Official Rules

“#protectourparadise” Photo/ Video Contest


The “#protectourparadise” ” Contest (the “Contest”) is intended for legal residents of the 50 United States of America (“USA”), including the District of Columbia (“D.C.”), and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), and shall only be construed and evaluated according to the laws of the USA and Canada. Void in Puerto Rico and U.S. territories. No purchase necessary to enter or win.


The Contest is sponsored by the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing, 2410 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart FL 34996 (the “Sponsor”). This Sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Sponsor, and Sponsor’s partner companies, affiliates, members, promotion vendors and other vendor agencies directly or indirectly involved in this Sweepstakes, as well as the immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such person, are not eligible. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Sponsor retains the sole discretion to determine in good faith all questions regarding Entrant eligibility.


By participating, those who enter the Contest (“Entrants”) agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Winning one of the prizes (as defined below) is contingent upon fulfilling all the following requirements.


The Contest will be defined by the following time periods:

1. The Submission Period (“Submission Period”) – 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on June 15, 2016 through August 10, 2016 11:59 p.m. EDT

2. The Judging Period (“Judging Period”) - 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 15, 2016 through 5: 00 p.m. EDT on August 10,2106.

The Sponsor’s database computer clock is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.


Eligible persons can enter the Contest during either the First Submission Period or the First Submission Period through any of the following three (3) methods of entry:

Eligible persons can enter the Contest during either the First Submission Period or the First Submission Period by visiting (the “Website”), initiating the “Photo Contest” tab/application, completing the Contest registration form, and uploading a photo that represents their perspective of something beautiful, scenic or that would inspire travel to Martin County. Each successfully completed Contest registration form and photo will result in one (1) Contest entry. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged

Participants can enter as many times as they like – each additional photo and description uploaded counts as an additional entry. Users may not upload the same photo multiple times in order to gain more entries. Internet entries must be made by the entrant only at the Facebook app. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other web site or email address, including, but not limited to, commercial Sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Sweepstakes. The use of automated entry devices is prohibited; all such entries are void. Sponsor Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for: late, incomplete, incorrect, delayed, garbled, undelivered, or misdirected entries.

Eligible persons can enter the Contest during either the First Submission Period or the First Submission Period by following the Sponsor on Instagram (@discovermartin) and submitting a relevant photo. All posts of Contest photo submissions must include the hashtag, #protectourparadise” . Submission of photo (with the proper hashtag) is a mandatory part of entry. Each photo submission will receive one (1) Entry into the Contest. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged.

Eligible persons can enter the Contest during either the First Submission Period or the First Submission Period by following the Sponsor on Twitter (@discovermartin) and submitting a relevant photo. All posts of Contest photo submissions must include the hashtag, #protectourparadise” . Submission of photo (with the proper hashtag) is a mandatory part of entry. Each photo submission will receive one (1) Entry into the Contest. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged.


Once submitted, an entry cannot be deleted, canceled or modified. The Entrant is responsible for all costs associated with uploading the photo. In the event that more than one of the same photo is submitted, only the first submission received shall be accepted. In order to be eligible, entries must actually be received by the Sponsor during the Submission Period. Entries received by the Sponsor before the start of the Submission Period or after the end of the Submission Period are VOID. Proof of submitting a Contest entry form or photo will not be deemed by Sponsor to constitute proof of actual receipt by Sponsor of an entry. Those who do not follow all of the instructions, do not provide the required information in their entry form, or do not abide by these Official Rules or other instructions of Sponsor may be disqualified. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or using any e-mail address other than the Entrant’s, or submitted at any other website, including, without limitation, commercial promotion subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified. Your submission of an entry constitutes your representation of eligibility, consent to participate in Contest and consent for Sponsor to obtain, use, and transfer your name, address, photograph and other information for the purpose of Contest administration. Entrants represent and warrant that their submitted photo is the original work of the Entrant, has not been previously published, has not won previous awards, and does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity and must have been created in a legal and safe manner. If the photo contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant or provided by the Sponsor, and/or 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 use and exhibition of the photo by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness releases for any person who appears in or is identifiable in the photo (collectively, the “Clearances”). By submitting a photo, an Entrant warrants and represents that he or she consents to the submission and use of the photo in the Contest. By submitting an entry, each Entrant: 1) irrevocably grants Sponsor a royalty-free non-exclusive license throughout the world to use, re-use, copy, publish, republish in whole or in part, edit, add to, modify, and rearrange the entry in whatever media, including without limitation edit, rearrange, and/or copy the entry for use in the Contest of Sponsor's products and services, without further permission, consideration or payment to the Entrant, except where prohibited; 2) warrants and represents that the Entry is entirely the original creation/work of the Entrant and that use of the Entry as described herein will not violate any law or infringe upon the rights, title, claim or interest of any third party; and 3) certify that Entrant is the creator and sole copyright owner of the Entry. Photo entries may not contain any image or depiction of the following: (i) materials which include or constitute trademarks, trade names or copyrighted works created or owned by any person or entity other than Entrant or for which the Entrant has obtained owner’s written permission to use (Sponsor’s discretion); (ii) materials bearing profanities, or bearing the name or likeness of any celebrity, living or dead; (iii) materials which contain visible identifiable or potentially identifiable information, including but not limited to, phone numbers, website links, street addresses, e-mail addresses or license plate numbers; (iv) inappropriate behavior for a general audience; (v) any depiction of real or simulated sexual acts; (vi) violence in any form; (vi) materials which violate anyone’s reasonable privacy expectations, violate any known agreement, or which are defamatory in nature; (viii) materials which are derogatory to Sponsor, or any affiliated entity or person; (ix) materials which are discriminatory based on race, religion, national origin, physical disability, age, sex, or sexual orientation or preference; (x) materials in which any person identifiably appears unless Entrant has obtained an appropriate written release from such person granting all rights required herein; and, (xi) materials which do not comply with all other requirements in these Official Rules. Entries that do not conform to these guidelines will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to reject or disqualify any entry which Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, determines to be inconsistent with the letter or spirit of the Official Rules or potentially damaging to its, the Contest’s, or another’s image or reputation.


