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AARP Pets of AARP Photo & Video Contest OFFICIAL RULES

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AARP Pets of AARP Photo & Video CONTEST



2. CAN I PARTICIPATE? Subject to the additional restrictions below, to be eligible for the AARP Pet Photo & Video Contest (the “Contest”) entrants must (i) be legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (ii) be at least forty-five (45) years of age or older; and (iii) have an active Facebook account. Entrants may register an account with this platform at no cost. Entrant qualifications will be evaluated as of the time of submission.

The following persons are not eligible to enter or to win: (i) persons under the age of 45; (ii) officers, directors, and employees of AARP (“Sponsor”) and its partners, affiliates, and advertising agencies; and (iii) the immediate family members of, and any persons living in the same household as, any such employee. The term “immediate family members” is defined as spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren.

3. HOW DO I ENTER? The Contest will begin at the time the Contest Announcement is posted on AARP’s Facebook page on March 25, 2020, and end at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 31, 2020 (the “Contest Period”). Sponsor’s designated computer clock will be the timekeeping device controlling the Contest Period. Entrants are responsible for determining the appropriate beginning and ending times in their respective time zones.

To enter, log into your Facebook account. If you do not have an existing account, you may register free of charge. Next, post a photo or video of your pet on the AARP Virginia Facebook page under the post promoting the contest, then share the post to your personal Facebook account, and encourage your followers to go to the AARP Virginia page to “like” and “share” your post. Your entry must provide all information requested in the Contest Announcement to be considered.

Limits: Maximum one (1) entry per person. Entrants who repeatedly post duplicative content or create multiple accounts to submit multiple entries will be disqualified. Any post containing a virus or malware, or content that the Sponsor determines to be threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, hateful, embarrassing to another person or entity, deceptive, obscene, invasive of another's privacy, tortious, containing racial slurs, or containing explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of, sexual acts, or that is not within the spirit of the Contest will not be considered.

Any photos included in an entry must be in .jpg format, and must not exceed 1 MB. Videos should not exceed 30 seconds, must be in mp4 format, and not exceed 1 MB.

3.1. Representations and Warranties: By entering the Contest, entrants represent and warrant that their entries are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the entry and that they have the right to submit the entry and grant all required licenses and assignments. Each entrant agrees not to submit any entry that infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or confidentiality obligations.

3.2. Collection of Entries: Any software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro or other automated online or text message submissions will be void. All entries become property of AARP and none will be returned or individually acknowledged. Each entry shall be considered the submission of the natural person assigned the account by the administrator of the social media platform.


4.1. Prize: One (1) prize consisting of a $25 Amazon electronic gift card will be awarded to one (1) Winner.

4.2. Total ARV of all prizes: $25

4.3. Prizes are non-transferable. No prize substitutions allowed, except that Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes may not be sold, bartered or exchanged by the winner. All details of any prize not specified herein shall be determined solely by Sponsor. By accepting a prize, winner acknowledges compliance with these Official Rules. All federal, state, or other tax liabilities arising from this Contest are the sole responsibility of the winner.

5. HOW WILL WINNERS BE SELECTED? Each entry will be reviewed by Sponsor before April 1, 2020. Entries will be evaluated based on the number of Facebook engagements (likes, shares, and comments) received. Winner will be chosen at the sole discretion of the Sponsor and the Sponsor’s decision is final. In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score in the category of Facebook shares will be selected as the Winner.

Any entry selected will be subject to review by the Sponsor and may be disqualified for failure to comply with the requirements of the Contest, subject to the limitations outlined above. Sponsor reserves the right to seek an alternate Winner in the event that the individual originally selected is disqualified, at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

6. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF WINNING? The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and the Sponsor’s evaluation of said entries.

7. WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF I WON? Once selected, Winner will be notified within twenty-four (24) hours via a Facebook post and a Facebook Messenger direct message. The Winner must respond via direct message to @AARPVirginia or email within forty-eight (48) hours of notification, or an alternative Winner will be selected by random drawing.


8.1. Limitations of Liability: By entering the Contest, entrants agree to release Sponsor and its employees, agents, affiliated companies, and advertising agencies (“Released Entities”) from any and all liability arising from: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by writer, 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 Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the Winner or in any Contest-related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen entries; 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. Entrants further agree to release Released Entities from any and all liability arising from misdirected or undeliverable entries 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.


8.3. Publicity: Where permitted by law, the selected potential winner may be required to submit a publicity release and limitation of liability. Failure to complete such documents in a timely manner may also result in the selection of an alternate Winner. Acceptance of the offer to be published signifies the entrant’s agreement and consent that Sponsor and its designees may use the entrant’s name, handle, city, state, likeness, photo, and submission in connection with the promotion of the Contest, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law.

8.4. Intellectual Property Rights: Each entrant shall retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in each submission (including moral rights) subject to these Official Rules. However, by entering the Contest, and to the extent allowed by law, each entrant grants Sponsor and its affiliates, licensees, promotional partners, developers and third party marketing entities a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, copy, reproduce, adapt, publish, exploit and use the submitted entry throughout the world, and in any manner, for trade, advertising, promotional, commercial, or any other purposes without further review, notice, approval, consideration, or compensation.

8.5. Cancelation: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, virus, human error, tampering or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes at random from among the eligible entries or plays received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. 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 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.

8.6. Governing Law: The Contest is governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, with jurisdiction and venue in Washington, DC, and all claims must be resolved in the courts of Washington, DC.

8.7. Personal Identifying Information: All personal information submitted in the Contest is subject to the AARP Privacy Policy, available at: Entrant agrees to the collection, processing and storage of his/her personal data by Sponsor in the United States for purposes of the Contest.

9. WHERE CAN I OBTAIN A WINNER LIST? To receive notice of the winner, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by June 15, 2020 to: AARP Virginia Pets of AARP Contest, AARP, 601 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20049.

10. WHO IS THE SPONSOR? The Contest is sponsored by AARP, 601 E Street, N.W., Washington DC, 20049.

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