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Home for the Holidays Holiday Lights Photo Contest Official Rules


2.         Eligibility.  Subject to the additional restrictions below, the Home for the Holidays, Holiday Lights Photo Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal U.S. residents who are 21 years of age or older as of November 1, 2011, and who are legal residents of the following counties in New York State: Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming and Allegany.  Employees and contractors of WGRZ-TV (“Sponsor”), Gannett Co., Inc., Southwest Airlines Co., Mia Brown & Co, LLC, d/b/a MBC Promotions, promotional partners, and each of their respective affiliated companies, and advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees or contractors, are not eligible to enter or to win. If you or anyone in your household has won a prize with an ARV that exceeds $200 in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to enter or win.

3.         How To Enter.  The Contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. (E.T.) on Friday, November 25, 2011, and end at 5:00 p.m. (E.T.) on Friday, December 23, 2011 (the “Contest Period”). 

Internet Entry.   Enter between 9:00 a.m. (E.T.) Friday November 25, 2011 and 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2011 (the “Entry Period”) by visiting Sponsor’s website at www.wgrz.com, click on the Contests and Coupons page, and the Home For The Holidays, Holiday Light Photo Contest link, submitting one (1) photograph that captures a Holiday Lights display at your  residence and/or front yard. Complete all required information and follow all posted instructions.  Each photo submission must be an authentic, original photograph, taken by the contestant identified on the entry, and the contestant must own the copyright in the photograph submitted.  All digital entries should be at the highest resolution possible.  Sponsor will accept the jpeg format, no larger than 1megabyte in size.  Images must not have been digitally altered in any way other than necessary cropping.  Photograph must have been taken no earlier than November 1, 2011. Sponsor reserves the rights to disqualify any entry that is alleged to infringe on any third-party’s intellectual property rights, refuse any photograph it determines to be unacceptable or inappropriate, Contestants certify that any individuals of any age shown in photographs furnished, and the parents and/or legal guardians of any children shown in any photographs furnished, have been informed that their, or their child’s, photograph has been entered in a Contest and have no objection to Contestant’s submission and Sponsor’s display and posting of such photograph for purposes of this Contest. 

Maximum one (1) entry per household.  Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. (E.T.) on Thursday, December 15, 2011.

Sponsor will not be responsible for incomplete e-mail transmissions. Contestants acknowledge and agree that Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, publish, promote, broadcast, or otherwise display or use entries in any way it sees fit without limitation or compensation to entrants.  By entering you agree to the terms of these Official Rules and to receive e-mails from Sponsor or those directed by Sponsor.  You can opt-out of the receipt of such e-mails by following the directions on the Contest website or in any email received from Sponsor.   

4.         Winner SelectionJudging Round.  Beginning Monday December 5, 2011 and ending Friday, December 16, 2011 each weekday (Monday through Friday) during the Judging Period at or about 5:00 p.m. (E.T.), a panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor will judge all eligible entries received as of that day and time according to the following criteria:  (1) clarity of photo, (2) composition of photo, (3) unique portrayal of the theme, and (4) emotional impact of the image.  Equal weight will be given to each criterion.  The entry receiving the highest score that day will be designated as a Finalist.  In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged on the same criteria listed above.  Decisions of judges and Sponsor shall be final and binding in all respects.   Entries not selected as a Finalist on any judging day will be carried over and included in the next judging day’s selection pool.  There will be a total of ten (10) Finalists.  Each Finalist will compete in the final Voting Round for the selection of the Grand Prize Winner.

Voting Round.  At about 5:30 p.m. (E.T.) Friday, December 16, 2011 through 4:00 p.m. (E.T. Friday, December 23, 2011 the 10 Finalists’ entries will be posted on Sponsor’s website, wgrz.com/holiday lights, and will be open for public voting by individuals who are 18 years or older.  Voters will select the photo they believe most creatively illustrates a seasonal holiday.  Limit one vote per day per person during the Voting Round.  The entry with the highest percentage of recorded eligible votes as of 4:00 p.m. (E.T.) on Friday, December 23, 2011 will be the Grand Prize Winner.  In the event of a tie; the winner will be randomly selected by Sponsor from among the tied entries. Decisions of Sponsor shall be final and binding in all respects 

5.        Prizes and Odds.  Finalist Prize. Ten (10) Finalist winners will each receive one (1) “Go Vacation” Nintendo Wii videogame (ARV: $49). 

