Sponsor is Hotel Mela, 120 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 (“Sponsor” or “Hotel Mela”).
Photo Contests (the “Contest” or the “Contests”) will be held throughout the calendar year. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. Hotel Mela has absolutely no responsibility for determining whether entrants meet the official rules.
WHO MAY ENTER
Contest is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Employees of Hotel Mela, Highgate, and subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related are not eligible. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
HOW TO ENTER
Each entry must comply with the following requirements (the “Photograph Requirements”):
-Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest.
-Photographs may not previously have won an award in any photo contest.
-Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud; provided that entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in “Release”. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person’s art.
-The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.
-The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of Hotel Mela, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
-Watermarks are not acceptable and will result in disqualification of the photo.
The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. All entries must be submitted and received by the Contest(s) deadline(s). Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of 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, internet domain owner, or other person or 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. Hotel Mela reserves the right, but no responsibility to examine the original photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules.
PHOTOS WITH PEOPLE IN THEM
Photos with people in them may or may not be accepted into the Contest(s) if they are personally recognizable.
First Prize: One First Prize will be awarded. The First Prize consists of:
One (1) Complimentary One-Night Stay at Hotel Mela.
Prize subject to availability. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Valid for 1 stay for a one night stay at Hotel Mela. Advance reservations required. Certificate holds no cash value and cannot be redeemed for cash.
Second Prize: One Second Prize will be awarded. The Second Prize consists of:
50% off a second night at Hotel Mela
Third Prize: One Third Prize will be awarded. The Third Prize consists of:
Complimentary Daily Breakfast at Saju Bistro during a future stay
No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by winners is permitted. If a prize (or part of a prize) is unavailable, Hotel Mela, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the original prize (or that part of the prize) with an alternative prize of equal monetary value and/or specification, unless to do so would be prohibited by law.
NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS DELIVERABLE, WHETHER BY REGULAR MAIL OR BY E-MAIL, MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATIVE POTENTIAL WINNER.
Any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and use of prize not specifically stated herein, including but not limited to, change of air travel fees, ground transportation, automobile insurance, meals, incidentals, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees and/or other expenses, are the responsibility solely of winner. Prize cannot be substituted, assigned, transferred, or redeemed for cash; however, Sponsor reserves the right to make equivalent prize substitutions at its sole discretion. No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by winners permitted. If a prize (or part of a prize) is unavailable, the Sponsor, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the original prize (or that part of the prize) with an alternative prize to the equal monetary value and/or specification, unless to do so would be prohibited by law. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes or components of a prize(s). Prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer.
All submitted photos will be reviewed by a member of the Hotel Mela staff to qualify which photos advance as finalists in the competition. Submissions that earn a higher number of points will have better odds of winning, but the winning submissions will ultimately be chosen by a member of the Hotel Mela staff at their sole discretion.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Hotel Mela and its owners, partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded here under.
Hotel Mela assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Hotel Mela is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to in this Contest.
In the case of entrants who are Australian or UK residents, the preceding two clauses do not operate in respect of any implied condition or warranty the exclusion of which from these Official Rules would contravene any Australian or UK statute or cause any part of these Official Rules to be void.
THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants agree that this Contest shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the state of New York and the forum for any dispute shall be in the state of New York, United States of America. To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the photograph to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.
By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if the entrant wins, that Hotel Mela may use the winning photographs and each winner’s name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). All federal, state/provincial/territorial and local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible, cannot be traced or do not respond within 10 days to a winner notification as required by the “Contest Prizes” Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Hotel Mela, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.
Hotel Mela reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant’s identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by Hotel Mela to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Hotel Mela that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Hotel Mela reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest.
Winners will be notified and their winning submissions will be available online seven (7) business days after the end of the Contest.
For a list of prize winners or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Hotel Mela Social Giveaways” Hotel Mela, 120 West 44th Street, New York, NY, 10036 or (for Winner’s list only) send an email message to with “Winner’s List” as the email subject and contest name specified in the body of the e-mail.
Entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by Hotel Mela in order to verify the participant’s identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the participant’s eligibility to participate in the Contest. Participants have the right to access, review, rectify, or cancel any personal data held by Hotel Mela by writing to Hotel Mela at Attn: Marketing Department, 120 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.
NOTICE TO INDIVIDUALS: REMOVAL FROM MAILING LIST: Any individual (or other duly authorized person) may elect to exclude the name and address of that individual from all lists used by Hotel Mela to mail skill contests or sweepstakes. To elect to have an individual’s name excluded from all such lists, submit a removal request in writing to: Hotel Mela, Attention: Marketing Department, 120 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. This notification system may be used to prohibit mailing of all skill contests or sweepstakes by Hotel Mela to such individual.