Vienna Life Ball Contest Rules

06/30/2010 12:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011


The 2010 HuffPost Style, Kenneth Cole and the Life Ball - Win a trip to the Vienna Life Ball (the "Contest") is only open to contestants who are U.S. residents above 18 years old by June 30, 2010. Void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Void in Arizona. The Contest is also void where prohibited by law. Additionally, the following individuals are not eligible to enter the Contest: employees, consultants, directors and officers of the Sponsors (defined below) and each respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated company, (collectively, "Contest Parties"), and immediate family members. The term "immediate family" includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as "in-laws," or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.

Contest Sponsor and Administrator

The Huffington Post/Huffington Post Style, located at 560 Broadway, Suite 308 New York, NY 10012 are the sponsors and administrators of the Contest ("Sponsors").

Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in this Contest constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor's and judges' decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. These Official Rules are subject to change.

Please note: By entering the Contest you agree to Huffington Post's terms of use, located at

LIMIT: Each contestant ("Entrant" or "Contestant") may submit only one entry. Once a submission is submitted it is considered final and may not be modified or edited. Entries will not be returned.

By completing and submitting your application and contest entry on the Huffington Post Style's website, located at (the "Contest Site"), you agree that your entry conforms to the Content Guidelines section below (the "Guidelines and Restrictions") and that the Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may reject your entry at any time and for any reason, including if they believe, in their sole discretion, that your entry fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions in any way, fails to conform to Huffington Post's Terms of Use, or otherwise contains prohibited, inappropriate, offensive, infringing or otherwise unacceptable content as determined by the Sponsors, in their sole discretion, in which case your entry shall be disqualified from the Contest.

NOTE: You understand and agree that your entry may be posted online and viewed by other people during and after the Contest.


The Contest begins on or about June 30, 2010 at 12:00:01 PM. Eastern Standard Time ("EST"), ends on or about July 7, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. EST (the "Contest Period") and consists of three (3) phases as set forth in the chart below. Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

Starts on or about 12:00:01 pm. EST June 30, 2010; Ends at 12:00 p.m. EST July 2nd, 2010
Submission ("Open Call for Entries"): Starts on June 30, 2010 at noon; ends July 2nd 2010 at noon
Sponsors' Judging: July 2nd, 2010
10 Best Entries Posted: July 2nd, 2010 by 5 pm EST
Public Voting: July 2nd, 2010 at 5 pm EST to July 7, 2010 at noon EST
Winner announced: July 7th, 2010 after 2pm EST

General Requirements

• Sign up as a Huffpost Style Facebook Friend and Huffpost Style Twitter Follower
• Write a submission that is 800 words or less or video that is three minutes or less on the following topic: Why are YOU the best person to go to the Vienna Life Ball and blog about it on The Huffington Post? What skills, traits and experiences set you apart from the rest?
• Must be submitted online by 12:00:00 p.m. EST July 2, 2010

Content Guidelines and Restrictions:

The entry must meet the following content restrictions:

• The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
• The entry must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
• The video must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where video is created.

For all entries:

By submitting an entry, you warrant and represent that:

(a) it is your original work and has been legally created,

(b) it has not been previously published or distributed in any media,

(c) it has not been entered in or won previous contests or awards,

(d) it does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any person or entity,

(e) you own all rights to your entry, including without limitation, copyrights, and, that you have received prior written permission from the videographer of the video if the video entry was taped by someone other than the entrant him/herself;

(f) publication of the entry via various media, including Web posting, will not infringe on any third party rights; and

(g) you will indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Parties from any claims and damages (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from or relating to the breach or alleged breach of your representations and warranties herein, your entry, or your conduct in creating your entry or otherwise in connection with this Contest.

