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OFFICIAL RULES: Northern New England Journey® Photo Contest 2018


Entrants must be legal residents of Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont who are 18 years of age or older as of June 6, 2018, and members in good standing of AAA Northern New England as of February 15, 2018 (each, an “Entrant”), to enter the Northern New England Journey Photo Contest 2018 (“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, 2018. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 6, 2018. Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the contest. Winning entries will be published in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern New England Journey® magazine.

New criteria for 2018: 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 the 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 and hold harmless the 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.

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.

New photographic manipulation guidelines for 2018: 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, e-mail 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 about October 10, 2018.

First Prize (1): Round-trip passage on The CAT Ferry from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia for two adults in a regular passenger vehicle; Two (2) nights’ stay for two in a Deluxe room at the AAA Four Diamond Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, Maine; Two (2) nights’ stay for two in a Deluxe room at the AAA Four Diamond Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and three (3) nights’ stay for two in a Deluxe room at the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa in Digby, Nova Scotia. Estimated retail value: $2,350.

Second prize (1): Two (2) nights’ stay for two in King Bedded Luxury accommodations with fireplace and jacuzzi at the AAA Four Diamond Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa in Jackson, New Hampshire; two (2) first-class Conway Scenic Railroad tickets on the Bartlett or Conway Train; and a $75 gift certificate from Valley Originals Restaurants. Estimated retail value: $1,000.

Third Prize (1): One (1) $500 Best Western Travel Card®. Retail value: $500.

Honorable Mention (up to 10): Two (2) one-day admission tickets to the 2019 League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen’s Fair in Newbury, New Hampshire; and a one-year Classic AAA Northern New England membership. Estimated retail value: $58–$80 each.

Taxes, if any, are the responsibility of the winner. 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 to, hotel nights and train and ferry tickets, are non-transferable, non-refundable, 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.

The CAT Ferry:
Prize includes round-trip passage on The CAT ferry between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, for two adults in a regular passenger vehicle (under 6 feet, 6 inches in height and less than 20 feet long). Prize is non-transferable and may not be combined with any other offers. No cash value. Prize is valid during the 2019 season. Advance reservations are required and select blackout dates may apply. For more information, visit ferries.ca/thecat.
Westin Portland Harborview: Prize includes two (2) nights’ stay for two in a Deluxe room with complimentary WiFi and $50 dining credit for use at Top of the East or Congress Squared restaurants. Hotel taxes are included; parking and gratuities are not included. Prize is subject to availability (these dates in 2019 are excluded: May 25–26; June 8–10; July 2–3, 12–14, and 19–21; August 2–4; and October 12–13). Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Prize expires December 30, 2019. Visit westinportlandharborview.com.
Westin Nova Scotian: Prize includes two (2) nights’ stay in a Deluxe room with daily breakfast for two. Taxes and parking are included. Gratuities are not included. Prize is subject to availability (these dates in 2019 are excluded: June 29–July 1; August 31–September 2; and November 15–20). Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Prize expires December 30, 2019. Visit thewestinnovascotian.com.
Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa: Prize includes three (3) nights’ stay for two in a Deluxe room with complimentary parking, WiFi, one round of golf with cart for two, and daily breakfast for two. Taxes are included. Gratuities are not included. Prize is subject to availability between June 1, 2019, and September 30, 2019. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Visit digbypines.ca.

Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa:
Prize includes two (2) nights’ stay for two in King Bedded Luxury accommodations with fireplace and jacuzzi in the main house with a gourmet cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and one (1) dinner for two in Inn’s fine-dining restaurant. Taxes are included, but the winner must cover gratuities of at least 15 percent (15%) for meals and additional options such as alcoholic beverages and spa services that are not included. The winner should consider three possible dates for taking the trip prior to making a reservation by phone with the owner, Steve Lambert. Specify this prize when booking. Lodging is offered with no more than two people in one room in a queen or king bed. Peak summer and fall dates as determined by the innkeepers are blacked out, as are all holiday periods. Lodging at other times, including non-peak weekends, is offered on a space-available basis. The Inn’s small size and popularity necessitate the following policy: The prize will be forfeited if a cancellation is made less than 14 days prior to the scheduled stay. For other cancellations, a rebooking attempt will be made per the above guidelines. The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa is a non-smoking property. This prize is valid through December 31, 2019. No components of this prize may be exchanged for cash or credit. For additional information, visit innatthornhill.com.
The AAA Four Diamond Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa is a lodging choice for that long-deserved vacation, romantic getaway, or honeymoon. Romantic escapes and relaxing retreats are the specialty here, in the beautiful setting of the village of Jackson, New Hampshire, just over the covered bridge. You can recline on the wraparound porch in warmer months, and feel the sweet, clean breezes of the mountain air, watch a northern sunset, and let the staff pamper and relax you.

Conway Scenic Railroad: Prize includes two (2) first-class adult tickets on the winner’s choice of the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Bartlett or Conway train and is valid for rides on a space-available basis during times in which the train operates in 2018 and 2019. The Conway Scenic Railroad is a seasonal train ride that runs from mid-April to late December each year. Exact dates are subject to change. Blackout dates are September 22–October 8. Reservations must be made prior to arrival. Prize will be awarded in the form of a Certificate, and Certificate should be mentioned during the booking process. Failure to arrive on time for the train will result in forfeiture of the prize. No components of this prize may be exchanged for cash or credit. For more information, visit conwayscenic.com.
Enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience on the Conway Scenic Railroad as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars from the 1874 train station in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Valley Originals Restaurants: Prize includes $75 Gift Certificate. Gift certificate may be used at any Valley Originals member properties and must be presented to the server upon being seated. Reservations may be required for dinner; check with the restaurant where the Gift Certificate will be redeemed. Gift Certificate is valid through December 31, 2019. Gift Certificate has no cash value and may not be transferred or sold to a third party. The prize winner is responsible for any additional cost of the meal not covered by the Gift Certificate, including gratuity on the full amount of the meal. Change will not be provided for any unused portion of the Gift Certificate. For more information and a list of member properties, visit thevalleyoriginals.com.
Valley Originals is a group of locally owned and operated restaurants in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley that have joined together to share their thoughts and ideas on what a true experience of a local eatery should be like. Valley Originals independent restaurants feature unique ambience, recipes, and service, and prepare their food fresh daily, often from local products. Valley Originals members strive to provide a very special experience with some of the finest food found anywhere.

Best Western: Prize includes $500 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 http://travelcard.bestwestern.com/travelcard/termCondition.jsp.

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: Prize includes two (2) one-day admission tickets. The 2019 Craftsmen’s Fair takes place at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, New Hampshire, from August 3 through August 11, 2019. See nhcrafts.org for more information.

AAA Northern New England: Prize includes a one-year Classic membership. 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 10, 2018, 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 AAA Northern New England 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 ($50) 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 ($28) will be applied toward the renewal dues of his or her sponsoring primary membership holder.

The competition is open to unpublished work created by the Entrant from June 1, 2017–June 6, 2018. 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, e-mail, 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 e-mail 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 about the week of June 10, 2018.

Winners will be notified via e-mail 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 web site, 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 e-mail 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 the 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 the 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, the 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 the 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 the Sponsor or a prize provider in arbitration.

A winners list will be available upon request once the November/December 2018 issue of Northern New England Journey is released. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to AAA Northern New England, Photo Contest 2018, P.O. Box 3544, Portland, ME 04104-3544. Requests must be received by January 31, 2019.

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