Terms and Conditions of the Awards
The vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards are a mobile phone photography contest launched and operated by vivo Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “vivo”, “we” or “sponsor”).
1. You are qualified for the Awards only if you have full capacity for civil conduct as stipulated by laws and regulations in the country or region where you live.
2. You have the right to opt for or against the participation in the Awards. Your partly or full participation in the Awards will be deemed to fully understand and agree with the entire content of the Terms and Conditions, including the contest rules and the interpretations stipulated herein.
3. The judging rules in the Awards apply only to the works that comply with the participation rules.
4. The schedule of the Awards: Entry submission will begin in October 15, 2020. The end of submission is at 24:00 on November 20, 2020 (UTC+8) ; and the awards will be announced on December 15, 2020(Please refer to the FQA section on Awards page to see entry requirements and methods.); and the awards will be released for the public summons from December 15 to December 19, 2020.
The cutoff date for submission is 24:00 Beijing local time (UTC+8) on November 20, 2020 After the cutoff date, for the sake of the fairness of the Awards, you will be unable to upload the works and will not be allowed to alter the works you have uploaded. Please contact us at visionplus@vivo.com if any need to delete any works you have uploaded.
5. How can I participate in the Awards? You can submit your works through the official website of the vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards at http://visionplus.vivo.com/. The submission via the email will not be accepted. When submitting your works through the website, you need to register and log on the website with your own registered account and authorize the sponsor of the Awards to use the account as your only identity so that you can upload, check and manage your works. To this end, the sponsor will collect your account ID, user name, and profile photo. Your information will not be used for any other purposes than the purpose of the Awards.
6. Judging rules: The works that every candidate uploaded will be reviewed by the working staff of the Awards (see Clause 9 and 10 for the auditing criteria) and then qualified for the appraisal and selection once they pass the review. After the deadline for submission, the organizing committee and the preliminary judging panel will select the photos and videos to enter the final review based on the composition beauty, the creativity of the angle, the theme meaning, the relevance to the themes and etc.. The selected works will be for public summons on the website http://visionplus.vivo.com/ before the expert panel select the excellent works according to the same criteria (shown in Clause 9 and 10 for the auditing criteria). In the event that any work violates relevant rules and regulations or infringe on others’ rights and interests, or violates the Terms and Conditions of the Awards, or that any candidate is disqualified for requiring to quit from the Awards or the appraisal and selection, the next immediate work or candidate will fill in the vacancy left by the disqualified one.
7. The works for the public summons: the winning works selected by the expert panel will be released for the public summons on the official website of the vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards (for 5 days), during which any organization or individual has the right to raise any objection to the works that infringe legitimate rights of any third party, and to send the objection to the sponsor by email (the receiver’s email: visionplus@vivo.com ; the subject of the email: “Tip-off on Winning Works”; and in the email body the objection to the works shall be made clear with the source, valid website linkage and journals). After the tip-off information proves to be true and justifiable, and the works prove to have the infringement act like copycatting or stealing, the works in question will be disqualified for the contest and the awards, and the corresponding candidate shall bear the liabilities therefor.
8. Number of winners and awards:
Photographer of the Year (1)
Prizes:
vivo VISION+ Prize: USD $15,000
One vivo smart phone
An award certificate
Publication in National Geographic, and relevant photography exhibitions
 
Category Winners (6)
Prizes:
vivo VISION+ creation fund: USD $5,000
One vivo smart phone
An award certificate
Publication in National Geographic and relevant photography exhibitions.
 
 
 
Honorable Mention (1)
Prizes:
vivo VISION+ creation fund: USD $1,000
One vivo smart phone
An award certificate
Publication in National Geographic and relevant photography exhibitions.
 
Category Finalists (30)
One vivo smart phone
An award certificate
 
* All creation funds are tax inclusive.
 
* Award certificates will be jointly issued by vivo VISION+ and National Geographic.
 
