Contest Rules and Regulations

CFDA “Fashion Instagrammer of the Year” Rules and Regulations


Submitting an Entry constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Judges, which shall be final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest.


  1. Contest Entry Dates: The CFDA “Fashion Instagrammer of the Year” Contest (the “Contest”) begins at 12:00:01 A.M. Eastern Time ("ET") on May 19, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 P.M. ET on May 30, 2014 (the "Contest Period"). Administrator’s clock is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

  2. Administrator: The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (the “CFDA”).

  3. Who May Enter: The Contest is open only to the following eight (8) nominees, who have been selected by a committee of key fashion influencers and the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards nominees (each such nominee, “you” or “Entrant”):

  4. How to Enter the Contest: To enter, follow the directions outlined in the CFDA website blog post listing at http://bit.ly/CFDAxInstagram. During the Contest Period, you may enter the Contest by publishing a visually arresting photo to your personal Instagram account that features the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards nominee that was assigned to you by the Administrator using pieces of clothing and/or jewelry designed by the nominee or any other CFDA nominees/honorees for the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards. All photos must be published to your personal Instagram account with a @CFDA tag and the hashtag #myCFDA. Photos and captions published to your personal Instagram account must be done so in accordance with the Instagram Terms of Use found at http://instagram.com/legal/terms/. All entry materials (including the tagged photo and caption) submitted during the Contest Period are referred to herein as the "Entry". Entrant must have a public Instagram account to enter.  Entrant may publish more than one Entry to his or her personal Instagram account during the Contest Period.

    Please note the following important Entry requirements: 
    • The Entry must not have been submitted previously in a contest or promotion of any kind or previously exhibited or displayed publicly (i.e., disclosed beyond your immediate circle of friends and family) through any means.
    • The Entry must not contain content that is known by you to be false, inaccurate or misleading.
    • Any Entry deemed inappropriate or unsuitable, in Administrator’s sole discretion, will be disqualified. Entries must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent (including but not limited to nudity, or pornography), profane, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous (including words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, gender, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic group).
    • The Entry must not contain or depict material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination, including without limitation, discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
    • The Entry must not contain any content that infringes or may infringe third party rights including, without limitation, any copyright, name, trademark, logo, trade dress, or other personal or proprietary right of any person living or deceased (including, but not limited to, rights of privacy or publicity or portrayal in a false light) or entity, or be otherwise objectionable. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, publicly-displayed and publicly-accessible CFDA content, materials, or products are permitted for this Contest.
    • The Entry photo must not include any anti-social, political or religious groups. Entries must not contain advertisements, personal solicitations or commercial solicitations.
    • Photos may not be owned, taken or edited by a professional photographer unless Entrant is a professional photographer.
    • The Entry must not contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, bots, spyware or any other computer code that is intended to damage, interfere with, or surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information.
    • The Entry must not disparage any persons or organizations associated with the CFDA.
    • Administrator is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, stolen, invalid, unintelligible, undeliverable or misdirected Entries, which will be disqualified. Administrator is not responsible if online service or equipment is interrupted including, without limitation, (1) interruptions to any network, server, Internet, website, telephone, satellite, computer or other connections, (2) failures of any telephone, satellite, hardware, software or other equipment, (3) garbled, misdirected or jumbled transmissions, (4) other errors of any kind, whether human, technical, mechanical or electronic, (5) the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information or the failure to capture any such information, or (6) printing or typographical errors.

  5. Public Voting; Judging. The CFDA “Fashion Instagrammer of the Year” will be determined by public voting. Only natural persons who, as of the date of such person’s vote is submitted, are at least 13 years of age and have a valid Instagram account may vote. During the Contest Period, all eligible Entries will be posted on each Entrant’s personal Instagram account and on custom Entrant profiles found at http://bit.ly/CFDAxInstagram where voters can access an aggregated collection of each Entrant’s Entries. The general public will be invited to vote for their favorite Entrant by “liking” any one (1) or more of the Entrant’s Instagrams that include the @CFDA tag and the hashtag #myCFDA. Limit one (1) “like” on each Entry per each eligible voter during the Contest Period. Each eligible voter may “like” more than one Entry posted by the same Entrant and/or Entries from more than one Entrant. Administrator will tabulate the number of “likes” on each Entrant’s Entries. The one (1) Entrant with the highest total number of valid “likes” during the Contest Period will be deemed the CFDA “Fashion Instagrammer of the Year” for the Contest Period. In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges selected by the CFDA (the “Judges”) will determine the CFDA “Fashion Instagrammer of the Year” for the Contest Period from among the tied Entrants based on relevant criteria determined by the Judges in their sole discretion. The CFDA “Fashion Instagrammer of the Year” will receive the Grand Prize.

  6. Grand Prize: The opportunity to attend the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards to be held on June 2, 2014 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, New York (the “Awards”), as a special guest of the CFDA. The winner will be announced on CFDA.com and other CFDA social media channels and the “Fashion on Facebook” page. The winner will be notified by the CFDA at the e-mail address provided to the CFDA by the Entrant and by Instagram message. Administrator will make up to two (2) attempts to re-award the Grand Prize in the event that it is forfeited, undeliverable or unclaimed. The grand prize is non-transferable, non-refundable, and non-assignable and may not be redeemed for cash. IMPORTANT: If the chosen winner lives more than fifty (50) square miles outside New York, NY, winner must provide their own transportation to and from the Awards.

