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NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS

16th ANNUAL BEAUTIFUL BABY CONTEST

OFFICIAL RULES


All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.

1. Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, the 16th Annual Beautiful Baby Contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years or older at the time of entry. Employees of the Northwest Florida Daily News Newspaper in Education program, the Northwest Florida Daily News, Freedom Communications and each of their respective affiliated companies, advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees, are not eligible to enter or to win.

2. Fees. A $10 entry fee shall accompany each entry. A $1 fee will be assessed per vote. Blocks of votes will be available at discounted prices. Proceeds benefit the Daily News Newspapers in Education program and the March of Dimes.

3. Categories. The contest shall consist of two categories: children ages 0-12 months old, and children ages 13-24 months old.

4. Contest Period. The contest will begin at 12 p.m. (C.S.T) on Dec. 31, 2008, and ends at 12 p.m. (C.S.T) on Feb 18, 2009.

5. Entry Proviso: Photographs must be submitted by the parents or guardians entrant. No third-party entries will be accepted.

6. How to Enter Hardcopy Photographs: Beginning at 12 p.m. (C.S.T) on Dec. 31, 2008, and ending at 10 a.m. (C.S.T.) on Jan. 19. 2009 (the “Entry Period for Hardcopy Photographs”), enter by submitting a recent photo (within two months) of your child with all required information and a completed entry form. Entrants are not required to live in Northwest Florida but winners must pick up prizes in person, and show personal ID. Prizes cannot be shipped or transferred to a third party. The Northwest Florida Daily News Newspapers in Education program reserves the right to verify proof of age. Only one photo per person per entry. Hardcopy photos must be at least 3 inches on one side and no more than 10 inches, and include person’s name, child’s address, e-mail address and telephone numbers on a label on the back of the photo. Poor quality photos will not be accepted. All photos become the property of the Northwest Florida Daily News and will not be returned. Copyrighted photos will not be accepted. The submission of an official Registration/Contest Entry Form constitutes the person’s consent to the publication of their name and photo in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation, or further compensation.

How to Enter Digital Photographs: Beginning at 12 p.m. (C.S.T) on Dec. 31, 2008, and ending at 12 p.m. (C.S.T.) on Jan. 19, 2009 (the “Entry Period for Digital Photographs”), enter by uploading a recent photo (within two months) of your child with all required information and a completed entry form at the Northwest Florida Daily News’ Web site (details to follow). Entrants are not required to live in Northwest Florida but winners must pick up prizes in person, and show personal ID. Prizes cannot be shipped or transferred to a third party. The Northwest Florida Daily News Newspaper in Education program reserves the right to verify proof of age. Only one photo per person per entry. Digital photos must also have a resolution of at least 200 dpi. Most digital pictures taken in the mid- to high-quality photo setting will be fine. Poor quality photos will not be accepted. All photos become the property of the Northwest Florida Daily News. Copyrighted photos will not be accepted. The submission of an official Registration/Contest Entry Form constitutes the person’s consent to the publication of their name and photo in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation, or further compensation.

Enter online by visiting the 16th Annual Beautiful Baby Contest official registration page on the Northwest Florida Daily News Web site (www.nwfdailynews.com) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology, which may be used for the purpose of entry tracking. Complete the entry form, upload a photo and any other required fields and then submit your entry. Online submissions must be received by 12 p.m. (C.S.T.) Jan. 19, 2009. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules.

Mail or In-Person Entry. To enter by mail or in-person, complete an Official Entry Form printed periodically in The Northwest Florida Daily News, as space allows, during the Contest Period and at The Northwest Florida Daily News office located at 200 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 32547. The entry form with the photo can be mailed or delivered to 16th Annual Beautiful Baby Contest, c/o The Northwest Florida Daily News, P.O. Box 2949, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549, or dropped off in the lobby of The Northwest Florida Daily News, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (C.S.T.) All mailed entries must be received on or before 10 a.m. Jan. 19, 2009. Entries that are mailed or received after that date cannot be used. Entries received by mail on Jan. 19 may not immediately appear in the online photo gallery due to scanning times. In-person entries must be received by 10 a.m. (C.S.T.) Jan. 19, 2009. Photocopies of the entry form are permitted. Only one picture per entry per stamped envelope will be accepted. Northwest Florida Daily News will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, postage-due, misdirected or illegible, whether originating with sender or Northwest Florida Daily News. All entries and pictures become property of the Northwest Florida Daily News and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries or votes submitted or the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Northwest Florida Daily News in its sole discretion, and Northwest Florida Daily News reserves the right to disqualify any entries or votes by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the contest. In the event of a dispute, all online entries and/or votes will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent. For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account.

