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THE ATLAS ART CONTEST

OFFICIAL RULES

PURPOSE: Art has a persuasive power like no other form of human communication. Artists projectand viewers respond toa re-creation of reality: an imagined reality informed by our beliefs, values, and emotions.

Though Ayn Rand is reveredand reviledas an intellectual, a writer, and a philosopher, she was, above all, an artist. Through her drama, she projected a romantic vision of a different worlda world in which heroic men and women struggled against and ultimately triumphed over immense obstacles. She used art to portray people not as they are but as they could be: to illuminate human potential, to light the path forward, and to lead the way.

Rand observed that a moral ideal is "almost impossible to communicate without the assistance of art." Today, the moral ideals of reason, achievement, and individualism are in danger of being lost, with dire consequences for a free society. These ideals must be renewed in every generation through the imagination and talent of artists who, like Rand, can lead the way.

To encourage this renewal, we at the Atlas Societya 25-year-old think tank devoted to the philosophy of Objectivismwill invite artists to explore Ayn Rand's world of ideas in visually arresting, engaging, and alluring new ways. Painting, sculpture, cartoon, photographyentrants choose the media as they also compete for cash prizes.

THIS CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. DO NOT ENTER UNLESS YOU MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND ARE LOCATED 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. NO PURCHASE OF GOODS IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OF GOODS DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Eligibility: The Atlas Art Contest is open only to individuals who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. The following individuals are not eligible: employees, contractors, directors, and officers of The Atlas Society ("Sponsor"), its parent, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies and organizations, and the web design, advertising, judging, and promotion agencies involved in the administration, development, and execution of this Contest (collectively "Contest Parties"), and the immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or "step" of each) of, and those living in the same households as, each such individual. Contest is void where prohibited.

OVERVIEW

The Atlas Society will hold three art contests by the end of 2017.

Contest 1:

July 18, 2016 (noon EST) - December 10, 2016 (noon EST)

Theme - The Entrepreneur: Risk and Reward

Contest 2:

January 1, 2017 (noon EST) - May 28 (noon EST)

Theme - Building: Blue Sky and Blueprints

Contest 3:

July 18, 2017 (noon EST) - December 10, 2017 (noon EST)

Theme - Heroines: The Women of Ayn Rand

Eligible individuals may enter any of these Contests by creating an original piece of art, taking a photograph of the work, and submitting the photograph as described below in the "How to Enter" section.

At the end of the entry period, all Entries will be assessed by a qualified panel of judges. Four (4) judges will each select five (5) Finalists for a total of twenty (20) Finalists. Eligible Finalist Entries, which adhere to the rules as stated herein, will be posted in an online consumer voting gallery, and the three (3) Entries receiving the most votes will be deemed the Contest winners. All decisions are final.

Prizes

  • First Place $5,000 (USD)
  • Second Place $2,500 (USD)
  • Third Place $1,000 (USD)

Taxes: Winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes. [See "Prizes" for restrictions and further details]

HOW TO ENTER

CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD(S)

Contest 1:

Theme - The Entrepreneur: Risk and Reward

Entry Period: July 18, 2016 (noon EST) - September 30, 2016 (EST)

Finalist Selection: October 1, 2016 (12:01 p.m. EST) - October 15 (noon EST)

Public Voting: October 20, 2016 (noon EST) - November 23, 2016 (noon EST)

Winners Announced: December 10, 2016

Contest 2:

Theme - Building: Blue Sky and Blueprints

Entry Period: January 1, 2017 (noon EST) - March 14, 2017 (noon EST)

Finalist Selection: March 17, 2017 (12:01 p.m. EST) - April 3, 2017 (noon EST)

Public Voting: April 8, 2017 (noon EST) - May 20, 2017 (noon EST)

Winners Announced: May 28, 2017

Contest 3:

Theme - Heroines: The Women of Ayn Rand

Entry Period: July 18, 2017 (noon EST) - September 30, 2017 (noon EST)

Finalist Selection: October 1, 2017 (12:01 p.m. EST) - October 15, 2017 (noon EST)

Public Voting: October 20, 2017 (noon EST) - November 23, 2017 (noon EST)

Winners Announced: December 10, 2017

During the entry period(s):

Go to www.AtlasSociety.org [the "Website"] and follow the instructions to access and complete the online entry form, and upload an image of your work of art.  All images must adhere to the Entry Requirements and Entry Restrictions specified below.

You may submit more than one Entry; however, each Entry must be unique and different from any other Entry you submit.  There are no restrictions to the number of contests artists can submit work to, nor the number of pieces they can submit, nor the number of prizes they can win. Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution, and may not violate U.S. copyright laws.

Entries that meet the Entry Requirements, Content Requirements, and Conditions of Entry specified below may be posted to the Website and/or other Atlas Society-affiliated websites and social media sites.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • A completed online entry form including your name, phone number, email address, and the name of your Entry.
  • A title for your Entry.
  • Describe how your entry fits the contest theme (limit 150 characters)
  • Upload a digital photograph of a piece of art you created. [See “Images” below for sizing requirements]
  • Image files must be labeled in the following format: Last name_first name_title of art.jpg

RefundsContest 1: From July 18 through September 23, refunds will be granted to contestants who request a refund within 3 business days of the submission of their work.
To request a refund, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and the title of your entry. The Atlas Society will respond promptly to your request.

