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#ChimagPets Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The #ChiMagPets Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Chicago magazine, a publication of Tribune Publishing Company (“Chicago magazine”) and MedVet (“MedVet”) (together the “Promotion Parties”). Contest is only offered in the Illinois counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Will. Void outside of Contest Area and where prohibited.

Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws. Chicago magazine shall be entitled to interpret these Official Rules as needed — including but not limited to rules regarding entries, deadlines, winner selection, prize restrictions, and eligibility — and all of its decisions are final. By entering, entrants agree to these Official Rules. 

Contest begins on June 13, 2016 and ends on July 5, 2016. Final entry deadline is July 5, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time (“CT”). Chicago magazine’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Contest. One Prize winner will be selected on or about July 7, 2016. 

Winners will be issued an IRS 1099 MISC tax form (or its equivalent) for the Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the prize awarded if required and is solely and exclusively responsible for any and all state, federal, or local income taxes or other fees that may result from his or her acceptance of any prize. Winner may also be required to provide Sponsor a valid social security number for tax purposes.

This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter or Instagram. Entrants are providing information to the Promotion Parties and not to Twitter or Instagram. The information entrants provide will only be used for administration of the Promotion and as otherwise set forth in these Official Rules. Any questions that entrants have about this Promotion must be directed to Sponsor and not to Twitter or Instagram.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, you must satisfy all of the following requirements as of June 13, 2016:
You must be at least thirteen (13) years old;
You must live in one of the following Illinois counties: Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane or Will Counties, Illinois;
If you are a minor, you must have your parent or guardian’s permission to enter; and
You must not be a member of the immediate family (spouse, parent, child or sibling) or live in the household (whether or not you are related) of any employee of Chicago magazine.

PRIZES

Prize (1): Grand Prize: $100 Petco gift card and photo to be featured on a one-half page advertisement in the September 2016 issue of Chicago magazine. Approximate Retail Value: $100. 

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS

All prize details are at Chicago magazine’s sole discretion. Each winner is solely responsible for any expenses or incidental costs or other items associated with the prize that are not expressly described above, including without limitation, all federal, state and local taxes (if any), fees, or surcharges. Gift card prizes are subject to any terms and conditions printed on them and any other limitations and restrictions imposed by issuer. 

Prizes are not redeemable for cash and may not be sold, bartered, auctioned, transferred or substituted except that Chicago magazine in its discretion may substitute a prize, or portion thereof, with a prize or portion of equal or greater value if it deems necessary. Any such changes will be announced. Any unclaimed prizes are forfeited and no cash substitute will be offered or permitted. Prizes offered are provided “as is” with no warranty or guarantee either express or implied by Promotion Parties. Other restrictions apply. 

TO ENTER

Entries will be accepted beginning June 13, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. CT and ending July 5, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT. There are three (3) ways to enter your original photo (each a “Photo”) below:

Promotion Page: visit chicagomag.com/pets (the “Promotion Page”) and sign up for the photo contest by following the links and instructions to complete the registration. Complete and submit the registration and upload a photo or digital image of your pet; or
Twitter: Use your Twitter account to tweet your Photo along with the hashtag CHIMAGPETS (#CHIMAGPETS); or
Instagram: Use your Instagram account to upload your photo and the hashtag CHIMAGPETS (#CHIMAGPETS)

Entries will not be accepted through other method. 

Your Photo must satisfy the following “Submission Requirements:”

  • Your Photo must be your original work and not copied or reproduced from any other source and not a collaboration with any other person;
  • No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to your Photo. 
  • Any individual whose face is identifiable in your Photo must have given you permission to use his/her image in this Contest.  
  • Your Photo must not show any identifiable trademark or trade name.  
  • Your Photo must be appropriate for publication in a commercially distributed webzine or similar online publication. 
  • Your Photo must not depict any obscene, provocative or otherwise inappropriate content, including nudity. 

Any Photo that is determined by Chicago magazine in its sole discretion at any time during the Contest to violate the Submission Requirements or these Official Rules, or to otherwise be unsuitable, offensive or in poor taste, may be rejected and the accompanying entry disqualified. Chicago magazine retains sole discretion as to whether any Photo satisfies the Submission Requirements and its decisions are final.

To be considered for a finalist, Photos must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on July 5, 2016. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt by Chicago magazine. Chicago magazine will not accept screen shots as proof of entry.

By submitting a Photo, you grant to Chicago magazine (and to those acting on its behalf) a non-exclusive, perpetual, world-wide royalty-free license to display or otherwise use the Photo on Chicago magazine’s web sites and print publication in connection with this Contest.

