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Poster Contest on LGBTQI issues is organized by the U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City.
Description of Contest Objectives
In celebration of LGBTQI Pride Month, U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City is organizing a poster contest to encourage all Vietnamese ages 15 and above to submit a poster that address any LGBTQI issues relevant to the Vietnamese LGBTQI community, but not limited to, issues of discrimination, bullying, community building, the community experience, education on LGBTQI issues and more. Show your support for the LGBTQI community through this contest!
Events from this contest may be announced and promoted on various Social Media platforms including U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh Facebook page and website. Contest winners may be announced on U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh Facebook page; however this platform is not partner or sponsor of the contest. Contestants are reminded that by participating in the contest and uploading content to Zoho form, they are bound by Zoho’s Terms of Service and any agreement with Zoho contained therein.
How to enter
- Interested participants can submit only one (01) poster in this page: https://goo.gl/sKMSwD. The poster must be accompanied by a title and a caption answering this question: What message do you want to send in your artwork? (in English, 250 words maximum)
- Once a poster is submitted, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited, or replaced.
- By entering this contest, you agree that the images you submit may be used on U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh websites, social media sites, State Department’ events and publications … etc., for non-commercial purposes.
- Participation in this contest is deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules.
- A submission must be original content created and owned by the contestant.
- Entries may be submitted between June 14, 2018, and June 24, 2018. Judging for the Judges Choice winner begins on June 25, 2018 and ends on June 27, 2018.
- All qualified entries will be uploaded as one Facebook album. Voting for the People’s Choice winner will begin on June 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. until June 27, 2018, 17:00 p.m. (Vietnam Time)
- The announcement of the winners will be posted on the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh any time on June 28, 2018.
- Submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion. Submissions must conform to local law and must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful to the U.S. Consulate General, the U.S. Department of State, or to any groups, individuals or institutions. Submissions must adhere both in appearance and in fact to the norms of civil discourse. In other words, the content of all submissions must be suitable for a global, public audience.
- Submissions must be original content created by the contestant and must not contain any elements that are protected by someone else’s copyright or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property or proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights (except as expressly permitted below in (d)). The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City recognizes no allowance for “fair use” of copyrighted material, nor does it recognize allowance for use of licensed materials created or owned by a third party.
- The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City reserves the right to disqualify, at their sole and absolute discretion, any submission that does not adhere to these criteria and to the intent and substance of these Official Contest Rules.
- In the event of any question or difference of views regarding compliance with, interpretation, or application of these content requirements or other provisions of these Official Contest Rules, the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City reserve the exclusive right to resolve such questions or differences of views in their sole discretion.
Technical Format Requirements
Poster submissions must be in .jpeg or .png format, and the poster size must be 42cm x 59.4cm. Submissions should not have any visible watermarks, signatures, or personally identifiable information.
a/ Contestants must be at least 15 years old on the date of entry into the contest. If youth from 15 and up to 18 years of age are eligible, add the following language: “Parental or legal guardian consent is required for individuals under the age of 18.” Contestants must be residents of Vietnam and may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
b/ The individual submitting the entry will be considered the contestant and will be the only individual eligible to compete for the prize. Organizations are not eligible to compete for the prize, either as an entity, or through representation by an individual. In order to be eligible for the prize, the contestant must provide complete and accurate information.
c/ The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the contest: Employees, interns, directors, and officers of the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City or the U.S. Government, and of Facebook; or any employees, interns, directors, or officers of any agencies, companies or entities involved in the administration, advertising, judging, creation, development, execution, and/or fulfillment of this contest, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, recognized partner, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or “step” of each) and those living in the same household of each such individual.
d/ Once a submission has been accepted for entry into the contest, the contestant’s name (or User ID, if the contestant wishes to remain anonymous) and country may be publicly identified at the sole discretion of the contestant.
Selection of winners
- All submissions are subject to pre-screening by Contest Sponsors to ensure compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Any posters out of compliance will not be posted. Contest Sponsors reserve the right in their sole and absolute discretion to verify in the final analysis whether a potential finalist or potential winning poster submission has fully complied with these Official Contest Rules before posting to the contest site, awarding prize, recognizing a winner, etc.
- Judges: The judges are the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City officers and staff.
