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THE MIRACLE-GRO PROJECT GRO CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND ENTRANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.

CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD: The Miracle-Gro Project Gro Contest (the “Contest”) begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Monday, May 4, 2020 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Friday, June 12, 2020 (the “Contest Period”).

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, who are age 18 or older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of Meredith Corporation (the "Sponsor"), The Scotts Company LLC, US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Company (the “Contest Administrator”) and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

HOW TO ENTER: Take a photo of your favorite outdoor location (the “Photo”) and submit it through one (1) of the two (2) methods below:

Method #1: Online Entry. During the Contest Period, visit www.projectgrocontest.com (the “Contest Website”) and follow all entry instructions to complete the entry form, upload the Photo and submit to receive one (1) entry into the Contest (the “Online Entry”). Online Entrants are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://www.meredith.com/legal/privacy.

Method #2: Instagram Entry: During the Contest Period, participant must log in to his/her public Instagram account and upload and share the Photo to his/her public Instagram account, including the hashtags #ProjectGroContest and @MiracleGro in the Photo caption to receive one (1) entry into the Contest (the “Instagram Entry”). By using the hashtags, participant indicates his/her agreement to these Official Rules. Entrant’s Instagram settings must be public. Entries uploaded from “private” Instagram accounts will not be eligible. By submitting an Instagram Entry, entrants agree to Instagram’s Terms of Use. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook, Inc. IMPORTANT: MESSAGE AND DATA RATES MAY APPLY TO USE OF MOBILE PHONE/DEVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN CONTEST. INSTAGRAM IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD AND AVAILABLE FOR iPHONE FROM THE APPLE APPLICATION STORE AND FOR ANDROID FROM THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE.

Sponsor may not receive entries from Instagram users with “protected” accounts or profiles that are not public (i.e. user has set the Account so that only people the user has approved can view updates). Instagram posts not received by the Sponsor will not be entered into the Contest. Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address or Instagram account. Incomplete entries will not be accepted and are void.

Online Entry and Instagram Entry collectively referred to herein as “Entry” or “Entries”.

Each Entry must include an original Photo. Entries submitted with a Photo that has already been submitted or that is substantially the same as a previously submitted Photo, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be disqualified.

Limit: One (1) Entry per person throughout the Contest Period regardless of method of entry.

All Entries must be received between Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:00:00 AM ET and Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM ET. All methods of entry have an equal chance of winning. Any additional Entries received from any person, email or Instagram account beyond the first Entry received will be void and will be disqualified.

For the avoidance of doubt, uploading a Photo to Instagram alone without the hashtags specified above will NOT result in an entry into the Contest. Once an Entry is submitted it cannot be modified by an Entrant. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, garbled, inaccurate, invalid, misdirected, undelivered, or delayed Entries. No altered or incomplete submissions will be accepted.

Entries may be posted to a public gallery within the Contest Website (the “Contest Gallery”). The Sponsor will review submitted Entries prior to such Entries being published and reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to reject, disqualify and/or remove any Entry that violates these Official Rules without any notification or warning. Posting to the Contest Gallery does not indicate the Entry has complied with the Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to post sample Photos it has created in connection with the Contest on the Contest Website, the Sponsor’s websites and social sites. Sponsor does not guarantee the posting of any Entry.

CONTEST ENTRY REQUIREMENTS & CONDITIONS: All Entries must comply with the following minimum guidelines to be eligible:

  • No other individuals other than the entrant may appear in the Photo without express written permission. If Photo features a minor under the age of majority in his/her state of residence, you must obtain written permission from the minor’s legal guardian.
  • Entrant must be a registered user of Instagram to submit an Instagram Entry and must comply with Instagram’s Terms of Use in order to enter the Contest.
  • Photos must conform to the format and size requirements and limitations of the Contest Website or Instagram.
  • Entry and Photo cannot contain content that is irrelevant to the purpose of the Contest.
  • Once a Photo has been submitted, it cannot be modified or deleted by Entrant.
  • Each submitted Photo must be original, on which no image editing software has been used.
  • No duplicate Photos or substantially similar Photos, as determined by the Sponsor’s in its sole discretion, may be submitted.
  • By submitting a Photo taken by a third party, Entrant warrants and represents that he/she has secured all rights and clearances to the Photo from the photographer.
  • Entry and Photo cannot be profane, pornographic, sexually explicit or suggestive or contain nudity.
  • Entry and Photo cannot be violent or promote firearms/weapons.
  • Entry and Photo cannot contain or promote alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco.
  • Entry and Photo cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about people, brands, products or companies.
  • Entry and Photo cannot contain content that defaces or depicts any person, brand, product or company in a negative or inappropriate manner.
  • Entry and Photo cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group or be derogatory to any ethic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group.
  • Entry and Photo cannot reference or contain materials embodying copyrighted images, names, likenesses or other indicia identifying any brand, products, company or person, living or dead, without permission.
  • Entry and Photo cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor and Instagram wish to associate.
  • Entry and Photo cannot depict illegal activity and cannot itself be in violation of any law.
  • Entry and Photo cannot in any way reference persons or organizations without written permission from any person or organization whose name or likeness is used.
  • Entry and Photo may not include images of a known celebrity, famous or well-known person or any image which violates the right of privacy or publicity of any person.

