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Enter to win the Renovating Right photo contest

Iris Price | Improvement Center Columnist | June 10, 2013

Dust off your camera and tripod or just grab your cellphone -- this is the contest you have been waiting for -- the opportunity to show off your very own home remodeling projects. Submit your best photo of your Kitchen, Bathroom or Exterior Renovation, and tell us about those eye-popping home improvements you recently made.

Three prizes will be awarded: contestants in each category are eligible to win a $100 gift card to The Home Depot. Entries will be judged by a panel of our editors on the basis of image quality, composition, visual appeal and how well they represent each remodeling category.

You can submit your photo either by visiting ImprovementCenter on Facebook or via Twitter by tweeting @ImproveCenter and including #RenovatingRight in your tweet.

The contest runs through June 23, 2013. Winners will be selected on or about July 1 and will be notified by email. Before entering please see Renovating Right Official Contest Rules below for details and complete entry instructions.

Renovating Right Official Contest Rules

Introduction:  QuinStreet, Inc. (“Sponsor”) is offering a Renovating Right Photo Contest (the "Contest"). Please read these Official Rules before entering the Contest. You agree that in order to submit an entry, you must satisfy all content eligibility requirements below (at no charge).

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING THE CONTEST.  

Eligibility:  Contestants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry, legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and must be fans of the ImprovementCenter Facebook page (hereinafter referred to as “Contestant” or “You”). VOID IN PUERTO RICO, OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR REGULATION. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. Any entries not eligible for any reason will be disqualified from winning any award or prize and ineligible entries may be deleted or disregarded. Any entry that is awarded a prize and is later determined to have been ineligible, will be required to return any prize of monetary or material value within 7 days upon notification of disqualification and ineligibility. Employees of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries, affiliated companies, agents, and their immediate family (defined as parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents), and all those with whom such employees are domiciled, are NOT eligible to participate in the Contest.

Agreement to Official Rules. By participating in the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Each potential winner will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability, Prize Acceptance Form and, if legally permissible, a Publicity Release. If you object or do not agree with any of these Official Rules, please do not participate in the Contest.

Entry Period. The Contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Pacific Standard Time ("PST") on 6/10/2013, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PST on 6/23/2013 (the “Entry Period”). Entries received prior to start of the Entry Period or after the expiration of the Entry Period will not be considered.   

How to Enter:  To enter the contest, submit your photos of your recently renovated space in any of these three categories: Bathroom, Kitchen or Exterior, either through Facebook or Twitter in the manner described below. In the photo caption, tell us about the changes you made during the renovation. You can submit your photo either (a) by visiting the contest tab on the ImprovementCenter Facebook tab (you must be a fan of ImprovementCenter.com on Facebook in order to enter the Contest on Facebook),  or (b) via Twitter by tweeting @ImproveCenter and including #RenovatingRight in the tweet. Entries that are incomplete, late, lost, misdirected, illegible, improperly submitted, or that contain certain viruses, worms or other harmful content, or that do not conform to the Official Rules in any respect will not be considered. Entries must be submitted in English.

The Contestant certifies that (a) he or she owns the materials submitted to Sponsor through Facebook for the Contest and that such materials are the Contestant’s original creation, created solely by the Contestant, without any restrictions or limitations on the Contestant’s right to submit or Sponsor’s right to use the entry; (b) by entering into the Contest, the Contestant is not contravening any provisions of the Copyright Act, including the educational fair use provision; (c) the entry does not defame or invade publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or proprietary rights; and (d) the entry is not offensive, obscene or inappropriate in any way.  All entries will become the property of Sponsor.

Limit:  All entries will be reviewed by Sponsor and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify and choose not to display any entry it deems to be inappropriate, offensive or is not in keeping with Sponsor’s image, in its sole discretion.     

Once a Contestant has submitted an entry for the Contest, such Contestant agrees that Sponsor shall own the entry submitted (including all rights embodied therein) and that Sponsor and its designees may exploit, edit, modify, display and distribute the entry and all elements of such entry, including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or not currently known, throughout the world in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.

After winners are selected, the winners will make themselves available for written / over-the-phone interviews by Sponsor and its designees.

Winner Selection. The winners will be selected as follows: Three (3) Prizes (as defined below) will be chosen by ImprovementCenter.com’s panel of editors on or about 7/1/13 based on criteria including but not limited to: image quality, composition, visual appeal, responsiveness to contest parameters.  The editors may take into account the popularity of the submission with public votes, though this factor will be secondary and only account as a minor consideration in the decision. One winner in each category (Kitchen, Bathroom and Exterior) will be chosen.

Winner Notification: The winner will be notified via email.  Potential winners must respond to their notification within 7 days of receipt or they will be disqualified.  Potential winners will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and (where legal) Publicity Release within 14 days of issuance of notification or they will be disqualified.  Noncompliance with the foregoing, these Official Rules, Sponsor’s inability to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period or prize notification returned as non-deliverable, may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up may be notified.

