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Pilot

Submitted by  Joshua D

Shot with  Nikon Z 6

A Navy Pilot shares his story.

Nikon’s Follow Your Passion Video Contest

Official Rules

No purchase necessary. A purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning.

1. Eligibility: Nikon’s Follow Your Passion Video Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Nikon Inc., Don Jagoda Associates, Inc., and any of their parent and affiliate companies and their respective advertising, promotional and/or other agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

2. Sponsor: Nikon Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747. Administrator: Don Jagoda Associates, Inc., 100 Marcus Drive, Melville, NY 11747.

3. Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in this Contest constitutes the entrant’s (“you,” “your” or the “Entrant”) full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

4. Timing: The Contest begins on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on October 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Contest Period"). Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

5. How to Enter: To participate in this contest you must (a) have or be willing to open a YouTube or Vimeo account (an "Account"), and (b) have access to a Nikon Z 6 or Nikon Z 7 digital camera (a “Nikon Z-Series Camera”) and NIKKOR Lens. Your Account settings must allow for your video to be public and thus viewable by the Sponsor and its agents. If you do not have an Account, you can create one for free by visiting www.youtube.com or www.vimeo.com. Each Account is subject to its Terms of Use: https:////www.youtube.com/static?template=terms and https:////vimeo.com/terms. Neither YouTube nor Vimeo is associated with this Contest.

During the Contest Period, visit followyourpassion.com (the “Contest Website”) and:

1. Follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration form, including your name, telephone number, email address, a valid home address (P.O. Boxes are not permitted), the model of camera and lens used for this Contest, and other information requested by Nikon (collectively, the “Registration Information”);

2. Upload to your Account a 3-5 minute cinematic video piece taken by you using a Nikon Z-Series Camera and NIKKOR lens, the theme of which is “Passions” and which video best conveys your expression of your creative passions (the “Theme Video”). Then, follow the directions on the Contest Website to copy and paste to the Contest Website, the URL that links to the Theme Video posted on your Account; and

3. Upload to the Contest Website, one (1) unedited still image shot with a Nikon Z-Series Camera and NIKKOR lens, of a scene from the Theme Video that was taken during the filming of the Theme Video, which unedited image includes the EXIF data verifying that the camera used to capture it is a Nikon Z-Series Camera (the “Unedited Image”).

The Registration Information, Theme Video, and Unedited Image are all required to enter this Contest and are hereinafter collectively referred to as your “Submission.” Submissions will be accepted only until October 31, 2019. By uploading your Submission, you represent, warrant and agree that your Submission is true and correct and conforms to the Video Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”) and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove your Submission and disqualify you from the Contest if it believes that your Submission fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions.

Video Guidelines:

  • The Theme Video must be provided in the form of a URL that links directly to the video on Entrant’s Account;

  • The Theme Video must have been both produced and posted to Entrant’s Account on or after May 15, 2019;

  • The Theme Video and the Unedited Image must be taken using a Nikon Z-Series Camera and NIKKOR lens;

  • The Theme Video must not exceed five (5) minutes in length; and

  • The Theme Video cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion or contest of any kind.

Content Restrictions:

  • The Submission must be in the English language.

  • The Submission must not contain audio or an audio track for which the entrant does not have written permission from the owner thereof to use for this Contest (see below regarding “Permissions”).

  • The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;

  • The Entrant must have written permission from all individuals that appear in the Submission (if any) for Entrant and its licensees and designees to use their name, image, appearance, performance and/or likeness in the Submission and to grant the rights set forth in these Official Rules (see below regarding “Permissions”);

  • The Submission must not disparage Sponsor, Administrator or any other person or party affiliated with the Contest;

  • The Submission must not contain brand names, logos and/or trademarks (other than those owned by Sponsor, which Entrant has a limited license to use to incorporate in his/her Submission solely for purposes of this Contest);

  • The Submission must not include any appearance or representation of celebrities, athletes, musicians; any URL addresses; and/or the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses of third parties;

  • The Submission must not contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, bots, spyware or any other computer code that is intended to or does damage, interfere with and/or surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information.

  • The Submission must not contain video, images or artwork not created by Entrant;

  • The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;

  • The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and

  • The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where Submission is created.

Limit: Each Entrant may upload a maximum of one (1) Submission during the Contest Period. Submissions received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will be void. Submissions generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. Entrant must be the sole creator and owner of and possess all rights in and to the Submission, have secured written, royalty and payment-free rights of property, privacy, publicity, model, talent, music, intellectual property and/or other releases, waivers, permissions and/or licenses to use all names, audio, locations, property and/or likenesses in the Submission and to grant the rights set forth in these Official Rules to Entrant and/or its licensees and designees, from all persons, images and property, if any, appearing in the Submission (collectively, the “Permissions”). If requested, Entrant must be able to provide such Permissions to Sponsor in a form acceptable to Sponsor.

Uploading a Submission constitutes Entrant’s consent and grant to Sponsor and its affiliates, agencies, dealers, distributors, resellers, licensees, successors and assigns (collectively, the “Nikon Parties”) of a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, fully-paid, irrevocable, perpetual right and license to reproduce, modify, post, publish, edit, display and/or otherwise use Entrant’s Theme Video and/or Unedited Image (and/or Entrant’s name, city, state and/or likeness), in whole or in part, for promotional, marketing and/or publicity purposes solely in connection with the Contest, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed including but not limited to websites, social media pages, paid digital advertising, in emails, and/or at trade shows and events, without any compensation, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. If requested, Entrant will sign any releases and/or other documentation that may be required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the rights Entrant is granting to use the Submission. Subject to the foregoing license, Entrant shall retain ownership of the copyright to the Theme Video and Unedited Image.

