WHY SCIENCE MATTERS
TO ME PHOTO CONTEST

PRESENTED BY BAYER & NATIONAL 4-H COUNCIL

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Why Science Matters to Me Photo Contest – presented by Bayer & National 4-H Council (the “Promotion”) is a Two-Part Promotion, consisting of (i) a photo with caption skill contest (the “Contest”) and (ii) a random-draw participants sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) (collectively, the Contest and Sweepstakes are referred to herein as the “Promotion”). The Promotion will take place from November 1, 2017 through November 26, 2017. The intent of the Contest is to invite participants to upload a photo along with a caption describing why science matters to him/her. Each Contest entry must clearly reflect the judging criteria, as defined below. The Contest will include a round of judging to determine ten (10) Finalists (“Contest Finalists”), and a round of public voting to determine three (3) Contest Grand Prize winners (each, a “Contest Grand Prize Winner”), as further described herein. The Sweepstakes will include a random drawing from among all eligible Contest Entries received to determine fifty (50) Sweepstakes Prize winners (each, a “Sweepstakes Prize Winner”), as further described herein.

By participating in the Promotion, each participant (“Entrant”) unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with, and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of National 4-H Council and Bayer Crop Science LP (each, a “Sponsor” and collectively “Sponsors”) and US. Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Co. (the “Administrator”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.

ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, who are age 14 to 18 at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of the Sponsors, Administrator and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

TIMING: The Promotion begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017 (the “Promotion Period”) and consists of three (3) periods: The Contest Entry Period, Judging & Finalist Determination/Confirmation Period, and Public Voting Period as defined in the chart below. Contest Winners will be announced on/or about Friday, December 15, 2017. The Sweepstakes Prize Winners will be randomly selected on Friday, December 15, 2017 from among all non-winning Contest Entries. The Administrator’s computer is the official timekeeping device for this Promotion.

Periods Start Time End Time
Contest Entry Period November 1, 2017 @ 12:00:01 AM ET November 26, 2017 @ 11:59:59 PM ET
Judging & Finalist Determination/Confirmation Period November 27, 2017 November 30, 2017
Public Voting Period December 1, 2017 @ 12:00:01 AM ET December 6, 2017 @ 11:59:59 PM ET
Sweepstakes Random Drawing December 15, 2017  

PRIZES/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”):

The maximum total ARV of each Contest Grand Prize is $3,550.

The total ARV of all prizes to be awarded: $17,400.

THE CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD, HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST & HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: The Contest Entry Period begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017. During the Contest Entry Period, submit a photo (a “Photo”) and a corresponding caption of no more than 300 words (an “Essay”) which together describe why science matters to you as it relates to one of the following categories: The Food You Eat; Your Health; or Your Animals (each, a “Category”) through one of the two (2) methods below:

Method #1: Online Entry. Visit 4HScienceMatters.org (the “Promotion Website”), follow the instructions to upload/access your Photo, follow all instructions to complete the contest entry form including your Essay and submit (the “Online Entry”).

Method #2: Instagram Entry. Log in to your Instagram account and upload and share your Photo to your public Instagram account, including your Essay in the Photo caption AND include the hashtag #ScienceMattersContest (the “Instagram Entry”). Instagram Entrant’s Instagram settings must be public. Instagram Entries uploaded from “private” Instagram accounts will not be eligible. By submitting an Instagram Entry, Entrants agree to Instagram’s Terms of Use. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram LLC. IMPORTANT: MESSAGE AND DATA RATES MAY APPLY TO USE OF MOBILE PHONE/DEVICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN PROMOTION (AS APPLICABLE).

Sponsors may not receive Instagram Entries from Instagram users with “protected” updates or profiles that are not public (i.e. user has set the Account so that only people the user has approved can view updates). Instagram posts not received by the Sponsors will not be entered into the Promotion. Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address or Instagram account. Incomplete Entries will not be accepted and are void.

Online Entry and Instagram Entry collectively referred to herein as “Contest Entry” or “Contest Entries”. All Contest Entries must be received between Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 12:00:01 AM ET and Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM ET. There is a limit of one (1) Contest Entry per person per day, regardless of the method of entry. Each Contest Entry must include an original Photo and Essay. Contest Entries submitted with a Photo or Essay that has already been submitted will be disqualified. Each eligible Contest Entry will receive one (1) Sweepstakes Entry in the Sweepstakes portion of the Promotion.