By submitting an Entry, the Entrant understands and grants to the Sponsor an irrevocable, perpetual, nonexclusive worldwide license to use his/her Entry, Photo, name, hometown and likeness on the Sponsor’s various websites and social media sites and in advertising and/or promotional activities worldwide without compensation, permission or notification. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter, change or modify any Entry, which includes the Photo.

By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that: (a) Entry does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any person or entity; (b) entrant owns all rights to the Entry, including without limitation, copyrights, and has received prior written permission from a third party if any Photo was photographed by someone other than the entrant him/herself and (c) entrant will indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator The Scotts Company LLC and related entities, agents and assigns from any claims and damages (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from or relating to the breach or alleged breach of your representations and warranties herein, the Entry, or entrant’s conduct in creating the Entry, the acceptance or use of any prize or otherwise in connection with this Contest.

CONTEST ENTRIES ARE THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CONTEST ENTRANT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF SPONSOR IN ANY MANNER

PRIZE/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”)/ODDS: There is one (1) Grand Prize available to be won. Grand Prize includes one (1) $1,000 Prepaid Gift Card. The ARV of Grand Prize: $1,000.

JUDGING & WINNER DETERMINATION: All eligible Entries received during the Contest Period will be judged by a panel appointed by the Sponsor, who shall use the criteria set forth below:

  1. A. Connection to Contest Theme (50%)
  2. B. Photo Composition (25%)
  3. C. Originality/Creativity (25%)

The one (1) Entry that receives the highest total score based on the judging criteria will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. In the unlikely event of a tie, the tied Entry with the highest score in Criterion A, Connection to Contest Theme, will be deemed the potential winner. If additional tie breakers are needed, the tie-breaking mechanism above will be used; however, instead of the highest score in Criterion A determining the potential winner from among the tied entries, the highest scores in each of Criteria B through C, in sequence (to the extent needed) will determine the potential winner. In the event additional tiebreakers are needed, all tied Entries will be judged by a separate panel of judges using the judging criteria above.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: In the event the potential Grand Prize winner entered via an Instagram Entry, such potential prize winner will be notified by Sponsor via direct message and/or Photo comment to his/ her public Instagram account (the “Initial Notification”) on or about Monday, June 22, 2020. To begin the prize claim process, a potential winner must respond as instructed to the Initial Notification with his/her full name and email address within 48 hours of the Initial Notification. Within three (3) days of confirmation of the information received from a potential winner in response to Initial Notification, such potential winner will receive a second notification (the “Second Notification”) via email from the Contest Administrator and will be required to sign and return, within five (5) days of the Second Notification, an affidavit of eligibility, a liability waiver, a W-9 form and where allowable, a publicity release (collectively, the “Releases”). If the potential winner does not reply to the Initial Notification and the Second Notification with the required information and within the specified time period, he/she will be disqualified and the entrant with the next-highest total judging score will be notified.

In the event a potential prize winner entered via Online Entry, such potential prize winner will be notified by the Contest Administrator via email (the “Email Notification”) on or about Monday, June 22, 2020. If an Email Notification is returned as undeliverable, or if the selected prize winner fails to claim the prize or if selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, or he/she is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.

If an Initial Notification, Second Notification or Email Notification is returned as undeliverable, or if the selected prize winner fails to claim the prize within the specified time period or if selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, or he/she is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and runner-up will be selected. If Sponsor is unable to determine and verify a potential winner after attempting to contact runner-up potential winners or if Sponsor fails to receive a sufficient number of entries to correspond to the one (1) prize available to be awarded, Sponsor reserves the right to not award the prize. Prize will be sent to the address provided via email within 4-6 weeks of winner being verified.

If a winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of winner's parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases on minor’s behalf.

PRIZE CONDITIONS: Prize is not redeemable for cash, assignable, transferable and may not be substituted except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value at its discretion. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner’s sole responsibility.

Gift card is not redeemable for cash and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Gift card usage is subject to the issuing company’s complete terms and conditions, including expiration dates.

Winner is responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning prize. Grand Prize winner will be required to furnish his/her Social Security Number for the sole purpose of preparation of tax forms as required by law. Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use winner's name, prize won, hometown, likeness, video tape, photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

GENERAL: Only the first complete entry received from a particular entrant will be eligible; subsequent attempts by the same person to enter, including entries submitted with an alternate email address, will be disqualified.

By submitting an Entry, the Entrant understands and grants to the Sponsor an irrevocable, perpetual, nonexclusive worldwide license to use his/her Entry, any materials, photographs or videos submitted with his/her Entry, name, hometown and likeness on the Sponsor’s various websites and social media sites and in advertising and/or promotional activities worldwide without compensation, permission or notification. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter, change or modify any Entry, which includes the Photo.

