BHG Blogger Awards 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, 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 NOMINATE OR VOTE FOR A BLOG. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE A BLOG'S CHANCES OF WINNING.

 

CONTEST PERIOD: The Better Homes & Gardens Best Blog Awards Contest ("Contest") begins at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time ("E.T.") on January 25, 2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on February 7, 2016 ("Contest Period"). The Contest will be divided into four (4) categories (each, a "Category") as detailed below:

-       Food

-       Decorating/DIY

-       Fashion/Beauty

-       Gardening  NOMINATIONS: During the Contest Period, visit www.bhg.com/bloggerawards and follow the instructions provided to complete the online blog nomination form with your full name, name of blog, URL of blog, and which Categories you would like to nominate the blog for (collectively, "Nomination"). The name of the individual included on the nomination form is hereinafter referred to as "Nominator" and the owner/editor of the blog nominated is hereinafter referred to as the "Nominee." Nominees must be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, 18 years or older at the time of confirmation of eligibility. Nominator may nominate an individual blog for a maximum of two (2) Categories. If a blog is nominated for more than two (2) Categories, the Better Homes & Gardens Editorial Staff will determine the applicable Categories in which the blog will be nominated.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject and/or disqualify any Nominations, subjects, or related materials that Sponsor deems to be nude, obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests, or that Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any nominated blog which may subject the Contest, Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule. 

All Nominations are final upon submission. Nominations generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the nomination process will be void. All Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 7, 2016 to be eligible. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to: (i) verify any element of any Nomination, related materials or Nominator's eligibility; (ii) to request additional information; and (iii) to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the Contest, Sponsor or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule. By entering this Sweepstakes, you agree to provide any documentation or information deemed necessary by, and in a form acceptable to, Sponsor to satisfy the above requirement if asked by Sponsor to do so.

LIMIT: Nominator may nominate as many blogs as he/she wishes during the Contest Period. 

NOMINATOR ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 21 years or older as of date of Nomination.

WINNING BLOG SELECTION: Judging Round 1: On or about 2/10/2016, a qualified panel of judges from Better Homes & Gardens Editorial Staff will judge all eligible nominated blogs in each Category based on the following criteria: Creative Merit (33%), Overall Appeal (33%) and Suitability to the Category (34%) ("Round 1 Judging Criteria"). The ten (10) nominated blogs in each Category with the highest total scores will be deemed potential Finalist Blogs and the Nominees associated with such potential Finalist Blogs will be deemed potential Finalists for the applicable Category. Finalists will advance to Judging Round 2 and the public Voting round of this Contest. In the event of a tie, an additional, tie-breaking judge will judge the tied nominated blogs for the applicable Category using the Round 1 Judging Criteria to determine the potential Finalist Blog for the applicable Category.

 

 

Finalist Notification: Potential Finalists will be notified via email and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification or an alternate potential Finalist Blog for the applicable Category may be determined from among all remaining eligible nominated blog from the applicable Category using the Round 1 Judging Criteria detailed above. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, a Finalist notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential Finalist or a potential Finalist is not in compliance with these Official Rules, an alternate Finalist Blog for the applicable Category may be selected, in Sponsor's sole discretion.

 

Judging Round 2: On or about 2/24/2016, a qualified panel of judges from Better Homes & Gardens Editorial Staff will judge the ten (10) Finalist Blogs in each Category based on the following criteria: Creative Merit (20%), Overall Appeal (20%), Integration of Social Media (20%) and Quality of Writing and Images (40%) ("Round 2 Judging Criteria"). The one (1) Finalist Blog from each Category with the highest total score will be deemed the potential Editors' Winning Blog for the applicable Category and the Finalist associated with such potential Editors' Winning Blog will be deemed the potential Editor's Choice Winner for the applicable Category. In the event of a tie, an additional, tie-breaking judge will judge the tied Finalist Blogs for the applicable Category using the Round 2 Judging Criteria to determine the potential Editors' Winning Blog for the applicable Category.

