Rules, Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

The following “Spot the Bus”  contest is open to persons who are legal residents of the United States (and the District of Columbia) excluding Puerto Rico, and are at least 16 years of age as of the date of entering the contest. Persons under the age of 18 must have permission of parent or legal guardian to participate. Employees of the Federal Republic of Germany affiliated with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC, or the German Missions in the United States, as well as their immediate families, are welcome to make a submission but are not eligible for any prizes. All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever prohibited by federal, state, or local laws.

1. Administrator

The Administrator of this contest is the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC, 4645 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC, 20007.

2. How To Enter

The “Spot the Bus” contest runs from 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time, October 27, 2014,  through 11:59 p.m. ET, December 19, 2014. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 19, 2014.

Only entries submitted via publication on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and using the hashtag #spotthebus will be considered valid.

Entry must be complete to be eligible. In order to complete the entry, the entrant must a) submit a photo, video or description of the location of one of the German Embassy's “Spot the Bus” buses of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and b) upon request, provide all required contact information to representatives of the German Embassy.

For purposes of determining prize eligibility, one entry per person/account on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook only. Online entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address attached to the social media account used to submit the photo at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” shall mean the individual to whom the email address is assigned by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. Entries submitted in any ways other than described here are not eligible.

Administrator reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the contest or website; violates the official rules; or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. By entering, entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the administrator.

3. Prizes

Prizes are “” promotional items. Administrator reserves the right to select items in each prize package. Administrator reserves the right to change prizes or combinations available at any time.

Administrator reserves the right to any final decision with regard to contest rules and rule changes, and to the prizes awarded to the winners. Prizes may not be endorsed, transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at the Administrator’s sole discretion. Specifics of the prizes are subject to change in Administrator’s sole discretion. 

4. Winners

Each entrant must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. 

Each eligible entrant will receive one gift package as described in No. 3.

Names of the entrants and winners and their photo submissions will be published on and shared via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

5. Notification

Winners will receive prize by mail within eight weeks of eligible entry without prior notification. If prize is returned as undeliverable, the winner’s rights to the prize will be forfeited.

6. General Rules

All entries become the property of Administrator and will not be acknowledged or returned. Every entrant represents and warrants to the Administrator that he/she has the absolute right, power and authority to transfer the ownership of the materials submitted to Administrator and that neither the materials nor their use shall infringe upon or violate the right of privacy or right of publicity of, or constitute a libel or slander against, or violate any common law or any other right of, any person or entity. Administrator has the right to edit and/or alter any submission and reserves the right to not use the material submitted at all and/or as little of the material in the Administrator’s sole discretion.

Administrator and its agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions, telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled or delayed electronic communications whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this contest which may limit the ability to participate or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in this contest. Administrator reserves the right to cancel the promotion if it becomes technically corrupted, and award prize from eligible entries received prior to cancellation. By entering, entrants agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Administrator and Co-Sponsor in connection with the contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the United States of America, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. Administrator does not submit to the jurisdiction of a United States court, and does not waive its sovereign immunity by entering into this Agreement or submitting to a dispute resolution mechanism.


7. Privacy Notice

When submitting material, entrant will be asked for full name, mailing address, email account, telephone number, and status vis-à-vis the Federal Foreign Office. By submitting a contribution entrant agrees to correctly and completely state the data inquired. Administrator reserves the right to remove any entrant from the competition not complying with these terms without prior notice. If material is selected for publication it will be published along with the name and city of entrant. The additional contact information provided by entrant are to enable the Administrator to contact entrant in case of technical problems with the submission, and for sending the chosen gift package. Information of entrant’s status vis-à-vis the German Federal Foreign Office is needed in order to decide whether entrant is eligible for any of the prizes. Administrator values the privacy of entrant and will use entrant data only for the purposes described above. In particular, Administrator will not pass on the data to third parties.

8. Exclusions

Any recourse to courts of law, also in Germany, excluded.

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