- Judging Criteria:
- Composition of the photo 60%
- Relevance to the theme 30%
- Answer to the question 10%
- Winners: There will be two (2) winners for this challenge. The Judges Choice winner will be determined by the judges using the criteria. The People’s Choice winner will be determined solely through public voting. Winners and finalists may choose to use an alias instead of their real name and may request other identifying information be kept private.
- Winner(s) will be contacted via email. The inability of the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City to contact a potential winner may result in disqualification and/or selection of an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible submissions.
- The announcement of the winners will be posted on the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City‘s Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/achochiminh.usconsulate/) any time on June 28, 2018.
- The Judges Choice Winner will win an Ipad Mini. The People’s Choice Winner will win an Instax mini 25 Fujifilm.
- The winning poster will be posted on the U.S. Consulate General’s Facebook. All instances of social media posting will explicitly credit the owner of each photo.
- Winners have to confirm the acceptance of the prize through email within three calendar days. If the acceptance is not confirmed by the required date, the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City reserves the right to select an alternate winner. Each winner must provide a valid physical mailing address where a prize, if any, is to be shipped. The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City is not responsible for any problems related to the shipping of any prize, including, but not limited to, theft, delay, damage, or destruction/accidental loss by the shipping carrier.
- Any unused portion of the prize is not transferable, convertible, or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. All taxes on or in connection with any prize, and the reporting consequences thereof, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the winner.
Liability and rights
- The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City does not endorse any submissions or messages expressed therein, and the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with the submitted poster including disputes between collaborators related to a submission.
- The contest and the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City do not permit copyright infringing activities or infringement of any other intellectual property rights, and the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City reserve the right to remove and disqualify any submission they deem to be in violation of another party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights.
- Contestants retain sole ownership of their original work. The submission remains the intellectual property of the contestant, and the U.S. Government make no claim of copyright as to the work of any individual who enters the contest. Contestant specifically agrees to give the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City permission to use all content submitted for purposes of judging the contest. Finalists and/or winners will be required to grant the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, with proper attribution through whatever means they deem appropriate, a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and/or display the submission in any media formats and through any media channels in perpetuity in connection with the activities and operations of the contest.
- Contestant assumes sole responsibility for the contest submission and the material contained in it, and for any consequences of submitting or posting it.
- The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City reserves the right at any time to verify the validity of entries and of contestants and to disqualify any contestant or entry deemed not in compliance with these Official Contest Rules. The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City also reserves the right to request further documentation, at their sole and absolute discretion, to verify eligibility and compliance with these Official Contest Rules.
- If a prize or any portion thereof is unavailable, the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, in their sole discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value and/or specification.
- The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City reserves the right to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the contest at their discretion for any reason.
- Contestant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, officers, directors, employees, interns, and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debts, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from (i) violation of these Official Contest Rules; (ii) violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, trademark, intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other proprietary right in connection with the contest; or (iii) any claim that a contest submission caused any harm, including financial, to any third party. These indemnification and hold harmless obligations will survive indefinitely beyond the conclusion of the contest.
- The conduct, judging, and awarding of prizes will be carried out in full compliance with applicable U.S. law and host country law. In the event of a conflict between U.S. law and host country law, U.S. law shall apply.
- The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City and the U.S. Government will take reasonable measures to protect privacy data, personally identifiable information, and other sensitive data of contestants. Contact information provided by contestants may be stored by the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City and may be used to contact contestants for other purposes in the future. This information may be shared with the co-sponsor of the contest and/or made available to third parties to the extent permitted by law.
- The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or harm resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the contest or ability or inability to upload, download, or otherwise access any information in connection with participating in the contest. The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City assumes no responsibility or liability for technical problems, or technical malfunctions arising in connection with the operation of the contest, including: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity, or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the contest site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the contest site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the contest.
- Use of contest site is at user’s own risk. The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City is not responsible for any personal injury, property damage, or losses of any kind which may be sustained to computer equipment resulting from participation in the contest, use of the contest site or the downloading of information from the contest site. By participating in the contest, the contestant releases the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City from any and all claims arising from or relating to such contestant’s participation in the contest, whether directly or indirectly.
The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City is not liable in the event that any portion of the contest is cancelled or delayed due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other reason.
 Throughout the contest rules, the term “sponsors” is used to represent either single or multiple sponsors, where applicable.