Me & My Best Friend is created by you, our followers, and is about you and your best pal in the world, your dog. Instagram photo entries (#expatdog) and short story submissions for the Me & My Best Friend Contest are all compiled here, in one place, for everyone to appreciate.
To enter the contest with your best Instagram photo of you and your pup, simply attach the hashtag ‘#expatdog’ to the photo. If you prefer prose to photos, submit your short stories (500 words or less) to [email protected], for an equal chance to win tickets.
Terms & Conditions of Entering the Contest (for Contestants)
The Me & My Best Friend Instagram & Short Story Contest is open to all photographers and writers at least 18 years of age, except employees and contractors of AngloINFO and The Brussels Dog Show. The contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation. If you are under 18 years of age and would like to submit a photograph or short story, you will have to ask a parent or guardian to do so on your behalf.
An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph or short story he or she submits to the contest. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, a model release form may be required. “Recognizable” means that a third party could identify the individual in the image, due to the visibility of any distinctive physical features, uniform, identification numbers, and so on. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible.
Individuals submitting photos and/or short stories into the contest retain full rights to their photos and writing, including ownership, but through the act of participation (entering a photo or short story into our contest and tagging those photos with the appropriate contest tags) will also grant to AngloINFO and The Brussels Dog Show, a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and display the submitted photos which might include, by example, methods listed below:
- The right to publish the image or short story in any format, including on the web and in print publications or presentations, such as newsletters, brochures, fundraising appeals, public service announcements, grant proposals, reports, awards, thank-you cards, displays, mailings and invitations.
- The right to provide images or short stories to other individuals and organizations for non-profit, AngloINFO and/or The Brussels Dog Show use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, wayside exhibits and the like.
- The right to use the photo’s/short story’s title, your name, city, state, and country of residence in our publications.
- The right to keep the files provided, and to archive the images or short stories onto CD or in other electronic forms, so that your photos or short stories can be used to support our mission and be properly credited.
We reserve sole rights to eliminate and/or delete photographic o short story submissions to our Instagram & Short Story Contest or content that we deem to be objectionable or of dubious provenance. No prior warning or notification will be required from AngloINFO or The Brussels Dog Show.
Types of photos that we would remove without warning:
- Photos that showcase dubious taste or themes
- Photos involving racial or ethnic insensitivities
- Photos involving salacious subjects and presentations
- Photos that are unrelated to the Me & My Best Friend theme
AngloINFO and The Brussels Dog Show will reserve the rights to change or modify all text associated with a photo or short story entered into the contest. This would include titles of the photo or short story, accompanying descriptions, and tags.
Submissions for the Me & My Best Friend Instagram & Short Story Contest will be accepted October 23, 2012 through December 1, 2012. Winners will be announced on December 3, 2012.
How to Submit Photos & Short Stories to the Contest
All photos will be submitted through Instagram, and simultaneously published within an AngloINFO Brussels Facebook photo album, created specifically for Me & My Best Friend Instagram Contest. Short stories should be emailed to [email protected], and will be posted to the blog as soon as received and reviewed.
Judging of the Instagram photos will be done by the public! Facebook followers and Instagram followers will vote for their favorite images. We will ask our followers to choose their favorite short story, either by voting by email, messaging us through Facebook, or in the comments section of the blog. Votes can be cast from the beginning of the contest until midnight, December 2, 2012. The Brussels Dog show should also promote this competition through website, social media, newsletter etc
Rights and Indemnifications
By entering the contest, the participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless AngloINFO and The Brussels Dog Show, its affiliates, employees, and officers from any issues, losses or actions emanating from or in relation to the Me & My Best Friend Instagram & Short Story Contest. This would include any losses or issues related to third party claims of copyright infringement or violations of personal privacy.
The Me & My Best Friend Instagram & Short Story Contest is void where prohibited by law.
Each participant in the photo contest is responsible for ensuring that he or she possesses the full rights to the photos that they are submitting.
Each participant is responsible for accurately titling and describing his or her photos.
AngloINFO and The Brussels Dog Show have, at their sole discretion, reserved the right to terminate, suspend, or modify the photo contest.