The Star Beacon “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats”
Contest Official Rules

The Star Beacon proudly announces the “Hot Dogs! Cool Cats!” Contest.

Take a photo of your dog or cat, puppy or kitten and submit it to The Star Beacon to be part of the Hot Dogs, Cool Cats contest which will take place in October-December 2017.
Photos will appear online and in print. Proceeds from voting will benefit the Newspapers In Education (NIE) program and Ashtabula County Animal Protective League. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to Edgewood Pet Center.

1. Eligibility:
All photos submitted must be of a dog or cat. No other animal photos will be accepted. Star Beacon employees are prohibited from entering a photo or voting.

2. Photo Submission Period:
Photos can be submitted through October 9, 2017. All entries must be received by 5pm (ET) October 23, 2017. The Star Beacon is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or illegible entries.

3. Submitting Photos
Photos can be submitted (JPG) format at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at: By submitting a photo, contest entrant authorizes The Star Beacon to publish along with accompanying name and hereby agrees to the official rules. Your photo may be published in affiliated publications of The Star Beacon.

 4. Photo Content Restrictions:
Photographs must NOT contain any of the following:

Nudity, lewd or vulgar behavior.
Material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyright infringement.
Brand names or trademarks.
Photos of artwork without proper license or ownership.
Material that is hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
Material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Photograph is created.
Failure of any Photograph to comply with the above restrictions (collectively, the “Content Restrictions”), as determined by the Star Beacon in its sole discretion, shall result in disqualification. The Star Beacon has the right to refuse any photo unsuitable for publication. All decisions are final.

5. Voting Period:
Voting will begin on October 30, 2017. Each round will last 11 days. In the event of a tie, a coin flip will determine a winner. Each on-line vote is 25 cents. A $5 minimum is required. You may vote as many times and for as many photos as you wish. You may view all photos and vote totals or cast your votes by going online to Proceeds from voting will benefit the Newspapers In Education program and Ashtabula County Animal Protective League.

6. How to Vote:
Online voting;
Votes may be cast by going to Online voting is limited to person 18 years of age or older. There is a minimum of $5.00 for each online ballot. Online votes may be submitted using a valid credit card through Paypal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use your credit card. All authorized credit card transactions cannot be cancelled and are non-refundable. If your credit card is declined for any reason, no vote will be submitted on your behalf. Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology which may be used for the purpose of entry tracking. Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so it doesn’t interfere with processing your online entry or ballot.
Mail-in and Drop-off Voting
Voting ballots are available at the Star Beacon Service Center located at 4626 Park Avenue from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Ballots can be turned in at this location or mailed to the following address:

Attn: “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats”
4626 Park Ave.
Post Office Box 2100
Ashtabula, OH 44004

There is one vote allowed per completed mail-in or drop-off ballot. No photo copies accepted. Readers, friends, and relatives can cast votes for their favorite photo. Votes will be updated manually after 5pm on business days and will not appear immediately when votes are cast. Please allow delivery and processing time.

7. Prizes
The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to Edgewood Pet Center. Winners will be announced online and in The Star Beacon.

8. Disclaimer and Indemnification: 
By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decision of The Star Beacon. The Star Beacon reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this contest as solely determined by The Star Beacon. The decisions of The Star Beacon regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the contest shall be final and binding in all aspects.


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