CONTEST GUIDELINES

17X17 Contest Rules

September 2014

Geeksboro ("Geeksboro"), and PhotoBiz (“PhotoBiz”) invite you to enter this contest by posting a picture that you think best matches the prompt for each of the seventeen days of this collaborative community arts project. Submissions will take place through the 17x17gso.com website until 11:59 PM EST each day, beginning on Friday, September 19, 2014 through Saturday, October 4, 2014. Submissions will be posted daily on 17 X 17's social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram), and voting will be measured by the level of interaction they receive (i.e. "Likes," "Shares", "Retweets," "Reblogs," "Favorites," etc.). Submissions shall be limited to exclude certain subject matter. Please read the entire rules below for details. There is NO PURCHASE OR DOWNLOAD NECESSARY, nor will a purchase or download increase your chances of winning. By submitting an entry into this project, you agree to all of the rules and all of the legal terms and conditions listed below.

1) ELIGIBILITY
This contest is open only to entrants who are 13 years of age or older at the time of entry, and a legal resident of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Jamaica, Italy, United Kingdom, or Ireland.

2) LIMITATIONS ON SUBJECT MATTER OF SUBMISSIONS
Submissions may not contain any content that: (a) is unlawful, illegal, racist, sexist, harmful, threatening, harassing, derogatory, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, depicts graphic or gratuitous violence, or is otherwise objectionable; (b) you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as, but not limited to, insider information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (c) infringes any trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party; (d) harms minors in any way, including, but not limited to, content that violates federal and state child pornography laws, child sexual exploitation laws and laws prohibiting the depiction of minors engaged in sexual conduct; (e) displays any nudity or other sexually related content.

3) POSSIBLE CHARITABLE USE OF SUBMISSIONS
Submissions may be used or sold in order to raise funds for art related charities in the Greensboro, NC area. By submitting your image(s), you give up all exclusive rights in the image(s). The rights to use the image may be sold to a third party. The third party may be able to use the image for any purpose. PhotoBiz, in its sole discretion, will determine to what charitable organization any such funds, if any, will be given to.

4) NO GUARANTEE OF POSTING; SCREENING OF SUBMISSIONS
PhotoBiz does not guarantee that any submission will be posted online. All submission will be screened.


5) HOW TO ENTER & ENTRY PERIOD
Beginning at 12:00AM EST on Friday, September 19, a photo prompt will be posted on 17x17gso.com, as well as on the 17X17 social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram). The submission period for each day's photo prompt is from 12:00AM - 11:59PM EST. Submissions for the previous day will be posted to the 17x17gso.com website, as well as on the 17x17 social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram) by 11:00AM EST each day. Voting periods for each prompt begin from 11:00AM on the day they are posted and will remain open for 17 days. All voting will be closed on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. 

6) CONTEST WINNER SELECTION
Voting will be done entirely through interaction with submissions that are posted on the 17X17 social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram). Instances where Interactions count as votes include: "Likes," "Shares," and "Comments" on Facebook. "Favorites," and "Retweets" on Twitter. "Likes," "Comments," and "Reblogs" on Tumblr. "Likes," and "Comments" on Instagram. At the conclusion of the voting period for each prompt, votes will be counted for each submission. All voting will be closed on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. 

7) THE PRIZE
At the conclusion of the 17Days festival, all submissions will be collected, judged, and printed. Awards will be presented at a gallery show held at Geeksboro (2134 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408) on November 8, 2014. During the gallery show, the following awards will be presented: Seventeen (17) individual awards for each day's prompt; consisting of printed versions of the winning images to be given to the artists. One (1) 'Portfolio' award that will be presented to the a winning artist who participated in all 17 days of the project, and will consist of all 17 of their images, given to them in a printed book format. Prizes valued at $XX,XX. Prizes are non-transferrable.

8) PRIZE WINNER NOTIFICATION
On Saturday, November 8, 2014, the winners will be notified at a gallery show at Geeksboro Coffeehouse & Cinema (2134 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408). Upon notification, the winner, if he or she chooses, may decline their award.

9) PUBLICITY
The winner agrees to allow Geeksboro and PhotoBiz to use his or her name, picture/photograph (of the winner), contest submissions (photographs), likeness, voice, prize information, and biographical information for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation where permitted by law.  The submission, in printed or digital form, may be posted at Geeksboro, PhotoBiz, or other promotional locations.

10) DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Geeksboro and PhotoBiz are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, delays, interruptions in phone or internet lines; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the processing of entries; or (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the contest; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused by entrants participation in the contest or receipt or use or misuse of the prize.

11) GOVERNING LAW
These rules and this contest are governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within North Carolina, Guilford County. The parties to this agreement consent to the jurisdiction to the state and federal courts in North Carolina.