Rules

Index:

Wedding Contest Rules # 1-7 and 34-47 apply to all Entrants

Wedding Contest Rules #8-15 apply to Grand Prize.

Wedding Contest Rules #16-22 apply to Runner Up Prize.

Wedding Contest Rules #23-27 apply to Community Champions Prize.

Wedding Contest Rules #28-33 apply to Harry’s Favourite Prize

Contest Timing & Prize Notification

1.      Contest start date begins and is open for voting at 10:00am PST on June 8, 2012. Contest ends and voting closes at 10:00pm PST on July 29, 2012.

2.      Contest winners will be notified by email by 10pm PST July 31, 2012. Winners will be posted on Shark Truth’s website, social media networks and other communication mediums.

3.      Contest entry submission will open between November 1, 2011 and ends 8pm PST July 27, 2012 subject to screening process and approval by Shark Truth. Processing may take up to two business days and Shark Truth holds the right to reject contest submissions without notification or explanation. Entries may be rejected for offensiveness, obscenity, incomplete entries, multiple entries or if contestants do not meet contest criteria below.

Eligibility

4.      Contest is open to wedding couples age 19 and above. All eligible entries received will be entered into the contest to win the prize specified below.

5.      In order to claim a Prize —

A.    The wedding couple must fulfill one of the two requirements below:

(1) is holding a “Chinese Wedding Banquet”. A traditional Chinese Wedding Banquet is defined as:

a)      Is the Banquet that is stated on the couple’s wedding invitation to guests AND;

b)      Is located in a Chinese restaurant, hotel, banquet hall, golf course, as long as it’s a Chinese catered cuisine.

OR

(2) At least one of the spouses is partial or full Chinese. Note: This is a criterion because we want to measure change in the current consumption of shark fin soup.

B.     There are more than 50 guests

C.     There is no Shark Fin Soup or any Shark related food served at the Banquet.

D.    The wedding ceremony and banquet must occur / have occurred between April 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2012.

E.     Sign a liability and media release waiver.

F.      Agree to be interviewed, photographed and filmed for Shark Truth promotional purposes.

6.      Each entrant defined as “a couple” is eligible to participate only once per each marriage of the associated year of the Happy Hearts Love Sharks Wedding contest.

7.      Shark Truth Society reserves the right to determine which entries are appropriate for contest submission. If content is determined to be inappropriate for public viewing entries may be disqualified. Participants will be notified of any entries that have not been uploaded for competition.

Prizes & Prize Redemption

8.      Grand Prize: “A trip for two to Galapagos, including return economy flights for two from the Canadian International airport (closest to the winner’s home) to Quito sponsored by Flight Centre, private accommodation for 2 (one cabin) on the G6 Deluxe yacht for a 6 day package tour to the western islands of the Galapagos from Quito, including swim/snorkel opportunities (trip code EV06QA) or a similar package of equal or lesser value at the recipients’ choosing and dependent on availability- sponsored by G Adventures.” Additional travel costs including transportation, Visa applications, travel insurance and other personal costs are not included in the Grand Prize. Hereinafter referred to in this document as the “Grand Prize.” The Grand Prize is valued at approximately $10,000.  All quotes, flight and hotel vendors will be authorized for purchase by Shark Truth, Flight Centre and G Adventures only.  The Grand Prize is non-transferrable and has no cash value. Winners must claim all parts of the prize (e.g. winners cannot choose to fly and stay in hotel without taking the tour and swim/snorkel experience).

9.      There is only one Grand Prize. Grand Prize winners will be chosen based on the highest number of individual “votes” collected and retained between the contest start date  and time (June 8th2012 10AM PST) and contest end date and time (July 29th 2012 10PM PST). Only approved “votes” submitted in the location & manner described on the official Happy Hearts Love Sharks Vancouver web page and still active at the end of voting will be counted towards the participants’ total.Note: Although there is only one Grand Prize, the winning contest entry may be interchangeably referred to as “winner” or “winners” because the Grand Prize will be awarded to the winning couple. In other words, two partners.

10.  Grand Prize is only open to and can only be claimed by contestants currently residing in Canada (one of the partners must have a residential address in Canada and must be currently residing at this address) excluding Quebec. Important: Entries where both partners are residing outside of Canada are not eligible for the Grand Prize.

