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PHOTO SUBMISSION PERIOD The photo submission period for the Cutest Baby Contest (the “Contest”) begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“EST”) on ______January 1________________, 2012 and ends at __5:00_______p.m. EST on ____January 13_________________, 2012 (the “Submission Period”). ELIGIBILITY The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry, and who are amateur photographers (the “Entrant” or “Entrants”). For purposes of this Contest, “amateur photographers” is defined as individuals who directly or indirectly receive no more than 5% or less of their personal annual gross income from selling their original photos. Employees of GateHouse Media, Inc. and _The Telegram_____________________________. (together, “GateHouse Media”), and the businesses appearing on this page (the “Sponsors”), and each of their respective divisions, affiliates, parent companies, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies (including, in each case, immediate family members) are not eligible to enter the Contest. For purposes of this Contest, “immediate family members” is defined as spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, whether as "in-laws", or by current or past marriage, remarriage, adoption, co-habitation or other familial extension, and any other persons residing at the same household location, whether or not related. In order to enter the Contest or win the prize, the Entrant must comply fully with these official rules (the “Rules”), and by entering agrees to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of GateHouse Media, whose decisions shall be binding and final in all respects. HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST AND SUBMIT A PHOTO; ENTRY FEE Entry Fee The entry fee for the Contest (the “Entry Fee”) is $15.00 (debit or credit card or check or cash). There are two (2) ways to enter the Contest: Online How to Submit a Photo Entrants should log on to ____The Telegram___________________________ (the “Publication”) website at www.herkimertelegram.com (the “Website”) during the Submission Period, complete all the required information, pay the Entry Fee and upload a photo (the “Photo” or “Photos”) as instructed on the Website. Entrants should then click “submit” to be entered in the Contest (the “Online Entry” or “Online Entries”). OR Entry Form The entry form for the Contest (the “Entry Form”) is available in the Publication beginning _____January 2__________________________, 2012. The Entry Fee, the completed Entry Form and the Photo (together, the “Print Entry Materials”) should be submitted to the offices of the Publication one of the following two (2) ways: 1. Postal Mail: Entrants should mail the Print Entry Materials to the following address: The Telegram, 111 Green Street, Herkimer, NY 13350. For Print Entry Materials submitted through postal mail, the only acceptable method of payment of the Entry Fee is a check. Credit card information and cash should not be sent through postal mail. OR 2. Hand-Deliver: Entrants should hand-deliver the Print Entry Materials to the Publication located at 111 Green Street in Herkimer, NY. The offices of the Publication are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST, and closed on Saturday and Sunday. ALL ONLINE ENTRIES AND PRINT ENTRY MATERIALS (TOGETHER THE “ENTRY” OR ENTRIES”) MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE OFFICES OF THE PUBLICATION BY 5:00 P.M. _EST ON January 13, 2012 (THE “SUBMISSION DEADLINE”). NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME. Photos will not be returned to the Entrant. Entries for the Contest will not be accepted through e-mail or via facsimile. GateHouse Media will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, postage due, misdirected or illegible entries. CONTEST RULES 1.The object of the Contest is to showcase to the Publication audience a “cute baby” (the “Baby” or “Babies”). 2.The Baby in the Photo must be under the age of twenty-four (24) months as of January 31, 2012. 3.Entry of the Photo in the Contest must be authorized by the parent or legal guardian of the baby (the “Consent”). The Entrant will be required to submit the Consent to GateHouse Media upon request. 4.Professional photos will not be accepted. Photos must have been taken by the Entrant and cannot be the product of a professional photographer (e.g. Wal-Mart, Sears, JC Penney, Kmart, Target, a portrait studio or any professional photographer, paid or unpaid). 5.Entrants are limited to one (1) entry during the Submission Period. 6.The Photo must not have been published or be under consideration for publication or prizes elsewhere. 7.The Photo must be of the Baby only. No other persons should appear in the Photo. 8.All Babies must be wearing a minimum of a full coverage diaper in the Photo. 9.The Photo must be in natural color or black and white. Sepia tone and duotone Photos are not acceptable. 10.Photos that have been altered, manipulated or enhanced using computer software programs will not be accepted. Minor adjustments to the Photo such as lightening or darkening areas of the Photo, slight contrast or color adjustments and cropping are acceptable. If GateHouse Media determines a Photo has been altered, manipulated or enhanced, the judges reserve the right to disqualify the Photo. 11.By entering the Contest, Entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted Photo is an original work created solely by the Entrant, that the Photo does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Photo. 