· 9. There is no requirement for the shooting time or brand or model of the smartphone to shoot the entries. You shall make sure that your entries possess the independent, complete, defined and uncontroversial copyright, that your entries do not infringe on any legal rights of any third parties, including the copyright, trademark right, right of portrait, right of reputation and right of privacy.
Your entries shall not contain any content that violates or infringes on any rights of any other party, including but not limited to the copyright, trademark right, right of privacy, right of publicity, or other intellectual property rights and civil rights;
• Your entries shall not disparage the sponsor or any other individual or party by any means;
• Your entries shall not contain the improper, crude, erotic or infringing content, or the content that shows hatred, spread rumors and convey libel.
• Your entries shall not contain the content that propagates prejudice against any groups or individuals or the discrimination against any races, or show hatred or injury; or the content that supports the discrimination against any races, religions, nationalities, handicap, sexual orientations or ages.
• Your entries shall not contain the content that is illegal, breaks laws or violates rules and regulations or the social morality (if applicable) of any jurisdictions where the entry was created and submitted .
• Your entries shall not propagate illegal drugs and guns (or use either of the two items), any activity that looks unsafe or dangerous, or any information that carries any specific political motives. Meanwhile, your entries shall be aligned to the brand image and values of the sponsor and comply with and meet the purposes of the contest.
 
Each one of the candidates shall recognize that the entries by other candidates may have the similar creative ideas or concepts to your owns. Every candidate shall understand and agree that he or she shall not lodge any claim from the sponsor due to the similarity of the creative ideas or concept.
 
