"The Bahamas 16 Wedding Invitation" Contest
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. "The Bahamas 16 Wedding Invitation" Contest begins at 12:00 a.m., Eastern Time ("ET") on February 14, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m., ("ET") on July 31, 2014 ("Contest Period"). Contest is sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, 1200 S. Pine Island Road #450, Plantation, FL, 33324 ("Sponsor").
ELIGIBILITY: "The Bahamas 16 Wedding Invitation" Contest ("the Contest") is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who has attained the age of majority in his or her state of residence at the time of entry and is at least 18 years old as of the Contest start date. Employees, officers and representatives of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (the "Sponsor"), their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, advertising and promotion agencies, and American Sweepstakes & Promotion Co. Inc. ("ASC") (collectively, "Released Parties") and members of the immediate family (mother, father, sons, daughters and spouse, regardless of where they reside) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Contest. Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law.
TIMING: The Contest Period consists of a Submission Phase (the "Submission Phase"), a Voting Phase (the "Voting Phase") and a Judging Phase (the "Judging Phase"), as set forth in the chart below.
|Submission||February 14, 2014, 12:00 am||June 13, 2014 11:59 pm|
|Voting||June 14, 2014, 12:00 am||June 30, 2014, 11:59 pm|
|Judging||July 1, 2014, 12:00 am||July 31, 2014, 11:59 pm|
HOW TO ENTER: During the Contest Period eligible participants may enter by visiting the Sponsor's website at http://bahamas16islandsweddings.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TravelBahamas. During the Submission Phase they will need to complete all the required fields on the entry form and submit either a photo with a written essay or a link to a video. Both the photo and the video should include the entrant with their partner (the "Submission"). The Submission should convey why they should win a wedding in The Bahamas. The written essay should be no longer than 250 words and the video should be no longer that one (1) minute. Participants will also need to rank their top three (3) islands in order of preference from the 16 Bahamas islands listed on the website. LIMIT one (1) Entry per person, per email address/Facebook profile regardless of the method of entry. Once submitted, an Entry cannot be deleted, canceled, or modified. Each properly completed and received Entry will receive one (1) Submission into the Contest. Incomplete submissions, or those containing incorrect information or those which do not follow the Official Rules will be voided. Proof of sending a Submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Any personally identifiable information collected by the Sponsor during an entrant's participation in this Contest may be used by Sponsor, its respective affiliates, agents and marketers for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Contest as described in these SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Photo Submissions must be uploaded as a jpg, gif, or png file. The Photo and/or Video Submission must include the Entrant and the Entrant's partner. The Essay Submission must not exceed 250 words. Submissions must be the original work of the person who entered. Entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of any submission he or she submits. By entering a Submission, each Entrant guarantees that he or she is the author and copyright holder of the Submission. Sponsor will not assist any Entrant with the development or production of a Submission. Each Entrant represents and warrants that Submission does not infringe any other person's or entity's rights. Entrant agrees to obtain written permission granting all rights required from any identifiable person that appears in the photo or video. Submission must not contain any unauthorized third-party owned material, including, but not limited to, music, trademarks, and logos, except for those of the Sponsor. Additionally, Entrant represents and warrants that he or she will not have and will not acquire any trademark rights, copyrights, or any other rights in or to Sponsor's trademarks, trade names, logos or other intellectual property. Sponsor specifically reserves all its rights to protect its intellectual property against any infringement or other illegal or improper use. The Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove a Submission and disqualify any entrant from the Contest if it believes that the Submission fails to conform to the Submission Guidelines contained in these Official Rules. Submissions which include any content that may be deemed inappropriate, indecent, obscene, or disparaging of the Sponsor, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. By submitting an Entry, Entrant warrants and represents that he or she consents to the Sponsor posting all or parts of the Submission on their Internet sites in connection with the Contest and without attribution or compensation to the Participant, his/her successors or assigns, or any other entity unless prohibited by law. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected Submissions, which are void.