All entries will become the exclusive property of the Sponsors, and Sponsors have no obligation to acknowledge or return any entry. By submitting an entry, Entrant irrevocably grants Sponsors and their respective agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, unconditional, gratis license and right to edit, modify, adapt, distribute, stream, post, publish, broadcast, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publicly display, exhibit, and or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used) the entry and all elements thereof, including any persons or likeness embodied therein, in whole or in part, (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion) in any way, and may use them in any and all media, now or hereafter devised, worldwide in perpetuity, without attribution, compensation, permission or notification to the Entrant, his/her successors or assigns, or any other entity, and without notice, review, or approval from the Entrant or any other party.

Furthermore, although Sponsors are not under any legal or contractual obligation to do so, Sponsors reserve the right to review and/or edit any and all part of an entry deemed by Sponsors, in their sole discretion, to be prohibited, inappropriate, offensive, infringing or otherwise unacceptable. Should Sponsors edit any such elements, Entrant is not relieved from responsibility for compliance with Huffington Post's Terms of Use and these Official Rules. ENTERING A ENRTY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES THE ENTRANT'S IRREVOCABLE GRANT OF A LICENSE TO SPONSORS OF ANY AND ALL RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST IN THE ENTRY INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL COPYRIGHTS, TO ESTABLISH SPONSORS' RIGHTS TO USE THE ENTRY.

Upon Sponsor's request, each contestant must provide a signed written personal release and/or license/ assignment from (1) Entrant and all other persons who appear in the Video submitted, and/or (2) the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork or other copyrighted material that appears in the video entry (including but not limited to depictions of buildings or other structures), authorizing use of the video in Sponsors' and Sponsors' designees' editorial publications, advertising, marketing and promotions in any and all media now known or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law. Where lawful, all Finalists will be required to sign and properly execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, Compliance with the Rules, Assignment and License, Liability and Publicity Release, and Travel Release.

All releases must be in the form provided by the Sponsors. Finalists must provide fully completed documentation within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent. If any documents sent by any means to a potential Finalist are returned as undeliverable or if a potential Finalist fails to properly execute, notify, and return all documents described herein by the date specified by Sponsors, or if a potential Finalist is found not to be eligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, the potential Finalist will be disqualified and the next highest scoring entry will move up and be notified, time permitting, and at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. Such substitute Finalist will have 5 days to properly execute and return all documents described herein.

Contest Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed, inaccurate or misdirected entries, entries not submitted in accordance with instructions, or entries not received for any reason; all of which will be disqualified. By entering, you acknowledge that Sponsors have no obligation to use or post your submitted entry. Any waiver of any obligation hereunder by Sponsors does not constitute a general waiver of any obligation to Entrants.

Judging to Determine Grand Prize Winners

Entries consist of an essay of 800 words or less or a video of three minute or less . All eligible entries received during the Open Call for Entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected and retained by Sponsors, in their sole discretion. This panel will score each eligible Entrant's entry based on the following criteria in equal weight:

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• Demonstrates strong writing skills

This panel will determine the top ten entries, to be known as the "Finalists". The finalist will be highlighted in a slide show for public voting. The judges' decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest. If Sponsors do not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries, the number of Finalists may be reduced at the discretion of the Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right not to select any Finalists if none of the entries meet minimum judging criteria, at Sponsors' sole discretion.

To be eligible to be a Finalist, the Entrant must agree to be available to travel to Italy. A potential Finalist who is not willing and able to travel to Italy on the specified date will be disqualified and forfeit any claim to a prize and the next highest scoring entry will move up and be notified as a Finalist, time permitting, and at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.
The Finalist will be announced on the on or about July 8, 2010.

The Finalists' submissions will be posted on the Contest Site for member voting, beginning on or about July 2, 2010 and ending at 5:00:00 PM (EST) on July 7, 2010 (the "Member Voting Period"). Using the Huffington Post website, visitors will have the opportunity to rank (1 through 6 with 1 being the highest ranking) the Finalist Submission during the Member Voting period. Instructions for how to vote will be provided. At the conclusion of the Member Voting Period the votes will be tabulated by the Sponsors. The Finalist with the best vote totals will win the Grand Prizes (defined below). In the event of a tie at any level, all tied entries will be re-judged by an additional judge selected by the Sponsors, who, using the judging criteria detailed in the previous section, will break the tie.

