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1. Eligibility giveaways ("Contest") are open to all individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The Contest is subject to provincial, federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

2. Sponsor

The Contest is sponsored by Contests may be announced and held via social media platforms -- such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogger, and Periscope -- but they are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with these social media sites. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogger, and Periscope are not affiliated with contests, and cannot be held liable for anything related to these promotions.

3. How to Enter

Online. Please refer to original giveaway announcement post for rules on how to submit your entry.

The Contest begins and ends at the times stated in the giveaway posting - please refer to original post for start and end time details. Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest.

Limit one (1) entry per person and per email address for the entire duration of the Contest Period, regardless of method of entry, unless otherwise noted in the original Contest announcement post. 

4. Winners Selection

Shortly after the closing of the giveaway, Sponsor will conduct a random drawing to select potential winner(s) from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received.

5. Prizes

Prizes vary from promotion to promotion. Please refer to original giveaway post for prize list.

6. Prize Conditions

Winner(s) will be notified by email. Inability to contact a winner, failure by winner to reply to the winners notice by the date specified by sponsor, or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in the prize being forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from the remaining eligible entries by random drawing. Prize winner may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and (where legal) a publicity release, which must be returned within time period specified in notification letter or an alternate winner may be selected. If prize winner is 18 or older, as is required for entry, but not of the age of majority in state of residence, prize will either be awarded in the name of parent or legal guardian, or parent or legal guardian must ratify and sign any and all documents required of winner. Winner's guests, or a parent/legal guardian if winner is not the legal age of majority at the time of entry, must complete and return a notarized liability/publicity release prior to issuance of a prize. No prize transfer or cash redemption. No prize substitution, in whole or in part, except by Sponsor due to prize unavailability or any other reason as solely determined by Sponsor, in which case a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded.

7. Copyright

Any photos, art or writing you submit as part of any of contests belongs to you. By entering the contest, you give the permission to repost if you end up winning (e.g. "Here's the winning entry" etc.) but other than that, your content will not be posted elsewhere without your express permission.

The copyright to any original photos, art or writing by Debbie Ridpath Ohi that you win as part of your prize remains with Debbie. You're free to share as part of your personal post (e.g. "Here's what I won!") but if you plan to use Debbie's content for anything else (including a permanent part of your website or your avatar on social media), please contact her for permission and licensing fees.

8. Taxes

Taxes on prize and all expenses related to acceptance and use of prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

9. Participation Conditions

By participating, entrants agree: (a) to these rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all respects relating to this Promotion; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Promotion Entities from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind resulting from their participation in the Promotion or their acceptance, use or misuse of prize including, without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage; and if a winner.

10. Indemnity

Sponsor, its promotional partners, their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, agents and representatives, and the officers, directors and employees of each are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: any human error which may occur in the processing of entries; (ii) electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind, including without limitation, or server malfunction which may occur in the processing of entries; (iii) failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions; (iv) late, lost, misdirected, stolen, illegible or incomplete entries or postage-due mail; or (v) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsor that may cause the promotion to be disrupted or corrupted.

11. Other Errors

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Promotion or any portion thereof should virus, bugs or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the promotion. Sponsor may proceed in a manner deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entry information becomes property of Sponsor. Internet entry must be made by the entrant only at the authorized website address of the Promotion. Entries may not be made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other Internet website or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial promotion subscription notification and/or entering service sites. Any winner who enters by any of the methods described above will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time in the event it is determined that the entrant has not complied with these Official Rules.

12. Governing Law and Venue

ENTRANT AGREES THAT: (1) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THIS PROMOTION OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION, AND EXCLUSIVELY BY THE APPROPRIATE STATE/PROVINCE OR FEDERAL COURT LOCATED IN THE STATE/PROVINCE OF THE SPONSOR AS LISTED IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES; (2) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, INCLUDING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS PROMOTION BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ENTRANT BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE ATTORNEYS' FEES; AND (3) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND ENTRANT 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 ARE HEREBY WAIVED. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Sponsor as listed in these Official Rules, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Sponsor as listed in these Official Rules or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Sponsor as listed in these Official Rules. This Promotion is governed by the laws of the State of Sponsor as listed in these Official Rules, with jurisdiction and venue in County of State of Sponsor as listed in these Official Rules and all claims must be resolved in the courts of County of State of Sponsor as listed in these Official Rules.


NOTE: I adapted the above from giveaway rules. I live in Canada, though, and am just an individual rather than a company. If you know of anything above that seems amiss or needs changing, I'd appreciate you letting me know - thank you! -- Debbie