INSPIRED BY SCIENCE CONTEST
– PRESENTED BY BAYER & NATIONAL 4‑H COUNCIL
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: Inspired by Science Contest – presented by Bayer & National 4‑H Council (the “Promotion”) is a Two-Part Promotion, consisting of (i) a photo with caption skill contest (the “Contest”) and (ii) a random-draw sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) (collectively, the Contest and Sweepstakes are referred to herein as the “Promotion”). The Promotion will take place from October 22, 2018 through November 02, 2018. The intent of the Contest is to invite participants to upload a photo along with a caption describing how science inspired her/him. Each Contest entry must clearly reflect the judging criteria, as defined below. The Contest will include a round of judging to determine ten (10) Finalists (“Contest Finalists”), and a round of public voting for the Contest Finalists to determine three (3) Contest Grand Prize Winners and seven (7) Honorable Mention Prize Winners, as further described herein. The Sweepstakes will include a random drawing from among all eligible Contest Entries received to determine fifty (50) Sweepstakes Prize winners (each, a “Sweepstakes Prize Winner”), as further described herein.
By participating in the Promotion, each participant (“Entrant”) unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of National 4‑H Council and Bayer CropScience LP (each, a “Sponsor” and collectively “Sponsors”) and US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Co. (the “Administrator”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.
ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, who are age 14 to 18 at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of the Sponsors, Administrator and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
TIMING: The Promotion begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Monday, October 22, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Friday, November 2, 2018 (the “Promotion Period”) and consists of three (3) periods: The Contest Entry Period, Judging & Finalist Determination/Confirmation Period, and Public Voting Period as defined in the chart below. Contest Winners will be announced on or about Monday, December 3, 2018. The Sweepstakes Prize Winners will be randomly selected on Monday, December 3, 2018 from among all non-winning Contest Entries. The Administrator’s computer is the official timekeeping device for this Promotion.
|Periods||Start Time||End Time|
|Contest Entry Period||October 22, 2018 @ 12:00:01 AM ET||November 2, 2018 @ 11:59:59 PM ET|
|Judging & Finalist Determination/Confirmation Period||November 5, 2018||November 9, 2018|
|Public Voting Period||November 12, 2018 @ 12:00:01 AM ET||November 16, 2018 @ 11:59:59 PM ET|
|Sweepstakes Random Drawing||November 26, 2018|
|Announcement of Contest and Sweepstakes Winners||December 3, 2018|
PRIZES/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”):
- Contest Grand Prizes: Three (3) Contest Grand Prize winners (each, a “Grand Prize Winner”) will each receive a travel package for three (3) (winner and two (2) guests) to attend the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science taking place in Washington, D.C. January 10-13, 2019 (each, a “Grand Prize Package”). Each Grand Prize Package includes:
- Round-trip, coach-class air-transportation for winner and two (2) guests to Washington, D.C. from a major airport within the U.S.A. near the winner’s residence as determined by Sponsor;
- Four (4) days / three (3) nights hotel accommodations based on single room/triple occupancy as determined by Sponsor;
- Meals for winner and guests to include dinner on Thursday, January 10, 2019; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12, 2019; and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, January 13, 2019;
- National Youth Summit on Agri-Science workshop and activity materials;
- Local transportation for National Youth Summit on Agri-Science tours;
- Round-trip transfers to/from destination airport and hotel;
- $300 stipend; and
- $300 4‑H gift card or other gift card to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.
- The Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each Grand Prize is $4,584. The total ARV of all Grand Prize packages is $13,752.
- Honorable Mention Prizes: Seven (7) Honorable Mention Prize winners (each, an “Honorable Mention Prize Winner”) will each receive a $300 4‑H gift card or other gift card to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The ARV of each Honorable Mention Prize is $300.
- Sweepstakes Prizes: Fifty (50) Sweepstakes Prize winners (each, a “Sweepstakes Prize Winner”) will each receive a $100 Gift Card. The total ARV of each Sweepstakes Prize is $100.
The total ARV of all prizes to be awarded: $20,852.
THE CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD, HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST & HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: The Contest Entry Period begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on Monday, October 22, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Friday, November 2, 2018. During the Contest Entry Period, submit a photo (a “Photo”) and a corresponding caption of no more than 300 words (an “Essay”) which together describe how science inspired you by visiting https://4‑H.org/InspiredbyScience (the “Promotion Website”), follow the instructions to upload/access your Photo, follow all instructions to complete the contest entry form including your Essay and submit (the “Contest Entry”).
