PHOTO CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES:
1. WHO CAN ENTER:
Open only to Entrants who are natural persons 18 years of age or older and legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited or restricted by law or regulation. Affiliates of Orange County Reef Aquatics (OCReef) ("Sponsor"), including OCReef employees, their immediate families and household members; agents, subsidiaries, divisions, distributors, and advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible.
2. HOW TO ENTER:
Make sure to fully read and understand all Photo Contest Rules and proceed to enter by completing our online submission form and uploading your photograph for one or more of the six (6) separate Photo Categories described in Section 3. The contest begins at 12;00:01 a.m. on November 1, 2008 PDT. Each subsequent monthly contest begins on the first day of each month at 12:00:00 a.m., and ends the last day of each month at 11:59:59 p.m. You may only submit one (1) photo per month for each of the six (6) contest categories, for a maximum of six (6) entries per month. Submissions will be entered into the monthly contest active on the date the submission is received by Sponsor. All non-winning entries will automatically be entered in subsequent monthly contests, until termination of the Photo Contest program. Therefore, each photograph can only be submitted once per Photo Category. Ineligible, illegible, incomplete, or repeat submissions are void and will not be considered. Submitted photographs become the property of Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost or damaged photos or delays in delivery.
3. CONTEST PHOTO CATEGORIES:
The contest is for the best photograph in any one of the following six (6) separate categories:
- Reef Fish / Tank
- Saltwater Fish / Tank
- Freshwater Fish / Tank
- Clown Fish / Tank
- Brackish Fish / Tank
- Pond (Man-made pond or other personal water feature at Entrantís address)
4. PHOTO FORMAT RESTRICTIONS:
All photos must be in color, rectangular, and taken within the last year. Images submitted online should be in .jpeg file format only, no larger than 3 MB. You may only submit photos which you yourself have taken, and of which you are the sole owner of any copyright or other property or privacy rights. Submissions of photographs taken by someone other than you yourself are void. Minor digital enhancements to photographs are permitted, but photographs or images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified. Modifications expressly prohibited include: borders or frames; watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices; adding or replacing elements in an image; and artistic filters. Modifications that are allowed include: cropping and rotation as necessary, as long as a rectangular format is maintained; resizing as long as the aspect ratio is maintained; red-eye removal and spot editing; use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint.
5. JUDGING CRITERIA AND SELECTION OF WINNERS:
Submissions will be judged on the basis of creativity, uniqueness, quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or character of the subject. Judging will be conducted by panels of judges selected by Sponsor, at Sponsorís sole discretion, for each monthly contest winner. All decisions by the judges will be final, including determinations of whether a photo falls within one of the Photo Categories for approval. Judges will select one (1) winner per month, from among all categories. Selections will be made within fifteen (15) days of the end of each contest month. Winners are eligible for only one prize per 6-month period, or at the discretion of Sponsor.
Monthly winner will receive prize stated on photo contest homepage. All awards are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Gift Certificates are valid for 12 months from date of issuance, unless expiration is otherwise prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion if the designated prize is unavailable or inappropriate for any reason.
By entering the contest, Entrants: 1) acknowledge compliance with these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements and copyright ownership of submitted photographs; 2) agree to be bound by the winner selections of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects; 3) agree that Sponsor has sole discretion to resolve any dispute as it sees fit; and 4) agree that neither you nor your heirs, successors or assigns will assert any claim relating to damages, losses or injuries against Sponsor, or its agents, distributors, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, attorneys, printers and advertising and promotion agencies. All entry information becomes the property of Sponsor. Entrants retain the copyright to their photographs; however, by entering the contest, Entrants grant Sponsor a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to display any submitted photographs, Entrant name and pet name on Sponsor website, in Sponsor product catalogs, on Sponsors website, and within Sponsor advertising and promotions without any fee or other form of compensation or without written consent. Sponsor may make and retain copies of any submitted photograph for contest and archival purposes. If the ownership of any photograph or rights to a submitted photograph is contested in any manner, Sponsor retains the right to disqualify the entry and discontinue use of the photograph. This contest is subject to U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Sponsor, or its agents, distributors, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, attorneys and advertising and promotion agencies 1) makes no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind concerning any prize; 2) disclaims any implied warranty; and 3) is not in any way responsible or liable for damage, loss or injury resulting from altered, late, lost, damaged, misdirected, mutilated, illegible or incomplete entries, or human, telephone, computer, online, or technical malfunctions, failures or difficulties (including busy lines and disconnections) of any kind, or acceptance and use of a prize in connection with such prize. Winner assumes liability for injuries caused or claimed to be caused by participating in the contest, or by the acceptance, possession or use of any prize.
No correspondence will be entered into by Sponsor. Any tax due on the prize is the sole responsibility of the winner. Sponsor reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of all winners. To be confirmed as a Contest Winner, each selected winner must first complete and return within ten (10) days of receipt from Sponsor 1) an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release ("Affidavit") and return them, notarized, and 2) all taxation forms required by Sponsor. Failure to return all fully completed Affidavits and tax forms within ten (10) business days will result in forfeiture of eligibility to be awarded a prize, and Sponsor will select an alternative prize winner. No substitution or transfer of any prize is permitted. All Monthly Winners and Contest Winners hereby consent to the use of his/her name, pet name (if applicable) and submitted photograph for promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this contest as solely determined by the Sponsor will be disqualified from winning any prize. In the event the contest is compromised by a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend or terminate the contest and award prizes in a later contest. Should the contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, notice will be posted at www.ocreef.com/photocontest. No more than one prize will be awarded for each Monthly Contest. Once submitted, entries cannot be changed or withdrawn from the contest.
The name of the winners will be posted online on the ocreef.com website.
Orange County Aquarium Supplies
Mail Correspondence to:
OC Aquarium Supplies
Photo Contest Dept.
P.O. Box 60621
Irvine, CA 92602