PHOTO CONTEST RULES
Rules & Regulations
All entries must be photographs taken with Bitter Sweet jewellery during a wedding photo or event. The contest is open to all residents of Canada and the United States age 18 years and older, except employees of Bitter Sweet. This includes their immediate families, cohabitants, agents or contractors. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Bitter Sweet reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of Bitter Sweet will be final. No purchase is necessary. Any and all disputes will be resolved in the appropriate courts in the Province of Ontario and subject to the laws of the Province. Should there be a conflict between the laws of Ontario and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favour of the laws of the Province of Ontario. The Picture the Wedding Photo Contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws. The Sponsor will use reasonable efforts to contact the Winners by email, but in the event the Sponsor cannot contact Winners within two business days from the time of judging, that Participant shall be deemed void.
Entries are to be digital photographs and submitted electronically. Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable; including combining multiple photos. Cropping of photos is permitted, tonal or colour corrections are acceptable. Borders, frames, text or other graphic treatments are not permitted. Finalists will be asked to submit a high-resolution file suitable for print reproduction. Bitter Sweet judges reserve the right to disqualify contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 8 x 12 inches (2400 x 3600 pixels).
Entries are to be submitted electronically through any of the following contest entry channels:
Entry via contest website
Entry via Facebook App
Entry via Facebook Hashtag #sweetwedding2016
Entry via Instagram Hashtag #sweetwedding2016
Mother off the Bride
Fan Favourite – Fan Favourite will be chosen by our panel of judges from the top 10 photos with the most votes.
Grand Prize (1): $500 CDN Bitter Sweet Gift Card
Bridesmaids (1): $100 CAD Bitter Sweet Gift Card
Mother of the Bride (1): $100 CAD Bitter Sweet Gift Card
Fan Favourite (1): $100 CDN Bitter Sweet Gift Card awarded to photo selected by our judges from the top 10 photos with the most votes
Finalist of Fan Favourite (10): $25 CAD Bitter Sweet Gift Card awarded to photo selected by our judges of the top 10 photos selected into Fan Favourite categories
ENTRIES AND IDENTIFICATION
Photographs entered must not have been previously published. Individuals can only win once per category, but may win in multiple categories. Entrants must own all rights to the photographs submitted. As such, entrants hold Bitter Sweet and the contest sponsors harmless from any breach of copyright. Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in a magazine or newspaper (except online) are not eligible. Photographs that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright are not eligible. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, a model release is required. Model releases are the responsibility of the entrant and must be presented in the event the photo is a winner. Photographs must have been shot within the past years (since January 1, 2015). Entries must be submitted online via contest entry channels as outlined above. Judges reserve the right to place the entry in the appropriate category. Bitter Sweet holds the right to disqualify entries with inappropriate content.
Winners' names and photographs will be published on www.bittersweetonline.com. A selection of winning entries will also be published in other publication by Bitter Sweet or associated sponsor. Bitter Sweet reserves the non-exclusive right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in promotional and advertising materials. Photos published will be credited to the photographer where possible. Winners may be asked to participate in other Bitter Sweet marketing initiatives related to promoting Bitter Sweet Bridal Jewellery collection.
All entries uploaded through the various contest entry channels outlined above and must be received prior to 11:59PM EST, December 30, 2016.
The winners for the grand prize and category prizes will be selected by a panel of judges of Bitter Sweet. The winner of the Fan Favourite prize will be chosen by the panel of judges from the 10 entries with the largest number of votes accumulated over the course of the contest. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to disqualify or discount any entrant, image or vote connected to votes cast by unfair means. Winners will be notified by email ONLY by 9PM EST, Feb 15, 2017. Decision of the judges is final.
Bitter Sweet cannot be held responsible for entries that are lost, damaged, or delayed during transportation. Bitter Sweet is not responsible for any failure of the website during this contest. Nor is it responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any email, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion.
With regard to any photograph submitted to this contest, the entrant, or the owner of copyright in the photograph, retains copyright. By uploading or submitting any photograph to this contest, the entrant grants (or warrant that the owner of such materials expressly grants) Bitter Sweet a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any Bitter Sweet purpose, including, but not limited to advertising and promotional materials, its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to Bitter Sweet publications. Bitter Sweet will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. Winning entrants are required to sign a release containing the above conditions.