 

Voting: From 2/22/16 at 12:00 p.m. E.T. to 3/7/16 at 11:59 a.m. E.T. ("Voting Period") visitors to bhg.com/bloggerawards will be invited to vote for their favorite Finalist Blog(s). Limit one (1) vote per person and per email address, per Category per day throughout the Voting Period. The one (1) Finalist Blog in each Category with the highest total number of valid votes will be deemed the potential Readers' Choice Winning Blog for the applicable Category and the Finalist associated with such potential Readers' Choice Winning Blog will be deemed the potential Readers' Choice Winner for the applicable Category. In the event of a tie among Finalists Blogs, a qualified panel of judges from the Better Homes & Gardens Editorial Staff will judge the tied Finalist Blogs based on the Round 2 Judging Criteria to determine the potential Readers' Choice Winner for the applicable Category. 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. All results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor. Editors' Choice Winners and Readers' Choice Winners may be referred to collectively as "Winners" or individually as a "Winner", hereinafter.  VOTE COUNTS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN TALLIED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR.

VOTER ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 21 years or older as of date of nomination. 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 vote. "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 per year.

WINNER NOTIFICATION AND CONDITIONS: Potential Winners will be notified via email and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability/Publicity and any other documentation requested by the Sponsor within ten (10) days of date of notification or a runner-up for the applicable Category may be deemed the potential Editors' Choice Winner or potential Readers' Choice Winner (as applicable) for the applicable Category. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential Winner or a potential Winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, a runner-up potential Editors' Choice Winner or Readers' Choice Winner (as applicable) for the applicable Category may be notified, in Sponsor's sole discretion.

PRIZES (8): Editors' Choice Winner Prizes (4 total, one (1) per Category): A $200 American Express gift card, the Editors' Choice Winner title for the applicable Category and the opportunity to be featured or mentioned in a future issue of Better Homes & Gardens Magazine; Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $200 each. Readers' Choice Winner Prizes (4 total, one (1) per Category): A $200 American Express gift card, the Readers' Choice Winner title for the applicable Category and the opportunity to be featured or mentioned in a future issue of Better Homes & Gardens Magazine; ARV: $200 each.

Total ARV for all prizes: $1,600.

Prize Conditions: Prizes are awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either 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 prize (or portion 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. Gift cards are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer. The opportunity to potentially be featured in an upcoming issue of Better Homes & Gardens Magazine is at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The opportunity to be featured in a future issue of Better Homes & Gardens has no retail value, and if this prize component is not available and/or cannot be awarded for any reason, the remaining elements of the prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor's prize obligation to a Winner and no additional compensation will be awarded. Title of "Editors' Choice Winner" and "Readers' Choice Winner" has no retail value and may not be assigned, transferred, changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.

 

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Nominators, Finalists and Winners agree 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 Nominators, Finalists or Winners be permitted to obtain prizes for, and Nominators, Finalists and Winners hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney's fees or any other damages, other than for Nominator's, Finalist's or Winner's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and Nominators, Finalists, and Winners further waive all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

 

RELEASES: By participating in this Contest, Nominators, Finalists and Winners 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, use or misuse of any prize.

PRIVACY: When you submit a Nomination, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, complete mailing address, and email address. Your information will not be sold or rented to third parties. Nominators must fully complete and submit all non-optional data requested on the nomination form to be eligible. Incomplete Nominations are void. Nominators may be given the option to receive commercial e-mails from Sponsor; however, such emails are optional. Eligibility to participate in the Contest is not dependent upon Nominator's consent to receive e-mails and such consent will not affect the outcome of the Contest. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor's privacy policy at http://www.meredith.com/privacy.html. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS Contest. .

OTHER: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected Nominations or votes; 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 Nominations, the announcement of the Finalists or Winners, the tabulation of votes 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 Nominators' 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 nomination 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. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to determine the potential Editors' Choice Winner and/or potential Readers' Choice Winner (as applicable) for the applicable Category from among all eligible, non-suspect Nominations received prior to date of cancellation or termination using the judging process detailed herein. 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, participating in this Contest as a Nominator, Finalist or Winner constitutes permission to use such Nominator's, Finalist's or Winner's name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph, name of blog (if applicable) 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 such Nominator's, Finalist's, Winner's or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winners' list, if applicable. Contest is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations.

WINNER'S NAMES: Winners will be announced on Facebook.com/mybhg on or near 3/17/16.

 

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