For the avoidance of doubt, uploading a Photo to Instagram alone will NOT result in an entry into the Contest. Once a Contest Entry is submitted it cannot be modified by an Entrant. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, garbled, inaccurate, invalid, misdirected, undelivered, or delayed Entries. No altered or incomplete submissions will be accepted.

Entrants are subject to all notices posted online, including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Contest Entries may be posted to a public gallery within the Promotion Website (the “Contest Gallery”). The Sponsors will review all submitted Contest Entries prior to such Contest Entries being published and reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to reject, disqualify and/or remove any Contest Entry that violates these Official Rules without any notification or warning. Posting to the Contest Gallery does not indicate the Contest Entry has complied with the Official Rules. Sponsors reserve the right to post sample Photos and Videos it has created in connection with the Promotion on www.4HScienceMatters.org and Instagram. Sponsors do not guarantee the posting of any Contest Entry.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS & CONDITIONS: All Contest Entries must comply with the following minimum guidelines to be eligible:

By submitting a Contest Entry, the Entrant understands and grants to the Sponsors an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive worldwide license to use his/her Entry, Photo, Essay, name, hometown and likeness on the Sponsor’s various websites and social media sites and in advertising and/or promotional activities worldwide without compensation, permission or notification. Each Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter, change or modify any Contest Entry, which includes a Photo or Essay.

By submitting an Entry, Contest Entrant warrants and represents that: (a) Contest Entry, Photo and Essay do not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any person or entity; (b) Contest Entrant has obtained written permission from any person who may appear in the Photo; (c) Contest Entrant owns all rights to the Photo, including without limitation, copyrights, and has received prior written permission from a third party if any Photo was photographed by someone other than the Contest Entrant him/herself; and (d) Contest Entrant will indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator and related entities, agents and assigns from any claims and damages (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from or relating to the breach or alleged breach of Contest Entrant’s representations and warranties herein, the Contest Entry, or Contest Entrant’s conduct in creating the Contest Entry, the acceptance or use of any prize or otherwise in connection with this Promotion.

CONTEST ENTRIES POSTED TO THE PROMOTION WEBSITE OR INSTAGRAM ARE THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF SPONSORS IN ANY MANNER.

JUDGING & FINALIST DETERMINATION: The Judging & Finalist Determination Period will begin on Monday, November 27, 2017 and be completed on Thursday, November 30, 2017. All eligible Entries received during the Contest Entry Period will be judged by the Sponsor, who shall use the criteria set forth below:

  1. Response to Question “Why science matters to you?” (25%)
  2. Adherence to Category Selection (25%)
  3. Originality (25%)
  4. Creativity (25%)

The ten (10) Contest Entries that receive the highest total score based on the judging criteria will each be deemed a potential finalist (each, a “Contest Finalist”). In the unlikely event of a tie, the tied Contest Entry with the highest score in Criterion A, Response to Question “Why science matters to you?”, will be deemed the potential Contest Finalist. If additional tie breakers are needed, the tie-breaking mechanism above will be used; however, instead of the highest score in Criterion A determining the potential finalists from among the tied entries, the highest scores in each of Criteria B through D, in sequence (to the extent needed) will determine the potential Contest Finalists. In the event additional tiebreakers are needed, all tied Contest Entries will be judged by a separate panel of judges using the judging criteria above.

CONTEST FINALIST NOTIFICATION: Contest Finalists will be notified on or about November 30, 2017 regarding his/her status as a Contest Finalist. Contest Finalists who entered via Instagram Entry will be notified via a public comment or private message to his/her Instagram account. Contest Finalists who entered via Online Entry will be notified via email and/or phone.

PUBLIC VOTING PERIOD: Starting at 12:00:01 AM ET on Friday, December 1, 2017, the ten (10) Contest Finalists will be posted on the Promotion Website for public voting (the “Finalist Gallery”).

To submit a vote, legal residents of the 50 United States or D.C. who are at least 14 years of age at the time of submitting a Vote, as defined below (“Voter”), may visit www.4HScienceMatters.org and click the link to view the Finalist Gallery. Upon deciding which Contest Finalist Entry Voter believes best explains why science matters to the corresponding Contest Finalist, Voter may click the "Vote" button associated with that Contest Finalist Entry and following all instructions to submit his/her vote (the “Vote”). The first time a Vote is submitted, an email verification will be sent to the Voter. The link contained in the email will need to be clicked on in order to verify the initial and any subsequent Votes. A Contest Finalist may submit a Vote for his/her own Entry. Voters are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

There is a limit of one (1) Vote per person per email address per day during the Public Voting Period. All Votes must be received between 12:00:01 AM ET on Friday, December 1, 2017 and 11:59:59 PM ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Votes become sole property of Sponsors and none will be acknowledged or returned. Nothing in these Official Rules shall obligate Sponsors to publish or otherwise disclose any Vote submitted in connection with this Promotion. Multiple Voters are not permitted to share the same email address.