There is a limit of one (1) Contest Entry per person per day, regardless of the method of entry. Each Contest Entry must include an original Photo and Essay. Contest Entries submitted with a Photo or Essay that has already been submitted will be disqualified. Each eligible Contest Entry will receive one (1) Sweepstakes Entry in the Sweepstakes portion of the Promotion.
Once a Contest Entry is submitted it cannot be modified by an Entrant. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, garbled, inaccurate, invalid, misdirected, undelivered, or delayed Entries. No altered or incomplete submissions will be accepted.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS & CONDITIONS: All Contest Entries must comply with the following minimum guidelines to be eligible:
- Entrants must be between fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) years of age.
- Photo and Essay must explain “how science inspired you”.
- Entrant and description of ”How science inspired you” should be the primary subject of the Photo and Essay. No other individuals may appear in the Photo, without express permission. If Photo features a minor under the age of majority in his/her state of residence, you must obtain written permission from the minor’s legal guardian.
- Photos must conform to the format and size requirements and limitations of the Promotion Website.
- Contest Entry cannot contain content that is irrelevant to the purpose of the Contest.
- Once a Contest Entry has been submitted, it cannot be modified or deleted by Entrant.
- Each submitted Contest Entry must be original, on which no image editing software has been used.
- No duplicate Photos, Essays or substantially similar, as determined by the Sponsor’s in its sole discretion, may be submitted.
- By submitting a Photo taken by a third party, Entrant warrants and represents that he/she has secured all rights and clearances to the Photo from the photographer.
- Contest Entry cannot be profane, pornographic, sexually explicit or suggestive or contain nudity.
- Contest Entry cannot be violent or promote firearms/weapons.
- Contest Entry cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco.
- Contest Entry cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about people, brands, products or companies.
- Contest Entry cannot contain content that defaces or depicts any person, brand, product or company in a negative or inappropriate manner.
- Contest Entry cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group or be derogatory to any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group.
- Contest Entry cannot reference or contain materials embodying copyrighted images, names, likenesses or other indicia identifying any brand, products, company or person, living or dead, without permission.
- Contest Entry cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsors wish to associate.
- Contest Entry cannot depict illegal activity and cannot itself be in violation of any law.
- Contest Entry cannot in any way reference persons or organizations without written permission from any person or organization whose name or likeness is used.
- Contest Entry may not include images of a known celebrity, famous or well-known person or any image which violates the right of privacy or publicity of any person.
- Contest Entry cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind or won any previous awards.
By submitting a Contest Entry, the Entrant understands that he/she is granting and grants to the Sponsors an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive worldwide license to use his/her Entry, Photo, Essay, name, hometown and likeness on the Sponsor’s various websites and social media sites and in advertising and/or promotional activities worldwide without compensation, permission or notification. Each Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter, change or modify any Contest Entry, which includes a Photo or Essay.
By submitting a Contest Entry, Contest Entrant warrants and represents that: (a) Contest Entry, Photo and Essay do not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any person or entity; (b) Contest Entrant has obtained written permission from any person who may appear in the Photo; (c) Contest Entrant owns all rights to the Photo, including without limitation, copyrights, and has received prior written permission from a third party if any Photo was photographed by someone other than the Contest Entrant him/herself; and (d) Contest Entrant will indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator and related entities, agents and assigns from any claims and damages (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from or relating to the breach or alleged breach of Contest Entrant’s representations and warranties herein, the Contest Entry, or Contest Entrant’s conduct in creating the Contest Entry, the acceptance or use of any prize or otherwise in connection with this Promotion.
CONTEST ENTRIES POSTED TO THE PROMOTION WEBSITE ARE THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF SPONSORS IN ANY MANNER.
JUDGING & FINALIST DETERMINATION: The Judging & Finalist Determination Period will begin on Monday, November 5, 2018 and be completed on Friday, November 9, 2018. All eligible Entries received during the Contest Entry Period will be judged by the Sponsor, who shall use the criteria set forth below:
- Response to Question “How science inspired you?” (50%)
- Originality (25%)
- Creativity (25%)
The ten (10) Contest Entries that receive the highest total score based on the judging criteria will each be deemed a potential finalist (each, a “Contest Finalist”). In the unlikely event of a tie, the tied Contest Entry with the highest score in Criterion A, Response to Question “How science inspired you?”, will be deemed the potential Contest Finalist. If additional tie breakers are needed, the tie-breaking mechanism above will be used; however, instead of the highest score in Criterion A determining the potential finalists from among the tied entries, the highest scores in each of Criteria B through C, in sequence (to the extent needed) will determine the potential Contest Finalists. In the event additional tiebreakers are needed, all tied Contest Entries will be judged by a separate panel of judges using the judging criteria above.