VOTING AND JUDGING: Throughout the Voting Phase, all eligible and approved Submissions will be displayed on the Sponsor's contest website http://bahamas16islandsweddings.com/. Those that meet the Eligibility requirements as outlined in these Official Rules are invited to evaluate and vote for their favorite eligible Submission as described in the Submission Guidelines. Voting Limit: Only one (1) vote per person per day is allowed during the Voting Phase. Any attempt by anyone to submit more than the stated number of votes by using multiple/different email addresses or any other methods will void all their votes and he or she will be disqualified from further participation in the Contest. At the end of the Voting Phase a panel of judges will review all the submissions and choose sixteen (16) grand prize winners, one winner per island, based on the following judging criteria: Public Appeal 30%, Creativity 40% and Quality of Submission 30%. In the event of a tie, the score for Creativity will determine the final grand prize winner.
PRIZES: Sixteen (16) Grand Prize winners will each receive a wedding package of one of the sixteen (16) different islands in The Bahamas. Each Wedding Package is described on the Sponsor's website located here: http://bahamas16islandsweddings.com/. All weddings must take place on January 16, 2015. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each prize package ranges from $1,300 to $5,645. Total Contest Prize ARV is $30,645. All wedding packages are subject to availability and will be assigned to each Grand Prize winner at the Sponsor's discretion. Each Grand Prize Winner is solely responsible for any additional expenses not expressly stated in each prize package description as stated on the Sponsor's website including air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, sales tax, airport fees, service charges, tips, and any other personal charges. Additional restrictions may apply. It is the responsibility of the passengers to be in possession of all necessary documentation (e.g., valid passport, visa where applicable) at the time and place of departure.
PRIZE VERIFICATION & CONDITIONS: Each potential Grand Prize winner will be notified by email and or telephone after the Contest Period has ended. If a prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential winner, if potential winner cannot be reached within three (3) calendar days from the first notification attempt, if potential recipient fails to return requisite document within the specified time period, or if a potential recipient is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then such person shall be disqualified and the Submission with the next highest score will be selected for the prize at issue. Grand Prize winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release to be returned within 14 days of written notification, or prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. Winner's partner must also execute and return a companion liability release form. All Grand Prizes may not be awarded in the event an insufficient number of eligible Submissions are received that meet the minimum criteria outlined in these Official Rules. By accepting the Grand Prize, recipients agree to release the Sponsor from any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by entering the promotion or for damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use/misuse of prize awarded. All local, state and federal taxes are solely the responsibility of winner. No substitution or transfer of prize or election of cash in lieu of prize will be permitted. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to substitute any prize package with another prize of equal or greater value in the event that a prize (or any component thereof) is not available.
GENERAL: By accepting the Grand Prize, where permitted by law, recipient grants to the Sponsor its parent, subsidiaries and related companies, and those acting pursuant to the authority of Sponsor (which grant will be confirmed in writing upon Sponsor's request), the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide IN ALL MEDIA without limitation at any time the recipient's full name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further payment or additional consideration, and without review, approval or notification. IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR, THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES, DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, SUPPLIERS, PRIZE PROVIDER AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST OR THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF, OR ANY HARM RESULTING FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZES. By participating, entrants release and agree to hold harmless the Sponsor, their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, dealers, distributors, suppliers, Prize provider and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, death or losses or damages to persons or property AS WELL AS CLAIMS/ACTIONS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, AND/OR INVASION OF PRIVACY that may arise from participating in this Contest or its related activities or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of, or any harm resulting from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize(s). Winner acknowledges that Sponsor has neither made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the Prize.
INTERNET LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: If for any reason this contest is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award the prizes using all non-suspect eligible entries received. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in the Contest or downloading any materials in the Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON (S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of Florida. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Florida or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida.
WINNER LIST REQUESTS: To request confirmation of the name and address of the winners please send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope by July 31, 2014 to: "The Bahamas 16 Wedding Invitation" Contest Winners List c/o ASC, 300 State Street, Suite 402, Rochester, NY 14614.
SPONSOR: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, 1200 S. Pine Island Road #450, Plantation, FL, 33324.
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