Where relevant rules and regulations permit, the sponsor has the final right to interpret all the relevant matters of the Awards, including but not limited to the standard terms and conditions of the official rules of the Awards, and the final award result by the expert panel has the binding force on this contest. The participation in the contest indicates that the candidate fully understands and agrees with the Terms and Conditions of the Awards and the decision by the panel.
The participation in the contest will be deemed as your agreeing with the Terms and Conditions. In case that any violation of the Terms and Conditions occurs, the sponsor has the right to disqualify the candidate for the appraisal and selection. In case that any dispute arises from the breach of the Terms and Conditions by any of the candidates, he or she shall undertake all liabilities by him or herself, and the sponsor disclaims any and all liability arising from the aforesaid dispute.
· 10. The entries are expected to be processed only using smartphones (the third-party software installed on the smartphone is acceptable as well). Photos shall be in jpg format, with the short side no less than 1000 pixels, and single data volume no more than 20 megabytes, The video clips to be accepted can be edited using computers and mobile Apps but shall be filmed using smartphones, with each clip no more than 500 megabytes, and only the mp4 and mov formats acceptable.
· 11. The candidate shall not use by any means the photos or videos that others shot as part or full entries of his or her own, otherwise the sponsor has the right to disqualify his or her participation and other rights. In case that any disputes arise from the breach of the aforesaid rule by any of the candidates, he or she shall undertake all liabilities by him or herself.
· 12. This contest will not collect any fee or return any entries, and accept the entries only in the electronic format. The candidate shall bear all the losses and consequences by him or herself if his or her works fail to be submitted or disapproved, and his or her works will not be returned and the re-submission will not be accepted .
13. The candidates shall pledge to comply with the relevant rules and regulations of applicable law and regulation of the country where he or she lives, and shall not publish or upload any works that involves politics, eroticism, violence, terrorism, among others, and that violate laws and regulations. Those works that violate the applicable laws and regulations, or that the sponsor deems damaging to the public order and social morality will be disqualified for the Awards.
· 14. The works that do not comply with the rules of the Awards will be disqualified for the awards, and their awards will also be withdrawn if they are selected as the winning works. The sponsor has the right to withdraw the prize, award, medal, certificate and other honors, and publish the non-compliance and withdrawal on the official website of the Awards and other media outlets.
· 15. The candidates shall agree to authorize the sponsor and the affiliated entities to use their works as from the submission date as part of the activities and material to promote the Awards for free, and to use the works for the global online media, print media, printed materials, photography exhibition, retail shops, roadshows, digital media, outdoor media, among other channels to introduce the Awards and its content. For that reason, the sponsor will not separately notify the candidate of or require his or her consent to using his or her works.
· 16. All the materials on the official website of the “vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards” are under protection by the copyright laws of the countries around the world. Without the prior written consent of vivo, no one shall use the aforesaid materials for the commercial purpose by any means, including duplication, modification, uploading, posting, transmission, distribution, licensing, sale or publication. Anyone who needs to use the materials on the official website of the vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards for any other purposes than the proper individual purpose shall obtain the prior written consent from vivo.
· 17. Although vivo will try its best to provide as accurate and the latest information as possible on the official website of the “vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards”, vivo does not guarantee or offer any statements about the accuracy, correctness, reliability or other aspects about the information, and shall not bear any liabilities for the omission or incorrectness (including but limited to typos and technical errors) of the information.
· 18. You shall be responsible for any risks that occur to you when you use the information or browse the website. Vivo or any parties engaged in building, making or delivering the website, the title sponsors and supporters of the contest, or the third party and partners affiliated to vivo shall not bear any liabilities for the incidental, indirect or punitive damages, including but not limited to the damage to computer facilities or virus infection, or other property damage, arising from the visit, use, browsing or downloading of any materials, data, texts, photos, videos or audios. Besides the aforesaid items, all the content on the website is provided “as is”, but no explicit or implicit guarantee will be offered, including but not limited to any implicit guarantee about the merchantability, applicability for a certain purpose or non-infringement of the content.
· 19. In case that your entries are on the shortlist, the sponsor will contact you via the email address or phone number that you have offered. For this sake, you are required to submit the original copy of your entries, your own personal information, the copyright statement, the authorization statement about your entries, and other required documents. The duplicated versions of all the above documents shall be signed and then sent by express to the sponsor. In the event that the contact information you offered is incorrect so that the sponsor fails to contact you, or if you make it clear that you give up or fail to submit the above documents within the stipulated period, or if the documents you offered fail to comply with the rules by the sponsor, or for your personal reasons, this will be deemed as your waiver of the qualification for the shortlist, and the vacancy you left will be filled by the highest ranked of the non-shortlisted candidates.
· 20. You shall agree and admit that the personal information you offered is true, including your name, phone number, email address and postal address, so that the sponsor can contact you and present the awards to you. The sponsor shall collect and deal with your personal information only for the aforesaid purposes and in the scope that the relevant laws allow for. Please see “Privacy Policy” for more information. You are expected to ensure the completeness and accuracy of your provided personal information. After the awards are announced, the sponsor will contact the winners by email and verify their registration information. Where any untrue, inaccurate or incomplete personal information provided leads to the failure for the sponsor to contact the winner in 7 working days and consequently to present the awards to the winner, it will be deemed that the winners waive the awards. And the sponsor will not bear any liabilities or present later the awards. The winners shall confirm if the awards and prize are intact upon receipt. The winners shall inform the sponsor of the abnormalities if any with 15 days after the receipt of the awards and prize. The sponsor shall not bear any liabilities for any accidents caused by other factors than the quality problem of the awards or the sponsor’s intentional or serious irresponsible behaviors.
· 21. The prize presented shall not be exchanged for cashes. In case that the prize fails to be presented owning to unforeseen circumstances, the sponsor has the right to grant another prize equivalent in value to the original item, but the substitute prize shall not be exchanged for cashes either. All the cash reward involved in any awards can be paid only by bank telegraphic transfer. Any additional fee charged by the transfer bank will be paid by the winner according to the applicable laws of the country where he or she lives. The physical prize (like the smartphone) and award certificate will be delivered by express to your designated address.
· 22. The pictures of all the prizes are only for your reference, from which the physical prizes may be slightly different. If any quality problems occur to the prizes, the winner shall directly contact the manufacturer or the sponsor of the prize to have them execute the returned, changed or repaired according to relevant regulations. Unless the fact that the sponsor is the manufacturer of the prizes, or that the sponsor knows the defect of the prizes but not inform the winner of the defect, the sponsor shall not bear any liabilities to compensate the winner for the quality problem of the prizes.
· 23. The individual income tax arising from the contest will be borne by the winner him or herself, and the sponsor of vivo will decide if the tax is withheld according to the relevant tax regulations. The freight charge arising from the mailing of the prizes will be borne by the sponsor.
· 24. vivo reserves the right to adjust the aforesaid rules in a reasonable range in accordance with the relevant criteria and common practices of the similar contests. If the adjustment involves the substantial changes, which will affect your rights and obligations, vivo will inform you in a proper manner. You are expected to check the Terms and Conditions regularly to ensure your understanding of any alterations by vivo. Your continued use of the website after the alteration of the rules means that you accept these binding forces of the alterations or/and modifications to the Terms and Conditions.
· 25. Any disputes arising from or related to the contest shall be settled through friendly negotiations. If the disputes fail to be settled through friendly negotiations within five (5) days after the start date of the negotiation, both parties agree to submit the disputes to Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) for arbitration. Laws of the People’s Republic of China shall apply, without regard to its conflict of law principles.
· 26. Please see “FAQ” for more information, rules and requirements about the vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards.