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Beautiful World Photo Competition

Terms and conditions

Here are the terms and conditions which apply to Lonely Planet's Beautiful World promotion. They include permission for us to use your entry after the competition (see: What happens to my entry? below). Please read all terms carefully - they contain important stuff you should know. By submitting your entry, you agree that these conditions of entry apply to your entry.

Who's running the show?

The promoter is Lonely Planet Publications Pty Limited (ABN 36 005 607 983) of 90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray, Victoria 3011 Australia. Our friends at World Expeditions PTY LTD (ABN 36 127 619 925) of Level 5, 71 York St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia are our promotional partner.

Information about the prizes and how to enter form part of these conditions of entry. Any changes to these conditions of entry will be published at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/photocomp , so you should check these conditions of entry regularly. These conditions of entry are governed by the laws of Australia.

Can I play?

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter this competition. The laws in some places don't allow Lonely Planet to run this promotion, in which case the promotion and these conditions of entry are void in those places. Also, you can't enter this promotion if you (or your immediate families or housemates) are employed by Lonely Planet, World Expeditions PTY LTD, or their subsidiaries and affiliated companies.

How do I play?

To enter, take a photograph that represents one of the following themes: 'Celebration', 'Community', 'Untamed' or 'Space'. Once you've taken your picture you can enter in one of two ways:

  • Enter via Twitter

    Tweet your photograph from your Twitter account and tag your entry with #lpbeautifulworld and #contest. You must also mention "@lonelyplanet" in your tweet in order for us to receive your entry (if you don't, it's possible your entry could be filtered out of search results, and we won't receive it); OR

  • Enter via our website

    Go to our Beautiful World competition page at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/photocomp You can log in using your Facebook or Twitter account login details, or you can enter your name and email address directly at the competition page. Once you've logged in / entered your details and checked the box to accept these terms and conditions, click on the ├ČUpload├« button to upload your photo from your computer or, where you've logged in with your Facebook or Twitter details, you can also upload a photograph from your Facebook, Instagram or Flickr account. Photos are accepted in jpeg, gif or png formats. Finally, write a description of your photo and choose the category you would like to enter it in.

You don't have to buy anything to enter. You can enter between 12am AEST on 8th October 2013 and 12am AEST on 6th January 2014. Your entry is received at the time Lonely Planet receives it. Incomplete and invalid entries will not be accepted. If your entry gets lost in cyberspace or doesn't arrive for any other reason, that's not Lonely Planet's fault.

All entries will be displayed at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/photocomp and will be open to public vote. You can enter 10 photographs a day and vote up to 200 times each day during the promotion period but you cannot vote for your own entry. Lonely Planet reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who has engaged in unlawful or improper conduct that is designed to jeopardise the fair conduct of the promotion or is generally damaging to the reputation of Lonely Planet, or has otherwise breached these conditions of entry (as determined in Lonely Planet's sole discretion).

Lonely Planet might have to extend the dates of the promotion but only if it's totally unavoidable (for example, if the competition entry page is unavailable for 24 hours or more) and we'll let you know if we do.

How do you pick the winner?

Rather than consulting tea leaves, finalists will be chosen as follows:

Category Finalists

Two judges will review all eligible entries and judge them based on creativity and best representation of the category theme. A finalist will be selected for each category.

Public Vote

Whichever photograph receives the most votes from the public will also be chosen as a finalist.

Grand Prize Winner

A third (independent) judge will review all finalists and select the best overall entry. The finalists will all be judged on creativity and best representation their category theme.

The unenviable task of judging will happen in a small, dark room at BBC Media Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London, W12 7TQ, United Kingdom, on 13th January 2014 (or at an undisclosed location otherwise determined as required by Lonely Planet). The judges' decision is final (so there!) and no correspondence will be entered into, even if you think that sucks. Lady luck has nothing to do with this promotion.

Lonely Planet can cancel or modify the promotion if there are compelling technical or administrative reasons which we cannot control. If that happens, Lonely Planet will choose the winner(s) from all eligible entries received at that time.

What can I win?

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  1. Either:
    • A place for one person on World Expeditions' 17 day Tibet with Richard l'Anson tour (trip code RIT). Detailed tour information, inclusions and itinerary are available via World Expeditions Tour Page.

      Please note that this tour departs on 24th April 2014. If the winner is unable to travel on 24th April 2014 the Tibet tour will be replaced with the Lhasa tour below. This tour is provided by World Expeditions - approximate retail value AUD$4,990.

    • A place for one person on World Expeditions 14 day High Road to Lhasa tour (trip code: HRL). Detailed tour information, inclusion, itinerary and departure dates are available at World Expeditions Tour Page.

      Please note that the prize winner must depart before 31 December 2014. Tour is provided by World Expeditions - approximate retail value AUD$3290.