11.  In order to claim the Grand Prize —

a)      The banquet that is stated on the couple’s wedding invitation to guests must be held in Canada.

b)      The winners agree to be interviewed, photographed and filmed for Shark Truth promotional purposes. Must be available for Announcement Event on August 1, 2012 11:00am-1:00pm PST and 3 other media events.

c)      Agree to blog and to take two photos every other day and take at least 5 underwater photos during the “trip for two to Galapagos” to send to Shark Truth within one week of their return from the “trip”. These photos must be high resolution and full copyrights for the photos are given to Shark Truth and Shark Truth does not need to credit the photographer. (Photos will not be used for commercial purposes)

12.  The Grand Prize winners are responsible for any documents or cost associated with acquiring Visas, Visa applications, or any other documentation required for entry into Ecuador and Galapagos. Shark Truth will not be held responsible if any member of the winning couple is denied entry into Ecuador and Galapagos. For more information on entry requirements please visit here winners are responsible for the $100/person park entry payable on entry to the marine park.

13.  The Grand Prize must be claimed before Sept 4, 2012. Important: winners who do not claim the prize before this time is subject to fully forfeiting the Grand Prize to the next runner up entry without any notification.

14.  The entire Grand Prize trip must be used between Aug 5, 2012 and August 4, 2013. Couples must choose flight dates by Oct 31, 2012 by emailing Cecile@Sharktruth.com.

15.  Grand Prize redemption is subject to the following black-out dates as set by the tour operators and hotels: July 1st to August 30th and December 15th to January 15th.

 

16.  Runner Up Prize: “The Bonica Snapper 1080P HDDV G8V15 Package includes Snapper 1080P HDDV Camera, Waterproof Silicone Skin (rated to 3.5m) and Polycarbonate Housing (rated to 55m).” Hereinafter referred to in this document as the “Runner Up Prize.” The Runner Up Prize is valued at approximately $400. The Runner Up Prize is non-transferrable and has no cash value. Winners must claim all parts of the prize.

17.  There is only one Runner Up Prize. Runner Up Prize winners will be chosen based on the second highest number of individual “votes” collected and retained between the contest start date  and time (June 8th2012 10AM PST) and contest end date and time (July 29th 2012 10PM PST). Only approved “votes” submitted in the location & manner described on the official Happy Hearts Love Sharks Vancouver web page and still active at the end of voting will be counted towards the participants’ total.Note: Although there is only one Runner Up Prize, the winning contest entry may be interchangeably referred to as “winner” or “winners” because the Runner Up Prize will be awarded to the winning couple. In other words, two partners.

18.  Runner Up Prize is only open to and can only be claimed by contestants currently residing in Canada (one of the partners must have a residential address in Canada and must be currently residing at this address) excluding Quebec. Important: Entries where both partners are residing outside of Canada are not eligible for the Runner Up Prize.

19.  In order to claim the Runner Up Prize —

A.    The banquet that is stated on the couple’s wedding invitation to guests must be held in Canada.

B.     The winners agree to be interviewed, photographed and filmed for Shark Truth promotional purposes. Must be available for Announcement Event on August 1, 2012 11:00am-1:00pm PST and 3 other media events.

C.     Agree to take five photos of the couples using the Runner Up Prize to send to Shark Truth by October 30, 2012. These photos must be high resolution and full copyrights for the photos are given to Shark Truth and Shark Truth does not need to credit the photographer. (Photos will not be used for commercial purposes)

20.  The Runner Up Prize must be claimed before Sept 4, 2012. Important: winners who do not claim the prize before this time is subject to fully forfeiting the Runner Up Prize to the next runner up entry without any notification.

21.  Runner Up Prize winners are fully responsible for any addition costs associated with receiving the Runner Up Prize such as customs fees, import fees, tariffs, municipal taxes, state taxes, federal taxes, credit card charges. Shark Truth is not liable for any additional costs outside of the gift purchase itself and shipping and handling for the Runner Up Prize to a designated Canadian location. Important: Winners are assumed to accept the responsibility for additional costs once winners have accepted the Runner Up Prize upon notification from Shark Truth. Hence, winners cannot reject the Runner Up Prize once they have accepted, upon notification of winning the Runner Up Prize from Shark Truth, due to additional costs.

22.  If the Runner Up Prize is misplaced, lost or damaged by delivery services, Shark Truth is not liable for replacing the Runner Up Prize.

 

23.  Community Champions Prize: “RF Productions photography package.” Hereinafter referred to in this document as the “Community Champions Prize.” The Community Champions Prize is valued at approximately $500. The Community Champions Prize is non-transferrable and has no cash value. Winners must claim all parts of the prize.