12.The Photo must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of GateHouse Media, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content (collectively, “Inappropriate Content”). GateHouse Media retains sole discretion as to what constitutes Inappropriate Content. 13.If the Photo contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Photo, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the Photo in the manner set forth in these Rules without additional compensation. The Entrant will be required to submit copies of any releases and consents to GateHouse Media upon request. 14.All Photos become the property of GateHouse Media and may be used by GateHouse for marketing or any other commercial purpose. The Photos will not be returned to the Entrant. VOTING PHASE All Photos submitted during the Submission Period will appear on the Website beginning January 14, 2012. Members of the general public will be invited to view the Photos by going to the Website and following the instructions beginning at 12 a.m. EST on January 14, 2012 and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 29, 2012 (the “Voting Phase”), and vote for the Baby they think is the “cutest” (the “Vote” or “Votes”). Voting is limited to persons eighteen (18) years of age or older (“Voter” or “Voters”). The use of any automated system to submit Votes is prohibited and will result in disqualification of the Votes. GateHouse Media will not be responsible for misdirected Votes. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining Votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, as determined by GateHouse Media in its sole discretion, Voters are limited to ten (10) Votes per day per registered user during the Voting Phase. Use of E-mail Addresses By participating in the Voting Phase of the Contest, Voters agree to opt-in to receive e-mail communications from GateHouse Media or the Sponsors. If Voters choose to opt out of such future communications from GateHouse Media or the Sponsors, they will be able to do so by following the instructions on any electronic communications sent by GateHouse Media or the Sponsors. Upon opting-out, GateHouse Media or the Sponsors will no longer send e-mail messages to the Voter. A Voter’s choice to opt out will not affect any Votes cast in this Contest. WINNING PHOTO At the conclusion of the Voting Phase, the Photo to receive the highest number of Votes will be declared the winning Photo. In the event of a tie, a random drawing among the tied Photos will be conducted at the offices of the Publication to determine the winning Photo. PRIZE The Entrant who submitted the winning Photo (the “Winner”) will be awarded ___a $200 Savings Bond (approximate retail value is $_200.00). Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Photos and eligible Votes received. The Winner will be notified by phone or overnight mail in accordance with the contact information provided on the Entry Form. The Winner must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release in order to be eligible to accept the prize. The prize must be picked up by the Winner at the offices of the Publication or the Winner must make alternate arrangements with the Publication by _February 29, 2012. The offices of the Publication are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST, and closed on Saturday and Sunday. No substitution or transfer of the prize will be allowed, except at the sole discretion of GateHouse Media. GateHouse Media reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. All local, state and federal taxes incurred by accepting a prize will be the sole responsibility of the Winner. The prize has no cash value and may not be redeemed for cash at any time. No compensation will be given for lost, stolen, mutilated or expired gift cards or gift certificates. GateHouse Media is not responsible for replacing lost, stolen, mutilated or expired gift cards or gift certificates. Fulfillment of gift cards and gift certificates is the sole responsibility of the merchant, not GateHouse Media. All decisions of GateHouse Media regarding the Contest are final. INTERNET It is the Entrant’s responsibility to enter in the appropriate manner. Each Entrant is responsible for all costs or charges involved in accessing the www.herkimer.com website and warrants that the cost of accessing the site, if any, is part of a larger agreement with an Internet Service Provider or some other means, and that the cost of this access is not an incremental cost. If for any reason the internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of GateHouse Media which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, GateHouse Media reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. Should the online portion of the Contest be terminated prior to January 29, 2012, finalists will be drawn at days-end from eligible entries received online up to the time of cancellation. GateHouse Media assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communication line failure, theft, or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. GateHouse Media is not responsible for lost, misdirected, illegible, damaged or undelivered entries. GateHouse Media is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, services or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading of any material in this Contest. CAUTION: Any attempt by an Entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, GateHouse Media reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of such devices will cause disqualification. Collection and use of personally identifiable information will be in accordance with the www.herkimertelegram.com Privacy Policy as posted on www.herkimertelegram.com. CONDITIONS By entering, Entrants agree to comply with these Official Rules and the decisions of GateHouse Media, which are binding and final, and release GateHouse Media, and each of its divisions, affiliates, parent companies, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and anyone associated with the production of this Contest, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for any claims, injuries, losses or damages (including attorneys fees) of any kind arising out of their participation in this Contest or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize. The potential prize winners waive the right to assert as a cost of winning the prize any and all costs of verification and redemption or travel to redeem said prize and waives any liability or claims (including attorneys fees) which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. In the event of non-compliance with these Official Rules, or if prize notification is returned to GateHouse Media as undeliverable, if prize is refused or cannot be accepted for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected in a random drawing. Upon forfeiture or refusal, no compensation will be given. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use the winner's name, photograph, likeness, Contest submissions and/or statements attributed to winners regarding the Contest, for advertising and publicity purposes without further compensation or consent. All entries become the property of GateHouse Media. This Contest shall only be construed and evaluated according to the laws of the state of New York, without regard to the principles of conflicts of laws and submission of any entry constitutes acceptance of such laws. This Contest is void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. This Contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that an Entrant is using the Contest for gambling purposes, he/she will be disqualified and reported to authorities. GateHouse Media and its affiliates reserve the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on Entrants obtained through the Contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law. GateHouse Media and their affiliates reserve the right to change the rules of the Contest at any time. NAME OF WINNER To obtain the name of the winner, contact the Publication at _111 Green Street, Herkimer, NY 13350. SPONSOR GateHouse Media New York Holdings, Inc. d/b/a _The Telegram, 350 WillowBrook Office Park, Fairport, New York 14450. ADMINISTRATOR The Contest Website is being administered by UPICKEM. You must be 13 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for this contest. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Winners will be notified by email. If a winner is unreachable after seven (7) days, or if that winner is unavailable for prize fulfillment, an alternate winner will be selected. If Rolla Daily News cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Automated voting of any kind is not allowed. Detection of said automated voting will lead to votes being voided.

Only one registered account per voter. If multiple accounts are detected for a single voter, they will be disabled and votes disqualified.

The Telegram reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value.

The Telegram reserves the right to restrict the local winners to only persons whose primary residence is within a 60 mile radius of the affiliate's' office.

Employees of The Telegram, its respective parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising sponsors and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of each are not eligible.

Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the contest commissioners, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest.

Entrants further grant to Rolla Daily News the right to use and publish their proper name and state online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Contest.

he Telegram reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

The Contest and all of the related pages, contents and code are copyright, UPICKEM, and/or The Telegram. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

Each winner, by acceptance of the prize, agrees to release all Sponsors, and their parent and subsidiary companies, their officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising agencies from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the prize.

UPICKEM and The Telegram are not responsible for Internet crashes or slowdowns caused by network congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, phone line failures, electrical outages, natural disasters or acts of man or God.

All results posted are unofficial until winners respond to e-mail notification.

Each winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes and will be required to complete an IRS form W-9. Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until completed form W-9 is received.

This contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that a contestant is using the contest for gambling purposes they will be disqualified and reported to authorities.

The Telegram reserves the right to change the rules at any time.

This contest is officially sponsored by Rolla Daily News.

 
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