Essex National Heritage Area "Find Your Story” TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following Terms and Conditions apply with respect to all Video (and related text and/or images) submitted in connection with Essex Heritage’s “Find Your Story, Share Your Story” Program and related Contest(s) (each a “Video”). 

HOW TO SHARE YOUR STORY (Submission Method): To participate in Essex Heritage’s “Find Your Story” program (the Program), Submission(s) can be submitted via YouTube, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. To submit a Submission on any of these social media sites your post must contain or be accompanied by (e.g. in the caption accompanying a post the hashtags: #findyourstory. Each Submission(s) submitted must comply with all terms and conditions and technical requirements applicable to the social media site’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines used to submit the Submission(s). The person entering the Submission(s) (a “Participant”) must be the registered user of the social media account used to submit the Submission(s). Normal time rates and/or data rates (as applicable), if any, charged by the Participant's internet or mobile service provider will apply. Submissions will not be returned.

  • HOW TO ENTER CONTEST: No separate Contest Entry required. The Program described in these Terms and Conditions is NOT separate from any contests and/or challenges that Essex Heritage may organize as a part of the Program in which the Participant’s Submission may be eligible to win a prize. Contest theme(s), entry period(s), and prize(s) will vary and will be posted to the program website: www.essexheritage.org/findyourstory. Once uploaded, the Participant must ensure that the Submission(s) post remains viewable on his or her social media account used to submit the Submission(s) throughout the remainder of the entry period. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: The Find Your Story program and related contest(s) coordinated by Essex Heritage is open to all. No purchase is necessary, and there is no fee to enter or to win the Contest.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS: By posting a Submission containing the hashtags #findyourstory and #essexheritage, you acknowledge your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Do not enter a Submission unless you agree to these Terms and Conditions. If you are a minor in your jurisdiction of residence (a "Minor"), do not enter a Submission unless your parent or legal guardian also agrees to these Terms and Conditions.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: All Submissions must be original. Do not include any music, photographs, text or other material owned or controlled by anyone else unless you have a license from the owner or controller of the material that would permit Essex Heritage to use the Submission incorporating the material without any further permission from or payment to any third party. In addition, all Submissions must comply with the following guidelines: (a) the Submission must not exhibit the Participant engaging in or otherwise promoting any illegal, sexually explicit, violent or dangerous behavior; (b) the Participant must own the copyright in the Submission; (c) the Submission must not previously have been published for commercial purposes or won any award; (d) the Submission must not contain any material that is defamatory, threatening, indecent, violent, obscene, offensive, derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, professional or age group, or that promotes a political agenda; (e) the Submission must not contain any material that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including without limitation copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity, or that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable laws or regulations, or whose use Essex Heritage requires a license or permission from or payment to any third party; (f) if the Submission identifies, depicts or contains the voice of any person other than the Participant, the Participant must, prior to submission, have obtained written consent from such person (or his or her parent or legal guardian, if the person identified or depicted or whose voice is included is a Minor) to the use by Essex Heritage of the Submission including such person’s name, image, voice and/or other identifying information, as applicable, as permitted hereunder; and (g) the Submission must not contain any material that Essex Heritage, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate for public viewing and/or for posting on the Website and/or social media channels. The Submission must comply with all file format, file size and other technical requirements applicable to the social media platform used to submit the Submission(s). Submissions must be no longer than 2 minutes in duration. By submitting a Submission(s), the Participant (and his or her parent or legal guardian if entrant is a Minor) represent(s) and warrant(s) that he or she has complied with all of the foregoing requirements and has obtained all permissions, licenses and consents that are necessary for the submission of the Submission(s) and the use of the Submission(s) as permitted pursuant to these Terms and Condition to verify compliance with the foregoing requirements. Each Participant agrees to provide to Essex Heritage at Essex Heritage’s request copies of all such permissions, licenses and consents. Essex Heritage reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Submission(s) that Essex Heritage determines does not comply with these guidelines and/or to require or permit a Participant to make such changes to any Submission(s) as are necessary to make it compliant.

WINNER SELECTION: Following the conclusion of any of the entry period for contest(s) related to the Program, winner(s) will be selected by a judge or judges designated by Essex Heritage from among all eligible Submission(s)s received during the entry period. Submission(s)s will be judged on the basis of creativity, effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of the Essex National Heritage Area and overall impression. In the event of a tie, winners will be chosen by Essex Heritage Facebook followers. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received.

WINNER NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION: The potential winners will be notified by email, phone, and/or a private message sent to the potential winner’s social media account used to submit the Submission(s) , in Essex Heritage’s sole discretion. The potential winners are subject to verification. Potential winners may in Essex Heritage’s sole discretion be required to participate in a brief email and/or telephone interview with representatives of Essex Heritage for eligibility verification purposes. Confidentiality Requirements: Each entrant (and his or her parent or legal guardian if the entrant is a Minor) agrees to maintain as confidential and not to disclose in any manner (including, without limitation, to any media outlet or on any blog, social media outlet or website) any non-public and/or confidential information that the Participant obtains concerning the Contest(s) related to the Program or the selection or verification of winners. Information to be kept confidential and not disclosed includes, without limitation, the fact of and content of any communications between and Participant and any employee of Essex Heritage and the fact that a Participant has been selected as a potential winner.