Contest 2: From January 1 (2017) through March 7, refunds will be granted to contestants who request a refund within 3 business days of the submission of their work.
To request a refund, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and the title of your entry. The Atlas Society will respond promptly to your request.

Contest 3: From July 18 (2017) through September 23, refunds will be granted to contestants who request a refund within 3 business days of the submission of their work.
To request a refund, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and the title of your entry. The Atlas Society will respond promptly to your request.

IMAGES

Image files must be labeled in the following format: Last name_first name_title of art. Your images are best represented at 1000px on the longest side and a resolution of 72dpi. Acceptable file formats are: jpg, gif, and png. Note: File size cannot exceed 5MB.

Entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on the date specified above in the "Contest Entry Periods" Section. Once the entry form is completed and the Entry is uploaded, the Entry is final and may not be modified, supplement, or edited. Submissions which include an image that fails to adhere to any of the requirements set forth in these Official Rules as determined by The Atlas Society, in their sole discretion, may be disqualified.

THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS

By submitting an Entry, Entrant represents that he/she owns all rights to each element of his/her Entry, including, without limitation, any and all copyrights in the image. If someone other than the Entrant captured the image, Entrant further represents that he/she has obtained an assignment of rights from the third party who captured, modeled for, or participated in the image. Sponsor's determination as to whether the image violates the rights of any third party is final.

ENTRY RESTRICTIONS

No third party trademarks/logos/intellectual property. Be careful that your image and/or caption doesn't inadvertently contain a trademark or logo because that may cause your image to be disqualified. Examples: a trademark/logo on a baseball cap, sneakers, or t-shirt. The ONLY permitted trademark or logo is The Atlas Society logo, which is not required to be in your image, and will not influence the judging.

Sponsor is not responsible for late or incomplete Entries. If a problem occurs in the online submission process or in uploading an image, Entrant should receive an "Error" message. However, the responsibility to electronically complete the Entry process and upload an image is the Entrant's and the Sponsor shall not be responsible for any image not actually received due to incomplete or improper transmission. Similarly, the Sponsor has no obligation to advise Entrant of an incomplete Entry.

CONTENT REQUIREMENTS

Entrants may capture the image themselves, or Entrants may have another person capture the image. If someone other than the Entrant has captured the image, the Entrant must have permission from that person to submit the image and Entrant must be able to obtain a signed release from the photographer upon the request of Sponsor.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Entrant warrants and represents that the image:

  • is an original work; If there are collaborators on the project, they must be named on the entry form. The Atlas Society reserves the right to request proof that your entry is your original work. Non-compliance with this rule by the Entrant will disqualify the Entry.
  • does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy, publicity rights, ownership, or any other legal rights of any third party.

At the discretion of The Atlas Society, winners may be required to ship the original Entry (framed if a painting) of the Entry to The Atlas Society at a location to be determined by The Atlas Society in order to display the work to the public. If The Atlas Society requests shipment, The Atlas Society will pay shipping costs for the work of art to the display location and back to the artist once the public display is completed. The request, if made, will be conveyed to the winner at the time of winner notification. The Atlas Society will be granted the right to display the work at a location of its choosing for up to three months.

Each entrant irrevocably grants Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents, and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit, and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), each element of the Entrant's Entry, and use of the Entrant's name, likeness, photograph (collectively, "Likeness"), and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Entrant's name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without compensation or approval from the Entrant or any other party. Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal rights that might preclude the Sponsor's use of any element of the Entry, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor for the use of any element of the Entry or Entrant's Likeness or statements. Entrant further grants all end users of Sponsor's Website (a) the ability to rate, vote, review, comment on, and tag the Entry; (b) the ability to send and distribute the Entry via email, instant messenger, and via social media or other electronic means.

Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor, its agencies, and Contest Parties, and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the "Indemnities"), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnities due to or arising out of the use of any element of Entrant's Entry, or the Entrant's conduct in submitting an Entry or creating and image or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violation of an individual's right of publicity or right of privacy, or defamation. Entrant further agrees to release Sponsor from any and all claims that any advertising subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Sponsor infringes Entrant's rights with regard to any elements or ideas contained in any element of the Entry.

SELECTION OF FINALISTS, PUBLIC VOTING, AND WINNERS

Selection of Finalists

Entries will be judged by a qualified panel of judges as determined by the Sponsor. The judges will evaluate each Entry based on the following judging criteria:

  • Does the submitted artwork fit the theme of the contest?
  • Is there a creative interpretation of the theme?
  • Is the work original and thought-provoking?
  • Is there overall quality and command of the medium being used?
  • Does the Entry have a high level of artistic and creative merit?

Note: The quality of the images will also play a role in the judging process.

