During the Nomination Period, visit www.herodogawards.org (or such other website designated by Sponsor) and submit a photograph (“Photo” or “Photograph”) of the dog (dog only) in one of the seven (7) Categories along with a completed Entry Form that must include a narrative description of 1500 characters or less (if submitted online) or two-hundred fifty (250) words or less (if submitted via mail) telling the Sponsor about the dog (with specific emphasis on how the dog represents the Category for which the dog is nominated) and explaining why the dog pictured deserves the title of American Hero Dog. Follow the directions provided to complete the Entry Form: Upload the Photograph, select the appropriate Category, and provide a narrative description. All elements of the Entry Form must be complete, and all Entries must be received within the Nomination Period to be considered. During the Contest, American Humane may request additional material from an Entrant including submission of a short video taken by Entrant or film a video managed by American Humane, at Entrant’s home location. Each Entrant (including members of the same household) may nominate only one (1) dog and each dog must be submitted with a separate Entry Form. Each unique dog may not be submitted into more than one (1) Category. A dog submitted more than once for the same or different Categories may void all Entries related to that dog. Entries must be completed in English. For submissions by Entrants who are most comfortable with American Sign Language (ASL) or otherwise not a written language, Entries may be submitted via video in sign language and Sponsor will provide an interpreter to verbalize the Entrant’s words for their Entry, and upon request, Sponsor will compose the entry in written English. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and Entries by any means which subvert the entry process are void. Entries may only be submitted online or by Mail. All other methods, whether or not defined herein, may be deemed void at the discretion of Sponsor. Photo submitted must be taken within the last twelve (12) months and include only the dog that is the subject of the Entry (no persons). If submitted online, Photo must be submitted in .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf or .png format and cannot exceed 10 MB in size. If submitted by Mail, Photograph must be either a commercially developed print, or a digital photograph produced at a minimum of 300 dots per inch (“dpi”) on quality photo paper, and must be no smaller than 4”x6” and no larger than 8”x10” in size. Image modifications such as borders, frames, composite images, multiple exposures, watermarks, signature or copyright notices, addition or replacement of elements, and artistic filters are not permitted. Cropping, rotating, resizing, red-eye removal, and the use of autofix enhancements and tools to correct contrast, brightness, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color, balance and tint are permitted. Studio photos are ineligible. Sponsor reserves the right to edit or redact badges, insignia or logos and/or require dogs to appear with collars and/or tags. Sponsor reserves the right to edit, crop, resize or compress Photographs at their discretion. All Photographs must be approved by Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Photographs depicting or implying any form of inhumane treatment may be disqualified at the Sponsor’s discretion. Photograph(s) must be the original work of the Entrant or otherwise the Entrant must have the permission of the photographer; must not feature any third parties or third party materials, may not have been published previously; must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; and must be suitable for publication. All Entry materials (including but not limited to Photograph(s) and narrative descriptions) become the property of Sponsor upon submission and will not be acknowledged or returned.
Additional Entry Requirements: Entry may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:
Contains commercial trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or commercial building exteriors/interiors) owned by others; contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
Contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including but not limited to photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media);
Is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
Promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message
Is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group;
Appears to intentionally duplicate any other submitted Entries, as determined by the date received;
Defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people, animals or companies;
Violates any law or the privacy, publicity, copyright or other rights of any person or entity or
Is determined by Sponsor not to be consistent with Sponsor’s mission or the goals or spirit of the Contest.
By submitting an Entry, Entrant represents, warrants and covenants that he/she is the owner of the dog, or authorized agent of the owner of the dog, in the applicable Photo, that he/she owns or otherwise controls all rights in his/her Entry materials and any other materials provided by Entrant and that his/her Entry does not violate any law, regulation or any right of any other person or entity, and that he/she consents to the submission and use of the Entry materials (including but not limited to the Photo and narrative) and any other materials provided by Entrant in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein, and grants permission for the Entry to be posted on www.herodogawards.org, www.americanhumane.org and/or any other websites controlled by or affiliated with Sponsor. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry. No changes are permitted to any Entry after submission, subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion to make limited exceptions based on particular circumstances.