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NYC Restaurant Week® Photo Contest on Instagram

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Tag your best Instagram picture for a chance to win $500 in gift cards from select NYC restaurants.

1. Snap a photo of any part of your NYC Restaurant Week® experience (your plate, your pals, your selfies, etc.)

2. Share your best snaps using the hashtag #NYCRestaurantWeek and using the handle (@nycgo) on Instagram to enter for a chance to win $500 at select NYC restaurants. (If you don't tag, you are not eligible to enter.)

3. Official judges will choose a winning picture at the conclusion of Summer NYC Restaurant Week 2019.

A Grand Prize Winner will be announced by August 22, 2019! 

Terms & Conditions:
No purchase is necessary. The contest begins July 22, 2019, and ends August 16, 2019. Open to residents 18 or older of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) at the time of entry unless prohibited by law. Please visit nycgo.com/restaurant-week-photo-contest-on-instagram to view Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: NYC & Company, 810 Seventh Ave., 3rd fl., New York, NY 10019.

Official Rules for NYC & Company’s #nycrestaurantweek Photo Contest

This contest uses the Instagram platform, however it is not endorsed, sponsored, administrated by, or associated with Instagram. 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED. By submitting an entry to the #nycrestaurantweek Photo Contest, you are agreeing to be bound by the following legal terms.

The #nycrestaurantweek Photo Contest: (the “Contest”) will begin at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) July 22, 2019 and end at 11:59 PM EST on August 16, 2019 (“Contest Period”). The Contest is sponsored by NYC & Company (“Sponsor”). Multiple entries are permitted. Participation is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. You are responsible for checking applicable laws in your jurisdiction before participating in the Contest to make sure that your participation is legal and to ensure that you comply with all relevant laws. You are responsible for obtaining all passports, visas, and other government-required documents and permissions needed to use a prize.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to residents, 18 or older, of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) at the time of entry. In order to participate, you must have access to Instagram.com or Instagram app. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor, the City of New York, Facebook, Instagram, prize participants and the judges or any of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Contest and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, sibling and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee are not eligible to participate and receive prizes. The Contest is subject to all applicable United States federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsors’ 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: To enter, use the #nycrestaurantweek hashtag when you upload your photos and/or tag @nycgo on instagram.com or Instagram app beginning 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) July 22, 2019 and ending at 11:59 PM EST on August 16, 2019 (the “Entry Period”). Once you post your tagged photo and if you are the winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”), @nycgo will notify you and will prompt you to accept your prize by replying #YesNYCgo. Collectively, the uploaded photo and associated text are your “Entry”. Entries should relate to your NYC Restaurant Week experience which could include, but is not limited to, your food or where you are. Entries must be from a Summer 2019 NYC Restaurant Week meal and should convey qualities of your NYC Restaurant Week experience that makes your experience unique and exciting. Entrant should consider the quality of the photo, artistic composition, and should make sure that the Entry appeals to a broad audience community.

There is no limitation on the number of entries you can make.

JUDGING PERIOD: The Judging Period will begin at the conclusion of NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2019 on or about August 17, 2019 to August 22, 2019. Only entries submitted July 22, 2019 beginning 11:00 AM through 11:59 PM EST on August 16, 2019, will be considered for judging.

NYC & Company will appoint a panel of four (4) judges to choose the one (1) Winner.  The judges will select one Grand Prize Winner at the end of the program (the “Grand Prize Winner”) in its sole discretion from among all of the entries. All entries will be judged based on the following criteria, in the sole discretion of the judges:


The criteria is as follows:

(a) appeal of the composition and subject matter;

(b) overall quality of the image;

(c) interpretation of the NYC Restaurant Week experience; and

(d) uniqueness

The Entry that has the highest overall score will be the Winner. In the event of a tie, the Winner will be selected based on the criteria described in (a), then (b), then (c) and finally (d).

FINALISTS: The entry that receives the highest overall score during the Entry Period will be the Winner. The Winner will be notified (on or about) August 20, 2019.

The Grand Prize Winner will be notified by a direct message on Instagram from NYC & Company. The Winner will be asked to provide contact information and sign and return an affidavit and release. If the Winner does not respond to NYC & Company’s notice or does not return the affidavit within 24 hours, that Winner may be disqualified and the Entry with the next highest score ranked by the judges will be selected as the Winner in its place. By submitting a photo with the hashtag, the Winner’s photo may be posted on nycgo.com, nycgo.com/nycrestaurantweek, the NYCgo Facebook (facebook.com/nycgo) and NYCgo Instagram (instagram.com/nycgo) once the Grand Prize Winner is confirmed.
WINNER SELECTION: ALL POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE CONTEST.

A potential Winner will be notified by a direct message on Instagram (on or about) August 20, 2019 using the direct message information provided by the entrant at the time of Entry and on their Instagram account. The potential Winner will be asked to complete an affidavit and release. If the potential winner does not respond to NYC & Company’s notice or does not return the affidavit within 24 hours, that potential Winner will be disqualified and the Entry with the next highest score by the judges will be selected as a potential Winner in its place. Return of any notification email as “undeliverable” or failure to fully comply with these Official Rules will result in disqualification. In the event of disqualification of any potential Winner, the prize will be forfeited by that potential Winner and the panel of judges will select a new potential Winner (from among the entrants with the highest votes). NYC & Company is not responsible for notifications that are misdirected, addresses that are no longer correct, or for any other reason beyond the control of NYC & Company. If such potential Winner cannot be contacted within a reasonable time period, if the potential Winner is ineligible, if any notification is returned undeliverable, or if the potential Winner otherwise fails to fully comply with these Official Rules, Sponsor may award the applicable prize to an alternate Winner who had the highest score remaining of the eligible entries.

