Parents Toys Model Search Photo Contest
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
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 prior to January 2, 2011.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
The Parents Toys Model Search entry period begins at 12:00 a.m. Central Time ("CT") on January 2, 2011 and ends at 10:59 p.m. CT on February 19, 2011 (the "Entry Period"). Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa.
ENTRY: Visit http://www.parents.com/photos/photo-contests-1/toy-packaging/ and click the button to enter. Then complete the registration form and follow the instructions to upload up to six (6) current photos of your child between the ages of three (3) months and four (4) 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three months of entry for children over one year of age), taken by entrant or at entrant's direction, non-professional, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Photos must be .jpeg or .bmp image formats and cannot exceed 3 MB.
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.
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.
ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older, who are the parent or legal guardian of the child depicted in the entry 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 Contest 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.
There will be two (2) Sponsor-chosen winners selected as follows:
First Round - On or about February 28, 2011, ten (10) Semi-finalists will be selected from among all eligible entries by qualified judges selected 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 aesthetic and technical quality of photo(s) (33%). Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than ten (10) Semi-finalists if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. 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 March 4, 2011, at 11:59 p.m., CT, five (5) additional non-professional photos of the child entered, taken between February 1, 2011, and March 4, 2011.
Second Round - On or about March 8, 2011, qualified judges selected by Sponsor will select two (2) winners from among the ten (10) 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.
The two (2) winners will be notified by email, mail and/or telephone on or about March 8, 2011. To be eligible as a Winner, each Winner child and one (1) parent or guardian will be required to travel to Des Moines, IA, for a Parents Toys Model Search photo shoot (travel provided by Sponsor as part of Contest prize, see Prizes section below for details), departing on or about March 28, 2011 and returning on or about March 30, 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 Winner for any reason, including without limitation, behavior of Winner's child at the photo shoot.
There will be six (6) Readers' Choice winners selected as follows:
Each entrant will receive an email to notify them that their entry has been posted in the Parents Photo Faves gallery, which email will include a link to vote for the entry by way of a specified URL. Entrants will be invited to share the voting link with others, so that they may vote for the entry.
During the voting periods specified below, entries will be displayed in the Parents Photo Faves gallery, and visitors to the site will be invited to vote for their favorite entry based on overall appearance of the child as shown in the photo(s), adherence to theme as expressed through the photo(s), and quality of photo(s). Limit: one vote per computer, per photo, per day.
For each voting period, one (1) winner will be determined by highest number of votes received. In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the winner from among the tied entries based on the uniqueness and aesthetic quality of the photograph.
Voting results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor.
First Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 1/2/2011 and 1/8/2011 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 1/10/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 1/16/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Second Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 1/8/2011 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 1/15/2011 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 1/17/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 1/23/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Third Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 1/15/2011 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 1/22/2011 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 1/24/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 1/30/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Fourth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 1/22/2011 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 1/29/2011 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 1/31/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 2/6/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Fifth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 1/29/2011 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 2/5/2011 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 2/7/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 2/13/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Sixth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 2/5/2011 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 2/12/2011 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 2/14/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 2/20/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Seventh Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 2/12/2011 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 2/19/2011 at 10:59 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 2/21/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 2/27/2011 at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Sponsor-selected Winners: The two (2) Sponsor-selected Winners will each receive a check for $500.00 along with a photo shoot prize package consisting of a trip package for Winner child and one (1) parent/legal guardian to a Parents Toys Model Search photo shoot, including roundtrip coach-class air transportation for one (1) adult and one (1) child from a major U.S. airport nearest Winner's home (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Des Moines, IA, approximate retail value ("ARV") $2,000; three (3) days and two (2) nights hotel (standard) accommodations at a hotel of Sponsor's choice (single room, double occupancy), ARV $400; and a daily stipend of $100 for food and expenses while in Des Moines, ARV $300; total ARV of photo shoot prize package: $2,700.00. 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 Winners. Ground transportation to and from airport, hotel and photo shoot will be provided by Sponsor.
Winners may also be featured on Parents Toys packaging beginning on or around July 1, 2011. Appearance on the packaging 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 photo shoot prize package.
Readers' Choice Winners: The six (6) Readers' Choice winners will each receive a Parents Toy package, approximate retail value $100.00.
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 with the next highest score. 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 contest or in the announcement of the prize. 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, online, or e-mail 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 contest. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to select winner(s) 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 contest 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 contest 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 contest 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 contest, 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.
VOTE COUNTS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN COUNTED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR.
Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Except where prohibited, by participating Contest entrants agree that: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants 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 Contest, 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 Contest, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, 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 Contest 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, potential winners may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership/Liability Release, Publicity Release and License of Pre-Existing Work within ten (10) days of notification or the entry with the next highest score may become an alternate winner. If 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. Taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of winner. Sponsor-selected Winners will be issued an IRS 1099 tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein. Winners' names will be posted on www.parents.com after July 1, 2011.