INSPIRATIONS PHOTO CONTEST

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

  1. Eligibility: Nikon Inspirations Photo Contest (the 'Contest') is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Nikon Inc., ePrize, Inc., and any of their parent and affiliate companies and their respective advertising, promotional and/or other agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

  2. Sponsor: Nikon Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747. Administrator: ePrize, Inc., One ePrize Drive, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069.

  3. Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in this Contest constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor's and Administrator's decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

  4. Timing: The Contest begins on September 1, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ('ET'), ends on December 31, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the 'Contest Period') and consists of four (4) entry periods (each an 'Entry Period'). Each Entry Period consists of a Submission Phase and a Judging Phase as set forth in the chart below:

    Entry Period/
    Theme
    Phase Start Date
    (at 12:00
    a.m. ET)
    End Date
    (at 11:59
    p.m. ET)
    Approximate
    Winner
    Notification
    Sports & Action Submission 9/1/2013 9/30/2013 11/15/2013
    Judging 10/1/2013 11/07/2013
    Landscape Submission 10/1/2013 10/31/2013 12/15/2013
    Judging 11/1/2013 12/07/2013
    Portrait Submission 11/1/2013 11/30/2013 1/15/2014
    Judging 12/1/2013 1/10/2014
    Zoom & Telephoto Submission 12/1/2013 12/31/2013 2/15/2014
    Judging 1/1/2014 2/10/2014

    Sponsor's computer is the official time–keeping device for the Contest.

  5. How to Enter: To participate in this contest you must have a Flickr.com account (herein referred to as the 'Account'). Your Account settings must allow for your photo(s) to be public and thus viewable by the Sponsor and its agents. If you do not have an Account, you can create one for free by visiting http://www.flickr.com/. Flickr.com is not associated with this Contest, and the Account is subject to its Terms of Use at: http://www.flickr.com/help/terms.

    During any Submission Phase, visit www.nikoninspirations.com and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration form, including but not limited to providing your name, telephone number, email address, and a valid home address. P.O. Boxes are not permitted. Then, follow the directions to upload a URL to your Account one (1) photo that displays the theme for the applicable Entry Period (as defined in the chart in Section 4 above), collectively referred to as your submission ('Submission'). Submissions will be accepted until the end of each applicable Entry Period; only the first twelve thousand five hundred (12,500) Submissions received for each applicable Entry Period will be considered for the purposes of this Contest. Submissions will be posted on www.nikoninspirations.com for public voting during each Submission Phase, however the public votes are for entertainment purposes only and will in no way contribute to winner determination.

    By uploading your Submission, you represent, warrant and agree that your Submission is true and correct in all respect, that it conforms to the Photo Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the 'Guidelines and Restrictions') and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove your Submission and disqualify you from the Contest if it believes that your Submission fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions.

    Photo Guidelines:

    • The Submission must be provided in the form of a URL that links directly to the photo on your Account;
    • The Submission must have been posted to your Account on or after July 1, 2013;
    • The Submission must be in .jpg format;
    • The Submission must not exceed 5 MB in size;
    • The Submission cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion or contest of any kind; and
    • The photo may be taken with any type or brand of camera.

    Content Restrictions:

    • The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to trademark, patent, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;
    • The Entrant must have written permission from all individuals that appear in the Submission (if any) to use their name and likeness in the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein.
    • The Submission must not disparage Sponsor, Administrator or any other person or party affiliated with the Contest;
    • The Submission must not contain brand names or trademarks other than those owned by Sponsor, which entrant has a limited license to use to incorporate in his/her Submission in this Contest;
    • The Submission must not contain images or artwork not created by entrant;
    • The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
    • The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
    • The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where Submission is created.

    Limit: Each entrant may upload one (1) Submission per Entry Period during each Submission Phase. Submissions received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will be void. Submissions generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. Entrant must be the sole creator and owner of and possess all rights in and to the Submission, have secured written, royalty and payment–free rights of property, privacy, publicity, model, talent, site and/or other releases, waivers, permissions and/or licenses to use all names, locations and likenesses in the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein from all persons, images and property, if any, appearing in the Submission (collectively, the 'Permissions'). If requested, entrant must be able to provide such Permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor. Uploading a Submission constitutes entrant's consent to give Sponsor and its affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns a royalty–free, irrevocable, perpetual, non–exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submissions (and/or entrant's name, city, state and/or likeness), solely for and/or in connection with the Contest, in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed (e.g., on Sponsor’s websites and social media properties), including but not limited to for promotional or marketing purposes for and/or in connection with the Contest, without any compensation, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. If requested, entrant will sign any documentation that may be required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the non–exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the Submission. Released Parties (as defined in Section 9, below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un–intelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected Submissions; all of which will be void.

