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OFFICIAL RULES: Northern New England Journey® Photo Contest 2019


Entrants must be legal residents of Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont who are 18 years of age or older as of June 10, 2019, and members in good standing of AAA Northern New England as of February 15, 2019 (each, an “Entrant”), to enter the Northern New England Journey 2019 Photo Contest (“the Contest”). Employees of AAA Northern New England, LLC (“AAA Northern New England” or “Sponsor”), and its affiliated clubs, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related companies, participating promotional vendors (and their affiliates, subsidiaries, and related companies), and service providers and their respective immediate families (as well as household members of each, whether related or not), are ineligible. The Contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Void outside of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and wherever prohibited by law.

The Contest commences at 12:01 a.m. EST, February 15, 2019, and is limited to the first 10,000 submissions received by 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 10, 2019. Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the contest.Winning entries will be published in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern New England Journey® magazine.

Submit one digital photograph of natural beauty from any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Subject to the rules below, this could include landscapes, wildlife, and/or other unique scenes. Photos that require the use of a model release for identifiable people or any other type of release for any copyrighted subject owned by others (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) will be disqualified. Limit one entry per household. Please also follow the submission guidelines in Section 5 below.

By entering this Contest, you agree to abide by its rules and to accept the judges’ decision as final. By entering this Contest, you also warrant and represent to Sponsor that your entry: (a) is your original work, (b) has not been previously published, (c) has not won previous awards, (d) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, including as a result of publication of your entry via various media including print and web posting, and you will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Sponsor from any claims to the contrary.

By entering this Contest, you understand and agree that you may be required to authenticate your entry as your own original work, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Such methods include, but are not limited to, the provision of metadata; the original image, slide, or negative; and/or answers to such questions as how you set up the shot.

In addition, by entering this Contest, you understand and agree that submission of any entry which violates any of the above representations and warranties may result in forfeiture of an awarded prize and cancellation of the Entrant’s AAA Northern New England membership.

You further agree, and represent and warrant to Sponsor, that your entry meets these standards of photo manipulation:

This Contest accepts color and monochrome images that have been created by the Entrant with any digital device, including smartphones and digital still cameras (including medium- and large-format cameras). Images may be from single capture or stitching software, film, or digital capture, but must be 100 percent photographic in origin. Images that have been retouched by the Entrant using software, a camera app, a photo-editing app, or by other means will be accepted, but excessive manipulation may be scored down by the judges. Computer-generated images and elements are not permitted.

Rule of thumb: While digital manipulation is permissible, it should be limited to cropping and/or minor burning, dodging, and/or color correction. Photo editing tools should not be used to remove, add, or rearrange elements. Any changes to the original photograph not itemized here beyond what is necessary to conform to the required file guidelines for entry will render the photograph ineligible for a prize.

Submission of an entry and/or acceptance of a prize grants AAA Northern New England and third parties authorized by Sponsor the exclusive, perpetual right to publish, use, edit, adapt, modify, excerpt, and/or copy the entry for any and all purposes in any and all media currently in existence or hereafter developed without compensation to you, which includes, but is not limited to, the right to publish the entry in Northern New England Journey magazine, on AAA.com (including any other related websites and social media platforms), and to use your entry as we see fit in exhibitions and promotions of Northern New England Journey magazine.

Submissions may not:
• Contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights;
• Contain material that is violent, inappropriate, depicts nudity, or is indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous;
• Contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual, or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age;
• Contain material that promotes any illegal activities or any other activity that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
• Contain material that promotes any particular political agenda or message;
• Contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont, or in any state where it was created;
• Contain any materials relating to lotteries, gambling, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, firearms/weapons, or any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
• Contain material that defames, libels, misrepresents, or is negative about Sponsor or its products, or other people, products, or companies;
• Contain trademarks, logos, or trade dress owned by others or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, without permission, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses, or street addresses;
• Contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies, or other media or musical "samples") without permission; 
• Contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, or otherwise constitute an invasion of privacy or publicity rights;
• Communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate;
• Constitute in itself, a violation of law.

