The QUEENS ZOO PHOTO CONTEST (the "Contest") starts at 12:00:01 EDT on July 21, 2012. Entries are due by 11:59:59 EDT on July 31, 2012. The winner will be announced on August 9, 2012. The sponsor of this Contest is the Wildlife Conservation Society ("Sponsor"), with a principal place of business at 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460. The Contest shall be subject to these Official Rules, and by entering, all participants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions herein. Certain restrictions may apply.

Sponsor celebrates the introduction of Wi-Fi Internet access at the Queens Zoo by inviting you to submit photographs taken at the Queens Zoo of your favorite animals at the Queens Zoo, showing them in their naturalistic exhibits.

ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States (not including territories and possessions) and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older as of the date the Contest begins. The officers, trustees, employees and agents of Sponsor and its affiliates, and the immediate family members and those living in the same household of the foregoing, are not eligible to enter. No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. All federal, state and local rules and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.

HOW TO ENTER: Beginning at 12:00:01 am EDT on July 21, 2012, you may enter the Contest by emailing your original photograph, taken at the Queens Zoo, to QZPhoto@wcs.org, and including in the body of the email:

  • Title of photograph
  • Location at the Queens Zoo where photograph was taken
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address, and
  • Your telephone number.

No other method of entry will be accepted. Sponsor will not accept photographs submitted through the mail or through Sponsor’s website. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59:59 PM EDT on July 31, 2012 in order to be considered for the prize. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the deadline for submissions due to circumstances beyond its control. There are no limits on the number of entries per person or email address.

Photographs entered into the Contest may not include a recognizable person or persons. Any photograph entered into the Contest which includes a recognizable person or persons will be disqualified.

Contest entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the email account used to submit the entry. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other web site or email address, including but not limited to commercial Contest subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Contest. The use of any device to automate the entry process is prohibited.

Upon submission of the entry, an auto-reply message will be delivered to the email address of the submitter. Proof of having received the auto-reply message is not considered proof of delivery or receipt into the Contest.

By entering, you represent and warrant that the photograph that you submit is original and is solely your own, and that no part of the photograph will infringe or violate any copyright, trade secret, trademark, patent, invention, or other proprietary or personal right of any third party. You further represent and warrant that your participation in this Contest does not violate any agreement between you and a third party. Entries will not be returned.

By entering the Contest, you grant Sponsor the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display your photograph, and to create derivative works from your photograph, in perpetuity, in any of its on-line, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for purposes of promoting Sponsor’s mission and awareness of its program, including but not limited to for editorial, advertising, publicity, and fundraising purposes, without payment of compensation unless prohibited by law. You grant Sponsor permission to provide your name, and your city and state of residence, when publishing, reproducing or otherwise using your photo and when identifying you as an entrant or prize winner in the Contest. While Sponsor will make every effort to credit photographers when using photos, there may be circumstances where it is not possible to do so. Subject to the rights granted to Sponsor, you retain all other copyrights and rights to future use of the photographs you enter into the Contest.

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify you if, among other reasons, you breach the warranties you are required to make, or your entry is lost, late, misdirected, incorrect, incomplete, garbled or incompletely received, for any reason whatsoever, including by reason of hardware, software, browser or network failure, malfunction, congestion or incompatibility with Sponsor’s servers. False, fraudulent or deceptive entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible.

JUDGING CRITERIA & PRIZE WINNER SELECTION: After the close of the entry period, eligible photographs will be evaluated and judged by a panel of judges from the Queens Zoo Animal Department based on visual appeal, composition and originality. One prize winner will be selected from all eligible submissions. The decision of the Contest judges is final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Sponsor will select the winning entry from among eligible entries on or about August 9, 2012. Finalists will be notified by telephone and/or email and will be required to execute and return a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility/ Release of Liability, a completed IRS W-9 form and, except in Tennessee or wherever else prohibited by law, and a Publicity Release form within seven days of date of issuance. If notification is returned to Sponsor as undeliverable for any reason, or fails to return the required forms within seven days, Sponsor reserves the right to select an alternate winner.

PRIZE: The winning entry will receive a one-year Premium Family Membership to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Benefits include free admission at all of the facilities for two adults and the children in their household up to age 18; free admission for one additional guest or caregiver; and free unlimited parking at the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium, subject to availability and for one car per Membership visit. Additional benefits are listed at: http://www.bronxzoo.org/tickets-and-membership/membership/family-premium.aspx. Approximate retail value of the prize is $164. At Sponsor’s sole discretion, a prize of equal or greater value may be substituted for any reason. Winner may not make prize substitutions. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.

The winning photograph may appear on Sponsor’s website, Twitter page and/or social media. The winning photograph may also appear in print and broadcast news outlets, as well as on-line in other locations.

All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the prize winner.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sponsor shall not be liable to the winner or any other persons for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, terrorist acts, earthquake, war, fire, flood, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, epidemic or pandemic, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot or any other cause beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control.

Sponsor is not responsible or liable to entrants or any other persons for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; failures, omissions, interruptions, deletions or defects of any telephone, broadband, wireless or other network, computer online system, computer equipment, server, provider, or software, including without limitation any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in the Contest; theft, tampering, destruction, or alteration of, or unauthorized access to, entries; data that is processed late or incorrectly or that is incomplete or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on transmission lines or the Internet or for any other reason whatsoever; typographical, printing or other errors; or any combination thereof.

GENERAL: Entrants release and waive any claims they may have against Sponsor for any and all injuries, claims, damages, losses, costs, or expenses of any kind (including without limitation attorney’s fees) resulting from acceptance, use, or misuse of the prize; participation in this Contest; . or any technical malfunctions of the telephone network and/or transmission line, computer on-line system, computer or transmission device or its dating mechanism, equipment, hardware, software, or any combination thereof, or any entries that are late (including delayed data transmissions), tampered with, garbled, incomplete, misdirected, lost, mutilated, delayed, corrupted, mechanically duplicated, illegible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules. By entering the Contest, entrants affirm that they have read and accepted these Official Rules. The Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. By entering the Contest, entrants hereby submit to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal and state courts of New York and waive the right to have disputes arising out of the subject matter hereof adjudicated in any other forum.

If for any reason it is not possible to operate this Contest as planned, or if this Contest or any email address associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper playing of the Contest and processing of entries in accordance with these rules, or if infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes, in the Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual implicated in such action and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend this Contest or any portion thereof.

If a dispute arises about who submitted an entry on an entry site, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email account entered. The authorized account holder is deemed the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, service provider, or other online organization with such responsibility. A potential winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry and that all eligibility requirements are met.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or modify the Contest for any reason or no reason.

For an Official Winners List (available August 9, 2012) or a copy of these Official Rules, send an email to brusso@wcs.org or mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Barbara Russo, Manager of Communications, WCS’s New York Aquarium and Queens Zoo, 602 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224.