Discover 2011 Photo Contest

Contest Rules

  • By submitting Entrant's photo to discover.buffalo.com in conjunction with this contest, and in consideration for receiving the opportunity to have photo considered for publication in The Buffalo News and/or for posting on Buffalo.com, Entrant I acknowledges, understands, and agrees to the following terms:


    There is no fee to enter and the contest is open to any New York State resident 18 years of age or older, except employees of The Buffalo News, associated sponsors and agencies, their assignees, licensees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household. Contest can only be entered on-line. Entrants may only submit original photos, taken by the entrant, for which entrant owns all legal rights to have photo published. Entrant warrants that he or she has obtained express written permission to use the images of anyone appearing in the photograph and will provide a copy of such consent upon demand of contest sponsors. Photos must be high-quality; taken directly from Entrant's camera and not pulled from any website; less than 2 MB in size; in jpeg or gif format; and, must not be obscene, defamatory, in bad taste or violate the privacy rights of any person or entity. Entrant may submit multiple photos. Offer void where prohibited by law.


    Access discover.buffalo.com, or buffalo.com/contests. Entries may be submitted beginning May 20, 2012 but must be submitted no later than 11:59PM August 24, 2012. Early entries will be eligible for weekly prizes.


    The Buffalo News, associated sponsors, their agencies, their assignees, and licensees are not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, failed phone or computer hardware or software or telephone transmissions or technical failures, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic, including without limitation the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information online, or for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, destroyed, delayed, stolen, misdirected or illegible entries. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void. Once submitted, entries become the sole property of The Buffalo News and will not be returned. In case of dispute as to identity of a winner, such entry will be declared made by the registered user of the e-mail account, and if a prize is won, and such registered user is a valid entrant, the prize will be awarded to such registered user. Contest organizers are not responsible if Entrant is unable to enter online for any reason.


    Weekly prizes will be chosen based on photo quality and originality. Weekly prize winners and honorable mentions will be named contest finalists. First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize and Fourth Prize will be chosen by random drawing of contest finalists. Winners of weekly prizes are eligible for the final prize drawing.

    Weekly prizes will be chosen approximately every Thursday, beginning June 7, 2012 and ending August 26th 2011. Grand Prize and 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Prize winners will be chosen on August 24, 2012.

    Representatives of The Buffalo News will judge all entries. Judges' decisions are final. All photos will become the property of The Buffalo News, and the entrant releases all rights to the photo, including use of entrant's name in connection therewith, to use, exhibit, print, publish or re-publish, in any medium whether print, electronic or otherwise, for news , advertising, or otherwise, and for immediate release without prior inspection by the entrant.

    Entrants need not be present to win. Notification to winners will be directed to the phone or email that was included on the contest registration forms. Winners will have to claim their prizes at The Buffalo News.

    Some restrictions may apply. Chances of winning will be determined by the total number of entries received.


    Weekly prize:

    • $100 gift certificate from Salvatore's Italian Gardens Restaurant.
    • First Prize:

      A family Discover Pass for four, a chance to flip the switch to turn the lights on over the falls, VIP Experience at the Aquarium, and a dinner certificate. (passports are required)
    • Second Prize:

      Four (4) MusicalFare Show subscriptions, provided by MusicalFare
    • Third Prize:

      Drop-off catering for 20 people plus a gift basket for Chef's Restaurant, provided by Chef's Restaurant
    • Fourth Prize:

      Gift basket from Visit Buffalo Niagara, provided by Visit Buffalo Niagara

    Prizes must be accepted as awarded, no cash equivalents, no substitutions. Contest sponsors reserve the right to award a prize of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability of the listed prize. CONTEST SPONSORS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE WITH RESPECT TO ANY PRIZES AWARDED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS CONTEST. Winners agree to allow use of their name, address and photo for publicity without compensation. Contest sponsors are not responsible for any injury incurred by a contestant as a result of winning or participating . Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

    The decisions of the contest organizers are final on all matters of fact, interpretation, eligibility, procedure and fulfillment.

    This contest is subject to all federal, state and local regulations and is void where restricted or prohibited by law. All taxes, title, registrations, releases and insurance owed in connection with any prize will be the sole responsibility of the prize winners. A prize value of $600 or more requires a W-9 form be completed before the prize package can be released. Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability prior to release of the prize. Failure to do so will result in the selection of an alternate winner. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, or suspend this contest should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor(s) corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of the contest. In such event, the winner will be selected by random drawing from all eligible entries received up to the time of such cancellation, termination or suspension.

    By entering this contest, you acknowledge that you have read and accept these rules and agree to be bound by them.