CONTEST FINALIST NOTIFICATION: Contest Finalists will be notified on or about November 9, 2018 regarding his/her status as a Contest Finalist via email and/or phone.
PUBLIC VOTING PERIOD: Starting at 12:00:01 AM ET on Monday, November 12, 2018, the ten (10) Contest Finalists will be posted on the Promotion Website for public voting (the “Finalist Gallery”).
There is a limit of one (1) Vote per person per email address per day during the Public Voting Period. All Votes must be received between 12:00:01 AM ET on Friday, November 9, 2018 and 11:59:59 PM ET on Friday, November 16, 2018.
Votes become sole property of Sponsors and none will be acknowledged or returned. Nothing in these Official Rules shall obligate Sponsors to publish or otherwise disclose any Vote submitted in connection with this Promotion. Multiple Voters are not permitted to share the same email address.
Any attempt by a Contest Finalist or any other person to gain Votes by promising a benefit to the Voter or any other person, including the use of sites such as Vote Exchange or other similar social media sites, may subject the Contest Finalist and Voter to disqualification in the sole discretion of the Sponsors. Voters and/or Contest Finalists who spam or create false accounts for the purpose of casting Votes (or otherwise undertake any act intended to manipulate or undermine the integrity of the Promotion) may have their Contest Finalist Entry, Votes and/or Sweepstakes Entries disqualified. Decisions of the Sponsors are final relating to all aspects of the voting process and results. The Sponsors may disqualify any Contest Finalist, Contest Entry, Vote, Sweepstakes Entry, Voter, or related parties who violate or is suspected of violating any of the terms and conditions of the Promotion or these Official Rules.
CONTEST GRAND PRIZE WINNER DETERMINATION, NOTIFICATION & CONTEST GRAND PRIZE ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS: The results of the Public Voting Period will be combined with the Judging Score to determine the Final Score (each, a “Final Score”) for each Contest Finalist. The Public Voting outcome will be weighted as one-third of the total and the Judging Score will be weighted as two-thirds of the Final Score. The three (3) Contest Finalists who receive the three (3) Final Scores will each be deemed a potential Contest Grand Prize Winner. In the event of a tie, the tied Contest Finalist with the highest overall judging score from the Judging & Finalist Determination Period will be deemed the potential Contest Grand Prize Winner.
The potential Contest Grand Prize Winner will be notified on or about Monday, December 3, 2018. Potential Contest Grand Prize Winner will be contacted by the Administrator via email and/or phone on or about Monday, December 3, 2018 and will be required to sign and return the Releases described herein within three (3) business days of notification.
Noncompliance will result in disqualification and the Contest Finalist who received the next highest Final Score will be deemed the potential Contest Grand Prize Winner and will be notified. The Contest Grand Prize will be awarded within approximately 30 days after verification.
If a Contest Grand Prize Winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the Contest Grand Prize will be awarded in the name of winner’s parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases described herein and W-9 on minor’s behalf and must accompany Contest Grand Prize Winner on the Grand Prize trip as one of the two travel companions.
HONORABLE MENTION PRIZE WINNER DETERMINATION, NOTIFICATION & HONORABLE MENTION PRIZE ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS: The seven (7) remaining Contest Finalists who were not deemed a Contest Grand Prize Winner will each be deemed a potential Honorable Mention Prize Winner.
Each potential Honorable Mention Prize Winner will be notified on or about Monday, December 3, 2018 via email and/or phone, and will be required to provide his/her mailing address within 72 hours via return email Noncompliance will result in disqualification. The Honorable Mention Prizes will be awarded within approximately 45 days after verification.
If an Honorable Mention Prize Winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the Honorable Mention Prize will be awarded in the name of winner’s parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases described herein on minor’s behalf.
