04/05/2012 02:00 pm ET



ELIGIBILITY: The “Things To Do Before You Die” Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States (including the District of Columbia) who are 18 or older at time of entry. Employees, contractors and freelancers of AOL Inc. and its subsidiaries, affiliates, parent companies, distributors, divisions and agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee, contractor and freelancer are not eligible. Subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law.

SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored by AOL Inc., 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 ("Sponsor").
AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor which are final and binding. Winning a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

TIMING: The entry period starts at 9:00am ET on 4/5/2012 and ends at 5:00pm ET on 4/19/2012 (the "Submission Period"). Submissions received prior to or after the Submission Period will be disqualified.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, go to and follow the instructions to submit an essay, photo, video, and/or any other supplemental material in which you explain the one thing you'd love to do before you die and why you deserve to do it. Let us know why this means so much to you, who it will impact, and when you want to do it (your “Submission”). Your Submission must not: (a) violate any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy and publicity, and must not include any third party photographs, likenesses, film or video clips, music tracks as underscore, or music played on a radio or television in the background; (b) contain defamatory statements; (c) include threats to any person, place, business, or group; (d) be obscene or indecent; (e) depict any gratuitously risky behavior; (f) prominently feature any third party trademarks or logos; or (g) have been entered in any other contest or have been published or distributed in any other media.
By submitting an Submission, you represent and warrant that: (a) the Submission is an original work created solely by you for entry in the Contest; (b) you own all rights to the Submission; (c) to the extent the Submission depicts any individual or features the voice of any individual, you are the individual pictured and heard in the Submission, or, alternatively, that you have obtained written permission from each person appearing in the Submission to grant the rights to Sponsor described in the “Rights to Contest Submissions” section below, and can make written copies of such permissions available to Sponsor upon request; and (d) the Submission complies with all requirements of these Official Rules.
Judging: All entries will be judged according to the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”): imagination, quality of explanation/story and the viability of desired action. The ten (10) entrants with the highest scores will be deemed potential Finalists. In the event of a tied score, the entries involved in the tie will be reviewed by an additional judge who will serve as a tiebreaker and who will evaluate entries according to criteria listed above. Decisions of judges are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest. Becoming a Finalist is subject to validation and verification of eligibility and compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than ten (10) Finalists if it does not receive a sufficient number of entries that are of a high enough quality, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. There is no prize associated with achieving Finalist status.

Disclaimer of Similarities: Due to the nature of this Contest, there is a possibility that similar Submissions may be entered by multiple individuals. Any similarity between Submissions shall in no way entitle you to any consideration or compensation from the Sponsor or from any third party, including in the event a Submission similar or identical to yours is selected as a winner in this Contest. By submitting your Submission, you specifically acknowledge this possibility and agree to the terms stated in these Official Rules.

Public Voting: The Public Voting Period will begin at 9:00am ET on 4/25/2012 and ends at 5:00pm ET on 5/1/2012 (the “Voting Period”). During the Voting Period, visitors will be able to vote for their favorite Finalist at The one (1) Finalist with the highest number of valid votes at the end of the National Voting Period will be deemed the Grand Prize Winner (subject to verification). Voting is limited to one (1) vote per person.

All online voting in this Contest will be under the supervision of the Sponsor whose decisions are final in all matters relating to this Contest. Any voting results posted in real time shall not be deemed official until Sponsor has reviewed and confirmed all of the votes and announced the Contest Winners. Any use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar voting methods or agents will void all votes by that person and may result in the disqualification of the Finalist involved. In the event of a tied score at the conclusion of the Voting Period, the Finalists involved in the tie will be reviewed by an additional judge appointed by the Sponsor who will serve as a tie-breaker and who will evaluate the entries according to the criteria listed above.

NOTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNER: Any entrant who is notified that his/her entry was selected is a Potential Winner. Potential Winner is not a Winner until he/she has returned all required documentation and his/her eligibility has been verified by Sponsor. Potential Winner must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Potential Winner will be notified by U.S. mail, e-mail and/or telephone. Except where prohibited, Potential Winner will be required to sign and return to Sponsor, within a time period to be determined by Sponsor, an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release and W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification in order to claim their Prize. If Potential Winner fails to sign and return the above paperwork within the required time period, or if the documents are returned as undeliverable, the entrant with the next highest Publiv Voting score will be deemed the Potential Winner. Potential Winner may be subject to a background check and/or physical (depending on the nature of the prize).

PRIZE: The Sponsor will endeavor to fulfill the details of the winning submission to the best of its ability and in good faith, with a total spend (including, if applicable, transportation and accommodations) not to exceed $2,000. All specifics of prize fulfillment are in Sponsor’s sole discretion, including, but not limited to, the location and date(s) of prize fulfillment. In the event the winner is unable participate on the date(s), time(s) and at the location determined by Sponsor, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. In the event the Sponsor is unable to fulfill the prize described in the winning submission, the Sponsor will award the winner $2,000 to be awarded in the form of a check or gift card.

Prize is non-transferable. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. The winner is responsible for any taxes and fees associated with receipt or use of a prize.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prize from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In case of a dispute as to the owner of an entry, entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address from which the entry is made. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. A potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with satisfactory proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the potentially winning entry.

PUBLICITY: Entrants grant Sponsor the right to use their names, images, likenesses, photographs, voices and biographical materials, and Submissions, for advertising, publicity and promotion purposes or on a winner’s list and other online announcements, whether TV or print, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. Entrants shall not receive any compensation or credit for use of entries, other than that disclosed in these rules.

RIGHTS TO CONTEST ENTRIES: Entrant hereby agrees not to instigate, support, maintain or authorize any action, claim or lawsuit against the Released Parties (defined below), or any other person, on the grounds that any use of the entry as provided herein, infringes any of entrant's rights as creator of the entry, including, without limitation, trademark rights, copyrights and moral rights or "droit moral." Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the entry is the property of Sponsor and that Sponsor has all rights under copyright law including intellectual property rights. By submitting the entry, the Entrant irrevocably assigns and transfers all intellectual property rights therein to Sponsor and agrees to execute such additional documents as may be requested by Sponsor to evidence Sponsor’s ownership of the intellectual property rights in the entry. To the extent such assignment of rights is prohibited under State or local law, the Entrant submitting the winning entry hereby agrees to grant Sponsor and its agents an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, exclusive right and license to reproduce, publish, display, edit, market, store, distribute, have distributed, communicate, transmit, have transmitted, promote, create derivative works based upon and use the winning entry for promotional, advertising, editorial, commercial, merchandising and/or all other purposes. Additionally, ALL ENTRANTS grant Sponsor and its agents an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to reproduce, publish, display, edit, market, store, distribute, have distributed, communicate, transmit, have transmitted, promote, create derivative works based upon and use any entry for promotional, advertising, editorial, commercial, merchandising and/or all other purposes. In no way is Entrant to be construed as the agent of or to be acting as the agent of Sponsor in any way. Nothing herein shall constitute an employment, joint venture, or partnership relationship between Entrant and Sponsor.

Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents (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) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (c) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (d) 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/use of any prize. 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.

DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the Commonwealth of Virginia or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Virginia.

CONTEST RESULTS: Contest results may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: “Things To Do Before You Die” Contest Winner, c/o Huffington Post, 770 Broadway, Rm 5A:D40, New York, NY 10003. Requests must be received by May 15, 2012.