Official Rules for Family Circle Grounds and Hounds Sweepstakes
Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 18 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 sweepstakes.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Family Circle Grounds and Hounds Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01am EST on April 11, 2018 and ends at 11:59pm EST on April 17, 2018 (“Sweepstakes Period”).
SPONSOR: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa (“Sponsor”).
HOW TO ENTER: During the Sweepstakes Period, log-in to your Instagram account, if you are not logged in already. Then, navigate to the Family Circle Magazine Instagram page @familycirclemag located at instagram.com/familycirclemag and the Grounds and Hounds Instagram page @groundsandhounds located at instagram.com/groundsandhounds and follow both pages (if you are not already doing so). Then, post an original photo of your dog to your Instagram account using the hashtag #FCPPETGIVEAWAY and tag both @familycirclemag and @groundsandhounds in the post to receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes. Please Note: The content of your post will not be judged and therefore all posts/entries will have an equal chance of winning.
All 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 11:59pm EST. on April 17, 2018 to be eligible.
Entering this Sweepstakes requires an Instagram account, which is each available for free at http://instagram.com. If you choose to post to Instagram using your mobile device, data rates may apply. See your wireless provider for pricing plan details. Entries that are obscene, crude, offensive or not in keeping with the Sponsor’s image, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be reported to the applicable platform and all associated Entries will be void
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, 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.
Photo must be taken by entrant and must be the original work of the entrant, may not have been previously published, must 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 Sweepstakes and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (i) verify any element of any entry, related materials or entrant’s eligibility; (ii) to request additional information; and (iii) to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the Sweepstakes Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule. By entering this Sweepstakes, you agree to provide any documentation or information deemed necessary by, and in a form acceptable to, Sponsor to satisfy the above requirement if asked by Sponsor to do so.
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 in perpetuity for the entry to be posted at instagram.com/familycirclemag, instagram.com/groundsandhounds, and other websites and/or in the Family Circle magazine (print and digital). 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.
This SWEEPSTAKES is IN NO WAY sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with INSTAGRAM. You are providing your information TO Sponsor and not to INSTAGRAM. THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE WILL BE USED TO ADMINISTER THE SWEEPSTAKES.
Limit: One entry per person throughout the Sweepstakes Period. You may only use one (1) email address/Instagram account to enter the Sweepstakes. Entries received from any person or Instagram username/email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void.
ELIGIBILITY: This Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Sponsor, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Sweepstakes 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. “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.
RANDOM DRAWING: On or about April 18, 2018 Sponsor will select one (1) potential winner in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
WINNER NOTIFICATION: The one (1) potential winner will be notified via Instagram direct message and will be required to contact the Sponsor at the email address provided in the notification within two (2) business days. Potential winner may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, IRS W9 form, License of Work and Release of Liability/Publicity within two (2) days of date of notification or a runner-up winner may be notified. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact potential winner or potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up winner may be notified.
PRIZE (1): One (1) Grounds and Hounds Saturday Essentials Bundle. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of prize: $99.00
PRIZE CONDITIONS: Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee either expressed or implied by the Sponsor. Prize winner may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem a 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. All applicable federal, state, and local taxes, if any, and all other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein are the sole responsibility of winner. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Released Parties (as defined below) disclaim all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any prize accepted by winner. The awarding of the prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.
ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prize 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 Sweepstakes and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
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 Instagram post submitted in connection with the Sweepstakes, the names and likenesses of any individuals and/or 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.
RELEASES: By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to release Sponsor, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., Instagram, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Sweepstakes 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, death or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Sweepstakes and/or acceptance, use or misuse of any prize (or portion thereof).
MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected Entries, photos, comments, hashtags, and/or emails; 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 Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, photos, hashtags and/or emails, direct messages, follow requests, the announcement of the prize, or in any Sweepstakes-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 Sweepstakes. 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 Sweepstakes 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. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Sweepstakes if the Sweepstakes is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to determine the potential winner from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to date of cancellation or termination, using the judging process detailed herein. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the Instagram account, as applicable, 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 Instagram account by Instagram. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES 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, Instagram username, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Sweepstakes in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Sweepstakes, 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. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations.
WINNER’S NAME: For the name of the winner, available after April 17, 2018, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Family Circle, Winner’s Name, The Family Circle Grounds and Hounds Sweepstakes, Family Circle 805 Third Ave. 24th Floor New York, NY 10022.