Any attempt by a Contest Finalist or any other person to gain Votes by promising a benefit to the Voter or any other person, including the use of sites such as Vote Exchange or other similar social media sites, may subject the Contest Finalist and Voter to disqualification in the sole discretion of the Sponsors. Voters and/or Contest Finalists who spam or create false accounts for the purpose of casting Votes (or otherwise undertake any act intended to manipulate or undermine the integrity of the Promotion) may have their Contest Finalist Entry, Votes and/or Sweepstakes Entries disqualified. Decisions of the Sponsors are final relating to all aspects of the voting process and results. The Sponsors may disqualify any Contest Finalist, Contest Entry, Vote, Sweepstakes Entry, Voter, or related parties who violate or is suspected of violating any of the terms and conditions of the Promotion or these Official Rules.

CONTEST GRAND PRIZE WINNER DETERMINATION, NOTIFICATION & CONTEST GRAND PRIZE ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS: The results of the Public Voting Period will be combined with the Judging Score to determine the Final Score (each, a “Final Score”) for each Contest Finalist. The Public Voting outcome will be weighted as one-third of the total and the Judging Score will be weighted as two-thirds of the Final Score. The three (3) Contest Finalists who receive the three (3) Final Scores will each be deemed a potential Contest Grand Prize Winner. In the event of a tie, the tied Contest Finalist with the highest overall judging score from the Judging & Finalist Determination Period will be deemed the potential Contest Grand Prize Winner.

The potential Contest Grand Prize Winner will be notified on or about Friday, December 8, 2017. In the event any potential Contest Grand Prize Winner entered via Instagram Entry, such potential Contest Grand Prize Winner will be notified via a public comment or private message to his/her Instagram account (the “Initial Notification”), and he/she must respond as instructed to the Initial Notification within forty-eight (48) hours of Initial Notification being sent. Such potential Contest Grand Prize Winner will then be contacted by the Administrator by email and/or phone within two (2) business days of receipt of response to the Initial Notification by Sponsor, and will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility & Publicity/Liability Release and a W-9 Form (the “Releases”) within three (3) business days of notification.

In the event any potential Contest Grand Prize Winner entered via Online Entry, such potential Contest Grand Prize Winner will be contacted by the Administrator via email and/or phone on or about Friday, December 8, 2017 and will be required to sign and return the Releases within three (3) business days of notification.

Noncompliance will result in disqualification and the Contest Finalist who received the next highest Final Score will be deemed the potential Contest Grand Prize Winner and will be notified. The Contest Grand Prize will be awarded within approximately 30 days after verification.

If the Contest Grand Prize Winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the Contest Grand Prize will be awarded in the name of winner's parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases and W-9 on minor’s behalf and must accompany Contest Grand Prize Winner on the Grand Prize trip as one of the two travel companions.

CONTEST HONORABLE MENTION PRIZE WINNER DETERMINATION, NOTIFICATION & HONORABLE MENTION PRIZE ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS: The seven (7) remaining Contest Finalists who were not deemed a Contest Grand Prize Winner will each be deemed a potential Contest Honorable Mention Prize Winner.

Each potential Contest Honorable Mention Prize Winner will be notified on or about Wednesday, December 13, 2017 via email and/or phone, and will be required to sign and return, within three (3) business days of notification, the Releases. Noncompliance will result in disqualification. The Contest Honorable Mention Prizes will be awarded within approximately 45 days after verification.

If the Contest Honorable Mention Prize Winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the Honorable Mention Prize will be awarded in the name of winner's parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases on minor’s behalf.

SWEEPSTAKES RANDOM DRAWING, NOTIFICATION & SWEEPSTAKES PRIZE ACCEPTANCE: Fifty (50) Sweepstakes Prize winners will be selected in a random drawing by the Administrator on or about Friday, December 15, 2017 from among all eligible Entries received who were not Contest Finalists. In the event any potential Sweepstakes Prize Winner entered via Instagram Entry, such potential winner will be notified on/around Monday, December 18, 2017 via a public comment or private message to his/her Instagram account, and he/she must respond as instructed within seventy-two (72) hours of notification. Once each potential winner has responded as instructed from his/her Instagram account as outlined above, they will be contacted by the Administrator by email and be required to provide his/her mailing address within 72 hours via return email. In the event any potential Sweepstakes Prize Winner entered via Online Entry, potential winner will be contacted by the Administrator by email and be required to provide his/her mailing address within 72 hours via return email. The Sweepstakes Prizes will be awarded within approximately 45 days after verification.

