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Tail Wagging Team Spirit Official Rules

The Tail Wagging Team Spirit Pet Photo Contest
Contest Details, Rules, and Requirements:

Contest Timeline:
Contest Starts: January 2nd, 2014 at 8:00AM Eastern time
Contest Closes: January 30th, 2014 at 10:00PM Eastern Time (no more submissions)
Winners Announced: on or about February 3rd, 2014

How To Enter
You may enter the contest by submitting your photo to the Tail Wagging Team Spirit Pet Photo Contest as follows:

Once you’ve found the contest link on Facebook or on the Best Friends Pet Care website, click on the ENTER NOW button and follow the on screen instructions. Select “submit a photo of your pet”. Once you’ve completed the entry form, you must click the box that confirms you agree to all the terms and conditions of the contest. You must own or be the legal guardian of any pet whose photo you submit as part of an entry to the contest. Odds of becoming a winner depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

Entries must be your photos, not something you “found” on the internet. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that your photo is your own property as described above. Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. will not be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged or undeliverable entries, or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries. Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. may remove your submission at the sole discretion of Best Friends Pet Care, Inc., without any notice to you.

Submission Guidelines
Your photo must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the contest:
The primary focus of the photo must be your pet.
The pet featured in the photo must be your own family’s pet. If the pet featured in your photo is not your own, you must have written permission from the pet’s owner to use the photo in the contest.

Media File Formats:

Photo: JPG, GIF, TIF, PNG (For best results, 640px wide x 360px high, landscape/horizontal orientation)

Suggested maximum file size: 50 MB

Maximum size in pixels: 8000 x 8000

Your photos may be in color or black and white, and may be enhanced with graphics, special effects or animation.

 

Photo Restrictions:

  • Photo must not contain, depict or refer to any act that could be construed as cruel, inhumane, crude, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable language, activity or other content (all as determined by Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. in its sole discretion).
  • The photo must not contain, depict or refer to any irresponsible behavior, foolish risks, or harm to any animal (all as determined by Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. in its sole discretion).
    It must not contain, depict or refer to any content which disparages or refers negatively to Best Friends Pet Care, Inc (all as determined by Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. in its sole discretion).
  • It must not promote illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons or promote any activity that may appear safe or dangerous. (all as determined by Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. in its sole discretion).
  • It must not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights).
  • It must not promote, depict or refer to any commercial enterprises. Nor should it contain URLs or logos laid over the photo.

Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. may disqualify any entry if (in its sole discretion) the entry does not comply with these requirements or otherwise with these rules.

Contest Eligibility:

To be selected as a finalist and be eligible for prizes, you must be a legal resident of the United States and you must be at least 18 years of age.  Contestants must own the material submitted, and be able to provide written consent from any person that is featured in the photo.

How to Win
Step one: GET VOTES and become a Finalist
In order to have a chance to win, you need to encourage as many people as possible to vote for your entry. The 15 photos with the most votes will become finalists and go on to our private judging round where we will choose one grand prize winner! Plus all of the 15 finalists will still win an awesome prize!  Each person can vote only once per day per entry. Users may vote for as many different photos as they choose. If Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. discovers that an individual has fraudulently voted multiple times per entry per day, Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. may disqualify some or all of that individual’s votes in Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.’s sole discretion.

Public voting will end on January 30th, 2014 at 10PM Eastern Time. The 15 submissions with the most votes at the end of the voting period will each move on to the private judging round.  If a finalist submission is disqualified or deemed ineligible by Best Friends Pet Care Inc. (in its sole discretion), that photo will not be considered for a prize, and the finalists will be the remaining submissions, plus the submission with the next-highest number of votes (e.g., if one of the top 5 submissions is disqualified, then the 6th highest submission will become a finalist).

The 15 submissions with the most votes will be our finalists. Each finalist will win a $25 gift certificate to use at any Best Friends Pet Care center of Veterinary Facility. From these 15 finalists, one will be chosen by the panel of judges as our Grand Prize winner who will win the Football prize pack worth $500! A Best Friends Pet Care representative will need to go over details with the Grand Prize winner as some of the prizes will depend on the football team of choice and information regarding preferred sizes for apparel included in the prize package.

 

Step two: Be chosen by the Panel of Judges

The contest’s judges will select the winners from the 15 finalist photos. The judges’ decisions will be based on:

  • Football Team Spirit Theme
  • Originality & creativity,
  • Cuteness factor,
  • Composition,
  • Picture Quality,
  • Level of Promotion (# of votes)
  • How effectively the entry conveys the “Best Friends Spirit”
  • Pet’s appearance and photogenic ability
  • Specific technical requirements met (format, rules, etc.)

Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. will select the judges in its sole discretion.  The judging will be completed by February 3rd, 2014. Decisions of the contest judges will be final and binding.

Winners
The winner will be notified by email. In order to be declared the winner and be eligible for a prize, the entrant must have complied with, and remain in compliance with, these rules, and must sign and deliver to Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. (within ten days of said request) a standard declaration and release form (which will include a declaration of the entrant’s compliance with these rules, an acceptance of the prize as awarded, a publicity release, and a liability release) and any other documentation that Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. may require.

Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. may request valid proof of identity, residency, age and other relevant documentation, and may disqualify an entry if Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. determines (in its sole discretion) that the provided proof is not sufficient.
If the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if a selected entry does not comply with all of the above requirements within the above time frames, or does not otherwise comply with these rules, the entrant will be disqualified and the contest judges will select a replacement entrant.
The chances of winning will depend upon the number of entrants.
Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. expects to announce the winner on or around February 3rd, 2014.

Prizes
The Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 Football Prize Package which includes a $100 gift certificate to use at any Best Friends Pet Care Center or Veterinary Facility (No cash back from certificate. Advance reservations required. Redemption subject to availability. Certificate not valid for training services, retail, food or prescriptions). Contents of Football Prize Package will depend on entrants team of choice along with size preferences & availability. Prize package will contain items available for purchase (at the sole discretion of Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.) at NFLshop.com such as goods and apparel for you and your pet.

The fifteen finalists will also receive a $25 gift certificate to use at any Best Friends Pet Care Center or Veterinary Facility in addition to Best Friends Pet Care swag. (No cash back from certificate. Advance reservations required. Redemption subject to availability. Certificate not valid for training services, retail, food or prescriptions.)

Cancellation

If for any reason Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. cannot run the contest as planned (including as a result of bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, infection by computer virus or any other cause that corrupts, impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest) Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. may cancel, modify, extend or suspend the contest. In that event, Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. may award prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment, or award no prizes.
Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. may also disqualify any individual who tampers with or in any way corrupts the entry or voting process, or who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices, or by attempting to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. representatives.

License to Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.
By entering a photo in the contest, you waive all rights you may have with respect to the photo, including all moral rights and rights of personality, publicity or privacy, and you grant to Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. the unrestricted, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide license (but not the obligation) to use, reproduce, communicate, modify and display the photo (in whole or in part) for any purpose without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission, including without limitation the following purposes:
reproducing, publishing, communicating and displaying some or all of the photo as part of the contest or otherwise; identifying you by name as the owner of the photo; judging the contest; displaying the winning entries in the contest; and for Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.’s advertising purposes, including to advertise the contest, future contests, and Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.’s products and services.

Modifications
You grant to Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. the unlimited right: (i) to edit or modify your submission in any manner, including by adding visual or aural effects or other elements; and (ii) to use, adopt and modify any or all portions of your submission in combination with other materials. When editing or modifying your submission, Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. will use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain the original essence of the photo.

Publicity
Except where otherwise prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes a winner’s consent to Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.’s use of the winner’s name, hometown and state for promotional purposes without further notification, permission, payment or consideration. The winner must also consent to appear in publications, newspaper or online articles.

Disclaimers, Liability, and Indemnification
Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. does not accept liability for any loss or damage of any videos entered in the contest or for any other loss or damage resulting directly or indirectly from your participation in the contest.
Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. is not responsible for: (1) incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information or late, lost, incomplete, misdirected entries, or entries received through impermissible or illegitimate channels; (2) technical failures of any kind, including without limitation the malfunctioning of any telephone, computer, network, hardware or software; (3) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any service; (4) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the contest; (5) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the contest or the processing of entries; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property, including without limitation your computer, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the contest.

Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. will not be liable to you for any indirect, special, consequential, or punitive damages in connection with the contest or these rules.
By participating in this contest, you release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. and its employees, directors, officers, affiliates, agents, judges and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest or receipt or use of any prize.
By participating in this contest, you further agree to indemnify and hold harmless Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. and its employees, directors, officers, members, affiliates, agents, judges and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions or losses of any kind (including actual legal fees and expenses) arising from or related to: (a) your failure to comply with any of these rules; (b) any misrepresentation you make under these rules or otherwise to Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.; or (c) your participation in the contest.

Personal Information
You consent to Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. using and disclosing your personal information for the purposes of administering the contest; advertising the contest and any future contests and any of Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.’s products and services; and for the other purposes described in these rules.