Standards and Proprietaries: The Northwest Florida Daily News will exercise its right to decline photographs at its discretion.

Voting Procedures and Rules. Voting in Round 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. (C.S.T) on Jan. 19 and ends at 12 p.m. (C.S.T) on Feb. 2, 2009 (the “Voting Period”). The field will be narrowed from all entrants to the 50 receiving the most votes in each category. Voting in Round 2 begins at 4 p.m. (C.S.T) on Feb. 2, 2009, and ends at 12 p.m. (C.S.T) on Feb. 18, 2009 (the “Voting Period”). The top vote-getter in each category will be declared the winner; the next-closest finishers will be declared the runners-up.

You can vote for your most beautiful baby photo online at nwfdailynews.com. Votes cost $1 apiece in both rounds with funds going to the Northwest Florida Daily News Newspapers in Education program and the March of Dimes. For people who do not have computers, votes can be made by paying in person at the Daily News office. Votes received in person may not immediately be entered into the contest due to processing time requirements. Votes after Round 1 will be zeroed out, and Round 2 will begin anew. Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology, which may be used for the purpose of entry tracking. Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so that it doesn’t interfere with processing your entry. Northwest Florida Daily News will not be responsible for failure to receive votes due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Northwest Florida Daily News. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent. For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account. Any questions regarding the number of votes submitted or the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Northwest Florida Daily News in its sole discretion, and Northwest Florida Daily News reserves the right to disqualify any votes by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Voting Process.

7. Winner Selection. One (1) Grand Prize Winner in each category, and one second-place winner in each category will be determined by total votes only. The Grand Prize Winner will be the entrant with the most votes and with a second prize determined by the number of votes. In the event of a tie, Northwest Florida Daily News will randomly pick the winners from the tied entries.

8. Prizes.

First Place: Two (1) First Place winners will receive a photography session compliments of Fables Photography, valued at $365. This includes a sitting fee, an 11 x 14 photograph and four keychains.

Second Place: Two (1) Second Place winner will receive a photography session compliments of Fables Photography, valued at $165. This includes a sitting fee, an 8 x 10 photograph and four keychains.

Other prizes may be added at the discretion of the Northwest Florida Daily News and its Northwest Florida Daily News Newspaper in Education program.

9. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Winners will be notified on or about Feb. 18, 2009 at the telephone number provided on winner’s entry form. Northwest Florida Daily News will call during regular business hours at the phone number provided on the entry form and will leave no messages. Failure to reach winner by phone may result in disqualification of winner, forfeiture of their interest in all prizes, and selection of a substitute winner from among all remaining eligible entries. To claim a prize, the winners must visit The Northwest Florida Daily News office at 200 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., during the period of Feb. 18-27, 2008 to pick up their prizes. A valid photo identification of the entrant will be required. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by winner. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Northwest Florida Daily News reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility/liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned within the time designated by the Northwest Florida Daily News Newspaper in Education program. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in a winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of their interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner’s consent to the publication of their name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation the Internet, or further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Northwest Florida Daily News.

10. Participation. By participating, entrants and voters agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Northwest Florida Daily News. Northwest Florida Daily News reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Contest as solely determined by Northwest Florida Daily News. In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering, mechanical failure or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Northwest Florida Daily News which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Northwest Florida Daily News reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. Should the Contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Northwest Florida Daily News reserves the right to determine winner based on the entries received before the termination date.

11. Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

12. Northwest Florida Daily News. 16th Annual Beautiful Baby Contest is a Northwest Florida Daily News Newspaper in Education program and the March of Dimes. All donations will go to the Northwest Florida Daily News Newspaper in Education program, an educational outreach effort designed to promote literacy and knowledge of current events, and the March of Dimes. The decisions of Northwest Florida Daily News regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Northwest Florida Daily News will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstake.

 
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