If a Sweepstakes Prize Winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the Sweepstakes Prize will be awarded in the name of winner's parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases on minor’s behalf.

PRIZE CONDITIONS: If any notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or if potential finalist or winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules he/she will be disqualified.

Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Prizes are not assignable nor transferable. No substitution is permitted except if prize is unavailable, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. No cash will be given in lieu of prizes and there will be no exchange or substitution of prizes, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner’s sole responsibility.

Gift cards are not redeemable for cash and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Gift card usage is subject to the issuing company’s complete terms and conditions, including expiration dates.

Winners are responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning prize. Contest Grand Prize winners will be required to furnish his/her Social Security Number for the sole purpose of preparation of tax forms as required by law.

Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use Finalists/Winner’s name, prize won, hometown, likeness, video tape, photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

By accepting an Honorable Mention Prize, Contest Grand Prize or Sweepstakes Prize, Winner further agrees to release the Promotion Entities from any and all liability, loss or damage of any kind arising out of or in connection with your participation in this Promotion or with respect to the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize.

CONTEST GRAND PRIZE CONDITIONS: Each Contest Grand Prize winner must be accompanied on the Grand Prize trip by his/her parent/legal guardian, and such parent/legal guardian will be one of the two travel companions for the Grand Prize Package. Travel related expenses, including but not limited to, taxes, gratuities, incidentals, upgrades, insurance, service charges, airport surcharges, departure taxes, luggage fees, food & beverage and personal expenses such as telephone/Internet charges, and gift shop purchases are the sole responsibility of prize winner. Winner and travel companion must travel on same itinerary. Winner and travel companion must have valid photo ID and any other required documentation prior to departure. Prize must be used on dates specified or prize will be forfeited. Dates are subject to change. Travel is subject to availability. Trip must be booked approximately 4-weeks in advance and is only available from January 12, 2018 through January 15, 2018. Registrations for the summit must be completed online at https://4hcenter.org/AgriScienceSummit by December 29, 2017.

Sponsors will, in their sole discretion, determine which airport is closest to the Grand Prize winner’s home. In the event the Grand Prize winner’s residence is close enough to Washington, D.C. such that air transportation is deemed by Sponsors in their sole discretion to be unnecessary, the Sponsors reserve the right to substitute round-trip ground transportation to/from the Grand Prize winner’s home in lieu of air transportation. The Grand Prize winner and his/her travel companions are responsible for obtaining any travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) that they may wish to obtain (at their own expense) and hereby acknowledge that the Sponsors have not and will not obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance.

Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit may be required at any time for incidental charges (e.g., room service, use of telephone/IT services, laundry and all other optional extra services not provided in the Grand Prize). If Grand Prize winner elects to travel or partake in the Grand Prize with fewer than two (2) travel companions, no additional compensation will be awarded. All hotel reservations are based on availability and all holidays are excluded. Accommodations are subject to availability at time of reservation. Blackout dates, advance booking requirements and travel restrictions may apply. Availability is subject to factors such as weather, seasonality and space availability. Reservations are subject to availability. If weather or other incident or conditions beyond the control of the Sponsors affects the ability for winner and his/her travel companion to redeem any portion of prize during the scheduled date and time, then the Sponsors shall have no further obligation to the winner and/or travel companion other than to supply the remaining elements of the prize package minus the unused portion of prize. Sponsors shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitution or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air carriers, hotels, venue operators, transportation companies, prize providers or any other persons providing any prize-related services or accommodations. Sponsors are not liable for expenses incurred as a consequence of flight cancellation/delay. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any transportation or other prize element except at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. If for any reason whatsoever, winner and/or travel companions are unable to travel after all travel arrangements have been made and paid, the Sponsors shall have no further obligation to the winner. If Grand Prize is forfeited prior to Sponsors finalizing and paying for travel, and there is sufficient time to notify an alternate winner, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing from among all non-winning eligible entries. Winner and travel companions are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documentation (e.g., valid photo ID and/or passport with a minimum validity 6 months after the date of return) prior to travel. Winner’s travel companions must be legal U.S. residents. If a Grand Prize Winner is a minor in his/her state of primary residence, one (1) travel companion must be the winner’s parent/legal guardian who has competed and signed the Releases (the “Winner’s Parent/Guardian”) and the second travel companion must either (i) be at least 18 years or older or (ii) if second companion is considered a minor in his/her state of primary residence the Winner’s Parent/Guardian must also be the second companion’s parent/legal guardian and must complete and return a Minor Travel Companion Liability & Publicity Release. If winner’s companion is at least 18 years or older, such travel companion must complete and return a Travel Companion Liability & Publicity Release prior to travel.

