BC Wildlife Photo Contest - 2017

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  • BC's wildlife is waiting
  • Enter for a chance to win a 7-night Inside Passage Coastal Adventure for two!
  • Prize includes 7 nights' hotel accommodation in 4 locations, round-trip ferry travel, and a grizzly bear or whale-watching tour

The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered for sharing your fantastic photos! Keep an eye out for a Facebook album next week featuring the contest Top Ten.

 

Share your best animal photos with #BCFWildlife and you could win a 7-night Inside Passage Coastal Adventure for two.  Limit of 10 original entries per person. Prize package includes:

 

  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in 4 locations
  • Round-trip ferry from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island, and from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (sailing reservations included on Inside Passage route) for two adults and one car
  • Grizzly bear or whale-watching tour in Prince Rupert

 

Here's how the #BCFWildlife Photo Contest works:

 

  1. Take a picture of West Coast wildlife. Whether fierce, funny or seriously stoic, all animal photos are welcome.
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  3. Your submission must be an original photo of your own making, depicting wildlife and photographed in British Columbia within the last 3 years.
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  5. Post it with the hashtag #BCFWildlife on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account.
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  7. To enter, you will need to have an active Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account. To be eligible, you will need to ensure your post is public so that your entry can be found by our judges.
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  9. Like the BC Ferries Facebook page to keep tabs on your #BCFWildlife competition! We'll be sharing updates throughout the contest period.
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  11. Entries must be submitted with the contest hashtag (#BCFWildlife) during the contest period from March 1, 2017 to March 21, 2017 to be considered.
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  13. A panel of judges appointed by BC Ferries will review posts and select ten finalist photos. The top ten will be contacted by BC Ferries and the finalist photos will be featured in a BC Ferries Facebook album on or around March 27, 2017. 
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  15. A panel of judges will then select the winning submission from the top ten on or after April 3, 2017. The best photo will be selected at the judges’ discretion. The judges’ decisions are final and cannot be challenged.
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  17. If you are selected to win, a BC Ferries representative will contact you on or after around April 4, 2017. If you do not reply in 48 hours, you will no longer be eligible to win.

Judging Criteria:

 

This is how the judges will be assessing each shot:


  • Does it convey the majesty or cuteness of the animal pictured?
  • Does it capture the beauty of British Columbia?
  • Does it demonstrate creativity?

 

Here are some wildlife viewing and photography guidelines from our friends at Parks Canada on how to watch and photograph wildlife in a way that's safe for the wildlife and you: http://ow.ly/XhMB309pqC0

 

Your privacy is important to us. For more information about why we collect your personal information, how we will use it, and when we will disclose it, please see the Official Contest Rules and Regulations.

 

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Terms and Conditions

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BC Ferries Vacations™ #BCFWildlife 2017 Photo Contest

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSSARY. PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES FULL AGREEMENT WITH AND ACCEPTANCE OF THESE CONTEST RULES.

Overview

The #BCFWildlife 2017 Photo Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “BC Ferries” or the “Sponsor”). Eligible entrants must capture an original photo showing “West Coast wildlife” (as further described below) and post the photo to their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account using the hashtag #BCFWildlife. See How to Enter below for specific entry requirements. If your posted photo is selected by our panel of judges to win the Contest grand prize, you will be notified directly by BC Ferries. You will have 48 hours to respond and, subject to compliance in full with these Official Contest Rules and Regulations (“Contest Rules”), you will be eligible to win.

Contest Period

The Contest opens at 12:01 am Pacific Time (”PT”) on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and ends at 11:59 pm PT on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (the “Contest Period”).

Eligibility

To enter and to be eligible to win, entrant must have an active Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account. Entrants must be legal residents of British Columbia and be nineteen (19) years of age or older. Employees (and their parents, siblings and children, and persons domiciled with employees) of BC Ferries and its agents, parent, affiliated or related companies, subsidiaries, divisions, prize suppliers, and promotional and advertising agencies and administrators, are ineligible to enter. Winners of any BC Ferries contest within the three (3) months preceding the start of this Contest (including persons designated by such winners to take ownership of prizes) and persons domiciled with any such winner are not eligible to enter.