Winner’s Consent. Except where prohibited by law, by accepting any prize, the winner grants Sponsor and its designees the right to use his/her name, city and state of residence, likeness and biographical information, testimonial, the submitted topic (and/or any edited portion thereof) in any and all media for any purposes throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notice or permission, unless prohibited by law.  If a winner requests (in writing to Sponsor) confidentiality, only a first name and state will be provided.

Prizes: Three (3) Home Depot $100 gift card (each a “Prize”). Approximate Retail Value of each Prize: $100.

All prizes are awarded “AS IS” and without any warranty of any kind, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). All federal, state and local taxes and any other costs and expenses not specifically stated herein as being awarded are the winners’ sole responsibility. No transfer, assignment, cash redemption, or substitution of prize except by Sponsor who may substitute a prize with one of equal or greater value, at its sole discretion.  All prize details are at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Winners may waive their right to receive a Prize. If a Prize is waived or forfeited, it may be awarded to a substitute winner drawn by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.  The depiction of the Prize in any advertising or promotional materials may not reflect the actual Prize delivered to the winners. A lost or stolen Prize will not be replaced. Prize may be subject to U.S. withholding taxes. 

Privacy. In order to participate in the Contest, you must provide contact information and other information the personally identifies you as an entrant (“Contact Information”). If you opt not to provide us with the requested Contact Information, your entry will not be eligible for the Contest. By entering the Contest, you agree to Sponsor’s use of your personal information as described in the QuinStreet, Inc. Privacy Policy, located at http://www.improvementcenter.com/privacy.html

Disqualification. We reserve the right to disqualify the entry of any Contestant suspected of attempting to disrupt the Contest and may prosecute or seek other legal action against such Contestant.

Cancellation. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify the Contest if fraud, virus or other technical problem or any other factors beyond our reasonable control in any way interferes or corrupts the administration, security or proper administration of the Contest. If Sponsor cancels the Contest, the Prizes will be distributed in accordance with the entries received through the cancellation date. Failure to enforce a remedy shall not constitute a waiver of the future right to enforce the remedy.

Prohibition on Automated Entries. Any use of automated or programmed entry device methods, effecting entries on-line is prohibited and use of such instrumentalities to submit and entry will be disqualified. Any attempts to access and enter the Contest via a bot script or other brute-force attack will result in that IP / e-mail address becoming ineligible for the entire Contest. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

Internet. If for any reason this Contest is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, uploads of malicious files or viruses, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry or any individual who tampers with the entry or voting process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and select winners using all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the date of termination. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, QUINSTREET, INC. RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON (S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Limitation of Liability: Sponsor and its affiliates will not be responsible for late, lost, stolen, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries; or entries that are lost due to computer, Internet, or electronic malfunction. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest and award the prize through an alternate means if fraud or technical failure compromises the integrity of the contest, as determined by it in its sole discretion. Contestants agree that Sponsor, its promotion partners, affiliates, agencies, and their respective employees or officers shall not be liable for injury, losses, damages, or costs of any kind resulting from participation in this Contest or acceptance of or use or misuse of a prize or parts thereof. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the e-mail account is registered.

Except where prohibited, by making an entry, all Contestants including the winners releases hold harmless QuinStreet, Inc. and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and their shareholders, directors, officers, employees and agents and the judges (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, or liability arising from or out of participation in the Contest, or acceptance or use of any prize, including human or technical errors, receipt or use of any prize, personal injury, death, damages, or monetary loss, and the risks of travel for prize delivery.  IN NO EVENT WILL QUINSTREET, INC., ITS LICENSEES, AND/OR THEIR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST. Contestants agree to release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless Released Parties from and against, and accept all responsibility of any kind, including but not limited for death (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) relating to any actions taken by any other Contestant, in participation of the Contest. Contestant also agrees to release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all liability, claims, losses, damages or proceedings, including but not limited to death (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) relating to the prizes and any other matter in connection with a Contestant’s participation in the Contest, the Sponsor or its designees.

Additional Terms:  Entrants acknowledge that this Content is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.  Entrants release Facebook and Twitter completely.  Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to QuinStreet, Inc., not Facebook or Twitter.  Anyone found to use multiple Facebook or Twitter accounts will be ineligible.  Multiple entries in a single day by the same entrant may not be accepted.

Governing Law; Venue:  This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of California without reference to its choice of law principles. The Contestants agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state courts located in San Mateo County in the State of California and the federal courts located in the Northern District of California, with respect to disputes hereunder.

Winners List. After the winner is confirmed, their names will be posted on this page on or about July 1, 2013.

Sponsor:  The Sponsor of this Contest is QuinStreet, Inc., 950 Tower Lane, 6th Floor, Foster City, California 94404 and can be contacted at socialmedia@improvementcenter.com.

Administration.  This Content is administered by QuinStreet, Inc., 950 Tower Lane, 6th Floor, Foster City, California 94404.

©2012 QuinStreet, Inc.  All rights reserved. Home Depot is not a participant or sponsor of the Content.