Official Rules

Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, and have Internet access and photo uploading capability at the time of entry. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this contest.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. 

CONTEST PERIOD: The America’s Best Front Yard Contest (“Contest”) begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET") on 5/7/19 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 6/7/19 (Contest Period). This Contest is in no way Sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter or Instagram. By entering, you understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not Twitter or Instagram.

SPONSOR:  Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa (“Sponsor”).

HOW TO ENTER: During the Entry Period, there are three (3) ways to enter:

1) Enter Via Contest Website: Entrants can visit www.bhg.com/bestfrontyard (the “Website”), submit the required information in the Contest Entry Form and post a photo illustrating why their front yard is “America’s Best” in order to become eligible for Contest judging.

2) Enter Via Twitter: Entrants who enter via Twitter will be required to tweet a photo illustrating why their front yard is “America’s Best” and include the hashtags #BHGBestFrontYard and #contest in order to become eligible for Contest judging. Entrants must ensure that their Twitter account settings are “public” so that the entrant’s photo submission is viewable by Sponsor. Creating a Twitter Account is free. By creating an Account however, entrants will be required to agree to the Twitter terms of service and privacy policy.

3) Enter Via Instagram: Entrants who enter via Instagram will be required to post a photo illustrating why their front yard is “America’s Best” and include the hashtags #BHGBestFrontYard and #contest in order to become eligible for Contest judging. Entrant must ensure that their Instagram account settings are “public” so that the entrant’s photo submission is viewable by Sponsor. Creating an Instagram Account is free. By creating an Account however, entrants will be required to agree to the Instagram terms of service and privacy policy.

Limit one (1) Contest entry per person per day over the course of the Contest Period, regardless of means of entry. If it is discovered that a entrant has attempted to enter with multiple e-mail addresses, social media accounts or under multiple identities, or uses any other method or device to enter multiple times over the course of the Contest Period, such entrant will be disqualified. Entrants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to submit an entry. All entries must be submitted in accordance with these Official Rules; no other method of entry into this Contest will be permitted. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Entries must be made by an individual only. Group entries are prohibited.  By participating in the Contest, you fully and unconditionally agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Entries may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that: 

  • is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
  • promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group;
  • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, except for Better Homes and Gardens elements which may only be used for this Contest in accordance with these Official Rules);
  • contains any personal identification, such as personal names, license plate numbers, street addresses or e-mail addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), except for Better Homes and Gardens elements which may only be used for this Contest in accordance with these Official Rules);
  • contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;
  • contains any individual other than the entrant
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or
  • violates any law.

Entry must be the original work of the entrant (or the original work from a professional photographer by which entrants owns the rights to), may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.  If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void.  By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.

By submitting an Entry, entrant hereby grants permission for the Entry to be posted on Better Homes and Garden’s Instagram page (http://instagram.com/betterhomesandgardens OR @betterhomesandgardens) or other Sponsor websites or social media pages. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and reserve the right to remove any posted Entry for any reason and at any time.

By submitting your Entry, you agree that your Entry conforms to these Official Rules and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify your Entry for any reason, including if it determines, in its sole discretion, that your Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

Entering the Contest will automatically register entrant at www.bhg.com if entrant has not already registered. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void.

ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older, with Internet access and photo uploading capability. Employees of Sponsor and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean spouses, parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, and their respective spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year. 

JUDGING AND WINNER SELECTION: All eligible Entries received by Sponsor will be judged to select ten (10) finalists by a panel of qualified judges based on the following criteria:  40% aesthetic quality of project, 30% creativity of project and 30% personality of project. The ten (10) entries with the highest total score will be deemed finalists and proceed to the voting phase outlined below. In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the finalist(s) based on the criteria listed herein. Sponsor reserves the right to advance fewer than ten (10) finalists to the voting phase if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries. 

PUBLIC VOTING PHASE: All finalist photos will be posted on www.bhg.com/bestfrontyard for public voting from 6/12/19 at 12:00 a.m. ET to 6/19/19 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Voting Period”).  There will be a limit of one (1) vote per person (with a valid e-mail address) per day. Votes received from any person or email address in excess of the above-stated limitation will be void. Finalists are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. At the conclusion of the Voting Period, the one (1) finalist receiving the highest number of votes will be deemed the potential grand prize winner.  The finalist receiving the second highest number of votes will be deemed the potential first prize winner.  The finalist received the third highest number of votes will be deemed the potential second prize winner.  In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the winner in question from among the tied entries based on the “creativity of project” criterion specified above. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects.  All results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified via email and will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, IRS W9 form, License of Work and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification or a runner-up may be selected for the applicable prize. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact any potential winner or any potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up may be selected for the applicable prize.

GRAND PRIZE (1): One (1) grand prize winner will receive a check in the amount of $2,500, and have his/her Entry featured in an upcoming issue of Better Homes & Gardens and on bhg.com. Exact issue/date of Better Homes & Gardens to be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee express or implied by Sponsor.

Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prizes (or portions thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winners are responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided.  All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Released Parties (as defined below) disclaim all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any third-party product or service accepted by the winners. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.

LICENSE/USE OF ENTRIES:  By submitting an Entry, and to the extent allowed by law, you grant the Released Parties a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional and transferable license to edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, reproduce, encode, store, modify, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse your Entry, name, photo, and biographical material including, but not limited to, all materials submitted in connection with the Contest in any and all media, throughout the world, and in any manner, for trade, advertising, promotional, commercial, or any other purposes without further review, notice, approval, consideration, or compensation to entrant or any third party.

PRIVACY:  Registration at bhg.com.com is required to enter the Contest.  When you register, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, complete mailing address, and email address.  The information that you provide will be added to a centralized Sponsor database and you will simultaneously be registered for Sponsor’s other websites as well.  Your name, complete mailing address, and email address will not be sold or rented to third parties. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor’s privacy policy at http://www.meredith.com/legal/privacy.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, participant agrees that:  (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in New York, NY; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney’s fees or any other damages, other than for participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

RELEASES:  By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to release Sponsor and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest and/or acceptance or use of any prize.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected entries or registrations; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Contest if the Contest is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it believes has tampered with the entry process.  In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to select the winner using the judging and voting processes from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to date of cancellation or termination. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules.  The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE  LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES (AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant's name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Contest in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Contest, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable. Contest is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Prize winners will be issued an IRS 1099-MISC tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein.

WINNER’S NAME: For the name of the winner, available after 6/30/19, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Winner’s Name, America’s Best Front Yard Contest, 1716 Locust St., LS 321, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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