How to Enter

No purchase necessary. During the Contest Period, post your original photo showing wildlife pictured in British Columbia to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account using the hashtag #BCFWildlife. To be considered, photos must have been taken in British Columbia, Canada, and include at least one wild animal. By posting your photo, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to comply with these Contest Rules. You also understand that your photo will be available to be viewed by any and all users (who search whichever social media platform you used) using “#BCFWildlife”. When using #BCFWildlife on Instagram in tandem with #BCFerries or @BCFerries, you understand that your photo may be mirrored on the BC Ferries’ Instagram tab on Facebook, and consent to sharing your photo across platforms. By entering the Contest, you agree to be bound by the Contest Rules and the decisions of BC Ferries, which are final with respect to all Contest-related matters. Limit of one (1) prize per household. No purchase necessary.

There is a LIMIT of ten (10) original entries per person, each of which must include a separate photo, inclusive of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, throughout the Contest Period. Two (2) people may not each submit their entry through the same social media account. If it is discovered that you attempted to enter the Contest more than ten (10) times or use multiple accounts during the Contest Period, then all your entries will be void. Entries will be rejected if: (a) photo upload does not occur during the Contest Period; or (b) the photo does not conform to the specific requirements listed below. Without limitation, the Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies and the Contest judges are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete or incompatible entries.

Only original entries posted with the #BCFWildlife hashtag during the Contest Period will be considered.

The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are completely released of all liability from each entrant in this Contest. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to Sponsor and not the respective social media platform.

BY SUBMITTING A PHOTO, THE ENTRANT AGREES THAT THE PHOTO COMPLIES WITH ALL CONDITIONS STATED IN THESE RULES. THE SPONSOR AND THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH IT WILL BEAR NO LEGAL LIABILITY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE USE OF THE PHOTO BY THE SPONSOR AND THE SPONSOR SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY AN ENTRANT IN THE EVENT IT IS SUBSEQUENTLY DISCOVERED THAT THE ENTRANT HAS DEPARTED FROM OR NOT FULLY COMPLIED WITH ANY OF THE RULES.

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS:

Your submitted photo must depict wildlife pictured in British Columbia. Photos must be taken in British Columbia, Canada and contain at least one wild animal. Photos submitted must have been taken within the last three (3) years. Your submitted photo must never have been previously exhibited publicly or selected as a winner in any other contest. To be eligible for entry in the Contest, your photo must meet the following specific requirements per social media platform:

a) Facebook

Acceptable extensions/types: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF or TIFF files.

Photo Max size: 25 MB. Facebook recommends uploading photos under 15MB.

Max width: 2048 pixels

Max height: 2048 pixels

b) Twitter

Acceptable extensions/types: GIF, JPEG, PNG

Photo Max size: 5MB; animated GIFs can be up to 3MB. 

c) Instagram

Max width: 1936 pixels

Max height: 1936 pixels

By participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Contest Rules and by the interpretation of these Contest Rules by the Sponsor, and further warrants and represents that his/her photo:

i. is original to him/her and that the entrant has all necessary licenses, consents and rights in and to the photo and all of its components (if applicable) to enter the photo in the Contest;

ii. does not and will not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation;

iii. does not contain any reference to or likeness of any third parties, unless consent has been obtained from all such individuals (or their parent/guardian if such third parties have not reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence) to the sharing of their image. If your photo does contain the image of individuals other than yourself, you represent and warrant to BC Ferries that you have obtained all necessary rights from all such persons to share their image online as part of your participation in the Contest and you agree to indemnify BC Ferries from and against any and all claims of any kind arising out of your participation in the Contest and/or your sharing of your photo;

iv. will not give rise to any claims of infringement, invasion of privacy or publicity, or infringe on any rights and/or interests of any third party, or give rise to any claims for payment whatsoever; and

v. is not defamatory, trade libelous, pornographic or obscene, and further that it will not contain, depict, include, discuss or involve, without limitation, any of the following:

• Nudity;

• Sexual activity;

• Crude, vulgar or offensive language and/or symbols;

• Derogatory characterizations of any ethnic, racial, sexual or religious groups;

• Content that endorses, condones or discusses any illegal, inappropriate or risky activity, behaviour or conduct;

• Personal information of individuals, including without limitation, images, names and addresses (physical or e-mail), except as permitted by these Contest Rules;

• Conduct or other activities in violation of these Contest Rules;

• Commercial messages, comparisons or solicitations for products or services;

• Any identifiable third party products and/or trade-marks, brands or logos. For example, any clothing worn by persons appearing in a photo must not contain any visible logos, trade-marks or other third party materials;

• URLs or links to any websites; and

• Any other content that is or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, all as determined by the Sponsor and/or the contest judges in their sole discretion.

Any photo that the Sponsor and/or the Contest judges deem, in their sole discretion, to violate the terms and conditions set forth in these Contest Rules will not be eligible. Any submitted photograph displaying a disregard for safety or depicting unsafe or dangerous practices or acts will not be eligible.

By entering the Contest by uploading a photo on their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account, each entrant, if their entry is selected (in accordance with “Winner Selection" below), grants to the Sponsor, in perpetuity, a non-exclusive license to publish, use, adapt, display, reproduce, modify, edit or otherwise use their submitted photo, in whole or in part, for advertising or promoting the Contest or for any other reason. By entering the Contest and uploading a photo, each entrant also agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies, the Contest judges and each of their respective agents, employees, directors, successors, and assigns against any and all claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement or any other intellectual property related cause of action. For greater certainty, the Sponsor and/or the Contest judges reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to ask the respective social media platform to remove any photo, or to request an entrant to modify or edit his or her photo, if a complaint is received with respect to the photo, or for any other reason.

By submitting an entry, each entrant acknowledges that he or she has read and understands and agrees that he or she shall be bound by these Contest Rules. The entrant acknowledges that his/her photo may be posted or linked to or used in any media by BC Ferries in its sole discretion.

Prize

There is one (1) Grand Prize (the “Prize”) available to be won, consisting of one (1) Inside Passage Coastal Adventure Package which includes: seven nights’ standard hotel accommodation for two people based on double occupancy including one night at the Best Western Westerly Hotel in Courtenay, two nights’ at the Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort in Port Hardy, three nights’ at the Inn on the Harbour in Prince Rupert, and one night at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville; a whale watching tour in Prince Rupert (tours are seasonal – whale-watching tour is offered from July 25 – September 23, 2017); and round-trip ferry travel between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island and between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert for two adults travelling in one standard vehicle. Full details of accommodations and tour will be provided by BC Ferries to the declared winner. This prize is based on availability at the time of booking, and is valid through September 17, 2017. The prize has an approximate retail value of $3,920 CAD based on a Metro Vancouver departure.

Prize winner and his/her travelling companion are solely responsible for all costs not expressly described herein, including, without limitation, as applicable, all transportation (except included ferry transportation), additional accommodations if required, health/travel insurance, taxes, fuel/currency surcharges, meals and beverages, room service, gratuities, merchandise, telephone calls, any required travel documentation and all personal expenses of any kind or nature. Accommodation is subject to availability and change without notice or compensation. It is the sole responsibility of the Prize winner and his/her travelling companion to obtain all necessary travel documentation including passports and visas (if applicable), and to comply with any customs and immigration requirements, as applicable. It is recommended that the Prize winner and his/her travelling companion obtain sufficient personal insurance prior to departure. No change in travel arrangements can be made by the Prize winner once his/her booking has been confirmed. In order to take advantage of the Prize, winner and travelling companion will require access to a private vehicle at their expense.

Prize must be accepted as awarded, may not be sold or transferred and is not convertible to cash. BC Ferries reserves the right to substitute the prize in whole or in part in the event that all or any component of the prize is unavailable. If winner(s) and guest cannot complete travel by date specified, the prize will be forfeited in its entirety. Some additional restrictions apply.