  7. Privacy: By providing this information, you authorize Administrator to collect, process and use your photos and to store your information at and transmit it to various locations throughout the world, either directly or through third party vendors, whether within your country of residence, the United States, or elsewhere.

  8. General Rules: By participating in the Contest, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects. All Entries will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address registered to the Instagram account that submitted the Entry. "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Winner is subject to be removed from the Awards if behaving inappropriately or if publishing any egregious or distasteful content on the CFDA’s Instagram platform or any other public-facing platform hosted by the CFDA. Winner is solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes associated with the receipt of the Grand Prize. Administrator reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify, cancel, terminate and/or suspend the Contest and to disqualify any individual who tampers with the Entry process, violates these Official Rules or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Administrator may exclude any Entrant who, in Administrator’s sole discretion, has been disqualified, has questionable eligibility or is otherwise ineligible to enter. Administrator may change, amend, modify or supplement these Official Rules at any time in its sole discretion.

  9. Administrator’s Rights to Entries: For the good and valuable consideration of participating in the Contest and having your Entry considered for use by the CFDA or any of its social media channels or websites and/or as otherwise detailed below, sufficiency of which, you hereby acknowledge, you hereby grant to the CFDA an unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, fully sublicensable and transferable right and license to use, copy, reproduce, modify, edit, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, transmit, display, and perform such Entry, in whole or in part, in any media, format or technology, whether now known or later discovered, and in any manner including all promotional, advertising, marketing, publicity, and commercial uses and ancillary uses thereof, without any further notice or payment to or permission needed from you (except where prohibited by law). You also hereby grant to the Administrator an unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, fully sublicensable and transferable right and license to use your name, likeness, Entry, nickname, user name, Instagram user name, and biographical information (collectively "Personal Content") as contained in your Entry, in composite or distorted form or as otherwise incorporated into other creative works of authorship, in any media, format or technology, whether now known or later discovered, and in any manner including all promotional, advertising, marketing, publicity, and commercial uses and ancillary uses thereof, without any further notice or payment to or permission needed from you (except where prohibited by law). Without limitation of the foregoing, submission of an Entry constitutes your agreement that the Administrator is permitted (but are not obligated) to display the Entry online (whether on Administrator’s web pages, applications or on third party web pages or applications), to incorporate the Entry in online and offline promotional advertising, marketing, and/or other commercial materials, and to reproduce, adapt and distribute the Entry in all media now known or later developed. In addition, you hereby grant to the CFDA unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, fully sublicensable and transferable right and license in and to all rights, titles, and interests that you may be deemed to have in any reproduction, product, or derivative work using or incorporating the Entry. You represent and warrant that: (i) the Entry and the use of your Entry contemplated in these Official Rules does not and will not infringe on any copyright or trademark or any other third-party right (personal, proprietary, or otherwise) or violate any applicable law, rule or regulation, and (ii) you have the right to grant any and all necessary rights and licenses provided herein, including without limitation, all necessary copyright, trademark and other related rights to the Entry and Personal Content, free and clear of all claims and encumbrances and without violating the rights of any person or entity, including without limitation any right of privacy or publicity or any other personal or proprietary right. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the Entry or to be compensated for any such uses.

  10. Liability Release: By entering the Contest, you (on behalf of yourself and your affiliates, successors, assigns, and representatives) release and hold harmless Administrator (and each of its officers, directors, employees, professional advisors, agents, retailers, shareholders, members, and representatives) from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest, your Entry, or delivery, mis-delivery, acceptance, possession, or use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, intellectual property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory. Without limitation of the foregoing, in no event will you be entitled to, and you waive any right to, enjoin, restrain or interfere with use of the Entry or your Personal Content as permitted hereunder or the exploitation of any of the Administrator’s rights hereunder. You further agree to release and indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Administrator (and each of its officers, directors, employees, professional advisors, agents, retailers, shareholders, members, and representatives) from any and all claims that any commercial, advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Administrator infringes on your rights as contained in the Entry. You agree that you shall have no right of approval, no claim to compensation or benefit, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based upon invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, defamation, or right or publicity) arising out of any use of Entry or Personal Content or any editing, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in partial or composite form, whether or not intentional.

  11. Applicable Laws and Jurisdiction: This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, local, municipal and provincial laws and regulations. Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York in the United States, without regard to any principles of conflict of laws. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in the count of New York, State of New York in the United States. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of New York in the United States and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of New York in the United States. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket damages (excluding attorneys’ fees) associated with participation in this Contest and shall not include any punitive, special, incidental and/or consequential or other damages, including, without limitation, lost profits.

  12. Winners List: For the names of the winners, send a self-addressed, U.S. postage stamped envelope to: CFDA “Fashion Instagrammer of the Year” Winners List Request, c/o Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc., 65 Bleecker Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10012 by July 31, 2014.

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