NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. SUBMITTED IMAGES MUST BE OF AN OUTDOOR BACKYARD WILDBIRD, TAKEN IN THE WINTER, BY THE PERSON ENTERING.

THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR AMATUER PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE HALDIMAND AND NIAGARA MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO CANADA AND SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO CANADIAN LAW. DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST UNLESS YOU ARE AN AMATUER PHOTOGRAPHER, AND A LEGAL RESIDENT OF HALDIMAND OR NIAGARA MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO CANADA AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is offered and open only to legal residents of Haldimand or Niagara Municipalities in Ontario Canada.

Please note that employees of GrandErie Farm & Country Home Hardware Building Centre, its subsidiary companies, affiliates, service providers, advertising and promotional agencies, and the independent judging organization, and the immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses or “step” of each) and household members of such employees ARE eligible.  Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Contest Rules and Sponsor and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

HOW TO ENTER: Enter by submitting a photo of your with a completed entry form. Pick up and submit entry forms at GrandErie Home Hardware Farm & Country desk anytime during store hours, or by email to the identified @granderie.net address on the specific event page. Present a printed copy of your photo in person to GrandErie counter staff along with your printed and completed entry form. Photos sent by email MUST be in .jpg, .png or .gif format and cannot exceed 2 MB in file size. Files not in this format will not be considered for the photo gallery or Contest.

Although promoted via online accounts such as Twitter and Facebook, this Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with  Twitter,  Facebook or any other online accounts used. You are providing your information to GrandErie Ltd. and not to Twitter,  Facebook or any other online accounts used . Questions regarding this Contest should be directed to Sponsor at info@granderie.net, not to Twitter,  Facebook or any other online accounts used . All entries must comply with the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Any photo that does not comply with the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS may be deleted or not be posted and will not be eligible for entry into the Contest.

All entries must be received by 11:59:59 a.m. EST on the last day of Contest Period to be eligible for consideration in the Contest. No correspondence about entries will be entered into, nor will entries be acknowledged or returned. If all required information is not included, entry will be disqualified. GrandErie Ltd and/or administrator will not acknowledge why an entry has been disqualified. GrandErie Ltd is not responsible for late or incomplete entries.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Do not include any branded products, trademarks or logos in the photo, title or description. Each photo must contain or focus on only one wildbird. The Entrant must be the photographer of the submitted photo. Photos must be the original work of the entrant; may not have won previous awards; may not have been published previously; must not infringe third-party rights; and must be suitable for public viewing, i.e., may not be obscene or indecent. Because GrandErie Farm & Country Home Hardware Building Centre promotes the compassionate care of all speciies, photos and photo captions showing or describing unsafe situations or not exemplifying responsible humane  behaviour, in GrandErie Ltd’s sole discretion, will not be considered. Entries that do not comply with these requirements or any other requirements set forth in these Official Contest Rules, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will not be posted or, if posted, will be removed from the Website and the GrandErie Photo Contest application on Facebook.

The Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Entrant irrevocably assigns and transfers to GrandErie Ltd any and all rights, title and interest in each element of the photo, title and description, including, without limitation, all copyrights, as a condition of entering this contest. (This does not mean the photographer waives all rights, rather it means that the Sponsor retains the right to use the photo indefinitely, if desired. )

The entrant represents that he/she owns all rights to each element of his/her photo. GrandErie Ltd’s determination as to whether the photo/caption potentially violates the rights of any third party is final.

Each Entrant irrevocably grants GrandErie Ltd and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), each element of the Entrant’s photo, title and description, in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by the GrandErie Ltd, in its sole discretion), as well as to use Entrant’s name, and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Entrant’s name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without additional compensation or approval from the Entrant or any other party. Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the GrandErie Ltd’s use of any element of the entry, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the GrandErie Ltd for the use of any element of the photo, title, description or Entrant’s Likeness or statements.

Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold GrandErie Ltd, its agencies and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, as well as Facebook, Inc., and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnitees due to or arising out of the use of any element of Entrant’s participation in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violation of an individual’s right of publicity or right of privacy, or defamation. Entrant further agrees to release GrandErie Ltd from any and all claims that any advertising subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of GrandErie Ltd infringes Entrant’s rights with regard to any elements or ideas contained in any element of the entry.

JUDGING: During the second half of the Contest Period, entries will be posted IN STORE. Blind judging will be done by judges appointed by this Contest’s administrator. The judges decisions are final on all matters relating to the Contest. Scores will be based on the score assigned by using the following judging criteria: Originality/Creativity (60%); and ability of entry to express a happy, healthy environment/nature (40%).

The entry during the Contest Period with the highest combined weighted score will be the winner. In the event of a tie, the Creativity score of the judges will be used to break the tie. All decisions of the judges and the GrandErie Ltd are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Limit one prize per person or household.

PRIZES: In addition to the possibility of being featured in at least one GrandErie Ltd printed flyer, or calendar, the total ARV changes with each contest, as does any sponsor.

Any trademarks included under the prize section are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION: Winners are subject to verification by GrandErie Ltd or Administrator, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winners will be notified by phone, email or mail following the winner selection.

RELEASES AND GENERAL CONDITIONS: By entering the Contest, Entrants agree: (a) to be bound by these Official Contest Rules and the decisions of GrandErie Ltd and Administrator, which shall be final and binding, and (b) that the Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, and any online account promotional tool (like Twitter, Facebook, etc), and their respective officers, directors, agents, and employees are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information associated with the Contest, whether caused by Website users, tampering, hacking, or any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) any errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operation, or unauthorized access to the Website or the GrandErie Photo Contest application on Twitter, Facebook, etc or in any materials associated with the Contest; (3) any injury, damage, or loss to participants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from, or otherwise using, the Website or the GrandErie Photo Contest application on Twitter, Facebook, etc; (4) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, internet or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (5) any design, typographical or other errors in any materials associated with the Contest; (6) garbled, incomplete, damaged, misdirected, late, lost, undelivered, or unprocessed entries; (7) any condition caused by events beyond the control of GrandErie Ltd which may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; or (8) any loss, injury or damage of any kind caused by participation in this Contest, or by the acceptance and/or use of any prize. Sponsor may prohibit Entrant from participation in the Contest if Sponsor determines that Entrant has acted in a manner that affects the administration, security, fairness, or proper play or conduct of the Contest in any way. GrandErie Ltd reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate, or suspend all or any portion of this Contest should fraud, virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, systems malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other causes beyond the control of GrandErie Ltd and its agencies corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper play or conduct of the Contest.

GrandErie Ltd. assumes no responsibility for any third party’s failure to act in accordance with GrandErie Ltd’s instructions pertaining to the implementation of this Contest.

By entering this Contest the entrant gives its consent for GrandErie Ltd to deliver entry material and personal information to the judges. Information will be used in accordance with GrandErie Ltd’s online privacy policy. For information regarding GrandErie Ltd’s online privacy policy go to www.granderiehomehardware.ca and click on “Privacy Policy”.

WHO WON: Winners will be posted within the two weeks following the Contest Period.

Host contact and mailing address information:  GrandErie Ltd. 1051 Broad Street East, Dunnville ON, N1A 2Z1

If you actually read through all of these COB rules and regulations, give yourself a pat on the back: You are in fine shape to enter, and we can’t wait to see your photo!