1. Contestant prerequisites
The following can participate in the contest::
a) Any individual who has visited any of The Serai/Barefoot destinations i.e. Chikmagalur, Kabini, Bandipur or the Andamans in the past (regardless of the year, and subject to the stipulations mentioned hereunder) or plans to visit any one of these destinations before the 31st July 2019 can participate in this contest by submitting the photographs taken by him/her
b) He/she must be at least 18 years old
2. Important dates of the contest
The contest has opened on the 1st May 2019 and shall close on the 31st July 2019. The second stage of the contest, i.e. the shortlisting, happens in parallel between these dates and any entries made thereafter will not be shortlisted. Note that the shortlisted photos and the final winning photos are decided at our sole discretion and/or of the contest judges and our/their decisions will be final.
3. Categories under which contestants could submit their entries
The contestants can enter under any or all the following categories:
- Inspired by Coffee - photos taken by the contestant during his/her visit to Chikmagalur should be uploaded on their personal Instagram feed using the hashtags #theseraishutterbugcontest and #inspiredbycoffee
- Inspired by the Waterfront – photos taken by the contestant during his/her visit to Kabini should be uploaded on their personal Instagram feed using the hashtags #theseraishutterbugcontest and #inspiredbythewaterfront
- Inspired by the Jungle – photos taken by the contestant during his/her visit to Bandipur should be uploaded on their personal Instagram feed using the hashtags #theseraishutterbugcontest and #inspiredbythejungle
- Inspired by the Andamans – photos taken by the contestant during his/her visit to the Andaman Islands should be uploaded on their personal Instagram feed using the hashtags #theseraishutterbugcontest and #inspiredbytheandamans
4. Photo guidelines
There are no restrictions or guidelines for any equipment that the contestants need to use for this contest. Anything from a phone camera to a high-end DSLR camera can be used. However, it is essential that all shortlisted entries must be under 5 MB for the submission on the portal.
5. Shooting guidelines
Participants will have to adhere to the essential decorum of the destination that they are in, including the guidelines imposed by the respective statutory authorities. For instance, at Kabini or at Bandipur, participants cannot violate wildlife rules and regulations to shoot a photograph or they cannot use equipment like a drone anywhere in India. They will be bound by the liability clauses imposed by the statutory authority and the document they sign before they leave on a wildlife safari. Any violation of this would result in disqualification of the entry from the contest.
Digital rights of the photographs shall be retained by the contestant and shall remain your (i.e. contestant’s) property to use as you deem fit. Nevertheless, and notwithstanding the above, by entering the contest, you provide the Company with the right to use these pictures for promotional purposes for the contest marketing, brand marketing, and any other usage, apart from commercial sale of the photograph outside the organisation, as it deems fit. The company is also entitled to use the photographs as royalty-free, non-exclusive, in perpetuity, and your consent is deemed to be concurred once you enter the contest by submitting the photos for the contest.
7. Contest stages
This would be a 3-stage contest:
Stage 1 – The contestant shall have to make his/her entry through their personal Instagram handle. They shall, at this time, need to use the #TheSeraiShutterbugContest and any one of the 4 other category hashtags as mentioned in point 3.
Stage 2 – Some of the best entries shall then be shortlisted and the individual contestants shall be contacted through Instagram, wherein they will have to submit all relevant details and upload the original files through a specified portal.
Stage 3 – The Company will select the winners through a panel of judges and invite them for the grand finale event.
The decision of the judges shall be final and no communication in this regard shall be entertained.
8. Prize categories
1) Best Photograph – Inspired by Coffee: The winner shall get a 2N3D stay at The Serai, Chikmagalur
2) Best Photograph – Inspired by the Waterfront: The winner shall get a 2N3D stay at The Serai, Kabini
3) Best Photograph – Inspired by the Jungle: The winner shall get a 2N3D stay at The Serai, Bandipur
4) Best Photograph – Inspired by the Andamans: The winner shall get a 2N3D stay at Barefoot at Havelock, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
5) Overall Best Photograph – The winner shall receive a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh given in the form of a cheque
9. Important information about the prizes
For the categories 1 to 4 mentioned in point 9, the prizes shall include:
a) Accommodation and breakfast at the respective resort that the contestant has won
b) All free activities at the resorts
However, the prizes shall not include:
a) All extra expenses at the spa, bar, laundry services, other meals, and any other paid activity undertaken by the winner, wherever applicable
b) Cost of transfers to the respective resort location that the contestant has won
c) Cost of transfers to the event venue where the grand finale event will take place
The cash prize given shall be subject to deduction of applicable taxes.
10. The Serai/Barefoot using the contest photos
As mentioned before, these photographs shall be used by The Serai and Barefoot resorts in any of their marketing collaterals and communications as they deem fit. Due credit may be given to the photographer, but this shall not be binding nor an obligation on the brand. Please refer point 6.
If your photo is shortlisted, you would need to digitally sign and thereby agree with the statements of the declaration and upload your entry.
12. General conditions
a) By entering the contest, you represent and warrant that you shot the photograph yourself and it/they were shot in the destinations where The Serai/Barefoot resorts are present. You also guarantee that the photograph is not morphed/computer generated/plagiarized and that you are the rightful owner, have the power and the authority to submit the photographs entered and to grant the rights herein that all photographs submitted shall not infringe any copyright, trademark, trade secret or invade or violate any right of privacy, infringe any other proprietary right or contain anything libellous and obscene.
b) Prizes cannot be substituted with any other item by winners and may not be transferred or assigned to someone else. However The Serai reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value for any prize, for any reason whatsoever.
c) Photos that portray or otherwise include inappropriate and/or offensive content including provocative nudity, violence, human rights and/or environmental violation and/or any other content deemed to be contrary to the law, religious, cultural and moral traditions and practices of India are strictly prohibited.
d) You agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the contest and any other purposes outlined in these rules. The data may also be used by The Serai/Barefoot in order to verify your identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify your eligibility to participate in the contest.
e) Model Release – It is the responsibility of the contestant/photographer to have all approvals and permissions from models who could have featured in the entry made by the participant.
f) Winners cannot request for substitutions for prize winnings. All winners are solely responsible for any and all taxes and/or fees as well as additional costs that may be incurred.
13. Limitation of liability/indemnity
YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLES (EVEN IF THE SERAI/BAREFOOT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM THIS CONTEST.
By entering this contest, all contestants agree to hold harmless, release, indemnify and discharge, The Serai/Barefoot resorts and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this contest or any contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.
By entering this contest, each contestant waives any and all claims of liability against The Serai, and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents, for any and all claims, loss, damage or injury which may occur as a result of contestant’s participation in this contest.
14. Right to cancel or suspend the contest
If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of The Serai/Barefoot, that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, then we shall not be held liable. The Serai/Barefoot reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest itself, even without notice, as the Company would deem fit.
Notwithstanding the above, our rights to alter the terms and conditions or to cancel the contest for any reasons are reserved.
15. Governing laws
The contest, your submission, and the rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Indian laws. Any aspects or disputes arising out of or in connection with the contest and/or your submission will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of courts in Bangalore