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Face of Fitness Photo Contest

Face of Fitness Photo Contest

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The Face of Fitness Photo Contest entry period begins at 12:00 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) on February 6, 2011, and ends at 9:00 p.m. CT on April 16, 2011 (the “Entry Period”). .  Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

ENTRY: There are two (2) ways to enter:

Fitnessmagazine.com Entry:

Visit http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/photos/fitness-photo-contests/face-of-fitness/ and click the button to enter. Then complete the registration form and follow the instructions to upload one (1) album of up to six (6) photos of yourself. You must include your response to the question “Tell us why you should be the next Face of Fitness?” in 1500 characters or less in the description field corresponding to one of the uploaded photos.  Photos must be taken by entrant or at entrant’s direction, non-professional, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award.  Photos must be .jpeg or .bmp image formats and cannot exceed 3 MB.  

Facebook Entry:

Visit Facebook.com/FitnessMag and click the “Face of Fitness” tab. Complete the registration form and upload (1) album of up to six (6) photos of yourself. You must include your response to the question “Tell us why you should be the next Face of Fitness?” in 1500 characters or less in the description field corresponding to one of the uploaded photos.  Photos must be taken by entrant or at entrant’s direction, non-professional, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award.  Photos must be .jpeg or .bmp image formats and cannot exceed 3 MB.  

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Meredith Corporation, publisher of Fitness magazine, and not to Facebook. The information you provide will be used to administer the promotion and to register you as a member of the Fitnessmagazine.com family of websites.

Photos must not contain material that violates or infringes the rights of another, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.  Photos must not contain brand names or trademarks. By entering, you represent and warrant that your entry does not violate or infringe the rights of another, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, and that no part of your entry materials constitutes copyright infringement.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, disqualify, modify, edit and revise any entries, subjects, photos, or related materials that Sponsor deems, in its sole discretion, to be nude, obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests or that Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any entry or related materials and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the contest, Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule.

LIMIT: One entry per person. No group entries.

ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter, except employees of Sponsor and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address.

WINNER SELECTION:

There will be three (3) rounds of Judging:

First Round  - on or about April 29, 2011, ten (10) Semi-finalists will be selected from among all eligible entries by qualified judged appointed by Sponsor based on: Overall fit and healthy appearance of entrant as shown in the photo(s) (30%), Personality of entrant as expressed through the photo(s) (20%), Quality of photo resolution, lighting, and aesthetic image (20%), Meaningful and inspirational essay response answering the question, “Why are you the Face of Fitness?” within the 1500 character limit and minimal spelling/grammatical/punctuation errors (30%). Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than ten (10) Semi-finalists if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. 

On or about April 29, 2011, potential Semi-finalists will be notified by email and/or telephone to confirm compliance with eligibility requirements and to submit by email, on or before May 6, 2011 at 10:59 p.m. CT, five (5) additional non-professional photos of the entrant, taken between April 29, 2011, and May 5, 2011.

Second Round – on or about May 11, 2011, a qualified panel of judges appointed by Sponsor will select four (4) Finalists from among the ten (10) Semi-Finalists by applying the same judging criteria as used in the First Round to the five (5) additional photos submitted by the Semi-finalists.

If a tie occurs in either round, the entry from among the tied entries having the highest score in the criterion of overall fit and healthy appearance of entrant as shown in the photo(s) will be deemed a semi-finalist or finalist.  Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects.

READERS’ CHOICE FINALIST SELECTION

Each entrant will receive an email to notify them that their entry has been posted in the Fitness Photo Faves gallery, which email will include a link to vote for the entry by way of a specified URL. Entrants will be invited to share the voting link with others, so that they may vote for the entry.  

WEEKLY READERS’ CHOICE SEMI-FINALIST VOTING

During the voting periods specified below, entries will be displayed in the Fitness Photo Faves gallery, and visitors to the site will be invited to vote for their favorite entry based on: Overall fit and healthy appearance of entrant as shown in the photo(s), Personality of entrant as expressed through the photo(s), Quality of photo resolution, lighting, and aesthetic image, and Meaningful and inspirational essay response answering the question, “Why are you the Face of Fitness?” within the 1500 character limit and minimal spelling/grammatical/punctuation errors. One vote per person with a valid email address, per photo, per day.

First Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 2/6/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and 2/12/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 2/14/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 2/20/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Second Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 2/12/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 2/19/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 2/21/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 2/27/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Third Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 2/19/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 2/26/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 2/28/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 3/6/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Fourth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 2/26/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 3/5/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 3/7/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 3/13/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Fifth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 3/5/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 3/12/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 3/14/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 3/20/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Sixth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 3/12/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 3/19/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 3/21/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 3/27/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Seventh Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 3/19/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 3/26/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 3/28/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 4/3/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Eighth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 3/26/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 4/2/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 4/4/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 4/10/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Ninth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 4/2/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 4/9/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 4/11/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 4/17/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Tenth Voting Period: For contest entries submitted between 4/9/2011 at 9:01 p.m. CT and 4/16/2011 at 9:00 p.m. CT, the Photo Faves voting period begins 4/18/2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 4/24/2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

For each weekly voting period, one (1) Readers’ Choice Semi-finalist will be determined by highest number of votes received.  In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the Readers’ Choice Semi-finalist from among the tied entries based on overall fit and healthy appearance of entrant as shown in the photo(s). Voting results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor.

VOTE COUNTS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN COUNTED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR.

READERS' CHOICE FINALIST VOTING

The ten (10) weekly Readers’ Choice semi-finalists’ entries will be displayed for voting at www.fitnessmagazine.com/readerschoicevoting from 10:00 a.m. CT on April 27, 2011 to 11:59 p.m. CT on May 5, 2011 (the “Readers’ Choice Finalist Voting Period”). One vote per person (with a valid e-mail address) per day. The semi-finalist that receives the highest number of votes during the Readers’ Choice Finalist Voting Period will be the one (1) Readers’ Choice Finalist and will be included as one of the five (5) potential contest Finalists. In the event of a tie among semi-finalists in the Readers’ Choice Finalist voting, a qualified panel of judges will determine the Readers’ Choice Finalist from among the tied entries based on overall fit and healthy appearance of entrant as shown in the photo(s).

VOTE COUNTS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN COUNTED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR.

The five (5) potential contest Finalists (four (4) Second Round Finalists and one (1) Readers’ Choice Finalist) will be notified by email, mail and/or telephone on or about May 11, 2011. To be eligible as a Finalist, each potential Finalist must be able to travel to New York for a Fitness Magazine photo shoot (travel provided by Sponsor as part of Contest prize – see Prizes section below for details), departing on or about June 14, 2011, and returning on or about June 16, 2011. Failure to attend the photo shoot and/or travel on specified dates will result in disqualification. 

Third Round – on or about September 10, 2011, qualified judges appointed by Sponsor will select one (1) Grand Prize winner based on: Overall fit and healthy appearance of entrant as shown in the photos from the photo shoot (34%), Personality of entrant as expressed through the photos from the photo shoot (33%), Meaningful and inspirational “Face of Fitness” story (33%). In the event of a tie, the photos of the tied Finalists from the photo shoot will be re-judged according to the criteria listed above by an additional judge who will serve as a tiebreaker.

PRIZES:

The ten (10) weekly Readers’ Choice winners will each receive a $250.00 gift card.  Gift cards are subject to issuer restrictions.

