NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS COMPETITION. OPEN ONLY TO WOMEN WHO ARE 18 YEARS OR OLDER WITH PROOF OF LEGAL RESIDENCY IN AN INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY OR TERRITORY. SEE FURTHER ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS BELOW. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR OTHERWISE RESTRICTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
By entering this “Maxim’s Finest 2017 Model Competition” (the “Competition”), individuals submitting entries (each an “Entrant” and collectively, the “Entrants”) accept and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules (the “Rules”). Judges will choose the winning entries and a Grand Prize will be awarded in accordance with these Rules. Any violation of the Rules may, at Sponsor’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of Sponsor regarding this Competition regarding this Competition are final and binding in all respects.
CONSUMER DISCLOSURE: You have not yet won.
Eligibility. All Entrants must be women who are eighteen (18) years or older on the date that the earliest of the Submitted Photographs (defined below) were taken. Except as indicated below, Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia or any international country. Void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by applicable law. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant whose image has been published, or during the course of this Competition is published, in any media in a manner that is considered by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, to be pornographic, vulgar, or obscene. All Entrants who are selected as “Group Winners” (see below) further agree that for the one (1) year period following the announcement of the Winner, their image shall not be published or displayed in any media in a manner that is considered to be pornographic, vulgar, or obscene by Sponsor. Failure to comply with these Rules by an Entrant at all times will result in the ineligibility of such Entrant.
Employees, representatives, and agents of Crow Vote LLC., Maxim Inc., and its and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their advertising and production companies and any family member or person domiciled with any of the foregoing (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), are ineligible to participate.
Only the Entrant should appear in the Submitted Photographs. All photographs must be high-resolution JPG files between 150KB and 10MB (maximum size allowed) and high resolution suitable for printing at 200-300 DPI. All Submitted Photographs must have been taken on or after Entrant reached eighteen (18) years of age, AND within the past six (6) months. Submitted Photographs shall not have been altered by software or other means to enhance the photo and must be suitable for publication. Submitted Photographs must not infringe or violate any right of any third party or entity, including but not limited to copyright, right of publicity, and right of privacy. Please check with the photographer to make sure that you have the rights to submit the photographs. Any Submitted Photographs exhibiting Entrant’s nipples or genitals will be rejected. The determination of whether any image exhibits Entrant’s nipples or genitals is in the sole discretion of Sponsor. False, deceptive or incomplete entries or other information provided by Entrants though the Competition shall render the entry ineligible at any point in the Competition regardless of when the problem is actually discovered.
Sponsor reserves the right to contact an Entrant to request resubmission of one or more of the Submitted Photographs and/or to request that the Entrant submit additional photos. While Entrants may have assistance in entering data and uploading the photographs, each Entrant must otherwise complete the entry forms herself. Any entries submitted by anyone other than the person appearing in the Submitted Photographs (including but not lmited to entries submitted by modeling agencies) will be rejected. As set forth in greater detail below, submission of photographs and entry in the Competition constitutes consent to the use of the Submitted Photographs in Maxim magazine, Maxim branded digital apps and websites, and otherwise in connection with the Maxim brand, and in any and all media now known or hereafter discovered for the full duration of the copyright in the applicable Submitted Photographs. By entering into the Competition, Entrant represents and warrants that she owns or controls all necessary rights in the Submitted Photographs to grant Sponsor the rights described herein.
Submission of a qualifying entry grants Sponsor and its representatives and agents the right to publish, use, adapt, edit, and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation and without consideration to Entrant. Submission of an entry further constitutes Entrant’s consent to irrevocably assign and transfer to Sponsor any and all rights, title, and interest in the entry, including, without limitation, all copyrights reserved.
Except as otherwise permitted herein, only one entry per person will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disregarded. Entrants may submit their entry forms and photographs using the above procedures anytime during the period between July 15 and August 30, 2017 (the “Entry Period”). Late Entrants shall be eligible to submit late entry forms and photographs using the above procedures anytime during the period between August 30 and September 10. Date of entry during the Entry Period and Late Entry Period will not affect chances of being chosen.
Selection. Sponsor will, in its sole discretion, select among the Entrants (herein “Selected Entrants”) based upon their evaluation of the Entrants’ attractiveness and photogenic qualities, as well as the quality of the Submitted Photographs. Selected Entrants may be required to provide additional information or proof of copyright ownership. Sponsor reserves the right to contact an Entrant for any rason relating to the Competition.
Throughout multiple rounds, as set forth below in more detail, visitors to the Website will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites among the posted Selected Entrants from each group. In the event that any Selected Entrant is determined to be ineligible, or if a claim is made that she does not own or control sufficient rights in the Submitted Photographs to grant the requisite rights to Sponsor, after her photographs have been posted, she may be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion and her photo(s) will be removed, but Sponsor is not obligated to replace her with another Selected Entrant. The selection of the Entrants throughout each round shall be within the sole discretion of Sponsor, whose decisions shall be final, and shall be based on the criteria listed herein. Results of the public voting are one factor in selecting from each group of Entrants, but are not determinative.
Winning the Competition is not subject to random chance. The chances of being selected to proceed to each of the different rounds/phases of the Competition depend on the number of Entrants, on the judging criteria for each round/phase, and how well the Entrant rates on each such criterion compared to other Entrants. In the event of a tie, the Judging Panel shall judge the tied entries based upon the overall quality of each tied entry.
Preliminary Pre-Judging Round
Phase 1: The Maxim's Finest Judging Panel (“Judging Panel”) will do a preliminary screen of all entries for compliance with the Rules and adherence to the judging criteria, as well as hand selecting models to advance to the initial public voting round.
Preliminary Judging Rounds
Public voting begins (August 30, 2017) – Selected Entrants will be divided equally into one hundred (100) different groups.
Phase 2: TOP 30 (Starts August 30 and Ends September 13, 2017) - Public voting will help reduce each group to the top thirty (30) models.
Phase 3: TOP 20 (Starts September 13 and Ends September 20, 2017) - Public voting will help reduce the top thirty (30) to the top twenty (20) models in each group.
Phase 4: TOP 10 (Starts September 20 and Ends September 27, 2017) - Public voting will help reduce the top twenty (20) to the top ten (10) models in each group.
Phase 5: TOP 5 (Starts September 27 and Ends October 4, 2017) - Public voting will help reduce the top ten (10) to the top five (5) models in each group.
Phase 6: Group Winners (Starts October 4 and Ends October 11, 2017) - Public voting will help reduce the top five (5) models to one (1) preliminary winner in each group (100 total group winners). Second place group finishers will advance to the Wildcard Round.
Wildcard Round (Voting Resets)
Phase 7: Wildcard Round (Starts October 12 and Ends October 18, 2017) – One hundred (100) second place group finishers will be divided evenly into ten groups of ten (10). On October 18th, public voting will help reduce ten (10) models to the one (1) winner from each group. Wildcard winners advance to the semi-finals.
Semi-Finals (Voting Resets)
Phase 8: Semi-finals (Starts October 19 and Ends October 25, 2017) - One hundred (100) preliminary round winners and ten (10) wildcard group winners will be divided evenly into ten groups of eleven (11 = ten group winners + one wildcard winner). On October 25th, public voting will help reduce eleven (11) models to one (1) winner from each semi-finals group. Group winners will advance to the finals.
Finals (Voting Resets)
Phase 9: Winner (Starts October 26 and Ends November 1 , 2017) - Public voting will help reduce the top ten (10) finalists to the one (1) winner of the Maxim's Finest competition (the “Grand Prize Winner”), subject to such individuals compliance with the Rules and any other applicable terms and conditions in connection with the Competition.
Grand Prize. The Grand Prize Winner will be photographed and appear in a double page feature spread in a future print issue of the U.S. edition of Maxim magazine and may refer to herself as the “2017 Maxim’s Finest Winner” in written and descriptive materials but only if such uses and displays are purely non-commercial and in no event suggest or create any confusion whatsoever that Sponsor or Maxim Inc. are endorsing or participating in any manner related to the use of its name, logos, or fonts.
The Grand Prize Winner will be photographed by a professional photographer situated near the Grand Prize Winner’s residence. The Grand Prize Winner must be available for the photo shoot during the dates of November 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017, with specific dates to be determined. If the Grand Prize Winner is not available, an alternate winner may be selected, time permitting, before November 1, 2017. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash honorarium of $25,000. Cash winnings will be provided after receiving all necessary documentation in compliance with Competition eligibility and successful completion of feature photography at the Sponsor's designated location. By agreeing to appear as the winner of the Competition, the Grand Prize Winner consents to the use of her name, photos, and/or likenesses for advertising and trade purposes in connection with the Maxim brand, including without limitation, the Maxim's Finest Competition, in any and all media known or hereinafter discovered without territorial or time limitations and without additional compensation, except where prohibited. No Grand Prize substitutions or cash redemptions allowed. By accepting prize money, the Grand Prize Winner acknowledges compliance with these Rules. To the extent that any federal and/or state income or other taxes apply to the value of the prize(s) and/or award(s) provided to the Grand Prize Winner, the Grand Prize Winner shall be solely responsible for the reporting and payment of such taxes. The Grand Prize Winner must have all necessary identification and/or travel documents.
ALL DECISIONS OF SPONSOR SHALL BE FINAL AND CONCLUSIVE ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO THE COMPETITION.
ALL ENTRANTS, SELECTED ENTRANTS, AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER RELEASE, DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, PROMOTION ENTITIES, AND ALL PRIZE PROVIDERS, AND THE OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AND AGENTS OF EACH, FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO, OR IN ANY WAY ARISING FROM, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, THIS COMPETITION, PUBLICATION OR USE OF THE SUBMITTED PHOTOGRAPHS OR ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS, ENTRANTS’ NAMES AND LIKENESSES, AND/OR ACCEPTANCE, USE, MISUSE, LOSS, OR MISDIRECTION OF THE PRIZE, INCLUDING LIABILITY FOR PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, DAMAGES, OR MONETARY LOSS.
IN NO EVENT SHALL SPONSOR, PROMOTION ENTITIES, OR ANY PRIZE PROVIDER BE LIABLE OR OBLIGATED TO AN ENTRANT, SELECTED ENTRANT, GRAND PRIZE WINNER, OR ANY THIRD PARTY IN ANY MANNER FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES OF ANY KIND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT PRODUCT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH DAMAGES IN ADVANCE. THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
All causes of action arising out of or connected with this promotion, or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court costs.