This promotion (“The Bond Contest") is sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers ("HarperCollins"), 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York, 10022.
NO PURCHASE, DONATION, OR OBLIGATION OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO WIN. A purchase or donation will not increase your odds of winning. Odds of winning depend upon the nature, quality and number of eligible entries. You have not yet won. To enter, go to www.thebondcontest.com (the "Website"), complete the registration form and submit your photo.
•Photo should feature you and an animal with which you share a special bond
•Each entry must be accompanied by a caption not exceeding 70 words describing this bond
•You must be the parent or legal guardian of any child that appears in the photo
•Images must be good quality/crisp/clear
Regardless of the kind of pet you live with, we know he or she is your best friend. We also acknowledge and appreciate that you may have a pet who—although not included in the eligible pet list below—was rescued or rehabilitated. However, out of concern for wild animals who are either captured from the wild or bred in captivity, The Bond Pet Photo Contest is limited to the following pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, burros, donkeys, mules, miniature horses, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets, mice, rats, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, canaries, budgies, cockatiels, zebra finches, society finches, lovebirds, and freshwater aquarium fish.
Additionally, photos containing imagery inconsistent with these guidelines, or include hunting imagery, pregnant or unaltered animals, or animals that appear unhealthy, neglected, homeless, or in danger may be deemed ineligible.
If your entry is rejected, it will be removed from the contest and we'll notify you by email. Any votes your photo received before being removed from the contest will be disqualified.
Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller and must be in GIF, PNG, JPEG or JPG format. You will also be required to submit a title and caption with your photo.
Maximum number of entries per registered user: 5
By entering the Contest, you warrant that your entry is original, that you are the sole owner and copyright holder of your entry, and that you have not granted exclusive rights to all or part of your entry to any other person or entity. You also warrant that your entry does not invade the right of privacy of any individual; does not infringe any trademark, trade name, trade secret, intellectual property right, or other common law or statutory right; nor does it contain any material that might be deemed offensive or obscene, or that otherwise violates any criminal prohibition or the personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity.
NOTE that the photos posted on the Website will not be encrypted in any manner. While visitors cannot manipulate the photo as posted on the Website, visitors can copy, modify and distribute the photos without HarperCollins’s consent or approval.
The Contest is open to all legal residents of the United States, 18 years of age and older by 3/1/2011, excluding employees and immediate family members of HarperCollins and The Humane Society of the United States (“The HSUS”), and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, advertising, promotional and fulfillment agents, attorneys, and other representatives and the persons with whom each of the above are domiciled. Offer void outside the United States and wherever prohibited or restricted by law.
Each entrant in the Contest must be the rightful owner or have authorized use of the e-mail account indicated by the entrant's e-mail address. In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of the winner submitting an entry, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account is opened. The e-mail account must be opened prior to 9:00 a.m. (ET) on 3/1/2011.
The Contest will commence on 3/1/2011 (9 a.m. ET). The last entry will be accepted on 4/4/2011 (5:00 p.m. ET). During this time period, registered users will be able to vote for photos. Users may vote for a photo once a day. Entrants may not vote for their own photos.
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS
Judging will be done in two rounds. The first round will be determined by public voting on www.thebondcontest.com. The second round will be determined by a panel of HarperCollins employees.
ROUND ONE (Public Voting): Public voting will begin on 3/1/2011 (9 a.m. ET) and end on 4/4/2011 (5:00 p.m. ET). Registered users will vote for the photo submissions that best represent the bond between humans and animals. Users may vote for a photo twice per day. The 20 photos with the most votes will be deemed "Finalists" and will move on to round two. In the event that there are less than 20 Submissions, all Submissions will move to round two.
For purposes of the Contest, a "vote" means a vote cast on the Website, by a "unique voter". A "unique voter" is an individual person (a) who has registered on the Website and (b) with unique registration information (i.e., email address) that is not duplicative of another voter. A unique voter may vote no more than once each day for a unique photograph. If HarperCollins determines, in its sole discretion, that an abuse of the "unique voter" rule has occurred, HarperCollins may disqualify votes cast by such voters or contestants, including if more than 5 of such voters or contestants registered from the same computer "IP address".
In the event of a tie, a panel of judges who are HarperCollins Publishers employees will determine the finalist based on the overall presentation of the tied entries. Judges' decisions are final, binding and conclusive on all matters related to the Contest.
ROUND TWO (Final Judging): Finalist Submissions will be judged by a panel of HarperCollins employees on the basis of: subject matter of the photo relevant to the theme of the bond between humans and animals and emotional impact of the overall photo, with each criterion receiving equal weight. In the event of a tie, a panel of judges who are HarperCollins employees will determine the winners based on the overall presentation of the tied entries. Judges' decisions are final, binding and conclusive on all matters related to the Contest.
Winners will be chosen on or about 4/06/2011. All potential winners will be notified by e-mail. Potential winners may be required to sign and return to HarperCollins an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability (the "Affidavit"), and, if the Affidavit is not returned within 14 days of notification, the potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize, and an alternate potential winner will be chosen.
One grand prize winner’s photo will be featured on The Humane Society of the United States website (the “Society Website”). Additionally, the grand prize winner will have $1000 donated to the HSUS Shelter Partner of the winner’s choice, in their name. The grand prize winner will also received a personalized copy of The Bond (Approximate retail value: $ 26.99).
Five runner-up winners will receive one (1) personalized copy of The Bond (Approximate retail value of all prizes: $134.95).
Only one prize will be awarded per individual, family, or household. All prizes are non-transferable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. HarperCollins may substitute a cash payment of equal or greater value for the runner up prizes. Any federal, state, local, or provincial taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
By participating, entrants signify their acceptance of the Official Rules and decisions of the judges, which will be final in all respects, and to waive any claim with respect to ambiguity of the Official rules. By participating, Entrants grant to HarperCollins and The HSUS a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to (i) publish the photos on the Website and The HSUS’s website (www.humanesociety.org), and (iii) to use the Entrant's first name and address (limited to City and State) for purposes of advertising and promotion on the Website, (Website and The HSUS’s website (www.humanesociety.org). ii) to use their child's likeness and first name and address (limited to City and State) for purposes of advertising and promotion on the Society Website..
HarperCollins reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend this Contest should a virus, bug, computer problem or other causes beyond its control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Contest. HarperCollins may prohibit you from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that you are attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking or employing other unfair practices or by abusing other entrants or the representatives of HarperCollins.
ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND, IN SUCH EVENT, HARPERCOLLINS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURSUE THEIR REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING COSTS AND ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.
Any dispute arising from the Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of laws principles, and the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the State and Federal Courts located in the State and County of New York over them and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.
For the names of prize winners, e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org after 4/05/2011 or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Online Marketing, The Bond Contest, c/o HarperCollins Publishers 10 E. 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. All requests for a list of winners must be received by 9/01/2011.
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