1) adult and one (1) 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; 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 food and expenses while in New York City, RV $450; total ARV of photo shoot 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 additional meals, gratuities, incidentals, 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 andwill 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.  This element of the prize has no retail value, and 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. 

  1. SWEEPSTAKES:  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES.

There are two ways to enter:

  1.  All entrants who submit an eligible entry into the Photo Contest will automatically also be entered into the Sweepstakes.

 

  1.  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 or at www.parents.com/covercontest, and submit a completed online entry form.  There is no cost to register or enter.

LIMIT:  One Sweepstakes entry per household, regardless of method of entry.
On or about July 9, 2011 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. 
SWEEPSAKES ODDS of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.  

PROMOTION DETAILS:
 
ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter, except employees of Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Promotion and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries and members of their immediate families or household members. “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. 

Sponsor assumes no responsibility for entries it is unable to process due to network, hardware or other technical failures; or any other reason, or incomplete, damaged, misdirected or lost online entries.  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 if not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or integrity of the Promotion.  In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to select 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 holder of an established e-mail account associated with the entry.

RELEASES:  By participating in this Promotion and accepting any prize that they may win, entrants agree to release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and 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, 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 for Sponsor’s parents.com website is required to enter the Contest and the Sweepstakes.  When you register, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, mailing address, and email address.  The information that you provide will be added to a centralized Sponsor database so that 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.  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.

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION:  Except where prohibited, by participating, Promotion entrants agree that:  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant(s) and Sponsor and its agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Promotion, or awarding of the prizes, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the State of New York and entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Promotion, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or awarding of the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Promotion but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.

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 (if applicable) within three (3) days of notification or the entry with the next highest score may become an alternate winner. Except where prohibited by law, Sweepstakes winner will be required to complete/return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of notification or an alternate winner may be selected by random drawing.  If Contest winner notification is returned as undeliverable, the entry with the next highest score may become an alternate winner.  If Sweepstakes winner notification is returned as undeliverable, an alternate winner will be selected by random drawing.  Subject to all U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations.  Void where prohibited.  Taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of winners.  Winners will be issued an IRS 1099 tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein. Contest finalists, grand prize winner and sweepstakes winner names will be posted on parents.com on or after October 1, 2011.