If for any reason the operation or administration of this Contest is impaired or incapable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to: (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, (b) tampering, unauthorized intervention; (c) fraud; (d) technical failures, or (e) any other causes of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor 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 in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award the Grand Prize (defined below) using all non-suspect eligible entries received as of, or after (if applicable) this cancellation, termination, modification or suspension date, or in any manner that is fair and equitable and best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or Sponsor’s Website; or (b) acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on an email address, the winning entry will be declared to be the authorized account holder of the email address in question submitted at time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.


By participating in the Contest, Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Facebook, Inc., Instagram, Twitter , the Administrator, and their respective parents, employees, officers, directors, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, sales representatives, advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors that may prevent an Entrant from submitting an entry; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) printing errors; (d) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (e) injury, death, or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt of any prize. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to the Entrant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


…any changes or unavailability of any third-party service (including, but not limited to, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google and/or Google+) that may interfere with the Contest (including any limitations, restrictions or conditions on Sponsor's ability to use such services for the Contest) or the ability or inability of any entrant to timely enter, receive notices or communicate with Sponsor. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned because of circumstances including, but not limited to, website outages or interruptions on Sponsor's or any third-party service provider’s website, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes, which, in Sponsor's sole judgment, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion and determination of fairness, to cancel the Contest,


Following the conclusion of the Submission Period, the Sponsor will commence the Judging  Period of the Contest. During the Judging Period, each entry will be reviewed by a qualified judge or panel of judges appointed by the Sponsor. Each entry will be judged based on the clear relationship between the writing submission and the following criteria: - Relevance to the theme (50%) - Creativity (20%) - Knowledge of Brand (20%) - Originality (10%) Based on the Judging Criteria and scoring of each entry, the Sponsor will select
fifteen (15) finalists.  (1) Winner will be selected based on their submission. The potential Winner will be contacted by the Administrator on or about August 10, 2016. The odds of winning vary based upon the number of entrants and the quality of entries.



There will be fifteen (15) prizes total. Prizes will be representative of the Martin County and have a retail value of $20 or less. The grand prize is a stay at Old Colorado Inn, two (2) VIP tickets to Dancin in the Street and gift card package to be redeemed at participating Downtown Business Association partner store.
This gift has no cash value, it is non-refundable. Participants will receive a confirmation form with details via email. All other expenses associated with the prize packages not mentioned herein are the responsibility of the Winner(s). The value of the prizes set forth above represents  



All information submitted by Entrants will be treated according to Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http: By entering the Contest and providing their email address and other contact information, Entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.


By entering the Contest, Entrants agree that 1) Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; 2) Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys' fees; and 3) Under no circumstances will any Entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of Florida without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Georgia. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.


To request confirmation of the name, city, and state of residence of the winners, please send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope, by October 1, 2016, to: Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing, “#protectourparadise” ,”  2401 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996. This Contest is not in any manner sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. Becoming a fan of the Sponsor on Facebook or following the Sponsor on Instagram does not constitute an entry into the Contest.