Whatcom County Fall Photo Contest Rules


October 24th, 2011 5:00am PST through November 6th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. Fisher Interactive Network reserves the right to change these date(s)/time(s) at any time.

October 24th –November 2nd, users go to komonews.com/fallphotos and enter with a photo submission showing their fall photos of Whatcom County on You News. Photo submissions will be viewed each weekday during the duration of the contest and if deemed appropriate, approved by Fisher personnel at 8:30am PST each weekday morning. Fisher and sponsors reserve the right to reject any photo submissions that are deemed inappropriate for any reason at their sole discretion. Administrator decisions are final on approval of submissions. Submissions end November 2nd at 11:59pm. November 3rd (5:00am) – November 6th (11:59pm), users may go to komonews.com/fallphotos and vote on the approved entries. Entrants may encourage others to register to vote and comment on their photo submission. Voters must be registered with the contesting system used by Fisher (You News) and only one vote is permitted per person per day. The top three photos with the most online votes at the end of the voting period will each win a prize package (first, second and third place prizes in order of votes). In the event of a tie, a random drawing will be held to determine a winner. Winners will be notified November 7th, 2011.

SPONSOSR: Fisher Interactive Network, Quicksilver Photography, The Woods Coffee, Disidual Clothing Company

• One entry per person
• One new entry per person per household (regardless of whether one person has more than one Address or more than one person use the same Address)
• Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
• Automated voting of any kind is not allowed. Detection of said automated voting will lead to votes being voided.
• Only one registered account per voter. If multiple accounts are detected for a single voter, they will be disabled and votes disqualified.
• This contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that a contestant is using the contest for gambling purposes they will be disqualified and reported to authorities.
• Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the contest commissioners, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest.
• Must be at least 18 years old or older
• Winners are responsible for their own transportation to and from event/venue unless otherwise specified.
• In the event of two individuals have the same vote totals, a random drawing will determine the winner
• Multiple or mechanically reproduced entries may result in disqualification. Entries that are altered, delayed, deleted, destroyed, forged, fraudulent, improperly accessed, inaccurate, incomplete, interrupted, irregular in any way, late, lost, misdirected, multiple, non-delivered, stolen, tampered with, unauthorized, unintelligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Rules; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections; miscommunications; failed phone, computer hardware or software or telephone transmissions; technical failures; unauthorized human intervention; traffic congestion; garbled or jumbled transmissions; undeliverable emails resulting from any form of active or passive email filtering; insufficient space in your email account to receive email; or other errors of any kind, whether due to electronic, human, mechanical, printing, production or technical errors or other causes; even if caused by the negligence of any of the releasees.
• All prizes and components are not exchangeable or redeemable for cash; are subject to terms and conditions of use as stated thereon.

• First place: Gorillapod for a compact camera or iPhone, choice of color ($24 value)
• Second place: a water bottle and gift card for 2 free drinks at The Woods Coffee ($25 value)
• Third Place: a Bellingham shirt or sweatshirt from Disidual Clothing Company ($15 or $25 value respectively)


1. No purchase is necessary to enter. Contest is subject to federal, state and local laws and is void where prohibited by law.

2. Additional Eligibility and Limitations. Participants and winner(s) must be U.S. citizens and residents of Whatcom County in Washington. All contest winners must disclose his or her legal name, address, telephone number, date of birth and Social Security Number. Any winner found to have supplied false or misleading information may be disqualified from the contest and therefore forfeit the prize(s). Age restrictions may apply. All entrants to any contest both imply and agree to participate in the contest and obey the rules of the contest.

Employees of Fisher Interactive Network, Fisher Broadcasting - Seattle Radio L.L.C. and Fisher Communications, Inc., (collectively, “Fisher”) and any and all parent, subsidiary, related and affiliated companies, and their respective officers, directors employees and agents and their dependents and immediate families, as well as employees of contest Sponsors and vendors, and employees of other broadcast stations are not eligible to participate or win.

3. Release of Liability. Fisher and any other contest sponsors and their affiliated companies and their respective officers, directors and employees shall be released and discharged from any and all legal claims, losses injuries, demands, damages, actions, and /or causes of actions which arise out of and/or are in any way related to the prize(s), the receipt, use and/or enjoyment of the prize(s) and/or damages or losses related to the contest. Entrants release and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liability for claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including without limitation, death and bodily injury, resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the awarding, delivery, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of the prize; participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity or travel or from any interaction with, or downloading of, computer Sweepstakes information If a Sponsor pulls out of a contest for reasons beyond Fisher’s control, Fisher is not responsible for continuing the contest and may substitute prizes to fulfill obligations.