You may enter only one time with one photo. Additional entries received from any person, including by the same or different e-mail address thereafter will be subject to disqualification. Any use of robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, script, macro, or any other automated means or similar entry methods or agents (including, but not limited to, contest-entry services or multiple or different e-mail addresses, identities, registrations, accounts, or logins) are prohibited and will void all entries submitted by that entrant. 

Promotion Parties are not responsible for electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of passive or active filtering of any kind. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a winner based on an e-mail address, the entry will be deemed made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address used for entry. The Authorized Account Holder is the natural person who is assigned to the e-mail address by the relevant Internet access provider or online service provider.

Entrants who fail to provide any required information may be disqualified without further notification by Chicago magazine. Promotion Parties not responsible for entries that are lost, misdirected, garbled, distorted, truncated, incomplete, illegible, incorrect or late for any reason, and all such entries are void. Chicago magazine reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time that in its opinion does not comply with these Official Rules. Entries become the property of Chicago magazine and will not be returned or acknowledged. 

The information that you provide in connection with the Contest may be used by Promotion Parties in accordance with their respective Privacy Policy, which are found at www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Privacy-Policy/ and which may be updated from time to time.

SELECTION, NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION OF WINNERS

On July 7, 2016 or within a reasonable time thereafter, Chicago magazine will select one (1) winner from all timely entries received, based on the editors’ judgment of the creativity, uniqueness and overall excellence of each entry. Judges’ finalists selections are final. Subject to verification of eligibility, on or about July 11, 2016, one entry will be declared the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize winning entry will be published on a one-half page advertisement in the September 2016 issue of Chicago magazine.

Chicago magazine will contact each potential winner via e-mail, Twitter, or Instagram supplied to Chicago magazine on his or her Official Entry Form. Each winner must respond to initial notification and claim his or her prize within forty-eight (48) hours and may be required to present valid photo identification, signed affidavit or declaration of eligibility, liability release, publicity release (where legal), tax forms and/or other legal documents to Chicago magazine as a condition of receiving prize. Chicago magazine will mail prizes to confirmed winners via First Class Mail to the addresses provided by winners.
In the event that any potential winner (a) cannot be contacted directly by, or does not respond to, Chicago magazine within forty-eight (48) hours of initial attempted notification, (b) fails to satisfy any eligibility or verification requirement herein, © declines to accept the prize, (d) or is otherwise determined to be ineligible, Chicago magazine in its discretion may disqualify that individual and that prize will not be awarded. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. 

Chicago magazine may, in its sole discretion, post the verified winners’ names on any of Chicago magazine’s websites, including www.chicagomag.com. 

PUBLICITY RELEASE

By accepting a prize, each winner agrees to award Promotion Parties the right to publicize his or her name, photographs (including the use and appearance of winner’s photograph on Promotion Parties’ web pages), likeness, biographical information, e-mail address, voice and details of winning for purposes of this and future promotions without further compensation, except where prohibited. 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY & DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

Entrants agree that Chicago magazine, a publication of Tribune Publishing Company, MedVet, or any other company involved in the development or administration of this Contest, and a range of subsidiaries, directors, agents, agencies, affiliates, franchisees, promoters, officers, directors, employees and related persons (collectively, “Released Parties”): (a) are not responsible for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to lost, disconnected, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections, late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail, or for any failed telephone or computer hardware or software, or for any failed, delayed, misdirected, corrupted, or garbled transmissions or errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic, or for entries that for any reason are not received by Chicago magazine by the deadlines stated above; (b) are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or in the printing of this offer, administration of this Contest, or in the announcement of the prizes; © are not responsible for any injury or damage to any computer, modem or other electrical device as a result of participation in this Contest or downloading of any software or materials; (d) are not responsible for unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Contest; (e) are not responsible for any printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the acceptance of entries, the selection of winners, the prizes or otherwise in any Contest-related materials; (f) are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any entry; (g) are not responsible for the inability to select winners because of postal failure, equipment failure, or data storage failure; and (h) are released from any and all alleged, existing, or future actions, claims, and/or liabilities of whatever nature including, but not limited to, personal injury, bodily injury (including, without limitation, wrongful death and disability), property damage, and expense (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) and loss or damage of any other kind, arising in whole or in part directly or indirectly, from participating in the Contest (in whole or in part), the use (including modification, adaptation, and reproduction) of entry materials during or after the Contest, and the delivery, acceptance, possession, redemption, use, misuse, loss, or misdirection of any prize. 