Participating entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and the Contest Administrator, and release the Sponsor, the Contest Administrator, Facebook, Inc., The Scotts Company LLC, and their affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Contest, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each (the “Released Parties”), from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the promotion, and the acceptance and use/misuse of the prize offered. Participating entrants assume all liability for and Released Parties shall be held harmless against any liability for any injury, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including personal injury or death, or injury to property caused or claimed to be caused in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by participation in this Contest, acceptance, possession, or use/misuse of the prize, or any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy, or merchandise delivery. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Sponsor may ask any entrant or potential winner to provide Sponsor with proof, to Sponsor’s satisfaction, that such party is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the entry. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest. By participating in the Contest, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the Contest Administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Failure to comply with these official rules may result in disqualification from the Contest.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor. If, for any reason, the Contest cannot be run as planned, Sponsor may disqualify any suspect entries or individuals from the Contest and any contest it sponsors and (a) suspend the Contest and modify the Contest to address the impairment, then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; and/or (b) award the prize using the judging criteria outlined above from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment.

THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF THIS CONTEST CANNOT BE ADMINISTERED OR CONDUCTED OR ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS RESULTING OR ARISING FROM ACTS OF GOD, WAR, OR TERRORISM, CIVIL UNREST, STRIKES, SUPPLY SHORTAGES, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, EPIDEMICS, COMPLIANCE WITH ANY LAW OR ORDER OF A GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY, OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR ACT, EVENT, OR OCCURRENCE BEYOND THE REASONABLE CONTROL OF THE SPONSOR. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, OR TO PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SUCH SITE, AS APPLICABLE. FURTHER, SPONSOR SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, DIVERSIONS, CHANGES IN SERVICE OR ACCOMMODATIONS OR SUBSTITUTIONS, OR FOR ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS BY ANY THIRD PARTIES BEYOND ITS REASONABLE CONTROL, INCLUDING AIR CARRIER(S) AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES; LODGING, RESTAURANT OR OTHER HOSPITALITY PROVIDERS; ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDERS, VENUES OR ARTISTS; OR OTHER THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS SUPPLYING ANY SERVICES OR COMPONENTS OF THE PRIZE TO WINNER, OR FOR ANY RESULTING INJURIES, INCLUDING MONEY DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES, PROPERTY DAMAGES, PERSONAL INJURIES OR DEATH RESULTING THEREFROM.

LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

GOVERNING LAW AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants, Sponsor or the Released Parties in connection with the Contest will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Iowa, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other laws.

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (A) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (B) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED (IF ANY) NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS’ FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (C) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (D) ENTRANTS’ REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND ENTRANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

DISPUTES: The parties hereto each agree to finally settle all disputes only through arbitration; provided, however, the Released Parties shall be entitled to seek injunctive or equitable relief in the state and federal courts in Des Moines County, IA and any other court with jurisdiction over the parties. In arbitration, there is no judge or jury and review is limited. The arbitrator’s decision and award is final and binding, with limited exceptions, and judgment on the award may be entered in any court with jurisdiction. The parties agree that, except as set forth above, any claim, suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Contest shall be resolved solely by binding arbitration before a sole arbitrator under the streamlined Arbitration Rules Procedures of JAMS Inc. (“JAMS”) or any successor to JAMS. In the event JAMS is unwilling or unable to set a hearing date within fourteen (14) days of the filing of a “Demand for Arbitration”, then either party can elect to have the arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) or any other mutually agreeable arbitration administration service. If an inperson hearing is required, then it will take place in Des Moines, IA. The federal or state law that applies to these Official Rules will also apply during the arbitration. Disputes will be arbitrated only on an individual basis and will not be consolidated with any other proceedings that involve any claims or controversy of another party, including any class actions; provided, however, if for any reason any court or arbitrator holds that this restriction is unconscionable or unenforceable, then the agreement to arbitrate doesn’t apply and the dispute must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in Des Moines, IA. Sponsor agrees to pay the administrative and arbitrator’s fees in order to conduct the arbitration (but specifically excluding any travel or other costs of entrant to attend the arbitration hearing). Either party may, notwithstanding this provision, bring qualifying claims in small claims court.

PRIVACY: As a condition of entering the Contest, each entrant gives consent for Sponsor to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information to third parties, including Contest Administrator, for the purpose of administering this Contest and to comply with applicable laws, regulations and rules, including, without limitation, the storing of your personal information for purposes of complying with state record retention requirements. Any information entrant provides to Sponsor may be used to communicate with entrant in relation to this Contest or on a Contest winner’s list. Personal information collected from entrants are subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://www.meredith.com/legal/privacy.

OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: To request a copy of the Official Rules, see www.projectgrocontest.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by June 22, 2020, to: Miracle-Gro Project Gro Contest Official Rules Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

WINNER CONFIRMATION REQUEST: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after 06/22/20), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than 07/20/20), to: Miracle-Gro Project Gro Contest Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

SPONSOR: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

CONTEST ADMINISTRATOR: US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Company, 625 Panorama Trail, Suite 2100, Rochester, NY 14625. 1-800-620-6044

Void outside the US, in Puerto Rico, and wherever else prohibited by law.

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