Submissions are the views/opinions of the individual entrant and do not reflect the views of the Sponsor in any manner.



Prizes will be distributed on or after October 15, 2019.

First Prize (1): Round-trip coach air travel for two to Toronto on Porter Airlines; Three (3) nights’ stay for two in a suite at Hotel X Toronto; a private midweek Lake Ontario sail for two from Gone Sailing Adventures; a twilight Toronto Islands bicycle tour for two from Toronto Bicycle Tours; and dinner for two at Assembly Chef’s Hall. Estimated retail value: $4,895.

Second Prize (1): Two (2) nights’ stay for two at the Water Street Inn in Kittery, Maine; one (1) $150 Hyatt gift card; Dinner for two at Moxy; a sunset cruise for two aboard the gundalow Piscataqua from the Gundalow Company; two (2) Strawbery Banke Museum passes; two (2) tickets for a Discover Portsmouth daily Historic Downtown walking tour; and two (2) passes to the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire. Estimated retail value: $978.

Third Prize (1): One (1) $250 Best Western Travel Card®and two (2) one-day Go Boston Cards from Leisure Pass Group. Estimated retail value: $368.

Honorable Mention (up to 10): Two (2) one-day admission tickets to the 2020 League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen’s Fair in Newbury, New Hampshire, and a one-year AAA Northern New England membership with Classic benefits. Estimated retail value: $59–$81 each.

Taxes, if any, are the responsibility of the winners. Winners, as applicable, will be issued IRS Form 1099. Airfare and other transportation, baggage fees, taxes, fees, gratuities, and all other expenses not expressly specified herein are the responsibilities of the winners. No prize substitutions will be allowed except by AAA Northern New England, if, in its sole and absolute discretion, it determines that a prize component is not reasonably available, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. Prizes, including, but not limited tohotel nights and airfare, are nontransferable, nonrefundable, not redeemable for cash, and may not be sold. Certain other restrictions may apply. AAA Northern New England acts only as an agent for the various providers listed.

Other Prize Terms and Conditions:

All Hotel/Resort/Train/Ferry prizes: Occupancy limits may apply. Subject to availability and blackouts.

All prizes involving alcohol: Age restrictions may apply.

Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection:
 Prize includes three (3) nights’ stay for two in a suite, complimentary daily breakfast and afternoon cocktails, and two passes to the onsite Ten X Toronto health club. Complimentary shuttle service to and from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is available. Prize includes taxes and High-Speed Wi-Fi. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance and are based on availability. Blackout dates apply. The prize is nontransferable, not redeemable for cash, and expires December 31, 2020. See additional property information at hotelxtoronto.com.

Porter Airlines: Air travel is awarded in the form of a nontransferable certificate good for two (2) round-trip flights with Porter Airlines to Toronto (YTZ: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) from anywhere that Porter flies. Prize includes one (1) free checked bag and one (1) personal item per person. Certificate is not applicable for travel with Porter Airlines partner airlines such as JetBlue. All items are subject to availability; some conditions and blackouts may apply. Not applicable to group reservations of 10 or more passengers. Fees, taxes, and other charges are not included and are payable at the time of booking. Note: Redemption will result in a travel voucher that is good for travel within six months of the issue date. For more information, visit flyporter.com/en-us.

These airports are closest to the Northern New England region:

Nonstop service

• Boston (BOS: Logan International Airport)

• Montréal (YUL: Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport)

• Québec City, Ontario (YQB: Jean Lesage International Airport)

Connecting service through Ottawa

• Fredericton, New Brunswick (YFC: Fredericton International Airport)

• Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ: Halifax Stanfield International Airport)

Gone Sailing Adventures: Prize includes a two-hour Lake Ontario sail for two of Toronto Harbour with a circumnavigation of the Toronto Islands. Crew gratuity not included. Certificate is valid Mondays through Thursdays from May 15, 2020, through September 20, 2020. Advance reservations required. All sails are subject to severe weather and the captain’s determination of safe conditions. No outside food or beverage is permitted, although food and beverage service is available with advance notice. Onboard photography is permitted, but such photos must be shared with Gone Sailing Adventures for its possible use. For more information, visit gonesailingadventures.com.

