Rules & Regulations
COTTAGE LIFE 2018 PHOTO CONTEST (THE“CONTEST”)
Official Rules and Regulations
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE CONTEST RULES.
Sponsor: Cottage Life Media, a division of Blue Ant Media Solutions Inc.
HOW TO ENTER:
No purchase necessary. The Contest begins on June 25th, 2018 and ends on September 10,
2018, at 11:59 p.m. (Toronto time) (the “Submission Deadline”).
To enter, visit cottagelifephotocontest.com to complete the entry form and upload your digital file. Digital entries only will be accepted. Print entries will not be accepted.
Each Photo must be submitted under one or more of the following four (4) categories. The category(ies) for which the photo is being entered must be indicated on the contest entry form. Notwithstanding any entry in multiple categories, each photo is only eligible to win in one (1) category and each entrant is only eligible to win one (1) prize:
(1) Life at the Cottage—Where friends, family, pets, and the cottage itself are the stars of the
(2) Landscapes—Any shots in which the land, water, or sky features prominently.
(3) Wildlife—Photos showcasing cottage-country critters in their natural environments.
(4) Family Feast—show us how you eat together at the lake.
Entries will be rejected if the entry form is not fully completed and the entry is not received by
the Submission Deadline.
Entries can be uploaded electronically as jpeg files at cottagelifephotocontest.com. Digital
files should be at least 5 megapixels, or 2560 x 1950 pixels; image quality setting: high.
Colour correction and tonal cast changes are acceptable; compositional changes, as well as
added watermarks or signatures, will result in automatic disqualification. Entries that do not
meet technical requirements will be automatically rejected.
If a Photo is chosen as a winner, all original material, including digital capture files, must be
made available to Sponsor as a condition of receiving a prize.
Contest is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), except employees (and
those with whom such employees are domiciled) or agents of the Sponsor, its affiliates and
their respective advertising and promotion agencies, and the contest judges. Entrants 13
years of age or younger must have consent from their parent or legal guardian to enter this
Contest. In the event it is discovered that you entered without consent from your parent or
legal guardian, all entries will be void.
Entries are limited to individuals only; commercial enterprises and business entities are not
eligible to enter the Contest.
You must have taken the Photo that you submit for the contest. You will require the consent
of all individuals who are included in the Photo and consent from the individuals who own the
personal property (i.e. the cottage) featured in the Photo. The submitted Photo must never
have been previously published, exhibited publicly, or selected as a winner in any other
contest and only amateur photographers are eligible (defined as a person who has never
earned more than $1,000 in any year for photography). By entering the Contest, you
represent and warrant to Sponsor that the Photo will not violate the rights of any third parties
or any applicable laws. All Photos submitted become the property of the Sponsor and/or its
affiliates and by entering this Contest, entrant hereby assigns all right, title and interest,
including, without limitation, copyright in the Photo and its underlying elements to Sponsor.
Entries not complying with these contest rules will be disqualified.
THE PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES:
There is one Grand Prize available to be won, consisting of: “Ultimate Water Fun Pack from Diversco (includes Sea Gliders Capri 67” Combo Skis, Sea Gliders SunFun 62” Combo Skis, Waterski Rope, 18’ Runway Water Mat, Rewind Tube, and Tube Rope).
(approx. retail value of Grand Prize CAD $1530).
There are three (3) First Prizes available to be won, one (1) in each of the Life at the
Cottage, Landscapes, and Wildlife categories. Each First Prize consists of a $500 Lee Valley gift card.
(approx. retail value of CAD $500 each).
There are three (3) Second Prizes available to be won, one (1) in each of the Life at the
Cottage, Landscapes, and Wildlife categories. Each Second Prize consists of a $300 Vistek gift card.
(approx. retail value of CAD $300 each).
There is one (1) Family Feast Prize available to be won, consisting of a Le Creuset French Oven.
(approx. retail value of CAD $435).
Colour, size and model of each element of each prize awarded in the Contest to be determined
by Sponsor in its discretion. Standard gift card terms and conditions set by the applicable merchant shall be applicable to gift card prizes.
Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are not transferable or convertible to cash. No
substitutions except at the Sponsor’s option. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize
or a prize component with one of equal or greater quality or value. Taxes on prize may be
the sole responsibility of the winners. If the winner is a minor in his/her province, territory of
residence, such winner’s parent or legal guardian must accept the prize on his/her behalf.
All incidental costs and expenses not specifically included in the prize descriptions shall be
the sole responsibility of the prize winner.
A panel of judges appointed by the Sponsor consisting of photo editors and/or professional
photographers will judge all Photos submitted on the basis of originality, creativity, technical
proficiency, and uniqueness appropriateness, and relevance to the category of submission.
All judging criteria will be weighed equally. In the event of a tie, the Photo with the highest
score in creativity will be selected as the winner. In the event of a tie in creativity scores, the
winner will be selected by random draw. Photos which are illegal, defamatory, or in any way
obscene, all as determined solely by the Sponsor, will be disqualified. Judging will be
completed and the winners contacted by October 25, 2018. If you have not been contacted
by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a winner.
The Photo with the highest score among all photos in the categories of Life at the Cottage,
Landscapes, and Wildlife will be eligible to win the Grand Prize.
The Photo with the highest score in each of the following categories: Life at the Cottage, Landscapes and Wildlife will be eligible to win a First Prize; the Photo with the second-highest score in each of the following categories: Life at the Cottage, Landscapes and Wildlife will be eligible to win a Second Prize; provided that, in the category from which the Grand Prize winner is selected, the Photo with the second-highest score in that category will be eligible to win the First Prize, and the Photo with the third-highest score in that category will be eligible to win the Second Prize.
The Photo with the highest score in the Family Feast category will be eligible to win the Family Feast Prize.
Odds of a Photo being selected by the contest judges as the winner of the Grand Prize
depend on the number and calibre of entries received. Odds of a Photo being selected by
the contest judges as the winner of a First, Second, or other Prize depend on the number
and calibre of entries received in each category.
By accepting a prize, winner agrees that their Photo becomes the property of the Sponsor
and will not be returned and entrant hereby assigns all right, title and interest, including,
without limitation, copyright in the Photo and its underlying elements to Sponsor and agrees
to execute such further documentation as Sponsor may require to effect such assignment.
Winner grants the Sponsor the right in perpetuity to publish and use winner’s Photo, as is or
as may be edited in Sponsor’s sole discretion, in any media, worldwide in perpetuity.
Selected winners agree to waive all moral rights in and to the Photo in favour of the Sponsor.
No correspondence will be entered into except with the selected winners. This contest is
subject to all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws. Void where prohibited by law.
The decisions of the contest judges with respect to all aspects of this contest are final and
binding on all entrants without right of appeal.
Selected winners (or winner’s parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) will be required to
sign and return a standard Declaration, Liability and Publicity Release, releasing the
Sponsor, prize suppliers, and their respective advertising and promotional agencies, and the
contest judges, from any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from this contest,
participation in contest related activities, the awarding of a prize, and the use or misuse of
By entering the contest, selected winners agree to comply with these official contest rules
and agree to the publication, reproduction, and/or other use of his/her name, address, voice,
statements about the contest, and/or personal photograph or other likeness without further
compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by the Sponsor in any manner
whatsoever, including print, broadcast, or digital.
The Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies, and the contest judges are not
responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or delayed entries. Without limitation, the Sponsor, its
advertising and promotion agencies, and the contest judges will not be liable for the failure of
any entry or Photo to be received.
The Sponsor reserves the right to withdraw or amend this contest in any way, in the event of
an error, technical problem, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or
any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor that interferes with the proper
conduct of this contest as contemplated by these Rules. Any attempt to deliberately
undermine the legitimate operation of this contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and
should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and
damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. The Sponsor
reserves the right to cancel or suspend this contest in the event of any accident, printing,
administrative, or other error of any kind without prior notice or obligation.
By entering this contest, each entrant expressly consents to the Sponsor, its agents and/or
representatives, storing, sharing, and using the personal information submitted with his/her
entry only for the purpose of administering the contest and in accordance with Sponsor’s
For the name of the winners write to Cottage Life magazine, Cottage Life Media, a division of
Blue Ant Media Solutions Inc., 130 Merton St., Suite 200, M4S 1A4. Requests must be
received by December 1, 2018.