Winner Selection

On or after March 22, 2017, a panel of judges appointed by BC Ferries (the "Judging Panel") will review posts and select ten (10) photos to be featured in a Facebook album. Each of these ten (10) photos will be considered a “Finalist”. Selections will be based on the degree to which the Judging Panel considers, in its discretion, each entered image to:

(i) depict the majesty or cuteness of the animal pictured;

(ii) capture the beauty of British Columbia; and

(iii) be creative;

with each of the above criteria being equally weighted.

Before an image is declared a top ten Finalist and posted on Facebook, the entrant who submitted the image will be contacted by BC Ferries and required to confirm their eligibility, their agreement to comply in full with these Rules and their agreement to have their photo posted and will also be required to:

1. sign and return an Image Copyright License agreement, confirming their grant to BC Ferries, in perpetuity, of a non-exclusive license to publish, use, adapt, display, reproduce, modify, edit or otherwise use their submitted photo, in whole or in part, for advertising or promoting the Contest or for any other reason and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in a BC Ferries Facebook album and/or other BC Ferries marketing/advertising materials; and

2. where applicable, obtain from any and all third parties whose image is contained in their photo (or their parent/guardian if such third parties have not reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence), consent to the disclosure of such person(s)’ personal information, in the form of a Third Party Consent/Release provided by BC Ferries, authorizing BC Ferries to collect, use, broadcast, publish and disseminate their image, photograph, likeness, or reference to them, in any advertising or publicity, in any medium, inside or outside Canada, without any further compensation or notice.

Notification of Finalists

Selected entrants who uploaded their image to Facebook will be contacted via a Private Message on Facebook from the @BCFerries Facebook team. If the selected entrant has not ‘liked’ the BC Ferries Facebook page, than Direct Messaging will not be possible; in this case BC Ferries’ social media team will “reply” to the photo with a message requesting that the selected entrant contact it directly via email at marketing@bcferries.com, in which case the selected entrant must do so within 48 hours of BC Ferries’ message. Selected entrants who uploaded their image to Twitter will be contacted via a Direct Message on Twitter from the @BCFerries Twitter team. If the selected entrant is not a “follower” of the BC Ferries Twitter page, than Direct Messaging will not be possible; in this case BC Ferries’ social media team will “reply” to the tweet with a message requesting that the selected entrant contact it within 48 hours directly via email at marketing@bcferries.com. Selected entrants who uploaded their image to Instagram will be contacted via a comment on their Instagram post from the @BCFerries Instagram team, requesting that the selected entrant contact it with 48 hours directly via email at marketing@bcferries.com.

If an entrant does not reply within 48 hours and agree to comply in full with these Contest Rules and to have their photo posted, he or she will be disqualified and an alternate entrant will be selected as a Finalist in accordance with the selection process explained above. Entrant must also provide contact information as requested by BC Ferries.

Once ten (10) Finalist photos have been selected and the entrants who submitted those have provided the required documents, consents and confirmations, those ten photos will be featured in a BC Ferries Facebook album on or around March 29, 2017. On or around April 5, 2017, the Judging Panel will review the ten (10) Finalist entries and select the one (1) photo which will be eligible to win the Contest. Winning entry will be selected at the discretion of the judges and selection will be based on the degree to which the Judging Panel considers, in its discretion, each entered image to:

(i) depict the majesty or cuteness of the animal pictured;

(ii) capture the beauty of the British Columbia; and

(iii) be creative;

with each of the above criteria being equally weighted.

Chances of being declared a Finalist and the chances of winning depend on the number and calibre of entries and on the decisions of the above-described Judging Panel acting in its sole discretion. Judging is subjective and the decisions of the Judging Panel are final.

At both stages referred to above, photos will be selected in the judges’ sole and exclusive discretion and selection of the winner will be based on the specified criteria listed above.