Toronto Bicycle Tours: Prize includes a guided twilight bicycle tour for two of the Toronto Islands. Tour includes bicycle, helmet, safety vest, water, snacks, and ferry ticket. Use of a helmet is mandatory. Tour is subject to availability; reservations are required 1 week in advance. Prize expires December 31, 2020. For more information, visit torontobicycletours.com/tour/island-tours.

Assembly Chef’s Hall: Prize includes a $150 (Canadian) gift card for use at Assembly Chef’s Hall, Canada’s first chef-driven food hall. Card is valid at any of the hall’s vendors and may be used for food, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, taxes, and gratuities until it is depleted. Bearer is responsible for balances in excess of the card’s value. Reservations are not required, but calling ahead (647-557-5993) is recommended to ensure that no buyouts are taking place. Card has no expiration date but cannot be replaced if lost. For more information, visit assemblychefshall.com.


Water Street Inn: Prize includes two (2) nights’ stay for two in a King or Queen room at the Water Street Inn in Kittery, Maine. Prize includes tax, Wi-Fi, and parking. Incidentals, additional services, and gratuities are not included. Blackout dates include, but are not limited to, July 3–7 and Friday and Saturday nights in August. Reservations are required for hotel room and are based on availability. The prize is nontransferable and not redeemable for cash. The prize expires November 30, 2020. See additional property information at waterstinn.com

Hyatt: Prize includes one (1) $150 Hyatt Gift card. Use of this card constitutes acceptance of terms. Certain purchases (e.g., hotel stays) may have a minimum age requirement. Card may be applied to eligible purchases at participating Hyatt hotels in North and South America (for a list of participating hotels, see hyattgiftcards.com). Card may not be used outside of North and South America. Eligible purchases do not include casino purchases, advanced purchases, deposits, crew rates, payments for meetings, catering or group functions, negotiated rates (including volume, group, contracted, or other rates that have been previously negotiated and agreed in writing whether paid on a group or individual basis), and goods/services purchased through or provided by third parties. All other purchases made at participating Hyatt hotels are eligible. Card is issued in USD. Value of card will be converted into local currency for redemption at hotels that use currency other than USD (at the hotel’s established exchange rate). Card carries no value until activated. Card is not returnable, refundable, or redeemable for cash, and may not be resold or transferred for value, except to the extent required by law. Lost, stolen, or damaged cards will not be canceled or replaced without card number and proof of purchase. Card does not expire. Card and these terms are governed by Maryland law without regard to its choice of law principles. Hyatt and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. For balance inquiries, see hyattgiftcards.com or call (866) 784-0540. Gift card sold by Hyatt Fulfillment of Maryland (or its authorized resellers). Cards transferred fraudulently, unlawfully, or otherwise in violation of these terms, are subject to cancellation. Hyatt reserves the right to institute additional security and verification procedures at the time of card redemption for fraud prevention. ©2018 Hyatt Fulfillment of Maryland. All rights reserved.

Moxy: Prize includes dinner for two. Certificate is valued at $125, including up to $40 in alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, taxes, and gratuities. Bearer is responsible for balances in excess of $125 and beverage balances above $40. Reservations are required two weeks in advance; present the certificate upon arrival. The prize expires December 31, 2020. For more information, please visit moxyrestaurant.com.

The Gundalow CompanyPrize includes a sunset cruise for two on the Piscataqua River aboard the gundalow Piscataqua, a re-created flat-bottom sailing bargeSailing trips are available May through October; certificate expires October 31, 2020. Cruises are subject to space availability and the captain’s discretion concerning inclement weather. For more information, visit gundalow.org.

Strawbery Banke Museum: Prize includes two (2) adult admission passes good for two consecutive days. Historic houses are open May 1 through October 31. Ice-skating rink is open December through February. Certificate expires December 31, 2020. For more information on this 10-acre living-history museum, visit strawberybanke.org.

