THE NGK COMMUNITY PANEL SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

SWEEPSTAKES DESCRIPTION:  The NGK Community Panel Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") begins on or about January 26, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Sweepstakes Period").  The Sweepstakes consists of up to four (4) independent sweepstakes (each, a "Sweepstakes").  Submissions for the first Sweepstakes will be accepted between 12:01 a.m. ET on January 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31, 2018.  Submissions for the second Sweepstakes will be accepted between 12:01 a.m. ET on April 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2018.  Submissions for the third Sweepstakes will be accepted between 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. ET on September 30, 2018. Submissions for the fourth Sweepstakes will be accepted between 12:01 a.m. ET on October 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2018.  Each of these entry periods is referred to herein as a sweepstakes entry period ("Sweepstakes Entry Period").  At the end of each Sweepstakes Entry Period, six (6) Grand Prize winners will be randomly selected in a drawing from all eligible entries received during the applicable  Sweepstakes Entry Period.  The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee using methods determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.   By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of National Geographic Partners, LLC, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, ("Sponsor") which shall be final and binding in all respects.

ELIGIBILITY:  Only legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of entry are eligible to enter.  Officers, directors and employees of Sponsor, and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, members, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and Sweepstakes agencies (all such individuals and entities referred to collectively as the "Sweepstakes Entities"), and each of their immediate family members and/or people living in the same household are NOT eligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize.  This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited. 

HOW TO ENTER:  There are two ways to enter the Sweepstakes.  All members of National Geographic Kids & Family team are automatically entered into the Sweepstakes. 

1)      By Invitation: If you received an invitation to the National Geographic Kids & Family Team, follow the link during the Sweepstakes Period, fill out the entry form and answer the questionnaireAfter the completion of your entry form and questionnaire, you will receive one (1) entry into the applicable Sweepstakes Entry Period.  Limit one (1) entry per person per Sweepstakes Entry Period.

2)      Mail-In Entry: On an approximately 3x5  inch card (or 7.5 x 12.5 cm), legibly print your full name, complete mailing address (including city, state, and zip code), e-mail address, if any, and daytime phone number (including area code) and mail to National Geographic Kids & Family Team Panel Sweepstakes, National Geographic Partners, LLC, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036.  There is a limit of one (1) entry per person, family and/or household.  All requested information must be included on your card to be eligible. 

All entries must be received by the end of each applicable Sweepstakes Entry Period in order to participate.  The Website's database clock will be the official time keeper for this Sweepstakes.  Entry must be made by the entrant, only as set forth herein.  Entries made by any other individual or any entity, including but not limited to commercial sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Sweepstakes.  Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes, including but not limited to the use of any device to automate the entry process, is prohibited and any entries deemed by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, to have been submitted in this manner will be void.  In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.  The Sweepstakes Entities shall not be responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in the Sweepstakes.  The Promotion Entities assume no responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries.  Entries from one Sweepstakes will not roll over into subsequent Sweepstakes. All personally identifiable information collected in connection with the Sweepstakes will be used by Sponsor in accordance with its online privacy policy, located at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/community/privacy/.  Any communication or information transmitted to Sponsor and/or the Website by electronic mail or otherwise is and will be treated as non-confidential and nonproprietary.  Sponsor may engage a third party platform or application provider (for ease of reference, a "Third Party Application Provider") to administer certain aspects of the Sweepstakes, including without limitation, the online collection of entry information.   Such Third Party Application Provider will provide your personally identifiable information to Sponsor, who will use such information in accordance with its privacy policy as set forth above. Third Party Application Providers may also use your information for their own independent purposes in accordance with their own independent privacy practices.  Sponsor is not responsible for the storage or any use of your entry information by any Third Party Application Provider.  You should carefully review the privacy practices of any third party to determine their specific privacy policies.  Sponsor is not responsible for the storage or any use of your entry information by any Third Party Application Provider. 

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION:  At the end of each Sweepstakes Period, six (6) Grand Prize winners will be randomly selected in a drawing from all eligible entries received throughout the applicable Sweepstakes Period.  The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee, using randomization methods selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  A potential winner will be notified using contact information provided at the time of entry.  Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason.  If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond within five (5) days of the first notification attempt, or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected.  If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Sponsor may successively attempt to contact one (1) potential winner of an applicable prize in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed winner of such applicable prize after such attempts have been made, if any, such prize may go unawarded.