PRIZES: Prizes for Contest(s) related to the Program will be offered. Prizes will vary. All prize details (including the particular items included in any prize package) will be determined by Essex Heritage in its sole discretion. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of the right to receive any prize is permitted, except in the sole discretion of Essex Heritage, which reserves the right to substitute a prize (or a component thereof) with a prize or prizes of equal or greater value. All expenses or costs associated with the acceptance or use of the prize are the responsibility of the winner (and his or her parent or legal guardian if the winner is a Minor). 

GRANT OF RIGHTS: Participants retain all rights to their Submission(s). Each Participant (and his or her parent or legal guardian if Participant is a Minor) irrevocably grant(s) permission to Essex Heritage and our partners (including but not limited to the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation) the right to use the entrant’s name, voice, biographical information and likeness for purposes of advertising, trade and promotion and for any other purpose, worldwide, in all media and formats whether now or later known or developed, without further notice or compensation, unless prohibited by law. Each Participant (and his or her parent or legal guardian if the Participant is a Minor) irrevocably grant(s) to Essex Heritage, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, edit, transfer, distribute, perform, display, create derivative works based on and otherwise use the Participant’s Submission(s), in whole or in part, for advertising or promoting the Program or for any other purpose (including, without limitation, (i) posting the Submission(s) on websites operated by or for Essex Heritage and on social media channels and (ii) exhibiting the Submission(s) and/or content incorporating all or part of the Submission(s) at an Event), worldwide, in all media and formats whether now or later known or developed, without further notice or compensation.

RELEASE AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Each Participant (and his or her parent or legal guardian if Participant is a Minor) release(s) and agree(s) to hold Essex Heritage and any partners involved in the development or operation of the Program, or involved in the provision of any Contest prize, harmless from and against any and all claims and liability arising out of the creation or dissemination of any Submission(s) entered to the Program or the use of the Participant’s name, voice, biographical information, likeness and/or Submission(s).  By entering a Submission(s), each Participant (and his or her parent or legal guardian if the Participant is a Minor) agree(s) that the Essex Heritage’s creation and/or use of Materials containing images, features, ideas, themes, characters, settings, material and/or elements similar to or identical to those contained in the Participant’s Submission(s) will not entitle the Participant to any credit, compensation or other consideration whatsoever.

GENERAL RULES:  Essex Heritage reserves the right, in its sole discretion, and without prior notice, to modify these Terms and Conditions or to modify, suspend or terminate the Program and related Contest(s) at any time, including without limitation in the event of any changes to the terms applicable to the use of the social media site used to submit the Submission(s). Each Participant (and his or her parent or legal guardian if the Participant is a Minor) agrees that Essex Heritage is not responsible for late, lost, delayed, illegible, damaged, corrupted or incomplete Submission(s) submissions, incorrect or inaccurate capture of, damage to, or loss of Submission(s)s, or any other human, mechanical or technical errors of any kind relating to the Submission(s) submission, collection, storage or processing of Submission(s)s or entries or the administration of the Program or Contest. Essex Heritage reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify or prohibit from participating in the Program any individual who, in Essex Heritage’s sole discretion, Essex Heritage determines or believes has not complied with the terms and conditions herein.  In the event of termination of the Program or related Contest(s), a notice will be posted and winners may, in Essex Heritage’s sole discretion, be selected in accordance with the procedures set forth in these Terms and Conditions from among all eligible entries received prior to the time of termination. All Submission(s) and other entry materials become the property of Essex Heritage and will not be verified or returned. By participating in this Program, Participants agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions, and the decisions of Essex Heritage and the judges, which are final and binding in all respects. 

DISPUTES: Each Participant (and his or her parent or legal guardian if the entrant is a Minor) agree(s) that, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law: (a) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with submitting to the Program, but in no event attorneys' fees. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY PARTICIPANT (OR HIS OR HER PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN IF THE PARTICIPANT IS A MINOR) BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND PARTICIPANT (AND HIS OR HER PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN IF THE ENTRANT IS A MINOR) HEREBY WAIVE(S) ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED AND ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN FOR ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES; (b) ANY RIGHT PARTICIPANT (OR HIS OR HER PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN IF THE PARTICIPANT IS A MINOR) MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LEGAL PROCEEDINGS OR DISPUTES OF WHATEVER NATURE ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OR THE PROGRAM IS WAIVED; and (c) In the event of any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and any Program information provided elsewhere (including but not limited in advertising or marketing materials), these Terms and Conditions shall prevail.