Up to twenty (20) Entrants in each contest will be declared Potential Finalists by the judges, subject to verification, and will be notified at the contact information provided at the time of entry. Potential Finalists will be notified within three (3) days after the "Finalist Selection" is complete. Potential Finalists must respond within forty-eight (48) hours. If a Potential Finalist does not respond in the allotted time, the Potential Finalist will be disqualified and a different Potential Finalist will be selected. Judges' decisions are final.

Potential Finalists may be required to complete, sign, and return and Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release, and, where lawful, Publicity Release. If required, all completed documents must be returned to Contract Administrator within seven (7) days of the date notice was sent or Potential Finalist status will be forfeited and an alternate Potential Finalist will be selected.

Potential Finalists who follow these terms will be deemed "verified" as Finalists and have their Entries move to public voting.

Potential Finalist Selection will occur on or about:

  • Contest 1: October 1, 2016 (12:01 p.m. EST) - October 15, 2016 (noon EST)
  • Contest 2: March 17, 2017 (12:01 p.m. EST) - April 3, 2017 (noon EST)
  • Contest 3: October 1, 2017 (12:01 p.m. EST) - October 15, 2017 (noon EST)

Public Voting

Verified Finalists will be announced on the Sponsor's Website at www.AtlasSociety.org. The Finalists' Entries will be posted for public voting at the Contest Website for approximately one month, starting on or about:

  • Contest 1: October 20, 2016 (noon EST) - November 23, 2016 (noon EST)
  • Contest 2: April 8, 2017 (noon EST) - May 20, 2017 (noon EST)
  • Contest 3: October 20, 2017 (noon EST) - November 23, 2017 (noon EST)

Finalists' Entries may also be posted for public voting on other social media pages operated by Sponsor during the same period, at Sponsor's sole discretion.

Limit one (1) vote per IP address.

Consumers will be asked to vote on which Finalist Entry is the best Finalist Entry based on the same judging criteria listed above in "Selection of Finalists." A Finalist may encourage family and friends to vote for his or her Entry, but a Finalist may not attempt to induce others to vote for his or her Entry through the use of any incentive, sweepstakes, or other promotion.

Any use of automatic voting methods by any party will void all such votes and may result in the Finalist's Entry being declared ineligible and disqualified from the Contest. Any attempt by a Finalist and/or his/her family or friends or community to vote more than once per IP address using "bot" technology and/or any other fraudulent mechanism, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, shall give Sponsor the right to disqualify the Finalist.

WINNERS

Per Contest, the Finalists whose Entries receive the most votes will be deemed the First Place winner for the respective contest.

PRIZES PER CONTEST

  • First Place $5,000 (USD)
  • Second Place $2,500 (USD)
  • Third Place $1,000 (USD)

Taxes: Winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes.

Potential Display of Winning Entries

At the discretion of The Atlas Society, the three contest winners may be required to send their original work of art, framed if a painting, to be hung for up to three months at a location to be determined at the sole discretion of The Atlas Society. The work will be returned to the winner at the expense of The Atlas Society at the end of the display period.

Publicity

Except where prohibited, participation in The Atlas Art Contest constitutes winner's consent to The Atlas Society's and its representatives' use of winners' name, likeness, photograph, entry, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Potential Finalists and Winners are subject to verification, including without limitation, verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Potential Finalists must respond to verification contact within forty-eight (48) hours of notification. Finalists may be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release and, where lawful, Publicity Release. All completed documents must be returned to Contract Administrator within 7 days of the date notice was sent or Finalist status will be forfeited and an alternate Finalist may be selected.

Notification of Finalist or winner status must be kept confidential until the Finalists and winners are announced by Sponsor. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disqualification. All winners are solely responsible for any taxes on their respective individual prizes. No substitution of prize will be offered, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prizes are non-transferable.

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion to cancel, modify or terminate the Contest. Further, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (b) violating the Official Rules; or (c) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to abuse, threaten, or harass any other person.

Entrants/Finalists agree that the Sponsor has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of Sponsor are final and binding. This Contest is governed by the laws of Washington, D.C., and by entering; Entrants/Finalists agree that all claims or disputes must be resolved exclusively in the federal or state courts in Washington, D.C.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE: No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor or Contest Parties resulting from any user's participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Contest. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Sponsor or Contest Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Contest: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Website or social media, in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Website; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Contest. Sponsor and Contest Parties are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Website. Use of the Website or social media (“Released Parties”) is at user's own risk. Sponsor, the Contest Parties, and social media sites are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained by user's or any other person's computer equipment resulting from participation in the Contest, use of the Website or the download of any information from the Website. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant releases the Released Parties from any and all claims, damages, or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant's participation in the Contest. By accepting a prize, winners agree that the Released Parties shall not be liable for any loss or injury resulting from participation in the Contest, or the acceptance or use of any prize. The Released Parties are not liable in the event that any portion of the Contest or scheduled Events are cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control.

Winners List: Winners will be listed at AtlasSociety.org on the dates stated for each respective contest in the areas above titled “Winners Announced.”

Privacy: By submitting an Entry in this Contest, each Entrant agrees to Sponsor's use of personal information submitted on the participant’s Entry form.

Sponsor:
The Atlas Society, PO Box 7601, PMB 94614, Washington, DC 20004
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 202-296-7263.
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