PRIZES: 

Grand PrizeA total of twenty-four (24) prizes (each a "Grand Prize") are available during the Sweepstakes Period.  Six (6) Grand Prizes (each a "Grand Prize Winner") will be awarded each Sweepstakes Entry Period.  Each Grand Prize Winner will receive one (1) $25 Amazon Gift Card. The approximate retail value ("ARV") of each Grand Prize is $25.00.  The total ARV of all Grand Prizes combined is $600.00.

GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS:  No cash alternative or substitution of prizes will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute prizes of comparable value if any prize listed is unavailable, in whole or in part, for any reason.  Prizes will be awarded only if the potential prize winner fully complies with these Official Rules.  All portions of the prize(s) are non-assignable and non-transferable.  Any prizes pictured in point-of-sale, online, television and print advertising, promotional packaging, and other Sweepstakes materials are for illustrative purposes only.  All details and other restrictions of the prize(s) not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  Each Grand Prize Winner shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and the reporting consequences thereof, and for any other fees or costs associated with the applicable prize.  Prize winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and, where imposing such condition is legal, a Publicity Release (collectively, "Prize Claim Documents").   If a winner is under the age of majority in such winner's state of residence (a "minor"), at Sponsor's option, the applicable prize either will be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian of such minor winner, or the parent or legal guardian of such minor winner will be required to ratify and sign Prize Claim Documents.  If any potential winner (or, in the case of a minor, such minor winner's parent or legal guardian) fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within the time specified by Sponsor, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. 

Sponsor makes no warranties, and hereby disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize furnished in connection with the Sweepstakes.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SUCH PRIZES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND SPONSOR HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

PUBLICITY RELEASE:  By participating in the Sweepstakes, in addition to any other grants which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between Sponsor and any entrant in or winner of the Sweepstakes, each entrant (and any minor entrant's parent or legal guardian) irrevocably grants the Sweepstakes Entities and their respective successors, assigns and licensees, the right to use such entrant's name, likeness, biographical information and Submission, and any individual(s) participating therein, in any and all media for any purpose, including without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes as well as in, on or in connection with the Website or the Sweepstakes, and hereby release the Sweepstakes Entities from any liability with respect thereto.

GRANT OF RIGHTS:  For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and legal sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, each entrant into the Sweepstakes (and his or her parent or legal guardian, if the entrant is a minor) hereby irrevocably grants Sponsor, its successors and assigns, a non-exclusive license (but not the obligation) to reproduce, stream, exploit and otherwise use the Submission throughout the universe, in perpetuity, for any reason whatsoever in any and all media, throughout the universe in perpetuity, without further notice to, consent by, or payment to entrant.  Without in any way limiting the foregoing, Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter the Submission for any purpose which Sponsor deems necessary or desirable, and each entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have therein.  Sponsor shall have the right to freely assign its rights hereunder, in whole or in part, to any person or entity.  Sponsor shall retain the rights granted in each Submission even if the Submission is disqualified or fails to meet the Submission Requirements.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION:  Each person who enters this Sweepstakes (and his or her parent or legal guardian, if the entrant is a minor) represents and warrants as follows: (i) the Submission is the entrant's own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work; (ii) the Submission does not contain any computer virus (as applicable), is otherwise uncorrupted, is wholly original with entrant, and as of the date of submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (iii) the Submission does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any third party; and (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be defamatory or libelous.  Each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Sweepstakes Entities harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of entrant hereunder.

GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE/FORCE MAJEURE:  Entrants (and any minor entrant's parent or legal guardian) agree that the Sweepstakes Entities, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (A) shall not be responsible or liable for, and are hereby released from, any and all costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including, without limitation, death and bodily injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or from entrants' acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize, and (B) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, to such prize's quality or fitness for a particular purpose.  Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to an entrant's, or any other person's, computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or otherwise participating in the Sweepstakes, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged, stolen, or postage-due prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet service providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.  Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or the Website, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  No mechanically reproduced, illegible, incomplete, forged, software-generated or other automated multiple entries will be accepted.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify, extend, suspend, or terminate the Sweepstakes if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the Sweepstakes is technically impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures or malfunctions or other causes beyond Sponsor's control have destroyed or severely undermined or to any degree impaired the integrity, administration, security, proper play and/or feasibility of the Sweepstakes as contemplated herein.  In the event an insufficient number of eligible entries are received and/or Sponsor is prevented from awarding prizes or continuing with the Sweepstakes as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic of health of other means, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor's control (each a "Force Majeure" event or occurrence), then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the Sweepstakes.  If the Sweepstakes is terminated for Force Majeure before the designated end date, Sponsor will (if possible) select the prize winners based on points accumulated as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination.    Only the type and quantity of prizes described in these Official Rules will be awarded.  These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsor.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

