1. The Mexican Bicentennial Art Contest is sponsored by The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas.
2. Open to all residents of all ages in the San Joaquin Valley. Individuals are eligible to participate in their respective category. Not open to employees and immediate families of The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, owners, employees and agents. The winning prizes are non-transferable to any other person, including McClatchy employees, relatives or friends. Winners are solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and any expenses associated with the contest, unless otherwise indicated.
3. By entering, participants and their parents/legal guardians agree to follow these Official Rules and hold harmless and indemnify The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents against any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described), with respect to or arising either out of the participant’s participation or the receipt or use of the prizes awarded in the contest.
4. Anticipated number of participants is unknown as it is dependent on the number of entries received. This contest has not previously been conducted.
5. Entries will be judged on the basis of the relevance to the theme, creativity and overall presentation that best captures the 200 years of Mexico’s Independence.
Categories: K – 8, 9 – 12 and over 18 Guidelines and specifications:
• Theme – 200 years of Mexico’s Independence• Specs – 10” wide x 15” high• Design with vertical orientation (10” side at top/bottom)• Full Color• If submitted electronic art, please submit a hard copy with CD or flash drive by deadline date. If image file is not readable, the entry will be disqualified• May not use three-dimensional materials• By entering, you warrant that the art submitted is original and your own, and does not infringe on the rights of any third party.
Each entry must contain the following information:• Category• Name• Age• Address• Daytime and/or cell phone number• E-mail address• School (if applicable) • Grade• Teacher’s name• If under age of 18 the signature of parent/guardian is required
6. Mail or deliver entries to:Fresno/Clovis: The Mexican Bicentennial Art Contest, c/o The Fresno Bee Community Relations and Public Affairs Department, 1626 E Street, Fresno, CA, 93786.Merced: The Mexican Bicentennial Art Contest, c/o The Merced Sun-Star, ATTN: Jillian Nord, 3033 North G Street, Merced, CA 95340Modesto: The Mexican Bicentennial Art Contest, c/o The Modesto Bee, ATTN: Olivia Ruiz, 1325 H Street, Modesto, CA 95352Stockton: The Mexican Bicentennial Art Contest, c/o The Stockton Record, ATTN: Jennie Rodriguez, 530 E. Market St, Stockton CA 95202Sacramento: The Mexican Bicentennial Art Contest, c/o The Sacramento Bee - Capitol Bureau, ATTN: Martin Martinez, 925 L Street #600, Sacramento, CA 95814
7. By submitting an entry, participants agree to be bound by these rules.
8. The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas will not knowingly disclose personal information about contestants without prior parental or legal guardian consent, except as disclosed herein or required by law. All entries become the property of The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas and all associated rights vest immediately in the above listed entities upon submission. The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas shall become the author and copyright owner thereof for all purposes throughout the universe in perpetuity in every form whether now or hereafter created. The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas reserve the right to make minor changes, deletions and additions (such as including, but not limited to, the inclusion of logos) to the entry. Entries received will not be acknowledged or returned.
9. The winner agrees to grant The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas and their licensees, affiliates and assigns, the right to print, publish broadcast and use throughout the universe in any media form now known or hereafter created, the winner’s name(s), voice, photo/likeness, biographical information and contest artwork entry as news or information, and for advertising or promotional purposes in any form without additional compensation or consideration except where prohibited by law. Participants are advised that national and local press, local radio and the above listed entities’ publicity department(s) may contact them.
10. The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries, or for failure to receive entries for any reason. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted shall be determined by The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas in their sole discretion, and The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the contest.
11. The winner will be determined from all eligible participants. A panel consisting of representatives from The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas shall judge the eligible entries. The judging panel’s decisions are final. The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas reserve the right to reject any entry determined in their sole discretion not to be appropriate for viewing by the general public, including without limitation, children under the age of 13. Each participant and his or her parent or guardian represents and warrants that he or she has full ownership rights to the entry submitted and that publishing that entry shall not be in violation of any trademark, copyright, proprietary or other right of any person, firm or corporation.
12. The judging panel in each category will choose one overall contest winner. The winners’ submission will used as the cover artwork in the September 8, 2010 Special edition of Mexico’s Bicentennial in The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and also be displayed at Arte Américas at a special reception on or about Saturday, September 18, 2010 located at 1630 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, Ca. 93721.
13. The first-, second- and third-place winners in each category will be recognized in a house ad in Vida en el Valle and online at vidaenelvalle.com commemorating Mexico’s 200 years of Independence sometime on or about, Tuesday, August 31, 2010.
14. Winners (first-, second- and third-place) will be notified by phone and in writing of their respective award on or about Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Each winner and his/her parent or guardian will be required to execute & return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within five days of issuance of notification. Non-compliance with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification & awarding of prize to an alternate winner at the discretion of The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas
15. The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or suspend the contest should causes beyond their control corrupt or affect the administration or fairness of the process.
16. By entering the contest, each participant and his or her parent or guardian agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action, and entrant waives his or her right to a jury trial for such disputes, claims, and causes of action; (2) any 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 damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.
17. By entering the contest, each participant and his or her parents/legal guardians release The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Arte Américas and their respective parents, affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the contest or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).
18. To obtain a winners list after September 18, 2010, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: The Mexican Bi-Centennial Art Contest – Prize Winners List, c/o Community Relations and Public Affairs, 1626 E Street, Fresno, CA, 93786.
19. Any questions should be directed to Community Relations and Public Affairs, The Fresno Bee, 1626 E Street, Fresno, CA, 93786.