4. Identification of Participants/Use of Voice and Likeness. Listeners understand that if they call-in or enter any Fisher contest (mail-in, web site or on-air) they may be called by Fisher personnel live on-the-air, or taped live-on-the-air for use as part of the on-air contest or in future advertising on any Fisher broadcast station. Listeners further understand that permission to use their voice, likeness and/or name is granted by entering to win or calling-in to win any contest on a Fisher broadcast station. Each winner further grants Fisher and their sponsors and its affiliates full permission and authority to use his or her name, likeness and/or voice in all forms of advertising without further compensation or permission. KOMO reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

The Contest and all of the related pages, contents and code are copyright, You News, and/or Fisher Interactive Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

5. Website Contests. To enter a contest on a Fisher station’s website, contestants must complete all the information deemed necessary to declare a winner. No liability is assumed by the Station for any malfunction of the internet or individual computer systems. Only one entry per person may be submitted. Winning entries will be randomly selected from all valid entries received. If entry does not supply all the information deemed necessary to declare a winner, entry will be deemed invalid and another entry will be selected. When entering a contest via an advertiser’s web banner or logo hyperlink, Station is not responsible for prize fulfillment or any aspect of the contest.

6. Determination of Winner(s). Final determination of all winners will be made solely by Fisher. Any and all decisions made by the Fisher’s on-air personalities and staff are final. Contest rules are available by request from the Fisher Interactive Promotions Department. Any viewer requesting contest rules must send a self-addressed envelope to “ATTN: Fisher Interactive Promotions to: 140 4th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109. For name of winner (after November 7th, 2011) send a self-addressed stamped envelope to FIN/Promotions, 140 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 370, Seattle, WA 98109. All results posted are unofficial until winners respond to e-mail notification. Any winner found to have supplied false or misleading information may be disqualified from the contest and therefore forfeit the prize(s).

7. Transferability/Substitution of Prize. Prizes may not be traded or transferred. Substitutions of cash or equivalent, unless otherwise specifically stated in the contest rules are not allowed other than a substitution that may be necessary due to the unavailability of a prize. If concert, other ticketed event, gift certificate or coupon has been awarded as a prize and the concert, event, place of business, or product is postponed, rained out, cancelled or for other reasons, beyond our control, does not occur/exist, Fisher will not be responsible for replacing the prize. Prizes not redeemed by expiration date are no longer valid and will not be replaced by station.

In accepting a prize, the winner accepts to take the prize as outlined in the contest. Dates for tournament, flight departure/arrival, weekend stays, etc, cannot be changed by winner. If a changing the dates is an option, all additional expenses, change fees, etc. will be the responsibility of the winner. If winner is not able or chooses not to accept prize “as is”, winner forfeits his/her prize. Fisher reserves the right to select another winner. Winner is responsible for all costs associated with travel to any venue or event for which a prize was awarded, unless otherwise specified.

If the prize includes a trip, winner agrees to accept all blackout dates, space availability requirements, etc. established by Fisher’s prize partner(s), such as hotels, airlines, trains, ships, etc. Winner agrees that acceptance of any trip taken as a prize from a Fisher station does so entirely upon their own initiative, risk, and responsibility, winner and any travel companions will be required to sign a Travel Release and form. If the trip requires traveling outside of the United States, the winner, upon claiming the prize, must have a valid US passport. If the winner does not have a valid US passport upon winning the prize, the trip may be forfeited.

8. Requirements for Claiming Prize(s). Winner is required to complete an IRS Form W-9, Winner Affidavit of Eligibility and Release, and Travel Companion Forms before prize will be awarded. The W-9 and Winner Release will be sent to winner via mail, fax or email. Winner must bring the completed paperwork when claiming prize, or return it by fax/mail before prize will be awarded. Fisher and sponsors are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to: errors in the advertising, Rules and selection and announcement of the winner. Winners must return forms within five days being notified that they have won a prize. Winners can select one of two ways to receive prizes after completed paperwork is received: A) Prize will be mailed via the United States Postal Service. A parent or guardian must sign the release form if the winner is under age 18. Fisher is not responsible for prizes that are lost, stolen, misdirected, or damaged; or B) Prize may be picked up in person during regular business hours (8am to 4:30pm, Monday – Friday) at KOMO (140 4th Ave. North, Suite 370, Seattle, WA 98105) by calling 206-404-4000 to schedule an appointment for pick-up.

9. Taxes and Expenses. The winner (or winner’s guardian) agrees to pay all expenses, taxes & fees not included in the prize. Fisher will report to the government any winnings totaling over $600 (in cash or fair market value) during the calendar year. Winners will receive an IRS 1099 Tax form if any winnings are reported. Winners are responsible for payment of all taxes on prize(s).

10. Amendments to Rules. Fisher reserves the right to amend the contest dates and rules at any time. If any portion of the above rules is determined to be unenforceable due to local or state laws, all other portions of these official rules remain in effect. In the event viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, Acts of God, acts or regulations of any governmental or supra-national authority, war, national emergency, accident, fire, riot, strikes, lock-outs, industrial disputes, acts of terrorism or other matters beyond the Sponsors’ reasonable control, corrupt, prevent or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Sweepstakes, so that it cannot be conducted as originally planned, Sponsors have the right, in their sole discretion, to modify the Rules or to cancel, modify, terminate or suspend the Sweepstakes; and in such event, to select a winner by such method as Sponsors in their sole discretion shall consider equitable; and in the event the Trip has already commenced, to terminate the Trip and return the Couple to the airport of origin as soon as reasonably possible.

11. Postponement or Cancellation of Contest. Due to news events of the day, or any reason beyond Fisher’s control, Fisher reserves the right to post-pone or cancel a contest without notice. In such instances, the contest prize may be awarded at a future date at Fisher’s discretion.