Pets of Element Photo Contest – Official Rules

Official Rules

CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD: Contest begins at 12:00:00 AM on September 10, 2022 and ends at 11:59:00 PM on October 15, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to existing Element Federal Credit Union members and those eligible for Element FCU membership who are age 18 or older at time of entry. Element Federal Credit Union employees and volunteers, their immediate families and persons living in their households, whether related or not, are not eligible. Entrants must not be a professional photographer (anyone who makes a significant amount of their income from a photography-based business, promotes themselves as a professional photographer on social media, or offers studio time/charges for service. This determination is made at the credit union’s sole discretion. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In the event of conflicting laws, the law of West Virginia will prevail.

PRIZE: $50 Visa gift card through Element Federal Credit Union, as well as cat/dog-branded Element swag of the winner’s choosing.

PHOTOS: Each electronic image must be an original piece of work taken by the contestant and shall not have been published elsewhere or won another photo competition. By entering the contest, the entrant warrants that the submitted image is an original work created solely by the entrant; does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity; and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the entry.

HOW TO ENTER (Photo + description): During the Entry Period, send a photo of your pet in .jpg format with their name, age, breed (if known), and a brief description via Facebook/Instagram message or online form found at elementfcu.org/petsofelement.  All entries must be received during the Entry Period as determined by Element Federal Credit Union. Limit one entry per person/email address. Multiple entries received from any person or email address after the first will be void.

By entering the Contest, entrants agree to comply with these Official Rules. Element Federal Credit Union reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants. Entries submitted by entrants who do not meet the eligibility requirements are void. Element FCU reserves the right to modify the scheduling of the Contest without prior notification.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: The Contest consists of three (3) rounds of evaluation. In Round 1, on or about October 16, 2022, potential photo semifinalists will be selected via an unbiased viewing panel from among all eligible entries received and notified by email. Odds of winning depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.

During Round 2, on or around November 1, 2022, finalist photos will be shared via an album on the Element Federal Credit Union Facebook page through November 15, 2022.

In Round 3, photos with the most ‘likes’ to the original posts by Element FCU will then be evaluated by an unbiased viewing panel. Use of voting exchanges or similar techniques or systems during the Facebook voting period may result in disqualification at the credit union’s sole discretion. The 12 winners will be announced on Facebook.

PUBLICITY: By entering the contest, entrants grant Element Federal Credit Union a non-exclusive license to use their photograph in the Pets of Element wall calendar, website, and social media. Participating in the Contest constitutes winners’ consent to Element FCU’s use of winners’ names, likenesses, photographs, opinions, and/or hometowns and state for promotional purposes in any media, without further payment, consideration, notification or permission, unless otherwise prohibited by law.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; DISCLAIMERS/RELEASE: Element FCU reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

By accepting the prize, winners’ warrant compliance with all rules of this Contest and agrees to release Element Federal Credit Union and their affiliates, employers, officers, directors, agents, and representatives, (the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability, loss or damage of any kind incurred with respect to participation in the Contest or the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize, or participation in prize-related activities, and acknowledges that said parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prize or portion thereof. No transfer of the prize is permitted.

Each participant agrees to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from any liability arising from or related to the Contest. Further, participants fully and unconditionally release all claims for consideration, copyright infringement and all other claims of any nature relating to the use of their entry, name or likeness.