In the event a winner or his/her travel companion(s) engages in behavior that, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsors reserve the right to terminate the trip early, whole or in part, and send the winner and his/her travel companion home with no further obligation. In the event a winner engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects winner to arrest or detention, Sponsors shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by winner as a result of such conduct. SPONSORS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRAVEL RELATED TO THE PRIZE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF GRAND PRIZE WINNER’S ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF THE PRIZE.

In the event that the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science does not take place as scheduled, for reasons such as cancellation, preemption or postponement, or for any reason beyond the control of the Sponsor, Sponsor's sole responsibility will be to award the remaining portion of the Grand Prize and no additional substitution or compensation will be provided.

GENERAL: Participating Entrants and Voters agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrator and the Sponsor, and release and hold the Sponsor, the Administrator, Instagram, LLC, and their affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Promotion, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each, from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the Promotion, and the acceptance and use/misuse of the prize offered. Entrants waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages. Finalists/Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Promotion or use/misuse or redemption of a prize. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Promotion or in the announcement of any prize.

No confidential relationship is established by any Contest Entrant or Voter and the Sponsors as a result of participating in the Promotion. None of the information submitted by the Contest Entrant or Voter will be treated as trade secrets, confidential information or as protected data.

Although subsequent attempts to submit a Contest Entry or Vote on a given day may be received, only the first complete Contest Entry/Vote received from a particular Entrant/Voter will be eligible; subsequent attempts by the same person to Enter/Vote, including entries/votes submitted with an alternate email address, Instagram account, or identity will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an Entrant or Voter, submission will be deemed submitted by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the email address submitted by the Contest Entrant/Voter or the Instagram account from which the entry is submitted. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person to whom the email address or Instagram account is registered. Any Entrant, Voter or potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to Sponsor’s satisfaction. Entry materials/data or Vote materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries/votes or entries/votes generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Promotion Entities and Instagram, LLC, are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries/votes; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of submission materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive submission information by Sponsors on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to Entrant's, Voter’s or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in the Promotion. By participating in the Promotion, you (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsors and the Administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Promotion. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any Promotion it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and (ii) withdraw any method of entry or voting mechanism if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Promotion). If, for any reason, the Promotion is not capable of being conducted as planned, including but not limited to infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes whether or not beyond the control of Sponsor, Sponsors reserve the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion. Sponsors are not responsible if the Promotion cannot be implemented or prizes cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, strikes, governmental action, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism. Sponsors also reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be violating these Official Rules or suspected of attempting to disrupt or defraud the Entry or Vote process or the operation of the Promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any Entrant or Voter at any time during the Promotion Period that may be found ineligible.

In the event any participant engages or has engaged in behavior that (as determined by Sponsors in Sponsors’ sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that tends to annoy, abuse, threaten, disparage or harass any other person or company including the Sponsors or is otherwise inappropriate, the Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify the Entrant, Voter or winner and void any Contest Entries, Votes or Sweepstakes Entries of said person.

LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the state of Maryland. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsors in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of Maryland without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of Maryland. The remedy for any claim shall be limited to actual damages, and in no event shall any party be entitled to recover punitive, exemplary, consequential, or incidental damages, including attorney’s fees or other such related costs of bringing a claim, or to rescind this agreement or seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.

THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL WITH RESPECT TO ALL CLAIMS AND ISSUES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT WHETHER SOUNDING IN CONTRACT OR TORT, AND INCLUDING ANY CLAIM FOR FRAUDULENT INDUCEMENT THEREOF.

PRIVACY: Personal information collected from entrants are subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://4-h.org/privacy-policy/.

OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: To request a copy of the Official Rules, see www.4HScienceMatters.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 15, 2017, to: The Why Science Matters to Me Photo Contest Official Rules Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

WINNER CONFIRMATION REQUEST: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after December 15, 2017), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than January 12, 2018), to: The Why Science Matters to Me Photo Contest Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

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