24.  There is only one Community Champions Prize. Community Champions Prize winners will be chosen based on a random draw conducted by Shark Truth through a software program. Eligible contestants for the draw include ALL Shark Truth approved contest entries from couples in the the Lower Mainland, BC, Canada by July 27th, 2012.Note: Although there is only one Community Champions  Prize, the winning contest entry may be interchangeably referred to as “winner” or “winners” because the Community Champions Prize will be awarded to the winning couple. In other words, two partners.

25.  Community Champions Prize is only open to and can only be claimed by contestants currently residing in the Lower Mainland, BC, Canada (one of the partners must have a residential address in the Lower Mainland, BC, Canada and must be currently residing at this address) Important: Entries where both partners are residing outside of Canada are not eligible for the Community Champions Prize.

26.  In order to claim the Community Champions Prize, the banquet that is stated on the couple’s wedding invitation to guests must be held in Canada.

27.  The Community Champions Prize must be claimed before Sept 4, 2012. Important: winners who do not claim the prize before this time is subject to fully forfeiting the Local Prize to the next random drawn entry without any notification.

 

28.  Harry’s Favourite Prize: “Specific nature of prize to be announced before contest closes” Hereinafter referred to in this document as the “Harry’s Favourite Prize.” The Harry’s Favourite Prize is valued at approximately $100 and is open to all national and international entrants. The Harry’s Favourite Prize is non-transferrable and has no cash value. Winners must claim all parts of the prize.

29.  There is only one Harry’s Favourite Prize. Harry’s Favourite Prize winners will be chosen by a panel of Shark Truth volunteers and advisors based on a number of criteria to reward creative design, contribution to the cause and conservation merit. The panel’s decision will be final and not subject to appeal. Eligible contestants for the draw include ALL Shark Truth approved contest entries received by July 27th, 2012.Note: Although there is only one Harry’s Favourite Prize, the winning contest entry may be interchangeably referred to as “winner” or “winners” because the Harry’s Favourite Prize will be awarded to the winning couple. In other words, two partners.

30.  Harry’s Favourite Prize is open to and can be claimed by contestants anywhere in the world.

31.  The Harry’s Favourite Prize must be claimed before Sept 4, 2012. Important: winners who do not claim the prize before this time is subject to fully forfeiting Harry’s Favourite Prize to the random drawn entry without any notification.

32.  Harry’s Favourite Prize winners are fully responsible for any addition costs associated with receiving the Harry’s Favourite Prize such as customs fees, import fees, tariffs, municipal taxes, state taxes, federal taxes, credit card charges. Shark Truth is not liable for any additional costs outside of the gift certificate purchase itself and shipping and handling for the Harry’s Favourite Prize to the designated location. Important: Winners are assumed to accept the responsibility for additional costs once winners have accepted the Harry’s Favourite Prize, upon notification from Shark Truth. Hence, winners cannot reject the Harry’s Favourite Prize once they have accepted, upon notification of winning the Harry’s Favourite Prize from Shark Truth, due to additional costs.

33.  If the Harry’s Favourite Prize is misplaced, lost or damaged by delivery services, Shark Truth is not liable for replacing the Harry’s Favourite Prize.

34.  All 4 pairs of Winners for the above prizes (i.e.  1 Grand Prize, 1 Runner Up Prize, 1 Harry’s Favourite Prize, 1 Community Champions Prize), if any, will be notified by email or via telephone and will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release, within twenty one (21)  days of notification. The Affidavit of Eligibility and (unless prohibited) Publicity/Liability Release must be executed and returned by each potential winner within 21 days after such documents are sent to the address provided by such a potential winner. Failure of a potential winner to complete, sign and return any requested documents within such period or the return of any prize notification or prize as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner in Sponsors’ discretion. You are not a winner unless your submissions are verified. The information in winner’s Affidavit of Eligibility must be correct and must mirror the information provided in winner’s entry or winner is disqualified. E-Mail completed affidavit to info@sharktruth.com. If winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return the completed and executed Affidavit/Release as required, or if the Prize Notification is returned as undeliverable, prize will be forfeited. If prize is unclaimed, an alternate winner will be selected. By participating, a winner, except where prohibited by law, grants Sponsors and their affiliated companies the right to use the winner’s name, likeness, picture, portrait, hometown, voice, biographical information and written submissions and written or oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation unless required by law.