    In the event of a dispute as to any Submission, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. The 'authorized account holder' is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each entrant may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

  6. Winner Determination: Winners will be determined during each Entry Period's Judging Phase by a panel of qualified judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion based on the following judging criteria ('Judging Criteria'):

    • Creativity/Originality (30 points);
    • Image Quality of Submission (35 points); and
    • Fit to Theme (35 points)

    The Entrant with the highest score out of 100 total points for each applicable Entry Period based on the Judging Criteria will be deemed the potential winner. In the event of a tie, the entrant whose Submission received the highest score for Creativity/Originality, as determined by the qualified judges, in their sole discretion, will be deemed the potential winner for that applicable Entry Period. Sponsor reserves the right not to select a winner per any Entry Period, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive at least 25 eligible and qualified Submissions. Public votes on www.nikoninspirations.com will have no bearing on winner determination and will not be taken into account by the judges.

  7. Winner Requirements: Potential winners will be notified by email, mail or phone on or around the dates listed on the chart in Section 4. Except where prohibited, each potential winner (parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to complete, sign and return a Declaration of Compliance, Liability and Publicity Release and a W–9 tax form, which must be received by Administrator within seven (7) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim the prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to execute and return the Declaration of Compliance, Liability and Publicity Release, W–9 tax form or provide any other requested information within the required time period, does not comply with these Official Rules, or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits the prize. If a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize may be awarded to a runner–up, if any, in Sponsor's sole discretion. Only three (3) alternate winners may be determined, after which the applicable prize will remain un–awarded.

    Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify each winner's agreement and consent that Sponsor, its affiliates, licensees, designees, successors and assigns may use the winner's name, city, state, likeness, Submission and/or prize information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising, marketing and/or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter invented, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. Without limiting the generality of these Official Rules, each winner hereby grants Sponsor and its affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns a royalty–free, fully paid–up, irrevocable, perpetual, non–exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, copy, edit, create derivative works from, and display each winner's Submission, solely for and/or in connection with the Contest, in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it with and/or into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed including, without limitation, the Internet (e.g., on Sponsor's websites and social media properties), for promotional, advertising and/or marketing purposes for and/or in connection with the Contest, without further compensation, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. If requested by Sponsor, winner shall promptly sign any documentation that may be requested by Sponsor or its designees to make use of the rights and licenses consented to and granted in these Official Rules. Each winner accepts and acknowledges that Sponsor shall not be obligated to use the Submission and that Sponsor in its sole discretion shall have the right to refrain from using the Submission. Sponsor shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the extent Sponsor chooses to refrain from any exploitation of its rights hereunder. Each winner will indemnify Sponsor, Released Parties (as defined in Section 9, below) and any licensee of Sponsor against all claims, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable counsel fees and legal expenses) arising out of any breach of these Official Rules.

  8. Prizes:

    ONE (1) SPORTS & ACTION ENTRY PERIOD PRIZE: An AF–S NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0G ED VRII lens. Approximate Retail Value ('ARV'): $5,999.00.

    ONE (1) LANDSCAPE ENTRY PERIOD PRIZE: An AF–S NIKKOR 14–24mm f/2.8G ED lens. ARV: $1,999.95.

    ONE (1) PORTRAIT ENTRY PERIOD PRIZE: An AF–S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G ARV: $1,699.95.

    ONE (1) ZOOM & TELEPHOTO ENTRY PERIOD PRIZE: An AF–S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5–5.6G ED VR lens. ARV: $2,699.95.

    For all prizes: The actual value of prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date theARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. Prizes are non–transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor's sole discretion. Except for Sponsor's one–year Limited Warranty included with the Camera, all prizes will be awarded 'as–is' with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied, of any kind including, without limitation, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Prizes are non–transferable and no substitution or cash redemption will be permitted unless Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determines otherwise. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or component thereof for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Prizes will be fulfilled within six (6) weeks after the end of the Contest. Limit: One (1) prize per person.

  9. Release: By receipt of any prize, winners agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company's officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the 'Released Parties') from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

  10. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non–suspect, eligible Submissions received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Submission process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated Submissions. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including but not limited to attorneys' fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

  11. Limitations of Liability: Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Submission process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of Submissions or votes or the tabulating of votes, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest–related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen entries/mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Submission.

  12. Disputes: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division) or the appropriate Michigan State Court located in Oakland County, Michigan; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out–of–pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, 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. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Michigan without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan.

  13. Entrant's Personal Information: Information collected from entrant is subject to Administrator's Privacy Policy http://www.eprize.com/privacy-policy and Sponsor's Privacy Policy http://nikon.com/privacy/index.htm.

  14. Winner List: For a winner list, visit http://bit.ly/16LmR5X after April 1, 2014. The winner list will be posted after winner confirmation is complete.