Notification of Selected Entrant

Selected entrant will be contacted via email on or around April 5, 2017, using the email address provided when he/she was declared a Finalist. In the event the selected entrant cannot be contacted within 48 hours after the attempted contact, he or she will be disqualified and an alternate Finalist will be selected. Proof of identification must be provided upon request. Before being awarded the Prize, selected entrant and his/her traveling companion (and in the event of a minor traveling companion, his/her parent or legal guardian) will be required to sign and return, within the time stipulated by BC Ferries, a full release and indemnity form stating that he/she has read and understood these Contest Rules, grants all consents required, authorizes BC Ferries to disclose his/her personal information publicly inside or outside Canada for the period of one (1) year for the purposes of broadcasting, publishing and disseminating his/her name, city of residence, image, likeness, sobriquet and voice, in connection with any promotion or publicity, and/or for general news, entertainment and information purposes at no additional compensation to the selected entrant and/or traveling companion, beyond the awarding of or participation in the Prize, accepts the Prize as offered and releases BC Ferries and its advertising and promotion agencies, the Contest judges and each of their respective agents, employees, directors, successors, and assigns from any and all liability of any kind arising out of the selected entrant’s and/or traveling companion’s participation in this Contest and receipt and use of the Prize. In the event that the selected entrant and/or traveling companion do not comply with all the provisions as contemplated in these Contest Rules, BC Ferries shall have the right to disqualify selected entrant and/or traveling companion, and select an alternate entrant from remaining Finalists and BC Ferries shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard. The provisions and procedures referred to above relating to selection and notification of a selected entrant and/or traveling companion, shall be applied, with the necessary amendments, until a qualified winner and traveling companion have been duly selected.

General Contest Rules

By entering this Contest, entrants automatically agree to accept and abide by these Contest Rules. All decisions of BC Ferries with respect to any aspect of this Contest, including without limitation the eligibility of entries, are final and binding on all entrants in all matters as they relate to this Contest.

All entries become property of BC Ferries, which assumes no responsibility for garbled, lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, e-mail or any computer errors or malfunctions. No correspondence will be entered into except with entrants selected. BC Ferries does not assume any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, seeding or printing errors, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof. Entry materials or data that have been tampered with or altered are void. If for any reason, in the opinion of the BC Ferries, in its sole discretion, the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the Contest is corrupted or adversely affected, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond their control, BC Ferries reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the Contest including cancelling any method of entry, and select a winner from previously received eligible entries. BC Ferries reserves the right to modify the Contest Rules without materially affecting the terms and conditions hereof. BC Ferries reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual they find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Contest Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner. Any attempts to deliberately damage any Contest website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made the BC Ferries reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law. BC Ferries shall not be held responsible for any errors or negligence that may arise or occur in connection with the Contest including any damage to an entrant’s computer equipment, system, software or any combination thereof, as a result of their participation in this Contest or from downloading any material from the Contest website, where applicable.

Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations. Personal information collected from selected entrants, the winner’s travelling companion, entrants whose photos are mirrored on the BC Ferries’ Instagram tab on Facebook, and third parties who images are in a selected photo, will be used by BC Ferries for the purpose of administering or promoting this Contest, or as otherwise described in these Contest Rules. Personal information is collected by British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. By entering the Contest, entrants consent to the use and disclosure of their personal information as described in these Contest Rules (or, where applicable, in the winners’ full release and indemnity form) or as set out in British Columbia Ferry Services Website Privacy Statement (see www.bcferries.com). Except as set out in these Contest Rules or as consented to by an entrant or a third party, BC Ferries will not sell, share or otherwise disclose personal information of entrants to third parties except as permitted or required by law. Any inquiry concerning the personal information collected, used, disclosed or held by BC Ferries should be directed to the Marketing Manager at (604) 204-2228 or addressed to British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. at 1010 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 0B9.

In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Contest Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest related materials, including but not limited to point of sale, television, print or online advertising, the terms and conditions of these Contest Rules shall prevail, govern and control.

All intellectual property, including but not limited to trade-marks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned by BC Ferries and or its affiliates. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.