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The THIRTEEN 50th Anniversary Children’s Poster Contest Official Rules

This September, Channel THIRTEEN/WNET celebrates its 50th year of bringing New York and the tri-state area the best in public television. Our children’s programming has always been the cornerstone of our mission to use media to create lifelong learning opportunities – airing beloved kids’ favorites such as Sesame Street, Arthur, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, The Electric Company, Cyberchase and more.

In celebration, Kids Club THIRTEEN is excited to announce a poster contest (the “Contest”) inviting children in the tri-state area, grades K through 8, to participate. Children are encouraged to use memories of their favorite THIRTEEN kids programming and artistic talent to wish THIRTEEN a happy 50th anniversary.

The Contest is sponsored by Interactive Engagement Group (“THIRTEEN Interactive”), 825 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

POSTER CONTEST RULES:

Eligibility.

The Contest is open to students in grades K through 8 who are legal residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania at the time of entry. Entries can be submitted in one of two categories: either grades K – 5, or grades 6 – 8. One grand prize winner and 13 runner-ups (collectively, “Winners”) will be selected from each category. Students whose parents or guardians are Contest judges and/or employees of THIRTEEN Interactive or its affiliates are not eligible to enter the Contest. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary.

 

Poster Theme/Size Requirements.

The theme is THIRTEEN’s 50th Anniversary and the poster entry should include the words “Happy 50th Anniversary THIRTEEN!” and be relevant to the theme (e.g., by the inclusion of depictions of memories of your favorite THIREEN kids programming and/or New York City).

  • All posters must be oriented vertically (portrait) on 11 x 14 white poster paper. A 2-inch margin must be left blank at the bottom of the poster.
  • Posters may be created with a variety of media including watercolors, markers, crayons, chalk, ink, cut paper, tissue paper, fabric, original photography and computer graphics. But please do not use materials that may smear, crack, or chip.
  • Only one entry per student and the student must be the sole and independent creator of the entry (i.e., no joint entries). Any additional entries will not be eligible.
  • Only original artwork will be accepted. Posters containing any images not created by students (i.e., copyrighted images or clipart) will not be considered.
  • Correct spelling must be used.

Timing.

The Contest runs from September 12, 2012 through December 7, 2012. All entries must be emailed, postmarked or submitted at a Museum Workshop (defined below) no later than Friday, December 7, 2012. Entries submitted on or after December 8, 2012 will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by email on or about January 9, 2013 and will be subsequently announced on the Contest’s website (first name, last initial, grade, city and state only).

Judging Process.

One grand prize winner and 13 runner-ups will be selected from each grade group category: grades K – 5; and grades 6– 8. Judges will include employees of THIRTEEN Interactive and its affiliates and educators. The posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Inclusion of the theme – “Happy 50th Anniversary THIRTEEN!”
  • Relevance to the theme – THIRTEEN’s 50th Anniversary (e.g., by the inclusion of depictions of memories of your favorite THIREEN kids programming and/or New York City)
  • Creativity and originality
  • Visual clarity and appeal – Is the poster easy to read and understand?

Prizes.

The grand prize winner chosen from each grade group category will receive:

  • One-year membership to Kids Club THIRTEEN (approximate retail value: $75);
  • Space and a marionette show at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre for a private birthday party for up to 100 guests (approximate retail value: $800). Catering and decorations are not included;
  • One-year membership to the Museum of the City of New York & South Street Seaport Museum (approximate retail value: $100);
  • Ballet Gift Items courtesy of American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” featuring shirts, ornaments and more (approximate retail value: $200);
  • Prizes from The New Victory Theater featuring New Victory merchandise, including autographed books and a family 4-pack of tickets to an upcoming performance (approximate retail value: $350);
  • Gifts such as books, plush dolls, figurines, DVDs, bookbags, and more from Kids THIRTEEN shows, including: “Angelina Ballerina”, “Curious George”, “Martha Speaks”, “Cyberchase”, “Arthur”, “Thomas and Friends”, “PEEP and the Big Wide World” (approximate retail value: $150).

The runner-ups chosen from each grade group category will receive:

  • THIRTEEN Kids prize pack (approximate retail value: $50).

The private birthday party at the Swedish Marionette Theatre is subject to the Theatre’s schedule. THIRTEEN Interactive reserves the right to substitute prize(s) of equal or greater value. The prize (in whole or in part) may not be assigned, transferred, changed or redeemed for cash. In order to be awarded the prize, Winners must submit a signed parental/guardian consent form (“Parental Consent Form”), such form to be provided by THIRTEEN Interactive, acknowledging agreement to the rules and regulations of this Contest and consenting to acceptance of the prize. Any federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes won will be the sole responsibility of the Winner.

Submission Instructions.

Entries can be submitted digitally (by email or through the Contest website), by snail mail or at a Museum Workshop and must be submitted by the parent or guardian of the student:

Digital submission guidelines.

For digital submissions, eitherscan and email entries and the completed Contest submission form to kidsposters@wnet.org or scan entries and submit through the Contest website.

Entries must be sent or submitted by a parent or guardian on a child’s behalf. Please submit a low-resolution .jpeg or .pdf of your child’s entry so that it can be emailed/submitted easily, but save the original file or piece of art so that it can be re-submitted if it is a Winner.

For email entries:

Emailed entries must be sent from an email account belonging to the parent or guardian emailing the entry. The name of the entry file and email subject line should be in the format, “NameLastInitial_grade level.” For example: “JoeS_7.” However, if you are emailing entries for more than one child in the same email and there is not enough room to include each file name in the subject line, instead list your last name and the number of entries included (e.g., “Parent/GuardianLastName_3Entries.” Please attach a completed Contest submission form for each entry.