    Both tours are subject to subject to the trip reaching minimum numbers to depart. If you do not wish to share a room with another tour participant, a single supplement of AUD$430 will be payable. Reservations must be made directly with World Expeditions and a booking form must be completed and signed by the participant acknowledging World Expeditions terms and conditions of participation.

  2. AUD$2235 to be used towards the purchase of one return economy airfare from the nearest international airport to the winner's home city, which services flights to Tibet (provided by Lonely Planet). The winner will be responsible for any additional cost for the airfares over and above this amount. If the total cost of the airfare is less than this amount, the winner will not receive the balance in cash or any other method;
  3. The Grand Prize Winners image will be featured on www.lonelyplanet.com.

All Finalists will receive:

  1. Lonely Planet's Beautiful World (Hardback pictorial) (provided by Lonely Planet - approximate retail value AUD$54.99.
  2. Each image selected as a Finalist will be featured on www.lonelyplanet.com. Total prize value is approximately AUD$5,800 to $7,500. These prize values are accurate at the start of the promotion.

How do I find out if I won?

We'll give the winner the good news by email and their name(s) will be published on www.lonelyplanet.com within 2 days after selection. If youre riddled with curiosity, send an email to CS_Comps@lonelyplanet.com.au (including the name of the promotion) within 3 months of the closing date of the promotion, and we'll respond and tell you who won.

Lonely Planet will do its best to find the winners. But if we cant, or a winner hasnt accepted the prize by 9th April 2014, the next best entry as chosen by the judges will be declared the winner.

If you do win

We may ask you to provide proof of identify, residency and age, so that we are sure you are who you say you are and are eligible to receive the prize. We'll decide whether the proof you provide is adequate (but generally speaking, a certified copy of your passport or drivers licence will be sufficient). If you cant provide, or refuse to provide, suitable proof, then unfortunately you will be disqualified, and we will choose another winner.

You cant exchange the prize for cash, or ask us to give it to someone else (not that you'd want to!). The World Expedition tours cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or offers. We will use reasonable efforts to award the prize as described but if, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to do that, well substitute it either for cash or another prize of comparable value, but well decide which.

You'll be responsible for all taxes, insurance, meals, pre / post night hotels and airport transfers, domestic transfers, spending money, sightseeing activities (beyond those included as part of the prize), any forced stopover accommodation or other ancillary costs not mentioned in the detailed trip notes or within these terms and conditions including any other expenses, fees and costs connected with the prize that are not included in the prize description. If, in order to take the prize, youre lucky enough to need a valid passport and/or other necessary travel documentation and visas, youll need to sort those out for yourself (including finding out what documents you need).

You are responsible for your use of the prize, including complying with any applicable terms and conditions of use. Of course, if you win a prize, youll be good and comply with all relevant laws, rules and regulations.

Please note that the nature of the prize may be such that it poses health or safety risks, or risks normally associated with travel to you. For this reason, you and your guest should consider any health, safety and travel risks and take appropriate precautions (including arrange insurances) to guard against those risks.

Lonely Planet is not responsible for use of the prize which results in:

  1. loss that was not reasonably foreseeable;
  2. loss that was not caused by our breach of this deed or by our negligence;
  3. business losses (such as lost data, lost profits or business interruptions) or loss suffered by non-consumers;
  4. losses caused by factors which could reasonably be considered to be outside our control (such as faults in third party equipment, or delayed or cancelled flights); and
  5. any loss caused, or contributed to, by your breach of conditions of entry or your negligence.

What happens to my entry?

You agree that all of your entry is your own work.

Copyright licence:

Unless you opt-out of this licence by emailing us at beautifulworld@lonelyplanet.com (instructions below), in return for entering the competition you grant Lonely Planet a worldwide, non-exclusive, revocable licence in perpetuity to reproduce, publish, adapt, communicate and broadcast all or part of your entry in any media for any purpose including for the purposes of this competition and inclusion in Lonely Planet products and marketing materials. This licence includes the right to sublicense your image to third parties.

On submission, you also consent to us editing, re-using, storing, reproducing and communicating your entry in any medium. Generally, we will attribute you as the photographer where possible, but in some circumstances, we may decide not to.

Opting Out of the Copyright Licence:

If you wish to opt-out of the licence please contact us at beautifulworld@lonelyplanet.com and include in your email a copy of the image and the email address you entered with for our reference. We will then only use your image for purposes in relation to the competition and after the competition we will delete the image from all of our databases.

Your Personal Information:

Lonely Planet and its promotional partners will only use the personal information contained in your entry to conduct the promotion, award the prizes and for the purposes of attributing you for your photograph (but if youve told Lonely Planet that you want to receive stuff from us and/or our promotional partners, well use your personal information for that too). If you win a prize, Lonely Planet can use your name and photograph for future marketing purposes unless you tell us not to.

We will keep your personal information in accordance with Lonely Planet's privacy policy and where you opt-in to receive materials from World Expeditions, your personal information will be kept in accordance with World Expeditions Foundation Limiteds privacy policy

Good luck!