The five (5) Finalists will each receive a photo shoot prize package, consisting of a trip pack for the Finalist to a Fitness magazine photo shoot, including round-trip coach-class air transportation for one (1) adult from a major U.S. airport near Finalist’s home (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to New York, NY, approximate retail value (“ARV”) $600.00; ground transportation between airport/hotel/photo shoot location, ARV $300.00, three (3) days and two (2) nights hotel (standard) accommodations at a hotel of Sponsor’s choice (single room), ARV $450.00; and a daily stipend of $150.00 for food and expenses while in New York City, RV $450.00; total ARV of the photo shoot prize package: $1800.00. Final actual value at time of booking and travel may be substantially more or less depending on point of origin and ticket availability.  Some restrictions may apply. All other expenses not listed including but not limited to additional meals, gratuities, incidentals, taxes, etc., are the sole responsibility of the Finalists.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a five-night trip to Four Seasons Lana’i at Manele Bay, on the Hawaiian Island of Lanai for two adults, courtesy of Apple Vacations. Trip includes five-night accommodations and round-trip air on United Airlines.  Air is from grand prize winner’s nearest major North American gateway city.  Approximate retail value of the trip is $4000.00, valid for travel through July 31, 2012. Taxes, insurance and additional expenses (such as optional excursions, spa treatments, phone calls, souvenirs) are the sole responsibility of the winner.  All vacations are approved on a promotional basis & are subject to availability. Blackout dates do apply. Travel dates are final and will not be extended.  Travel is not permitted during holiday periods including both 5 days prior and after.  Trips are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.  Apple Vacations reserves the right to substitute the vacation with another of equal value, equal Apple rating or within the same hotel chain should any unforeseen circumstance occur. Hotel to be determined by Apple Vacations.  Trips are valid for two (2) adults ONLY per room and do not include any special promotions. NO room upgrades.  Winner must be at least 21 years old or traveling with a legal guardian.  The winner and guest must possess valid travel documentation. 

The Grand Prize winner may also be featured on the cover of a future issue of Fitness magazine.  Appearance on the cover is subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor is not responsible for any circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill this element of the prize.  This element of the prize has no retail value, and if it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill this element, Sponsor will have fulfilled its prize obligation by having provided the remaining elements of the Grand Prize winner’s prize package.

Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if prize (or a portion thereof) cannot be awarded as described. Sponsor will determine all elements of prizing in its sole discretion. Prizes may not be assigned, transferred, changed or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor.  Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee express or implied. Sponsor disclaims all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any third party product or service accepted by the winners. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.  Entrants agree to be bound by Official Rules and agree that if any winner fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide required affidavit, is found to have violated Official Rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Entrants understand that Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this promotion and acceptance, possession and use of prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prize.

Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.

PRIVACY:  Registration for Sponsor’s Fitnessmagazine.com website is required to enter the Contest.  When you register, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, mailing address, and email address.  The information that you provide will be added to a centralized Sponsor database so that you will simultaneously be registered for Sponsor’s other websites as well.  By entering and providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information, samples, or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor.  Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes.  For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor’s privacy policy at www.fitnessmagazine.com.  IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Except where prohibited, by participating Contest entrants agree that:  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant(s) and Sponsor and its agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Contest, or awarding of the prizes, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the State of New York and entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Contest, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or awarding of the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Contest but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.

OTHER: Sponsor assumes no responsibility for entries or votes it is unable to process due to network, hardware or other technical failures; or any other reason, or incomplete, damaged, misdirected, or lost entries or votes.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the voting process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this promotion if not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, force majeure or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or integrity of the contest.  In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received prior to date of cancellation.  The use of automated entry systems or any other conduct that impedes the integrity of the contest is prohibited.  In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the holder of an established e-mail account associated with the entry.

RELEASES: By participating in this contest and accepting any prize that they may win, entrants agree to release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, Facebook, Context Optional, Inc., Sponsor’s advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this contest and/or acceptance or use of the prize.  Entrants authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials in promotional material and for advertising, public relations and editorial purposes in any media, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winners’ list, if applicable, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.  Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above-mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation.

Except where prohibited by law, winners will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership/Liability Release, Publicity Release and W9 form within ten (10) days of notification or the entry with the next highest score may become an alternate winner. If winner notification is returned as undeliverable, the entry with the next highest score may become an alternate winner.  Subject to all U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.  Winners (except the winners of the $250 weekly Readers’ Choice prizes) will receive an IRS 1099 form from Sponsor for the actual retail value of their prize package.  The Finalists’ and Grand Prize winner’s names will be posted on www.fitnessmagazine.com after September 30, 2011.