We are excited to announce a photo campaign to celebrate World Oceans Day! Below are instructions explaining what to take a photo of and some Terms and Conditions that must be read and agreed to in order for you to participate. We hope you will send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org before June 17, 2013 – then we will share some of them next week!
How to Participate in the World Oceans Day Photo Campaign
Step One. Take an original photograph of:
A. You and/or your friends/family participating in a water-related activity, such as cleaning up trash along the shore line or turning off the water while you brush your teeth; or
B. You in front of a body of water holding up a sign that says “I the ocean;” or
C. You in front of a body of water making the heart sign or the “hang ten” sign .
Step Two. Email your photo to: IIPOceans@state.gov with the following info: 1) your name or user ID; 2) your country; and 3) where the photo was taken.
Your participation in this campaign is automatically deemed as acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
a. Submissions should be in .jpg, .gif, or .png format and no larger than an eight (8) megabyte (MB) file size. Submissions should not have any visible watermarks, signatures, or personally identifiable information.
b. Submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion. Submissions must conform to local laws and must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful to any groups, individuals or institutions. Submissions must adhere both in appearance and in fact to the norms of civil discourse. In other words, the content of all Submissions must be suitable for a global, public audience.
c. Submissions must be original content created by the participants and must not contain any elements that are protected by copyright or subject to third party intellectual property or proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights (except as expressly permitted below in (d)). The Campaign Sponsors recognize no allowance for “fair use” of copyrighted material, nor do Campaign Sponsors recognize allowance for use of licensed materials created or owned by a third party.
d. The Campaign Sponsors reserve the right to remove, at their sole and absolute discretion, any submission that does not adhere to these criteria and to the intent and substance of these Official Campaign Rules.
e. Retouching of Photos: The submitted photograph cannot be significantly retouched: nothing in the photograph(s) (people, animals, scenery, objects, etc.) may be altered, removed, augmented or rearranged. Cropping is permitted, as is modest darkening or lightening of parts of the image.
f. By submitting a photo to the campaign, the Participant affirms that he or she has obtained written consent from all individuals whose image or likeness appears in the photo (or from the individuals’ parent/legal guardian if any such individuals are considered a minor in their country of residence), and that he or she has obtained the necessary rights, licenses, consents, and permissions to use all material such as music, images, text and other content in the submission. The Participant further affirms that he or she is prepared to provide reliable documentation of any and all such consents, licenses, etc., upon request. Failure to obtain such rights, license consents, and permissions may result in the disqualification of the Photo Submission at the Campaign Sponsors’ sole and absolute discretion.
g. IMPORTANT: You retain ownership of the copyright in your photograph as its author and you are free to republish it wherever you wish and in whatever medium you want.
a. This campaign is intended for IIP’s overseas audiences active on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. It is not intended for U.S. audiences.
b. Participants must be at least 13 years old on the date of photo submission. Parental/legal guardian consent is required for minors under the age of 18. Participants may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
c. Photos may be sent to IIPOceans@state.gov at any time between Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1200 hours UTC/2000 hours EDT and Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 1200 hours UTC/2000 hours EDT. The photos may be displayed at any time after Monday, June 10, 2013.
Liability and Rights
a. The Campaign Sponsors do not necessarily endorse any submitted photo, messages or advice expressed therein, and the Campaign Sponsors expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with the submitted photos, including disputes between collaborators related to a submission.
b. The Campaign and its sponsors do not permit copyright infringing activities or infringement of any other intellectual property rights, and Campaign Sponsors reserve the right to remove and disqualify any submission they deem to be in violation of another party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights.
c. Participants retain sole ownership of their original work. The submission remains the intellectual property of the participant, and the Campaign sponsors and U.S. Government make no claim of copyright as to the work of any individual who enters the campaign.
d. By submitting a photograph you: a) give us permission to publish it in any U.S. Department of State publication or online property, including – but not limited to – the Global Conversations: Our Planet Facebook page, @our1planet on Twitter, and Our Planet blog; b) grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to republish it in any format including without limitation in print and electronic formats; c) you give us permission to cut, edit, crop, modify or arrange your photograph in order to fit in our layout or design parameters, and we may remove your photograph at any time; d) you give us permission to use your name and town or city of residence for the purpose of identifying you as the author of your photograph; and, e) you accept that there will be no payment to you for your submission or our subsequent use of it.
Limitations of Liability and Release
a. Campaign Sponsors assume no liability or responsibility for any loss or harm resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Campaign or ability or inability to upload, download, or otherwise access any information in connection with participating in the Campaign. Campaign Sponsors assume no responsibility or liability for technical problems, or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Campaign: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity, or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Campaign site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Campaign site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the Campaign, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Campaign, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Campaign.
b. Use of Campaign site is at user’s own risk. Campaign Sponsors are not responsible for any personal injury, property damage, or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user’s or another person’s computer equipment resulting from participation in the Campaign, use of the Campaign site or the downloading of information from the Campaign site. By participating in the Campaign, the Participant releases Campaign Sponsors from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Participant’s participation in the Campaign.