Liability, Disclaimer & Use of Data

35.  Shark Truth has the rights to use photo submissions for media, marketing and publication purposes. Photos will not be used for commercial purposes. Important: Contestants are solely and fully responsible for copyrights of the photo that is submitted to Shark Truth used for the purposes of the Wedding Contest. Shark Truth holds no liability as it is the contestants’ sole responsibility to ensure that the photo they are submitting for the Wedding Contest to be used for the purposes of media, marketing and publications have been approved by the photographer or businesses associated without credits to the photographer or business associated. All contestants’ photos are subject to image edits for overlaying Sponsors and quotes onto photo submission.Note: “Sponsors” are defined as the persons, organizations and/or businesses providing the funds and financial support for the contest prizes.

36.  Contestants give consent to Shark Truth to use their first names, comments, photographs and likeness in order to promote the Happy Hearts Love Sharks wedding contest. Contestants may be called upon by journalists to answer questions about their involvement in the Happy Hearts Love Sharks wedding contest by email or phone.

37.  Certain steps may be required to authenticate that no shark fin soup was served at the wedding banquet. Including but not limited to verification of the menu with the banquet restaurant.  Couples that violate this agreement agree to pay the cost of the prize ($10,000 for Grand Prize winners, $400 for Runner Up winners, $500 Community Champions Prize winners and $100 for Harry’s Favorite winners) in full to the Shark Truth Society.

38.  Entrants agree to release and not hold liable Sponsors, their affiliates and subsidiaries, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, successors, and assigns, from any damage, injury, death, loss, or other liability that may arise from entrant’s participation in the Contest or the awarding, acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize. All entrants agree that Canadian law shall apply exclusively to the Contest and that any dispute with respect to the Contest shall be resolved in either the federal or provincial courts in Vancouver, British Columbia.

39.  Sponsors and their affiliated companies, are not responsible for any failure of any electronic equipment, computer transmissions and/or network connections. Sponsors and their affiliated companies are not responsible for any inaccuracies in information which may be used in the Contest, or for any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of entries, including data entered by contestants. Sponsors and their affiliated companies reserve the right to discontinue the Contest at any time, in which event, only entries received prior to that date will be considered.

40.  The information that you provide in connection with the Contest may be used for Sponsors’ internal purposes and to send you Sponsors’ newsletters and other information about Sponsors, but will not be provided to third parties, except as necessary for the administration of the Contest or as required by law or legal process.

41.  Entries and other submitted material become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsors and those working for Sponsors or on the behalf of Sponsors, will not be responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, or postage due mail or email and for Internet, computer hardware and software, phone, and other technical errors, malfunctions and delays. In the event of a dispute concerning who submitted an email entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized holder of the email account from which the entry is made. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person to whom an email address is assigned by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

42.  Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to modify or cancel all or any portions of the Contest because of technical errors or malfunctions, viruses, hackers, or for other reasons that corrupt the Contest in any manner. Sponsors also reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any entrant who fails to comply with these Official Rules, who attempts to enter the Contest in any manner or through any means other than as described in these Official Rules, or who attempts to disrupt the Contest or to circumvent any of these Official Rules. Please note that contest rules, deadlines and prizes are subject to change without notice.

43.  Officers, directors, representatives, and employees of Sponsors, their affiliates and subsidiaries, and each of their respective advertising, promotion, publicity, production, and judging agencies, and those with whom they are domiciled, are not eligible to enter. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges and these Official Rules and to comply with all federal, provincial and local laws and regulations. All federal, provincial and local taxes are each winner’s sole responsibility. The prizes will be awarded. No prize substitutions, transfers, or cash alternatives permitted except Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value at Sponsors’ discretion. By entering, each winner accepts all of the conditions, restrictions, requirements, and/or regulations required by Sponsors and also agrees to accept delivery of prize. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, acceptance of the prize constitutes permission to use winner’s name, picture, likeness, address (city and province), and biographical information for advertising and publicity purposes for Sponsors and for this and/or similar promotions, without compensation.

44.  All entrants will confirm their compliance with the official contest rules with their entry submission. In order to be declared a winner, potential winner must first correctly answer, unaided, a limited mathematical skill testing question administered by Shark Truth before being awarded the price.

45.  Entrants agree to abide by the official rules and by the decision of Shark Truth whose decision is final.

46.  In the event that any part of the Program is compromised in any way, electronically or otherwise, that is beyond the control of the Sponsors. The Sponsors reserve the right to withdraw the contest and award the prizes from among the entries received prior to the date of the withdrawal of contest.

47.  Contest is void where prohibited, taxed or otherwise restricted.

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