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize Winner (no guests or parents/guardians) will receive round trip transportation to Vienna, Austria (by means elected by the Sponsors) and two (2) nights hotel stay (one standard room) at the discretion of the Sponsors (the "Grand Prize"). All local travel and food are included.
Total estimated retail value of the Grand Prize is 2,000. The Grand Prize is non-transferable; no substitutions or cash awards allowed, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, in which case a prize of equal or greater value may be awarded. Grand Prize Winners are responsible for all other costs/fees/expenses associated with the trip, including but not limited to meals, tips, ground transportation, insurance, etc. All details of any prize not specified herein shall be determined solely by the Sponsors.


Any valuation of prize(s) stated above is based on available information and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s) and paying any expenses associated with any prize that are not specifically provided for in the Official Rules. Each winner must provide Campus Progress with valid identification and a valid taxpayer identification number or social security number before any prize will be awarded. Grand Prize Winners may receive an IRS form 1099 at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.


By participating, where allowed by law, all participants and winner(s) grant the Sponsors exclusive permission to use their names, characters, photographs, voices, and likenesses in connection with promotion of this and other contests and waive any claims to royalty, right, or remuneration for such use.


The Sponsors and Contest Parties:

• Disclaim all liability for the inability of a participant to complete or continue an entry or submission of an entry due to equipment malfunction, busy lines, inadvertent disconnections, acts beyond our control, or otherwise. For all contests, we disclaim all liability for any delays, misdelivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any item. We are not responsible for mechanical, technical, electronic, communications, telephone, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions or failures of any kind, including: failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed transmission of online entries, traffic congestion on telephone lines, the Internet or at any website or lost or unavailable network connections which may limit an online Entrant's ability to participate in the Contest, and any injury or damage to an Entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Contest.

• Are not liable in the event that any portion of the Contest or the Prize Event is cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control (a "Force Majeure Event"). Should a Force Majeure Event occur, the Sponsors may, but are not obligated to, exercise reasonable efforts to air the winning videos and deliver all or part of the prize or make a reasonable substitution in their sole discretion.
By participating in the Contest, each Entrant waives any and all claims of liability against the Sponsors and Contest Parties, their employees and agents for any personal injury or loss which may occur from the conduct of, or participation in, the Contest, or from participation in the Prize Event and any travel in connection therewith. In order to receive any prize, the winner(s) must sign an official waiver or release and other documentation provided by the Sponsors.


Any personally identifiable information that you submit will used and collected in accordance with Sponsors' privacy policies, located at

Disputes and Jurisdiction

Except where prohibited, Entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by a Court of the District of Columbia.

NOTICE TO ENTRANTS: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsors are not responsible for faulty, incorrect or mistranscribed phone transmissions, incorrect announcements of any kind, technical hardware or software failures of any kind including any injury or damage to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating in or experiencing any materials in connection with the promotion, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission that may limit a user's ability to participate in the promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel or modify the Contest if fraud, misconduct or technical failures destroy the integrity of the program; or if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration or security of the program as determined by the Sponsors/judging agency/administrators, in their sole discretion. If technical malfunctions or suspect voting/irregularities corrupt the voting process, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to award prizes based solely on the Finalist judging scores or non-suspect votes. In the event of termination, a notice will be posted online and entries will be judged from among all eligible entries received prior to termination. Any damage made to the Contest Site will be the responsibility of the authorized e-mail account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. Proof of submitting entries will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsors. Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or the like methods/votes of participation/voting will void all such submissions/votes by such methods. Sponsors reserve the right to prohibit the participation of an individual if fraud or tampering is suspected or if the person fails to comply with any requirement of participation as stated herein or with any provision in these Official Rules.

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