Discover Portsmouth: Prize includes two (2) adult tickets for Discover Portsmouth’s daily Historic Downtown walking tour during the 2020 season. Tours occur at 10:30 a.m. from mid-May through October; certificate expires October 31, 2020. For more information, visit portsmouthhistory.org.

American Independence Museum: Prize includes two (2) adult admission passes. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays May through November (closed Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday); certificate expires November 30, 2020. Passes must be surrendered at the time of visit. Passes are valid only for standard museum admission; they cannot be used on the architecture tour or for admission to public programs and the American Independence Festival. For more information, visit independencemuseum.org.

Best Western: Prize includes one (1) $250 Best Western Travel Card® (referred to herein as the “Travel Card” or collectively as “Travel Cards”). The Travel Card is accepted at more than 4,100 properties in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. The Travel Card is a stored value card and is fully transferable. Travel Cards are issued in the form of a physical plastic card, electronic card, or, in some circumstances and in some locations, digital printable format. Travel Cards issued for payment of the face value of the Travel Card carry no expiration date. In limited circumstances, Travel Cards provided as promotional awards or otherwise for promotional purposes may contain an expiration date. Travel Cards will not be replaced if lost, stolen, or destroyed. Travel Cards are not exchangeable for cash in part or other substitutions, and no change will be given. Full terms and conditions are available at bestwestern.com/en_US/offers/travel-card.html.

Leisure Pass Group: Prize includes two one-day Go Boston Cards good for admission at any participating attraction during a single calendar day. Passes include admission to each attraction; some attractions may offer upgrades or special exhibits for an additional fee. Some attractions require reservations; those will be noted in a provided guidebook or online. Some attractions are 21+ and require ID. Card provider is not responsible for attractions that are closed or otherwise unavailable due to weather or other factors on the chosen day of visitation. Passes are nontransferrable and may not be resold. For more information, visit smartdestinations.com.

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: Prize includes two (2) one-day admission tickets. The 2020 Craftsmen’s Fair takes place at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, New Hampshire, from August 1 through August 9, 2020. For more information, see nhcrafts.org.

AAA Northern New England: Prize includes a one-year membership with Classic benefits. Winner may apply value of the membership prize toward renewal of next year’s dues, pursuant to the following: If the AAA Northern New England membership is set to expire prior to or close to the approximate prize distribution date of October 15, 2019, you are advised to pay your renewal on time; AAA is not responsible for providing member services and benefits if your membership expires before you receive your award. Your award of a one-year Auto Club membership with Classic benefits may be applied to your account as a credit, redeemable at the subsequent renewal. If your household carries AAA Plus or AAA Premier benefits, the award value of Classic benefits ($51) will be applied to your bill for the year; in this case, you would need to pay the outstanding balance to maintain the Plus or Premier benefits, as well as any associate memberships. If the prizewinner is an associate member, the associate membership value ($29) will be applied toward the renewal dues of his or her sponsoring primary membership holder

The competition is open to original, unpublished work created by the Entrant from June 1, 2018–June 10, 2019. Entries may be submitted pursuant to the following guidelines.

File specifications: Submissions should be in JPG or JPEG format. Files should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels (roughly 7 inches), and be saved at 300 dpi.

Simple filenames are best; spaces, slashes, or other odd characters may cause difficulties with the hosted contest site. Filenames must have the .jpg or .jpeg extension.

Submitting the entry: Enter by filling out all fields and uploading your photo on this website. Entry is only possible through this website. Entry is not possible by post, courier service, email, or any other method of delivery.

Follow onscreen instructions carefully, and note that there are several pages of information to complete. Use the “Save and Next” buttons at the bottom of each page to progress through the pages. When you are satisfied with the information you have provided, click “Save and Finalize” on the final page to complete your entry. An onscreen message and a confirmation email will signify that your entry has been completed successfully.

All entries become the physical property of AAA Northern New England and will not be returned. All entries will be used by Sponsor in accordance with its privacy policy, which can be found at northernnewengland.aaa.com/legal/privacy.html. The Entrant should be aware that Sponsor may be collecting non-public, personally identifiable information about such Entrant in connection with the operation of the Contest, and each Entrant hereby agrees to permit Sponsor to use such information as described in Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

NOTE: Entries made in any manner inconsistent with these Official Rules, will be declared invalid and disqualified from this Contest. By submitting an entry, you thereby affirm that you have read and agree to these Official Rules.