THE PRIZES: Once the Grand Prize Winner is confirmed, NYC & Company will announce the Winner on facebook.com/nycgo or instagram.com/nycgo, where the Winners photograph and the name of the Winner may be displayed.

The prize for the Grand Prize Winner will be a total of five hundred dollars ($500) worth of gift cards or certificates to one (1) or more NYC Restaurant Week restaurant(s). The restaurants may have certain terms and conditions which will apply. Gift cards must be used within one (1) year of the date of issue.

The Winner may have their image and winning photo(s) displayed on channels which may include, but are not limited to, www.nycgo.com, www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek, official social media channels operated by NYC & Company, and NYC & Company’s NYC Restaurant Week booklet.

A total of one (1) prize will be awarded during the program. If a selected Winner is not eligible, in Sponsor’s sole judgment, the judging panel will select a new Winner from among the Entry Period entries.

Prize does not include assistance with or travel costs or other expenses, if required. No cash in lieu of prize. No substitution of prizes is permitted except by Sponsor. Prize is not assignable or transferable. Limit one prize per person. If the Winner cannot participate for any reason, that Winner will forfeit the prize and NYC & Company may, at its option and in its sole discretion, select an alternate Winner or the prize may not be awarded. All of the prize elements are subject to change and shall be determined by NYC & Company in its sole discretion.

The Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of the grand prize is five hundred dollars ($500). Certain restrictions, as determined by Sponsor, may apply. All specifics of the event will be at Sponsor’s discretion. If the Winner cannot comply with these restrictions or any other portion of these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited in its entirety and an alternate Grand Prize Winner may be chosen.

All federal, state and local income taxes on prize and gratuities are solely the responsibility of the Winner. Payments to potential Winner are subject to the express requirement that they submit to the Sponsor all documentation requested by the Sponsor in compliance with all applicable state, federal and local tax reporting and withholding guidelines. All Prizes will be net of taxes Sponsor is required by law to Withhold. The Winner is responsible for ensuring that he/she complies with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If the Winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, select an alternative potential Winner.

OWNERSHIP OF ENTRIES: NYC & Company does not claim any ownership rights in your Entry. By using #nycrestaurantweek on Instagram to submit an Entry, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and grant NYC & Company a non-exclusive, fully paid-up and royalty-free, worldwide license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate your Entry, including without limitation the right to distribute all or part of your Entry in any media formats through any media channels in perpetuity.

By submitting an Entry, entrants consent to the use, by NYC & Company, its affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, agents, partners, and licensees, of your name, likeness, and image, in connection with the Contest and NYC & Company’s related marketing activities, in any media or format now known or hereafter invented, in any and all locations, without any payment to or further approval from you. You agree that this consent is perpetual and cannot be revoked.

You acknowledge that the Contest is not sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with Instagram and that your Entry is being provided to NYC & Company and not to Instagram. You agree that nothing in these Rules grants you a right or license to use the NYC & Company name or any NYC & Company trademark or service mark.

WARRANTIES: By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that your Entry:

1.    is your own original work;

2.    does not contain material or images that are, in NYC & Company’s sole judgment, obscene, inappropriate for a general audience that may include minors, or defamatory;

3.    does not violate or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other rights of any person or entity;

4.    does not contain malicious code, such as viruses, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information;

5.    does not feature the likeness of a private individual without that individual’s explicit written permission for its use;

6.    .  does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation; and

7.    does not trigger any reporting or royalty obligation to any third part

You further represent and warrant that the rights that you are granting under these Official Rules do not conflict in any way with any other agreement to which you are a party, or with any commitments, restrictions, or obligations that you are under to any other person or entity.


OTHER THINGS TO KNOW

Entry Conditions and Release

By entering, each contestant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, Instagram and/or the Contest judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and its respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the judges, the prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a contestant’s Entry, creation of an Entry or submission of an Entry, participation in the Contest, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of Entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or relating to a contestant’s participation in the Contest and/or contestant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prize.

Publicity

Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes Winner’s consent to Sponsor’s (and its affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, agents, partners, and licensees) use of Winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purpose in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

General Conditions

Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsors’ reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Competitor it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsors’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sponsors are not responsible for, nor are they required to count, incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, unlawful or illicit votes, including those secured through payment, votes achieved through automated means or by registering more than one e-mail account and name, using another contestant’s e-mail account and name, as well as those lost for technical reasons or otherwise.

Limitations of Liability

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or receipt or use of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is to provide another submission. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.

Disputes

Entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Contest or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate New York State Court; (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (4) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsors in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law of conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

Privacy

Sponsors collect personal information from you when you enter the Contest. The information collected is subject to the privacy policy located here.

Competition Results

For Contest results go the #NYCRestaurantWeek Photo Contest page at Instagram.com/nycgo on or about the applicable announcement dates listed above.

Sponsors 

Sponsor: NYC & Company, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019


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