SWEEPSTAKES RANDOM DRAWING, NOTIFICATION & SWEEPSTAKES PRIZE ACCEPTANCE: Fifty (50) Sweepstakes Prize winners will be selected in a random drawing by the Administrator on or about Monday, December 3, 2018 from among all eligible Entries received who were not Contest Finalists. Potential winners will be contacted by the Administrator by email and be required to provide his/her mailing address within 72 hours via return email. The Sweepstakes Prizes will be awarded within approximately 45 days after verification.
If a Sweepstakes Prize Winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the Sweepstakes Prize will be awarded in the name of winner’s parent or legal guardian.
PRIZE CONDITIONS: If any notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or if potential finalist or winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules he/she will be disqualified.
Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Prizes are not assignable nor transferable. No substitution is permitted except if prize is unavailable, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. No cash will be given in lieu of prizes and there will be no exchange or substitution of prizes, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner’s sole responsibility.
Gift cards are not redeemable for cash and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Gift card usage is subject to the issuing company’s complete terms and conditions, including expiration dates.
Winners are responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning prize. Contest Grand Prize winners will be required to furnish his/her Social Security Number for the sole purpose of preparation of tax forms as required by law.
Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use Finalist’s/Winner’s name, prize won, hometown, likeness, video tape, photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.
By accepting an Honorable Mention Prize, Contest Grand Prize or Sweepstakes Prize, Winner further agrees to release the Promotion Entities from any and all liability, loss or damage of any kind arising out of or in connection with your participation in this Promotion or with respect to the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize.
CONTEST GRAND PRIZE CONDITIONS: Each Contest Grand Prize winner must be accompanied on the Grand Prize trip by his/her parent/legal guardian, and such parent/legal guardian will be one of the two travel companions for the Grand Prize Package. Travel related expenses, including but not limited to, taxes, gratuities, incidentals, upgrades, insurance, service charges, airport surcharges, departure taxes, luggage fees, food & beverage and personal expenses such as telephone/Internet charges, and gift shop purchases are the sole responsibility of prize winner. Winner and travel companions must travel on same itinerary. Winner and travel companions must have valid photo ID and any other required documentation prior to departure. Prize must be used on dates specified or prize will be forfeited. Dates are subject to change. Travel is subject to availability. Trip will be booked by an agent of the Sponsor and all arrangements must be completed by December 14, 2018. Trip is only available from January 10, 2019 through January 13, 2019. Registrations for the summit must be completed online at www.nationalyouthsummits.org by December 28, 2018.
Sponsors will, in their sole discretion, determine which airport is closest to the Grand Prize winner’s home. In the event the Grand Prize winner’s residence is close enough to Washington, D.C. such that air transportation is deemed by Sponsors in their sole discretion to be unnecessary, the Sponsors reserve the right to substitute round-trip ground transportation to/from the Grand Prize winner’s home in lieu of air transportation. The Grand Prize winner and his/her travel companions are responsible for obtaining any travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) that they may wish to obtain (at their own expense) and hereby acknowledge that the Sponsors have not and will not obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit may be required at any time for incidental charges (e.g., room service, use of telephone/IT services, laundry and all other optional extra services not provided in the Grand Prize). If Grand Prize winner elects to travel or partake in the Grand Prize with fewer than two (2) travel companions, no additional compensation will be awarded. All hotel reservations are based on availability and all holidays are excluded. Accommodations are subject to availability at time of reservation. Blackout dates, advance booking requirements and travel restrictions may apply. Availability is subject to factors such as weather, seasonality and space availability. Reservations are subject to availability. If weather or other incident or conditions beyond the control of the Sponsors affects the ability for winner and his/her travel companions to redeem any portion of prize during the scheduled date and time, then the Sponsors shall have no further obligation to the winner and/or travel companions other than to supply the remaining elements of the prize package minus the unused portion of prize. Sponsors shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitution or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air carriers, hotels, venue operators, transportation companies, prize providers or any other persons providing any prize-related services or accommodations. Sponsors are not liable for expenses incurred as a consequence of flight cancellation/delay. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any transportation or other prize element except at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. If for any reason whatsoever, winner and/or travel companions are unable to travel after all travel arrangements have been made and paid, the Sponsors shall have no further obligation to the winner. If Grand Prize is forfeited prior to Sponsors finalizing and paying for travel, and there is sufficient time to notify an alternate winner, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing from among all non-winning eligible entries. Winner and travel companions are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documentation (e.g., valid photo ID and/or passport with a minimum validity 6 months after the date of return) prior to travel. Winner’s travel companions must be legal U.S. residents. If a Grand Prize Winner is a minor in his/her state of primary residence, one (1) travel companion must be the winner’s parent/legal guardian who has completed and signed the Releases described herein (the “Winner’s Parent/Guardian”) and the second travel companion must either (i) be at least 18 years or older or (ii) if second companion is considered a minor in his/her state of primary residence the Winner’s Parent/Guardian must also be the second companion’s parent/legal guardian and must complete and return a Minor Travel Companion Liability & Publicity Release. If winner’s companion is at least 18 years or older, such travel companion must complete and return a Travel Companion Liability & Publicity Release prior to travel.