Members of the Northern New England Journey editorial and design staffs will judge the entries based on creativity, technical expertise, and aesthetic value. The decision of the judges is final. Judging will occur at 3333 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1698, in or after the week of June 17, 2019.

Winners will be notified via email and/or phone on or after June 25, 2018. Winners will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity, Liability, Grant of rights to Sponsor. All forms, without any alteration, must be received by us within thirty (30) days of the date of delivery of notification to a potential winner, or alternate winners will be selected; provided, that under no circumstances shall Sponsor be required to make more than three (3) attempts to award a prize.

By entering this Contest and/or accepting a prize, you agree to allow AAA Northern New England to use your name, voice, and image in connection with publication of your winning entry, and for promotional purposes (as described in Section 3 above) without review, notification, or approval.

This Contest is subject to all federal, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and local laws, and is void where prohibited. Winners agree that AAA Northern New England and prize contributors, including their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates (and related companies), officers, directors, and employees, shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting directly or indirectly from the Entrant participating in this Contest or from the acceptance or use of any prize awarded (including any Entrant’s guests), or from use of their names, photographs, and/or likenesses for advertising and publicity purposes without any compensation and upon request, will provide written consent to such use (“Release”). Any guest accompanying the winners will be required to sign and return a release of liability/publicity within a specified time. Failure to return documents in a timely manner or the return of prize notification as undeliverable will cause Prize(s) to be forfeited. AAA Northern New England reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of any winner(s). Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the website, AAA.com/photocontest, or who is otherwise in violation of the Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or modify the Contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, or for any other reason, including, but not limited to, for example, infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, or technical failures of any sort. In the event of early termination of the Contest, winners will be selected from all eligible entries received at the time of termination in accordance with the judging procedures described above. In no event will Sponsor be responsible for any damages or losses arising out of access to and use of the website, or the downloading from and/or printing material downloaded from said site.

Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected entries, nor is it responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information utilized in the Contest. Receipt of entries cannot be confirmed. In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of a person submitting an online entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the person in whose name the email account is registered.

All decisions and/or actions by Sponsor shall be exercised in its sole and absolute discretion.

The Contest shall be governed by the laws of the State of Maine without regard for choice of laws or conflicts of laws principles. Any and all disputes or claims arising out of or connected in any way with the Contest will be resolved individually and exclusively by final and binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) and conducted before a sole arbitrator pursuant to the Code of Procedure established by the AAA. The arbitration shall be held in Cumberland County, Maine. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of these Official Rules. There shall be no authority for any claims to be arbitrated on a class or representative basis; arbitration can decide only the Entrant’s and/or Sponsor’s or a prize provider’s individual claims and the arbitrator may not consolidate or join the claims of other persons or parties who may be similarly situated; provided, however, that if this sentence is declared invalid or unenforceable, either in whole or in part, the remaining sentences of Section 8 shall remain in full force and effect. The arbitrator shall not have the power to award special, consequential, incidental, exemplary, punitive, or other similar damages against Sponsor or any prize provider. If any part of this arbitration provision is deemed to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the balance of this arbitration provision shall remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein, except that any such invalid or illegal provision shall be enforced to the greatest extent permitted by law. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Sponsor or any prize provider may seek to obtain injunctive relief against an Entrant for the breach or threatened breach of these Official Rules, without posting bond, in addition to any other remedies in law or equity, which may be available to Sponsor or prize provider, in any of the federal or state courts located in Cumberland County, Maine. Each Entrant consents to jurisdiction and venue in the federal or state courts located in Cumberland County, Maine, for the purposes set forth above and/or to confirm any award obtained by Sponsor or a prize provider in arbitration.

A winners list will be available upon request once the November/December 2019 issue of Northern New England Journey is released. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to AAA Northern New England, Photo Contest 2019, P.O. Box 3544, Portland, ME 04104-3544. Requests must be received by January 31, 2020.

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