2017 Contest Rules

The 2017 Don’t Risk It Video Awards (Contest) is sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

1. Eligibility

Every state and local REALTOR® association is eligible to participate in this Contest. Video entries must be submitted by staff members or legal counsel of state or local REALTOR® associations who have the authority to bind the association.

Void where prohibited by law. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations in the United States. Employees and independent contractors of NAR, and any other individual or entity involved in the development, promotion, or execution of the Contest, and the immediate family members and household members of each are not eligible. Videos that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.

2. Contest Entry Period

The Contest begins on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, and ends at 11:59 P.M.PST on October 6, 2017.

3. Video Content Requirements

The content of the video must pertain to risk management topics for real estate professionals. Video entries must contain the association’s name and the full names of all individuals who appear in the video.

Submission of a video constitutes representation and warranty that the entrant owns or has obtained all rights necessary to the sounds, words, text, images, music, and other material included in the video and that it does not infringe and is not subject to any claim that it violates the intellectual property or other rights of any third party. Submission of a video constitutes certification that the entrant (i) is the owner of the video, (ii) is able and authorized to submit it, and (iii) has received the consent of every individual pictured or recorded to submit the video as set forth in these rules.

Do not submit videos that are off-topic, contain personal attacks or are otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, or false, or that infringe the rights of any person or entity.

4. Method of Entry

Associations can submit up to three videos for consideration. Enter by clicking here, providing the requested information, and submitting a link to the video on YouTube or Google. The video link must stay live until at least November 6, 2017.

Entrants must have their own YouTube or Google account to participate and must include the association’s full name in the video title or video description. All submissions will be available for viewing at: realtor.org/dont-risk-it.

NAR will not accept videos submitted through the mail. No entries will be returned. Incomplete entries may be disqualified.

5. Finalist Selection

Following the October 6 close of the video submission period, a panel of judges comprised of NAR staff will review all entries and select a first, second, and third place winner.

Judges will select the winning videos based on the following criteria:

  1. Content: Educational value for real estate professionals seeking to reduce legal risks.
  2. Messaging: Clarity and pacing of video.
  3. Technical Execution: Technical quality, including image, audio, and editing quality.
  4. Creativity: Originality; ability to capture audience attention.

Winners will be announced at the Legal Seminar in Chicago, IL during the 2017 REALTOR® Conference and Expo.

6. Prizes

Winners will each receive a plaque, and the videos will be published on nar.realtor and the National Association of REALTORS® YouTube Channel.

7. Prize Restrictions

No substitution of prizes is permitted except at the sole discretion of NAR. Any federal, state, or local taxes on prizes and any expenses related to the acceptance and use of the prizes not specified herein as being awarded are the exclusive responsibility of the winner.

8. Authorization and Release

By submitting a video, entrant consents to NAR’s use or non-use of the video, and of the names, likeness, voices, and biographical information of anyone appearing in the video for promotional and other purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Entrant also gives NAR an irrevocable license to use, publish, edit, adapt, and modify submitted videos in any way and in any and all media now known of hereafter invented worldwide, without limitation or compensation. NAR may use or not use your video submission in its sole discretion and judgment. By submitting the video, entrant agrees to release, and to indemnify, save and hold harmless, NAR and its members, officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, representatives, affiliates, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest.

9. Limitation of Liability

NAR is not responsible for printing, typographical, human, or other errors of any kind in any Contest-related materials. NAR shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the Contest without further obligation. In such an event, NAR may, but shall have no obligation, to award a Prize from among all valid and eligible entries received prior to such action. The Contest is governed by laws of the State of Illinois for the resolution of all claims and disputes (excluding any claims against or disputes involving parties other than NAR relating to any prize awarded in the Contest).

10. List Winners

To receive a list of the top three winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to "2017 Don’t Risk It Video Awards” Attn: Legal Affairs, National Association of REALTORS®, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Requests must be received by December 31, 2017.

11. Rules

All decisions of the judges regarding the application or interpretation of these rules shall be final.


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