Photo Contest

Win a ride at the 2017 Great Reno Balloon Race

Did you capture a high-flying moment from your 2016 Great Reno Balloon Race adventures? Submit it and be in the running for some great prizes! We’ll take your photo submissions from Friday, Sept. 9 through Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Check out the rules below before you enter.

Submit early, submit often, and thanks for taking to the skies with us!

Reno Gazette-Journal – Great Reno Balloon Race Photo Contest OFFICIAL RULES


2. Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, the Great Reno Balloon Race Photo Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal U.S. residents of Nevada who are 18 years or older at the time of entry. Employees and contractors of Reno Gazette-Journal (“Sponsor”), Gannett Co., Inc., and each of its respective affiliated companies, and advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees or contractors, are not eligible to enter or to win.

3. How To Enter. The Contest will begin at 4:00 a.m. PT on September, 9, 2016 and end at 11:59 p.m. PT on September 16, 2016 (the “Contest Period”). You may enter online by visiting, completing an official entry form with your contact information (name, address, email address, and phone number) and any other required information, and following all posted instructions to upload a photo you have taken of a hot air balloon(s). All photos must be the sole, original work of the entrant, must be at least 1 MB in size, and must be in JPG, JPEG, or PNG format. Judges may disqualify previously published photos or those that have won previous awards or competitions. All entries must be received by September 16, 2016.

Each entrant may submit as many photos as they like, but multiple entries by means of software generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.

Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address. Sponsor will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries, Entries that do not comply with the provisions of these Official Rules will be disqualified. All entries become property of Sponsor. Contestants acknowledge and agree that Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, publish, promote, create a sound recording of, broadcast, or otherwise display or use entries in any way it sees fit without limitation or compensation to entrants. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is alleged to infringe on any third-party’s intellectual property rights, or that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems obscene, offensive or otherwise inappropriate for viewing by a general audience. By entering, you agree to receive e-mails from Sponsor or those directed by Sponsor. You can opt-out of the receipt of such e-mails by following the directions in any email received from Sponsor.

4. Winner Selection. A panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor will judge all eligible entries according to the following criteria: clarity and composition (1/3); creativity (1/3); suitability/appropriateness of the selected subject (1/3). The ratings scale for each criterion will range from one (1) to ten (10), with ten (10) being the best score. Judging will conclude within two weeks after the end of the Contest Period, and the three contestants with the highest cumulative scores will be designated the Grand Prize Winner, First Prize Winner, and Second Prize Winner, respectively. In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged on the same criteria listed above. Decisions of judges and Sponsor shall be final and binding in all respects.

5. Prizes and Odds. Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive balloon ride in the 2017 Great Reno Balloon Race (ARV: $1,000). First Prize: One (1) First Prize Winner will receive a 2017 Great Reno Balloon Race jacket (ARV: $40). Second Prize: One (1) Second Prize Winner will receive a 2017 Great Reno Balloon Race poster and pin (ARV: $18).

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

6. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Winners will be notified on or about September 26, 2016 at the telephone number or email address provided on winner’s entry form. Sponsor will call during regular business hours at number provided on entry form and will leave no messages. Failure to reach winner by phone after three (3) attempts, return of email notification as undeliverable, or failure of winner to respond to email notification may result in disqualification of winner, forfeiture of his or her interest in all prizes, and selection of a substitute winner from among all remaining eligible entries. To claim prize, each winner must personally visit Sponsor’s offices at 955 Kuenzli Street, Reno, NV 89502 within five (5) business days after notification (office visits must be between the hours of 9 a.m. (P.T.) and 5 p.m. (P.T.) weekdays) and must present a valid photo identification. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are nonassignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by winner. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility/liability certifying that the entrant’s submission is entrant’s original work, that entrant owns right to the work, that the submission has not previously won an award or prize in a contest and has not previously been published, and that entrant has complied with the Official Rules of the Contest, and a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned as directed by Sponsor. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner’s consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation the Internet, or further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.

7. Participation. By participating, contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Contest as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. Should the Contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date. Sponsors will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries (either photos or ballots), poor quality photos, or for failure to receive entries or votes or other electronic communications due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor. The authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry will be considered the entrant. An “authorized account holder” shall mean the natural person assigned to such e-mail account by the Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with such e-mail account. A potential winner may be requested to provide proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with a winning entry. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent. For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account. Any questions regarding the number of entries, or votes submitted or the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries or votes by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Contest.

8. Copyright. By entering the Contest, each contestant grants to Sponsor and the Great Reno Balloon Race an exclusive, royalty-free and irrevocable right and license to publish, print, edit or otherwise use the contestant’s submitted entry, in whole or in part, for any purpose and in any manner or media (including, without limitation, the Internet) throughout the world in perpetuity, and to license others to do so, all without limitation or further compensation. Each contestant further agrees that if his/her entry is selected by Sponsor as the winning entry, he/she will sign any additional license or release that Sponsor may require, and will not publicly perform or display his or her submission without the express permission of Sponsor.

9. Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

10. Sponsor. The Great Reno Balloon Race Photo Contest is sponsored by the Reno Gazette-Journal. The decisions of Sponsor and the Contest judges regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Contest. For a list of winners (available after October 3, 2016) or a copy of these Official Rules, visit If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact Caren Roblin, 775 203 4283,

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