Include the following information in the body of your email: each child’s first name, last initial, grade, the city and state of residence, your contact email address and full name. Example:

Joe S.
5th grade
Brooklyn, New York XXXXX
Contact Email: parent/guardian@email.com
Parent/Guardian Full Name: Joe Parent

For Contest website entries:

Parent or guardian must complete all required sections of the Contest website entry form. The name of the entry file should be in the format, “NameLastInitial_grade level.” For example: “JoeS_7.” If you are submitting entries for more than one child, complete the Contest website entry form and attach the entry file for each child separately.

Regular mail and Museum Workshop submission guidelines.

Complete the Contest submission form, and write the following information on the back of each child’s entry in pen (no pencil or marker, please): child’s first name, last initial, grade, the city and state of residence, your contact email address and your full name (please see example above).

For regular mail entries:

Entries and completed Contest submission form should be mailed to the following address:

THIRTEEN Kids Poster Contest
825 8th Avenue
12th Floor
New York, New York 10019

For Museum Workshop entries:

Submit entry and completed Contest submission form at one of the following museum workshops (“Museum Workshop”), where your child may also create the poster entry (unless a drop-off station only):

  • Children’s Museum of the Arts – Second Thursday of the Month Starting September 13
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum – Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Starting September 12
  • DiMenna Children’s History Museum – Saturdays, September 29, October 27, and November 17 from 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Museum of the City of New York – Sunday, September 30 & October 28 from 10:30 to noon, and Saturday, November 3 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Drop-off station only)

For Contest website, email, regular mail and Museum Workshop submissions, the contact email address provided must belong to the child’s parent or guardian.

Winner Notification and Parental Consent Forms:

Winners will receive notification through the email address provided by their parent or guardian. A Parental Consent Form will accompany the Winner notification email; it must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian of the Winner and returned by regular mail.

All signed Parental Consent Forms (and the original poster, if entry was submitted via email) must be mailed to:

THIRTEEN Kids Poster Contest

825 8th Avenue
12th Floor
New York, New York 10019

The Parental Consent Form (and the original poster, if applicable) must be received within 15 days after the date of the Winner notification email. A Winner who does not submit a completed Parental Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian (and the original poster, if applicable) by the specified date acknowledging agreement to the rules and regulations of this Contest and consenting to accept the prize will not be eligible to accept their prize. In the event that the Parental Consent Form (and the original poster, if applicable) is not received by the specified date, another Winner will be selected by the Contest judges in accordance with the judging criteria from among the remaining entries.

Usage Rights/Submission Release.

All poster entries may be included in the Contest online gallery, along with the student’s first name, last initial, grade, city and state (“Biographical Information”). The winning posters may also be distributed with the Biographical Information as a membership premium during THIRTEEN’s 50th Anniversary season.

By participating in the Contest, each entrant (and parent or guardian) consents to such uses and also the use and reuse by THIRTEEN Interactive and its affiliates of entrant’s submission and Biographical Information, edited as THIRTEEN Interactive may deem appropriate, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in any and all versions, worldwide in perpetuity for any purpose, including but not limited to outreach, promotion, publicity, marketing or advertisement of THIRTEEN Interactive and its affiliates.

Each entrant (and parent or guardian) agrees not to make any claim against THIRTEEN Interactive and its affiliates as a result of the use or non-use of entrant’s submission (including, without limitation, any claim that such use invades any right of privacy and/or publicity). 

Each entrant (and parent or guardian) understands that s/he will not be paid any money or receive any form of compensation for giving THIRTEEN Interactive and its affiliates these rights or reimbursement of any costs incurred in connection with submitting entrant’s poster or claiming the prize (in the case of a Winner), including costs of travel in connection with the use of such prize. 

Each entrant (and parent or guardian) grants the rights in this section whether or not the entrant is selected as a Winner. 

General Provisions.

All posters submitted for the Contest become solely THIRTEEN Interactive’s property and will not be acknowledged or returned. THIRTEEN Interactive is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incorrect, or illegible entries or mail; nor is it responsible for any claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting from Contest participation; the awarding, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of the prize; participation in any prize-related activity; or from computer malfunction (including any e-mail delivery failure). THIRTEEN Interactive’s decisions are final and non-appealable. The Contest is governed by the laws of the State of New York with venue in New York, NY.

Indemnity.

By participating in the Contest, each entrant (and parent or guardian) agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless THIRTEEN Interactive and its affiliates, from and against any and all claims, liability for any injury, including but not limited to personal injury, bodily injury (including without limitation wrongful death or disability), right of privacy, right of publicity, property damage, or loss or damage of any other kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from delivery, non-delivery, acceptance, participation or use of a prize, or from participation in the Contest, or any Contest-related activity, whether or not such injury, loss or damage arises in whole or in part from the negligence of THIRTEEN Interactive, its affiliates, subsidiaries, and agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents.

Each entrant (and parent or guardian) further agrees that s/he shall indemnify and hold harmless THIRTEEN Interactive and its affiliates and their grantors, officers, trustees, assignees, agents, licensees, and employees from and against all claims, losses, costs, expenses, settlements, demands and liabilities of every kind, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, arising out of or incurred by reason of the use of the Biographical Information submitted with the entry or the inaccuracy, alleged breach, or actual breach of any representation, warranty, covenant, agreement, or undertaking entrant (and parent or guardian) has made herein.

Disqualification.

THIRTEEN Interactive reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any person in violation of these Contest rules. THIRTEEN Interactive further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend, terminate or modify the Contest if not capable of completion as planned, including due to force majeure, technical corruption, or any other causes beyond THIRTEEN Interactive’s control that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest.

Privacy.

Personal information collected in or in connection with the Contest will not be used for any purpose other than Winner notification and prize delivery.

To review the THIRTEEN privacy policy, go to http://www.thirteen.org/about/privacy-policy/.