DATES & DEADLINES/ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF CONTESTANTS:  Because of the unique nature and scope of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any date(s) or deadline(s) set forth in these Official Rules or otherwise governing the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor cannot accurately predict the number of entrants who will participate in the Sweepstakes.

NO OBLIGATION TO USE:  Sponsor shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any Submission to otherwise exploit any Submission or, if commenced, to continue the distribution or exploitation thereof, and Sponsor may at any time abandon the use of the Submission for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and contestants shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.

FURTHER DOCUMENTATION: If Sponsor shall desire to secure additional assignments, certificates of engagement for the Submission or other documents as Sponsor may reasonably require in order to effectuate the purposes and intents of these Official Rules, then each entrant agrees to sign the same upon Sponsor's request therefor.

GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION:  ALL ISSUES AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ENTRANTS OR SPONSOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNAL LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY CHOICE OF LAW OF CONFLICT OF LAW RULES OR PROVISIONS THAT WOULD CAUSE THE APPLICATION OF ANY OTHER STATE'S LAWS.

ARBITRATION PROVISION:  By participating in this Sweepstakes, each entrant (and any minor entrant's parent or legal guardian) agrees: (i) that any and all disputes the entrant may have with, or claims entrant may have against, the Sweepstakes Entities relating to, arising out of or connected in any way with (a) the Sweepstakes, (b) the awarding or redemption of any prize, and/or (c) the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, will be resolved exclusively by final and binding arbitration administered by JAMS and conducted before a sole arbitrator in accordance with the rules of JAMS; (ii) this arbitration agreement is made pursuant to a transaction involving interstate commerce, and shall be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"), 9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16; (iii) the arbitration shall be held in Los Angeles, California; (iv) the arbitrator's decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of these Official Rules and any of the other agreements referenced herein that the applicable entrant may have entered into in connection with the Sweepstakes; (v) the arbitrator shall apply California law consistent with the FAA and applicable statutes of limitations, and shall honor claims of privilege recognized at law; (vi) there shall be no authority for any claims to be arbitrated on a class or representative basis, arbitration can decide only entrant's and/or Sponsor's individual claims; the arbitrator may not consolidate or join the claims of other persons or parties who may be similarly situated; (vii) the arbitrator shall not have the power to award punitive damages against the entrant or Sponsor; (viii) in the event that the administrative fees and deposits that must be paid to initiate arbitration against Sponsor exceed $125 USD, and entrant is unable (or not required under the rules of JAMS) to pay any fees and deposits that exceed this amount, Sponsor agrees to pay them and/or forward them on entrant's behalf, subject to ultimate allocation by the arbitrator; (ix) if the entrant is able to demonstrate that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, Sponsor will pay as much of entrant's filing and hearing fees in connection with the arbitration as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the arbitration from being cost-prohibitive; and (x) with the exception of subpart (vi) above, if any part of this arbitration provision is deemed to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, or otherwise conflicts with the rules of JAMS, then the balance of this arbitration provision shall remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid, unenforceable, illegal or conflicting provision were not contained herein.  If, however, subpart (vi) is found to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void, and neither entrant nor Sponsor shall be entitled to arbitrate their dispute.  For more information on JAMS and/or the rules of JAMS, visit their website at www.jamsadr.com.

 

WINNER'S LIST/OFFICIAL RULES:  To obtain a copy of any legally-required winners list or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: NGK Community Panel Sweepstakes, c/o National Geographic Partners Research &Analytics at 1145 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036.  All such requests must be received within six (6) weeks after the end of the Sweepstakes Period.  These Official Rules will be posted on the Website during the Sweepstakes Period.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  Sweepstakes consists of a series of independent Sweepstakes and begins on or about January 26, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Must be 13 or older.  See Official Rules at www.ngkidsandfamilyteam.com for complete information, including entry periods, additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details.  Void where prohibited.  Sponsored by National Geographic Partners, LLC, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036.