Grand Prize.  One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive the Nintendo videogame awarded to the Finalist as well as a Southwest Airlines “Vacation Package” for two (2) adults consisting of round-trip airline tickets for two (2) for travel anywhere within the continental United States served by Southwest Airlines, including hotel accommodations for three (3) nights (double occupancy). (ARV: $1,500 of total prize package).  The Grand Prize Winner and his/her travel companion must be 21 years or older as of November 1, 2011. The Grand Prize is valid for one year from the date the prize is awarded and may be subject to black-out dates, and other restrictions.  Southwest Airlines will be responsible for complete travel bookings upon receipt of the Grand Prize Winner’s and travel companion’s names and information provided by Sponsor to Southwest Airlines’ agent, MBC. Costs of meals, ground transportation, gratuities, taxes, transportation to and from airport and all other expenses not specified above as part of prize package are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner. 

By accepting prize, Grand Prize Winner and his or her travel companion agree to release and hold harmless WGRZ-TV, NAMCO Bandai Games America Inc., Southwest Airlines Co., and MIA BROWN & CO., LLC DBA MBC PROMOTIONS, and their respective directors, officers, employees, prize providers, and/or agents, and assigns any and all claims, damages, losses, expenses and liability arising out of acceptance or use of Grand Prize.

6.         Winner Notification and Acceptance.  Winners will be notified via the email address provided on winner’s entry form within 24 hours of their selection.  Winners must respond to Sponsor’s email notification within 48 hours.  Failure to respond within such time period or return of email prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. To claim prizes, each Winner must personally pick up the Finalist Prize at Sponsor’s business office located at 259 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. (E.T.) and 5:00 p.m. (E.T.)), by the close of business on Friday, January 13, 2012.  In addition to picking up the Finalist Prize, the Grand Prize Winner will pick up a voucher for the Vacation Package and is solely responsible for scheduling travel with Southwest Airlines.  A valid photo identification may be required. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes.  Prizes are non-assignable, nontransferable and not redeemable for cash.  No substitutions allowed by winner.  Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.  Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Winners will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility/liability  and publicity release which must be returned as instructed by Sponsor.  Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner.  The person traveling as a guest of the Grand Prize Winner must also sign any affidavit or release that Sponsor may require.  Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner’s consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation the Internet, or further compensation.  Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.

7.         Participation.  By participating, contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Contest as solely determined by Sponsor.  In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest.  Should the Contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.  Sponsors will not be responsible for lost, late, or misdirected entries (either photos or ballots), poor quality photos, or for failure to receive entries or votes or other electronic communications due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor.  In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent.  For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account.  Any questions regarding the number of entries, or votes submitted or the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries or votes by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Contest.  Sponsor is not responsible for the operation of Southwest Airlines or its designated hotel, including changes in schedules.

8.         Copyright.  By entering the Contest, each contestant grants to Sponsor an exclusive, royalty-free and irrevocable right and license to publish, print, edit or otherwise use the contestant’s submitted entry, in whole or in part, for any purpose and in any manner or media (including, without limitation, the Internet) throughout the world in perpetuity, and to license others to do so, all without limitation or further compensation.  Each contestant further agrees that if his/her entry is selected by Sponsor as the winning entry, he/she will sign any additional license or release that Sponsors may require, and will not publicly perform or display his or her submission without the express permission of Sponsors.

9.         Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

10.        Sponsor.  The Home for the Holidays Holiday Lights Photo Contest is sponsored by WGRZ-TV.  The decisions of Sponsor and the Contest judges regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Contest.  For a list of winners (available after December 23, 2011), or a copy of these Official Rules, visit wgrz.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Winners List/Official Rules” (as applicable), Holiday Lights Photo Contest, WGRZ-TV, 259 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact WGRZ-2 On Your Side at (716) 849-2200 or neighborhoods@wgrz.com.


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