Please read these rules (the “Contest Rules”) carefully before clicking the “agree” button below. If you do not agree to the terms of this contest, you should not enter or otherwise participate in the contest.

To Enter:

  1. There is no purchase necessary to enter or to win, nor is there any cost to register. Enter up to five times in each category. This promotional contest is open to U.S. residents, age 18 and older. This contest is void where prohibited by law.
  2. This contest is offered by National Cooperative Grocers Association (“NCGA”). NCGA reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest if necessary for any reason, including without limitation technical reasons including computer viruses, bugs, tampering or any other technical failures. No communication or correspondence will be entered into.
  3. The Entrant is deemed to be the holder of the established email account associated with the entry.
  4. The Contest Entry Period opens at 12:00 am, Central Standard Time, on September 1, 2012 and closes at 5:00 pm, Central Daylight Time, on October 31, 2012.
  5. The Contest Voting Period opens at 12:00 am, Central Standard Time, on September 1, 2012 and closes at 5:00 pm, Central Daylight Time, on November 30, 2012.
  6. The contest has two Categories: Video and Photo. To enter, submit your video or photo during the Contest Entry Period at www.MyCoopRocks.coop.
    1. Video Category: Electronic video files must be provided in one of the following file formats: .mov, .avi, .mp4, .mpg, .mpeg, .mpeg4, .3gpp, .wmv, .flv, .webm, .swf, .mkv, .rm, .divx. Videos must not be longer than two minutes in length and must be 1GB or less. Winners may be required to provide the original audio and video files, including stock footage used during production of the entry for broadcast purposes. This may include uncompressed QuickTime files, final audio mix and/or separate audio tracks for dialogue, music, and effects. Once uploaded, submissions will not be returned.
    2. Photo Category: Photo files must be provided in one of the following file formats: .jpg, .gif, or .png and must be 5 MB or less in size with maximum resolution of 3,000 x 3,000 pixels.
  7. NCGA assumes no liability for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, or misdirected entries or for any problem with internet connection or technical problems that might hinder the ability of any person to enter the contest. Once submitted and approved, contest entries may not be altered or replaced. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received.

Qualifying Entries:

  1. To be a “qualifying entry,” the entry must be in the appropriate format, submitted on time, and in compliance with Federal Communication Commission broadcast requirements. Additionally, NCGA has the right to disqualify any entry that NCGA, in its sole discretion, determines is obscene, indecent, profane, defamatory, derogatory, offensive, is in violation of any laws (include laws relating to false advertising or unfair trade practices), or in any way does not reflect the ideals and principles of NCGA as an organization.
  2. Entry content should communicate the reasons that their co-op helps builds a better world OR communicate an original idea related to celebrating the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives. Entrants can generate his or her own creative idea or choose from the themes listed below:
    • Cooperation in action: how does your co-op help to make your community a better place?
    • Putting people first: who are the people who make your co-op rock?
    • Building a better world: how does your local co-op contribute to a healthier, more just world?
    • A place with principles: How does your co-op exemplify one (or more) of the International Co-op Principles?
    • My Co-op Story: why do you shop co-op and just how, exactly, does it rock your world?
  3. Entrants may submit up to five (5) entries in one or both categories, and each video or photo will be counted as a unique entry. However, only one prize will be awarded per person, household, group, or email address.
  4. If a group wishes to submit an entry, the group must designate a single person to act as an agent for the group, and group will be considered the Entrant. NCGA is not responsible for any disputes between members of any group that enters this contest.
  5. Videos must be primarily in English or include professionally translated English subtitles.
  6. Acceptance of an entry or publication of an entry on its web site does not constitute NCGA’s agreement that the entry complies with the contest’s Official Rules or act in any way to waive NCGA’s rights to remove the entry from the contest or waive its rights to enforce the contest’s Official Rules.

Copyright:

  1. By submitting the entry, Entrant represents and warrants that the video and all content in the video (the “Work”) is Entrant’s own, original, un-published work (this includes any script and soundtrack included in videos) or that the Entrant has obtained all necessary executed licenses and releases to use the works of third-parties. Entrant further represents and warrants that the Work has not won any other award and has not been produced for a prior My Co-op Rocks contest or any other contest, contract, or agreement with any other party. Entrant represents and warrants that he, she, or it will obtain all necessary licenses and releases for all the material found in the Work. At the request of NCGA, the Entrant will provide NCGA all documents evidencing the Entrant’s ownership of all elements of the Work, including any executed licenses and releases.
  2. By submitting Works, Entrant is assigning to NCGA all rights in the Works, knowing the ideas may be used for commercial purposes. Entrant hereby assigns to NCGA without further consideration all of Entrant’s worldwide right, title, and interest in and to the Works, whether created before or after the date of this Contest, including, without limitation, the right to publish, produce, reproduce, and distribute copies of the Works, the right to prepare derivative works, and the right to display and perform the Works by any means for the entire term of the copyright and any renewals thereof. The Entrant retains no rights in the Work.
  3. Entrant warrants that the Works does not violate or infringe any copyright or other proprietary right of any third party. Entrant will defend, indemnify and hold NCGA, its officers, directors, agents, employees, affiliates, and customers harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, costs and damages (including attorneys’ fees) arising from or in connection with any claims that the Work infringes any patent, copyright, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any third party.

