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Official Rules for the Ohio Picnic for Earth Sweepstakes


No Purchase or Donation Necessary.


A Purchase or Donation Will Not Increase Your Chances of Winning.


Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of Ohio who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Employees, board members, and trustees of The Nature Conservancy, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, board members, and trustees are not eligible.


Sponsor: The Sweepstakes is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 ("Sponsor"). This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.


Entry Period: The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on April 1, 2013 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on April 30, 2013 (the "Entry Period"). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.


How to Enter:
Visit Ohio Picnic for Earth locations: Visit nature.org/naturaltreasuresohio to find a list of participating locations that qualify as Picnic for Earth site for the purposes of this Sweepstakes (each, "Picnic Site"). Sponsor will specify a landmark ("Natural Treasures Landmark") at each Picnic Site in front of which you must have your picture taken in order to receive an entry. Visit any Picnic Site during the Entry Period, and have your picture taken in front of the designated Natural Treasures Landmark.


Submit your Entries: Visit nature.org/naturaltreasuresohio, fill out the entry form, and submit your picture. If you have visited multiple Picnic Sites and have multiple photos, complete a new entry form for each photo. You will receive one (1) entry per picture that complies with the requirements in these Official Rules; however, you may only receive one (1) entry per Picnic Site. Please note that only the person submitting the picture will receive an entry, regardless of how many people are in the picture. If others in the picture intend to enter the sweepstakes, each person must separately complete an entry form and submit the photo. The maximum entries allowed per person is thirty (30).


Representations and Warranties: By entering, you represent and warrant that: (i) you accept these Official Rules and Sponsor's decisions regarding the Sweepstakes; (ii) you own all rights to the pictures you submit; (iii) if a picture depicts any person other than yourself, you have written permission from that person to grant the rights described in the "Sponsor's Rights to Entries" section below, and can provide that permission to Sponsor upon request; (iv) if a picture depicts any minors, you have written permission from the minor's parent or guardian to grant the rights described in the "Sponsor's Rights to Entries" section below, and can provide that permission to Sponsor upon request; and (v) the picture is unaltered other than lighting, color or cropping for size or removal of persons for which the permissions specified above have not been obtained.


Digital Member: When you enter, you will automatically become a digital TNC member. This membership includes special event invitations and a monthly e-newsletter. There is no cost for this membership and you may cancel and unsubscribe at any time.


Sponsor's Rights to Pictures: You do not transfer any ownership of a picture by entering the Sweepstakes. However, by entering, you: (a) irrevocably grant Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your picture as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsor's use of your picture, or require any further permission for Sponsor to use the picture; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the picture, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.


Drawing: On or about May 10, 2013, Sponsor will select the potential winners in a random drawing of all entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. Sponsor will attempt to notify potential winners within five (5) business days of the drawing.


Requirements of Potential Winners: In order to win a prize, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, a W-9 form for tax reporting purposes, and a liability/publicity release. If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all remaining entries received. Only three (3) alternate potential winners may be contacted for each prize.


Prizes: Three (3) winners will each receive an REI gift certificate worth $500. The gift certificates will be subject to REI's standard terms and conditions.


For all Prizes: A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.


General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Sweepstakes is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Sweepstakes to address the impairment and then resume the Sweepstakes; or (b) award the prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Sweepstakes, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.


Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties' liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney's fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


Privacy and Publicity: Any information you submit as part of the Sweepstakes will be used for purposes of this Sweepstakes and treated in accordance with Sponsor's Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to Sponsor, not to Facebook. Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes your consent to Sponsor's use of your name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.


Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Ohio. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Ohio, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Ohio or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Ohio.


Results: To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Ohio Picnic for the Planet winners, 6375 Riverside Dr., Ste. 100, Dublin, OH 43017. Requests must be received by July 1, 2013.


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