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The official rules of Specialty Products, Inc.’s Digital Photo Contest

ELIGIBILITY

The SPI Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Employees of Specialty Products, Inc., as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.

SPONSOR

The Photo Contest is sponsored by The Specialty Products, Inc., 2410 104th St Ct S Suite D, Tacoma WA 98499 (“Sponsor”). This Photo Contest is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

ENTRY PERIOD

The Photo Contest begins at 12:00am PDT on the 1st of each month and ends at 11:59pm PDT on June 30, 2015 (the “Entry Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.

WHAT TO ENTER

The Specialty Products, Inc. is committed to a dynamic future for polyurea, polyurethane foam, and what it can do for infrastructure and business.  We want to see it through your eyes. For our 2015-2016 Photo Contest winners, we’d like to have your caption for each photo – we want to hear it in your own words.

To ensure eligibility for the contest all entries must have a resolution of 6 million pixels or greater (6 megapixels) to be made available upon request. Please only submit web resolution files at the time of entry. Higher resolution files of 6 million pixels or greater (6 megapixels) will only be requested should an entry be preselected to be awarded a prize. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Specialty Products, Inc. upon request.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to Specialty Products, Inc. upon request.

Please do not include the following:

·       Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright.

·       Images that involve putting any individual in danger – including the absence of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) when it should be employed.

·       Images that depict unauthorized destruction of property.

Specialty Products, Inc. shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

HOW TO ENTER

All images must be submitted though our photo submission websiteincluding all required fields, including name, email and other information about your photo submission.

You can select an image directly from your computer desktop, or submit images from your mobile device for consideration in the contest. Digital images that are sent via mail or email will not be accepted. 

You may enter an unlimited number of times, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as with a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo) anytime on or after the day of their submission.

JUDGING

Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit  and subject matter relevance to SPI’s product line or mission. Judging will be conducted by Specialty Products, Inc. at its sole discretion (the “Panel”).  The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and pick an overall winner by the 10th of each month from the previous months’ submissions. This winners’ image will rise above the rest and encapsulate SPI’s products or mission in a stunning way.

All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

SPI will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry.  Specialty Products, Inc. is not responsible if the winner does not respond to email or phone contact within a one week (5 business day) period.  At that point, the “Panel” will choose an alternate winner to announce.  Successfully contacted winners who have responded will be publicly announced on the SPI website, blog, and social media.  By entering this contest, a participant agrees to have their name publicly published.

POTENTIAL WINNER REQUIREMENTS

Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age, and liability/publicity release within 5 business days days. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.

PRIZES

Specialty Products, Inc. will award ONE the following prizes.  The “winner” may choose which item they wish to receive.

·       A $100 Amazon gift card

·       A $100 SPI credit for product purchases

·       A photo mention in Specialty Products, Inc.’s blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account, and other social media.

Prizes will only be delivered via digital media or a physical address in the United States.

All winners are responsible for paying any income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

YOUR RIGHTS

Your photographs help Specialty Products, Inc. spread the word about polyurea, polyurethane foam, and what it can do to help infrastructure and business applications.  Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant Specialty Products, Inc. a royalty-free, nonexclusive right during the Photo Contest to:

·       Display the photograph on the Photo Contest submission website (http://www.specialty-products.com/photocontest/)

·       Display the photograph on the Photo Contest Facebook app or page for SPI.

·       Allow third-parties to share the photograph on the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

If your photograph is formally honored by the competition as a winner, you grant The Specialty Products, Inc. a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

·        Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.

·        Use the photograph in Specialty Products, Inc.’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, annual report and Specialty Products, Inc. brochures or other media.

·        Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, membership premiums, and the like.

·        Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

·       Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in the Specialty Product Inc.’s photo library and accessible to SPI staff via the SPI internal online photo archive.

Specialty Products, Inc. will endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

This Contest may be terminated at any time, without any notice to the entrants, and without any winner announced, at the discretion of the Sponsor.

RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY

Any information you submit as part of the Photo Contest will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to Sponsor, not to Facebook. Except where prohibited, you consent to Sponsor’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.  This does not override or negate and is inclusive of any permissions given in any part of this document by entry into the Contest.

DISPUTES

You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Photo 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 Washington. 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 Photo Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Washington, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Washington or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Washington.

QUESTIONS

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to photocontest@specialty-products.com.

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