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Best-Dressed Pets Contest

Here's the chance to show off your pet's stylish looks. Submit a photo of your furry loved one dressed in his cutest costume for a chance to win a Petco gift card!
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Official Rules

Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this contest.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO WIN.

CONTEST PERIOD: The Best-Dressed Pets Contest ("Contest") begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time ("E.T.") on August 27, 2013, and ends at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on November 5, 2013 ("Contest Period").

SPONSOR: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa ("Sponsor").

HOW TO ENTER: During the Contest Period, there are two (2) ways to enter:

1) Via Facebook: Visit familycircle.com/petscontest and follow the prompts to log in to your Facebook account, if you are not logged in already, and "like" Family Circle's Facebook page. Then, click the Best-Dressed Pets Contest tab, follow the instructions provided to complete the entry form and submit a photo of your pet dressed up including the hashtag #fcpets to receive one (1) entry ("Entry"); OR 2) Via Instagram: Using your web-enabled mobile device, launch the Instagram Application and follow FamilyCircleMag on Instagram or visit instagram.com/familycirclemag in an Internet browser to locate and follow "FamilyCircleMag." Then, using your mobile device, capture and upload one (1) photo of your pet dressed up to Instagram and include the hashtag #fcpets to receive one (1) entry ("Entry").

There is no cost to enter. Entries are final upon submission. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. All Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on November 5, 2013, to be eligible. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

Entry may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

  • is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; appears to duplicate any other submitted Entries;
  • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission;
  • contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission;
  • contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;
  • contains look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or
  • violates any law.

Entry must be the original, unprofessional work of the entrant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any Entry or related materials and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the Contest, Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn or ridicule.

By submitting your Entry, you agree that your Entry conforms to these Official Rules and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify your Entry for any reason, including if it determines, in its sole discretion, that your Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

By submitting an Entry, entrant hereby grants permission for the Entry to be posted at http://www.familycircle.com, www.facebook.com/familycirclemag or other websites. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and reserve the right to remove any posted Entry at any time whatsoever and/or for any reason. Entrants agree that they will not use the Entry for any other purpose, including, without limitation, posting the Entry to any online social networks, without the express consent of Sponsor in each instance.

THIS CONTEST IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED, ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH FACEBOOK, INC. ("FACEBOOK") OR INSTAGRAM. BY ENTERING, YOU UNDERSTAND YOU ARE PROVIDING YOUR INFORMATION TO SPONSOR AND NOT TO FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM.

LIMIT: One (1) Entry per person and per e-mail address and per Facebook account and per Instagram account throughout the Contest Period, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person, e-mail address, Facebook account or Instagram account in excess of the stated limitation will be void. You may only use one (1) e-mail address, one (1) Facebook account and one (1) Instagram account to enter this Contest.

ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older. Employees of Sponsor, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and/or their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. "Immediate family members" shall mean spouses, parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, and their respective spouses. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.

WINNER DETERMINATION:

Judging: On or about 11/11/13, a panel of qualified judges, selected by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, will judge all eligible Entries received throughout the Contest Period based on the following criteria: Creativity (40%), Uniqueness (30%) and Adherence to Contest Theme (30%). The thirty (30) Entries with the highest total scores will be deemed potential finalists and will advance to the voting round. In the event of a tie, an additional, tie-breaking judge will judge the tied Entries based on the criteria above to determine the potential finalist. Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than thirty (30) potential finalists if, it determines in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries.

Potential finalists will be notified via e-mail, phone, mail or Instagram and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, IRS W9 form, License of Work and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification or an alternate finalist may be notified. If a potential finalist is notified via Instagram, he/she must follow the instructions provided by Sponsor to contact and provide Sponsor with his/her full and complete personal information. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, a finalist notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential finalist or a potential finalist is not in compliance with these Official Rules, an alternate finalist will be notified at Sponsor's sole discretion.

Voting Round: From 12:00 a.m. E.T. on November 11 to 11:59 p.m. E.T. on November 15, 2013 ("Voting Period"), the thirty (30) finalist Entries will be posted on the Best-Dressed Pets Contest application on Facebook for public voting. Limit one (1) vote per person and per Facebook account per day throughout the Voting Period. The five (5) finalist Entries with the highest total number of valid votes will be deemed the winners, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. In the event of a tie in the Voting Period, the finalist Entry among the tied Entries with the highest score in Creativity from the judging round will be deemed the winner, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. All results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor.

VOTE COUNTS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN TALLIED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR. VOTES RECEIVED IN EXCESS OF THE STATED LIMITATION WILL BE VOID. ENTRANTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM OBTAINING VOTES BY ANY FRAUDULENT OR INAPPROPRIATE MEANS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, OFFERING PRIZES OR OTHER INDUCEMENTS TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AS DETERMINED BY THE SPONSOR IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION.

PRIZES (5): A $50 Petco Gift Card; Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") is $50 each. Total ARV of all prizes: $250. Prizes are awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer a prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winners are responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. Gift cards are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion.

PRIVACY: When you enter the Contest, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, complete mailing address and e-mail address. Your information will not be sold or rented to third parties. Entrants must fully complete and submit all non-optional data requested on the entry form to be eligible. Incomplete Entries are void. Entrants may be given the option to receive commercial e-mails from Sponsor; however, such e-mails are optional. Eligibility to participate in the Contest is not dependent upon entrant's consent to receive e-mails and such consent will not affect entrant's ability to win. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor's privacy policy at http://www.meredith.com/privacy.html. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST.

LICENSE FOR USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry, each entrant grants, and represents and warrants that the entrant has the rights and authority necessary to grant, Sponsor an irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sublicensable license and right to exploit, edit, modify and distribute the Entry and all elements of such Entry, including, without limitation, the photo and the likenesses of any pets, individuals and locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in New York, NY; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney's fees or any other damages, other than for entrant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

RELEASES: By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to release Sponsor, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., Facebook, Instagram and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest and/or acceptance or use of any prize.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected Entries, photos, hashtags and/or votes; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of Entries, photos or hashtags, the announcement of the prizes, the tabulation of votes, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to entrants' or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to determine the potential finalists and/or potential winners from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to date of cancellation or termination using the judging criteria detailed herein. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, Entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the Entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant's name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Contest in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Contest, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winners' list, if applicable. Contest is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations.

WINNERS' NAMES: For winners' names, available after November 25, 2013, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Winners' List, Best-Dressed Pets Contest, 805 Third Avenue, c/o Family Circle, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

 

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