Photo Contest Rules

O.A.R.S. Companies, Inc.
The 2015 #OARSlife Instagram Photo Contest Official Rules


Eligibility: Entrants must be legal residents of the United States, the District of Columbia or Canada to enter the 2015 #OARSlife Instagram Photo Contest (the Contest). Entrants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entering. Employees of O.A.R.S. Companies, Inc. (the "Sponsor"), its affiliated companies, subsidiaries, retailers, suppliers, vendors, sales representatives, distributors, advertising agencies, promotional suppliers, and their parent companies, agents, officers, directors, and the members of the immediate families and/or persons living in the same household as such individuals, of each of the foregoing, are not eligible to enter the Contest.


Contest Period: This Contest begins on May 18, 2015 at 12:00:01AM EST and ends on September 18, 2015 at 11:59:59PM EST ("Contest Period"). O.A.R.S. will select 5 winners beginning on September 21, 2015. Sponsor's computer, or its third party service provider's computer, is the official timekeeping device for the Contest.

How to Enter:

ENTER VIA Enter via Instagram by uploading a photo that captures the essence of #OARSlife. Tag your photo with the hashtag #OARSlife.

There is no limit to the number of photos a user may submit.

Each Contest photo entry must be the original creation of each entrant and must not contain any pre-existing, third party content. Third party content includes and is not limited to trademarks, brands, logos, images, visual effects and/or images that are not the property of the entrant. Each entry must be unique and not infringe the rights of any third party.

Photo entries that include offensive content or commercial content that promotes anything other than the products or services offered by the Sponsors will be disqualified at any point during the Contest Period at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The Sponsor reserves the right to remove and/or report any inappropriate images for any reason.

Contest entries must not contain content: where any persons are depicted to have taken excessive risks; that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, violent, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; that promotes racism or hatred against any group or individual or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in the state or province where the photo was captured, produced or edited, as well as the laws and regulations of the United States and Canada.


Five $1,000 O.A.R.S. gift cards will be given out to 5 winners based on number of likes during the Contest Period.

Gift cards valid through the 2016 season. No substitute, transfer, or cash equivalent for the prize is allowed by the winner. Gift card is not valid toward river trips in the Grand Canyon.

Advance reservations required and winner must contact O.A.R.S. by email at or by phone at 1-800-346-6277 to book. Only valid on trips with 4 or more full-paying guests. A deposit may be required at the time of booking to secure space. Taxes, fees & rentals not included. All departures subject to availability. Winners will be required to sign a standard acknowledgement of risk and/or liability release before their trip, acknowledging awareness and acceptance of risk. Standard O.A.R.S. booking conditions apply.

Airfare for the winners and their respective guests is not included. Winners and their respective guests are solely responsible for travel to and from the respective trip departure point, ground transportation, taxes, transfers, spending money, tips, meals and any and all other charges not specifically mentioned as part of a prize. All incremental costs in using or claiming a prize not outlined in the prize descriptions are the sole responsibility of the winners and their respective guests, including but not limited to: pre-trip and post-trip hotel stays, medical and travel related insurance, transportation, fuel, gasoline surcharges, beverages, food, gratuities, merchandise and all personal expenses of any kind or nature.

Winners and their respective guests are solely responsible for obtaining their own travel documents after redeeming a prize. The Sponsors are not responsible in the event a winner or a respective guest is refused entry to destination or re-entry for whatever reason and any unused portion of a prize will be forfeited. Winners and their respective guests must travel together on the same itinerary.

Drawing and Notification: After the Submission Period, O.A.R.S. and its affiliates will select five winners from all eligible entries. Winners will be selected based on number of likes garnered on photos reposted to the O.A.R.S. Instagram Feed.

The results of the Contest, and the decisions of Sponsor, are final and binding in all respects. The winner will be notified by Instagram, via a comment on the winning photo, within five (5) business days after the conclusion of the Contest. If a potential winner cannot be reached or does not respond within ten (10) days from receipt of the prize notification, or if he/she is found to be ineligible, or if he/she cannot or does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, an alternate winner will be selected.

General Conditions: All Federal, state and local laws and regulations are applicable. All taxes (including, but not limited to, income taxes), and any and all service charges or fees applicable to the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. The prize winners may be required to execute (and have notarized) an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and a Publicity Release ("Affidavit/Release") which must be returned to and received by Sponsor or its third party service provider within ten (10) days from winners' receipt of the Affidavit/Release. The winners may also be required to complete a Form 1099 before receiving their prize(s). The prize winners may also be required to send Sponsor appropriate proof of age. Any failure to comply with the foregoing will result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be chosen. Return of the prize, the prize notification, or the Affidavit/Release as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. The winners' entry into the Contest and/or acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its affiliates to use the winners' name, the submitted photo and/or video, and/or likeness for advertising and trade purposes without further compensation, worldwide and in perpetuity, in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, including without limitation in Sponsor's newsletters, on the Sponsor's website located at, Sponsor’s Instagram News Feed at or Sponsor's Facebook page at All entrants agree to comply with these Official Rules. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest and any person who does not comply with these Official Rules, will be ineligible for the prize and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


If, for reasons beyond Sponsor's control, the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, such as tampering or bugs or infection by computer virus, Sponsor at its sole discretion, reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify the Contest, without liability. Sponsor is not responsible for its own, its third party service provider's, or any entrant's computer system, hardware, software or program malfunction or other errors, failures, delayed computer or email transmissions or network connections that are either human or technical in nature.

This Contest is void where prohibited, restricted or taxed by law.

Disclaimers: All Contest entrants agree that Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, sales representatives, distributors, advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively "Sponsor Affiliates"), shall not be liable for losses or injuries of any kind resulting from acceptance or use, including misuse, of the prize, or any entrant's participation in the Contest, or any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, transmission line, computer system or network, computer equipment, hardware, software, or any combination thereof, or any entries that are late (including delayed data transmissions), tampered with, garbled, incomplete, misdirected, lost, mutilated, delayed, corrupted, mechanically duplicated, illegible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules.

Entrants also agree that Sponsor Affiliates are not responsible or liable for any injury or damage to an entrant's or third person's computer related to or resulting from the Contest or its prizes. Sponsor Affiliates are not liable for damage to a user's computer system in any way due to an entrant's participation in the Contest or downloading any information in connection with the Contest, including without limitation any server failure, lost, delayed or corrupted data or other malfunction. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or cancel the Contest in the event that it becomes technically corrupted.

Rules/Winner List: For an additional copy of these Official Rules or the name of the winners, send a stamped, self-address envelope, specifying your request to: O.A.R.S., #OARSlife Instagram Photo Contest, PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222. The winners' names will be available after September 25, 2015.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

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