American Baby Cover Contest
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
The American Baby Cover Contest entry period begins at 12:00 a.m. CT on October 17, 2010, and ends December 18, 2010 (the "Entry Period"). Entries must be received by 10:59 p.m, CT, on December 18, 2010, and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa.
ENTRY: Visit www.americanbaby.com/contest and complete the registration form, then follow the links and instructions to upload up to six (6) current photos of your child between the ages of three (3) months and twenty-four (24) months 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three months of entry for children over one year of age), taken by entrant or at entrant's direction, non-professional, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award.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.
All entries are final upon submission. Photos 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.
LIMIT: One entry per eligible child per household. 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.
FAVORITE NURSERY RHYME SWEEPSTAKES: Following entry into the Contest, you will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win the Favorite Nursery Rhyme Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes"). CONTEST ENTRY IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES. To enter the Sweepstakes without entering the Contest, go to www.parents.com/babymagic and follow the instructions for Sweepstakes entry. Click here to view the Official Rules of the Sweepstakes.
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 a child 3 months-24 months of age at time of 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.
Editor's Pick Winner: - There will be three (3) rounds of judging.
First Round - on or about January 20, 2011, ten (10) 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 ten (10) Semi-finalists if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. On or about January 21, 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 January 28, 2011, at 11:59 p.m., C.T., five (5) additional non-professional photos of the child entered, taken between January 9, 2011, and January 28, 2011.
Second Round - on or about February 1, 2011, a qualified panel of judges appointed by Sponsor will select five (5) Finalists 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 five (5) Finalists will be notified by email, mail and/or telephone on or about February 2, 2011. To be eligible as a Finalist, each Finalist child and one (1) parent or guardian will be required to travel to New York for an American Baby photo shoot (travel provided by Sponsor as part of Contest prize - see Prizes section below for details), departing on or about February 15, 2011and returning on or about February 17, 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 March 25, 2011, qualified judges appointed by Sponsor will select one (1) 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.
Reader's Choice Weekly Winners: - Nine (9) weekly winners will be selected as follows:
Each entrant will receive an email to notify them that their entry has been posted in the Parents' Photo Faves gallery. Each 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). One vote per person (with a valid e-mail address) 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 photogenic appeal of the child. Voting results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor.
First Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 10/17/2010 and 10/23/2010 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 10/25/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 10/31/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Second Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 10/23/2010 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 10/30/2010 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 11/1/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 11/7/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Third Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 10/30/2010 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 11/6/2010 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 11/8/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 11/14/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Fourth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 11/6/2010 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 11/13/2010 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 11/15/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 11/21/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Fifth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 11/13/2010 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 11/20/2010 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 11/22/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 11/28/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Sixth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 11/20/2010 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 11/27/2010 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 11/29/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 12/5/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Seventh Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 11/27/2010 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 12/4/2010 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 12/6/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 12/12/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Eighth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 12/4/2010 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 12/11/2010 at 11:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 12/13/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 12/19/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Ninth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 12/11/2010 at 11:01 p.m. CT and 12/18/2010 at 10:59 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 12/20/2010 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 12/26/2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
PRIZING: The five (5) Editor's Pick Finalists will each receive a check for $1,000.00 and a photo shoot prize package, consisting of a trip package for Finalist child and one (1) parent/legal guardian to an American Baby 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. Final actual value at time of booking and travel may be substantially more or less depending on point of origin and ticket availability. 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.
The five (5) Editor's Pick Finalists will also receive a custom portrait of parent and child (portrait taken during the photo shoot described above), ARV $350.
The Grand Prize winner may also be featured on the cover of a future issue of American Baby magazine. 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 prize element, Sponsor will have fulfilled its prize obligation by having provided the photo shoot prize package. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a selection of Baby Magic products, ARV $209.00.
The nine (9) Reader's Choice Weekly Winners will each receive a check for $250.00.
Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value if prizes (or a portion thereof) cannot be awarded as described. Sponsor will determine all elements of prizing in its sole discretion. Prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Prizes are awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee express or implied by Sponsor. Sponsor disclaims all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any third party product or service accepted by the winners. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.
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 required documentation, is found to have violated 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 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, or lost 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.
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 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 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 will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership/Liability Release, Publicity Release, and License of entry photograph(s) within three (3) 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 prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Finalists will each receive an IRS 1099 tax form in the amount of the actual prize retail value. The Finalists' and Grand Prize winner's names will be posted on www.parents.com after March 30, 2011.