In the event a winner or his/her travel companion(s) engages in behavior that, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsors reserve the right to terminate the trip early, in whole or in part, and send the winner and his/her travel companions home with no further obligation. In the event a winner engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects winner to arrest or detention, Sponsors shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by winner as a result of such conduct. SPONSORS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRAVEL RELATED TO THE PRIZE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF GRAND PRIZE WINNER’S ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF THE PRIZE.
In the event that the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science does not take place as scheduled, for reasons such as cancellation, preemption or postponement, or for any reason beyond the control of the Sponsor, Sponsor’s sole responsibility will be to award the remaining portion of the Grand Prize and no additional substitution or compensation will be provided.
GENERAL: Participating Entrants and Voters agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrator and the Sponsor, and release and hold the Sponsor, the Administrator, and their affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Promotion, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each, from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the Promotion, and the acceptance and use/misuse of the prize offered. Entrants waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages. Finalists/Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Promotion or use/misuse or redemption of a prize. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Promotion or in the announcement of any prize.
No confidential relationship is established by any Contest Entrant or Voter and the Sponsors as a result of participating in the Promotion. None of the information submitted by the Contest Entrant or Voter will be treated as trade secrets, confidential information or as protected data.
Although subsequent attempts to submit a Contest Entry or Vote on a given day may be received, only the first complete Contest Entry/Vote received from a particular Entrant/Voter will be eligible; subsequent attempts by the same person to Enter/Vote, including entries/votes submitted with an alternate email address or identity will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an Entrant or Voter, submission will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the email address submitted by the Contest Entrant/Voter. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person to whom the email address refers. Any Entrant, Voter or potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to Sponsor’s satisfaction. Entry materials/data or Vote materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries/votes or entries/votes generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Promotion Entities are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries/votes; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of submission materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive submission information by Sponsors on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to Entrant’s, Voter’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Promotion. By participating in the Promotion, you (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsors and the Administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Promotion. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any Promotion it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and (ii) withdraw any method of entry or voting mechanism if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Promotion). If, for any reason, the Promotion is not capable of being conducted as planned, including but not limited to infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes whether or not beyond the control of Sponsor, Sponsors reserve the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion. Sponsors are not responsible if the Promotion cannot be implemented or prizes cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, strikes, governmental action, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism. Sponsors also reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be violating these Official Rules or suspected of attempting to disrupt or defraud the Entry or Vote process or the operation of the Promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any Entrant or Voter at any time during the Promotion Period that may be found ineligible.
In the event any participant engages or has engaged in behavior that (as determined by Sponsors in Sponsors’ sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that tends to annoy, abuse, threaten, disparage or harass any other person or company including the Sponsors or is otherwise inappropriate, the Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify the Entrant, Voter or winner and void any Contest Entries, Votes or Sweepstakes Entries of said person.
LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate courts located in the State of Maryland. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsors in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Maryland without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland. The remedy for any claim shall be limited to actual damages, and in no event shall any party be entitled to recover punitive, exemplary, consequential, or incidental damages, including attorney’s fees or other such related costs of bringing a claim, or to rescind this agreement or seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.
THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL WITH RESPECT TO ALL CLAIMS AND ISSUES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT WHETHER SOUNDING IN CONTRACT OR TORT, AND INCLUDING ANY CLAIM FOR FRAUDULENT INDUCEMENT THEREOF.
OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: To request a copy of the Official Rules, see https://4‑H.org/InspiredbyScience or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 3, 2018, to: The Inspired by Science Contest Official Rules Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.
WINNER CONFIRMATION REQUEST: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after December 3, 2018), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than January 3, 2019), to: Inspired by Science Contest Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.
SPONSORS: National 4‑H Council, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and
Bayer CropScience LP, 800 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63167.
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