Theme Videos may be posted on the Contest Website for public viewing and to allow visiters of the Contest Website to indicate which Theme Videos they like, however, any such public comments or indicators are for entertainment purposes only and will in no way contribute to winner determination.

In the event of a dispute as to any Submission, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the Entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each Entrant may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

6. Winner Determination: After the Contest Period, a panel of qualified judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion will select the three (3) Entrants with the highest-scoring Submissions out of a total of 100 points (the "Finalists") from among all eligible Submissions based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”):

  • Creativity/Originality (35 points);

  • Quality of Submission (35 points); and

  • Fit to Contest Theme (30 points)

The Finalist with the highest score based on the Judging Criteria will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. The Finalists with the Second and Third highest scores respectively based on the Judging Criteria will be deemed the respective potential First and Second Prize winners. In the event of a tie, the Entrant whose Submission received the highest score for Creativity/Originality, as determined by the qualified judges, in their sole discretion, will be deemed the applicable Finalist or potential winner. Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than three (3) Finalists, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive at least twenty five (25) eligible and qualified Submissions. Public comments or indicators of which Theme Videos are liked by visitors of the Contest Website will have no bearing on winner determination and will not be taken into account by the judges.

7. Winner Requirements: Potential winners will be notified by email, mail or phone on or around October 2, 2019. Except where prohibited, each potential winner (or parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to sign and return a Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release and W-9 tax form, which must be received by Administrator within seven (7) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim the prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to execute and return the Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release and W-9 tax form or provide any other requested information within the required time period, does not comply with these Official Rules, or a prize is returned as undeliverable, then the potential winner forfeits the prize. If a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up, if any, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Only three (3) alternate winners may be determined, after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded. Prizes will be fulfilled within eight (8) weeks after the end of the Contest Period.

Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify each winner’s agreement and consent that the Nikon Parties may non-exclusively reproduce, modify, post, publish, edit, display and/or otherwise use the winner’s name, city, state, likeness, Theme Video, Unedited Image, and/or prize information, in whole or in part, for promotional, marketing and/or publicity purposes and/or otherwise in connection with either the Contest and/or the Nikon Z-Series Camera, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed including but not limited to websites, social media pages, paid digital advertising, in emails, for in-store point of purchase videos, and/or at trade shows and events, without any compensation, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. If requested, Entrant will sign any releases and/or other documentation that may be required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the rights Entrant is granting to use the Submission.

Each winner accepts and acknowledges that Sponsor shall not be obligated to use the Submission or any part thereof, and that Sponsor in its sole discretion shall have the right to refrain from using the Submission. Sponsor shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the extent Sponsor chooses to refrain from any exploitation of its rights hereunder. Each winner will indemnify Sponsor, Released Parties (as defined in Section 9, below) and any licensee of Sponsor against all claims, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable counsel fees and legal expenses) arising out of any breach of these Official Rules.

8. Prizes: ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A Grand Prize package, which consists of (a) one (1) Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit, having an approximate retail value of $3,999.95, which includes the following components: one (1) Z 6 mirrorless camera body; one (1) NIKKOR Z-24-70mm F/4 S lens; one (1) Mount Adapter FTZ; one (1) Moza Air 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer; one (1) Moza Magic 11.8 Articulating Arm; one (1) Rode Videomic Pro+ Shotgun Mic; one (1) Atomos Ninja V 4K Recording Monitor with coiled HDMI cable; two (2) EN-EL 15B batteries; a one (1) year subscription to Vimeo Pro; and access to Nikon’s “The Art of Making Music Videos” online class (collectively, the “Z 6 Kit”); and (b) a cash amount of Twenty-Five Thousand ($25,000) Dollars. The total approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize is $28,999.95.

one (1) first place prize: A First Place Prize package, consisting of one (1) Z 6 Kit, and a cash amount of Ten Thousand ($10,000) Dollars. ARV: $13,999.95.

one (1) second place prize: A Second Place Prize, consisting of one (1) Z 6 Kit. ARV: $3,999.95.

For all prizes: The actual value of the Z 6 Kit is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed.

Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution or cash redemption will be made except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Except for Sponsor’s limited warranty(ies), if any, included with any prize, all prizes are awarded “as-is” without any warranties or guarantees whatsoever of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or component thereof for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Limit: One (1) prize per person.

9. Release: By receipt of any prize, winners agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, the other Nikon Parties, Administrator, and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers and agencies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim, damage, losses, liabilities, causes of action, costs and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees) including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

10. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible Submissions received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Submission process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated Submissions. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including but not limited to attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

11. Limitations of Liability: Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Submission process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of Submissions or votes or the tabulating of votes, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, incomplete, invalid, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Submission.

12. Disputes: Except where prohibited, Entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the courts located in Suffolk County, New York; (2) any and all of Entrant’s claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

13. Entrant's Personal Information: Information collected from Entrant is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy at https:////www.nikonusa.com/en/About-Nikon/Privacy-Policy.page.

14. Winner List: For a winner list, visit the Contest Website after November 1, 2019. The winner list will be posted after winner confirmation is complete.