Conservation International Foundation
Virtual Reality Sweepstakes
Official Rules



The following promotion is intended for viewing and participation in the United States only (including its territories, possessions, and commonwealths) and will be construed and evaluated according to United States laws. Do not proceed in this site if you are not a legal U.S. resident, 18 years or older, and accessing this site in the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

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1. Sweepstakes Period

The CI Virtual Reality Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (“ET”) on June 8, 2016, and ends at 11:50 P.M. ET on August 31, 2016 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

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2. How to Enter

You may enter the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period by visiting the Conservation International’s Sweepstake Page at www.conservation.org/vr (“Page”). In order to enter, sign up for CI’s newsletter and complete all requested information. By entering the Sweepstakes, you consent to receiving newsletters from CI. Limit one (1) entry per eligible person/email. Additional entries received from any person or email thereafter are subject to disqualification. Incorrect and incomplete entries are void. Any use of robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, script, macro, or any other automated means or similar entry methods or agents are prohibited and will void all entries submitted by that entrant.

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3. Eligibility

This Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the U.S. and its territories, possessions and commonwealths who are 18 years of age or older. CI employees and members of their households, whether or not related, and immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, children and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) are not eligible to enter or win the prize.

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4. Prize Drawing

All eligible entries will be entered in the Prize Drawing. Five (5) grand prize and fifty (50) first prize winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about September 15, 2016. Odds of winning depend on the number entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.

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5. Prize and Approximate Retail Value (ARV)

Prizes are:

  • 5 Grand Prizes: Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset (ARV: US$99.00) and a Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone (ARV: $649.00) (voice and data plan not included)
  • 50 First Prizes: Google Cardboard Virtual Reality headset (ARV: US$ 16.99) (smartphone not included)

Prizes will be conveyed to the Prize Winners “as is” without representations or warranties. Prizes carry no warranty other than that offered by the manufacturer.

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6. Prize Winner Notification

CI anticipates that the Prize Winners will be contacted via email (per the information provided in the entry) on or around September 30, 2016. The Prize Winners will be required to acknowledge acceptance of the Prize within ten (10) days of notification and to provide their postal address for mailing of the Prize. If acceptance is not acknowledged, CI reserves the right to award the Prize to another randomly selected Prize Winner. Prize winner may be required to provide valid proof of age, residency, valid social security number and other information for completion of tax form 1099 (if applicable), and sign additional liability waivers and/or publicity releases prior to receipt of Prize.

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7. Prize Conditions

All costs, taxes, fees, and expenses associated with the Prize or the acceptance and use of any element of the Prize not specifically addressed above are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winner(s). All federal, state, income, and local taxes on Prizes are the Prize Winner's responsibility. Prize Winners will be issued a 1099 tax form for the ARV of the Prize if appropriate. Prize(s) cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash. CI reserves the right to substitute the prize, or portion(s) thereof, with a different prize of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. CI's decisions with respect to the Prize Winner and other matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding. Prize(s) will be sent via USPS mail or other mail carrier, and CI shall not be responsible for loss or damage to the prize once the prize is in the carrier’s possession.

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8. Publicity Release

By accepting a Grand Prize, the Prize Winner consents that CI and its designees will have the right to publicize his/her name, photograph (including the use and publication of their photograph on CI’s websites), likeness, biographical information, voice and details of winning for the purpose of this and future promotions without further compensation, except where prohibited.

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9. Privacy

When you enter the Sweepstakes at the Page, CI will collect the following personal information: name, email, residential zip code. Prize winners will be required to provide the mailing address, and a valid social security number for completion of tax form 1099 (if applicable). Such personal information submitted as part of your entry and as part of Prize acceptance will be treated in accordance with CI’s Privacy Policy available http://www.conservation.org/privacy.

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10. General Rules

CI and its affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents, and any and all Internet servers and access provider(s) (collectively, the "Released Parties") are not responsible for: any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human error; technical malfunctions; failures, omission, interruption, deletion, or defect of any telephone network, computer online systems, computer equipment, server providers, or software, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes; inability to access the Page; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; entries that are processed late or incorrectly or are incomplete or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website; printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prizes or in any Sweepstakes-related materials. A donation will not increase chance of winning. By entering, all entrants release the Released Parties from and against all claims and damages arising in connection with each entrant's participation and/or entry in the Sweepstakes and/or his/her receipt or use of the Prize awarded in this Sweepstakes. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE CI’S WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, CI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

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11. Arbitration

THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or the prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in the greater metropolitan area of the District of Columbia; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney’s fees or any other damages, other than for entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

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12. Winner’s List

Beginning on or about November 1, 2016 you may obtain the names of the Prize Winners by going to the Page.