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Rules

To enter your pet in SFAHS's online photo contest, you must provide information about your pet, yourself, and then upload your photograph. There is a $6 entry fee. A new entry fee is required for each photo you enter.

All photos and votes must be submitted by 9 PM CT on August 31st, 2020.


Eligible Pictures
  1. Photos submitted for the Calendar Contest must be uploaded in full color. High-resolution photos are preferred. You must be clearly able to see the animal in the photo.
  2. Photos must contain a current dog or cat and may not contain people. We will also accept photos of other pets like rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc. (1) pet per entry is preferred.
  3. Any inappropriate images submitted will be removed immediately with no opportunity for a refund.
  4. One person may submit as many images as they choose, however, please be aware that votes of friends and family will be spread out over the images, lessening your chances of winning.

Voting
  1. Minimum of 5 votes at the time of voting. Pets will receive 1 vote for every $1 donated.
  2. You do not have to use all of your votes at the time of the donation. You may store your votes and use them at a later date in the contest.
  3. The pictures with the most votes (donations) at the end of the contest period will win!

Prizes
Twelve Winners Total
Grand Prize (Top Vote-Getter)
Your beloved pet will be part of a specially arranged mini photoshoot* by Bethany Melvin Photography where the pet will be featured on the CALENDAR COVER of SFAHS 2021 calendar. Your pet's photo will also be featured on the month of your choice within the SFAHS 2021 Calendar. Your pet will receive a basket of goodies and a SFAHS swag bag. The winner will ALSO receive a Minneapolis getaway package! This includes a 1-night stay at the Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington Hotel, 4 passes to the University of Minnesota Arboretum, 2 all-day unlimited ride wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe, 2 passes to Moose Mountain or Rock of Ages Blacklight mini-golf and a Mall of America coupon book, which do not expire until October of 2021! This grand prize is worth over $850!

2nd - 11th Place Prizes (10 total)
The 2nd through 11th photos with the most votes will have their pet will be part of a specially arranged mini photoshoot* by Bethany Melvin Photography where the pet will be featured as the main photo in one month of the calendar, and a SFAHS reusable shopping bag.

Judges Choice (1 total)
One entry, independent of vote count, will be chosen by our judges for inclusion in the calendar. This winner will be part of a specially arranged mini photoshoot* by Bethany Melvin Photography where the pet will be featured as the main photo in one month of the calendar, and a SFAHS reusable shopping bag.

*Photoshoots are to be scheduled September 7th - October 2nd (weekdays only between 7:30 am-3:00 pm). If you are not available during those times or cannot make other arrangements with Bethany at bethanyb@sfhumanesociety.com . If you cannot come in for a photo, we will use the photo you provided or ask you to provide another suitable photo. The final photos and month assignments (except for the Top Winner who chooses their month) in the calendar will be chosen by the photographer and SFAHS. Mini Photo Sessions will last 5-10 minutes and will take place outdoors, except for cats. No props or costumes will be provided. You must be in the Sioux Falls Area, or willing to travel to Sioux Falls for your photos, at no expense to the SFAHS. You will receive (1) digital copy of the photo that appears in the calendar. No other photos are guaranteed or promised. 1 pet per entry preferred. We cannot guarantee placement in the calendar should you enter a pet that is over the rainbow bridge, due to not being able to fulfill the photo session portrait. We cannot guarantee all pets will be featured in the final month photo if you win, especially if they are different species (ex. cat and a dog).


Warranties
When you enter the Calendar Contest, you warrant that the photograph is original, that you are the sole owner and copyright holder of that photograph and that you have not granted exclusive rights of that photograph to any other person or entity. You also warrant that the photograph does not invade the right of privacy of any individual; does not infringe any trademark, trade name, trade secret, intellectual property right, or other common law or statutory right; nor does it contain any material that otherwise violates any criminal prohibition or the personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity.


Grant of Rights in Connection with the Contest
With regard to any image or content submitted, you agree to grant SFAHS, its legal representatives, successors and assigns the nonexclusive right and permission to use, modify, adapt, reproduce, publish and distribute the photograph or any portion thereof, throughout the world, in any printed form and by any kind of mechanical or electronic or any other method or device of reproduction, publication, and distribution known or later developed during the full term of the copyright and without notification or payment in connection with SFAHS's Calendar Contest. SFAHS agrees to attribute authorship and copyright ownership to you when it publishes and distributes the photograph you submitted. SFAHS agrees that it will never sell the photograph or rights in the photograph to any individual or entity.


Grant of Rights for Additional Purposes
By entering the contest you also agree to grant to SFAHS, its legal representatives, successors and assigns the nonexclusive right and permission to use, modify, adapt, reproduce, publish and distribute the photograph or any portion thereof throughout the world in any printed form and by any kind of mechanical or electronic or any method or device of reproduction, publication, and distribution known or later developed, during the full term of copyright and without notification or payment. SFAHS also agrees that it will never sell the photograph or rights in the photograph to any individual or entity.


Liability
Releases are not responsible for printing, typographical, human or other errors of any kind in any contest-related materials or for stolen, lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete or illegible entries. If, for any reason, the Contest are not capable of running as planned or infection by computer viruses, bugs or tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, actions of entrants, technical failures or any other causes corrupt or infect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contests, SFAHS reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any entry or entrant and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contests and at its sole discretion award a prize from among all eligible non-suspect entries validly received prior to the action requiring such modification. By entering, all contestants agree that the contests are governed by laws of the state of South Dakota for the resolution of all claims and disputes (excluding any claims against or disputes involving parties other than SFAHS relating to any prize awarded in the contest).


Disclaimer
All submitted photos and information become the property of the SFAHS to be used at their discretion for any and all marketing purposes without any additional compensation. If the person submitting the photo is not the pet's owner, they must receive permission to submit the photo by the pet owner.
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