RELEASED PARTIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND (WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. RELEASED PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES MADE OR OFFERED BY ADVERTISERS, PARTNERS, MANUFACTURERS OR SUPPLIERS, INCLUDING THOSE RELATED TO THE PRIZE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL RELEASED PARTIES BE HELD RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR YOUR USE OF THE INFORMATION AND/OR PRODUCTS PROVIDED AND/OR MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CONTEST OR FOR ERRORS OR ANOMALIES RESULTING IN THE UNINTENDED OR ERRONEOUS PARTICIPATION, AWARD OF ANY PRIZE OR OTHER BENEFITS UNDER THESE OFFICIAL RULES. RELEASED PARTIES OFFER NO ASSURANCES, GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES THAT THE CONTEST OR RELATED WEBSITES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE AND DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE CONTEST. RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE, AND ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE, FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RELATED TO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN OR INABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL. 

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST AND/OR ACCEPTING A PRIZE, YOU AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, AND WILL BE HELD HARMLESS BY YOU AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE, INJURY OR LOSS TO PERSON (INCLUDING DEATH) OR PROPERTY RELATED IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, REDEMPTION, USE OR MISUSE OF PRIZE, PARTICIPATION IN ANY PRIZE-RELATED ACTIVITY, USE BY A RELEASED PARTY OF ANY ENTRY, PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, OR ANY OTHER CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST A RELEASED PARTY.

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU IN WHOLE OR IN PART.

TRADEMARKS

Instagram and Twitter are not sponsors of this Contest. Any third party trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective trademark owners. The use or mention of such third party trademarks in these Official Rules or in the Contest is solely for descriptive purposes and shall in no way imply an endorsement or sponsorship of the Contest. 
MISCELLANEOUS

Chicago magazine reserves the right to cancel, suspend or terminate this Contest or any part thereof, in the event that Chicago magazine determines, in its sole discretion, that the security, administration, fairness and/or operation of the Contest has been corrupted or impaired by any non-authorized intervention, network failure, information storage failure, telecommunications failure, malfunction, or any other cause beyond Chicago magazine’s control. In such an event, Chicago magazine will post notice of same at www.chicagomag.com and select the winners by from among all non-suspect entries received prior to the suspension, cancellation or termination of the Contest in accordance with the previously described judging criteria or in such other manner as Chicago magazine, in its sole discretion, deems fair and appropriate under the circumstances. 

Chicago magazine reserves the right to disqualify any individual from further participation in the Contest if Chicago magazine concludes, in its sole discretion, that such person (a) has attempted to tamper with the entry process or other operation of the Contest, (b) has repeatedly disregarded or has attempted to circumvent these Official Rules, or © has acted towards Chicago magazine or any other entrant in an unfair, inequitable, deliberately annoying, threatening, disrupting or harassing manner. Tampering includes attempting to enter or vote more than the number of times permitted herein, including through the use of any prohibited device or method. Any failure by Promotion Parties to enforce any of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of such Official Rules. 

ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL TO DEFRAUD, TAMPER WITH, OR DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE, THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS AND Chicago magazine RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURSUE ANY AVAILABLE DAMAGES OR REMEDIES AGAINST SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND/OR REFER SUCH MATTERS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR PROSECUTION TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

All activity arising out of and relating to the Contest, including any reference to an entrant’s status as a “winner,” is subject to verification and/or auditing for compliance with the Official Rules and you agree to cooperate with Chicago magazine concerning such verification and/or auditing. If Chicago magazine determines, in its sole discretion, that verification or auditing activity evidences non-compliance of an entry and/or entrant with the Official Rules, Chicago magazine reserves the right to disqualify such entry and/or entrant from the Contest and any prize at any time.

Chicago magazine reserves the right to correct typographical, printing or clerical errors in any promotion-related materials. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Chicago magazine reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes from among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims in accordance with the previously described judging criteria and process.

DISPUTES

By entering the Contest, entrants agree that (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and © under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. Some jurisdictions do not allow for limitations on the ability to pursue class action remedies, or certain kinds of damages, and so these limitations may not apply to you.

In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between any terms or conditions of these Official Rules and any disclosures or other statements contained in any other Contest-related materials, including but not limited to the Contest entry forms, or point of sale, television, print, mobile or online advertising, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrants or Chicago magazine in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by Illinois law, without giving effect to any choice of law rules that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Illinois.

All entrants expressly agree that any legal proceedings arising out of or relating in any way to this Contest or these Official Rules shall be brought only in the federal or state courts located in Cook County, Illinois, and entrants consent to the mandatory and exclusive jurisdiction in such courts with respect to any such legal proceedings.

In the event that any provision of these Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

Winners’ List/OFFICIAL RULES

For a copy of the Official Rules or the final Winners’ List, visit the Contest Page or mail a SASE to: Pets Photo Contest c/o Chicago magazine, a publication of Tribune Publishing Company, 777 W. Chicago Ave., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60654, specifying either “Winner’s List” or “Official Rules Request.”  Winner’s List will be available after July 10, 2016.

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