Selection of Winners:

  1. Three winners will be chosen in each Category (Video and Photo) based on popular vote on the web site during the Contest Voting Period. The top qualifying entries with the highest number of votes in each category will be declared winners. The winning entries will be posted online at www.MyCoopRocks.coop on December 15, 2012.
  2. Each person is limited to one (1) account and one (1) vote per submission per day.  All contest participants must register using a valid, permanent email address. User accounts created with temporary email addresses will be deleted, along with any corresponding votes. Any use of robotic, macro, automatic, programmed or like voting methods will void all such votes. Any attempt by an Entrant and/or his/her family/friends to vote more than the number of times authorized herein using multiple names, email addresses, phone numbers and/or any other fraudulent mechanism, as determined by NCGA in its sole discretion, shall give NCGA the right to disqualify the Entrant.
  3. Winners will be notified via email. All Entrants are subject to verification, including without limitation, verification of eligibility, compliance with these Official Rules and completion of release forms. If attempted notification is returned as undeliverable, if an Entrant cannot be verified, or if an Entrant is otherwise unable to accept prize, prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate Entrant in NCGA’s sole discretion.

Prize Details:

  1. A total of six (6) prizes will be awarded: the three (3) highest rated qualifying entries in the Video Category and the three (3) highest rated qualifying entries in the Photo Category. The total value of all prizes is: $5,000. The prizes in each Category are:
    • First Prize: $1500 gift certificate to any qualifying cooperative business OR $1500 donation to any qualifying non-profit organization.
    • Second Prize: $750 gift certificate to any qualifying cooperative business OR $750 donation to any qualifying non-profit organization.
    • Third Prize: $250 gift certificate to any qualifying cooperative business OR $250 donation to any qualifying non-profit organization.

    A “qualifying non-profit organization” is defined as an organization that holds a 501(c)(3) tax status in the U.S.

    A “qualifying cooperative business” is defined as:

    • an organization formed as and/or considered a cooperative under applicable local law; OR
    • an association comprised of cooperatives; OR
    • an organization bearing a .coop website address.

    A “gift certificate” is defined as a restricted monetary equivalent to the prize value. Examples would be a gift certificate to a local food co-op, REI, or other cooperative retailer; a savings certificate at a credit union; or a gift certificate to a cooperative service provider (such as a daycare co-op).

  2. Gift certificates will be sent to contest winners via postal mail. In the event that a winner selects a donation to an eligible non-profit organization, donations will be sent directly to the non-profit in the name of the entrant. Prizes are not transferrable.

General Rules:

  1. By submitting the entry, Entrant agrees and hereby releases NCGA and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, agents, officers and directors from any and all liability or responsibility arising in connection with Entrant’s participation in the contest or as to the acceptance and use of any prize(s) which may be awarded.
  2. NCGA assumes no responsibility for entries unable to be processed for any technical reason and further reserves the right to cancel the contest if it becomes technically corrupted or because of unauthorized human intervention. NCGA reserves the right in the event of such cancellation to award the prize to an eligible, non-suspect entry received prior to cancellation.
  3. Entrant agrees that entry into the Contest constitutes permission for NCGA to have the option of using the name, hometown, likeness, photograph, voice, and statements of the Entrant and any persons featured in Entrant’s entry. Such use will be without compensation and may be for editorial, public relations, promotional, or advertising purposes, or any other purpose as deemed reasonable by NCGA. Entrant agrees to maintain a record of all persons appearing in his/her entries, and will require all persons appearing to permit NCGA to use their names, hometowns, likenesses, photographs, voices, and statements without compensation or consideration for editorial, public relations, promotional or advertising purposes, or any other purpose as deemed reasonable by NCGA. NCGA may request documentation of such permission and failure to provide such documentation will result in forfeiture of any winner status and/or prize.
  4. Entrant will defend, indemnify and hold NCGA, its officers, directors, agents, employees, affiliates, and customers harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, costs and damages (including attorneys’ fees) arising from or in connection with any breach of this Agreement, and agrees that NCGA will have no liability whatsoever for any claims, losses, or damages due to Entrant’s acts, omissions, or breaches of these terms. In no event with NCGA be liable for any indirect, special, consequential, incidental, or punitive damages with respect to any and all claims arising from or related to Entrant’s participation in this contest.
  5. Entrant is responsible for all applicable taxes, and appropriate tax identification information may be required prior to the awarding of any prize.
  6. Employees of NCGA and contest sponsors and their immediate families (parents and children) are not eligible to participate in the contest. Member and associate co-ops of NCGA and contest sponsors may participate in the contest. Marketing and advertising firms currently under contract with NCGA are not eligible to participate in the contest, although they may submit sample entries for demonstration or promotional purposes only.
  7. The Contest Rules are governed by the laws of the state of Minnesota, without regard to its conflict of laws principles. Any dispute arising out of this contest will be resolved in the state and federal courts located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and all parties consent to the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts.
  8. This contest is offered by: National Cooperative Grocers Association, 14 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240.